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Indonesian rescuers focus on landslide as quake toll rises

CIANJUR, Indonesia (AP) — On the fourth day of an increasingly urgent search, Indonesian rescuers narrowed their work Thursday to a landslide where dozens are believed trapped after an earthquake killed at least 271 people, more than a third of them children. Many of the more than 1,000 ...

From prisoner to PM, Malaysia’s Anwar had long ride to top

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — More than two decades after his dramatic ouster from government and imprisonment, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim finally has his day. Anwar was named Malaysia's 10th prime minister by the nation's king Thursday, trumping a Malay nationalist leader to ...

Hong Kong emigres crave taste of milk tea from home

HONG KONG (AP) — In London, Wong Wai-yi misses the taste of home. A year ago, the 31-year-old musician was in Hong Kong, earning a good living composing for TV and movies and teaching piano. Today, she makes about half as much in London working part-time as a server alongside her musical ...

Amid war, fault lines show ahead of Central European summit

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A summit of four Central European leaders in Slovakia on Thursday could be set to redefine a regional alliance that's under strain from diverging approaches to the war in Ukraine. Fault lines within the bloc known as the Visegrad Four — Poland, the Czech Republic, ...

Mine company’s blasting of rock shelters likened to Taliban

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian minister likened a mining company blasting ancient rock shelters to the Taliban's destruction of giant Buddha carvings and vowed Thursday to improve protections of Indigenous cultural heritage. Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said Rio Tinto acted ...

Philippines asks China for explanation over latest sea feud

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has sought an explanation from China after a Filipino military commander reported that the Chinese coast guard forcibly seized Chinese rocket debris in the possession of Filipino navy personnel in the disputed South China Sea, officials said ...

Long-time reformist leader Anwar named as Malaysian PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king on Thursday named reformist opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said Anwar, 75, will be ...

China expands lockdowns as COVID-19 cases hit daily record

BEIJING (AP) — Pandemic lockdowns are expanding across China, including in a city where factory workers clashed this week with police, as the number of COVID-19 cases hits a daily record. Residents of eight districts of Zhengzhou, home to 6.6 million people, were told to stay home for five ...

Ukraine works to restore power after devastating strikes

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — About 70% of the Ukrainian capital was left without power on Thursday morning after Moscow unleashed yet another devastating missile barrage on Ukraine's energy infrastructure, Kyiv's mayor said. A punishing barrage of Russian strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure on ...

Foxconn apologizes for pay dispute at China factory

BEIJING (AP) — The company that assembles Apple Inc.'s iPhones apologized Thursday for a pay dispute that triggered employee protests at a factory where anti-virus controls have slowed production. Employees complained Foxconn Technology Group changed the terms of wages offered to attract ...

Greece: Migrant boat had sailed from Libya with 483 people

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a dilapidated fishing boat crammed with migrants that was towed to port after losing steering in rough seas south of Crete was carrying a total of 483 people who had sailed from Libya. The coast guard said Thursday that those on board were Syrians, ...

Activists: Iranian forces unleash heavy fire on protesters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian security forces used heavy gunfire against protesters in a Kurdish town in the country's west on Monday, killing at least five during an anti-government protest that erupted at the funeral of two people killed the day before, activists said. Videos ...

Kurdish militants fire at Turkish border town, 2 killed

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Suspected Kurdish militants in Syria fired rockets across the border into Turkey on Monday, killing at least two people and wounding 10 others, Turkish officials said. The attack followed deadly airstrikes by Turkey on suspected militant targets in Syria and Iraq. One ...

Dominican Republic rejects criticism of Haitian deportations

HAVANA (AP) — The Dominican Republic said it "profusely rejects" criticism of its crackdown on Haitian migrants from a growing number of countries and human rights agencies. Dominican authorities have ramped up border enforcement and deportations of Haitians, saying such actions are crucial ...

Colombian government, guerrilla group resume peace talks

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Colombian government and the South American country's largest remaining guerrilla group resumed peace talks Monday, breaking a roughly four-year hiatus during which the rebels have expanded the territory where they operate. Neighboring Venezuela, whose ...

US, allies clash with Russia, China over North Korea tests

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and its allies on Monday strongly condemned North Korea's latest intercontinental ballistic missile test and called for action to limit its nuclear and missile programs, but Russia and China opposed any new pressure and sanctions on Pyongyang. U.S. ...

6 Apple Daily staff plead guilty to collusion in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — Six former executives of a now-defunct Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper on Tuesday pleaded guilty to a collusion charge under the National Security Law that has silenced and jailed most opposition voices in the southern Chinese territory. The staff members of Apple Daily ...

100M euros pledged to Moldova, hit hard by war in Ukraine

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said more than 100 million euros ($102 million) were raised at a donors conference Monday to help assist Europe's poorest country, Moldova, which is suffering massive blackouts, an acute energy crisis, heavy refugee flows and potential security ...

Auditors in Iraq uncover staggering $2.5 billion tax fraud

BAGHDAD (AP) — Auditors in Iraq have uncovered a massive scheme in which a network of businesses and officials embezzled some $2.5 billion from the country's tax authority, despite layers of safeguards. The scandal poses an early test for Iraq's new government, which was formed late last ...

Yemen: Houthi drones attack ship at oil terminal

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels targeted a ship at an oil terminal in the south of the country on Monday, the internationally recognized government said, in the latest in a series of recent attacks that threaten to escalate the conflict after months of relative calm. The ...