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Paraguay finds 4 tons of cocaine hidden in sugar in 'Operation Sweetness'

“Operation Sweetness," Paraguay's largest cocaine seizure, turned up more than 4 tons of cocaine hidden inside a shipment of sugar bound for Belgium.

Paris mayor dips into the Seine River to showcase its improved cleanliness before Olympic events

PARIS (AP) — Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo took a dip Wednesday in the Seine River, fulfilling a promise to show that the long-polluted waterway was clean enough to host swimming competitions during the 2024 Olympics as well as part of the opening ceremony, now only nine days away.

Iran denies plot to kill Trump, after Secret Service reportedly alerted

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday criticized “malicious” reports that Tehran is plotting an assassination against former President Trump, following reported claims by the Biden administration that the former president’s security was increased amid threats to his life from Iran.

Greece shuts Acropolis, 2 firefighters killed in Italy as southern Europe swelters in a heat wave

A heat wave across southern Europe forced authorities in Greece to close the Acropolis for several hours in the middle of the day and two firefighters died in southern Italy while putting out a wildfire.

Iran's assassination plot against Trump latest attempt to kill Americans on US soil

Amid Iran’s long-standing attempts to murder Americans, the plot to assassinate former President Trump adds greater urgency to confront the rogue regime in Tehran.

Officials suspect cyanide poisoning after 6 Vietnamese and American guests found dead at Bangkok hotel

One of the hotel guests is believed to have poisoned the others, possibly over a bad investment, Thai authorities said Wednesday.

Parliament for new UK Labour government opens with King's Speech, plans for 'national renewal'

Britain’s new Labour Party government set out its plans for "national renewal" at the grand State Opening of Parliament, centering on stabilizing the country's finances.

Republicans at RNC lean into attacks on Biden over Afghanistan withdrawal

Speakers at the Republican National Convention criticized President Biden over the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and his response following the death of 13 service members during the Kabul airport bombing.

Who is carrying the Olympic torch through Paris? A BTS star, a garbage collector and more

PARIS (AP) — From the Louvre Museum to the Champs-Elysees, from Paris' posh districts to working-class neighborhoods, hundreds of people have carried the Olympic torch through the French capital for two days of celebrations before the Summer Games kick off at the end of the month.

Traces of cyanide are found in the blood of Vietnamese and Americans found dead in a Bangkok hotel

BANGKOK (AP) — Initial autopsy results showed traces of cyanide in the blood of six Vietnamese and American guests at a luxury hotel in central Bangkok and one of them is believed to have poisoned the others over a bad investment, Thai authorities said Wednesday.

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen faces vote on her bid for second 5-year term

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Ursula von der Leyen pledged to be a strong leader for Europe in a time of crisis and polarization as she made her final leadership pitch Thursday in a speech to lawmakers at the European Parliament ahead of a vote on whether to grant her a second five-year term as presiden

Russia welcomes Vance's views on Ukraine after Trump VP announcement

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday welcomed Sen. JD Vance's (Ohio) position on U.S. military and economic support for Ukraine following former President Trump's announcement he tapped the Ohio lawmaker as his running mate.

Did the world's rarest whale just wash up on a New Zealand beach?

No one knows how many there are, what they eat, or even where they live in the vast expanse of the southern Pacific Ocean.

Buses carrying Chinese tourists veer off New Zealand road in 2 crashes at the same spot. 15 hurt

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two buses carrying Chinese tourists veered off the same stretch of road in perilous weather conditions on New Zealand’s South Island on Thursday, with 15 passengers taken to hospital, two of them seriously hurt.

Paris mayor swims in Seine River to prove it's clean ahead of Olympic Games

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo swam in the Seine River on Wednesday, fulfilling a promise to show the river was clean enough to host open Olympic swimming competitions.

Bus crash in popular tourist spot kills 25 in mountain region, investigation ongoing

Authorities and officials in Peru have lamented the significant human factor in several bus crashes throughout the Andes, mostly tourism buses that speed along narrow roads.

Paris mayor dips into Seine River to showcase improved cleanliness before Olympic events

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo took a dip Wednesday in the Seine River, fulfilling a promise to show that the long-polluted waterway was clean enough to host swimming competitions during the 2024 Olympics as well as part of the opening ceremony, now only nine days away.

Far-right Israeli minister visits sensitive Jerusalem holy site, threatening Gaza cease-fire talks

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s far-right national security minister visited Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site on Thursday, threatening to disrupt Gaza cease-fire talks.

Colombia's soccer federation president and son among 27 arrested in chaos at Copa America final

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Colombia’s soccer federation president and his son were among 27 people arrested during the crowd control issues that broke out at the Copa America final between Argentina and Colombia, police said Monday.

US sanctions ex-Israeli soldier convicted in 2016 killing of disarmed Palestinian assailant

The Biden administration on Wednesday sanctioned a former Israeli soldier who was convicted in 2016 and served jail time for the extrajudicial killing of a wounded and disarmed Palestinian.

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Warren, Castro, push Biden to scrutinize gun exports to foreign governments

Two Democratic lawmakers are pushing the Biden administration to strengthen oversight of gun exports to foreign governments, raising alarm about American-made firearms used in El Salvador gang violence, a mass shooting in a nursery school in Thailand, and in Israel against Palestinian civilians.

Relatives of those killed when MH17 was shot down mark 10 years since tragedy that claimed 298 lives

VIJFHUIZEN, Netherlands (AP) — Grieving families recited the names and ages Wednesday of all 298 passengers and crew killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine 10 years ago, as they marked the anniversary of the tragedy at a solemn ceremony near Amsterdam.

US journalist appears in court in Russia for second hearing on espionage charges that he denies

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich appeared in court in Russia on Thursday for the second hearing in his trial on espionage charges that he, his employer and the U.S. government vehemently deny.

Tons of dead fish cover major river in Brazil after alleged dumping of industrial waste

TANQUA, Brazil (AP) — Several tons of fish have died along one of the main rivers in Brazil's Sao Paulo state after an alleged illegal dumping of industrial waste from a sugar and ethanol plant, environmental authorities and prosecutors said Wednesday.

Former CIA official charged with being secret agent for South Korean intelligence

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CIA employee and senior official at the National Security Council has been charged with serving as a secret agent for South Korea's intelligence service, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Paraguay finds 4 tons of cocaine hidden in sugar in 'Operation Sweetness'

“Operation Sweetness," Paraguay's largest cocaine seizure, turned up more than 4 tons of cocaine hidden inside a shipment of sugar bound for Belgium.

Paris mayor dips into the Seine River to showcase its improved cleanliness before Olympic events

PARIS (AP) — Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo took a dip Wednesday in the Seine River, fulfilling a promise to show that the long-polluted waterway was clean enough to host swimming competitions during the 2024 Olympics as well as part of the opening ceremony, now only nine days away.

Iran denies plot to kill Trump, after Secret Service reportedly alerted

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday criticized “malicious” reports that Tehran is plotting an assassination against former President Trump, following reported claims by the Biden administration that the former president’s security was increased amid threats to his life from Iran.

Greece shuts Acropolis, 2 firefighters killed in Italy as southern Europe swelters in a heat wave

A heat wave across southern Europe forced authorities in Greece to close the Acropolis for several hours in the middle of the day and two firefighters died in southern Italy while putting out a wildfire.

Iran's assassination plot against Trump latest attempt to kill Americans on US soil

Amid Iran’s long-standing attempts to murder Americans, the plot to assassinate former President Trump adds greater urgency to confront the rogue regime in Tehran.