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New report alleges killings, mass detentions in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A new report by the rights group Amnesty International accuses Ethiopia's security forces of extrajudicial killings and mass detentions even as the country's reformist prime minister was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The report issued Friday says security forces ...

South Africa has virus testing backlog of nearly 100,000

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says it has a backlog of nearly 100,000 unprocessed tests for the coronavirus, a striking example of the painful shortage of testing kits and reagents across Africa as cases steadily rise. "This challenge is caused by the limited availability of test kits ...

No Eiffel, Mona Lisa or Versailles: Iconic sites stay closed

LE PECQ, France (AP) — Hold that smile, Mona Lisa. The Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles will remain off-limits for the immediate future, too. None of France's three most iconic tourist sites will reopen when the country lifts most of its remaining coronavirus lockdown restrictions ...

South African bans on tobacco, liquor amid virus stir debate

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A soccer mom in one of Cape Town's posh suburbs drops off a cardboard box of blankets to a neighbor. Inside the box are several bottles of red wine. In Johannesburg's Alexandra township, two men in face masks greet each other on a sunny street. One has surreptitiously ...

UK lawmakers set to quiz Johnson amid pressure to fire aide

LONDON (AP) — Senior British lawmakers are set to question Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday amid growing pressure to fire his closest adviser for allegedly flouting COVID-19 lockdown rules. The parliamentary committee will quiz Johnson on the decision of his top aide, Dominic ...

Activists raise alarms over virus litter along French coast

PARIS (AP) — Soggy, algae-caked surgical masks resting on the seabed. Soiled, waterlogged rubber gloves, waving eerily beneath the Mediterranean waves. A French environmental group is finding this virus-era detritus littering the Mediterranean floor near the French Riviera resort of Antibes ...

Cyprus pledges to cover costs for virus-hit tourists

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is pledging to cover all costs for anyone testing positive for the coronavirus while on vacation on the eastern Mediterranean island nation, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday. The Cypriot government says it will cover lodging, ...

EU proposes 750 billion-euro coronavirus recovery fund

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm is proposing a 750 billion-euro ($825 billion) recovery fund to help the bloc's economy through the painful recession triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said Wednesday. Gentiloni, who is in charge of economic ...

Africa virus cases surpass 100,000; lockdowns slowed growth

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa's coronavirus cases have surpassed 100,000, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, as the youthful continent with many fragile health systems has not seen the high numbers devastating other parts of the world. The pandemic "appears to be ...

EU urges U.S. to reconsider military overflight treaty pullout

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday urged the United States to reconsider its plan to withdraw from a military treaty allowing observation flights over more than 30 countries, as NATO insisted that Russia has long flouted its commitments under the agreement. President Donald Trump ...

Venezuelan high court orders DirecTV property seized

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's high court ordered the immediate seizure of all DirecTV property Friday, days after the U.S. company abandoned its services in the South American nation, citing U.S. sanctions. The Supreme Court ruling told the nation's telecommunications agency to seize ...

Britain divided over reopening schools as virus rules ease

LONDON (AP) — David Waugh is putting down barrier tape and spraying yellow lines on the ground outside the main door of his school near Manchester. Waugh, who oversees five schools in northwestern England, already has painted yellow arrows to ensure that children follow a one-way path around ...

After weeks of COVID-19 cases, Russian doctor craves quiet

MOSCOW (AP) — As he strides down the sidewalk outside Moscow's Filatov Hospital in blue jeans and garish crimson shoes, Dr. Osman Osmanov shows no signs of the rigors he's just been through. But behind the veneer of calm is a yearning for relief from countless days of laboring to save the ...

Balcony church gains popularity in Kenya amid pandemic

KIAMBU, Kenya (AP) — A groovy rendition of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" blasts from speakers outside an apartment block in the outskirts of Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Children, some in diapers, dance on the balconies above, accompanied by their parents, to the tunes bellowed out by ...

Boris Johnson’s top aide accused of flouting lockdown rules

LONDON (AP) — The British government faced accusations of hypocrisy on Saturday after the revelation that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top adviser, Dominic Cummings, traveled more than 250 miles (400 kms) to his parents' house during a nationwide lockdown. The Guardian and Mirror ...

India struggles with twin challenges of cyclone and pandemic

NEW DELHI (AP) — In the middle of a pandemic, if a cyclone comes hurtling toward you, what should you do? Debasis Shyamal, a fisherman, forgot about social distancing. He crammed himself into a government shelter, minutes before Cyclone Amphan crashed into his coastal village in West Bengal ...

Khashoggi’s sons forgive Saudi killers, sparing 5 execution

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced on Friday they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving legal reprieve to five government agents who had been sentenced to death for an operation that cast a cloud of suspicion over the ...

Arrivals to UK face 14-day quarantine under government plan

LONDON (AP) — People arriving in the U.K. will have to quarantine themselves for 14 days and could be fined 1,000 pounds ($1,220) if they fail to comply under a plan being announced Friday by the British government. Home Secretary Priti Patel will set out details of the measures, which have ...

Africa virus cases surpass 100,000; lockdowns slowed growth

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa's coronavirus cases have surpassed 100,000, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, as the continent with many fragile health systems has not yet seen the high numbers of other parts of the world. More than 3,100 people have died from ...

Putin says coronavirus situation in Russia stabilized

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Friday the coronavirus outbreak in Russia has begun to abate, creating a positive environment for easing restrictions, as officials defended the country's data on deaths against claims they were being under-reported. Speaking during a video ...