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Egypt: Mubarak son says family clear of corruption charges

CAIRO (AP) — The son of Egypt's former president said Tuesday that he and family members were innocent of corruption charges made in international courts after the country's 2011 popular uprising. His statements came after years of attempts by the deposed president's family to rehabilitate ...

WHO: Omicron makes China’s ‘zero-COVID’ policy unsustainable

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said China's extreme approach to containing the coronavirus is unsustainable because of the highly infectious nature of the omicron variant, but that it's up to every country to decide what policy to pursue. At a media briefing on ...

Will Turkey upend NATO expansion? US officials seek clarity

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan taking an increasingly tough line against the NATO membership bids of Finland and Sweden despite far less strident statements from some of his top aides, U.S. officials are trying to determine how serious the often mercurial leader ...

S. Korea Blue House opens to public for 1st time in 74 years

SEOUL (AP) — For many South Koreans, the former presidential palace in Seoul was a little-visited, heavily secured mountainside landmark. That's now changed as thousands have been allowed a look inside for the first time in 74 years. As one of his first acts, the new South Korean leader has ...

Australian leader won’t say who might attend Tokyo summit

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's opposition leader Anthony Albanese said Wednesday that he will begin rebuilding trust in his nation if he wins weekend elections and attends a summit with U.S., Indian and Japanese leaders in Tokyo just three days later. Albanese said he will be ...

North Korea hails recovery as WHO worries over missing data

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday more than a million people have already recovered from suspected COVID-19 just a week after disclosing an outbreak it appears to be trying to manage in isolation as global experts express deep concern about the public health threat. The ...

Analysis: Condolence calls from elite show UAE ruler’s power

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Coming from around the globe, airplanes carrying world leaders have landed in the capital of the United Arab Emirates to offer condolences for the death of the country's president — and acknowledge the influence of the man now fully in charge. Sheikh ...

Finland, Sweden submit NATO membership application

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that Finland, Sweden have officially applied to join the world's biggest military alliance, a move driven by security concerns over Russia's war in Ukraine. "I warmly welcome the requests by Finland and Sweden to join ...

Japan to allow limited foreign package tours as experiment

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government announced Tuesday it will begin allowing small package tours from four countries later this month before gradually opening up to foreign tourism for the first time since it imposed tight border restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Transport Minister ...

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 ...

Spanish govt proposes wider abortion rights, menstrual leave

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government approved a draft bill Tuesday that widens abortion rights for teenagers and may make Spain the first country in Europe entitling workers to paid menstrual leave. The measures are part of a package of proposals that will be sent to the Spanish parliament ...

Students protest, discontent grows over China’s COVID policy

BEIJING (AP) — Administrators at an elite Beijing university have backed down from plans to further tighten pandemic restrictions on students as part of China's "zero-COVID" strategy after a weekend protest at the school, according to students Tuesday. Graduate students at Peking University ...

Censure vote vs. Sri Lankan leader fails as crisis simmers

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's governing party on Tuesday defeated a move in Parliament to urgently debate a motion that would censure President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the nation's worst economic crisis, which the prime minister said has left only enough gasoline for one day. It was ...

Yellen warns Europeans about working with China, urges unity

BRUSSELS (AP) — Even as Western allies grapple with how to counter Russia's assault on Ukraine, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned Tuesday that they also must take a wary and united approach to checking China and its business practices. "We have a common interest in incentivizing ...

UK raises stakes in EU feud with threat to break Brexit deal

LONDON (AP) — The British government dramatically escalated a fight with the European Union on Tuesday by saying it will pass a law to scrap parts of the trade treaty signed by the two sides less than two years ago. Britain says its move to singlehandedly change the legally binding treaty ...

Ukraine’s crowdfunding aims to keep donors’ interest in war

The Ukrainian government is marrying some digital marketing tools with crowdfunding and other incentives for giving to keep global attention trained on its war efforts against the Russian invasion. "There is a wave and there is this kind of euphoria, but then it abates," Mykhailo Fedorov, vice ...

US to ease a few economic sanctions against Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United States government is moving to ease a few economic sanctions on Venezuela in a gesture meant to encourage resumed negotiations between the U.S.-backed opposition and the government of President Nicolás Maduro. The limited changes will allow Chevron Corp. ...

Fall of Mariupol appears at hand; fighters leave steel plant

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Mariupol appeared on the verge of falling to the Russians on Tuesday as Ukraine moved to abandon the steel plant where hundreds of its fighters had held out for months under relentless bombardment in the last bastion of resistance in the devastated city. The capture of ...

Japan’s economy contracts as energy prices soar

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy shrank at a worse than expected annual rate of 1% in the first quarter, as rising prices and COVID-19 restrictions sapped spending and investment, according to data released Wednesday. Japan's real gross domestic product, or GDP, the sum of the value of a ...

Ukraine hopes to swap steel mill fighters for Russian POWs

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian fighters extracted from the last bastion of resistance in Mariupol were taken to a former penal colony in enemy-controlled territory, and a top military official hoped they could be exchanged for Russian prisoners of war. But a Moscow lawmaker said they should ...