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Venezuela's government and opposition agree on appeal process for candidates banned from running

Under the supervision of Norwegian diplomats, the Venezuelan government and opposition have agreed on an appeals process for candidate eligibility in the upcoming presidential election.

Bombs are falling on Gaza again. Who are the hostages still remaining in the besieged strip?

JERUSALEM (AP) — A weeklong cease-fire that brought the exchanges of dozens of hostages held by Hamas for scores of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel gave way Friday morning to resumed fighting between Israel and Hamas.

A yoga leader promised followers enlightenment. But he's now accused of sexual abuse

PARIS (AP) — To his followers, he was “Grieg,” their guide through tantra yoga toward enlightenment and a higher state of consciousness. For European police, Gregorian Bivolaru represents a far more sinister figure: a master manipulator accused of sexual abuse and exploitation.

5th Circuit orders Texas to remove buoys from Rio Grande 

A federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling Friday ordering Texas to remove a series of buoys installed in the waters of the Rio Grande, finding the state violated laws governing navigable waterways by placing the barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The AP Interview: Ukraine's Zelenskyy says the war with Russia is in a new phase as winter looms

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the war with Russia is in a new stage, with winter expected to complicate fighting after a summer counteroffensive that failed to produce desired results due to enduring shortages of weapons and ground forces.

Electoral magistrates flee Guatemala after being stripped of legal immunity

Three magistrates of Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal fled the Central American country Friday after being stripped of immunity that insulated them from prosecution.

Biden confirms second American hostage released by Hamas

The American-Israeli citizen was taken by Hamas following the group’s brutal and deadly attack on Israel on Oct. 7.

Putin orders the Russian military to add 170,000 troops for a total of 1.32 million

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered the country's military to increase the number of troops by nearly 170,000 to a total of 1.32 million, as Moscow’s military action in Ukraine continues into its 22nd month.

Families of Americans taken hostage by Hamas push D.C. for release

Eight Americans — most, if not all of them, dual U.S. and Israeli citizens — are believed to be held hostage by Hamas.

Palestinian prisoners start to be released, Israeli hostages return to Israel, military says

Israel began releasing 39 Palestinian prisoners on Sunday following Hamas' release of 13 Israelis and four foreigners in the second round of swaps under a cease-fire deal, the Israeli military said, after the militant group initially delayed the exchange for several hours and claimed that Israel had

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UAW backs Israel-Hamas cease-fire, largest union to do so

The United Auto Workers (UAW) endorsed a long-term cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war Friday, becoming the largest union in the U.S. to do so.

Trucking boss gets 7 years for role in 2019 smuggling that led to deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants

LONDON (AP) — A trucking company boss who claimed he thought he was smuggling booze into Britain was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison for his role in a human trafficking ring in which 39 Vietnamese migrants suffocated in a cargo container in 2019.

Some OPEC+ members will cut the oil that they send to the world to try to boost prices

LONDON (AP) — The OPEC oil cartel led by Saudi Arabia and allied producers including Russia made another big swipe at propping up lagging crude prices Thursday, expanding some output cuts into next year and bringing up-and-coming oil supplier Brazil into the fold.

UN ends political mission in Sudan, where world hasn't been able to stop bloodshed

The UN political mission in Sudan will be ending, with the objective of a safe and orderly withdrawal. However, many are concerned withdrawal could lead to heightened violence.

Pentagon forges new high-tech agreement with Australia, United Kingdom, aimed at countering China

The U.S. is expanding its high-tech military cooperation with Australia and the United Kingdom to include underwater drones and electronic warfare.

Authorities in Haiti hold former rebel leader Guy Philippe after the US repatriated him

Former rebel leader Guy Philippe has been repatriated to Haiti, following the completion of his US prison sentence for money laundering.

Israeli military says 10 Israelis, four Thai nationals, have been released by Hamas

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hamas released 16 hostages late Wednesday in the last swap for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel under the current Gaza truce, as international mediators raced to seal another extension to allow further exchanges and prolong the halt of Israel’s air and ground offensive.

Authorities in Haiti hold former rebel leader Guy Philippe after the US repatriated him

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Authorities in Haiti held former rebel leader Guy Philippe on Friday at a police station where he remained a day after the the United States repatriated him to Haiti, his lawyer said.

Pope Francis is still having trouble breathing due to lung inflammation, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is still having trouble breathing as a result of a lung inflammation that forced him to cancel his scheduled address at the U.N.

Zambia reports over 30 people trapped beneath rubble after open-pit mine collapse

Over 30 people were trapped beneath rubble after an open-pit mine collapsed in Chingola, Zambia, on Friday, according to the country's government.

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South Korea launches its first spy satellite into space, a week after North Korea

South Korea on Friday successfully placed its first spy satellite into orbit, a little over a week after the nation's archenemy North Korea did the same. The satellite was fired into space atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

UN ends political mission in Sudan, where world hasn't been able to stop bloodshed

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council voted Friday to end its political mission of a few hundred people dedicated to ending the civil war in Sudan. Russia abstained from the unanimous vote to end UNITAMS, the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan.

King Charles, Kate Middleton reportedly named as royal family racists, NBC says

Questions of racism within the royal family were reignited after King Charles and Catherine, Princess of Wales, were reportedly named in the Dutch version of Omid Scobie’s book "Endgame" as the two people who discussed Prince Archie's skin color, according to the British media.

Bill Gates tells COP28: World likely to overshoot critical warming threshold

Billionaire philanthropist and former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates said Friday the world is likely to overshoot a critical warming threshold for climate change.

US pressure on Israel shows ‘absence of moral clarity’: Soldier's dad

Dr. Yechiel Leiter said American pressure on Israel “to not persist in the destruction of Hamas” is “an absence of moral clarity.

Israel knew about plan for Hamas attack more than year ago: NYT

According to the New York Times, Hamas followed the "blueprint" outlined in the plan "with shocking precision.

House Democrat says home vandalized over Israel-Hamas war

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said his home in Bellevue, Wash., was vandalized Thursday night over the current conflict between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Japan suspends its Osprey flights after the fatal crash of a US Air Force aircraft

TOKYO (AP) — Japan suspended flights by its Osprey aircraft Thursday, officials said, the day after a U.S. Air Force Osprey based in Japan crashed into the sea during a training mission. Tokyo said it also asked the U.S.

On 1st day, UN climate conference sets up fund for countries hit by disasters like flood and drought

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The world just took a big step toward compensating countries hit by deadly floods, heat and droughts.

Blinken sees goals largely unfulfilled in Mideast trip, even as Israel pledges to protect civilians

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken returned to the Mideast this week looking to press for agreements to extend the Gaza cease-fire, step up the release of hostages held by Hamas and limit Palestinian civilian casualties if fighting with Israel resumed.