Police: 3 children ages 4 to 7 beheaded in Afghan capital

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Three children ages 4 to 7 were beheaded Wednesday inside their Kabul home, an Afghan official said, shocking even residents hardened by decades of war.

Pakistan frees 669 men from radical group as it ends rallies

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistani authorities freed nearly 669 supporters of an outlawed radical Islamist group, hours after it agreed to end a week of violent protests following talks with the government.

Indonesia searching for missing submarine with 53 on board

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesia's navy is searching for a submarine that went missing north of the resort island of Bali with 53 people on board, the military said Wednesday.

US-backed Afghan peace meeting postponed as Taliban balk

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - An upcoming international peace conference that was meant to move Afghanistan's warring sides to a power-sharing deal and ensure an orderly U.S. exit from the country has been postponed, its sponsors announced Wednesday. They cited a lack of prospects for meaningful progress.

Japan prepares for 3rd virus emergency in Tokyo, Osaka areas

TOKYO (AP) - Japan's government is preparing to announce a third state of emergency in Tokyo and the western metropolitan area around Osaka following requests from local leaders who say current measures are failing to curb a rapid rise in coronavirus infections.

Oxygen supply disruption kills 22 COVID-19 patients in India

NEW DELHI (AP) - Twenty-two COVID-19 patients on ventilators died in a hospital in western India on Wednesday when their oxygen supply was interrupted by a leak in a supply line, officials said.

Australia ends Chinese deals on national interest grounds

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia on Wednesday canceled four bilateral deals with China, Iran and Syria under new laws that give the federal government power to overrule international agreements by lower-level administrations that violate the national interest.

Indonesian military says it is searching for missing navy submarine with 53 people on board

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesian military says it is searching for missing navy submarine with 53 people on board.

Seoul court rejects sexual slavery claim against Tokyo

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A South Korean court on Wednesday rejected a claim by victims of Japanese wartime sexual slavery and their relatives who sought compensation from Japan's government.

Japan's Suga makes offering at war shrine but doesn't visit

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday donated a religious offering to a Tokyo shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression, though he avoided a visit.

Official says disruption in oxygen supply kills 22 patients in a hospital in western India

NEW DELHI (AP) - Official says disruption in oxygen supply kills 22 patients in a hospital in western India.

Mrs. Ireland named new Mrs. World after on-stage fracas

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Kate Schneider from Ireland has been named the new Mrs. World after the reigning titleholder resigned following an on-stage fracas in which she pulled the crown off the head of the winner of the Mrs. Sri Lanka beauty pageant, organizers said.

Australia plans to spend $417M on hydrogen, carbon capture

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia's prime minister has proposed spending an extra 539 million Australian dollars ($417 million) on hydrogen and carbon sequestration projects, seeking to burnish his government's green credentials ahead of a climate summit to be hosted by President Joe Biden.

AP PHOTOS: India being overrun by its massive virus surge

India has been overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of new coronavirus cases daily, bringing pain, fear and agony to many lives as lockdowns have been placed in Delhi and other cities.

China says 200 million citizens have been vaccinated

BEIJING (AP) - Around 200 million Chinese, or 14.29% of the population, have been vaccinated for COVID-19 so far, with an emphasis on front-line workers, university students and people living in border areas, a health official said Wednesday.

Philippines: 4 dead, 9 missing from wayward cargo vessel

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Rescuers in the southern Philippines found the bodies of four crew members Wednesday and rescued seven others who jumped off a cargo vessel, which took in water and listed after its anchor broke in rough seas, officials said.

Myanmar refugee crisis brewing as turmoil hits economy

BANGKOK (AP) - Aid workers and activists are warning Myanmar's political upheavals risk causing a regional refugee crisis as the strife following a February coup displaces growing numbers of people who have lost their livelihoods.

Envoy: China not discriminating against foreign journalists

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - China continued to welcome foreign journalists and discriminated against none, a Chinese envoy said on Wednesday, contradicting an Australian reporter's opinion that they were "barely tolerated."

Meituan raises $10 bln for self-driving cars, drone delivery

HONG KONG (AP) - Chinese food delivery giant Meituan raised nearly $10 billion in a sale of convertible bonds and additional shares and plans to invest those funds in developing and expanding delivery technologies.

China's Xi to participate in Biden's climate summit

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping will take part in President Joe Biden's climate summit this week, the government announced Wednesday.

