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Rights group: Lebanese officials failed to protect residents

BEIRUT (AP) — Senior Lebanese officials knew of the risks posed by the highly explosive material stored for years at Beirut's port and did nothing to protect the public against it, an international human rights group said Tuesday. In a report on last year's massive blast, Human Rights Watch ...

NATO, EU join criticism of Iran over merchant ship attack

BRUSSELS (AP) — The NATO military alliance and the European Union on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of international condemnation of Iran's alleged attack on a merchant ship in the Arabian Sea last week and urged Tehran to respect its international obligations. Last Thursday's drone strike ...

Taliban take much of provincial capital in south Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban pressed ahead with their advances in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, capturing nine out of 10 districts of the Helmand provincial capital, residents and officials said. Afghan government forces launched airstrikes, backed by the U.S., in a desperate ...

Harris to focus on security, economic ties on SE Asia trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Southeast Asia later this month aiming to bolster U.S. engagement in the region in an effort to counter China's growing influence globally. In an early preview of the goals for her trip to Singapore and Vietnam, Harris deputy national ...

Head of group for exiled Belarusians found hanged in Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Belarusian activist who ran a group in Ukraine helping Belarusians fleeing persecution was found dead in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, local police said Tuesday. Vitaly Shishov, leader of the Kyiv-based Belarusian House in Ukraine, was found hanged in one of the city's ...

UK ‘on your side’, Johnson tells Belarus opposition leader

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met Tuesday with the Belarusian opposition leader at his office in London, saying the U.K. is "on her side" and committed to supporting human rights in her country. Johnson told Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya that Britain is "very much in support of what you are ...

Lithuania to turn migrants crossing in from Belarus away

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania has ordered its border guards to turn away, by force if needed, migrants attempting to enter the Baltic country, as a surge of Iraqis and others coming in from neighboring Belarus has emerged as a major foreign policy issue. Lithuania says the migrant ...

Greek heatwave fuels wildfires, limits Acropolis visits

TATOI, Greece (AP) — Authorities closed the Acropolis and other ancient sites during afternoon hours as Greece grappled on Tuesday with the worst heatwave in decades. The extreme heat has strained the national power supply and fueled wildfires near Athens and elsewhere in southern Greece, ...

Rapid virus spread through Indonesia taxes health workers

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Irman Pahlepi is back at work in Jakarta's Dr. Suyoto public hospital, immediately resuming his duties treating COVID-19 patients after recovering from an infection himself — for the second time. With numbers of infections in Indonesia skyrocketing and deaths ...

China orders mass testing in Wuhan as COVID outbreak spreads

BEIJING (AP) — China suspended flights and trains, canceled professional basketball league games and announced mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan on Tuesday as widening outbreaks of the delta variant reached the city where the disease was first detected in late 2019. While the total number of ...