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The AP Interview: Top Pakistan diplomat details Taliban plan

Sep. 23, 2021 01:24 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Be realistic. Show patience. Engage. And above all, don't isolate. Those are the pillars of an approach emerging in Pakistan to deal with the fledgling government that is suddenly running the country next door once again — Afghanistan's resurgent, often-volatile...

Vaccine inequity comes into stark focus during UN gathering

Sep. 23, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

The inequity of COVID-19 vaccine distribution will come into sharper focus Thursday as many of the African countries whose populations have little to no access to the life-saving shots step to the podium to speak at the U.N.'s annual meeting of world leaders. Already,...

FDA backs Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for seniors, high-risk

Sep. 22, 2021 22:21 PM EDT

The U.S. moved a step closer Wednesday to offering booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to senior citizens and others at high risk from the virus as the Food and Drug Administration signed off on the targeted use of extra shots. The FDA authorized booster doses...

WhatsApp, social posts helped lead Haitian migrants to Texas

Sep. 23, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — For the final leg of his journey from Chile to the United States, Haitian migrant Fabricio Jean followed detailed instructions sent to him via WhatsApp from his brother in New Jersey who had recently taken the route to the Texas border. His brother...

Tensions grow as US, allies deepen Indo-Pacific involvement

Sep. 23, 2021 00:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines, and the launch of a European strategy for greater engagement in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. and its allies are becoming growingly assertive in their approach toward a...

Mideast in shambles, but the world has moved on for now

Sep. 23, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — There was a time not long ago when uprisings and wars in the Arab world topped the agenda at the U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York. With most of those conflicts in a stalemate, the world’s focus has shifted to more daunting global challenges...

Biden presses fellow Dems: Resolve party split on $3.5T plan

Sep. 22, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a personal push, President Joe Biden pressed fellow Democrats to hasten work on his big “build back better” agenda Wednesday, telling them to come up with a final framework and their best topline budget figure as the party labors to bridge its divisions in...

Naval officer wins praise for Portugal’s vaccine rollout

Sep. 23, 2021 02:23 AM EDT

OEIRAS, Portugal (AP) — As Portugal closes in on its goal of fully vaccinating 85% of the population against COVID-19 in nine months, other countries in Europe and beyond want to know how it was accomplished. A lot of the credit is going to Rear Adm. Henrique Gouveia e...

Floods, books & kids: Highlights of German election campaign

Sep. 23, 2021 02:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germans go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament and produce a new German leader after 16 years of having Angela Merkel at the helm. Merkel decided not to run for a fifth term and the election campaign has largely focused on the three candidates hoping to succeed...

After Northeast flooding, insurance woes swamp residents

Sep. 23, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After being pummeled by two tropical storms that submerged basements, cracked home foundations and destroyed belongings, Northeastern U.S. residents still in the throes of recovery are being hit with another unexpected blow: Thousands of families are now swamped with...

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Tunisia’s Saied strengthens presidential powers in decrees

Sep. 23, 2021 04:37 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian President Kaïs Saied issued presidential decrees bolstering the already near-total power he granted himself two months ago. Wednesday's decrees include the continuing suspension of the Parliament’s powers and the suspension of all...

AP Week in Pictures: Middle East

Sep. 23, 2021 04:13 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan Region between Sept. 16-22, 2021. This week’s selection includes scenes from across the region, including...

ETSU seeks volunteers to sift for fossils from ancient site

Sep. 23, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State University is seeking volunteers to help sift for fossils in sediment from what was a prehistoric pond that has produced remains of mastodons. The university says the volunteers needed this fall at the the Gray Fossil...

In German election, hunger strikers seek climate promises

Sep. 23, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — After three-and-a-half weeks on a hunger strike, Henning Jeschke is frail and gaunt, but determined to go on, still hoping to pressure the three candidates for chancellor of Germany into meeting him for a debate about the climate crisis ahead of Sunday’s general election. ...

Many migrants staying in US even as expulsion flights rise

Sep. 23, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Three hours after being freed from a giant migrant camp under an international bridge, Mackenson Veillard stood outside a gas station and took stock of his sudden good fortune as he and his pregnant wife waited for a Greyhound bus to take them to a cousin in San...

McVey appointed WVa insurance commissioner, successor named

Sep. 23, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Allan L. McVey has been appointed as West Virginia's insurance commissioner. Gov. Jim Justice announced McVey's appointment Wednesday. McVey fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Jim Dodrill. McVey served as...

Israeli court hears custody fight over cable car survivor, 6

Sep. 23, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The bitter custody battle over a 6-year-old boy who survived a cable car crash in Italy inched forward in Israel on Thursday with a hearing in family court. Eitan Biran's relatives on both sides attended the session in Tel Aviv, in a legal fight that...

Kentucky to collect $300 million in settling gambling suit

Sep. 23, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An internet gambling site has agreed to pay $300 million to Kentucky to settle a long-running lawsuit filed by the state, Gov. Andy Beshear said. Flutter Entertainment, the parent company of PokerStars, agreed to the settlement, the governor said...

World shares advance after Fed signals it will ease support

Sep. 23, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

World shares were mostly higher Thursday after the Federal Reserve signaled it may begin easing its extraordinary support measures for the U.S. economy later this year. Benchmarks rose in Paris, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai and most other markets. U.S. futures were higher....

Retired Supreme Court justice portrait will hang in Capitol

Sep. 23, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The official portrait of a retired Kentucky Supreme Court justice has been dedicated and will hang in the state Capitol. Daniel J. Venters served 10 years as the justice for the 3rd Supreme Court District before retiring in 2019. He was also a...