China announces new drills as US delegation visits Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China has announced more military drills around Taiwan as the self-governing island’s president meets with members of a new U.S. congressional delegation. The announcement threatened to reignite tensions between Beijing and Washington just days after a similar visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi angered China. Pelosi was the highest-ranking member of the US government to visit Taiwan in 25 years, and his trip sparked nearly two weeks of menacing military exercises from China. Beijing claims Taiwan as its own. It fired missiles over the island and into the Taiwan Strait and sent warplanes and navy ships across the centerline of the waterway. The two sides separated in the middle of the Civil War in 1949.
Iran denies involvement but justifies attack on Salman Rushdie
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian government official has denied that Tehran had any involvement in the attack on author Salman Rushdie. However, Monday’s remarks by Nasser Kanaani, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, justified the stabbing in remarks that represented the Islamic Republic’s first public comments on the attack. The spokesperson said that Iran “does not consider anyone to be deserving of reproach, rebuke or even condemnation except for (Rushdie) himself and his supporters.” Revolution, though Western prosecutors and governments attribute such attacks to Tehran.
New Zealand river personhood offers hope to Maori
WHANGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — In 2017, New Zealand passed groundbreaking legislation granting person status to the Whanganui River. The law declares that the river is a living whole, from the mountain to the sea, incorporating all its physical and metaphysical elements. Five years after the law was passed, The Associated Press has followed the river 290 kilometers (180 miles) upstream to find out what its status means to those whose lives are tied to its waters. For many, its increased status has come to reflect a wider revival of Maori culture and a chance to reverse generations of discrimination against Maori and the degradation of the river.
Afghanistan marks 1 year since Taliban seizure as woes mount
KABUL (AP) — The Taliban mark one year since they seized the Afghan capital of Kabul. The rapid takeover triggered a hasty breakout from the country’s Western-backed rulers, sent the economy into a tailspin, and fundamentally transformed the country. On Monday, bearded Taliban fighters staged small victory parades on foot, on bicycles and on motorbikes through the streets of the capital. A small group marched past the former US Embassy chanting “Long Live Islam” and “Death to America.” A year after that dramatic day, a lot has changed in Afghanistan. Former insurgents struggle to govern and remain internationally isolated. The economic downturn has plunged millions more Afghans into poverty and even hunger, as the flow of foreign aid has dwindled to a trickle.
Anne Heche dies in accident after life support system removed
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Anne Heche has died, nine days after being injured in a fiery car accident. She was 53 years old. Spokeswoman Holly Baird said Sunday evening that Heche “was peacefully removed from life support.” She had been on life support after suffering burns and severe brain damage when her car crashed into a house. Heche first rose to prominence on the NBC soap opera “Another World” in the late 1980s before becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest stars in the late 1990s. She was a constant on magazine covers and in big-budget movies opposite actors such as Johnny Depp and Harrison Ford.
AP-NORC poll: Many in the US doubt their own climate impact
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are less concerned now about how climate change might affect them personally — and how their personal choices affect the climate than they were three years ago. That’s according to a June poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that shows a large majority still believe climate change is happening. Many climate scientists have told The Associated Press that these changes are concerning but not surprising given that individuals feel overwhelmed by a range of issues, which now include an inflation-ridden economy after more than two years of the pandemic. . In addition to being overwhelmed by other issues, climate change or the environment are mentioned as priorities by fewer Americans today than just a few years ago, according to the poll.
Cheney and Murkowski: Trump’s criticisms of divergent futures
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Senator from Alaska Lisa Murkowski and Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney come from the most prominent Republican families in their states. They are also among the GOP’s most vocal critics of former President Donald Trump, and both have backed his impeachment. But their political fortunes could diverge after Tuesday’s primaries. Cheney faces a daunting prospect in her effort to fend off Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman, while Murkowski is expected to drop out of her primary. Boosting Murkowski’s prospects is a nonpartisan primary in which the four candidates with the most votes, regardless of party affiliation, qualify for the general election.
Boredom and loneliness plague Ukrainian youth near the front line
SLOVIANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Children and teens left behind in eastern Ukraine are retreating to social media, video games and other digital technologies to cope with the isolation and stress of the Russian war raging on the frontline nearby. Cities have largely emptied out after hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from the besieged Donetsk region. The young people who remain face loneliness and boredom as painful counterpoints to the fear and violence Moscow has unleashed on Ukraine. More than 6 million Ukrainians have fled. They are mostly women and children. Millions more are internally displaced. Countless childhoods have been turned upside down, not just for those who must start a new life after seeking safety elsewhere. But also for the thousands who remained.
Fourth strike: Facebook misses election misinformation in ads in Brazil
Facebook failed to detect election-related misinformation in ads ahead of Brazil’s 2022 elections, according to a new report from Global Witness. The group said the company’s continued pattern of not capturing material that violates its policies is “alarming”. The ads contained false information about the country’s upcoming elections, such as promoting a wrong date for voting and questioning the integrity of the election, including Brazil’s electronic voting system. This is the fourth such test of Facebook’s moderation system that the human rights group has conducted in recent months – and the fourth that Facebook has failed.
Prime Minister Modi pledges to make India a developed country in 25 years
NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to lift millions out of poverty and make India a developed nation over the next quarter century as he marks 75 years since the independence from British rule. Wearing a flowing cream-coloured turban printed with small orange, white and green stripes, Modi addressed the country on Monday from New Delhi, saying the world was looking to India to help solve global problems. US President Joe Biden, in a statement celebrating India’s Independence Day, said the two countries were indispensable partners. Modi said billions of dollars were being invested in the country’s future as a manufacturing hub. In his 80-minute speech, Modi made no reference to India’s strained ties with neighbors Pakistan and China, or any moves to improve relations.
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