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Stock market today: Asian shares decline after a mixed post-holiday session on Wall Street

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Wednesday after a mixed session on Wall Street following a three-day holiday weekend. Shares fell in Tokyo, Seoul, Sydney, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Oil prices rose. The International Monetary Fund raised its forecast for China’s economic outlook, saying it expects the No. 2 economy to grow at […]
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Mexico’s next president is likely a woman. But in some Indigenous villages, men have all the power

PLAN DE AYALA, Mexico (AP) — At 4:30 a.m., the girls and women begin to appear in the dark streets of this rural village of Tojolabal people in southern Mexico. They walk in silence. Some are headed to grind corn to make their family’s tortillas. Others fetch firewood to carry home, on their backs or […]
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US files a labor complaint over claims that a Volkswagen plant in Mexico fired union activists

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. trade authorities said Tuesday they have filed a labor complaint with Mexico over allegations that a Volkswagen auto plant in central Mexico unfairly fired union activists. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said Tuesday the complaint includes the temporary suspension of tariff benefits for vehicles and parts produced at the VW […]
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US vows more returns of looted antiquities as Italy celebrates latest haul of 600 artifacts

ROME (AP) — Italy on Tuesday celebrated the return of around 600 antiquities from the U.S., including ancient bronze statues, gold coins, mosaics and manuscripts valued at 60 million euros ($65 million), that were looted years ago, sold to U.S. museums, galleries and collectors and recovered as a result of criminal investigations. U.S. Ambassador Jack […]
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Stock market today: World shares are mostly lower after US holiday quiet

TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Europe and Asia on Tuesday after U.S. markets were closed for the Memorial Day holiday. Germany’s DAX gained 0.3% to 18,828.68 while the CAC 40 in Paris edged 0.1% lower to 8,121.17. In Britain, the FTSE 100 shed 0.2% to 8,303.25, reopening from a bank holiday on […]
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Fears rise of a second landslide and disease outbreak at site of Papua New Guinea disaster

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Authorities fear a second landslide and a disease outbreak are looming at the scene of Papua New Guinea’s mass-casualty disaster because of water streams and bodies trapped beneath the tons of debris that swept over a village. Thousands are being told to prepare to evacuate, officials said Tuesday. A mass of […]
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Netanyahu says deadly Israeli strike in Rafah was the result of a ‘tragic mishap’

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that a “tragic mishap” was made in an Israeli strike in the southern Gaza city of Rafah that set fire to a camp housing displaced Palestinians and, according to local officials, killed at least 45 people. The strike only added to the surging international […]
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At least 2,000 feared dead in Papua New Guinea landslide. These are some challenges rescuers face

BANGKOK (AP) — The Papua New Guinea government said more than 2,000 people are believed to have been buried alive in a landslide in the South Pacific island nation, after the side of a mountain came down in the early hours of Friday morning when the village of Yambali was asleep. The settlement is located […]
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Relations between EU and Israel plummet as Spain, Ireland prepare to recognize a Palestinian state

BRUSSELS (AP) — Relations between the European Union and Israel took a nosedive Monday, the eve of the diplomatic recognition of a Palestinian state by EU members Ireland and Spain, with Madrid insisting that sanctions should be considered against Israel for its continued deadly attacks in southern Gaza’s city of Rafah. Israeli Foreign Minister Israel […]
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Papua New Guinea says Friday’s landslide buried more than 2,000 people and formally asks for help

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Papua New Guinea government official has told the United Nations that more than 2,000 people are believed to have been buried alive by last Friday’s landslide and has formally asked for international help. The government figure is roughly triple the U.N. estimate of 670 killed by the landslide in the […]
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South Korean, Chinese and Japanese leaders discuss thorny topics and ways to boost cooperation

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Japanese and South Korean leaders raised sensitive topics like Taiwan, North Korea and the South China Sea as well as ways to boost cooperation when they individually met China’s premier Sunday on the eve of a fuller trilateral meeting. It was unclear how serious discussions the three leaders had […]
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Young missionary couple from US among 3 killed by gunmen in Haiti’s capital, family says

