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Nicholas Evans, ‘The Horse Whisperer’ author, dies at 72

LONDON (AP) — Nicholas Evans, the British author of the bestselling novel "The Horse Whisperer," has died at 72, his representatives said Monday. United Agents said Evans died "suddenly" on Aug. 9 following a heart attack. Published in 1995, "The Horse Whisperer" was Evans' debut novel and ...

With war nearby, US shows support for Poland on army holiday

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish president and other officials marked their nation's Armed Forces Day holiday Monday alongside the U.S. army commander in Europe and regular American troops, a symbolic show of support for NATO members on the eastern front as Russia wages war nearby in ...

Putin vows to expand arms trade with Russia’s allies

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday vowed to expand military cooperation with the country's allies, noting that Moscow is ready to offer them its most advanced weapons. Speaking at the opening of an annual arms show outside Moscow that caters to foreign customers, Putin ...

Minister: Syria ready to repatriate refugees from Lebanon

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian Cabinet minister said Monday that Syrian refugees in neighboring Lebanon can start returning home, where he said they will get all the help they need from authorities. Tiny Lebanon is home to 1 million Syrian refugees who fled war in their country after the ...

Urban combat and beyond: Ukrainian recruits get UK training

A BRITISH ARMY BASE, England (AP) — A few weeks ago, Serhiy was a business analyst at an IT company. Zakhar was a civil engineer. Now they are soldiers, training to liberate Ukraine from Russia's invasion — but doing it more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away in Britain. They are ...

Location of 1st ship to leave Ukraine carrying grain unknown

BEIRUT (AP) — The first grain ship to leave Ukraine under a wartime deal has had its cargo resold several times and there is now no information about its location and cargo destination, the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut said Monday. The Sierra Leone-flagged ship Razoni, which left Odesa on ...

French military: Last group of soldiers has left Mali

NICE, France (AP) — The last French army unit left Mali on Monday, according to a statement from the French military, nine years after Paris sent troops to the West African country to help drive Islamic extremists from power. France's armed forces completed their withdrawal from Mali six ...

Kremlin critic Navalny says he’s in solitary confinement

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says prison officials ordered him to serve at least three days in solitary confinement, citing a minor infraction, in retaliation for his activism behind bars. A post about the punishment appeared in Navalny's social media ...

British regulator 1st to OK Moderna’s updated COVID booster

LONDON (AP) — British drug regulators have become the first in the world to authorize an updated version of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine that includes protection against the omicron variant, which the government said would be offered to people aged 50 and over starting in the fall. In a ...

Israel rejects appeal to release Palestinian hunger striker

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military court on Monday rejected an appeal for release by a Palestinian prisoner whose health is deteriorating as he continues a 165-day hunger strike to protest being held without charge or trial, his lawyer said. Khalil Awawdeh is one of several Palestinian ...

Afghanistan marks 1 year since Taliban seizure as woes mount

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Monday marked a year since they seized the Afghan capital of Kabul, a rapid takeover that triggered a hasty escape of the nation's Western-backed leaders, sent the economy into a tailspin and fundamentally transformed the country. Bearded Taliban ...

Kenya’s Ruto declared president after last-minute chaos

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In a chaotic announcement that could foreshadow a court challenge, Kenya's electoral commission chairman on Monday declared Deputy President William Ruto the winner of the country's close presidential race over five-time contender Raila Odinga. The outcome was a triumph ...

Five Europeans go on trial in separatist-controlled Ukraine

Five European citizens captured in eastern Ukraine went on trial Monday in a court administered by Kremlin-backed separatists in the city of Donetsk, Russian media reported. The five — including Swede Matthias Gustafsson, Croat Vjekoslav Prebeg, and Britons John Harding, Andrew Hill and ...

UN chief taps Grenada’s Simon Stiell as new UN climate chief

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment Monday of Simon Stiell from the Caribbean island nation of Grenada as the new U.N. climate chief, calling him, "a true champion" of creative approaches to tackling the global climate crisis. Stiell, who ...

Mexico’s week of drug violence shakes administration

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Days of widespread drug cartel arson and shootings in four states last week have left Mexicans asking why the drug cartels exploded and what do they want. The attacks killed 11 people, including a young boy and four radio station employees who were randomly shot on the ...

UN envoy travels to strife-torn Myanmar for the first time

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar traveled to the Southeast Asian nation Monday for the first time since she was appointed to the post last October. The trip by Nellen Heyzer followed the U.N. Security Council's latest call for an immediate end to all forms of violence ...

Malaysia ex-PM begins final bid to toss out graft conviction

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's top court Monday began hearing a final appeal by former Prime Minister Najib Razak to toss out his graft conviction linked to the massive looting of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad state fund. He would become Malaysia's first former prime minister to be ...

Myanmar executions revive pressure for more sanctions

BANGKOK (AP) — Recent executions of four democracy activists in Myanmar have reenergized efforts to get the United States and other countries to impose further sanctions against military leaders who ousted an elected government early last year. Human rights advocates and comments by U.S. ...

Pay pushes Venezuelan teachers to protest, consider quitting

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Public school teachers across Venezuela had planned to use their annual vacation bonus to buy uniforms for their children, waterproof leaky roofs, get new prescription glasses or fix the pair barely held together by adhesive tape. Some expected to get $100, while ...

Germans face higher bills as tax aids natural gas importers

BERLIN (AP) — Germans are facing a new tax on natural gas use that could cost the average household several hundred euros a year and is aimed at rescuing importers slammed by Russian cutbacks tied to the war in Ukraine. An association of gas pipeline operators on Monday set the level at 2.4 ...