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Storm’s damages put focus on Cuba’s dire housing crisis

HAVANA (AP) — Olga Lidia Lahera lives with her daughter and two granddaughters in a tiny 15-square-meter (160-square-foot) apartment with peeling plaster walls that has barely enough room for a shelf with pots and a rickety sofa bed. A cloth curtain separates the space they use to wash up. ...

Italy’s 5-Stars in chaos as Di Maio splits, forms new group

ROME (AP) — Italy's political landscape shifted Wednesday after Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio formalized his departure from the 5-Star Movement, splitting with the party he helped found over its Ukraine policy and other differences. Di Maio announced his departure after Premier Mario Draghi ...

Turkey, Saudi hail ‘new era of cooperation’ as prince visits

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday declared their determination to start a "new era of cooperation" during a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as they set aside years of acrimony following the brutal slaying of a Saudi columnist. The Turkish fiancée of ...

Sri Lankan prime minister: Island’s economy ‘has collapsed’

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's debt-laden economy has "collapsed" after months of shortages of food, fuel and electricity, the prime minister told lawmakers Wednesday in comments that underscored the country's dire situation as it seeks help from international lenders. Ranil ...

Space chief hopes for ‘Kennedy moment’ from European leaders

BERLIN (AP) — Josef Aschbacher recalls gazing at the night sky above his parents' Alpine farm when he was 7, trying to comprehend what he had just seen on the family's black-and-white TV set: the landing of NASA's Apollo 11 on the Moon. More than half a century later, Aschbacher heads the ...

China says Ukraine crisis has sounded alarm for humanity

BEIJING (AP) — The conflict in Ukraine has "sounded an alarm for humanity," Chinese leader Xi Jinping said Wednesday, as China continues to assume a position of neutrality while backing its ally Russia. China has refused to criticize Russia's war in Ukraine or even to refer to it as an ...

Asian stocks higher after Wall St declines on growth worries

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Thursday after the Federal Reserve chairman said the U.S. central bank wants to avoid causing a recession but one is possible as it raises interest rates to cool surging inflation. Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong advanced. Seoul declined. ...

Fin-tastic! Growing ‘mermaiding’ subculture makes a splash

SYDNEY (AP) — There was a pivotal moment in Queen Pangke Tabora's life that eclipsed all others: It was the moment, she says, when she first slid her legs into a mermaid tail. For the transgender Filipina woman approaching middle age, seeing her legs encased in vibrant, scaly-looking ...

Thousands flock to Stonehenge to mark summer solstice

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of druids, pagans and New Age revelers greeted the summer solstice at Stonehenge on Tuesday, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. About 6,000 people gathered at the ancient stone circle in southern England to watch the sun rise at 4:49 a.m. on a ...

NBA’s Biyombo brings Congo to the pope after trip canceled

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis may have canceled his planned trip to Congo because of his bad knee, but he had a visit Tuesday from one of Congo's brightest basketball stars who briefed him on his humanitarian efforts back home. The Phoenix Suns' Bismack Biyombo had a private audience with ...

Jesuit priests killed by gunmen in church in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two elderly Jesuit priests were killed inside a church where a man pursued by gunmen apparently sought refuge in a remote mountainous area of northern Mexico, the religious order's Mexican branch announced Tuesday. Javier Campos Morales, 79, and Joaquín César Mora ...

South China floods force tens of thousands to evacuate

BEIJING (AP) — Major flooding has forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in southern China, with more rain expected. The manufacturing hub of Guangdong suspended classes, office work and public transport amid rising waters and the threat of landslides. In the neighboring ...

Nurses at Zimbabwe’s public hospitals strike for better pay

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Striking nurses and other health workers have brought Zimbabwe's government hospitals to a near standstill, straining a once vibrant public health system now plagued by a lack of medicines and basic supplies such as gloves. The health professionals stopped working ...

South Korea launches first satellite with homegrown rocket

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea conducted its first successful satellite launch using a domestically developed rocket on Tuesday, officials said, boosting its growing aerospace ambitions and demonstrating it has key technologies needed to launch spy satellites and build larger missiles ...

Maldives religious extremists disrupt Yoga Day event

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives police arrested six people after religious fundamentalists disrupted and chased away participants in a government event marking International Yoga Day on Tuesday. The Indian and British ambassadors were among those attending the event at the national football ...

EU calls on Ethiopia to reconnect Tigray region to the world

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The European Union says Ethiopia's government must reconnect its northern Tigray region to the world as a yearlong partial blockade has left food aid for almost 1 million hungry people stuck in warehouses without the fuel to deliver it. Janez Lenarcic, the EU ...

Saudi crown prince concludes Egypt visit, heads to Jordan

CAIRO (AP) — Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman departed for Jordan after wrapping up a visit to Egypt on Tuesday following talks with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. The two leaders discussed a wide range of topics, including ties between the two regional heavyweights ...

Italy’s Draghi gets backing for government line on Ukraine

ROME (AP) — Premier Mario Draghi secured Senate backing Tuesday to continue supporting Ukraine against Russia, following calls from the 5-Star Movement leadership for Italy to stop sending weapons and focus more on diplomacy. Draghi outlined Italy's Ukraine policy, and briefed senators on ...

France rules against burkini swimwear for religious reasons

PARIS (AP) — France's top administrative court ruled Tuesday against allowing body-covering "burkini" swimwear in public pools for religious reasons, arguing that it violates the principle of government neutrality toward religion. While worn by only a small number of people in France, the ...

Lapid, set to be Israel’s next premier, faces critical test

JERUSALEM (AP) — In a 10-year political career, Israel's Yair Lapid has transformed himself from an upstart political novice to a feisty opposition leader to the savvy operator who toppled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Next week, he is expected to assume his biggest role yet — as the ...