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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he intends to “intensify” negotiations with Russia and Ukraine in the hope of reaching a deal on a U.N. plan to export Ukrainian grain to world markets. Erdogan made the comments during a joint news conference with Italian Premier Mario Draghi. Turkey is working with the United Nations, Ukraine and Russia on a plan to that would allow millions of tons of Ukrainian grain sitting in silos to be shipped through safe corridors in the Black Sea. Ukraine is one of the world’s largest exporters of wheat, corn and sunflower oil, but Russia’s invasion halted most of that flow, endangering food supplies to many developing countries, especially in Africa.

Attorneys on Tuesday argued over abortion laws in three Southern states in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gave states the power to limit or outlaw the termination of pregnancies. In Mississippi, a judge held a hearing but didn’t say how or when she would rule in a lawsuit filed by the state’s only abortion clinic. The clinic is trying to remain open by blocking a law that would ban most abortions in the state. The law is set to take effect Thursday. Meanwhile Florida’s new 15-week abortion ban was blocked but then quickly reinstated Tuesday.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed seven new bills into law aimed at curtailing gun violence, including legislation to allow the state attorney general to pursue lawsuits against the firearm industry. Murphy signed the bills Tuesday in the wake of a fatal Independence Day shooting in Illinois, as well as recent mass shootings in New York and Texas. One measure requires safety training to get a firearm purchasers permit, and another bans .50-caliber weapons. Murphy signed the measures alongside advocates for tighter gun laws and other public officials. He says more still needs to be done after a Supreme Court ruling striking a requirement for permit holders to show a specific need to carry firearms.

Two of Britain’s most senior Cabinet ministers have quit in a move that could spell the end of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership after months of scandals. Treasury chief Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid resigned within minutes of each other Tuesday. Javid said “I can no longer continue in good conscience.” Johnson has been hit by allegations he failed to come clean about a lawmaker who was appointed to a senior position despite claims of sexual misconduct.

    Police in Turkey’s capital have broken up an LGBTQ Pride march and detained dozens of people. Turkish authorities have banned LGBTQ events. Around 50 people holding rainbow flags nevertheless marched toward a main park on Tuesday to mark the end of Pride Month. Police officers prevented the group from reaching the park, detaining the participants on a busy street in central Ankara. Some of the marchers were forced to the ground. Passers-by tried to physically intervene or pleaded with officers to let them go. Organizers say at least 30 people were detained. A small group of Islamists held a counter-demonstration to the Pride march near the park.

      Florida’s new 15-week abortion was blocked and then quickly reinstated after an appeal from the state attorney general in a lawsuit challenging the restriction. Judge John C. Cooper issued the order temporarily halting the law after reproductive health providers argued that the state constitution guarantees the right to the procedure. The state quickly appealed his order, automatically putting the law back into effect Tuesday. The legal back and forth came as abortion laws change at a frenzied pace across the country after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, with several state laws and court cases shifting access to the procedure by the hour.

      European Council President Charles Michel has urged North Macedonia to back a French-proposed compromise on ending a dispute with neighboring Bulgaria that’s blocking the country’s long-delayed European Union accession bid. Violent protests erupted in North Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, where demonstrators tried to storm government buildings, after French President Emmanuel Macron announced the proposal — which many in the small Balkan country find controversial — last week. Macron said at a NATO summit in Madrid that “a compromise solution” to lift Bulgaria’s opposition to its neighbor’s EU aspirations had been achieved, without giving details. A new protest against the French proposal is planned for later Tuesday in Skopje.

      A top U.S. diplomat urged allies of Ukraine to help the war-battered country meet its “immediate and urgent” needs, as scores of countries wrapped up a two-day conference aimed to help Ukraine recover from Russia war when it ends one day. US ambassador Scott Miller added a dose of urgency to the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Lugano. Ukraine's prime minister a day earlier presented a $750 billion plan to help his country both recover now where possible as well as in the immediate aftermath of the war and over the long term.

      French authorities say they have repatriated 51 women and children from former Islamic State-controlled areas in Syria. The national antiterrorist prosecutor’s office said the repatriation on Tuesday is the single largest return of women and children to France from camps in northeastern Syria since the territorial defeat of the Islamic State group in March 2019. French jihadis made up the largest contingent of European recruits. France suffered multiple deadly terror attacks beginning in 2015 and has been especially reluctant to repatriate citizens from the camps for fear of them turning violent against their homeland.

      The 30 NATO allies have signed off on the protocols needed for Sweden and Finland to become members. The move means the question of admitting the two nations now goes to the capitals of existing members for legislative approval. Their ambassadors and permanent representatives on Tuesday approved the invitation to join the club that NATO leaders extended to Finland and Sweden at a summit in Madrid last week. Securing parliamentary approval in Turkey, however, could still pose a problem. Turkey's president has said his parliament might block the process even though Sweden, Finland and Turkey reached a memorandum of understanding at the Madrid summit. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says he expects no change of heart.

      Secretary of State Antony Blinken will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart this week in Indonesia at a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of 20 bloc of nations. The State Department says Blinken will see China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Bali at the gathering of the world’s leading industrialized nations. But, it was silent on whether Blinken would also meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who will also be attending the G-20 event. The U.S. and China are at severe odds over numerous issues ranging from trade and human rights to Taiwan and disputes in the South China Sea. They are also divided over Russia's war in Ukraine, with China supporting the Russian explanation for the conflict.