Publisher pauses release of new Philip Roth biography

This cover image released by W.W. Norton shows

Pelosi floats new proposal for bipartisan Jan. 6 commission

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a Celebration of Life for Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Hastings died earlier this month, aged 84, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Virginia city fires police officer over Rittenhouse donation
Florida school superintendent charged with perjury

In this March 5, 2019 photo, Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie waits for the start of a meeting of the Broward County School Board  in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  The superintendent of the Florida school district where 17 students and staff died in a 2018 high school massacre has been arrested on a perjury charge. Jail records show Broward County Schools Superintendent  Runcie was arrested Wednesday, April 21, 2021 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Police kill Ma'Khia Bryant, 16, who attacked 2 with knife

In an image from police bodycam video that the Columbus Police Department played during a news conference Tuesday night, April 20, 2021, a teenage girl, foreground, appears to wield a knife during an altercation before being shot by a police officer Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Police shot and the girl just as the verdict was being announced in the trial for the killing of George Floyd. State law allows police to use deadly force to protect themselves or others, and investigators will determine whether this shooting was such an instance, Interim Police Chief Michael Woods said at the news conference. (Columbus Police Department via WSYX-TV via AP)

In war-torn Syria, Assad makes bid for 4th presidential term

FILE - In this April 13, 2016 file photo, a Syrian election official waits for voters at a polling station with posters of President Bashar Assad during the parliamentary election in Damascus, Syria. On Sunday, April 18, 2021, Syria's parliament speaker announced that presidential elections in the war-ravaged country will be held May 26. The election is widely expected to give Assad a fourth seven-year term. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

First batch of COVID vaccines lands in opposition-held Syria

A health worker checks boxes of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines inside a truck, that were delivered to Idlib through a border crossing with Turkey, in Bab Al-Hawa, northwestern Syria, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Syria's last rebel-held enclave received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday, with a refrigerated truck offloading over 50,000 of United Nations-secured jabs in the overcrowded province. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Clashes between Kurdish, government forces kill 1 in Syria
Iran, Saudis hold talks in Baghdad, few expect quick results

FILE - In this March 31, 2021 file photo, released by the Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, center right, accompanies Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on his arrival to Riyadh International Airport, Saudi Arabia. A first round of direct talks held in April 2021, in Iraq, between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran is seen as a positive sign of de-escalation following years of animosity. The hosting of the talks is also a significant step for Iraq, which has ties with both the U.S. and Iran and has often borne the brunt of Saudi-Iran rivalry. (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP, File)

Egypt fires top railway official after deadly train crashes

FILE - In this Sunday, April 18, 2021 file photo, people gather at the site where a passenger train derailed killing at least 11 people and injuring at least 98 others, near Banha, Qalyubia province, Egypt. Egypt's transportation minister on Tuesday said he sacked the country's top railway official, following three train accidents in less than a month that left at least 29 people dead and over 300 injured. (AP Photo/Tarek Wagih, File)

Greece to reopen tourism services on May 15

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 file photo, a worker places chairs at a fish restaurant ahead of its reopening in Piraeus, near Athens. Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Wednesday April 21, 2021, the country's tourism industry will open on May 15 when a ban on travel between different regions in the country will be lifted, adding that restaurants and cafes will also be allowed to reopen outdoor areas starting on May 3. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Europe lines up more shots, hoping to beat back virus surge

FILE - In this March 27, 2021 file photo a laboratory worker simulates the workflow in a cleanroom of the BioNTech Corona vaccine production in Marburg, Germany, during a media day. Countries in the European Union have ramped up the vaccination after sluggish start. The uptick comes as countries across Europe also grapple with a rise in infections that has pushed the EU's overall number of confirmed cases close to 30 million. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

Floyd verdict sparks hope, inspiration for activists abroad

Assa Traore whose brother Adama died in the custody of French police in 2016, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press about the guilty verdict in the United States for the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd, in Ivry-sur-Seine, on the outskirts of Paris, Wednesday, April 21, 2021.  Traore hailed what she described as the

EU outlines ambitious AI regulations focused on risky uses

European Commissioner for Europe fit for the Digital Age Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference on an EU approach to artificial intelligence, following a weekly meeting of EU Commissioners, at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

Queen thankful for 'support, kindness' after Philip's death

Postcards with pictures of Queen Elizabeth II for sale in Windsor, England Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 95th birthday in a low-key fashion at Windsor Castle, just days after the funeral of her husband Prince Philip. Some members of the royal family are expected to be with the queen on Wednesday. Her birthday falls within the two-week royal mourning period for Philip that is being observed until Friday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)