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WHO: 2nd COVID booster for most vulnerable offers benefits

GENEVA (AP) — An expert group convened by the World Health Organization says there may be some benefit in giving a second booster dose of coronavirus vaccine to the most vulnerable people amid the continuing global spread of omicron and its subvariants. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the ...

Filipinos protest Marcos Jr.’s private Australian visit

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Members of Australia's Filipino community protested Tuesday outside a Melbourne apartment building where the Philippines' presumptive next president, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., was reportedly visiting his son. Marcos Jr. was making a private family visit, spokesperson ...

Activists ask top court to void Marcos Jr’s presidential win

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Human rights activists have asked the Philippine Supreme Court to block Congress from proclaiming Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as the next president, alleging that he lied when he said he had not been convicted of any crime. The Commission on Election twice dismissed their ...

Zimbabwe urges sale of stockpile of seized elephant ivory

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe is seeking international support to be allowed to sell its stockpile of seized ivory, saying the $600 million it expects to earn is urgently needed for the conservation of its rapidly growing elephant population which it describes as "dangerous." Officials ...

Israeli PM welcomes expansion of West Bank settlements

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday welcomed a recent decision to expand Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank that the Palestinians and most of the international community view as illegal. During a visit to the settlement of Elkana, he cast the ...

Hezbollah, allies lose majority in Lebanon’s parliament

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group and its allies lost their parliamentary majority, final elections results showed Tuesday, while more than a dozen independent newcomers gained seats. The outcome signaled a shift in a country devastated by an ongoing financial meltdown and ...

Prince Charles in Newfoundland to start Canadian tour

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (AP) — Prince Charles and Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall, arrived in St. John's, Newfoundland on Friday, to begin a three-day Canadian tour to mark the 70th anniversary of his mother's ascent to the throne. The royal couple's itinerary includes stops in Ottawa and ...

Mali arrests suspects after announcing foiled coup attempt

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian authorities have arrested suspects after an announcement by the ruling junta that it had foiled a coup attempt supported by an unnamed Western government. Security forces thwarted the countercoup against two-time coup leader Col. Assimi Goita, according to a ...

Canada prime minister critical of Iran match in Vancouver

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (AP) — Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says next month's soccer exhibition between his nation and Iran is ill-advised. Preparing for its first World Cup since 1986, Canada hosts Iran on June 5 at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. "This was a ...

AP Interview: Scottish leader stresses independence, NATO

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said in an interview Tuesday that Europe's crisis over Russia's war in Ukraine only makes Scotland's drive for independence more important, and maintained Scotland should play its "full part" ensuring stability and security in Europe as an ...

Ruined Mariupol now forever etched in Ukraine’s history

First chaos and anarchy, then despair. The ruined seaside city of Mariupol, whose capture has become a key Russian objective, is now irrevocably etched into Ukrainian history, regardless of the outcome of the war. In the end, a small group of outgunned and outmanned nationalist fighters held ...

Clashes break out in Tripoli, drive rival Libyan PM away

CAIRO (AP) — An attempt by one of Libya's rival prime ministers to seat his government in the capital of Tripoli triggered clashes Tuesday between competing militias, forcing the newly appointed premier to leave the city. The development underscored the fragility of the situation in the ...

Guatemala leader won’t attend summit in LA after US critique

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said Tuesday he will not attend the Summit of the Americas next month in Los Angeles, following criticism from the Biden administration for reappointing an attorney general the U.S. accuses of protecting the corrupt. During an ...

UN envoy: Talks on now to extend Yemen’s 2-month cease-fire

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With just two weeks left in a two-month cease-fire in Yemen, the U.N. envoy to the war-torn country said Tuesday that talks with the government and Houthi rebels are going on right now and he hopes the truce will be extended. But Hans Grundberg was wary of making any ...

Egypt: Mubarak son says family clear of corruption charges

CAIRO (AP) — The son of Egypt's former president said Tuesday that he and family members were innocent of corruption charges made in international courts after the country's 2011 popular uprising. His statements came after years of attempts by the deposed president's family to rehabilitate ...

WHO: Omicron makes China’s ‘zero-COVID’ policy unsustainable

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said China's extreme approach to containing the coronavirus is unsustainable because of the highly infectious nature of the omicron variant, but that it's up to every country to decide what policy to pursue. At a media briefing on ...

Will Turkey upend NATO expansion? US officials seek clarity

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan taking an increasingly tough line against the NATO membership bids of Finland and Sweden despite far less strident statements from some of his top aides, U.S. officials are trying to determine how serious the often mercurial leader ...

S. Korea Blue House opens to public for 1st time in 74 years

SEOUL (AP) — For many South Koreans, the former presidential palace in Seoul was a little-visited, heavily secured mountainside landmark. That's now changed as thousands have been allowed a look inside for the first time in 74 years. As one of his first acts, the new South Korean leader has ...

Australian leader won’t say who might attend Tokyo summit

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's opposition leader Anthony Albanese said Wednesday that he will begin rebuilding trust in his nation if he wins weekend elections and attends a summit with U.S., Indian and Japanese leaders in Tokyo just three days later. Albanese said he will be ...

North Korea hails recovery as WHO worries over missing data

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday more than a million people have already recovered from suspected COVID-19 just a week after disclosing an outbreak it appears to be trying to manage in isolation as global experts express deep concern about the public health threat. The ...