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Indian court sentences Kashmiri leader to life in prison

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court sentenced a Kashmiri separatist leader to life in prison on Wednesday after declaring him guilty of terrorism and sedition, triggering a clash between protesters and police and a partial shutdown of businesses in the Indian-controlled portion of ...

Pope greets Russian patriarch, criticized for ‘naive’ policy

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has sent a protocol greeting to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, assuring him of prayers on his patron's feast day and stressing the value of human life and wisdom, as the Vatican insists on maintaining cordial relations amid the war in Ukraine. The website ...

Chinese leader Xi defends record to UN human rights chief

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping defended his country's record to the top U.N. human rights official on Wednesday, saying each nation should be allowed to find its own path. Xi, who heads the ruling Communist Party that allows no political opposition and strictly limits speech, ...

Uganda criminally charges leader of protests over prices

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye was criminally charged Wednesday by authorities who accused him of inciting violence with his efforts to stage street protests against rising commodity prices that the government largely blames on the war in Ukraine. Besigye, a ...

War Crimes Watch: Targeting schools, Russia bombs the future

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As she lay buried under the rubble, her legs broken and eyes blinded by blood and thick clouds of dust, all Inna Levchenko could hear was screams. It was 12:15 p.m. on March 3, and moments earlier a blast had pulverized the school where she'd taught for 30 years. Amid ...

Seoul: N Korea fires suspected ICBM and 2 other missiles

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea test-launched a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile and two shorter-range weapons toward its eastern waters Wednesday, South Korea said, hours after President Joe Biden ended a trip to Asia where he reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to defend its ...

Slovenian lawmakers approve liberal-green leader as new PM

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's parliament on Wednesday voted to appoint the leader of a liberal-green party that won last month's election as the country's new prime minister, replacing a right-wing populist. Lawmakers voted 54-30 for Robert Golob, head of the Freedom Movement party, ...

Gambia to investigate fugitive ex-dictator Jammeh for abuses

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's government is setting up a special prosecutor's office to investigate for severe human rights violations and potentially charge former dictator Yahya Jammeh, who fled into exile in 2017 after 22 years in power. Wednesday's government announcement came in ...

US has not been asked to help in probe of reporter’s killing

JERUSALEM (AP) — Neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority has formally requested U.S. assistance in the investigation into the killing of a Palestinian-American reporter during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank, the State Department said Wednesday. An AP reconstruction of the May ...

Dozens of Europe-bound migrants missing off Tunisia’s coast

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Rescue teams searched Wednesday for dozens of people reported missing after a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Europe capsized off Tunisia's coast. The International Organization for Migration said 30 people were rescued and 75 people were unaccounted for after the ...