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William at 40: A milestone birthday in a life under scrutiny

LONDON (AP) — The world watched as Prince William grew from a towheaded schoolboy to a dashing air-sea rescue pilot to a balding father of three. But as he turns 40 on Tuesday, William is making the biggest change yet: assuming an increasingly central role in the royal family as he prepares ...

Emirati officials announce new plans for world’s fair site

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirati officials Monday revealed plans to repurpose the Expo 2020 site in Dubai that received millions of visitors between October and March. At a press conference at the site's exhibition center, officials announced the property would be transformed into ...

Cambodian catches world’s largest recorded freshwater fish

BANGKOK (AP) — The world's largest recorded freshwater fish, a giant stingray, has been caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia, according to scientists from the Southeast Asian nation and the United States. The stingray, captured on June 13, measured almost 4 meters (13 feet) from snout to ...

Lawyers call on intl court to investigate Uyghur treatment

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Lawyers on Monday renewed calls for the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into China's treatment of Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim groups in China's Xinjiang region as they presented a dossier of evidence to prosecutors. Activists and ...

Belgium returns Congo independence hero’s tooth to family

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities on Monday returned a gold-capped tooth belonging to the slain Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba, as the former colonial power continues to confront its bloody past and look toward reconciliation. The restitution of the relic took place after ...

Boris Johnson has sinus operation at London hospital

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had an operation on his sinuses under general anaesthetic on Monday, his office said. Johnson's spokesman, Max Blain, said the prime minister was back at his 10 Downing Street home and resting after the "routine" procedure. He said the ...

Pakistani prime minister appears in court in corruption case

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's newly elected Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif appeared in court on Monday in connection with an old corruption case and was granted exemption from further appearances in person in the hearings, his defense lawyer said. The case dating back four years is ...

Colombia picks 1st leftist president in tight runoff contest

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia will be governed by a leftist president for the first time after former rebel Gustavo Petro narrowly defeated a real estate tycoon in a runoff election that underscored people's disgust with the country's traditional politicians. Petro's third attempt to win ...

Sri Lankan students demand government resign over crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Thousands of students from state universities marched in Sri Lanka's capital on Monday to demand the president and prime minister resign over an economic crisis that has caused severe shortages of essential supplies and disrupted people's livelihoods and ...

China’s 1st Horn of Africa envoy offers to mediate in region

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — China's first special envoy to the Horn of Africa on Monday offered to mediate in disputes in the region as Beijing seeks to strengthen its influence and protect its investments from conflict. "I myself am ready to provide mediation efforts for the peaceful settlement ...

Poland wants formal rules for Israeli Holocaust study trips

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government wants formal rules to regulate the terms under which Israeli schoolchildren pay Holocaust study visits to the country, including on the presence of armed Israeli guards, an official in Warsaw said Monday. Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz ...

EU: Blame Russia, not sanctions, for global food crisis

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat said on Monday he has written to all African foreign ministers to explain that the bloc's sanctions on Russia are not responsible for the looming global food crisis, and pledged to work out ways for exports of food and fertilizers to reach ...

Hong Kong’s last UK governor says crackdowns ‘heartbreaking’

LONDON (AP) — Beijing's crackdown on civil liberties in Hong Kong has been "a lot worse" than expected, the last British governor of the city said Monday as he launched a new book to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule. Chris Patten, who ...

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi celebrates birthday with cake in court

BANGKOK (AP) — Although detained by Myanmar's military government on a slew of charges, ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was able to hold a small birthday celebration during a court appearance Monday, a legal official said. Suu Kyi, whose elected government was overthrown by the army in ...

Saudi crown prince visits Egypt ahead of Biden Mideast trip

CAIRO (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Cairo on Monday on the first leg of a Middle East tour that comes ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden's trip to the region next month. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt received bin Salman at the airport, a courtesy ...

Colombian voters elect country’s first Black vice president

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As Colombia's voters put aside a longtime antipathy to leftists and chose one as their new president, they also carved out another milestone — electing the country's first Black vice president. When former leftist rebel Gustavo Petro takes office as president on ...

Japan court says ban on same-sex marriage constitutional

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ruled Monday that the country's ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the constitution, and rejected demands for compensation by three couples who said their right to free union and equality has been violated. The Osaka District Court ruling is the second ...

Mexican diplomat starts jostling for 2024 nomination

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's top diplomat began the open jostling to win the 2024 nomination of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's Morena party on Monday. Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard offered his WhatsApp number for comments from the public Monday, and on Sunday he said ...

No nukes? Ukraine-Russian war will shape world’s arsenals

The headlines on the newsstands in Seoul blared fresh warnings of a possible nuclear test by North Korea. Out on the sidewalks, 28-year-old office worker Lee Jae Sang already had an opinion about how to respond to North Korea's fast-growing capacity to lob nuclear bombs across borders and ...

‘It always wins’: North Korea may declare COVID-19 victory

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It's only been a month since North Korea acknowledged having a COVID-19 outbreak, after steadfastly denying any cases for more than two years. But already it may be preparing to declare victory. According to state media, North Korea has avoided the mass deaths many ...