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US officials back in Venezuela in a bid to rebuild ties

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Senior U.S. government officials have quietly traveled to Caracas in the latest bid to bring home detained Americans and rebuild relations with the South American oil giant as the war in Ukraine drags on, forcing the U.S. to recalibrate other foreign policy ...

Cyberattack forces Iran steel company to halt production

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of Iran's major steel companies said Monday it was forced to halt production after being hit by a cyberattack that also targeted two other plants, apparently marking one of the biggest such assaults on the country's strategic industrial sector in recent ...

Explorers find WWII Navy destroyer, deepest wreck discovered

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Navy destroyer that engaged a superior Japanese fleet in the largest sea battle of World War II in the Philippines has become the deepest wreck to be discovered, according to explorers. The USS Samuel B. Roberts, popularly known as the "Sammy B," was ...

To combat coral bleaching, Kenya turns to reef nurseries

WASINI, Kenya (AP) — Minutes away from the Kenyan mainland, the densely forested island of Wasini is one of several starting lines for coral reef restoration efforts in the western Indian Ocean. On a rare calm day during the normally turbulent monsoon season, four divers, carrying measuring ...

Czech bullet train collides with engine, 1 dead, 5 injured

PRAGUE (AP) — A bullet train collided with an engine in a train station in northeastern Czech Republic Monday, killing one person and injuring five. Czech Railways said the accident took place early in the morning in the town of Bohumin, shortly after the departure of the Pendolino train for ...

Will he go or not? Hong Kong awaits word on Xi Jinping visit

HONG KONG (AP) — Will he go or not? Chinese President Xi Jinping kept Hong Kong guessing on Monday about his possible appearance at the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's return to Chinese rule. The government has yet to say whether he will be physically present for the events, ...

Prince Charles denies any wrongdoing over bags-of-cash claim

LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles' office has denied there was any wrongdoing in the heir to the British throne accepting bags full of cash as charity donations from a Qatari politician. The Sunday Times said the prince was given a total of 3 million euros ($3.2 million) by Sheikh Hamad bin ...

Iran launches rocket into space as nuclear talks to resume

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state television said Sunday that Tehran had launched a solid-fueled rocket into space, drawing a rebuke from Washington ahead of the expected resumption of stalled talks over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers. It's unclear when or where the rocket ...

Iraqi caretaker PM in Iran to rekindle talks with Saudis

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraq's caretaker prime minister met with Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday, state TV reported, on a visit aimed at reactivating Baghdad-mediated talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi officially received Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who was slated ...

Cambodia confirms ruling party landslide victory in polls

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's National Election Committee on Sunday issued official results from this month's local polls that confirmed a landslide victory by Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party. The results showed the Cambodian People's Party receiving 74.3% of the votes, and ...

Bosnian Serb leader prays for Trump’s return, praises Putin

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The leader of Bosnia's Serbs said Sunday he hoped former U.S. President Donald Trump would return to power and that the Serbs would "wait for appropriate global circumstances" to reach for their goal of seceding from Bosnia, which he called an ...

Russia strikes Kyiv as Western leaders meet in Europe

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia shattered weeks of relative calm in the Ukrainian capital with long-range missiles fired toward Kyiv early Sunday, an apparent Kremlin show-of-force as Western leaders meet in Europe to strengthen their military and economic support of Ukraine. Kyiv Mayor Vitali ...

Norway: Suspect in Pride Month attack won’t talk to police

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The suspect in a mass shooting during an LGBTQ festival in Norway has refused to explain his actions to investigators and will remain in pretrial custody for the next four weeks, police and his defense lawyer said Sunday. The man, whom authorities described as a ...

6 police officers killed in northern Mexico ambush

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Six police officers were killed and four others wounded Sunday in the northern Mexico border state of Nuevo Leon after they were ambushed by a presumed drug gang equipped with 10 home-made armored cars and heavy weaponry. Nuevo Leon state police said the patrol was ...

4 killed when stands collapse during Colombian bullfight

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Part of the wooden stands collapsed during a bullfight in central Colombia Sunday, sending spectators plunging to the ground and killing at least four people and injuring hundreds, authorities said. The disaster took place in a stadium in the city of El Espinal in ...

Tale of 2 summits: ‘America’s back’ to America’s backsliding

ELMAU, Germany (AP) — One year ago, Joe Biden strode into his first Group of Seven summit as president and confidently told the closest U.S. allies that "America is Back." Now, many of them are worrying that America is backsliding. As Biden meets this week in the Bavarian Alps with the heads ...

Ecuador president cuts gasoline price amid Indigenous strike

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso announced a cut in gasoline prices Sunday that appeared to fall short of the reduction demanded by Indigenous leaders to end a strike that has paralyzed parts of the country for two weeks. The reduction cuts the price of gasoline by ...

Death toll of children in Afghanistan quake rises to 155

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll of children in last week's devastating earthquake in southeastern Afghanistan has risen to at least 155, the United Nations said as the scope of the deadliest quake to hit the impoverished country in two decades comes into focus. The U.N.'s ...

UN oceans conference eyes steps toward high seas agreement

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The United Nations is hoping that a conference starting Monday will bring fresh momentum for protracted efforts to find an international agreement on protecting the world's oceans. The five-day U.N. Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal has drawn senior officials and ...

Detained LGBTQ activists in Istanbul Pride being released

ISTANBUL (AP) — Istanbul's LGBTQ Pride organizers say more than 360 people were detained by police Sunday following a ban on all Pride events. Kaos GL, a leading LGBTQ rights association, said all the detained were being freed Monday after giving their police statement and undergoing health ...