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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 22, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Unvaccinated FEMA...

Violence erupts at Islamists rally in Pakistan, killing 2

Oct. 22, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Violent clashes erupted between Pakistan's security forces and Islamists in the eastern city of Lahore on Friday, killing at least two policemen and injuring several demonstrators, a police spokesman and witnesses said. The incident happened...

Ethiopian airstrikes in Tigray force UN flight to turn back

Oct. 22, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopian military airstrikes on Friday forced a United Nations humanitarian flight to abandon its landing in the capital of the country’s Tigray region, and a government spokesman said authorities were aware of the inbound flight. It appeared to be a sharp...

France urges Iran to curb nuclear activity, resume talks

Oct. 22, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France on Friday urged Iran to curb nuclear activities of “unprecedented gravity” as U.S. and European envoys met to discuss efforts aimed at reviving the troubled 2015 Iran nuclear deal. U.S. envoy Robert Malley joined counterparts from France, Britain...

Russia's Putin hosts Israeli PM Bennett

Oct. 22, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope on Friday that new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett would continue in the footsteps of his predecessor in maintaining close and “trusting" relations with his country. After talks at Putin's lush Black...

Bosnian Serb police drill seen as separatist 'provocation'

Oct. 22, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia’s Serb police on Friday held an “anti-terrorist” drill just outside the capital Sarajevo in a move seen by many as another provocation by the Serb separatist leadership. The exercise was held in the ski resort at Mt....

Kosovo's president orders 2 Russian diplomats expelled

Oct. 22, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo has ordered the expulsion of two Russian diplomats for allegedly "endangering national security,” the Balkan country's president said Friday, accusing Russia of trying to destabilize the region. President Vjosa Osmani said in a statement...

US intel warns China could dominate advanced technologies

Oct. 22, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials issued new warnings Friday about China’s ambitions in artificial intelligence and a range of advanced technologies that could eventually give Beijing a decisive military edge and possible dominance over health care and other essential sectors in America. ...

Nigerian official says new leader of IS-linked group killed

Oct. 22, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian security forces have killed the new leader of an Islamic State-linked extremist group blamed for killing hundreds in Nigeria and neighboring West African countries, a senior security official said on Friday. Nigeria’s national security...

S Korea blocks army from appealing transgender soldier case

Oct. 22, 2021 07:34 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Justice Ministry on Friday blocked the army from appealing a landmark court ruling that said it unlawfully discharged the country’s first known transgender soldier before she was found dead earlier this year. The ministry,...