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Russia and Ukraine take responsibility for the bombing of a prison for prisoners of war

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of bombing a prison in a breakaway eastern region that allegedly killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war captured after the fall of Mariupol in May. Russian-backed separatists said at least 53 Ukrainian POWs died on Friday. The Ukrainian military has accused Russian forces of deliberately bombing Olenivka prison in order to accuse Ukraine of war crimes and also to cover up torture and executions there. Neither claim could be independently verified.

Zelenskyy observes ships loaded with Ukrainian grain exports

ODESA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy traveled to the Odessa region to observe the loading of grain as exports prepare to resume for the first time since the Russian invasion began. Zelenskyy observed a Turkish ship loaded with grain. He said the export of grain will start with the departure of several ships that were already loaded but could not leave Ukrainian ports.

Flooding in central Appalachia kills at least 8 people in Kentucky

JACKSON, Ky. (AP) — Heavy rains have caused flash flooding and landslides as storms batter parts of central Appalachia. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday that at least eight people had died from flooding in the state. He says the property damage was massive, with hundreds of people losing their homes. Aquatic rescues continue across the region. In Perry County, eastern Kentucky, the director of emergency management called the damage “catastrophic.” The town of Hazard, Ky., is urging people to “pray for a break in the rain.” Another round of rainfall is looming in the region already hammered by days of torrential rain.

China’s Xi warns Biden against Taiwan, urges cooperation

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping warned against interfering in China’s relations with Taiwan during a phone call with his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden. The call gave no indication of progress on trade, technology or other irritants. These include Beijing’s opposition to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s possible visit to the island the mainland claims as its own. The ruling Communist Party says Taiwan has no right to conduct foreign relations. There is no indication that Xi mentioned Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan. But Xi rejected “interference from outside forces” that could encourage Taiwan to try to make its decades-old de facto independence permanent.

Complication of isolation? The United States finds it difficult to avoid Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration likes to say that Russia is now internationally isolated because of its invasion of Ukraine. Yet its top officials are hardly cloistered in the Kremlin, and now the United States wants to talk. President Vladimir Putin recently met with world leaders, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country is a member of NATO. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov tours the world and poses for photos with foreign leaders. This week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he wanted to end months of high-level US diplomatic estrangement with Lavrov to discuss the release of US detainees in Russia as well as Ukraine-related issues. .

A basement conversation and a virtual handshake led to a Manchin-Schumer deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin have battled for more than a year over President Joe Biden’s grand plan to rebuild America. But the talks had stalled – again. As the midterm elections approached, with control of Congress at stake, the president and his party were at their wit’s end. Tempers flared. Manchin has also faced pressure and been publicly attacked for single-handedly supporting Biden’s agenda. Schumer and Manchin met once more, 10 days ago, in a Capitol basement. A new offer was on the table: the $739 billion package was now heading for votes in Congress. Here’s how it happened.

Abortion haters downplay complex post-Roe v. wade

WASHINGTON (AP) — In statements and television interviews, abortion advocates have played down the fallout from restrictive abortion laws. Abortion advocates have spouted misleading rhetoric about abortion access as doctors struggle to interpret laws that have largely been untested in court and deny care to pregnant patients . Abortion haters recently claimed without examining the medical records of a 10-year-old Ohio girl that she could have legally obtained an abortion in the state, which is virtually banned. total abortion that only exempts mothers whose life or major bodily functions are at risk once fetal heart activity is detected.

Inflation hits a record 8.9% in the euro zone, but the economy is improving

LONDON (AP) — Inflation in European countries using the euro hit a new high in July, pushed by rising energy prices due in part to the war in Ukraine. But the economy still managed better-than-expected, albeit weak, growth in the second quarter. The European Union’s statistics agency said on Friday that annual inflation in the 19 eurozone countries reached 8.9% in July, from 8.6% in June. Inflation is at its highest level since 1997, when the registration of the euro began. The economy grew from April to June, growing 0.7% from the previous quarter. Economists expect this to be the last glimmer of good news and the region to tip into recession later this year.

Women’s football boosts England into a league of their own

LONDON (AP) — Izzy Short, 13, struggles to choose her favorite England player as she anticipates the team’s appearance in Sunday’s final of the European Soccer Championships. There’s striker Ellen White, defender Lucy Bronze, midfielder Georgia Stanway, captain Leah Williamson. Basically the whole team. The high school player says she admires them and how positive they are. The march to the final against Germany energized people across England, with the team’s pinpoint passing and flashy goals drawing record crowds, soaring ratings and adoring media coverage. The team has been a welcome distraction from the political turmoil and cost-of-living crisis that dominate the headlines when they’re not playing.

The drawing is approaching the $1.1 billion Mega Millions jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A $1.1 billion lottery prize will be up for grabs when the numbers for the Mega Millions game are drawn. The giant jackpot is the third-largest prize in the country and is the result of 29 consecutive draws with no one matching all six numbers in the game. Before you rush out to spend $2 on a ticket ahead of Friday night’s draw, keep in mind Keep in mind that the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million. The $1.1 billion prize is for players who obtain their winnings through an annuity, paid annually over 29 years. Almost all of the winners take the cash option, which for Friday’s draw is estimated at $648.2 million.

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