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Xi taking part in Hong Kong anniversary but no word on visit

BEIJING (AP) - President Xi Jinping will participate in next week's celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to China, the government said Saturday, but it left unclear whether he will visit the former British colony for the highly symbolic event after a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement.


Deadly quake a new blow to Afghans reeling from poverty

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's deadly earthquake this week struck one of the poorest corners of a country that has been hollowed out by increasing poverty. Even as more aid arrived Saturday, many residents have no idea how they will rebuild the thousands of homes destroyed in villages strung through the mountains.


Bangladesh marks opening of country's longest bridge

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday celebrated the opening of the country's longest bridge, which took eight years to build amid setbacks involving political conflict and corruption allegations.


Aftershock in Afghanistan as quake toll rises to 1,150 dead

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) - Tents, food and medical supplies rolled into the mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan where thousands were left homeless or injured by this week's powerful earthquake, which state media said killed 1,150 people. A new aftershock Friday took five more lives and deepened the misery.


US: Afghan national freed from Guantanamo Bay after 15 years

ISLAMABAD (AP) - An Afghan prisoner held in U.S. custody for nearly 15 years has been released from the Guantanamo Bay detention center after a federal court ruled that he was unlawfully detained, the U.S. Department of Defense said Friday.


Pakistan stock market plunges on new govt tax on industries

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's stock exchange briefly halted trading Friday after its benchmark index plunged sharply following an announcement by the newly elected Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif that he was imposing a new, 10% tax on major industries.


Chinese electric car brand NIO says 2 killed in vehicle fall

BEIJING (AP) - Two people involved in testing for the electric car brand NIO died when one of its vehicles fell three stories from a Shanghai parking structure, the company said Friday.


EXPLAINER: Is North Korea moving nukes to its border?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Is North Korea preparing to deploy tactical nuclear weapons along its tense border with rival South Korea, which is only a short drive from the 26 million people living in and around Seoul, its capital?


N. Korea approves new front-line army duties amid tensions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doubled down on his nuclear arms buildup to overwhelm "hostile forces" at a key meeting where military leaders approved unspecified new operational duties for front-line army units.


Toyota recalls electric car for faulty wheel that may detach

TOKYO (AP) - Toyota is recalling 2,700 bZ4X crossover vehicles globally for wheel bolts that could become loose, in a major setback for the Japanese automaker's ambitions to roll out electric cars.


China envoy says Australia fired first shot with Huawei ban

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia had fired the "first shot" in its deteriorating relations with China four years ago when the then-government banned Chinese-owned telecommunications giant Huawei from rolling out the country's 5G network due to security concerns, a Chinese ambassador said on Friday.


India flies tons of essentials to quake-rocked Afghanistan

NEW DELHI (AP) - India sent family tents, blankets and other relief supplies for a team to distribute in eastern Afghan villages where a deadly earthquake collapsed thousands of timber and stone homes to rubble.


US Pacific admiral: Ties with Japan key to regional security

TOKYO (AP) - The U.S. Navy's top commander in the Pacific and the Japanese defense minister on Friday said that close cooperation between their naval forces is more important than ever in the region amid rising tensions over China, North Korea and Russia.


India sends team to help with deadly Afghanistan earthquake

NEW DELHI (AP) - India said it sent a technical team to Kabul to coordinate the delivery of humanitarian assistance after a powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan that state media reported killed 1,000 people.


Hong Kongers reflect on Taiwan, an imperfect exile

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - For Lam Wing-kee, a Hong Kong bookstore owner who was detained by police in China for five months for selling sensitive books about the Communist Party, coming to Taiwan was a logical step.


Afghans bury dead, dig for survivors of devastating quake

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) - Villagers rushed to bury the dead Thursday and dug by hand through the rubble of their homes in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan that state media reported killed 1,000 people. Residents appeared to be largely on their own to deal with the aftermath as their new Taliban-led government and the international aid community struggled to bring in help.


