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Trump’s GOP tie deepens after primary wins, FBI research

NEW YORK (AP) — On battleground Wisconsin, Donald Trump’s gubernatorial pick has beaten the Republican establishment frontrunner. In Connecticut, a state where compassionate conservatism was born, a Senate candidate who promoted Trump’s campaign lies prevailed over the state’s GOP preference. And in Washington, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined Congresswoman and conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene in defending Trump against an unprecedented FBI raid. It was only this week. As the 2022 midterm season enters its final stages, Republicans in the November ballot are tied to the divisive former president like never before — whether they like it or not.

Russia struggles to replenish its troops in Ukraine

The Kremlin has declined to announce a large-scale mobilization as Russia suffers military casualties in its invasion of Ukraine nearing its sixth month. Such a decision could be very unpopular for President Vladimir Putin. Instead, Russia is engaged in a covert recruitment effort that includes using prisoners to make up for the labor shortage. It also comes amid reports of hundreds of soldiers refusing to fight and trying to quit the military. Authorities appear to be doing everything they can to boost enlistment, although the Ministry of Defense denies that “mobilization activities” are taking place. Billboards encourage men to enlist and the authorities have set up mobile recruitment centres.

Experts see Canada’s euthanasia laws as a threat to people with disabilities

TORONTO (AP) — Canada has arguably the most permissive euthanasia rules in the world, but human rights advocates say those regulations devalue the lives of people with disabilities. They say the regulations also encourage doctors and health workers to suggest the procedure to those who might not otherwise consider it. Families say it has led to disturbing conversations and controversial deaths. Current law allows severely disabled people to choose to be killed in the absence of any other medical condition. Next year, Canada is set to allow people to be killed exclusively for mental health reasons. Some critics say the system deserves closer examination.

North Korea claims disputed victory over virus, blames Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared victory over COVID-19 at a national gathering where his sister, in a particularly combative speech, said Kim himself had suffered fever and dubiously blamed South Korea while swearing deadly retaliation. Northern state media said Kim ordered the relaxation of preventive measures just three months after the country first acknowledged an outbreak, saying the country’s widely disputed success would be recognized as a global health miracle. . There were no details about his supposed fever. Experts say Kim’s sister’s remarks could portend a provocation. Seoul called the comments disrespectful and threatening.

At 75, India is looking for the way forward in a big economy that lacks jobs

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s phenomenal transformation from an impoverished nation in 1947 to an emerging global power whose $3 trillion economy is Asia’s third-largest has made it a major exporter of things such as software and vaccines. Millions of people have escaped poverty to join a growing and ambitious middle class as its high-skilled sectors have flourished. But several million Indians are employed in informal day labor or agricultural work, struggling to survive. Rising unemployment is deepening insecurity and inequality between rich and poor and is perhaps Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biggest challenge as the country celebrates 75 years of independence from British rule on 15 august.

Trump says he took the Fifth Civil Inquiry to New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says he invoked the Fifth Amendment and would not answer questions under oath in New York’s long-running civil investigation into his business dealings. Trump arrived at the offices of New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday morning but sent a statement more than an hour later saying he refused to answer questions about the rights and privileges given to every citizen under of the Constitution of the United States. Everything he said during the deposition could have been used against him in a criminal case, if necessary. While James’ investigation is civil in nature, the Manhattan District Attorney is conducting a parallel criminal investigation.

EXPLAINER: Online privacy in a post-Roe world

With abortion now or soon to be illegal in more than a dozen states and severely restricted in many more, Big Tech companies that collect their users’ personal data are facing new calls to limit such tracking and surveillance. . One of the fears is that law enforcement or vigilantes could use troves of data from Facebook, Google and other social platforms against people seeking ways to end unwanted pregnancies. History has repeatedly demonstrated that whenever people’s personal data is tracked and stored, there is always a risk that it will be misused or abused.

Life is gradually returning a year after fire charred the Sierra Nevada

LONE PINE, Calif. (AP) — A year after a wind-whipped wildfire charred a steep mountainside above Lone Pine, Calif., signs of life are slowly returning. Tiny clusters of white and purple wildflowers stand out against blackened trees. Green shoots of horsetail as thin as strands of yarn stick out from the ground under the burnt branches. A handful of new leaves emerge from an incinerated stump. It’s the beginning of a long recovery. It’s a cycle that’s repeating itself more often in the West, as climate change brings drier, hotter seasons and more fires. It can take five years for ground cover to fully recover, and hotter fires kill more trees.

Cancellation of Atlanta festival sparks new gun fight

ATLANTA (AP) — The cancellation of a major music festival in Atlanta has sparked a new battle over Georgia’s gun laws. Live Nation declined to say why it abruptly canceled September’s Music Midtown festival last week. But news outlets attributed the decision to spell out gun laws as potentially preventing organizers from enforcing a gun ban. Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and other Democrats criticized Republican Gov. Brian Kemp for the cancellation, despite the gun law cited in the reports predating his administration. Kemp accused Democrats of pushing critical narratives of Georgia’s gun landscape to distract from inflation.

Tehran unveils masterpieces of Western art hidden for decades

Tehran, Iran (AP) – Some of the world’s most prized contemporary Western art has been unveiled for the first time in decades – in Tehran. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline cleric, denounces the influence of the West. And the Islamic Republic has plunged further into confrontation with the United States and Europe as it rapidly ramps up its nuclear program and its diplomatic efforts stall. But contradictions abound in Iran’s capital, where thousands of well-heeled men and hijab-clad women marveled at 19th- and 20th-century American and European minimalist and conceptual masterpieces. They are exhibited for the first time this summer at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran.

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