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Hunger-striking Ethiopia politicians ‘deteriorating’ in jail

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Lawyers representing jailed Ethiopian opposition politicians say they are concerned for the lives of their clients, whose hunger strike has gone on for nearly a month and drawn international attention as they protest their treatment by the government. "Four of them have ...

Armenian PM faces military’s demand to resign, talks of coup

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's prime minister spoke of an attempted military coup Thursday after the military's General Staff demanded that he step down after months of protests sparked by the nation's defeat in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. The General Staff issued a ...

China denies subjecting US diplomats to COVID-19 anal tests

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday denied subjecting U.S. diplomats to COVID-19 anal tests following reports from Washington that some of its personnel were being made to undergo the procedure. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters at a daily briefing that "China has ...

German charged for passing parliament floor plans to Russia

BERLIN (AP) — A German man has been charged with espionage for allegedly passing information on properties used by the German parliament to Russian military intelligence, prosecutors said Thursday. The suspect, identified only as Jens F. in line with German privacy rules, worked for a ...

EU leaders seek to inject energy into slow vaccine rollout

By LORNE COOK and RAF CASERT Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are gathering Thursday to try to inject new energy into the bloc's lagging coronavirus vaccination efforts as concern mounts that new variants might spread faster than authorities can adapt. The leaders ...

EU court urged to rule against Hungary’s asylum policy

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The advocate general for European Union's highest court on Thursday urged the court to rule that Hungary violated the bloc's laws on asylum when it passed legislation narrowing the possibilities for asylum-seekers to receive international protection. The non-binding ...

UN report: South Sudan’s violence ‘worse’ than in civil war

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The scale of violence in South Sudan is "a lot worse" than during the country's five-year civil war, a United Nations commission announced Friday, accusing senior officials of supporting armed groups that at times have included tens of thousands of fighters. The new ...

South Africa’s president fights own party over corruption

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's anti-corruption drive is facing stiff resistance from political foes within his own party, including his predecessor, who is openly defying a ruling from the country's highest court to testify at an inquiry into state ...

6 months later, China says it lost 4 soldiers in India clash

BEIJING (AP) — China's military said Friday that four of its soldiers were killed in a high-mountain border clash with Indian forces last year, the first time Beijing has publicly conceded its side suffered casualties in the deadliest incident between the Asian giants in nearly 45 years. The ...

UK’s MI6 apologizes for past treatment of LGBT spies

LONDON (AP) — The head of Britain's MI6 intelligence service apologized Friday to gay spies and aspiring agents who were fired or denied jobs because of their sexuality. Richard Moore said in a video statement on Twitter that a ban on LGBT spies that lasted until 1991 was "wrong, unjust and ...

Belarus journalist on trial over report on protester’s death

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Belarussian court on Friday opened the trial of a journalist accused of revealing personal data in her report on the death of a protester, part of authorities' efforts to stifle protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Katsiaryna Barysevich of the ...

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 ...