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France, Germany push for rapid EU recovery plan agreement

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Germany and France said Monday they will use their influence as European Union powerhouses to help negotiate a rapid agreement on a coronavirus recovery package for the 27-nation bloc that leaves no country behind. In their first face-to-face meeting since the ...

Polish president attacks LGBT rights as he heads to runoff

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative president, Andrzej Duda, promised Monday to protect traditional Polish values against LGBT rights after a first-round presidential election that gave him the most votes but forced him into a runoff. Duda's immediate return to a theme that he has ...

Kosovo president says he will resign if case goes ahead

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia, and said he would resign if an indictment against him is confirmed. Hashim Thaci said in a televised address to the ...

Women ‘on precipice’ in developing countries amid COVID-19

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Rebecca Nakamanya rolls her eyes, dismissing a question about school fees. What really worries her is how to feed three children and a jobless partner on a daily wage of less than $3, minus transport to and from her job as a cook. "We have not even started thinking ...

Opposition wins historic rerun of Malawi’s presidential vote

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — The opposition has won Malawi's historic rerun of the presidential election, the first time a court-overturned vote in Africa has led to the defeat of an incumbent leader. Lazarus Chakwera's victory late Saturday was a result of months of determined street protests in ...

Poland holds presidential election delayed by pandemic

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles began voting in a presidential election Sunday that had been scheduled for May but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, a ballot taking place amid deep cultural and political divisions in the European Union nation. President Andrzej Duda, a 48-year-old ...

Latin America’s critical food markets fuel virus spread

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City's main wholesale market detects dozens of coronavirus cases every week. A covered food market in Venezuela was the source of one of the largest outbreaks in the country. And every single merchant in a vast market in Peru has tested positive for the virus. As ...

Putin, Macron discuss closer cooperation in video call

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed international crises during a video call Friday and vowed to cooperate more closely to tackle global challenges. Putin, noting that it was the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations' ...

Sri Lanka Telugu community fears decline of traditional ways

KUDAGAMA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Telugu community, whose nomadic lifestyle has increasingly clashed with the modern world, is facing another threat that could hasten its decline: the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the smallest ethnic community in the country who speak Telugu language of ...

Gunmen wound Mexico City police chief; 3 dead

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A high-sided construction truck and a white SUV pulled into the path of Mexico City's police chief just as dawn was breaking Friday on the capital's most iconic boulevard and assailants opened fire with .50-caliber sniper rifles and grenades on his armored vehicle. The ...

Card games, pool, TV shows entertain Zimbabweans in lockdown

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — It's come to this: Some children in Zimbabwe are so tired of the weeks of coronavirus lockdown they are yearning to return to school. "This is all now boring," 10-year-old Tafadzwa Mafuta said. "I miss reading, writing and playing with my friends." Zimbabweans ...

Sunday election in Poland a test for president and populism

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's right-wing president, Andrzej Duda, is fighting for a second term in an election Sunday that will test whether he was helped by a campaign that depicted LGBT rights as a dangerous "ideology" and an unconventional last-minute reception by President Donald Trump ...

Fivefold growth of forest fires in Siberia reported

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's forest fire aerial protection service says forest fires in Siberia have grown nearly fivefold over the past week. The fires come amid a notable heat wave in parts of the sprawling region. A high temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 F) was reported a week ago in the ...

Ireland’s Micheal Martin to lead historic Irish coalition

LONDON (AP) — Centrist politician Micheal Martin became Ireland's prime minster Saturday, fusing two longtime rival parties into a coalition four months after an election that upended the status quo. The deal will see Martin's Fianna Fail govern with Fine Gael — the party of outgoing ...

New Israeli espionage TV series tackles shadow war with Iran

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's latest hit TV series takes the viewers straight into the heart of the country's archenemy Iran. "Tehran" tells the story of Tamar Rabinyan, a young Mossad operative tasked with hacking into and disabling an Iranian nuclear reactor so the Israeli military can ...

In Belgian town, monuments expose a troubled colonial legacy

HALLE, Belgium (AP) — For a long time, few people in the small Belgian town of Halle paid much attention to the monuments. They were just fixtures in a local park, tributes to great men of the past. But these are very different times, and yesterday's heroes can be today's racist ...

EU narrows down border list, US unlikely to make the cut

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union envoys are close to finalizing a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter Europe again, possibly from late next week, EU diplomats confirmed Saturday. Americans are almost certain to be excluded in the short term due to the number of U.S. ...

Germany cautions virus risk still high as economies restart

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel cautioned Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over, as regional outbreaks gave rise to fears of a second wave. Two of the largest U.S. states reversed course and reinstated some coronavirus restrictions amid a surge in new ...

Satellite image: Iran blast struck by suspected missile site

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An explosion that rattled Iran's capital came from an area in its eastern mountains that analysts believe hides an underground tunnel system and missile production sites, satellite photographs showed Saturday. What exploded in the incident early Friday that ...

Defense lawyers in MH17 plane trial seek more investigations

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers for a Russian charged with involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 said Tuesday that the nearly six-year investigation into the deadly incident still has not produced a definitive picture of what ...