      Pennsylvania’s Republican nominee for governor, Doug Mastriano, often makes the baseless allegation that Gov. Tom Wolf’s policy of readmitting COVID-19 patients from hospitals to nursing homes caused thousands of deaths. It's a claim for which no investigator or researcher has provided any evidence. In fact, researchers point to something entirely different. They say nursing home employees ushered in the virus every day to the buildings. Meanwhile, criminal investigators found administrators flouting staffing requirements or infection-control procedures. No Pennsylvania nursing home has leveled a claim like Mastriano's. And readmissions were routine in every state during the pandemic to keep hospital beds open. Wolf’s office says Mastriano’s claims are “patently false.”

      Spain is increasing military spending as it works toward meeting a NATO commitment by dedicating 2% of gross domestic product to defense. Spanish government Cabinet members on Tuesday approved a one-off expenditure of almost 1 billion euros ($1 billion) that the government said was needed to cover unexpected expenses produced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Spain has sent military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, and deployed more troops and aircraft to NATO missions in Eastern Europe. NATO leaders agreed at a summit in Madrid last week to expand efforts to get all alliance members to spend 2% of GDP. Only nine of the Western military alliance’s 30 members currently meet or surpass that goal.


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      Greece's prime minister says Russia's war in Ukraine is a “turning point” in the course of Europe. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed Tuesday that any type of outcome that could embolden aggression by other nations on the continent must be avoided. Greece has long-standing disputes with Turkey that brought them to the brink of war three times in the last half-century. Greece has voiced strong support for Ukraine in its war against the Russian invasion.

      A Philippine army general says a land mine set by communist guerrillas has wounded seven soldiers in the central Philippines, in one of the insurgents’ first known attacks since President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. took office last week. An army commander says troops were checking reports of anti-personnel mines laid by New People’s Army rebels along a village trail in Northern Samar province when an explosion wounded the seven soldiers. Two are in critical condition. Marcos Jr. faces decades-long communist and Muslim insurgencies and longstanding territorial disputes with China and other claimants in the South China Sea.

      A new poll shows that many Americans don’t expect to rely on the digital services that became commonplace during the pandemic after COVID-19 subsides. That's even as many think it’s a good thing if those options remain available in the future. The poll comes from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll shows that close to half or more of U.S. adults say they are not likely to attend virtual activities, receive virtual health care, have groceries delivered or use curbside pickup after the coronavirus pandemic ends. Still, close to half of adults also say it would be a good thing if virtual options continue.

      Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is visiting Mongolia during a trip to Asia seeking support amid his country's diplomatic isolation by the West and punishing sanctions leveled over its invasion of Ukraine. Lavrov held talks with Mongolia's foreign minister and paid a courtesy call on its president. Mongolia is a landlocked nation sandwiched between Russia and China, and has sought to maintain friendly relations with both neighbors while also cultivating close ties with the U.S. Mongolian and Russian state media emphasized strong bilateral relations during Lavrov's visit while making little mention of Ukraine.

      Immigration hard-liner Kris Kobach is pursuing a political comeback in Kansas. Kobach is running for Kansas attorney general after losing a general election for governor in 2018 and a Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in 2020. Opponents say Kobach could lose the seat to a Democrat given his past struggles with voters. Kobach says his two statewide wins for secretary of state show he can win in a conservative tide in November. Kobach's Republican primary opponents are state Sen. Kellie Warren and former federal prosecutor Tony Mattivi, who lack his name recognition. Kobach helped lead a now-disbanded voting integrity commission launched by the Trump administration.

      Ukrainians displaced in Borodyanka near the capital wonder what will happen to their war-damaged homes. Russian troops retreated from the area around Kyiv in late March. But authorities say they left behind 16,000 damaged residential buildings in the Bucha region where Borodyanka is located. There are 257 people living in a shipping container camp for displaced people in Borodyanka’s camp with 35% of them older residents. The camp's coordinator says that he expects two containers for 160 people to be added this month. But even this isn’t enough. He has 700 families waiting.

      Hong Kong’s new leader John Lee says he will work on easing restrictions for travelers while balancing the risks of a coronavirus outbreak overwhelming the health care system. He spoke at his first news conference since becoming Hong Kong's chief executive. Hong Kong and mainland China are among the few places in the world that still quarantine arrivals. Lee said Tuesday he was “conscious” of the need for Hong Kong to remain open to travelers. He also said Hong Kong had a “constitutional duty” to enact its own national security law. Enacting Article 23 of the Basic Law has been controversial. But the legislature is now filled with pro-Beijing lawmakers after a crackdown on dissent, and the laws are more likely to pass.

      Republican Brian Dahle faces an uphill battle to defeat California Gov. Gavin Newsom in November. Dahle is a Republican state senator who finished second in last month's primary. He'll now have a head-to-head matchup with Newsom. Dahle knows it will be tough for him to win because he voted for Donald Trump and opposes abortion and some new gun restrictions Democrats are pushing. His plan is to focus on what he says are the problems people care about the most, including high gas prices and rising crime. Dahle is a farmer from Northern California who has served in local and state government.

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