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Brazil toughens environmental fines in reaction to a lawsuit

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After a series of measures that weakened Brazil's environmental laws, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has signaled an about-face, signing a decree Tuesday relating to crimes involving the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. The new legislation increases fines for ...

US sets Thursday vote on new UN sanctions on North Korea

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called for a vote Thursday on a U.N. resolution that would impose tougher sanctions on North Korea for its recent launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles that can be used to deliver nuclear weapons. The U.S. Mission to the United Nations has ...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro to attend Americas Summit after doubts

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has decided to attend the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles next month and plans to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden, close allies of the South American leader said late Wednesday. Three of Bolsonaro's Cabinet ministers ...

Marcos Jr proclaimed next Philippine president with huge win

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was proclaimed the next president of the Philippines by a joint session of Congress on Wednesday following a landslide election triumph 36 years after his dictator father was ousted in a pro-democracy uprising. The Senate and House of ...

EXPLAINER: What’s at stake for China on South Pacific visit?

BEIJING (AP) — China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting the South Pacific with a 20-person delegation this week in a display of Beijing's growing military and diplomatic presence in the region. The U.S. has traditionally been the area's major power, but China has been pursuing inroads, ...

Pakistani ex-PM Khan demands new elections be set in 6 days

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Defiant former Prime Minister Imran Khan early Thursday warned Pakistan's government to set new elections in the next six days or he will again march on the capital along with 3 million people. Khan spoke at a rally of thousands of demonstrators in Islamabad aiming to bring ...

Dispute over mosque becomes religious flashpoint in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — For nearly three centuries, Muslims and Hindus in India's northern Varanasi city have prayed to their gods in a mosque and a temple that are separated by one wall. Many see it as an example of religious coexistence in a country where bouts of deadly communal violence are ...

China’s foreign minister starts Pacific tour in the Solomons

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and a 20-strong delegation arrived in the Solomon Islands Thursday at the start of an eight-nation tour that comes amid growing concerns about Beijing's military and financial ambitions in the South Pacific region. Australia was ...

India curbs sugar exports to ensure supply, stabilize price

NEW DELHI (AP) — India is restricting its sugar exports to 10 million tons in the current season to help maintain domestic availability and keep prices stable. The decision follows a similar measure for wheat and comes amid signs of tightening world supplies. India is the second-largest ...

Saving the children: War closes in on eastern Ukrainian town

BAKHMUT, Ukraine (AP) — Chunks of thick, twisted metal and wood splinters lie among the swings and slides in the playground outside a bombed-out school. Some streets away, a yellow bathtub dangles over the void left when part of an apartment building collapsed in a bombing. The eastern ...