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World leaders meet in Switzerland to discuss a Ukraine peace roadmap. Russia is notably absent

OBBÜRGEN, Switzerland (AP) — Dozens of world leaders converged on a Swiss resort Saturday to discuss how to bring peace to war-ravaged Ukraine, though any hopes of a real breakthrough were muted by the absence of Russia. More than two years into the war, the combatants remain as far apart as they’ve ever been, with […]
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Stock market today: Global shares are mixed and yen weakens as Japan’s central bank stands pat

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed on Friday after Wall Street touched fresh records, with benchmarks pushed higher by the frenzy over artificial-intelligence technology. France’s CAC 40 dropped 1.3% in early trading to 7,606.73 while Germany’s DAX dipped 0.5% to 18,174.98. Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 0.2% to 8,143.79. The future for the Dow Jones […]
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Muslims start the Hajj against the backdrop of the devastating Israel-Hamas war

MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In sweltering temperatures, Muslim pilgrims in the Saudi city of Mecca converged on a vast desert tent camp Friday, officially starting the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Earlier, they circled the cube-shaped Kaaba in the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site. More than 1.5 million pilgrims from around the world have already amassed […]
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British coroner criticizes US government over death of teen motorcyclist Harry Dunn in 2019

LONDON (AP) — A British coroner criticised the U.S. government on Thursday over a lack of training for diplomatic personnel prior to a road accident in August 2019 that saw a teenage motorcyclist killed by one of its employees. At the end of a four-day inquiry into the accident outside RAF Croughton, an air base […]
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Israelis and Palestinians are hopeful but cautious over the latest cease-fire proposal

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A proposed cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas is raising hopes that eight months of fighting could soon come to an end. Displaced Palestinians are desperate to return home and rebuild, while Israelis yearn for dozens of captives taken by Hamas to be freed. The U.S.-backed proposal is the latest […]
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US reporter Evan Gershkovich, jailed in Russia on espionage charges, to stand trial, officials say

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. reporter Evan Gershkovich, jailed in Russia on espionage charges, will stand trial in the city of Yekaterinburg, Russian authorities said Thursday. Russia’s Prosecutor General’s office said an indictment of Gershkovich has been finalized and his case was filed to the Sverdlovsky Regional Court in the city in the Ural Mountains. Gershkovich […]
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Stock market today: Asian shares mixed after AI hopes nudge Wall St to records. BOJ stands pat

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed in muted trading Friday after Wall Street’s continued frenzy around artificial-intelligence technology nudged indexes on Wall Street to more records. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 0.7% to 38,998.04 after the Bank of Japan kept its monetary policy intact, though it did say it intends to begin reducing its […]
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Jittery markets rally after Argentina’s Milei gets his first legislative ‘triumph’ on broad reforms

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Wall Street rallied Thursday as Argentina’s President Javier Milei traveled to Italy for the Group of Seven summit, buoyed by his first legislative victory after the Senate passed sweeping proposals to slash state spending and boost his powers. Having hitched his political fortunes to the goal of cutting down Argentina’s […]
3 days ago

G7 summit opens with deal to use Russian assets for Ukraine as EU’s traditional powers recalibrate

BARI, Italy (AP) — A Group of Seven summit is opening Thursday with agreement on a U.S. proposal to back a $50 billion loan to Ukraine using frozen Russian assets as collateral, giving Kyiv a strong show of support even as Europe’s political chessboard shifts to the right. Diplomats confirmed that an agreement had been […]
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French President Macron urges moderate politicians to regroup to defeat the far right in elections

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday urged moderate politicians from the left and the right to regroup to defeat the far right in the upcoming national legislative elections he had called for after his party’s crushing defeat in the European parliamentary vote. A somber-looking Macron addressed French voters for the first time […]
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Stock market today: Wall Street climbs on hopes for coming cuts to interest rates

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Wednesday following a surprisingly encouraging update on inflation and a reassurance that the Federal Reserve still sees a cut to interest rates as likely this year. The S&P 500 added 0.9% to its all-time high set a day earlier. The Nasdaq composite also built on its own record […]
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Report by UN-backed experts cites crimes by Israeli forces, Palestinian militants starting 0ct. 7

