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EU, New Zealand strike free trade deal after 4 years’ talks

Jun 30 2022 — AP — BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and New Zealand said Thursday they have concluded a free trade deal after four years of negotiations and sealed a partnership to reinforce their cooperation against organized crime and terror groups. According to the EU, trade with New Zealand is expected to increase by 30% as a result of […]

Supreme Court: Biden properly ended Trump-era asylum policy

Jun 30 2022 — AP — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Biden administration properly ended a Trump-era policy forcing some U.S. asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico. The justices' 5-4 decision for the administration came in a case about the “Remain in Mexico” policy under President Donald Trump. President Joe Biden suspended the program on his […]

Myanmar jet enters Thai airspace, prompting evacuations

Jun 30 2022 — AP — BANGKOK (AP) — A Myanmar fighter jet crossed the border into Thailand's airspace on Thursday, prompting Thai air force jets to scramble and officials to order the evacuation of villages and classrooms, officials said. The Royal Thai Air Force said it dispatched two F-16 fighters to patrol the area after receiving a report of an […]

Official: Russia could see West’s sanctions as cause for war

Jun 30 2022 — AP — MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian official warned Thursday that Moscow could see Western sanctions as a cause for war. Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council chaired by President Vladimir Putin, denounced the Western restrictions as “boorish and cynical” and noted that they border on “economic war.” “Under certain circumstances, such hostile […]

Official: Russia could see West’s sanctions as cause for war

Jun 30 2022 — AP — MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian official warned Thursday that Moscow could see Western sanctions as a cause for war. Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council chaired by President Vladimir Putin, denounced the Western restrictions as “boorish and cynical” and noted that they border on “economic war.” “Under certain circumstances, such hostile […]

Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy breaks hip, to have surgery

Jun 30 2022 — AP — MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont has broken a hip in a fall at his home and was to undergo surgery to repair it, his office said Thursday. The 82-year-old Democrat fell Wednesday night in McLean, Virginia, the statement said. Doctors determined the best course of action would be to have […]

COVID restrictions ease in Shanghai as case numbers drop

Jun 30 2022 — AP — BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai is moving to allow in-person dining and reopening its Disney Resort theme park as domestically transmitted cases of COVID-19 in China’s largest city remain at zero following a more than two-month lockdown. Chinese officials hail their hardline “zero-COVID” policy for stemming the growth of cases and deaths from the virus, despite […]

ASEAN special envoy making 2nd visit to strife-torn Myanmar

Jun 29 2022 — AP — BANGKOK (AP) — Cambodia’s foreign minister is making his second visit to Myanmar as a special envoy of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to the country that has been mired in violence and civil unrest since the military seized power last year. State-run television MRTV reported that Prak Sokhonn and his party were welcomed […]

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Pat Cipollone, former WH counsel

Jun 29 2022 — AP — WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection issued a subpoena Wednesday to former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who has been linked to meetings in which lawyers debated strategies to overturn former President Donald Trump's election loss. The committee said that it required Cipollone's testimony after obtaining other evidence about which […]

Germany gets 1st Black member of state government

Jun 29 2022 — AP — BERLIN (AP) — The daughter of two Malian refugees has become the first Black member of a state government in Germany. Aminata Touré was named Wednesday to the Cabinet of Governor Daniel Günther in Germany's northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein, on the border with Denmark. The 29-year-old member of the environmentalist Green party will oversee the […]

Russian court lets opposition figure’s jail term stand

Jun 29 2022 — AP — MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow on Wednesday rejected a prominent Russian opposition figure's appeal of the 15-day jail sentence he received on charges of failing to obey police. The decision by the Moscow City Court, the capital's highest municipal judicial body, came one day after Ilya Yashin was sentenced. Yashin, who has publicly […]

WHO chief: U.S. abortion ruling ‘a setback,’ will cost lives

Jun 29 2022 — AP — GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday criticized the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, saying the decision to no longer recognize a constitutional right to abortion was “a setback” that would ultimately cost lives. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a media briefing that decades of […]

Ex-Coast Guard employee pleads guilty in test-fixing case

Jun 29 2022 — AP — NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former U.S. Coast Guard employee has pleaded guilty in a test score-fixing scheme that happened over seven years at an exam center in Louisiana, federal prosecutors said. U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans, in a news release Tuesday, said Eldridge Johnson entered the plea June 23 to one count each of […]

Ressa says Philippine courts to decide Rappler closure order

Jun 29 2022 — AP — MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa said her Rappler news website was operating “business as usual” Wednesday and would let Philippine courts decide on a government order to close the outlet critical of the outgoing Duterte administration and its deadly drug crackdown. The Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday affirmed […]

Justices nix 2d mostly Black district in Louisiana for 2022

Jun 28 2022 — AP — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold a lower court ruling that Louisiana must draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections to increase Black voting power. With the three liberal justices dissenting, the high court short-circuited an order from a federal judge to create a second majority Black congressional district […]