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UK to offer vaccines to some gay, bisexual men for monkeypox

LONDON (AP) — British health officials will start offering vaccines to some men who have sex with men and are at the highest risk of catching monkeypox, in an effort to curb the biggest outbreak of the disease beyond Africa. Doctors can consider vaccination for some men at the highest risk ...

Bulgarian PM appeals for support ahead of no-confidence vote

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian lawmakers on Tuesday started debating a no-confidence motion against the minority government, on the eve of the vote that could well topple centrist Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, elected just months ago on pledges to fight corruption. Parliament will vote ...

Peru’s ex-presidential candidate Fujimori announces divorce

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Former Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori revealed Tuesday that she is ending her marriage to her Peruvian-American husband, Mark Villanella. Fujimori, 47, said on her Twitter account that they made the decision "after extensive reflection" and are ending the ...

Lula platform has green focus, nods to middle in Brazil race

SAO PAULO (AP) — Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva laid out his campaign platform Tuesday, including a pledge for zero deforestation initiatives and appeals to moderates as seeks to unseat Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil's election in October. The 76-year-old leftist, who governed in ...

Ecuador protests take increasingly violent turn in capital

QUITO (AP) — Ecuador's defense minister warned Tuesday the country's democracy was at risk as Indigenous protesters attacked the prosecutor's office and demonstrations against the government and rising fuel prices turned increasingly violent in Quito. Ecuador's capital was virtually ...

North Korean leader convenes military meeting amid tensions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is meeting with his senior military officials to discuss national defense policies and continuing his arms buildup following a highly provocative run in ballistic missile testing this year that revived tensions with Washington and ...

Australian authorities declare final results after election

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Authorities are to declare the final seat on Wednesday in a greener, more fragmented Australian Parliament following May 21 elections. The election brought Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's center-left Labor Party to power for the first time in nine years. The ...

Former Colombian rebel leaders recognize role in kidnappings

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A group of former leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said Tuesday that the guerrilla organization was responsible for war crimes, including the kidnapping of thousands of civilians for ransom and also holding politicians as hostages for several years ...

US, Iran in tense sea incident; Tehran preps new centrifuges

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy warship fired a warning flare to wave off an Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat coming straight at it during a tense encounter in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, officials said Tuesday. The incident on Monday involving the Guard and the Navy ...

‘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 ...

Sri Lanka’s crisis cripples once burgeoning middle class

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Miraj Madushanka never thought he'd need government rations to ensure his family could eat two meals a day, but Sri Lanka's economic crisis, the worst in its history, has recast his life and those of many others in its burgeoning middle class. Families that never ...

Africa ‘taken hostage’ by Russia’s invasion, Zelenskyy says

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — "Africa is actually taken hostage" in Russia's invasion of Ukraine amid catastrophically rising food prices, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the African Union continental body during a closed-door address on Monday. It took weeks of requests for Zelenskyy ...

EXPLAINER: What’s next after Russia reduced gas to Europe?

It's not a summer heat wave that's making European leaders and businesses sweat. It's fear that Russia's manipulation of natural gas supplies will lead to an economic and political crisis next winter. Or, in the worst case, even sooner. Here are key things to know about the energy pressure ...

Luxury market seen as growing in 2022 despite inflation, war

MILAN (AP) — Neither inflation nor the war in Ukraine are threatening to take a bite out of the luxury fashion market, according to a study published Tuesday. While much of the world is fretting over higher fuel and energy prices, the study by Bain & Company consultancy indicated that ...

UK rail strike strands commuters, pits workers against govt

LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands of railway workers walked off the job in Britain on Tuesday, bringing the train network to a crawl in the country's biggest transit strike for three decades — and a potential precursor to a summer of labor discontent. About 40,000 cleaners, signalers, ...

Google exec to UN: Ukraine ‘a crystal ball’ for info warfare

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A Google executive warned the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that cyberattacks, disinformation and other forms of information warfare being waged in Ukraine are a "crystal ball" for future problems elsewhere. "States must find a way to turn the volume down and settle on ...

Macron holds postelection talks with French party leaders

PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron held talks Tuesday with France's main party leaders in a bid to show he is open to dialogue after his centrist alliance failed to win an absolute majority in parliamentary elections. The meetings at the Elysee presidential palace come after Prime ...

Indonesia deports Japanese man accused of COVID relief fraud

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia early Wednesday deported a Japanese man to Tokyo where police have accused him, his family and acquaintances of participating in a fraud scheme that netted $7.3 million intended for small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Mitsuhiro Taniguchi, ...

‘Everything is on fire’: Ukraine region weathers bombardment

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian attacks laid down a curtain of fire Tuesday across areas of eastern Ukraine where pockets of resistance are denying Moscow full military control of the region, almost four months after the Kremlin unleashed its invasion. "Today everything that can burn is on ...

Leftist’s election to test Colombia’s alliance with US

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It's one of the United States' few enduring alliances in an often-turbulent Latin America, one built around a decades-long partnership combating the nation's drug cartels. But Gustavo Petro's election as Colombia's first leftist president is likely to test the U.S.' ...