GENEVA (AP) — U.N.-backed human rights experts say in a report issued Wednesday that Israeli forces and Palestinian militants engaged in sexual and gender-based violence during the first months of the Israel-Hamas war. The independent experts, in a detailed chronicling of events that have mostly been reported in the media, said Israeli forces and Palestinian […]
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Malawi’s vice president and 9 others are confirmed dead after their plane’s wreckage is found

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine other people died when the small military plane they were traveling in crashed in bad weather in a mountainous region in the north of the country, the president said Tuesday. Chilima was 51. President Lazarus Chakwera announced that the wreckage of the plane that […]
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Stock market today: Asian shares are mostly lower ahead of Fed decision on interest rates

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly lower Wednesday in Asia ahead of a decision by the Federal Reserve on interest rates. In Japan, higher inflation and falling wages raised questions about how the central bank can navigate away from near-zero interest rates. The Bank of Japan will issue a policy decision on Friday. In March, […]
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4 US college instructors teaching at Chinese university are attacked at a public park

BEIJING (AP) — Four instructors from Iowa’s Cornell College teaching at Beihua University in northeastern China were attacked in a public park, reportedly with a knife, officials at the U.S. school and the State Department said. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Tuesday that the injured were rushed to a hospital for treatment, and that […]
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US envoy calls for Japan’s help to quickly replenish US missile inventory, repair warships

TOKYO (AP) — The United States needs Japan’s help to quickly replenish missile inventory and repair warships as conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine continue and Washington seeks to keep its deterrence credible in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. ambassador to Japan said. “It is clear that the United States military industrial base cannot meet […]
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UN migration agency says the number of internally displaced people in Sudan has surpassed 10 million

GENEVA (AP) — The number of internally displaced people in Sudan has reached more than 10 million, the U.N. migration agency told The Associated Press on Monday. The International Organization for Migration said the tally includes 2.83 million driven from their homes before the current war began by multiple local conflicts that have been happening […]
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The US says it and Poland are launching group to help Ukraine counter Kremlin disinformation

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United States announced Monday that it is setting up an operation in the Polish capital to help neighboring Ukraine counter Russian disinformation. The U.S. State Department’s Global Engagement Center, which works to highlight disinformation by what it considers hostile states, said in a statement that the U.S. and Poland have […]
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South Korea says North Korea is installing its own loudspeakers along the border

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military on Monday said it’s detecting signs that North Korea is installing its own loudspeakers along their heavily armed border, a day after the South blared anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts over its speakers for the first time in years as the rivals engage in a Cold War-style psychological warfare. […]
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Stock market today: Wall Street ticks lower ahead of Fed meeting, new inflation data

Wall Street ticked lower early Monday ahead of the latest Federal Reserve policy decision and a slew of new inflation data. Futures for the S&P 500 fell less than 0.1%, while futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average edged down 0.1% before the bell. The Fed’s latest interest rate policy decision comes after the U.S. […]
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Centrist member of Israel’s war cabinet resigns over lack of plan for postwar Gaza

JERUSALEM (AP) — Benny Gantz, a centrist member of Israel’s three-man war Cabinet, announced his resignation on Sunday. The move does not immediately pose a threat to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who still controls a majority coalition in parliament. But the Israeli leader becomes more heavily reliant on his far-right allies. Gantz, a popular former […]
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Stranded migrants confront violence and despair as Tunisia partners to keep them from Europe

EL AMRA, Tunisia (AP) — For many migrants who’ve long dreamed of Europe, one of the last stops is an expanse of olive trees on North Africa’s Mediterranean coastline. But in Tunisia, less than 100 miles (161 kilometers) from the Italian islands that form the European Union’s outermost borders, for many that dream has become […]
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Carlos Alcaraz wins the French Open for a third Grand Slam title at 21 by beating Alexander Zverev

PARIS (AP) — As Carlos Alcaraz began constructing his comeback in Sunday’s French Open final, a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Alexander Zverev for a first championship at Roland Garros and third Grand Slam title in all, there arrived the sort of magical shot the kid is making a regular part of his […]
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Far-right gains in European Union deal stunning defeats to France’s Macron and Germany’s Scholz

BRUSSELS (AP) — Far-right parties made such big gains at the European Union parliamentary elections that they dealt stunning defeats to two of the bloc’s most important leaders: French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. In France, the National Rally party of Marine Le Pen dominated the polls to such an extent that […]
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