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Public sector strike cripples cash-strapped Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — Tarek Younes was once solidly middle class and felt he helped contribute to society as an inspector in the Lebanese government’s consumer protection agency. But the country's economic fr...

Authorities clear 31.5 tons of trash from south Taiwan residence

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After receiving complaints about a trash-filled and pest-infested residence in Sanmin District, the Kaohsiung City Government cleared 31.58 tons of trash and 2.63 tons of ...

Africa's alone in monkeypox deaths but has no vaccine doses

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa still does not have a single dose of the monkeypox vaccine even though it’s the only continent to have documented deaths from the disease that’s newly declared a global em...

'New Cold War': Russia and West vie for influence in Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Russian, French and American leaders are crisscrossing Africa to win support for their positions on the war in Ukraine, waging what some say is the most intense competition for inf...

Minister: Lebanon to build new silos to ease wheat crisis

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon plans to build two new grain silos to fight its its worsening food security crisis, the country’s caretaker economy minister told The Associated Press on Wednesday. ...

Russian FM, on African tour, denies 'so-called food crisis'

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister on Wednesday denied his country is responsible for the global surge in food prices following its invasion of Ukraine, dismissing the “so-called f...

Ruth Ozeki's 'Book of Form and Emptiness' wins Women's Prize

LONDON (AP) — Canadian-American writer Ruth Ozeki won the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction on Wednesday for “The Book of Form and Emptiness," a playful, philosophical novel that explores people's...

Sri Lankan PM requests patience as UN calls for relief funds

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's prime minister said Tuesday that the United Nations has arranged a worldwide appeal to help the island nation cope with critical shortages of food, fuel and medic...

EU blames Russia for food crisis, Russian UN envoy walks out

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — European Council President Charles Michel accused Russia on Monday of using food supplies as “a stealth missile against developing countries” and blamed the Kremlin for the loomi...

WHO chief Tedros reappointed to second five-year term

LONDON (AP) — WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was reappointed to a second five-year term on Tuesday by the U.N. health agency’s member countries. No other candidate c...

Rights groups say new Cuba penal code tougher on dissent

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's parliament has approved a new penal code that officials say modernizes the country's laws but that human rights groups warn tightens already strict limits on dissent. ...

Authorities confront north Taiwan cat hoarder, find 47 cats in house

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After receiving reports from a veterinarian and an animal welfare volunteer, two borough chiefs in Taoyuan City confronted cat-hoarding owners to find 47 cats in a single ...

COVID: Beijing residents stock up as city braces for new wave

As the lockdown in Shanghai enters its fourth week, China's capital Beijing is also bracing for a potential surge of COVID-19 cases, as authorities roll out a plan to test 90% of the city's 21...

Indonesia's Indrawati says palm oil export ban will hurt other countries, but necessary

April 22 (Reuters) - Indonesia's new palm oil export ban will hurt other countries but is necessary to try to bring down the soaring domestic price of cooking oil driven up by Russia's war in ...

Indonesia bans palm oil exports

Indonesia announced on Friday a ban on palm oil exports in a bid to stymie the soaring domestic price of cooking oil. Palm oil is the most produced, consumed and traded edible oil in the world. The ...