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Apprehensive Thais await major political rally in Bangkok

BANGKOK (AP) — A two-day rally planned this weekend is jangling nerves in Bangkok, with apprehension about how far student demonstrators will go in pushing demands for reform of Thailand's monarchy and how the authorities might react. At least 10,000 people were estimated to have attended a ...

1,000 firefighters, 15 aircraft battle wildfire in Portugal

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Almost 1,000 firefighters and 15 water-dropping aircraft battled a major wildfire in central Portugal on Monday, as strong winds pushed the flames through dense and hilly woodlands. The blaze was in central Portugal around Proença-a-Nova, 200 kilometres (124 miles) ...

UK museum in Oxford removes shrunken heads from display

LONDON (AP) — Oxford University's Pitt Rivers Museum has removed its famous collection of shrunken heads and other human remains from display as part of a broader effort to "decolonize'' its collections. The museum, known as one of the world's leading institutions for anthropology, ...

Venezuela: captured US spy charged in alleged terrorist plot

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's chief prosecutor on Monday said a U.S. citizen recently arrested in the country as a suspected spy has been charged in an alleged terrorist plot to sabotage oil refineries and electrical service in order to stir unrest. The man, alleged to have CIA ties, ...

Greece: 3 migrants dead, 56 saved after boat sinks off Crete

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A smuggling boat sank off the southern Greek island of Crete on Monday, leaving three dead, while a large rescue operation managed to save 56 others from the sea, authorities said. The Greek coast guard said efforts continued deep into the evening to locate other people ...

Analysis: With Abe’s exit, Seoul seeks to mend Japan ties

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It took a bombshell resignation before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heard anything nice from South Korea. The rare praise came after years of diplomatic rows and testy confrontations between Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and only after the ...

India’s Modi faces turbulent session as Parliament reopens

NEW DELHI (AP) — After a five-month absence, Indian lawmakers returned to Parliament on Monday with the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, the nosediving economy and simmering tensions with China setting the stage for a turbulent session. The 18-day session comes as ...

US ambassador to China to step down next month

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China will step down early next month, ending a three-year tenure marked by a trade war and increasingly bitter relations between the world's two largest economies. Terry Branstad, appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017, confirmed his decision in a ...

Kremlin keeps its grip in elections, but critics make gains

MOSCOW (AP) — The main Kremlin party has retained its dominance in regional elections across Russia, but the opposition made gains in some areas in a challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to early official results released Monday. Voters in dozens of Russian regions cast ...

Belarus leader visits Russia to secure support amid protests

MOSCOW (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian president visited Russia Monday in a bid to secure more loans and political support, as demonstrations against the extension of his 26-year rule entered their sixth week. Alexander Lukashenko's talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea ...

Suga wins party vote, all but assuring election as Japan PM

TOKYO (AP) — Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new head of Japan's ruling party on Monday, all but assuring that he will become the country's new prime minister when a parliamentary election is held later in the week. Despite his low-key image, Suga, 71, has been an important figure in ...

Vaccine trial stopped after neurological symptoms detected

LONDON (AP) — A woman who received an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed severe neurological symptoms that prompted a pause in testing, a spokesman for drugmaker AstraZeneca said Thursday. The study participant in late-stage testing reported symptoms consistent with transverse ...

EU demands UK drop a planned law that breaches Brexit deal

LONDON (AP) — Instead of closing in on a future trade deal, the European Union and Britain entered a bitter fight Thursday over a planned British law that the EU says would constitute a serious violation of the Brexit divorce agreement and destroy what little trust remains between the two ...

India, China agree to disengage thousands of border troops

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian and Chinese foreign ministers agreed their troops should disengage from a tense border standoff, maintain proper distance and ease tensions in the cold-desert Ladakh region where the two sides had their deadliest clash in decades in June. India's S. Jaishankar and ...

Lavrov: Russia ready to help ease Turkey-Greece tension

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday that Moscow is ready to help ease rising tensions over Turkey's search for energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean and rejected any actions that could lead to further escalation. Sergey Lavrov said Moscow is ready to step in ...

TikTok scrambles to remove suicide video clips, ban users

LONDON (AP) — TikTok says it's working to remove videos of a man apparently taking his own life and banning users that keep trying to spread the clips on the popular social media platform. It's the latest example of the ongoing struggle by big tech companies to police their platforms for ...

Assange told to stop interrupting witnesses at UK hearing

LONDON (AP) — A British judge told WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday that his extradition hearing will proceed without him if he continues to speak from the dock and interrupt witnesses. Vanessa Baraitser briefly adjourned the hearing at London's Central Criminal Court after ...

Belarus’ opposition challenger urges UN action amid protests

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds of students, information technology workers and others rallied again in Belarus' capital Friday to protest the disputed reelection of the nation's authoritarian president, while the main opposition challenger in the vote urged the United Nations to help end the ...

IAEA: Iran continues to expand stockpile of enriched uranium

VIENNA (AP) — Iran continues to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium in violation of limitations set in a landmark deal with world powers, but has begun providing access to sites where it was suspected of having stored or used undeclared nuclear material and possibly conducted ...

NATO agrees nerve agent used to try to kill Russia’s Navalny

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday condemned the "appalling assassination attempt" on Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and called on Moscow to answer questions about the poisoning to international investigators. Navalny, a Kremlin critic and ...