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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — President Joe Biden has arrived in Israel for the first Middle East visit of his presidency. It's a whirlwind four-day trip in which he will hold talks with Israeli, Palestinian, and Saudi Arabian officials. Biden received a formal welcome at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

ISTANBUL (AP) — Military officials from Russia and Ukraine are set to hold their governments’ first face-to-face talks in months. They are meeting in Istanbul to discuss a United Nations plan to export blocked Ukrainian grain to world markets through the Black Sea. Ukraine is one of the world’s largest exporters of wheat, corn and sunflower oil. Russia’s invasion and war disrupted production and halted shipments, endangering food supplies in many developing countries and contributing to higher prices.

LONDON (AP) — Conservative Party lawmakers in Britain are casting ballots in the first round of an election to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The internal party contest will replace the flamboyant, scandal-ridden Johnson with a new and much lesser-known prime minister. Eight candidates have secured the required backing to make the first ballot.

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The office of Ukraine’s president says renewed Russian artillery barrages killed at least five civilians and wounded another 18 in the past day. Most of the deaths occurred in Donetsk province, which is part of a region where pro-Russia separatists have fought for eight years and the Kremlin is intent on capturing. Moscow is attempting to expand and consolidate its gains in the country’s east.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president has fled the country without stepping down, plunging a country already reeling from economic chaos into more political turmoil. Protesters demanding a change in leadership trained their ire Wednesday on the prime minister and stormed his office. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his wife left aboard an air force plane bound for the Maldives. He made his prime minister the acting president in his absence.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The president of Sri Lanka has fled the country, days after protesters stormed his home and office and the official residence of his prime minister. That's according to an immigration official. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa left amid a three-month economic crisis that triggered severe shortages of food and fuel.

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A 500-year-old Orthodox icon that was looted from a church in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus has been returned to the island. The icon of the Enthroned Christ was presented at a ceremony Tuesday to the head of the island’s Orthodox Church.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has approval a resolution extending humanitarian aid deliveries to 4.1 million people in Syria’s rebel-held northwest in a victory for Russia. Tuesday's vote was 12-0, with the United States, Britain and France abstaining. Ireland and Norway had sponsored a resolution for a one-year extension vetoed by Russia but circulated a new draft Monday that provides for a six-month extension of deliveries through the Bab al-Hawa crossing until Jan. 10, 2023.

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities said Tuesday that their forces targeted a Russian ammunition depot in southern Ukraine overnight, resulting in a massive explosion captured on social media. The Ukrainian military’s southern command said a rocket strike targeted the depot in Russian-held Nova Kakhovka, about 35 miles east of the Black Sea port city of Kherson, which is also occupied by Russian forces.

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese bid their final goodbye to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday as a family funeral was held at a temple days after his assassination shocked the …

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s lawmakers have agreed to elect a new president next week but are struggling to decide on the makeup of a new government to lift the bankrupt country out of economic and political collapse. Facing severe shortages of food, fuel and medicine, protesters on Saturday stormed embattled the president’s home, his seaside office and the official residence of his prime minister.

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish officials say three people have been gored, including one American, and three others suffered bruises in a tense fifth bull run at Pamplona’s San Fermín Festival. One man was gored on the street while two others were stabbed by a bull's horn inside the bullring at the end of the run.

BEIJING (AP) — Streets in the gambling center of Macao are empty after casinos and most other businesses were ordered to close while the Chinese territory near Hong Kong fights a coronavirus outbreak. Residents were told to stay indoors unless they are buying food or other necessities.

TOKYO (AP) — The Unification Church has acknowledged that the mother of the man accused of assassinating former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a member. Police say the suspect told investigators he wanted to kill Abe because of his rumored connection to an organization he resented, which police did not identify.

The quickly changing coronavirus has spawned yet another super contagious omicron mutant that’s worrying scientists as it gains ground in India and pops up in numerous other countries, including the United States. Scientists say the variant, which is called BA.2.75, may be able to spread rapidly and get around immunity from vaccines and previous infection.

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian shelling of Ukraine's second-largest city killed at least three people on Monday and injured scores, including children, the local administrator said. The shelling came just hours after three missile strikes on Kharkiv which the official described as “absolute terrorism.”

TOKYO (AP) — Days after his assassination, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s party vowed to use its sizable victory in a parliamentary election to achieve his unfinished goals, including strengthening the military and revising the country’s postwar constitution.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's governing party and its coalition partner scored a major victory in a parliamentary election Sunday imbued with meaning after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe amid uncertainty about how his loss may affect party unity.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s opposition parties met Sunday to agree on a new government a day after the president and prime minister offered to resign following the most dramatic day of monthslong turmoil, with protesters storming the leaders’ homes in rage over an economic crisis.

ZHURIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Oleksandr Chubuk’s warehouse should be empty, awaiting the new harvest, with his supply of winter wheat already shipped abroad. Instead, his storage bins in central Ukraine are piled high with grain he cannot ship out because of the war with Russia.

CHASIV YAR, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of Ukrainian emergency workers labored Sunday to pull people out of the rubble after a Russian rocket attack smashed into apartment buildings in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 15 people. More than 20 people were believed still trapped.

The third bull run of Pamplona’s San Fermín Festival has ended with the event's first goring of the year. A Pamplona hospital spokesperson said a bull horn injured two men in the leg. They were …

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior defense official says the U.S. will send another $400 million in military equipment to Ukraine, including four more advanced rocket systems. It's an effort to bolster Ukrainian efforts to strike deeper behind Russian frontlines in the eastern Donbas region.

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — A woman in eastern Ukraine had gone out to feed the cats when the shelling began in a residential neighborhood. Natalia Kolesnik had learned to live with the risks. Then, in a grassy courtyard on a hot and sweaty Thursday, the shelling caught her. Her body was one of three found on the littered ground.

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Deeply divided top diplomats from the world's richest and largest developing nations have failed to find common ground over Russia's war in Ukraine and its global impacts. Talks Friday were knocked off balance by two unrelated and unexpected political developments far from the Indonesian resort of Bali where they were meeting. The meeting opened only hours after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned and had just started when former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was fatally shot. Both men are well known to the G-20 family.

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