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Somali security forces fire on protest over delayed election

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Security forces in Somalia's capital fired on hundreds of people protesting the delay of the country's election on Friday as at least one explosion was reported at the international airport and armored personnel carriers blocked major streets. A protest leader said ...

Italy: Holocaust survivor’s plug for vaccine sparks hatred

ROME (AP) — An Italian Holocaust survivor's attempt to encourage other older adults to receive the anti-COVID-19 vaccine has triggered a wave of anti-Semitic comments and other invective on social media. Liliana Segre, 90, received the first of the two-shot vaccine series in Milan on ...

Eritrea disputes AP story detailing massacre in Tigray

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Eritrea's government is rejecting as "outrageous lies" a story by The Associated Press in which witnesses describe a massacre of several hundred people carried out by Eritrean soldiers in Ethiopia's Tigray region. Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel criticized ...

Britain’s Prince Philip to stay in hospital through weekend

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince Philip is expected to stay in a London hospital for several more days after being admitted earlier this week in what Buckingham Palace described as "a precautionary measure." The 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II remained Friday in the private King ...

It’s final: Harry and Meghan won’t return as working royals

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace confirmed Friday that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, will not be returning to royal duties, and Harry will give up his honorary military titles — a decision that makes formal, and final, the couple's split from the royal family. When Harry and Meghan ...

Africa reaches 100,000 known COVID-19 deaths as danger grows

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa has surpassed 100,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 as the continent praised for its early response to the pandemic now struggles with a dangerous resurgence and medical oxygen often runs desperately short. "We are more vulnerable than we thought," the director ...

‘Alone’: How Italian town with 1st known virus death fared

VO, Italy (AP) — Italy delivered the first shocking confirmation of locally transmitted coronavirus infections outside of Asia a year ago Sunday, with back-to-back revelations of cases more than 150 kilometers (nearly 100 miles) apart in the country's north. First, a 38-year-old man in ...

G-7 vows ‘equitable’ world vaccine access, but details scant

LONDON (AP) — Leaders of the Group of Seven economic powers promised Friday to immunize the world's neediest people against the coronavirus by giving money, and precious vaccine doses, to a U.N.-backed vaccine distribution effort. But the leaders, under pressure over their vaccination ...

Russian court sentences activist under law on ‘undesirables’

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Thursday handed a suspended sentence to an activist accused of membership of an "undesirable" organization, part of the authorities' effort to tighten control over the nation's political scene. Anastasia Shevchenko, 41, was accused of engaging in political ...

NATO chief urges Afghan govt, Taliban to step up peace talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday urged the Afghan government and the Taliban to step up the pace of peace talks amid doubts over whether the military alliance will pull thousands of troops out of the country by a May deadline. NATO has just under 10,000 ...

Kremlin rebuffs European court’s demand to free Navalny

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Thursday strongly rejected the European human rights court's order to release jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny as "inadmissible" meddling in Russia's affairs. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday's decision by the European Court of Human Rights, ...

Italy’s COVID anniversary commemoration nixed by new variant

ROME (AP) — One of this weekend's main events commemorating the anniversary of the start of Italy's COVID-19 outbreak was canceled Thursday after a cluster of new infections traced to the British variant forced localized lockdowns in hardest-hit Lombardy and around the country. Italy's ...

NATO boosts Iraq mission with thousands of personnel

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO is planning to scale up its mission training Iraq's security forces with thousands of new personnel as the military alliance seeks to help keep the Islamic State group at bay, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday. "The size of our mission will increase from ...

Myanmar protests focus on junta’s economic support

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — State railway workers in Myanmar continued to strike Thursday despite a police rampage the previous night targeting them in a sign of the military junta's concern over growing civil disobedience by public workers protesting the coup. Three-quarters of the country's ...

Biden withdraws Trump’s restoration of UN sanctions on Iran

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday rescinded former president Donald Trump's restoration of U.N. sanctions on Iran, an announcement that could help Washington move toward rejoining the 2015 nuclear agreement aimed at reining in the Islamic Republic's nuclear ...

10 years after Christchurch quake, survivors share stories

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — One woman channeled her anger to ensure buildings are safer. Others have found peace after heartbreaking losses. Ten years after an earthquake killed 185 people and devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, some of those profoundly affected are sharing their ...

Asia stocks follow Wall St. down after weaker US jobs data

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower on Friday after disappointing U.S. jobs and economic data. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Australia all declined. Overnight, Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index lost 0.4% for its third straight daily decline. Stocks ...

DIY education: Greek teacher creates TV classes for inmates

AVLONA, Greece (AP) — Setting up a television channel from scratch isn't the most obvious or easiest thing for a math teacher to do — especially without prior technical knowledge and for use inside a prison. But that is exactly the task Petros Damianos, director of the school at Greece's ...

UK queen’s husband Prince Philip, 99, admitted to hospital

LONDON (AP) — Britain's 99-year-old Prince Philip has been admitted to a London hospital after feeling unwell, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday. The palace said the husband of Queen Elizabeth II was admitted to the private King Edward VII Hospital on Tuesday evening. It called the admission ...

In Athens, rare snow blankets Acropolis, halts vaccinations

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Heavy snowfall blanketed the Acropolis and other ancient monuments in Athens, caused power cuts and halted COVID-19 vaccinations in the Greek capital on Tuesday as the weather brought many services across the country to a standstill. Greek media reported that three ...