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Seeking parole, Pistorius meets with girlfriend’s father

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African former track star Oscar Pistorius has met with the father of Reeva Steenkamp, the woman he shot to death in 2013, as part of his parole process, the Steenkamp's family lawyer told The Associated Press on Friday. Lawyer Tania Koen said in a text ...

In a small village, prayers and hope for missing migrants

SAN MARCOS ATEXQUILAPAN, Mexico (AP) — Clutching rosaries, residents of this mountain village stared at photographs of three of their own atop the altar at the local church, praying that teenagers Jair, Yovani and Misael were not among the 53 migrants who perished inside a stifling trailer in ...

UN talks urge faster steps to secure ‘critical’ ocean health

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A United Nations conference warned Friday that measures needed to protect the world's oceans are running late and urged countries to accelerate their implementation. More than 6,000 senior officials, scientists and activists from more than 120 countries attended a ...

Tropical Storm Bonnie moving over Nicaragua toward Pacific

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Bonnie swept into Nicaragua bringing the threat of flooding from heavy rain, while heading for a predicted fast crossing on the way to the Pacific and a possible strengthening into a hurricane. Bonnie came ashore late Friday on Nicaragua's Carribean coast ...

Strong earthquake kills 5 in southern Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Five people were killed and 44 others injured in a magnitude 6.3 earthquake in southern Iran on Saturday, state television reported. Rescue teams were deployed near the epicenter, Sayeh Khosh village, which is home to around 300 people in Hormozgan province, some 1,000 ...

Australia prioritizes reducing emissions and cheaper EVs

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's new government is putting climate change at the top of its legislative agenda when Parliament sits next month for the first time since the May 21 election, with bills to enshrine a cut in greenhouse gas emissions and make electric cars cheaper, a ...

South Africans struggle in the dark to cope with power cuts

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans are struggling in the dark to cope with increased power cuts that have hit households and businesses across the country. The rolling power cuts have been experienced for years but this week the country's state-owned power utility Eskom extended them so that ...

Opposition: Philippines should rejoin international court

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Opposition leaders asked new Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Friday to restore the country's membership in the International Criminal Court to strengthen defenses against human rights abuses. Former President Rodrigo Duterte, whose six-year term ended ...

European force battling extremists withdraws from Mali

PARIS (AP) — A European military task force that helped Mali's government fight Islamic extremists has formally withdrawn from the West African country amid tensions with its ruling military junta. The French military, which spearheaded the Takuba task force, announced Friday that it ...

Australia and France make ‘new start’ after submarine row

PARIS (AP) — Australia and France opened a "new chapter" in their relations Friday as the new Australian prime minister seeks to heal wounds from a secret submarine contract that infuriated France. President Emmanuel Macron warmly shook hands with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese ...

Germany, Nigeria sign accord for return of Benin Bronzes

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and Nigeria on Friday signed an agreement paving the way for the return of hundreds of artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa more than 120 years ago — an accord that Nigerian officials hope will prompt other countries to follow ...

Tunisian president seeks more powers in new constitution

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian President Kais Saied on Friday unveiled a new draft constitution that would bestow broad powers on the president and curtail the authority of the prime minister and parliament. A referendum on the constitution is scheduled for July 25, exactly a year after ...

Thousands rally in Sudan day after 9 killed during protests

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands took to the streets Friday in Sudan's capital, a day after nine people were killed in demonstrations against the country's ruling generals. The United States and others in the international community condemned the violence in this East African nation, which has been ...

Monkeypox cases triple in Europe, WHO says, Africa concerned

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization's Europe chief warned Friday that monkeypox cases in the region have tripled in the last two weeks and urged countries to do more to ensure the previously rare disease does not become entrenched on the continent. And African health authorities said ...

WNBA’s Brittney Griner goes on trial in Russian court

MOSCOW (AP) — American basketball star Brittney Griner went on trial Friday, 4 1/2 months after her arrest on charges of possessing cannabis oil while returning to play for a Russian team, in a case that has unfolded amid tense relations between Moscow and Washington. The initial session of ...

Chief of Cuba’s military businesses, ex-Castro in-law dies

HAVANA (AP) — Gen. Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja, one of the most trusted advisers to former Cuban President Raul Castro and head of the country's military business division, died on Friday at age 62. The Communist Party and official news media said he died of a cardiopulmonary ...

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy talks to Argentina, Chile presidents

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pressed on with his campaign to obtain support from Latin America with calls Friday to the leaders of Argentina and Chile. "I continue to establish relations with an important region — Latin America," Zelenskyy wrote on ...

Brazil’s da Silva hints at 1-term presidency if elected

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Friday that he would likely serve only one term if he wins back Brazil's presidency in October's election. "I'm not going to be a president of the republic who is thinking about his reelection," he said in an interview ...

Russian missiles kill at least 21 in Ukraine’s Odesa region

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian airstrike on residential areas killed at least 21 people early Friday near the Ukrainian port of Odesa, authorities reported, a day after the withdrawal of Moscow's forces from an island in the Black Sea had seemed to ease the threat to the city. Video of ...

US jury finds ex-Argentine officer responsible for massacre

MIAMI (AP) — A jury in Miami on Friday found a former Argentine naval officer responsible for a 1972 massacre of political prisoners in his homeland and ordered him to pay more than $20 million in damages to relatives of four of the victims. The unanimous verdict of the seven jurors was ...