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'Right in the trash': Texas ballot rejections soar, AP finds

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas threw out mail votes at an abnormally high rate during the nation's first primary of 2022, rejecting nearly 23,000 ballots outright under tougher voting rules that are part of a broad campaign by Republicans to reshape Amer
7.3 magnitude quake hits north Japan, tsunami risk receding

7.3 magnitude quake hits north Japan, tsunami risk receding

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima in northern Japan on Wednesday evening, triggering a tsunami advisory and plunging more than 2 million homes in the Tokyo area into darkness.
UN court orders Russia to cease hostilities in Ukraine

UN court orders Russia to cease hostilities in Ukraine

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations’ highest court on Wednesday ordered Russia to stop hostilities in Ukraine, granting measures requested by Kyiv although many are skeptical that Russia will comply.
Council of Europe expels Russia from human rights body

Council of Europe expels Russia from human rights body

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Council of Europe on Wednesday expelled Russia from the continent’s foremost human rights body in an unprecedented move over Moscow's invasion and war in Ukraine .
Saudi king leaves hospital after pacemaker battery changed

Saudi king leaves hospital after pacemaker battery changed

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s octogenarian monarch underwent medical tests and had the battery of his pacemaker changed, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday.
Back from Kyiv, Czech PM says Ukraine needs more weapons

Back from Kyiv, Czech PM says Ukraine needs more weapons

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia safely returned to Central Europe on Wednesday after visiting Kyiv to show support for Ukraine as it defends itself from Russia’s military invasion.
Seoul: North Korean missile exploded in air in failed launch

Seoul: North Korean missile exploded in air in failed launch

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean missile fired from its capital region exploded in mid-air in an apparent failed launch on Wednesday, South Korea’s military said, amid speculation that the North could soon launch its biggest long-range missil
Ukraine sees room for compromise, as 20,000 escape Mariupol

Ukraine sees room for compromise, as 20,000 escape Mariupol

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine said it saw possible room for compromise in talks with Russia despite Moscow's stepped up bombardment Tuesday of Kyiv and new assaults on the port city of Mariupol, from where an estimated 20,000 civilians managed to flee
Jury hears gunshot-filled 911 call from slain NBA player

Jury hears gunshot-filled 911 call from slain NBA player

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The gunshot-filled 911 call came into a Tennessee police department just after midnight on July 19, 2010, from the cell phone of retired NBA player Lorenzen Wright.
Emhoff tests positive for COVID-19, VP Harris still negative

Emhoff tests positive for COVID-19, VP Harris still negative

WASHINGTON (AP) — Second gentleman Doug Emhoff has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced Tuesday. Vice President Kamala Harris tested negative, but is curtailing her schedule as a result of her husband's positive test.