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Myanmar caught off guard as cases surge, oxygen dwindles

BANGKOK (AP) — Soe Win stood in line at a plant to buy oxygen for his grandmother, who is struggling with COVID-19 symptoms. "I have been waiting since 5 in the morning until 12 noon but I'm still in line. Oxygen is scarcer than money," said the resident of Myanmar's biggest city, ...

Leaders of North Korea, China vow to strengthen ties

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The North Korean and Chinese leaders expressed their desire Sunday to further strengthen their ties as they exchanged messages marking the 60th anniversary of their countries' defense treaty. In a message to Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong ...

Ethiopia’s ruling party wins national election in landslide

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's ruling Prosperity Party on Saturday was declared the winner of last month's national election in a landslide, assuring a second five-year term for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The National Election Board of Ethiopia said the ruling party won 410 seats ...

‘We need help’: Haiti’s interim leader requests US troops

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's interim government has asked the U.S. and U.N. to deploy troops to protect key infrastructure as it tries to stabilize the country and prepare for elections in the aftermath of President Jovenel Moïse's assassination. The stunning request for U.S. ...

UK police officer admits killing woman abducted on walk home

LONDON (AP) — A British police officer pleaded guilty Friday to murdering a 33-year-old woman who was abducted as she walked home from a friend's house in south London. Wayne Couzens previously admitted kidnapping and raping Sarah Everard, a marketing executive who went missing on March 3. ...

South African court rejects ex-leader’s bid to delay prison

PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa (AP) — A South African court has rejected former South African President Jacob Zuma's request to postpone his current jail term. Zuma, who started his 15-month jail sentence Thursday, will remain behind bars after his application for his prison term be delayed ...

Central European leaders worry over Afghan migration ‘wave’

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Central European leaders on Friday voiced concern over what they said was a potential migration rush from Afghanistan as U.S. and NATO forces pull out from that country. They also complained that a small group of powerful countries within the European Union continue ...

Black Sea drills showcase strong NATO-Ukraine defense ties

ABOARD USS ROSS (AP) — Ukraine and NATO have conducted Black Sea drills involving dozens of warships in a two-week show of their strong defense ties and capability following a confrontation between Russia's military forces and a British destroyer off Crimea last month. The Sea Breeze 2021 ...

Extremist attack in Somalia’s capital kills at least 9

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A large explosion in Somalia's capital killed at least nine people and injured eight others, a health official said Saturday. Dr. Mohamed Nur at the Medina Hospital told reporters that the toll reflected only the dead and wounded who were taken to the facility in ...

Haiti’s interim PM confirms request for US troops to country

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's interim government said Friday that it asked the U.S. to deploy troops to protect key infrastructure as it tries to stabilize the country and prepare the way for elections in the aftermath of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. "We definitely ...

Top EU official says aid access to Syrians must stay open

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A top EU official warned Thursday that the potential closure of the only remaining border crossing through which humanitarian aid can enter parts of Syria held by anti-government insurgents would have "dramatic" consequences for millions of civilians. In an interview ...

Oxfam: 11 people die of hunger each minute around the globe

CAIRO (AP) — The anti-poverty organization Oxfam says 11 people die of hunger each minute and that the number facing famine-like conditions around the globe has increased six times over the last year. In a report titled "The Hunger Virus Multiplies," Oxfam said Thursday that the death toll ...

Egypt, Sudan urge UN action on Nile dam, Ethiopia says ‘no’

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt and Sudan urged the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to undertake "preventive diplomacy" and call for a legally binding agreement to resolve a dispute with Ethiopia over the availability of water from its dam on the Nile River, but Ethiopia insisted the matter can ...

Drone attacks by Iraqi militias reflect Iran’s waning hold

s BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran's expeditionary Quds Force commander brought one main directive for Iraqi militia faction leaders long beholden to Tehran, when he gathered with them in Baghdad last month: Maintain calm, until after nuclear talks between Iran and the United States. But he was met with ...

Asian shares slip after Wall Street retreat, bond yields dip

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Friday after stocks pulled back from their recent record highs on Wall Street as bond yields fell and investors turned cautious. Benchmarks fell in Tokyo, Seoul, Sydney and Shanghai but rose in Hong Kong. U.S. futures were higher and the ...

Pope, from hospital, sends condolences to Haiti after attack

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday sent his condolences to Haiti following what he said was the "heinous assassination" of President Jovenal Moïse. Francis, who is recovering at a Rome hospital from intestinal surgery, condemned "all forms of violence as a means of resolving crises and ...

Hungary activists vow to resist LGBT law, symbol of EU rift

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Activists in Hungary erected a 10-meter-high (30-foot-high) rainbow-colored heart opposite the country's neo-Gothic parliament on Thursday, vowing to wage a civil disobedience campaign against a new law that they say discriminates against LGBT people and that has ...

Belarus government blocks media outlet, detains reporters

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities blocked the website of a leading online media outlet, detained several of its journalists and conducted searches involving three other media organizations Thursday, the latest moves in a sweeping crackdown on dissent and independent media in the ...

Counting the cost: England fans gear up for Euro 2020 final

LONDON (AP) — There are no doubt a few hangovers across England on Thursday after a night of wild celebrations in the wake of the national soccer team's victory over Denmark in the European Championship semifinals. There will likely be many, many more on Monday morning if England manages to ...

Fighter jets scramble, interrupt leaders in Lithuania

HELSINKI (AP) — A news conference at a NATO air base in Lithuania featuring Lithuania's president and Spain's prime minister got abruptly cut off Thursday when the pair of Spanish fighter jets serving as the leaders' backdrop were scrambled to monitor errant military aircraft in the skies ...