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Former education minister in Brazil is jailed in graft probe

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A former Brazilian education minister of President Jair Bolsonaro was arrested Wednesday in connection with a federal police corruption investigation, further hurting the far-right leader's bid for reelection. Milton Ribeiro left the post in March after Brazilian ...

South African leader gets final chapter of corruption report

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has received the final chapter of a report on an extensive judicial investigation into corruption. Chief Justice Raymond Zondo handed over the last installment of the report, reportedly 1,000 pages long, to Ramaphosa. The earlier ...

Chile meets controversy in remaking the role of first lady

SANTIAGO (AP) — Chile's new left-leaning government is doing away with the office of the first lady in an effort to transform a role that both the president and his partner have characterized as archaic. The first lady will now be known as the "sociocultural coordinator of the republic's ...

Ecuador rejects Indigenous protesters’ dialogue conditions

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Violent protests by Indigenous people demanding a variety of changes, including lower fuel prices, have paralyzed Ecuador's capital and other regions, but the government on Wednesday rejected their conditions for dialogue. Quito, the capital, is experiencing food and ...

Ukraine expects EU-wide support for candidacy to join bloc

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian official overseeing the country's push to join the European Union said Wednesday that she's "100%" certain all 27 EU nations will approve Ukraine's EU candidacy during a summit this week. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed similar optimism, ...

Tribal woman likely to be India’s next ceremonial president

NEW DELHI (AP) — A woman representing India's poor tribal community is likely to be the country's next president after the governing Bharatiya Janata Party picked Draupadi Murmu as its candidate. The presidency is a ceremonial post and the election of Murmu, 64, is a formality with Prime ...

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi moved from secret location to prison

BANGKOK (AP) — Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was transferred Wednesday from a secret detention location to a prison in the country's capital, legal officials familiar with her case said. Her ongoing court cases will be tried at a new facility constructed in the prison compound, they ...

‘It’s terrible:’ Philadelphia mayor sorry for slain Filipino

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The mayor of Philadelphia expressed shock and sorrow over the killing of a Filipino lawyer who was shot in the city over the weekend and is offering a $20,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the shooter, a senior Philippine diplomat said ...

Afghan aid auditor accuses State, USAID of withholding info

WASHINGTON (AP) — The congressionally mandated watchdog for U.S. assistance to Afghanistan is accusing the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development of illegally withholding information from it about the American withdrawal from the country last year and current ...

N. Korea’s talks of new army duties suggest nuke deployment

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea discussed assigning additional duties to its frontline army units at a key military meeting, state media said Thursday, a suggestion the country may want to deploy battlefield nuclear weapons targeting South Korea along the rivals' tense border. The ...

China hosts BRICS meeting amid rising economic concerns

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday is hosting a virtual summit with the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa collectively known as the "BRICS," amid rising concerns over the global economic outlook and a growing political divide between Beijing and New ...

Survivors dig by hand after Afghanistan quake killing 1,000

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — Survivors dug by hand Thursday through villages in eastern Afghanistan reduced to rubble by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 1,000 people, as the Taliban and the international community that fled their takeover struggled to aid the disaster's victims. In ...

UK inflation rate hits new 40-year high of 9.1%

LONDON (AP) — Britain's inflation rate hit a new 40-year high of 9.1% in the 12 months to May, figures showed Wednesday, as Russia's war in Ukraine drove food and fuel prices ever higher. The Office for National Statistics said consumer price inflation rose slightly from 9% in April, itself ...

EU Commission proposes cutting pesticides by half by 2030

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm on Wednesday proposed setting legally binding targets to reduce the use of chemical pesticides by 50% by 2030 and a ban on all pesticide use in areas such public parks, playgrounds and schools. The European Commission said the current rules ...

Germany’s Scholz: G7 to discuss ‘Marshall plan’ for Ukraine

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Wednesday that he wants to discuss the outlines of a "Marshall plan for Ukraine" with the leaders of the Group of Seven countries at their upcoming summit in Germany. Scholz hopes for a united front on long-term support for Ukraine when he ...

Czech central bank raises key rate again to tackle inflation

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's central bank once again raised its key interest rate significantly Wednesday as it tried to combat soaring inflation. The hike of a percentage point and a quarter brought the interest rate to 7%, the highest level since early 1999. It was the ninth straight ...

Car factory workers block key motorway in Serbia capital

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Dozens of Serbian car factory workers on Wednesday blocked a key motorway in the capital Belgrade to protest layoff and relocation plans. The workers traveled from the central town of Kragujevac, where the plant is located, to Belgrade, saying they wanted better ...

Thousands of Dutch farmers protest, fearing government cuts

STROE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of farmers gathered in the central Netherlands Wednesday to protest the Dutch government's plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia, driving their tractors across the Netherlands and snarling traffic on major highways. The protest was ...

In climate fight, EU lawmakers back stricter emission caps

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers stepped up the fight against global warming Wednesday by requiring deeper emission cuts from power plants, factories and planes in the EU and by endorsing an unprecedented import tax. The European Parliament advanced draft climate legislation that ...

UK to see 2nd national rail strike after talks hit stalemate

LONDON (AP) — Britain faces the second of three national railway strikes Thursday after new negotiations between union and employers ended in deadlock. The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union accused the government of "wrecking" Wednesday's talks and said the 24-hour walkout by 40,000 ...