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Asian shares rise, track Wall St gains as earnings ramp up

BANGKOK (AP) — Stocks were higher in Asia on Tuesday after a tech-led rally on Wall Street as investors bet the Federal Reserve will trim its rate hikes to tamp down inflation. Many markets in the region were closed for Lunar New Year holidays. A preliminary reading for manufacturing in ...

Asian community reeling after Lunar New Year shooting

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — It was a joyful kickoff to the first Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park since before the pandemic, with large crowds filling the streets in the majority Chinese American city near Los Angeles for live entertainment, carnival rides and plenty of food. But ...

Israel’s Netanyahu fires Cabinet ally, heeding court ruling

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired a key Cabinet ally on Sunday, heeding a Supreme Court ruling commanding him to do so and deepening a rift over the power of the courts. Netanyahu announced he was firing Aryeh Deri, who serves as Interior and Health ...

Pope makes plea for end of violence, start of talks in Peru

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday made an impassioned plea, delivered partly in Spanish, for an end to widening violence in Peru over demands for the resignation of the country's president. Addressing some 15,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for his weekly appearance at a ...

Bulgaria, North Macedonia condemn ethnic-related violence

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The foreign ministers of Bulgaria and North Macedonia paid a joint visit to a hospital Sunday where a North Macedonian citizen who identifies as Bulgarian is being treated after he was severely assaulted. Hristiyan Pendikov, an employee of a Bulgarian cultural center ...

Turkmenistan’s president expands his father’s power

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan's president has appointed his father to lead the country's newly formed supreme representative body, further expanding the older man's clout in the gas-rich Central Asian nation. Serdar Berdymukhamedov, 41, named his father, former President ...

Italy’s FM meets with Egyptian officials on migration, Libya

CAIRO (AP) — Italy's chief diplomat held talks Sunday with Egyptian and Arab League officials in Cairo that focused on regional security and the conflict in neighboring Libya, as well as sensitive bilateral issues. Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said he raised with Egypt's president the ...

Chief diplomats boycott Libya-hosted Arab League meeting

CAIRO (AP) — A handful of top Arab diplomats met Sunday in the Libyan capital in a gathering boycotted by powerful foreign ministers who argued that the mandate of the Tripoli-based government has ended. Five of the 22 member states of the Arab League sent their foreign ministers to the ...

Turkish Muslims protest Quran-burning in Sweden

ISTANBUL (AP) — Outrage over a Quran-burning protest in Sweden produced a second day of protests in Turkey, reflecting tensions between the two countries. Some 250 people gathered outside the Swedish Consulate in Istanbul, where a photo of Danish anti-Islam activist Rasmus Paludan was set on ...

Extremists storm govt office in Somalia’s capital; 5 dead

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked extremists stormed a regional government office in Somalia's capital Sunday, and five civilians were killed, the government said. The founder of the Aamin ambulance service, Abdulkadir Adan, told The Associated Press his team collected 16 wounded ...

France asks Burkina Faso to clarify troop departure reports

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday he was awaiting "clarifications" from Burkina Faso's new junta leader following a report saying authorities in the West African country ordered hundreds of French troops to leave within a month. Macron said during a news conference in ...

Minister: Germany won’t block Poland giving Ukraine tanks

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The German government will not object if Poland decides to send Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine, Germany's top diplomat said Sunday, indicating movement on supplying weapons that Kyiv has described as essential to its ability to fend off an intensified Russian ...

Erdogan announces Turkish elections to be held on May 14

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president has announced May 14 as the date for the country's next parliamentary and presidential elections. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who plans to seek reelection, made the announcement during a Saturday youth conference in northwestern Bursa province. A video ...

Kishida prioritizes arms buildup, reversing low birthrate

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday that Japan faces the severest security environment in the region since the end of World War II and pledged to push a military buildup under a newly adopted security strategy, as well as tackle rapidly declining births so the country can ...

Yellen in Zambia to discuss debt to China, public health

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is in Zambia on the second leg of her African tour, a stop aimed at promoting American investment and ties while she's in a capital city that is visibly dominated by Chinese dollars. Visitors to Lusaka arriving at the renovated ...

Iraqi PM replaces Central Bank governor over currency drop

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister on Monday replaced the governor of the country's Central Bank following a weekslong plunge of the Iraqi dinar, the state news agency reported. Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani made the move after the governor, Mustafa Ghaleb Mukheef, told him he no ...

Asian shares higher, many markets closed for Lunar New Year

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were higher Monday in Asia, where most markets were closed for the Lunar New Year holiday. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index added 1.3% to 26,906.04, shrugging off comments by Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki that Japan is facing an "unprecedentedly severe" financial situation ...

Brazil’s new president works to reverse Amazon deforestation

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Shaking a traditional rattle, Brazil's incoming head of Indigenous affairs recently walked through every corner of the agency's headquarters — even its coffee room — as she invoked help from ancestors during a ritual cleansing. The ritual carried extra meaning for ...

Clean energy gains a foothold in India, but coal still rules

BENGALURU, India (AP) — For six years, Pravinbhai Parmar's farm in Gujarat state in western India has been lined with rice, wheat and solar panels. The 36-year-old is among a handful of farmers in his native Dhundi village who have been using solar power to irrigate crops. "I was spending ...

Britain urges parties, volunteering to accompany coronation

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace plans a weekend of community events and voluntarism to mark the coronation of King Charles III, looking to highlight the monarchy's links to the nation when Britain crowns a new sovereign for the first time in 70 years. The plans were revealed Saturday when ...