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Spain, Morocco reopen land border crossings as ties improve

MADRID (AP) — The land borders between Spain and Morocco at Ceuta and Melilla, Spain’s North African enclave cities, have begun to reopen after being closed for just over two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic and later a diplomatic crisis between the two countries. Crowds gathered at the first border to reopen — Tarajal, […]
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Belgian court rules out extradition for Spanish rapper

GHENT, Belgium (AP) — A Belgian court on Tuesday ruled again that Spanish rapper Valtonyc should not be extradited to Spain, where he has been sentenced to prison accused of writing lyrics that praise terror groups and insult the royal family. The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jose Miguel Arenas Beltran and who has […]
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Filipinos protest Marcos Jr.’s private Australian visit

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Members of Australia’s Filipino community protested Tuesday outside a Melbourne apartment building where the Philippines’ presumptive next president, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., was reportedly visiting his son. Marcos Jr. was making a private family visit, spokesperson Victor Rodriguez told reporters in Manila. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison telephoned Marcos Jr. on Tuesday […]
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Sweden signs NATO request, Finns to formally endorse move

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden on Tuesday signed a formal request to join NATO, a day after the country announced it would seek membership in the 30-member military alliance. In neighboring Finland, lawmakers are expected later in the day to formally endorse Finnish leaders’ decision also to join. The moves by the two Nordic countries, ending […]
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Musk: Doubt about spam accounts could scuttle Twitter deal

LONDON (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his deal to buy Twitter can’t move forward unless the company shows public proof that less than 5% of the accounts on the social media platform are fake or spam. Musk made the comment in a reply to another user on Twitter early Tuesday. He spent much […]
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Livestreamed carnage: Tech’s hard lessons from mass killings

These days, mass shooters like the one now held in the Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket attack don’t stop with planning out their brutal attacks. They also create marketing plans while arranging to livestream their massacres on social platforms in hopes of fomenting more violence. Sites like Twitter, Facebook and now the game-streaming platform Twitch have learned […]
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Live updates | Luxembourg: Turkey likely to let 2 join NATO

BERLIN — Luxembourg’s foreign minister says he doesn’t believe Turkey will prevent Sweden and Finland from joining NATO, despite the Turkish president’s stated objections. All 30 current NATO members, among them Turkey, must agree to let the Nordic neighbors join. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said they failed to take a “clear” stance […]
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Vatican minister visits Ukraine as pope toes delicate line

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, is heading to Kyiv this week as the Holy See seeks to balance its concern for Ukrainians with its efforts to keep open a channel of dialogue with Russia. Gallagher is due to arrive Wednesday and meet Friday with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, […]
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Beijing locks down more people in China’s ‘zero-COVID’ fight

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in Beijing restricted more residents to their homes on Tuesday in a now 3-week-long effort to control a small but persistent COVID-19 outbreak in the Chinese capital. Seven adjoining areas in the city’s Fengtai district were designated lockdown zones for at least one week, with people ordered to stay at home […]
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Heavy rains trigger floods in northeast India, killing 8

GAUHATI, India (AP) — At least eight people have died in floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rains in India’s remote northeast region, officials said Tuesday. Several railway stations were closed because of floods, said Nazreen Ahmed, a senior official in Assam’s Dima Hasao district. She said nearly 200,000 people in the district were cut […]
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Blue Jays bring 1-0 series advantage over Mariners into game 2

Seattle Mariners (16-20, third in the AL West) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (19-17, third in the AL East) Toronto; Tuesday, 7:07 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Mariners: Logan Gilbert (4-1, 2.37 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 42 strikeouts); Blue Jays: Jose Berrios (2-2, 5.82 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 24 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Blue Jays -134, Mariners +114; over/under […]
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From civilian to soldier: Ukrainian army volunteer buried

ZORYA TRUDA, Ukraine (AP) — The countryside was in full bloom when Iuliia Loseva buried her husband in the village cemetery near her home. On her knees in the grass, she bowed her head over the open coffin and kissed him one last goodbye before they lowered him into his grave. There was a military […]
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Chicago visits Seattle after Loyd’s 26-point outing

