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Paraguay River hits record low, imperiling economy

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay's crucial outlet to the sea fell to its lowest level in at least 117 years on Thursday, threatening massive economic losses to the small South American nation. Government figures showed the Paraguay River at 56 centimeters (22 inches) below reference in ...

Chinese banks try to calm fears about developer’s debts

BEIJING (AP) — Seeking to dispel fears of financial turmoil, some Chinese banks are disclosing what they are owed by a real estate developer that is struggling under $310 billion in debt, saying they can cope with a potential default. The announcements came as Evergrande Group promised to ...

Drive for Britain! UK scrambles for truckers amid supply woe

LONDON (AP) — In Britain, this is the season of shortages: Milkshakes were off the menu for weeks at McDonald's, chicken has been in short supply at KFC, some gas stations have run out of fuel and there are gaps on supermarket shelves. The problems have several causes, but one stands out: ...

The AP Interview: Hungary committed to contentious LGBT law

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The right-wing populist government in Hungary is attracting conservative thinkers from the United States who admire its approaches to migration, LGBT issues and national sovereignty — all matters that have put the country at odds with its European partners, who see not ...

Great Wall of Lights: China’s sea power on Darwin’s doorstep

ABOARD THE OCEAN WARRIOR in the eastern Pacific Ocean (AP) — It's 3 a.m., and after five days plying through the high seas, the Ocean Warrior is surrounded by an atoll of blazing lights that overtakes the nighttime sky. "Welcome to the party!" said third officer Filippo Marini as the ...

Tensions grow as US, allies deepen Indo-Pacific involvement

BANGKOK (AP) — With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines, and the launch of a European strategy for greater engagement in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. and its allies are becoming more assertive in their approach toward a rising ...

One to charge them all: EU demands single plug for phones

LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled plans Thursday that would require smartphone makers to adopt a single charging method for mobile devices. The EU Commission proposed legislation Thursday that would mandate USB-C cables for charging, technology that many device makers have already ...

Woman with Down syndrome loses UK abortion law challenge

LONDON (AP) — A woman with Down syndrome lost a court challenge against the British government Thursday over a law allowing the abortion up until birth of a fetus with the condition. Heidi Crowter, 26, and two others took the Department of Health and Social Care to court, arguing that part ...

Travel in Canada is a prize for the vaccinated and vigilant

KAMOURASKA, Quebec (AP) — When the pandemic descended, the boundless vistas and insane sunsets of Kamouraska became a distant, unattainable dream for this bicyclist from Virginia. This is one of Quebec's most beautiful places and, for me, a yearly touchstone I could no longer touch. It ...

UN: In war, 16 million Yemenis ‘marching’ toward starvation

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. food agency is warning that 16 million people in Yemen "are marching towards starvation" and says food rations for millions in the war-torn nation will be cut in October unless new funding arrives. David Beasley said Wednesday at a high-level ...

The AP Interview: Top Pakistan diplomat details Taliban plan

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Be realistic. Show patience. Engage. And above all, don't isolate. Those are the pillars of an approach emerging in Pakistan to deal with the fledgling government that is suddenly running the country next door once again — Afghanistan's resurgent, often-volatile ...

Mideast in shambles, but the world has moved on for now

BEIRUT (AP) — There was a time not long ago when uprisings and wars in the Arab world topped the agenda at the U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York. With most of those conflicts in a stalemate, the world's focus has shifted to more daunting global challenges such as the still raging ...

‘Some wanted me dead:’ Pope acknowledges right-wing critics

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has acknowledged his increasingly vocal conservative critics, saying their "nasty comments" were the work of the devil and adding that "some wanted me dead" after his recent intestinal surgery. Francis made the comments during a Sept. 12 private meeting with ...

UN: Afghanistan’s Taliban want to address General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Who should represent Afghanistan at the United Nations this month? It's a complex question with plenty of political implications. The Taliban, the country's new rulers for a matter of weeks, are challenging the credentials of their country's former U.N. ambassador and ...

UK energy crisis: Govt in CO2 deal to avert food shortages

LONDON (AP) — The British government agreed Tuesday to support an American-owned firm that produces much of the U.K.'s carbon dioxide, a deal designed to avert shortages of meat, poultry and packaged foods amid a crisis triggered by soaring energy costs. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng ...

ADB: Asia below pre-pandemic levels as variants slow rebound

Developing economies in Asia will likely grow at a slower pace than earlier expected due to prolonged COVID-19 outbreaks and uneven progress in vaccinations, the Asian Development Bank said in a report Wednesday. The regional lender lowered its outlook for economic growth to reflect renewed ...

Iran’s president slams US in first speech to UN as leader

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's new president slammed U.S. sanctions imposed on his nation as a mechanism of war, using his first U.N address since his swearing-in to forcefully call out Washington's policies in the region and the growing political schism within America. President ...

Brazil health minister tests positive for the coronavirus

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's health minister tested positive for the coronavirus in New York after President Jair Bolsonaro spoke at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. Brazil's government said in a statement that Marcelo Quiroga was in good health and would remain in isolation in the United ...

India calls new UK COVID-19 vaccine rules ‘discriminatory’

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Tuesday criticized the British government's decision not to recognize coronavirus vaccine certificates issued by Indian authorities, calling it a "discriminatory policy" that will impact its citizens who want to travel to that country. Foreign Secretary Harsh ...

China keeps virus at bay at high cost ahead of Olympics

BEIJING (AP) — The Beizhong International Travel Agency in the eastern city of Tianjin has had only one customer since coronavirus outbreaks that began in July prompted Chinese leaders to renew city lockdowns and travel controls. Most of China is virus-free, but the abrupt, severe response ...