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Australia won’t allow UN climate goals in UK free trade deal

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's government confirmed Thursday that it refused to allow climate change goals to be written into a proposed free trade deal with Britain, as pressure mounts on it to make more ambitious commitments to cut carbon emissions. Prime Minister Scott Morrison ...

Report: 150 starved to death in Ethiopia’s Tigray in August

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A least 150 people starved to death last month in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region amid a near-complete blockade of food aid by federal and allied authorities, the Tigray forces say, while close to half a million people face famine conditions. The starvation deaths ...

London honors Muppets creator Jim Henson with blue plaque

LONDON (AP) — Kermit the Frog. Miss Piggy. Animal. Statler and Waldorf. The Swedish Chef. The list goes on and on. Everyone has their favorite Muppet. And everyone owes a debt of gratitude to one man for bringing them to life: Jim Henson. The American creator of The Muppets was honored ...

Vatican won’t say if women can vote in 2023 church meeting

ROME (AP) — Vatican officials declined on Tuesday to say if women would be able to vote on concrete proposals about the future of the Catholic Church at the end of a two-year process of consultation of ordinary faithful that Pope Francis kicks off next month. For years, women activists and ...

Hong Kong activists slam government for foreign agent label

HONG KONG (AP) — The Hong Kong government is arbitrarily labeling pro-democracy organizations as foreign agents, making them subject to prosecution under a tough national security law, a leader of the group that has organized the city's annual Tiananmen candlelight vigils said Tuesday. Chow ...

Some Afghans evacuated by US seek asylum in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of people evacuated from Afghanistan by the United States military have applied for asylum in Germany during their layovers at the Ramstein U.S. Air Base, officials said Tuesday. So far about 90 people, a fraction of the roughly 34,000 flown to Ramstein to date, have ...

Trudeau hit by gravel, says it won’t stop how he campaigns

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday he won't alter how he campaigns after he and others were hit by gravel thrown by an anti-vaccine protester during the campaign this week. Trudeau has faced increasingly hostile protests by what he calls "anti-Vax mobs" ahead ...

Emotions raw before Paris trial for Islamic State carnage

PARIS (AP) — For the music lover, it was nearly three hours at gunpoint, wondering if he would become yet another body on the floor of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. For the grieving mother, the night of carnage robbed her of her son and tarnished her view of the vibrant neighborhood ...

At Brazil rallies, Bolsonaro deepens rift with Supreme Court

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Tens of thousands of supporters of embattled right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro heeded his call and turned out at rallies Tuesday as he stepped up his attacks on Brazil's Supreme Court and threatened to plunge the country into a constitutional crisis. Bolsonaro has ...

16 die as floods swamp public hospital in central Mexico

TULA, Mexico (AP) — Torrential rains in central Mexico suddenly flooded a hospital early Tuesday, killing 16 patients, possibly due to the loss of oxygen equipment as the power went out, the national Social Security Institute said. A video posted on the agency's social media feed said about ...

Mexico’s Supreme Court rules that abortion is not a crime

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that it is unconstitutional to punish abortion, unanimously annulling several provisions of a law from Coahuila — a state on the Texas border — that had made abortion a criminal act. The decision will immediately affect only the ...

Tiananmen vigil leaders defying police arrested in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — Four leaders of the group that organized annual Tiananmen Square commemorations in Hong Kong were arrested Wednesday after refusing to cooperate in a national security investigation, the group said. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China ...

China chases ‘rejuvenation’ with control of tycoons, society

BEIJING (AP) — An avalanche of changes launched by China's ruling Communist Party has jolted everyone from tech billionaires to school kids. Behind them: President Xi Jinping's vision of making a more powerful, prosperous country by reviving revolutionary ideals, with more economic equality ...

Afghan officer rescued from Kabul starts new life in U.S.

The dramatic rescue in Afghanistan happened under the cover of darkness. The Taliban were closing in, and Americans were running out of time to save Mohammad Khalid Wardak. The high-profile Afghan national police officer spent years working alongside the U.S. military, and after the fall of ...

UK opens public inquiry into proposed new deep coal mine

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. has opened a public inquiry into plans for the country's first new deep coal mine in three decades amid complaints that permitting the project would send the wrong message as the government seeks to persuade other countries to give up coal. Communities Secretary Robert ...

IAEA seeks Japan transparency in release of Fukushima water

TOKYO (AP) — Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency asked Japan on Tuesday for full and detailed information about a plan to release treated but still radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. The three-member team, which is assisting Japan with ...

2 suspects arrested after Bulgari jewelry heist in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Police in Paris arrested two suspects after a Bulgari jewelry heist on Tuesday at the posh Place Vendome. One suspect was shot in the leg by a officer before being arrested. The Place Vendome is one of Paris' — and Europe's — most expensive and luxurious shopping areas, a ...

UK leader Johnson gambles on tax hike to pay for elder care

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Tuesday how he plans to keep a key election promise to grapple with the rocketing cost of long-term care for Britain's growing older population. To do it, he broke another election vow: not to raise taxes. Johnson told lawmakers in ...

EU to seek daily fines against Poland over justice concerns

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union moved Tuesday to force Poland to comply with the rulings of Europe's top court with plans to seek daily fines against the nationalist government in Warsaw in a long-running dispute over Poland's judicial system. In a rare move, the EU's executive branch, ...

Early stumble as El Salvador starts Bitcoin as currency

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador became the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender Tuesday, but the rollout stumbled in its first hours and President Nayib Bukele said the digital wallet used for transactions was not functioning. For part of the morning, El Salvador's ...