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Uneasy calm grips Ukraine as West prepares winter aid

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An uneasy calm hung over Kyiv on Tuesday as residents of the Ukrainian capital prepared for Russian missile attacks aiming to take out more energy infrastructure as winter approaches. To ease the hardships and ensure Ukraine's 43 million people can maintain their resolve ...

US dismisses Chinese objections to South China Sea mission

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Tuesday dismissed Beijing's protests over a "freedom of navigation operation" conducted near a Chinese-held island in the South China Sea, in the latest incident drawing new attention to one of the world's potential military flashpoints. The Navy said its ...

Mexico high court upholds keeping military on police duties

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Supreme Court upheld on Tuesday a constitutional change that allows the military to continue in law enforcement duties until 2028. The court ruled against appeals that argued law enforcement should be left to civilian police forces. Critics warned President ...

Finland says it must ensure Ukraine wins war against Russia

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Finland's leader says it must give more weapons and support to Ukraine to ensure it wins its war against Russia. Prime Minister Sanna Marin made the comments Wednesday in Auckland on the first-ever visit by a Finnish prime minister to New Zealand and Australia. ...

China ready for ‘closer partnership’ with Russia in energy

BEIJING (AP) — China is ready to "forge closer partnership" with Russia in energy, a state news agency quoted President Xi Jinping as saying in a letter Tuesday, potentially expanding ties that irk Washington by helping the Kremlin resist sanctions over its war on Ukraine. The announcement ...

German inflation dips slightly in November to 10%

BERLIN (AP) — German inflation slipped back slightly to 10% in November, official figures showed Tuesday, but galloping prices remain a major headache for Europe's biggest economy. The annual inflation rate was off its peak of 10.4%, reached in October, as the increase in energy prices over ...

The AP Interview: IMF head urges China to end mass lockdowns

BERLIN (AP) — It is time for China to move away from massive lockdowns and toward a more targeted approach to COVID-19, the head of the International Monetary Fund said days after widespread protests broke out, a change that would ease the impact to a world economy already struggling with ...

Qatar to supply liquefied natural gas to Germany from 2026

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar is to supply liquefied natural gas to Germany under a 15-year deal signed Tuesday as the European economic powerhouse scrambles to replace Russian gas supplies that have been cut during the ongoing war in Ukraine. Officials gave no dollar value for the deal, which ...

El Salvador to repurchase more of its debt

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's government announced Tuesday that it will make a second buyback of its sovereign debt bonds maturing in 2023 and 2025 as it tries to calm market concerns that it could default on its debt. The government set the maximum for the repurchase at $74 ...

Iranian general acknowledges over 300 dead in unrest

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian general on Monday acknowledged that more than 300 people have been killed in the unrest surrounding nationwide protests, giving the first official word on casualties in two months. That estimate is considerably lower than the toll reported by ...