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Turkey eases lockdown as restaurants reopen, flights resume

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Airlines resumed limited domestic flights, restaurants welcomed sit-in customers and beaches and museums reopened as Turkey's broadest easing of coronavirus restrictions came into effect Monday. A Turkish Airlines flight, with 156 people on board, departed from ...

South Africa eases; liquor is sold, school openings delayed

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Many South Africans spent their Monday morning lining up outside liquor stores, as alcohol sales were allowed again after a two-month ban because of the coronavirus outbreak. But while South Africa — with the continent's most developed economy and the highest ...

Hong Kong blocks Tiananmen vigil; rush on for UK passports

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police rejected an application Monday by organizers for an annual candlelight vigil marking the anniversary this week of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, as residents rushed to apply for passports that could allow them to move to the United Kingdom It would be ...

Pope presides over virus prayer in hint normalcy returning

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis prayed Saturday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic and the development of a vaccine as he presided over an outdoor gathering that signaled a semblance of normalcy returning to the Vatican after a coronavirus lockdown lasting more than two months. Francis was ...

In virus-hit South Korea, AI monitors lonely elders

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a cramped office in eastern Seoul, Hwang Seungwon points a remote control toward a huge NASA-like overhead screen stretching across one of the walls. With each flick of the control, a colorful array of pie charts, graphs and maps reveals the search habits of ...

Israeli defense minister apologizes for Palestinian’s death

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister apologized on Sunday for the Israeli police's deadly shooting of an unarmed, autistic Palestinian man. The shooting of Iyad Halak, 32, in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday, drew broad condemnations and revived complaints alleging excessive force by ...

US: Russian jets in Libya present broader worries for region

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia's longer term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies. Brig. Gen. Gregory ...

After criticism, Russia expands stats on virus-linked deaths

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government on Friday presented more detailed mortality figures for last month that include more deaths linked with the coronavirus, in a bid to dispel suspicions from some Russian and Western experts that authorities were trying to lower the toll for political ...

Quarantine bottlenecks add to woes of returning Filipinos

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — When his cruise ship sailed into Manila Bay after weeks of voyaging like a castaway amid port closures set off by the global pandemic, Erick Arenas felt he was finally home. But the 34-year-old dance performer of the Ovation of the Seas saw an ominous sign even ...

Italy’s seas speak: No tourists or boats mean cleaner water

FIUMICINO, Italy (AP) — Pollution from human and agriculture waste spilling into the seas off Rome has decreased 30% during Italy's coronavirus lockdown, preliminary results from a nationwide survey of seawater quality indicate. Authorities stressed it was too soon to give the lockdown sole ...

New report alleges killings, mass detentions in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A new report by the rights group Amnesty International accuses Ethiopia's security forces of extrajudicial killings and mass detentions even as the country's reformist prime minister was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The report issued Friday says security forces ...

South Africa has virus testing backlog of nearly 100,000

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says it has a backlog of nearly 100,000 unprocessed tests for the coronavirus, a striking example of the painful shortage of testing kits and reagents across Africa as cases steadily rise. "This challenge is caused by the limited availability of test kits ...

No Eiffel, Mona Lisa or Versailles: Iconic sites stay closed

LE PECQ, France (AP) — Hold that smile, Mona Lisa. The Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles will remain off-limits for the immediate future, too. None of France's three most iconic tourist sites will reopen when the country lifts most of its remaining coronavirus lockdown restrictions ...

South African bans on tobacco, liquor amid virus stir debate

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A soccer mom in one of Cape Town's posh suburbs drops off a cardboard box of blankets to a neighbor. Inside the box are several bottles of red wine. In Johannesburg's Alexandra township, two men in face masks greet each other on a sunny street. One has surreptitiously ...

UK lawmakers set to quiz Johnson amid pressure to fire aide

LONDON (AP) — Senior British lawmakers are set to question Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday amid growing pressure to fire his closest adviser for allegedly flouting COVID-19 lockdown rules. The parliamentary committee will quiz Johnson on the decision of his top aide, Dominic ...

Activists raise alarms over virus litter along French coast

PARIS (AP) — Soggy, algae-caked surgical masks resting on the seabed. Soiled, waterlogged rubber gloves, waving eerily beneath the Mediterranean waves. A French environmental group is finding this virus-era detritus littering the Mediterranean floor near the French Riviera resort of Antibes ...

Cyprus pledges to cover costs for virus-hit tourists

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is pledging to cover all costs for anyone testing positive for the coronavirus while on vacation on the eastern Mediterranean island nation, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday. The Cypriot government says it will cover lodging, ...

EU proposes 750 billion-euro coronavirus recovery fund

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm is proposing a 750 billion-euro ($825 billion) recovery fund to help the bloc's economy through the painful recession triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said Wednesday. Gentiloni, who is in charge of economic ...

Africa virus cases surpass 100,000; lockdowns slowed growth

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa's coronavirus cases have surpassed 100,000, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, as the youthful continent with many fragile health systems has not seen the high numbers devastating other parts of the world. The pandemic "appears to be ...

EU urges U.S. to reconsider military overflight treaty pullout

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday urged the United States to reconsider its plan to withdraw from a military treaty allowing observation flights over more than 30 countries, as NATO insisted that Russia has long flouted its commitments under the agreement. President Donald Trump ...