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Russian lawmakers target Navalny allies with new bill

MOSCOW (AP) — The lower house of Russia's parliament on Wednesday endorsed a bill that prevents people affiliated with groups considered extremist from running for office, part of authorities' efforts to sideline associates of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny ahead of parliamentary ...

Blinken says US will aid Gaza without helping Hamas

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed Tuesday to "rally international support" to aid Gaza following a devastating war there while keeping any assistance out of the hands of its militant Hamas rulers, as he began a regional tour to shore up last week's cease-fire. The ...

India virus death toll passes 300,000, 3rd highest in world

NEW DELHI (AP) — India crossed another grim milestone Monday with more than 300,000 people lost to the coronavirus, while a devastating surge of infections appeared to be easing in big cities but was swamping the poorer countryside. The milestone, as recorded by India's Health Ministry, ...

NATO to continue Afghan troop training after leaving country

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO will continue to train Afghan special forces outside the country after it winds up 18 years of security work in conflict-torn Afghanistan in coming months, the military organization's top civilian official said Friday. "As we end our military presence, we are opening a ...

Greece to EU: Don’t let countries use migrants as leverage

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister says Europe should be "very, very strict" when dealing with countries that he said are seeking to use migrants and refugees as a means of pressuring the European Union. Speaking Friday during a meeting in Athens with the head of the European ...

Spain returns 6,600 to Morocco, families look for loved ones

CEUTA, Spain (AP) — Officials in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in north Africa, are getting flooded with calls from Moroccan parents and trying to speed up family reunions after hundreds of children and teenagers were swept up in a diplomatic storm between Spain and Morocco. Mabel Deu, a local ...

New detector finds gamma rays from surprising cosmic sources

HAIZI MOUNTAIN, China (AP) — Astrophysicist Cao Zhen opens a steel hatch on a windswept Tibetan Plateau and climbs down a ladder into inky darkness. His flashlight picks out a boat floating on a pool of purified water above thousands of glittering orbs the size of beachballs. He's inside a ...

UN refugee agency calls on US to end asylum restrictions

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency made an unusual plea Thursday for the Biden administration to lift pandemic-related restrictions on people seeking asylum in the United States. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi asked for an end to so-called Title 42 authority, named for ...

Grand day for the French: Cafe and bistro terraces reopen

PARIS (AP) — It's a grand day for the French. Cafe and restaurant terraces reopened Wednesday after a six-month coronavirus shutdown deprived residents of the essence of French "joie de vivre" — sipping coffee and red wine with friends. The French government is lifting restrictions ...

EU seeks Mideast cease-fire, concerned conflict will spread

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers called Tuesday for a cease-fire to end days of heavy fighting between the Israeli armed forces and Palestinian militants, but said that a longer-term political solution must be found to end decades of conflict between them. More than 200 ...

India vaccine-maker hopes to share shots by end of the year

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Serum Institute of India said Tuesday that it hopes to start delivering coronavirus vaccine doses to the U.N-backed effort known as COVAX and to other countries by the end of the year, a delay that will significantly set back global efforts to immunize people against ...

Kerry says US examining carbon border tax, sees risks

BERLIN (AP) — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said Tuesday that Washington is looking into the possibility of introducing a fee on imports from countries that don't tax heavy polluters, but he cautioned that such a move could carry risks "downstream." Kerry said President Joe Biden had ...

Darwin’s Arch loses its top due to erosion in Galapagos

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The famed Darwin's Arch in the Galapagos Islands has lost its top, and officials are blaming natural erosion of the stone. Ecuador's Environment Ministry reported the collapse on its Facebook page on Monday. The rock structure — 43 meters (141 feet) high, 70 meters ...

Colombia rebel group claims leader ‘Jesus Santrich’ slain

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A rebel leader who abandoned the 2016 peace accord with Colombia's government and had been at large for three years was killed by Colombian troops in Venezuela, his new armed group said Tuesday. Seuxis Hernandez — known more commonly by his nom de guerre of Jesus ...

Gaza children bearing the brunt in Israel-Hamas conflict

GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) — Suzy Ishkontana hardly speaks or eats. It's been two days since the 7-year-old girl was pulled from the rubble of what was once her family's home, destroyed amid a barrage of Israeli airstrikes. She spent hours buried in the wreckage as her siblings and mother died ...

Monet’s gardens reopening, a picture-perfect pandemic tonic

GIVERNY, France (AP) — Beneath the scudding clouds and amid the luscious blooms, the gardeners tend the flowerbeds that were the pride and joy of impressionist painter Claude Monet, with pink and white striped tulips, diaphanous peonies, sky-blue forget-me-nots and myriad other flowers ...

UK jobs market improving as lockdown measures are eased

LONDON (AP) — Further evidence emerged Tuesday to show that the British economy is recovering strongly, with the number of people on payroll increasing as coronavirus lockdown measures are eased. The Office for National Statistics found that the number of payroll workers rose by 97,000 ...

Poland’s main Belchatow power plant crippled by outage

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Energy experts worked Tuesday to restore full operations at Poland's biggest power plant, the lignite coal-fueled Belchatow, after a network failure switched off 10 of the plant's 11 units and was felt across Europe's power network. Poland needed emergency energy ...

EU mulls ways to help defuse Israel-Palestinian fighting

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers debated Tuesday how to use the 27-nation bloc's political clout to help diplomatic efforts to end the fighting between the Israeli armed forces and Palestinian militants. The EU has been united in its calls for a cease-fire and the need for a ...

China cancels Everest climbs over fears of virus from Nepal

BEIJING (AP) — China has canceled attempts to climb Mount Everest from its side of the world's highest peak because of fears of importing COVID-19 cases from neighboring Nepal, state media reported. The closure was confirmed in a notice Friday from China's General Administration of Sport, ...