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UK’s Johnson vows to stay in job after top ministers quit

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed Wednesday to stay in power despite the resignations of two top Cabinet ministers and a slew of more junior officials, who said they could no longer serve under his scandal-tarred leadership. Johnson told lawmakers that "the job of a ...

Dalai Lama marks 87th birthday by opening library and museum

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama marked his 87th birthday on Wednesday by inaugurating a library and museum in his hillside Indian headquarters. He was cheered by a large number of followers, including American actor Richard Gere, a longtime disciple. Hundreds ...

Homes of 85,000 people at risk, but rain eases around Sydney

SYDNEY (AP) — Floodwaters inundated or were threatening the homes of 85,000 people around Sydney on Wednesday as rivers started to recede and the heavy rains tracked north of Australia's largest city. While rain was easing across Sydney, several waterways including the Hawkesbury-Nepean ...

South Africa holds funeral for 21 teens who died in tavern

EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — More than a thousand grieving family and community members are attending the funeral in South Africa's East London for 21 teenagers who died in a mysterious tragedy at a nightclub nearly two weeks ago. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is to give the ...

Saudi Arabia expecting 1 million in largest hajj since virus

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — One million Muslim pilgrims were converging on Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on Wednesday for the largest hajj since the coronavirus pandemic severely curtailed access to one of Islam's five pillars. Saudi Arabia's decision to allow some 850,000 Muslims from ...

EU chief warns of danger of complete cut-off of Russian gas

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that the 27-nation European Union needs to make emergency plans to prepare for a complete cut-off of Russian gas in the wake of the Kremlin's war in Ukraine. "It is obvious: (Russian President Vladimir) Putin ...

Spain’s famous Bull Run festival back after 2-year hiatus

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands of revelers erupted in celebration Wednesday as the traditional "chupinazo" firework was ignited to start the San Fermín bull-run festival in the Spanish city of Pamplona, ending a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rain did nothing to dampen ...

OPEC secretary-general dies, just weeks shy of departure

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has died, Nigerian authorities and the oil cartel announced Wednesday. Only hours before his death, he'd met with Nigeria's president and spoken in defense of the energy industry amid increasing ...

Seoul spy agency files charges against ex-chiefs over NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's spy agency filed charges on Wednesday against two of its former directors over their handling of separate border incidents with North Korea in recent years which prompted criticism that Seoul's previous liberal government improperly appeased the North ...

France’s train traffic disrupted amid strike for higher pay

PARIS (AP) — A strike by railway workers demanding higher pay amid cost of living increases interrupted train services in France on Wednesday. National railway company SNCF said about one high-speed train in four was canceled, while regional services such as suburban trains in the Paris ...

7 killed in Ukraine as Russia pounds rebel-claimed province

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian shelling killed at least seven people in Ukraine over the past 24 hours and wounded 25 more, Ukrainian officials said Wednesday. The country's presidential office said Russian forces targeted cities and villages in southeast Ukraine, with most civilian ...

North Macedonia: 47 police officers injured in protests

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A protest in the North Macedonian capital over a proposal to break the deadlock in the country's efforts to join the European Union left 47 police officers injured, police said. The injuries occurred after a group of mostly young people broke off from the main ...

Ahead of G-20 ministers’ meeting, China slams US, NATO

BEIJING (AP) — China launched a scathing attack on the U.S. and NATO on Wednesday, days before a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian's comments underscore the increasingly fractious ...

Jihadis attack jail in Nigeria’s capital, 600 inmates escape

KUJE, ABUJA (AP) — At least 600 inmates escaped in a jailbreak in Nigeria's capital city, officials said Wednesday, blaming the attack on Islamic extremist rebels. About 300 have been recaptured, authorities said. The "very determined" rebels attacked the Kuje maximum prison in Abuja on ...

French prime minister to face lawmakers at parliament

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne is to lay out her main priorities at parliament Wednesday after the government lost its majority in elections last month. She is expected to face harsh criticism from lawmakers both from the left and from the right, who together now ...

Amazon faces UK investigation over anti-competitive concerns

LONDON (AP) — Britain's competition watchdog is investigating whether Amazon is harming competition and hurting consumers by giving an unfair advantage to merchants that pay for extra services. The Competition and Markets Authority's formal investigation said Wednesday that it will look into ...

Marcos plays balancing act in meeting with China’s FM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — New Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met with China's top diplomat Wednesday to take up long-simmering disputes in the South China Sea, as he waded into foreign policy dilemmas that include the U.S.-China rivalry in the region. Chinese Foreign Minister ...

Taliban leader: Afghan soil won’t be used to launch attacks

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada said Wednesday that Afghan soil will not be used to launch attacks against other countries, and he asked the international community to not interfere in Afghanistan's internal affairs. The Taliban say they are adhering to ...

EU lawmakers back gas, nuclear energy as sustainable

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers voted Wednesday to include natural gas and nuclear in the bloc's list of sustainable activities, backing a controversial proposal from the EU's executive arm that has been drawing fierce criticism from environment groups and will likely trigger legal ...

Sri Lankan president calls Russian leader seeking fuel

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Wednesday that he had a telephone call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin to request credit support to import fuel for the island nation that is facing its worst economic crisis in memory. "Had a very productive telecon ...