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What is carbon capture and why does it keep coming up at COP28?

The future of fossil fuels that are warming the planet are at the core of negotiations at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai.

Polish truck drivers are blocking the border with Ukraine. It’s hurting on the battlefield

Ukrainian charities and companies supplying the country’s military warn that problems are growing as Polish truck drivers show no sign of ending a monthlong border blockade.

UN takes no immediate action at emergency meeting on Guyana-Venezuela dispute over oil-rich region

The United Nations Security Council took no immediate action at a closed emergency meeting requested by Guyana following Venezuela’s recent referendum claiming the vast oil- and mineral-rich Essequibo region that makes up a large part of its neighbor.

11 dead in clash between criminal gang and villagers in central Mexico

Mexican authorities say 11 people are dead following a clash between gunmen from a criminal gang and residents of a small farming community in central Mexico.

Mexico raids and closes 31 pharmacies in Ensenada that were selling fentanyl-laced pills

Mexican authorities have raided and closed 31 drug stores in the Baja California coastal city of Ensenada, after they were detected selling false or fentanyl-laced pills.

Europe reaches a deal on the world’s first comprehensive AI rules

European Union negotiators have clinched a deal on the world’s first comprehensive artificial intelligence rules.

Mexican immigration agents detain 2 Iranians who they say were under observation by the FBI

Mexico’s immigration agency says its agents have detained two Iranians who they say were under observation by the FBI.

Ukraine’s human rights envoy calls for a faster way to bring back children deported by Russia

Ukraine’s human rights ombudsman has voiced hope that a coalition of countries formed to facilitate the return of Ukrainian children illegally deported by Russia will be able to come up with a faster mechanism to repatriate them.

APWeek in Pictures: North America

Dec. 1 - 7, 2023

Pearl Harbor survivors attend a commemoration ceremony in Hawaii, people hold candles during a Hanukkah vigil in New York and members of the California Faculty Association hold a strike.

Bulgarian parliament again approves additional military aid to Ukraine

Bulgaria’s parliament has approved the provision of additional military aid to Ukraine in its war with Russia.

APWeek in Pictures: Global | Dec. 1 - Dec. 7, 2023

Dec. 1 - 7, 2023

An old pre-Christmas tradition that has survived for centuries continues to be celebrated in the Czech Republic with the help of scythe-carrying creatures that represent death, while divers dressed as mermaids swim alongside stingrays in an aquarium to help launch the Christmas season in South Korea

2 journalists are detained in Belarus as part of a crackdown on dissent

A Belarusian journalists association has reported that two journalists have been detained in Belarus.

U.S. and UAE-backed initiative announces $9 billion more for agricultural innovation projects

A joint initiative from the United States and United Arab Emirates is announcing an additional $9 billion of funding to tackle agriculture’s role in the climate crisis.

Russia puts prominent Russian-US journalist Masha Gessen on wanted list for criminal charges

Russian police have put prominent Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen on a wanted list after opening a criminal case against them on charges of spreading false information about the Russian army.

Mormon church selects British man who converted to the faith as an adult for top governing body

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the newest member of the faith’s top governing body to fill a vacancy when a member died last month.

Scottish court upholds UK decision to block Scotland’s landmark gender-recognition bill

Scotland’s highest civil court has upheld the British government’s move to block a landmark gender-recognition law passed by the Scottish parliament.

French actor Gerard Depardieu is under scrutiny over sexual remarks and gestures in new documentary

French actor Gerard Depardieu’s behavior toward women has come under scrutiny in France after a documentary showed him repeatedly making obscene remarks and gestures during a 2018 trip to North Korea.

Pope Francis makes his first public appearances since being stricken by bronchitis

Pope Francis has made his first public appearance outdoors since being stricken by bronchitis two weeks ago, which forced him to cancel a planned trip to the COP-28 climate conference in Dubai.

Police in Dominica probe the killing of a Canadian couple who owned eco-resort

Authorities in Dominica are investigating the killings of a wealthy Canadian businessman and his partner who owned an eco-resort in the eastern Caribbean island.

French police address fear factor ahead of the Olympic Games after a deadly attack near Eiffel Tower

The bar was already high, but the security challenge ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games only grew with a knife attack last weekend that killed a tourist near the Eiffel Tower.

Slovak president says she’ll challenge new government’s plan to close top prosecutors office

Slovakia’s President Zuzana Caputova says she will seek to block the new government’s plan to return the prosecution of major crimes from a national office to regional ones, using either a veto or a constitutional challenge.

On sidelines of COP28, Emirati ‘green city’ falls short of ambitions, but still delivers lessons

A bold, innovative project begun nearly a generation ago to erect a “green-city” in the United Arab Emirates has run into realities and largely missed its mark.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: The NCAA is not transferring medals won by transgender swimmer Lia Thomas to Riley Gaines, another former Division I swimmer.

IOC confirms Russian athletes can compete at Paris Olympics with approved neutral status

The International Olympic Committee says some Russian athletes will be allowed to compete at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Chinese leaders wrap up annual economic planning meeting with scant details on revving up growth

China’s state media say top leaders held an annual planning meeting where they agreed to step up spending to help rev up the economy.

Lawmakers seek action against Elf Bar and other fruity e-cigarettes imported from China

House lawmakers are demanding information on federal efforts to stop the influx of kid-appealing electronic cigarettes from China.

As Pakistan cracks down on illegal migrants, nearly half a million Afghans have left, minister says

Pakistan’s caretaker interior minister says nearly half a million Afghans who were living in Pakistan without documents have returned home in the past more than two months as part of an ongoing crackdown on foreigners living illegally in the country.

Thousands of tons of dead sardines wash ashore in northern Japan

Thousands of tons of dead sardines have washed up on a beach in northern Japan for unknown reasons. The sardines and some mackerel washed ashore in Hakodate on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Thursday morning, creating a sliver blanket along a stretch of beach about a half mile long.

Man who fired shotgun outside New York synagogue cited events in the Mideast, federal agent says

A man arrested for firing gunshots outside a Jewish temple in upstate New York been federally charged.

Asian Development Bank approves a $200M loan to debt-stricken Sri Lanka

The Asian Development Bank says it approved $200-million concessional loan to debt-stricken Sri Lanka to help stabilize the country’s finance sector.