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June 17-23, 2022


Myanmar says Suu Kyi held alone in new prison quarters

BANGKOK (AP) - Myanmar's military government on Thursday confirmed that ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved to a prison compound in quarters separate from other detainees.


EXPLAINER: Why Sri Lanka's economy collapsed and what's next

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lanka's prime minister says the island nation's debt-laden economy has "collapsed" as it runs out of money to pay for food and fuel. Short of cash to pay for imports of such necessities and already defaulting on its debt, it is seeking help from neighboring India and China and from the International Monetary Fund.


Water receding slowly in flood-hit northeast Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Water levels were slowly receding Thursday in major rivers in Bangladesh's flood-hit northeast, bringing hopes of relief to millions of Bangladeshis, but woes continued in India's northeast, where 5.5 million people remained affected, officials said.


3 wounded, suspect arrested in Illinois warehouse shooting
Religious schools may face another hurdle to state tuition

Bangor Christian Schools sophomore Olivia Carson, 15, of Glenburn, Maine, left, stands with her mother Amy while getting dropped off on the first day of school on August 28, 2018 in Bangor, Maine. The Carsons were one of three Maine families that challenged the prohibition on using public money to pay tuition at religious schools. The Supreme Court ruled that Maine can't exclude religious schools from a program that offers tuition aid for private education in towns that don't have public schools. (Gabor Degre/The Bangor Daily News via AP, File)

Police: 5-month-old girl in car fatally shot in Chicago
'Loving' boy last Texas school shooting victim laid to rest

TCORRECTS AGE TO 10, NOT 8 - his March 2022 photo provided by Manny Renfro shows his grandson, Uziyah Garcia, while on spring break in San Angelo, Texas. The 10-year-old was among those killed in Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24 in Uvalde, Texas. (Manny Renfro via AP)

Abortion ruling thrusts companies into divisive arena

FILE - This Sept. 20, 2017, file photo shows a sign at the Disney store on the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris, France.  The Supreme Court's decision to end the nation's constitutional protections for abortion has catapulted businesses of all types into the most divisive corner of politics. A rash of iconic names including The Walt Disney Company, Facebook parent Meta, and Goldman Sachs announced they would pay for travel expenses for those who want the procedure but can't get it in the states they live in.  (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Iran and EU say Vienna nuke talks will resume in coming days
Egypt's president holds talks with visiting Qatari emir

In this photo made available by Qatar News Agency, QNA, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, meets with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 25, 2022. Qatar's emir arrived in Cairo to hold talks with Egypt's president in his first visit since the two countries agreed to reset relations after more than seven years of diplomatic animosity. (QNA via AP)

Moderate quake jolts southern Iranian province, killing 1
Iraqi PM to head to Saudi Arabia, Iran for new dialogue

FILE - Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. Al-Kadhimi is set to fly to Saudi Arabia, followed by Iran, carrying a new initiative aimed at renewing talks between the two regional arch foes, an official said Saturday, June 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

Israel fires at Palestinian stone throwers, teen said killed
Loewe presents a dystopian future at Paris Fashion Week

Models wear creations as part of the Hermes men's Spring Summer 2023 collection presented in Paris, France, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Gunman kills 2 during Oslo Pride festival; terror suspected

People react as they lay flowers at the scene of a shooting in central Oslo, Norway, Saturday, June 25, 2022. A gunman opened fire in Oslo's night-life district early Saturday, killing two people and leaving more than 20 wounded in what Norwegian security service called an

European mayors duped into calls with fake Kyiv mayor

FILE -- Berlin's mayor Franziska Giffey speaks during a press conference on the opening of the 'Welcome Hall State of Berlin' for refugees from the Ukraine in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, March 8, 2022. The mayor of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, warned Saturday of fake calls by an anonymous person posing as himself, after several European mayors, as Giffey, were duped into wrongly believing they were holding video call with the real Klitschko. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

Turkish state media: Detained Greek spied on border defenses
Russians try to block city, cement gains in eastern Ukraine

Local resident Tetyana points at her house heavily damaged by the Russian shelling in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, June 24, 2022.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)