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London mayor sends message of support to Hong Kong emigres

LONDON (AP) — London's mayor on Thursday sent a message of support to Hong Kong residents fleeing China's crackdown on democracy to seek new live in the United Kingdom, saying his office will spend 900,000 pounds ($1.2 million) to help new arrivals with housing, education and finding ...

Germany’s Merkel says pipeline deal with US good for Ukraine

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that a compromise deal that will allow the completion of a Russian gas pipeline to Europe without the imposition of further U.S. sanctions is "good for Ukraine." The United States and Germany announced the deal on Wednesday. The two ...

Belarus leader vows to keep up raids of NGOs, media outlets

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The longtime leader of Belarus vowed Thursday to continue a crackdown on civil society activists he regards as "bandits and foreign agents." President Alexander Lukashenko chided officials in his administration for allowing the operation of non-governmental organizations ...

Germans return to flooded town: ‘The memories are gone’

ERFTSTADT, Germany (AP) — They escaped with their lives, but little else remains for some residents of Erftstadt-Blessem after the devastating flood that hit their town and other parts of Germany and neighboring countries last week. Authorities allowed families in the town southwest of ...

UN council rejects Russian bid to get rid of Bosnia high rep

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday rejected a resolution put forward by Russia and China that would have immediately stripped the powers of the international high representative overseeing implementation of the 1995 peace agreement that ended the devastating war in ...

Ecuador president decrees emergency in prisons after clashes

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's president declared a state of emergency Thursday in the country's prisons following fighting between rival gangs that killed 22 inmates and injured dozens. The violence began Wednesday afternoon at the main prison in the city of Guayaquil, the Litoral ...

Tokyo new virus cases near 2,000 a day before Olympics open

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, one day before the Olympics begin, as worries grow of a worsening of infections during the Games. Thursday's 1,979 new cases are the highest since 2,044 were recorded on Jan. 15. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, ...

Memorial divides survivors 10 years after Norway massacre

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — At 3:25 p.m. on July 22, a ray of sun should have illuminated the first of 77 bronze columns on a slice of land opposite Utoya island outside Norway's capital. Over the next three hours and eight minutes, it would have brushed each column in turn, commemorating every ...

Fury cross the Mersey: Liverpool loses world heritage status

LONDON (AP) — Civic leaders in Liverpool expressed outrage Wednesday after the English port city was stripped of its World Heritage status by the United Nations' culture organization. UNESCO's World Heritage Committee voted in a secret ballot to remove the designation because of developments ...

$470 million flood damage bill in hard-hit Dutch town

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Flooding that raged through a southern Dutch tourist town last week caused around 400 million euros ($470 million) in damage to homes and businesses, the town's mayor said Wednesday. About 700 homes in Valkenburg were so badly damaged by flooding that their ...

Record-high electricity bills draw criticism to Spain’s govt

MADRID (AP) — Spanish consumers are fretting over record-high power prices just as high summer temperatures are keeping air conditioning and cooling systems operating at full capacity. The government says that the latest hikes in electricity bills are driven by spiraling prices of so-called ...

Italian lawyers group slams court review of US trial defense

ROME (AP) — Several professional associations representing Italian criminal defense lawyers have slammed a Rome court's written attack on the team which defended two U.S. young men in their trial for the murder of an Italian police officer. Last week, the court explained in writing its May 5 ...

UN migration official: 20 migrants drown off Libya’s coast

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard intercepted Wednesday four boats in the Mediterranean Sea carrying migrants trying to reach Europe, a U.N. official said. According to the migrants, 20 people from one of the vessels had gone overboard earlier in the day and were presumed to have drowned. The ...

2 guards taken hostage by inmates at prison in Sweden

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Two inmates took a pair of prison guards hostage Wednesday at a Swedish penitentiary and are barricaded inside in what the country's prison department called "a very dangerous situation." The inmates abducted the prison officers after breaking into a guards' room soon ...

Russia launches lab module to International Space Station

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Wednesday successfully launched a long-delayed lab module for the International Space Station that is intended to provide more room for scientific experiments and space for the crew. A Proton-M booster rocket carrying the Nauka module lifted off as scheduled at 7:58 ...

South African firm to make Pfizer vaccine, first in Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African firm will begin producing the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, the first time that the shot will be produced in Africa, Pfizer announced Wednesday. The Biovac Institute based in Cape Town will manufacture the vaccine for distribution across Africa, a ...

Thailand to join COVAX, acknowledging low vaccine supply

BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Thailand's National Vaccine Institute apologized Wednesday for the country's slow and inadequate rollout of coronavirus vaccines, promising it will join the U.N.-backed COVAX program to receive supplies from its pool of donated vaccines next year. Thailand is ...

WHO leader says virus risk inevitable at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics should not be judged by the tally of COVID-19 cases that arise because eliminating risk is impossible, the head of the World Health Organization told sports officials Wednesday as events began in Japan. How infections are handled is what matters most, WHO ...

Russia reports successful test launch of hypersonic missile

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military reported another successful test launch of a new hypersonic cruise missile on Monday. Russia's Defense Ministry said the Zircon missile was launched from the Admiral Groshkov frigate in the White Sea. The ministry said the missile flew at a speed seven ...

Nicaragua marks 1979 revolution date with opponents jailed

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Nicaraguan government organized rallies and festivities Monday to mark the anniversary of the July 19, 1979, revolution that overthrew dictator Anastasio Somoza. But with most opposition leaders jailed, many Nicaraguans say President Daniel Ortega is acting much ...