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1 dead, dozens hurt in 12th day of protesting in Ecuador

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — One man was killed and dozens injured Thursday during the 12th day of protests led by Indigenous people demanding that Ecuador's government cut fuel prices, put price controls on food and spend more on education. After several days of increasing violence, demonstrations ...

China envoy says Australia fired first shot with Huawei ban

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia had fired the "first shot" in its deteriorating relations with China four years ago when the then-government banned Chinese-owned telecommunications giant Huawei from rolling out the country's 5G network due to security concerns, a Chinese ambassador said ...

US Pacific admiral: Ties with Japan key to regional security

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy's top commander in the Pacific and the Japanese defense minister on Friday said that close cooperation between their naval forces is more important than ever in the region amid rising tensions over China, North Korea and Russia. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told ...

India flies tons of essentials to quake-rocked Afghanistan

NEW DELHI (AP) — India is flying emergency relief assistance and a technical team to help the people of eastern Afghanistan after a powerful earthquake that state media reported killed 1,000 people. The 27 tons of relief assistance in two flights are comprised of essential items, including ...

Ukrainian army to leave battered city to avoid encirclement

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — After weeks of ferocious fighting, Ukrainian forces will retreat from a besieged city in the country's east to avoid encirclement, a regional governor said Friday. The city of Sievierodonetsk, the administrative center of the Luhansk region, has faced relentless Russian ...

Death toll from Afghanistan’s quake rises to 1,150 people

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll from a devastating earthquake in Afghanistan continued to climb days after it turned brick and stone homes into rubble, killing 1,150 people and wounding scores more, according to the latest figures carried in state media on Friday. The country of 38 ...

Germany faces natural gas ‘crisis,’ raises warning level

BERLIN (AP) — Germany activated the second phase of its three-stage emergency plan for natural gas supplies Thursday, warning that Europe's biggest economy faces a "crisis" and storage targets for the winter are at risk after Russia reduced energy deliveries to several countries. The ...

3 summits offer test of Western unity, dominated by Ukraine

BERLIN (AP) — Three consecutive summits over the next week will test Western resolve to support Ukraine and the extent of international unity as rising geopolitical tensions and economic pain cast an increasingly long shadow. On Thursday and Friday, European Union leaders will meet in ...

Sanctioned Russian oligarch yacht in Dubai as pressure grows

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A sleek $156 million superyacht belonging to a sanctioned Russian oligarch and parliamentarian is now docked in Dubai, the latest reminder of how the skyscraper-studded sheikhdom has become a haven for Russian money amid Moscow's war on Ukraine. The ...

Trains canceled in UK as unions stage 2nd 24-hour walkout

LONDON (AP) — Millions of people in Britain faced disruption Thursday as railway staff staged their second national walkout this week, and workers at Britain's busiest airport announced plans to walk out, adding to summertime travel misery. The 24-hour strike by 40,000 cleaners, signalers, ...

EU regulator authorizes COVID shot made by France’s Valneva

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency said Thursday it is recommending the authorization of the coronavirus vaccine made by French pharmaceutical Valneva, making it the sixth shot given the green light in Europe. The EU drug regulator said in a statement that it had cleared Valneva's ...

Airport chaos: European travel runs into pandemic cutbacks

LONDON (AP) — The airport lines are long, and lost luggage is piling up. It's going to be a chaotic summer for travelers in Europe. Liz Morgan arrived at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport 4 1/2 hours before her flight to Athens, finding the line for security snaking out of the terminal and into a ...

WHO considers declaring monkeypox a global health emergency

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization convenes its emergency committee Thursday to consider if the spiraling outbreak of monkeypox warrants being declared a global emergency. But some experts say the WHO's decision to act only after the disease spilled into the West could entrench the ...

Nike makes full exit from Russia after suspending operations

Nike will fully shut down operations in Russia, joining other international companies that have withdrawn from the country after its brutal invasion of Ukraine. Nike Inc. suspended operations three months ago at all of its company-owned and operated stores in Russia but like other major ...

EXPLAINER: Why Sri Lanka’s economy collapsed and what’s next

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's prime minister says the island nation's debt-laden economy has "collapsed" as it runs out of money to pay for food and fuel. Short of cash to pay for imports of such necessities and already defaulting on its debt, it is seeking help from neighboring India ...

Nigerians blame fuel shortage on Ukraine war, fixed prices

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria is grappling with widespread fuel shortages that are forcing motorists to spend hours in lines to buy gas and causing prices to surge for transportation and basic commodities. Russia's war in Ukraine has caused prices to import fuel go up by more than 100% but ...

The AP Interview: Estonian PM says Russia not weary of war

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The West should not underestimate Russia's military capabilities in Ukraine, Estonia's leader told The Associated Press, saying that as the war enters its fifth month, Moscow's forces are in it for the long haul. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said in an ...

European Union makes Ukraine a candidate for EU membership

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union agreed Thursday to put Ukraine on a path toward EU membership, acting with uncharacteristic speed and unity to pull the embattled country further away from Russia's influence and bind it more closely to the West. Meeting at a summit in Brussels, leaders of ...

Russians advance on war’s front line in eastern Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Russian military extended its grip on territory in eastern Ukraine as it seeks to cut supply lines and encircle frontline Ukrainian forces, while the Ukrainian military announced Thursday the arrival of powerful U.S. multiple-launch rocket systems it hopes will offer ...

Toyota recalls electric car for faulty wheel that may detach

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is recalling 2,700 bZ4X crossover vehicles globally for wheel bolts that could become loose, in a major setback for the Japanese automaker's ambitions to roll out electric cars. Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday the cause is still under investigation, but the whole wheel ...