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France’s going through its most severe drought ever, PM says

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne warned that France is facing its "most severe drought" ever recorded and announced the activation of a government crisis unit. Borne said in a written statement on Friday that many areas in France are going through a "historic situation" as ...

UK court bars parents from moving comatose boy to hospice

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Friday rejected a request from the parents of a comatose boy to let them move their son to a hospice when hospital doctors withdraw his life-support treatment. The parents of Archie Battersbee vowed to fight on. The 12-year-old has been in a coma since early ...

China conducts ‘precision missile strikes’ in Taiwan Strait

KEELUNG, Taiwan (AP) — China conducted "precision missile strikes" Thursday in waters off Taiwan's coasts as part of military exercises that have raised tensions in the region to their highest level in decades following a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. China earlier announced that ...

Pelosi: China cannot stop US officials from visiting Taiwan

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that China will not isolate Taiwan by preventing U.S. officials from traveling there. She made the remarks in Tokyo on the final leg of an Asia tour highlighted by a visit to Taiwan that infuriated China. The Chinese have tried to ...

China summons European diplomats over statement on Taiwan

BEIJING (AP) — China says it summoned European diplomats in the country to protest statements issued by the Group of Seven nations and the European Union criticizing threatening Chinese military exercises surrounding Taiwan. The Foreign Ministry on Friday said Vice Minister Deng Li made ...

US, Russia, China take part in talks with SE Asian nations

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined the foreign ministers of Russia and China at a meeting Friday with top diplomats from Southeast Asia at a time when the global powers are riven by tensions. The East Asia Summit of the ongoing Association of Southeast ...

The AP Interview: Samantha Power vs. food crisis, Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Samantha Power won fame as a human rights advocate and was picked by President Joe Biden to lead the agency that distributes billions of dollars in U.S. aid abroad, including providing more food assistance than anyone else in the world. But since Russia invaded Ukraine, that ...

Banksy painting sprayed in West Bank resurfaces in Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A long-lost painting by the British graffiti artist Banksy has resurfaced in a swank art gallery in downtown Tel Aviv, an hour's drive and a world away from the concrete wall in the occupied West Bank where it was initially sprayed. The relocation of the painting — ...

In Baghdad’s Sadr City, cleric’s support underpins protests

BAGHDAD (AP) — Khalil Ibrahim's four sons are among thousands of followers of an influential Shiite cleric staging a sit-in outside Iraq's parliament after storming the building last week in a stunning move that threw the country into a new era of political instability. Ibrahim is behind ...

SE Asian nations criticize Myanmar, but weaker than expected

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign ministers issued their final communique Friday after a series of meetings in the Cambodian capital, criticizing fellow member Myanmar for its lack of progress in ending the violence there, but with weaker language ...