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.S. missionary couple and a Haitian man who led a religious group were shot and killed by criminal gang members in Haiti’s capital after they were abducted while leaving a youth group activity held at a local church, a family member said Friday. The attack happened Thursday evening in the […]
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UN human rights office decries beheadings, other violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office warned Friday of “frightening and disturbing reports” about the impact of new violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, pointing to new attacks on Rohingya civilians by the military and an ethnic armed group fighting it. Spokesperson Liz Throssell of the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for […]
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UN countries adopt treaty to better trace origins of genetic resources under global patent system

GENEVA (AP) — U.N. member countries on Friday concluded a new treaty to help ensure that traditional knowledge about genetic resources, like medicines derived from exotic plants in the Andes mountains, is properly traced. It marks the first time the 193 member states of the U.N.’s World Intellectual Property Organization have reached agreement on patent […]
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Stock market today: Global shares are mixed, with China stocks down, after Wall St retreat

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed on Thursday, with European markets gaining after most major Asian benchmarks declined, apart from in Tokyo. France’s CAC 40 edged 0.2% higher to 8,109.40. Germany’s DAX climbed 0.3% to 18,742.83, while Britain’s FTSE 100 was flat at 8,373.25. The future for the S&P 500 was up 0.5%, while […]
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Iran inters its late president at holiest Shiite site in nation after fatal helicopter crash

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran interred President Ebrahim Raisi at the nation’s holiest Shiite shrine Thursday, days after he was killed in a helicopter crash that added to the woes of a country already beset by international sanctions, internal unrest and tensions abroad. Raisi, who died alongside the country’s foreign minister and six […]
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China sanctions US defense-related companies and executives over Russia, Taiwan

BEIJING, China (AP) — China on Wednesday sanctioned 12 U.S. defense-related companies and 10 executives over arms sales to Taiwan in retaliation for earlier American sanctions on Chinese companies tied to Russia. The entities include units of Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics and other companies. Senior executives of Northrop Grumman Corporation and General Dynamics also […]
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Stock market today: Asian shares are mixed, with China stocks down, after Wall St retreat

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were trading mixed Thursday, as investor sentiment in Tokyo was boosted by news of soaring Nvidia earnings. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 1.1% to 39,054.81. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 sank 0.5% to 7,807.10. South Korea’s Kospi added 0.2% to 2,728.43. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slipped 1.3% to 18,942.77, while the Shanghai […]
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Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize a Palestinian state, deepening Israel’s isolation

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Norway, Ireland and Spain said Wednesday they would recognize a Palestinian state, a historic but largely symbolic move that further deepens Israel’s isolation more than seven months into its grinding war against Hamas in Gaza. Israel immediately denounced the decisions and recalled its ambassadors to the three countries. Palestinians welcomed […]
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Iran’s supreme leader and proxy militias pray for late president and others dead in helicopter crash

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader and representatives of militia groups he backs in the Middle East prayed Wednesday over the coffins of the country’s late president, foreign minister and other officials killed in a helicopter crash earlier this week. Hundreds of thousands of people later followed a procession honoring the dead […]
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World news roundup: Man dies after turbulence; Iran funerals; Israel media law

A Singapore Airlines flight hit severe turbulence over the Indian Ocean and descended 6,000 feet in a span of about three minutes.
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Israeli officials seize AP equipment and take down live shot of northern Gaza, citing new media law

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials seized a camera and broadcasting equipment belonging to The Associated Press in southern Israel on Tuesday, accusing the news organization of violating the country’s new ban on Al Jazeera. The Qatari satellite channel is among thousands of clients that receive live video feeds from the AP and other news organizations. […]
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French president Emmanuel Macron is to visit violence-hit New Caledonia

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to New Caledonia, signaling French authorities’ growing confidence that reinforced security and emergency measures are bringing unrest on the French Pacific territory under control. Government spokeswoman Prisca Thevenot announced the trip. “He will go there tonight,” she said Tuesday.
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Mourners begin days of funerals for Iran’s president and others killed in helicopter crash

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mourners in black began gathering Tuesday for days of funerals and processions for Iran’s late president, foreign minister and others killed in a helicopter crash, a government-led series of ceremonies aimed at both honoring the dead and projecting strength in an unsettled Middle East. For Iran’s Shiite theocracy, mass […]
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