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From civilian to soldier: Ukrainian army volunteer buried

ZORYA TRUDA, Ukraine (AP) — The countryside was in full bloom when Iuliia Loseva buried her husband in the village cemetery near her home. On her knees in the grass, she bowed her head over the open coffin and kissed him one last goodbye before they lowered him into his grave. There was a ...

Vatican minister visits Ukraine as pope toes delicate line

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, is heading to Kyiv this week as the Holy See seeks to balance its concern for Ukrainians with its efforts to keep open a channel of dialogue with Russia. Gallagher is due to arrive Wednesday and meet Friday with ...

Catholic leader blasts Israeli conduct at journalist funeral

JERUSALEM (AP) — The top Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land on Monday condemned the police beating of mourners carrying the casket of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, accusing the authorities of violating human rights and disrespecting the Catholic Church. Latin Patriarch ...

Lebanon elections point to a shift, but more turmoil ahead

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group and its allies suffered losses in this weekend's parliamentary elections, with preliminary results Monday showing some vocal opponents picking up more seats and several traditional partners routed out of the legislature. The biggest winner ...

Iraqi merchants struggle on amid series of strong sandstorms

BAGHDAD (AP) — The thick layer of dust blanketing the sky did not deter Muhammed Ghalib from walking to work in Baghdad's main commercial district on Monday, as the latest in an unrelenting series of intense sandstorms swept Iraq. The dust coated his eyelashes a shade of orange. He arrived ...

Macron names Elisabeth Borne as France’s new prime minister

PARIS (AP) — Centrist politician Elisabeth Borne was appointed France's new prime minister on Monday, becoming only the second woman in history to hold the post. Borne, 61, the labor minister in French President Emmanuel Macron's previous government, succeeds Jean Castex, whose resignation ...

US vice president, top officials visit UAE to pay respects

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris led a high-powered American delegation to the United Arab Emirates on Monday to pay respects to the federation's late ruler and meet with the newly ascended president. The trip marks the highest-level visit by Biden ...

Coast Guard ends search after rescuing 38 near Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday that it suspended the search for potential survivors of a capsized boat near Puerto Rico after finding 11 bodies and rescuing 38 migrants from a vessel that had carried an estimated 60 to 75 passengers. Crews searched the ...

Venezuela opposition faction to hold presidential primaries

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan opposition faction backed by the United States announced plans Monday to hold a primary contest next year to choose a presidential candidate for the planned 2024 election. The Unitary Platform said in a statement that it has reshaped into a "broad and ...

Rights groups say new Cuba penal code tougher on dissent

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's parliament has approved a new penal code that officials say modernizes the country's laws but that human rights groups warn tightens already strict limits on dissent. The law approved Sunday tightly controls unauthorized contacts with foreign organizations and ...