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Bono cheers papal program for “inclusivity,” educating girls

VATICAN CITY (AP) — U2 frontman Bono hailed Pope Francis for promoting "inclusivity" on Thursday as he met with the pontiff in Rome alongside students attending an educational program launched by the pope. Francis has promoted the Scholas Occurrentes (Schools of Meeting) program since he was ...

Russian soldier on trial asks victim’s widow to forgive him

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian soldier facing the first war crimes trial since the start of the war in Ukraine testified Thursday that he shot a civilian on orders from two officers and pleaded for his victim's widow to forgive him. Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin told the court that the officer ...

Japan to donate $2 million to IAEA for Ukraine nuke safety

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Thursday that it will donate 2 million euros ($2.1 million) to the International Atomic Energy Agency for its efforts to ensure the safety of Ukrainian nuclear facilities that have come under Russian attack. Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi unveiled the pledge ...

EXPLAINER: What might happen to 100s of Ukrainian POWs?

GENEVA (AP) — Breaking its recent silence on prisoners of war, the Red Cross said Thursday it has registered "hundreds" of Ukrainian prisoners of war who left the giant Azovstal steel plant in the southern city of Mariupol after holding out in a weeks-long standoff with besieging Russian ...

Jailed Egypt activist on hunger strike moved to new prison

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have transferred a prominent political activist from a maximum-security prison where he was allegedly tortured and denied basic rights to a new correctional facility, his family said on Thursday. Alaa Abel-Fattah was transferred from Cairo's Tora prison ...

Israeli military ID’s gun that may have killed journalist

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military has identified a soldier's rifle that may have killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, but said it cannot be certain unless the Palestinians turn over the bullet for analysis, a military official said Thursday. The confirmation marked a small ...

Germany’s Schroeder loses office amid anger over Russia ties

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers agreed Thursday to strip former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of his office and staff after he maintained and defended his long-standing ties with Russia and its energy sector despite the invasion of Ukraine. Sven Kindler, a financial policy spokesman for the ...

Scandal-hit former king returns to Spain after 2 years

MADRID (AP) — Spain's former king returned to the country Thursday for his first visit since leaving nearly two years ago amid a cloud of financial scandals. Plans for the visit were confirmed earlier this week by the royal household, who said Juan Carlos I would first visit the northwestern ...

NATO chief sure spat over Sweden, Finland will be resolved

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's leader flatly opposes having Sweden and Finland join NATO, but the military alliance's chief said Thursday he was confident the standoff would be resolved and the two Nordic nations would have their membership requests approved soon. Turkey's approval of Finland and ...

UK’s Johnson faces no further fines over ‘partygate’ scandal

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Metropolitan Police told Prime Minister Boris Johnson he faced no further action over lockdown-breaching gatherings at his official residence and other government sites, after the force said Thursday it has concluded its investigation into politicians' parties that ...

Captive medic’s bodycam shows firsthand horror of Mariupol

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — A celebrated Ukrainian medic recorded her time in Mariupol on a data card no bigger than a thumbnail, smuggled out to the world in a tampon. Now she is in Russian hands, at a time when Mariupol itself is on the verge of falling. Yuliia Paievska is known in Ukraine as ...

How gas interests slowed Chile’s clean energy transition

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Chile holds itself out as a global leader on climate change. Nearly 22% of Chile's electricity is generated by solar and wind farms, putting it far ahead of both the global average, 10%, and the United States, at 13%. It was one of the first countries to declare a target ...

East Timor celebrates independence anniversary, new leader

DILI, East Timor (AP) — Former East Timor independence fighter and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta was sworn in as president of Asia's youngest country late Thursday as it marks its 20th anniversary of independence. Crowds cheered as he then traveled by motorcade to Parliament, ...

US accuses Russia of weaponizing food in Ukraine war

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia on Thursday of weaponizing food and holding grain for millions of people around the world hostage to help accomplish what its invasion of Ukraine has not -- "to break the spirit of the Ukrainian people." He told a ...

US, S Korean leaders meet in face of N Korea nuclear threat

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When the U.S. and South Korean leaders meet Saturday, North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile program, already a major focus, may receive extra attention if intelligence predictions of an imminent major weapons demonstration by the North, which is struggling with a ...

Australia’s would-be PM Albanese shaped by humble start

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The son of a single mother who raised him on a pension, Anthony Albanese had a humble start to life for a politician who could become Australia's prime minister on Saturday. His financially precarious upbringing in government-owned housing in Sydney fundamentally ...

Famed racing sailboat attacked by gunmen off war-torn Yemen

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Hong Kong-flagged racing sailboat that led its skippers to win multiple contests around the world came under attack Thursday off the coast of war-torn Yemen, with its crew reportedly targeted by militants who fired warning shots and threatened them with ...

Biden in Asia: New friends, old tensions, storms at home

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Joe Biden hopes to use his visit to Asia to confirm his belief that long-standing friendships can afford to become even friendlier — and pay dividends. His six-day trip starts in South Korea on Friday and ends in Japan at a time when world events are ...

Biden to highlight U.S. chip production — in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Joe Biden will open his trip to Asia with a focus on the U.S. tech sector, touring a Samsung computer chip plant on Friday that will serve as model for a $17 billion semiconductor factory that the Korean electronics company is building outside Austin, ...

‘I can’t see the light’: War fuels surging prices in Europe

MILAN (AP) — Edoardo Ronzoni inspects a construction site near Milan that he shut down in March as costs for materials skyrocketed. He can't complete a half-built roundabout at an intersection known for fender-benders because asphalt, cast-iron pipes and concrete are too expensive — prices ...