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Taiwan says China military drills appear to simulate attack

BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan said Saturday that China's military drills appear to simulate an attack on the self-ruled island, after multiple Chinese warships and aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan's armed forces issued an alert, dispatched air and naval patrols around ...

Pacific rim economies in doldrums, sapped by inflation, war

BANGKOK (AP) — Economies in the Asia-Pacific are forecast to hit the doldrums this year as decades-high inflation and the war in Ukraine compound geopolitical uncertainties and the aftereffects of the pandemic. A report on Pacific Rim economies by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum ...

Farmers’ group: Talks with Dutch govt delivered ‘too little’

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The leader of the Netherlands' top agricultural lobby group said that a first round of talks Friday with a delegation led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte about the government's nitrogen emissions reduction goals delivered "at the moment, too little" for thousands of ...

Putin hosts Erdogan for talks on trade, Ukraine, Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Russia Friday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin focusing on a grain deal brokered by Turkey and the U.N., prospects for talks on ending hostilities in Ukraine, the situation in Syria and growing economic ties between ...

Greece’s intelligence chief resigns amid spyware scandal

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The head of Greece's intelligence service and the general secretary of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' office have resigned amid a scandal involving the targeting of the head of an opposition party and a journalist with spyware. National Intelligence Service ...

3 more ships with grain depart Ukraine ports under UN deal

ISTANBUL (AP) — Three more ships carrying thousands of tons of corn left Ukrainian ports Friday and traveled mined waters toward inspection of their delayed cargo, a sign that an international deal to export grain held up since Russia invaded Ukraine was slowly progressing. But major hurdles ...

Hong Kong’s last sawmill faces closure amid development plan

HONG KONG (AP) — Chi Kee Sawmill & Timber, Hong Kong's last operating sawmill, has been processing timber in the city for 75 years. Soon the family-run factory near the territory's border with mainland China might be forced to shut down as part of a development project: it received ...

UN food price index dropped in July for fourth month

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Food and Agriculture Agency's global food price index dropped for a fourth straight month in July, but was still 13% higher than in July 2021, the agency reported Friday. FAO said last month's 8.6% decline was the steepest monthly drop in the value of the index ...

Lebanon-bound ship brings hope, not solution to food crisis

BEIRUT (AP) — A ship bringing corn to Lebanon's northern port of Tripoli normally would not cause a stir. But it's getting attention because of where it came from: Ukraine's Black Sea port of Odesa. The Razoni, loaded with more than 26,000 tons of corn for chicken feed, is emerging from the ...

In France, a battle to save weakened whale lost in the Seine

SAINT-PIERRE-LA-GARENNE, France (AP) — French environmentalists were hoping Friday to feed a catch of herring to a worryingly thin Beluga whale that has strayed far from its Arctic habitat into France's Seine River. They fear that the ethereal white mammal is slowly starving in the waterway ...