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US abortion ruling sparks global debate, polarizes activists

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The end of constitutional protections for abortions in the United States on Friday emboldened abortion opponents around the world, while advocates for abortion rights worried it could threaten recent moves toward legalization in their countries. The U.S. Supreme Court's ...

Swiss customs tracks importation of Russian gold worth $200M

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss customs authorities said Friday that they are tracking about 3 tons of gold of Russian origin that entered Switzerland from Britain last month to watch for potential violations of economic sanctions against Russia following President Vladimir Putin's war on Ukraine. The ...

EXPLAINER: Is North Korea moving nukes to its border?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Is North Korea preparing to deploy tactical nuclear weapons along its tense border with rival South Korea, which is only a short drive from the 26 million people living in and around Seoul, its capital? That's how it looks to many experts paying close attention to a ...

Curators apologize for antisemitic work at German art show

BERLIN (AP) — The curators of a major art show in Germany have apologized for including a work featuring antisemitic elements that prompted an outcry at the event's opening this week. Organizers of the documenta fifteen show in Kassel ordered the banner by Indonesian collective Taring Padi, ...

Germany to charge most citizens for COVID-19 rapid tests

BERLIN (AP) — Germany will start charging for rapid COVID-19 tests that were previously free, though vulnerable groups will be exempt from the fee. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said Friday that starting July 1 the rapid tests widely available at centers across Germany will cost citizens 3 ...

Newcomer ousts longtime prime minister in Grenada elections

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A newcomer to politics has ousted Grenada's longest serving prime minister in a tight general elections on the eastern Caribbean island. Dickon Mitchell's National Democratic Congress party obtained 52% of votes compared with 48% for Keith Mitchell's New National ...

Zelenskyy urges Glastonbury crowd to spread truth about war

PILTON, England (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged music fans at the Glastonbury Festival on Friday to "spread the truth about Russia's war " on his country. Zelenskyy spoke to the crowd in a video message played at the British music extravaganza before a set by The ...

Troubled at home, France’s Macron remains a key world player

PARIS (AP) — Emmanuel Macron may be weakened at home after parliamentary elections forced him into political maneuvering, but on the international stage the French president has the resources to remain one of the most influential world leaders. France's foreign allies closely watched ...

A new leader in the Philippines, and a family’s old wounds

BOSTON (AP) — He was the uncle I never met. But in my family's origin story, Emmanuel "Manny" Yap always loomed large. The life of great potential cut short. The cautionary tale. But also the reminder of doing what was right, no matter the cost. A rising leader in the youth-led opposition ...

Intl court prosecutor seeks to reactivate Philippines probe

BRUSSELS (AP) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Friday he has asked judges for authorization to resume his investigation "as quickly as possible" into the so-called war on drugs in the Philippines. Judges last September authorized Prosecutor Karim Khan to ...

Suspects charged over puzzling needle attacks in France

PARIS (AP) — Several suspects around France have been detained or given preliminary charges in recent days for allegedly pricking people with a needle in nightclubs or at concerts, following a surge in needle attacks that have confounded authorities and seeded panic among young ...

Bulgarian lawmakers vote to unblock N Macedonia’s EU bid

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's parliament voted Friday to lift a veto that has long blocked European Union membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, raising fresh hopes that the bloc can now press on with its expansion plans in the Western Balkans amid Russia's war in ...

Rights group slams Palestinian Authority over activist death

JERUSALEM (AP) — Amnesty International said Friday that the Palestinian Authority has failed to hold its security forces accountable for the death of an activist in police custody a year ago. The family of Nizar Banat, a prominent critic of the PA, says security forces stormed his residence ...

UN body to hold urgent debate on Afghan women, girls’ rights

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body is to hold an urgent debate next week to discuss the erosion of rights of women and girls in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover nearly a year ago. Human Rights Council spokesman Rolando Gomez said Friday that the Geneva-based rights body was ...

Tunisian officers stabbed near synagogue; suspect arrested

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A man with a knife attacked police officers stationed near a synagogue in Tunisia's capital, injuring one in the shoulder and another on the hand, authorities said Friday. The attacker fled after the overnight stabbing but was located nearby soon afterward along with ...

Auschwitz Museum says it’s a target of Russian propaganda

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum alleged Friday that it was the target of "primitive" propaganda spread by Russian state agencies on social media. The museum said that social media posts falsely claim to show anti-Russian stickers placed around the memorial at the former ...

Monkeypox outbreak growing across Britain

LONDON (AP) — British officials said the monkeypox outbreak in the U.K. is growing across the country, mainly among men who are gay or bisexual, or other men who have sex with men. They urged those with new or multiple sex partners to be vigilant for the symptoms of monkeypox. In a technical ...

US: Afghan national freed from Guantanamo Bay after 15 years

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An Afghan prisoner held in U.S. custody for nearly 15 years has been released from the Guantanamo Bay detention center after a federal court ruled that he was unlawfully detained, the U.S. Department of Defense said Friday. Asadullah Haroon Gul's release was first announced ...

Aftershock in Afghanistan as quake toll rises to 1,150 dead

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — Tents, food and medical supplies rolled into the mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan where thousands were left homeless or injured by this week's powerful earthquake, which state media said killed 1,150 people. A new aftershock Friday took five more lives and ...

Dissident artist, rapper sentenced to prison in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — Two members of a loose-knit group of dissident artists have been sentenced to prison in Cuba, the country's prosecutor's office said Friday. Maikel Castillo was sentenced to nine years for attacks and defamation against the country's institutions and Luis Manuel Otero ...