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NATO ministers meet to prepare summit, Afghan withdrawal

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's foreign and defense ministers were meeting Tuesday to lay the groundwork for the military alliance's first summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, setting aside four tumultuous years with the Trump administration. The ministers will discuss a hefty communique being ...

German minister laments choice of Syria for WHO board seat

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister says he is "anything but happy" that Syria's government — which has waged a devastating, deadly decade-long war against dissenters — has been selected for a seat on the World Health Organization's executive board. Health Minister Jens Spahn said ...

Western Sahara independence chief testifies in Spanish court

MADRID (AP) — The leader of a movement seeking independence from Morocco testified Tuesday in a Spanish investigation into allegations against him of torture, genocide and other crimes. Brahim Ghali appeared before an investigating magistrate at the National Court in Madrid via ...

Germany eyes possible fraud after surge in testing centers

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are investigating allegations of fraud involving the massive rollout of free coronavirus tests, which are being carried out now in converted cellphone stores, beauticians and art galleries across the country. Germans have to present a negative test result in ...

German minister rejects idea of arms deliveries to Ukraine

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister on Tuesday rejected the idea of delivering weapons to Ukraine after the country's president indicated that he would like military help from Berlin. Germany, along with France, has led Western diplomatic efforts to resolve the long-running conflict ...

Greece, 6 others launch EU vaccination certificate system

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and six other European Union member states on Tuesday are introducing a vaccination certificate system, ahead of the rollout of the program across the bloc on July 1. The other countries are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Croatia, and Poland, ...

UK PM Boris Johnson marries fiancee in private ceremony

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has married his fiancée, Carrie Symonds, in a small private ceremony that came at the end of a tumultuous week during which a former top aide said he was unfit for office. The couple wed Saturday at the Roman Catholic Westminster Cathedral ...

Chinese city locks down neighborhood after virus upsurge

BEIJING (AP) — The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou shut down a neighborhood and ordered its residents to stay home Saturday for door-to-door coronavirus testing following an upsurge in infections that has rattled authorities. Guangzhou, a business and industrial center of 15 million ...

Vietnam finds new virus variant, hybrid of India, UK strains

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has discovered a new coronavirus variant that's a hybrid of strains first found in India and the U.K., the Vietnamese health minister said Saturday. Nguyen Thanh Long said scientists examined the genetic makeup of the virus that had infected some recent ...

Jury: Official failures played part in fatal London attack

LONDON (AP) — A string of failures by British authorities played a part in allowing an ex-convict who served time for terrorism offenses to kill two people in a knife attack in London, an inquest jury concluded Friday. Usman Khan carried out the November 2019 attack during a prisoner ...

Visiting South Africa, France’s Macron pledges vaccine help

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — On a visit to South Africa, French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed that his country will provide millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to help African countries speed up their inoculation drives. Macron pledged that France will help South Africa and other African ...

Russia: Ex-officers convicted of planting drugs on reporter

MOSCOW (AP) — Five former Russian police officers were convicted Friday on charges of fabricating evidence in the 2019 drug arrest of a prominent investigative journalist. Ivan Golunov of the independent Meduza online news outlet was arrested in Moscow on drug-dealing charges that he ...

Warsaw university aims to shape future conservative lawyers

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An increasingly influential Polish Catholic legal institute on Friday inaugurated a university in Warsaw that aims to educate a new generation of conservative lawyers in central Europe who it hopes will also shape wider European culture. The institute, Ordo Iuris, works ...

In Mexico, campaigners fear attacks that have killed 34

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — It's routine preparation for a campaign stop for Guillermo Valencia, who is running for mayor in Morelia, capital of the troubled Mexican state of Michoacan. Bodyguards ride in cars ahead and behind him and before reaching the rally, he stops by a relative's house to ...

UK authorizes use of J&J vaccine as virus cases edge up

LONDON (AP) — British government regulators on Friday authorized another coronavirus vaccine for use in the U.K. amid concerns about rising COVID-19 cases as a variant of the virus first identified in India spreads around the country. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency ...

Boris Johnson defends virus record after ex-aide’s attack

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday rejected claims by his former chief aide that he botched Britain's coronavirus response and is unfit for office, denying an allegation his government oversaw tens of thousands of needless deaths. Health Secretary Matt Hancock also hit ...

Kim vows to build N. Korea socialism amid US nuclear impasse

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed an "uncompromising struggle" against anti-socialist elements at home, state media reported Thursday, as he tries to fortify his power amid pandemic-related difficulties and U.S.-led economic sanctions. The comments by Kim, ...

China trying Chinese Australian writer on espionage charge

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday put a Chinese Australian writer on trial for alleged espionage and denied the Australian ambassador in Beijing access to the hearing. Yang Hengjun has been held since arriving in China in January 2019 and has had no access to family and only limited contact ...

China says politics behind US call for virus origin probe

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday accused the Biden administration of playing politics and shirking its responsibility in calling for a renewed investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic that was first detected in China in late 2019. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian ...

France’s Macron admits some guilt for Rwanda’s genocide

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — In a key speech on his visit to Rwanda, French President Emmanuel Macron said he recognizes that France bears a heavy responsibility in the 1994 genocide in the central African country. Macron solemnly detailed how France had failed the 800,000 victims of the genocide ...