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Bloc of Arab parties splits ahead of Israeli elections

JERUSALEM (AP) — A bloc of Arab parties has split ahead of Israel's fifth elections in less than four years, a move that could dilute the minority's political influence and aid former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's return to power. Israeli media reported late Thursday that the ...

UN warns up to 345 million people marching toward starvation

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. food chief warned Thursday that the world is facing "a global emergency of unprecedented magnitude," with up to 345 million people marching toward starvation — and 70 million pushed closer to starvation by the war in Ukraine. David Beasley, executive director ...

Putin thanks China’s Xi for his ‘balanced’ stand on Ukraine

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday for his "balanced" approach to the Ukrainian crisis and blasted Washington's "ugly" policies at a meeting that followed a major setback for Moscow on the battlefield. Speaking at the ...

China’s top legislator to meet S. Korea leaders for talks

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — China's top legislator was set to meet South Korean leaders including new President Yoon Suk Yeol in Seoul on Friday, as Yoon's push to buttress a military alliance with Washington has caused concerns that it could hamper Seoul's ties with Beijing. Li Zhanshu, third ...

El Salvador’s president Bukele says he will seek re-election

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — President Nayib Bukele announced Thursday night on El Salvador's Independence Day that he will seek re-election to a second five-year term. Bukele's anticipated announcement came one year after the new justices of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme ...

Biden, S. African leader to discuss Ukraine, trade, climate

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa are set to meet Friday at the White House for talks on Russia's war in Ukraine, climate issues, trade and more. Ramaphosa is among African leaders who have maintained a neutral stance in the aftermath of ...

EU wants to toughen cybersecurity rules for smart devices

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm proposed new legislation Thursday that would force manufacturers to ensure that devices connected to the internet meet cybersecurity standards, making the 27-nation bloc less vulnerable to attacks. The EU said a ransomware attack takes place ...

G7 nations to take tougher line on trade with China

BERLIN (AP) — The Group of Seven major economies have agreed to take a tougher, more coordinated stance toward China when it comes to trade, Germany's economy minister said Thursday. After a two-day meeting with fellow G-7 officials, Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection ...

Schiphol Airport chief quits after summer of travel chaos

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The CEO of Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport has quit after a summer that descended into chaos and flight cancellations amid staff shortages in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. "I've done my very best, but we're not there yet. I do hope it gets better soon," CEO Dick ...

Sudan’s summer flooding continues, raising death toll to 134

CAIRO (AP) — Flooding across Sudan has killed at least 20 people over the past week, Sudanese officials announced Thursday, raising the official death-toll from the floods since the rainy season began in May to 134. The office of Brig. Gen. Abdul-Jalil Abdul-Rahim, the leader of Sudan's ...

After heist, Lebanese activists promise more bank raids

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese activist group on Thursday vowed to organize more bank heists to help people retrieve their locked savings as the country's years-long economic crisis continues to worsen. Activists from Depositors' Outcry group accompanied Sali Hafez into a Beirut bank branch on ...

Microsoft’s $69B Activision deal faces in-depth UK inquiry

LONDON (AP) — Microsoft's $69 billion deal to buy video game company Activision Blizzard faces an in-depth antitrust investigation in Britain after the tech company refused to offer proposals to ease competition concerns. Britain's Competition and Markets Authority said Thursday that it was ...

EU lawmakers declare that Hungary is no longer a democracy

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers on Thursday declared that Hungary has become "a hybrid regime of electoral autocracy" under the leadership of its nationalist government, and that its undermining of the bloc's democratic values had taken Hungary out of the community of ...

Ukrainian president: Mass grave found near recaptured city

IZIUM, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities found a mass burial site near a recaptured northeastern city previously occupied by Russian forces, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced Thursday night. The grave was discovered close to Izium in the Kharkiv region. "The necessary procedures ...

Asian stocks follow Wall St lower amid inflation pressure

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower on Friday after higher-than-expected U.S. inflation dashed hopes the Federal Reserve might ease off more interest rate hikes. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney declined. Oil edged higher. Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 ...

Germany urges firms to make tax-free payments to employees

BERLIN (AP) — The German government is urging companies to make a one-off payment to their employees of up to 3,000 euros (dollars) as a way of addressing the impact of rising prices while preventing a spiral of inflation in Europe's biggest economy. Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Thursday that ...

Concerns grow as Nigeria’s inflation surges to 17-year high

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's consumer inflation surged to a 17-year high in August 2022, its statistics agency said Thursday, signalling more hardship for citizens and businesses in Africa's largest economy. The Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported in its latest consumer ...

US hits more Russians with sanctions over Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday slapped sanctions on dozens of Russian and Ukrainian officials and a number of Russian companies for human rights abuses and the theft of Ukrainian grain. The State Department said it had imposed sanctions on at least 23 officials and 31 ...

Shell CEO to step down as oil giant looks to climate goals

LONDON (AP) — Shell CEO Ben van Beurden is stepping down at the end of 2022 after nine years in charge, the energy giant said Thursday, a change that comes as oil and natural gas companies are under pressure to shift away from fossil fuels even as they see soaring profits from energy prices ...

Death toll in Jordan building collapse rises to 10

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordanian rescue teams pulled another body from the rubble of a collapsed building in the capital on Thursday, bringing the death toll from the incident to 10. It remained unclear what caused the collapse of the four-story residential building in Amman on Tuesday. Ten ...