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Mexico’s military on display in independence celebrations

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Independence Day parade Friday had even more of a militaristic air this year coming just days after the relatively new National Guard was passed completely to the command of the military. The gray-camouflaged National Guard troops were a heavy presence in the ...

12 die under collapsed structures amid heavy rains in India

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Heavy rains flooded hundreds of homes, knocked out power and collapsed structures in northern India, causing 12 deaths and more injuries, officials said Friday. Schools were closed for the day in Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh state capital, where the meteorological office ...

Floods in Italy kill 10; Survivors plucked from roofs, trees

CANTIANO, Italy (AP) — Flash floods swept through several towns Friday in hilly central Italy after hours of exceptionally heavy rain, leaving 10 people dead and at least four missing. Dozens of survivors scrambled onto rooftops or up into trees to await rescue. Floods invaded garages and ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Oktoberfest is back but inflation hits brewers, cost of beer

MUNICH (AP) — Oktoberfest is back in Germany after two years of pandemic cancellations — the same bicep-challenging beer mugs, fat-dripping pork knuckles, pretzels the size of dinner plates, men in leather shorts and women in cleavage-baring traditional dresses. But while brewers are more ...

Cambodia begins treason trial of 37 opposition figures

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian activists and former opposition lawmakers accused of trying to help an exiled political candidate return home stood trial on treason charges Thursday with few of the defendants in attendance. Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and several top leaders of ...

Israel’s Netanyahu campaigns aboard bulletproof ‘Bibibus’

BEERSHEBA, Israel (AP) — Props are a familiar part of Benjamin Netanyahu's repertoire when delivering public speeches — from cartoon bombs at the United Nations to a wall of CDs and binders supposedly seized from Iran by Mossad agents. Now, the former prime minister — famed for his flair ...

No sighting in northern Philippines of Chinese rocket debris

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials have warned of possible danger to aircraft and ships from debris from a new Chinese rocket launch that might fall in northern Philippine waters, authorities said Thursday, adding no debris has been sighted so far. The Philippine Space Agency ...

Pope urged to avoid ‘supermarket of religions’ in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan (AP) — Pope Francis reaffirmed the critical value Thursday of interfaith dialogue to contrast the "folly of war," even as one of his own bishops warned that Francis' participation in a big interfaith peace conference in Kazakhstan could imply papal endorsement of a ...

China slams US Senate bill supporting Taiwan’s defense

BANGKOK (AP) — China's Foreign Ministry accused the United States of violating its commitment to the "One China" principle and interfering in internal Chinese affairs Thursday, after the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations committee approved a new bill that could significantly increase American ...

Pakistan reopens highway to speed up aid to flood victims

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani engineers and soldiers cleared a key highway on Thursday to enable aid workers to speed up supplies to survivors of devastating floods that have left hundreds of thousands homeless and killed 1,508 people, the majority of them women and children. Traffic between ...

Success for party of ‘Sweden first’ energizes global right

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Sweden Democrats party was founded by neo-Nazis and skinheads in the 1980s. Today, the rebranded and reformed nationalist party stands on the edge of unprecedented influence. Following a weekend election held amid fears of rising crime, the anti-immigration party is the ...

German FM urges swift decision on tank delivery to Ukraine

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister is putting pressure on Chancellor Olaf Scholz to decide soon whether to supply Ukraine with advanced tanks as it seeks to reclaim more of its captured territory from Russia. Kyiv has said it would like to get German Leopard-2 tanks, but Berlin has so ...

Pope: Vatican seeks talks on Nicaragua’s Catholic crackdown

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday the Vatican was in contact with the Nicaraguan government about its crackdown on the Catholic Church and hoped "at the very least" that nuns from Mother Teresa's Sisters of Charity religious order would be allowed to return to ...

Pope keeps Moscow dialogue open even if it’s uncomfortable

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — The Vatican plans to keep open paths of dialogue with Russia, even if doing so "smells," Pope Francis said Thursday, reaffirming Ukraine's right to defend itself. Francis spoke at length about Russia's war in Ukraine and the need for peace during a press ...

Cease-fire holds between Armenia and Azerbaijan

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — A cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan held Thursday following two days of fighting that killed 176 soldiers from both sides. Armen Grigoryan, the secretary of Armenia's Security Council, said the truce brokered thanks to international mediation took effect at 8 ...

Pope laments missed chance to improve ties with China

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday that he didn't understand China but respected it, as another opportunity to improve ties came and went when the pope and Chinese president were within a few miles (kilometers) of one another in Kazakhstan but didn't meet. The Holy See ...

UN board calls on Russia to leave Ukraine nuclear plant

LONDON (AP) — The U.N. atomic agency's 35-nation Board of Governors passed a resolution Thursday calling on Moscow to immediately end its occupation of a Ukrainian nuclear power plant, where shelling of the facility and nearby areas in recent weeks heightened fears of a possible radiation ...

US sends new military aid for Ukraine to boost momentum

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Thursday it will send another $600 million in military aid to Ukraine, as the U.S. rushes more weapons to fuel Kyiv's counteroffensive that has reclaimed large stretches of the embattled country and forced Russian troops to retreat. The ...

Mexico arrests general in case of missing students

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities have arrested a retired general and three other members of the army for alleged connection to the disappearance of 43 students in southern Mexico in 2014, the government announced Thursday. Assistant Public Safety Secretary Ricardo Mejia said that among ...

Mexican government says train poses no threat to skeleton

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History said Thursday that a prehistoric human skeleton found recently in a flooded cave system along the country's Caribbean coast was actually registered by the institute in 2019 and would not be threatened by a nearby ...