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Prince Philip ‘wasn’t looking forward’ to centenary ‘fuss’

LONDON (AP) — On what would have been Prince Philip's 100th birthday, his youngest child said he would not have been looking forward to any celebrations to mark the occasion. In an interview with the BBC that was broadcast Thursday, the 57-year-old Prince Edward said the royal family would ...

Macron to reduce French military troops in Africa’s Sahel

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday announced the future reduction of France's military presence fighting Islamic extremism in Africa's Sahel region. In a news conference, Macron spoke about the "profound transformation" of France's military operation in Mali and ...

Mystery over claim world’s 1st ‘decuplets’ born in S. Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has been gripped by the mystery of whether a woman has, as has been claimed, actually given birth to 10 babies, in what would then be the world's first recorded case of decuplets. Gosiame Thamara Sithole from the Tembisa township near Johannesburg gave birth ...

Russia fines Facebook, Telegram over banned content

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Thursday ordered Facebook and the messaging app Telegram to pay steep fines for failing to remove banned content, a move that could be part of growing government efforts to tighten control over social media platforms amid political dissent. A Moscow court ...

Ex-Mossad chief signals Israel behind Iran nuclear attacks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The outgoing chief of Israel's Mossad intelligence service has offered the closest acknowledgment yet his country was behind recent attacks targeting Iran's nuclear program and a military scientist. The comments by Yossi Cohen, speaking to Israel's Channel ...

Official: Death toll rises to 65 in Pakistan train collision

GHOTKI, Pakistan (AP) — The death toll from a horrific collision of two trains in southern Pakistan rose to 65 on Tuesday after rescuers pulled 15 more bodies from crumpled cars a day after the crash, government officials said. The collision took place on a dilapidated railway track in ...

France freezes military ties with Central African Republic

PARIS (AP) — France has suspended military operations with Central African Republic, accusing its government of failing to respect political opposition and failing to stop a "massive" anti-French disinformation campaign. The French government is also suspending about 10 million euros ($12.1 ...

Security Council backs Guterres for second term as UN chief

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council gave its unanimous backing to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a second term on Tuesday, assuring his election as the next U.N. chief by the General Assembly, most likely on June 18. The 15 council members adopted a brief resolution by ...

South Africa’s health minister put on leave over contract

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's health minister was placed on special leave Tuesday over a corruption scandal involving an irregular government contract where $11 million was paid to a company connected to two people who used to work for him. Zweli Mkhize has been spearheading the ...

UK urges EU to show ‘common sense’ in post-Brexit talks

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s chief negotiator called on the European Union to show "pragmatism and common sense," instead of threatening to retaliate, as the two sides meet to resolve differences over the deal that was supposed to keep trade flowing after Brexit. David Frost made the comments ...

China pledges further COVID-19 aid to Southeast Asia

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday pledged further assistance to Southeast Asian nations in battling the COVID-19 pandemic as it seeks to boost influence with the region where chief geopolitical rival the U.S. is also looking to strengthen ties. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his ...

Mexico president appears to hold key majority in elections

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's party and its allies on Monday appeared poised to maintain their majority in Mexico's lower chamber of the congress, but fell short of a two-thirds majority as some voters boosted the struggling opposition, according to initial ...

State media: Kim has plans to stabilize N. Korean economy

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presented economic plans to senior ruling party officials before an upcoming meeting to review efforts to overcome hardships brought about by the pandemic, state media said Tuesday. The Korean Central News Agency said Kim held his ...

Harris turns focus to Mexico on trip to address migration

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris is closing out her first foreign trip Tuesday with a visit to Mexico and a meeting with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a key but complicated ally in the Biden administration's efforts to curb the spike in migration at the U.S. ...

Hundreds gather near Hong Kong park despite vigil ban

HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered near a Hong Kong park Friday despite a ban on an annual candlelight vigil to remember China's deadly crackdown in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, and the arrest earlier in the day of an organizer of previous vigils. Hong Kong police banned the vigil ...

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 ...