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Chinese astronauts go on spacewalk from new station

BEIJING (AP) — Two Chinese astronauts went on a spacewalk Saturday from a new space station that is due to be completed later this year. Cai Xuzhe and Chen Dong installed pumps, a handle to open the hatch door from outside in an emergency, and a foot-stop to fix an astronaut's feet to a ...

Hungary faces reckoning with EU that could cost it billions

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — After his headline performance at Hungary's Sziget Festival last month, pop star Justin Bieber held a grandiose party for his staff in a luxurious countryside setting — a 19th century castle owned by the son-in-law of the country's prime minister. The castle, to ...

Cheetahs make a comeback in India after 70 years

NEW DELHI (AP) — Seven decades after cheetahs died out in India, they're back. Eight big cats from Namibia made the long trek Saturday in a chartered cargo flight to the northern Indian city of Gwalior, part of an ambitious and hotly contested plan to reintroduce cheetahs to the South Asian ...

Iran leader appears in public after nearly two weeks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke to students in person Saturday after being out of the public eye for nearly two weeks. Khamenei, 83, who normally speaks while sitting down, gave a seven-minute speech at the Imam Khomeini Hosseinieh, or congregation ...

Kazakhstan renames capital, extends presidential term

MOSCOW (AP) — The president of Kazakhstan on Saturday signed constitutional amendments that extended the presidential term to seven years and brought back the old name of the country's capital. The changes are among political and economic reforms that President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has ...

WHO raises alarm on disease in flood-hit areas of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The World Health Organization raised the alarm Saturday about a "second disaster" in the wake of the deadly floods in Pakistan this summer, as doctors and medical workers on the ground race to battle outbreaks of waterborne and other diseases. The floodwaters started ...

Belgrade police clash with hooligans during Pride march

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Riot police clashed Saturday with soccer hooligans in downtown Belgrade, where a pan-European Pride march was held despite threats from anti-gay groups and an official earlier ban on the march in the traditionally conservative Balkan state. Tensions were high in the ...

Pelosi, other US lawmakers visit Armenia as cease-fire holds

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — A U.S. congressional delegation headed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi arrived Saturday in Armenia, where a cease-fire has held for three days after an outburst of fighting with neighboring Azerbaijan that killed more than 200 troops from both sides. The U.S. ...

PHOTO GALLERY: For Russia’s Putin, military and diplomatic pressures mount

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin mounted on the battlefield and in the halls of global power as Ukrainian troops pushed their counteroffensive Saturday to advance farther into Ukraine's partly recaptured northeast. Western officials and analysts said Russian ...

China values UN relationship despite human rights criticism

BEIJING (AP) — As world leaders gather in New York at the annual U.N. General Assembly, rising superpower China is also focusing on another United Nations body that is meeting across the Atlantic Ocean in Geneva. Chinese diplomats are speaking out and lobbying others at an ongoing session of ...

It’s tapped: Germany’s Oktoberfest opens after 2-year hiatus

MUNICH (AP) — The beer is flowing at Munich's world-famous Oktoberfest for the first time since 2019. With three knocks of a hammer and the traditional cry of "O'zapft is" — "It's tapped" — Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap in the first keg at noon on Saturday, officially opening the ...

Talks to restructure Puerto Rico power company debt fail

HAVANA (AP) — Mediation talks to restructure more than $9 billion in debt held by Puerto Rico's power company failed, officials announced Saturday, raising concerns about the future of the bankrupt government agency. A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico's finances said the ...

EXPLAINER: What to know about the UN General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — After two years of virtual and hybrid summits, the world's leaders will reconvene on the river's edge in New York this coming week at the U.N. General Assembly, an exercise in multilateralism born from the hope for lasting peace that followed World War II. The opening ...

PHOTO & Video: Ukrainian president: Burial site contains torture victims

IZIUM, Ukraine (AP) — Investigators searching through a mass burial site in Ukraine have found evidence that some of the dead were tortured, including bodies with broken limbs and ropes around their necks, Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy said Friday. The site near the northeastern ...

Palestinians commemorate horrific 1982 massacre in Beirut

BEIRUT (AP) — Palestinians commemorated Friday the 40th anniversary of the horrific killings in a refugee camp in Beirut that left hundreds of people dead during Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon. Dozens of citizens from Europe who support the Palestinian cause also took part in the memorial ...

24 killed, scores wounded in clashes on Kyrgyz-Tajik border

MOSCOW (AP) — Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan traded blame for fighting on the border Friday that killed at least 24 people, wounded dozens and prompted a mass evacuation. Kyrgyzstan's Health Ministry said early Saturday that 24 bodies had been delivered to hospitals in the Batken region that ...

2 police hurt in London stabbing, unrelated to queen events

LONDON (AP) — Two London police officers were hospitalized after being stabbed in the city's busy West End on Friday, the Metropolitan Police force said. The attack is not being treated as terrorism. The force said officers patrolling near Leicester Square encountered a man with a knife ...

Orban: EU lawmakers’ democracy declaration is a joke

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban lashed out Friday over a European Parliament declaration that stated Hungary no longer could be considered a full democracy. Orban dismissed the resolution as "a joke." In the declaration that passed 433- 123 with 28 abstentions ...

Xinjiang Kazakh plans political party to counter China’s Xi

BEIJING (AP) — Five years ago, Bekzat Maxutkanuly was a small-time clothes merchant in Kazakhstan, uninterested in politics but worried over rumblings of a brewing crackdown across the border in China's Xinjiang region, the land of his birth. Now this week, as soldiers goose-stepped to ...

Arab bloc splits ahead of Israeli elections in November

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. The Arab nationalist Balad party will run separately from the other two ...