Chicago Sky (2-1, 1-0 Eastern Conference) at Seattle Storm (1-3, 1-3 Western Conference) Seattle; Wednesday, 10 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Seattle faces the Chicago Sky after Jewell Loyd scored 26 points in the Seattle Storm’s 69-64 loss to the Phoenix Mercury. Seattle finished 21-11 overall with an 11-5 record at home during the 2021-22 season. […]
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Man killed in California church shooting called a hero

LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — A gunman motivated by hatred against Taiwan chained shut the doors of a California church and hid firebombs before shooting at a gathering of mostly elderly Taiwanese parishioners, killing a man who tackled him, authorities said. David Chou, 68, of Las Vegas — a U.S. citizen whom authorities say grew […]
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World shares advance despite losses on Wall Street

Shares advanced in Europe and Asia on Tuesday despite mounting doubts over the U.S. economic outlook that gave some benchmarks on Wall Street another day of losses. Signs of progress in China’s effort to bring outbreaks of coronavirus under control appeared to be outweighing concern over weaker than expected U.S. and Chinese economic data. Investors […]
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Houston Dynamo host the Seattle Sounders after shutout win

Seattle Sounders FC (3-5-1, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Houston Dynamo (4-4-3, sixth in the Western Conference) Houston; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. EDT FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Houston +128, Seattle +202, Draw +241; over/under is 2.5 goals BOTTOM LINE: A game after shutting out Nashville 2-0, the Houston Dynamo play the Seattle Sounders. The Dynamo are […]
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N. Korea’s Kim faces ‘huge dilemma’ on aid as virus surges

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — During more than a decade as North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un has made “self-reliance” his governing lynchpin, shunning international help and striving instead for domestic strategies to fix his battered economy. But as an illness suspected to be COVID-19 sickens hundreds of thousands of his people, Kim stands at […]
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Taiwan’s president condemns California church shooting

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s president has condemned the shooting at a Taiwanese church in California by a man reportedly driven by hatred of the island, while a lawmaker from her ruling party questioned whether Chinese propaganda was a motivating factor behind the violence. President Tsai Ing-wen’s office issued a statement Tuesday saying she condemned […]
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Tensions over racial justice shadow Louisville mayor’s race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — On Valentine’s Day, a man appeared in the doorway of a Louisville campaign office and fired shots at mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg. He wasn’t hit — a bullet grazed his sweater — but some of the tensions still lingering over this city flared once again. A social justice activist was charged […]
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New US hospitals face fiscal crisis over COVID relief money

THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A whole town celebrated in 2020 when, early in the coronavirus pandemic, Thomasville Regional Medical Center opened, offering state-of-the-art medicine that was previously unavailable in a poor, isolated part of Alabama. The timing for the ribbon-cutting seemed perfect: New treatment options would be available in an underserved area just as a […]
17 hours ago

5-term Idaho attorney general in tough GOP primary battle

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s five-term Republican attorney general has handled his duties in the deeply conservative state for 20 years with a strategy he describes as calling legal “balls and strikes.” He’s facing two challengers who see a more activist role for the office. Lawrence Wasden, a former prosecutor backed by establishment Republicans, is […]
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Idaho governor faces Trump-backed candidate in GOP primary

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican Gov. Brad Little is fighting back a primary challenge on Tuesday from his lieutenant governor, Janice McGeachin, a Donald Trump-backed candidate who twice attempted a power grab last year when Little was out of state on business. The intraparty contest between Little and McGeachin is an extreme example of the […]
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Moderate, progressive face off in Oregon governor primary

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Democratic primary for Oregon governor in Tuesday’s midterm elections will serve as a test between the party’s moderate and progressive wings at a time when voters remain frustrated over the handling of the pandemic, the homelessness crisis, a lack of affordable housing and increasing gun violence. The two leading candidates […]
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War Crimes Watch: Targeting schools, Russia bombs the future

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As she lay buried under the rubble, her legs broken and eyes blinded by blood and thick clouds of dust, all Inna Levchenko could hear was screams. It was 12:15 p.m. on March 3, and moments earlier a blast had pulverized the school where she’d taught for 30 years. Amid relentless […]
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