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Iraq parliament swears in new members after walkout of 73

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Parliament swore in dozens of new lawmakers on Thursday, replacing 73 legislators loyal to powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, strengthening the power of rival Iran-backed Shiite factions in the assembly. The 73 had resigned collectively earlier this month amid a ...

Israeli FM thanks Turkey for foiling attacks on Israelis

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday thanked Turkish authorities for their cooperation in allegedly foiling attacks against Israeli citizens in Turkey, and warned Israel would not "sit idly by' in the face of threats to its citizens from Iran. Lapid made the ...

Vatican releases pope’s Canada itinerary, a sign trip is on

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Thursday released the itinerary for Pope Francis' July 24-30 visit to Canada, providing a sign he intends to go ahead with the trip despite knee problems that forced him to cancel a six-day visit to Africa also planned for next month. Francis is due to visit Canada ...

Nigerians blame fuel shortage on Ukraine war, fixed prices

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria is grappling with widespread fuel shortages that are forcing motorists to spend hours in lines to buy gas and causing prices to surge for transportation and basic commodities. Russia's war in Ukraine has caused prices to import fuel go up by more than 100% but ...

Moldova, tiny, poor and bordering Ukraine, gets EU candidacy

SIGHISOARA, Romania (AP) — The European Union announced Thursday that it has granted EU candidate status to Moldova, a poor non-NATO Eastern European country bordering war-torn Ukraine, which likely won't enjoy the perks of full bloc membership for years to come. Along the road, Moldova will ...

Official: 8 more die as Haiti prisons lack food, water

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — An official said Thursday that at least eight inmates have died at an overcrowded prison in Haiti that ran out of food two months ago, adding to dozens of similar deaths this year as the country's institutions crumble. Hunger and oppressive heat contributed to ...

Ex-US Vice President Mike Pence denounces Tehran ‘brutality’

MANZA, Albania (AP) — Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday denounced the Iranian regime for "brutality" and urged the Biden administration not to renew a nuclear deal with Tehran, saying it would embolden Iran's leadership. Pence flew 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) from his home ...

Bulgarian political crisis casts shadow over Balkans summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders from the Western Balkans expressed frustration Thursday that they are still waiting in the European Union's wings even as candidacy bids by Ukraine and Moldova were swiftly embraced by EU leaders. A Bulgarian government crisis tarnished a EU summit that was intended ...

Israeli planes help fight wildfire in Cyprus breakaway north

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Israel on Thursday dispatched two water-dropping aircraft to help battle a large wildfire that has scorched at least 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of forest in the foothills of the Pentadaktylos mountain range in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus. The ...

Myanmar says Suu Kyi held alone in new prison quarters

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's military government on Thursday confirmed that ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved to a prison compound in quarters separate from other detainees. Suu Kyi was arrested on Feb. 1, 2021, when the army seized power from her elected government. She was ...

Colombia: President-elect looks to build governing coalition

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — President-elect Gustavo Petro, who has vowed to lift up Colombia's poor and disenfranchised, has won the support of an influential party of the establishment as he tries to build a majority coalition in Congress. Petro, a former Bogotá mayor and a member of the M-19 ...

EXPLAINER: What led to priests being killed in Mexico?

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two Jesuit priests and a tour guide murdered in Mexico's Sierra Tarahumara this week are the latest in a long line of activists, reporters, travelers and local residents who have been threatened or killed by criminal gangs that dominate the region. The Revs. Javier Campos, ...

UK’s Johnson faces test in 2 special parliamentary elections

LONDON (AP) — Polls opened Thursday in Britain for two special elections that could deliver a new blow to scandal-tainted Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Wakefield in northern England and the southwestern constituency of Tiverton and Honiton are both electing replacements for ...

Argentina, Paraguay probe grounded 747 for terrorism ties

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Authorities in Argentina and Paraguay are trying to shine light on the jumbo-jet sized mystery surrounding a cargo plane with Iranian and Venezuelan crew that has been grounded outside Buenos Aires more than two weeks. Prosecutors in the two South American ...

Brazil judge releases former Bolsonaro minister from jail

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian federal judge on Thursday released a former education minister of President Jair Bolsonaro a day after he was arrested by federal police in a graft investigation. Judge Ney Bello said Milton Ribeiro and four other suspects should be freed because they are not ...

Hong Kongers reflect on Taiwan, an imperfect exile

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — For Lam Wing-kee, a Hong Kong bookstore owner who was detained by police in China for five months for selling sensitive books about the Communist Party, coming to Taiwan was a logical step. An island just 640 kilometers (400 miles) from Hong Kong, Taiwan is close not ...

N. Korea approves new frontline army duties amid tensions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doubled down on his nuclear arms buildup to overwhelm "hostile forces" at a key meeting where military leaders approved unspecified new operational duties for frontline army units. Members of the ruling Workers' Party's Central ...

1 dead, dozens hurt in 12th day of protesting in Ecuador

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — One man was killed and dozens injured Thursday during the 12th day of protests led by Indigenous people demanding that Ecuador's government cut fuel prices, put price controls on food and spend more on education. After several days of increasing violence, demonstrations ...

China envoy says Australia fired first shot with Huawei ban

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia had fired the "first shot" in its deteriorating relations with China four years ago when the then-government banned Chinese-owned telecommunications giant Huawei from rolling out the country's 5G network due to security concerns, a Chinese ambassador said ...

US Pacific admiral: Ties with Japan key to regional security

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy's top commander in the Pacific and the Japanese defense minister on Friday said that close cooperation between their naval forces is more important than ever in the region amid rising tensions over China, North Korea and Russia. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told ...