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Officials: 400 escape, 25 dead after Haiti prison breakout

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian authorities announced Friday that more than 400 inmates escaped and 25 people died in a prison breakout, making it the country's largest and deadliest one in a decade, with the prison director and a powerful gang leader among those killed. Some believe ...

Myanmar’s UN envoy dramatically opposes coup in his country

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Myanmar's U.N. ambassador strongly opposed the military coup in his country and appealed for the "strongest possible action from the international community" to immediately restore democracy, in a dramatic speech to the U.N. General Assembly Friday that drew loud ...

Pakistan expert: Religiosity aiding spike in militancy

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Militant attacks are on the rise in Pakistan amid a growing religiosity that has brought greater intolerance, prompting one expert to voice concern the country could be overwhelmed by religious extremism. Pakistani authorities are embracing strengthening religious belief ...

WWII plane fly-past honors Captain Tom Moore at funeral

LONDON (AP) — A World War II-era plane flew Saturday over the funeral service of Captain Tom Moore to honor of the veteran who single-handedly raised millions of pounds for Britain's health workers by walking laps in his backyard. Soldiers performed ceremonial duties at the service for the ...

Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes, making 2020 a bad year for the butterflies. The ...

Vaccination ‘passports’ may open society, but inequity looms

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violet light bathed the club stage as 300 people, masked and socially distanced, erupted in gentle applause. For the first time since the pandemic began, Israeli musician Aviv Geffen stepped to his electric piano and began to play for an audience seated right in front ...

Queen says COVID vaccine is quick, painless and helps others

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is encouraging people to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying the shot is quick, harmless and will help protect others against the disease. In a video call with the officials responsible for rolling out the vaccine, the 94-year-old monarch ...

Experts notice pandemic’s mental health toll on German youth

BERLIN (AP) — Pollina Dinner returned to school in Berlin for the first time this week after two months of lockdown. The 9-year-old third-grader was thrilled to see her classmates and teachers again but frets about the coronavirus pandemic's effect on her life. "I'm not afraid of the ...

S. Korea allows workers to squeeze extra doses

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's Disease Control and Prevention Agency has allowed health workers to squeeze extra doses from vials of coronavirus vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Pfizer. The decision on Saturday came after some health workers who were administering the ...

Hunger-striking Ethiopia politicians ‘deteriorating’ in jail

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Lawyers representing jailed Ethiopian opposition politicians say they are concerned for the lives of their clients, whose hunger strike has gone on for nearly a month and drawn international attention as they protest their treatment by the government. "Four of them have ...

Armenian PM faces military’s demand to resign, talks of coup

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's prime minister spoke of an attempted military coup Thursday after the military's General Staff demanded that he step down after months of protests sparked by the nation's defeat in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. The General Staff issued a ...

China denies subjecting US diplomats to COVID-19 anal tests

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday denied subjecting U.S. diplomats to COVID-19 anal tests following reports from Washington that some of its personnel were being made to undergo the procedure. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters at a daily briefing that "China has ...

German charged for passing parliament floor plans to Russia

BERLIN (AP) — A German man has been charged with espionage for allegedly passing information on properties used by the German parliament to Russian military intelligence, prosecutors said Thursday. The suspect, identified only as Jens F. in line with German privacy rules, worked for a ...

EU leaders seek to inject energy into slow vaccine rollout

By LORNE COOK and RAF CASERT Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are gathering Thursday to try to inject new energy into the bloc's lagging coronavirus vaccination efforts as concern mounts that new variants might spread faster than authorities can adapt. The leaders ...

EU court urged to rule against Hungary’s asylum policy

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The advocate general for European Union's highest court on Thursday urged the court to rule that Hungary violated the bloc's laws on asylum when it passed legislation narrowing the possibilities for asylum-seekers to receive international protection. The non-binding ...

UN report: South Sudan’s violence ‘worse’ than in civil war

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The scale of violence in South Sudan is "a lot worse" than during the country's five-year civil war, a United Nations commission announced Friday, accusing senior officials of supporting armed groups that at times have included tens of thousands of fighters. The new ...

South Africa’s president fights own party over corruption

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's anti-corruption drive is facing stiff resistance from political foes within his own party, including his predecessor, who is openly defying a ruling from the country's highest court to testify at an inquiry into state ...

6 months later, China says it lost 4 soldiers in India clash

BEIJING (AP) — China's military said Friday that four of its soldiers were killed in a high-mountain border clash with Indian forces last year, the first time Beijing has publicly conceded its side suffered casualties in the deadliest incident between the Asian giants in nearly 45 years. The ...

UK’s MI6 apologizes for past treatment of LGBT spies

LONDON (AP) — The head of Britain's MI6 intelligence service apologized Friday to gay spies and aspiring agents who were fired or denied jobs because of their sexuality. Richard Moore said in a video statement on Twitter that a ban on LGBT spies that lasted until 1991 was "wrong, unjust and ...

Belarus journalist on trial over report on protester’s death

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Belarussian court on Friday opened the trial of a journalist accused of revealing personal data in her report on the death of a protester, part of authorities' efforts to stifle protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Katsiaryna Barysevich of the ...