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UN chief `hopeful’ of Ukraine grain deal to help food crisis

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With global hunger levels at a new high, the United Nations chief said Wednesday he is in "intense contacts" with Russia and other key countries and is "hopeful" of an agreement to allow the export of grain stored in Ukrainian ports and ensure Russian food and fertilizer ...

Brazil’s Lula gets married at 76 with a political touch

SAO PAULO (AP) — Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the front-runner heading into Brazil's presidential election in October, was married Wednesday in a ceremony that had a political touch. The 76-year-old leftist politician, who was president in 2003-2010 and leads incumbent ...

Tea and infomercials: N. Korea fights COVID with few tools

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — On a recent nighttime visit to a drugstore, a double-masked Kim Jong Un lamented the slow delivery of medicine. Separately, the North Korean leader's lieutenants have quarantined hundreds of thousands of suspected COVID-19 patients and urged people with mild symptoms ...

Militant attacks hurt Pakistan relations with Afghan Taliban

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Faced with rising violence, Pakistan is taking a tougher line to pressure Afghanistan's Taliban rulers to crack down on militants hiding on their soil, but so far the Taliban remain reluctant to take action — trying instead to broker a peace. Last month came a sharp ...

Bangkok governor election seen as national harbinger

BANGKOK (AP) — Nine years after the last elections, and six years after the military government installed its governor, residents of the bustling Thai capital will finally cast their ballots Sunday for the city's leader in a vote that could tip the balance in favor of the opposition ahead of ...

EU rushes out $300 billion roadmap to ditch Russian energy

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm moved Wednesday to jump-start plans for the 27-nation bloc to abandon Russian energy amid the Kremlin's war in Ukraine, proposing a nearly 300 billion-euro ($315 billion) package that includes more efficient use of fuels and faster rollout of ...

EU urges members to work together to renew weapons stocks

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday urged member countries to quickly replenish their depleted stocks of ammunition and military equipment, and offered financial incentives to those willing to work together to replace materiel sent to Ukraine. Many of the EU's 27 members have ...

UN drops forecast for global economic growth in 2022 to 3.1%

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Wednesday significantly lowered its forecast for global economic growth this year from 4% to 3.1%, saying the war in Ukraine has triggered increasing global food and commodity prices and exacerbated inflationary pressures, upending the fragile ...

Qatar to boost investment in Spain by $4.9 billion

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Qatar committed Wednesday to investing 4.7 billion euros ($4.9 billion) in Spain as the European country launches an economic overhaul with its share of European Union pandemic recovery funding. Qatar's emir, Shekih Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, announced that the ...

Davos returns from pandemic with Ukraine, climate in mind

GENEVA (AP) — After a nearly 2-1/2-year hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Swiss town of Davos is set to again host global elites from business, government and activist groups for the World Economic Forum. Russia's war in Ukraine and climate change worries are expected to be on ...

UN envoy: US sanctions on Iran worsen humanitarian situation

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Sweeping U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran have badly impacted the country's economy and worsened the humanitarian situation in the Persian Gulf nation, a United Nations special envoy said Wednesday. According to Alena Douhan, the U.N. special rapporteur on unilateral ...

4 EU nations to harness North Sea wind for green transition

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Four European Union countries plan to speed up the continent's green transition and help wean it off Russian energy imports through a large new project to build wind farms in the North Sea, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Wednesday. She said her ...

Yellen: Ukraine war fallout threatens ‘stagflation,’ hunger

BONN, Germany (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned Wednesday that Russia's February invasion of Ukraine has produced a sharp increase in food and energy prices that is contributing to a slowdown in growth and creating greater risk of global stagflation. "This is an environment that ...

Google’s Russian business plans to file for bankruptcy

LONDON (AP) — Google says its Russian subsidiary is planning to file for bankruptcy because it can't pay staff and suppliers. Russian state media reported Wednesday that the U.S. tech company's Russian subsidiary, Google LLC, submitted notice of its intention to declare bankruptcy to a ...

Cardinal: Pope ordered auditor to resign over spying charge

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican cardinal testified Wednesday that Pope Francis himself ordered the ouster of the Holy See's auditor-general, turning the tables on a scandal that had sparked questions about the Vatican's commitment to financial transparency and accountability. Cardinal Angelo ...

NATO talks with Finland, Sweden falter but will continue

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO envoys failed to reach a consensus Wednesday on whether to start membership talks with Finland and Sweden, diplomats said, as Turkey renewed its objections to the two Nordic countries joining. The envoys met at NATO's headquarters in Brussels after Finland and Sweden's ...

Interrogation, uncertainty for surrendering Mariupol troops

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Nearly 1,000 last-ditch Ukrainian fighters who had held out inside Mariupol's pulverized steel plant have surrendered, Russia said Wednesday, as the battle that turned the city into a worldwide symbol of defiance and suffering drew toward a close. Meanwhile, the first ...

Japan records trade deficit as imports surge on energy costs

TOKYO (AP) — Japan recorded a trade deficit in April as its imports ballooned 28% due to soaring energy costs and the yen's weakness against the dollar. Japan's trade deficit totaled 839 billion yen ($7 billion) in April, for the ninth straight monthly deficit. In contrast, the world's ...

North Korea’s suspected COVID-19 caseload nears 2 million

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday reported 262,270 more suspected COVID-19 cases as its pandemic caseload neared 2 million — a week after the country acknowledged the outbreak and scrambled to slow infections in its unvaccinated population. The country is also trying to ...

Shanghai to reopen subways in easing of COVID restrictions

BEIJING (AP) — The locked-down Chinese metropolis of Shanghai will reopen four of its 20 subway lines Sunday as it slowly eases pandemic restrictions that have kept most residents in their housing complexes for more than six weeks. The city will also restart 273 bus lines connecting major ...