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Israel’s Netanyahu cancels UAE trip in pre-election setback

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off a visit to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, citing a diplomatic disagreement with Jordan, in an embarrassing setback for his re-election campaign just days before the vote. Netanyahu had hoped to use the audience with ...

An ‘optimistic’ Verona Arena announces summer opera lineup

MILAN (AP) — Riccardo Muti and Plácido Domingo will headline the 2021 Verona Arena Opera Festival, essentially last year's season revived as a sign of "great optimism and utmost seriousness," the festival's general director said Thursday. After an abbreviated 2020 season of concerts due to ...

China legislature endorses reducing public vote in Hong Kong

BEIJING (AP) — China's ceremonial legislature on Thursday endorsed the ruling Communist Party's move to tighten control over Hong Kong by reducing the role of its public in picking the territory's leaders. The measure drew condemnation from Britain and the U.S. and accusations it will ...

Drug trafficker says he bribed Honduras president

NEW YORK (AP) — A convicted Honduran drug trafficker and former leader of a cartel testified in United States federal court Thursday that he paid now-President Juan Orlando Hernández $250,000 for protection from arrest in 2012. Devis Leonel Rivera Maradiaga, former leader of the Cachiros ...

Piers Morgan quits British TV program after Meghan comments

LONDON (AP) — British television host Piers Morgan on Tuesday quit the "Good Morning Britain" program after making contentious comments about Meghan following her bombshell interview about the royal family. The U.K.'s media watchdog said earlier Tuesday that it was launching an investigation ...

Venezuelans overjoyed by US temporary residency opportunity

MIAMI (AP) — Maria Ortiz left Venezuela almost four years ago when she realized her job opportunities were nonexistent. Freshly graduated from college with a degree in petroleum engineering, she boarded a plane and traded her dream of a professional career for a better quality of life in the ...

Bangladesh TV hires country’s 1st transgender news anchor

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi satellite television station has hired the country's first transgender news anchor, saying it hopes the appointment will help change society. Tashnuva Anan Shishir, who previously worked as a rights activist and actress, debuted on Dhaka-based Boishakhi ...

Biden joining summit with key Asia-Pacific ‘Quad’ leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will join the first-ever meeting of the leaders of Japan, India and Australia on Friday as he seeks greater cooperation with U.S. allies to counter China's strength in the region. Known as the "Quadrilateral Security Dialogue," representatives for the ...

ANALYSIS: Communist Party seeking China’s ‘rejuvenation’

BEIJING (AP) — The catchword "rejuvenation" has been tucked into the major speeches at China's biggest political event of the year, the meeting of its 3,000-member legislature. It encapsulates the ruling Communist Party's overriding long-term objective: To build the nation into a truly ...

Meghan’s racism claims come as no surprise to Black Britons

LONDON (AP) — Explosive allegations by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex that she faced racist attitudes from both the palace and the U.K. press have sent ripples of shock around the world. But they came as no surprise to many Black Britons. Whether it's the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on ...

Dutch prime minister extends his country’s pandemic lockdown

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday extended the country's tough coronavirus lockdown until the end of the month, but he added a note of hope to his message to a pandemic-weary nation by predicting that a "tipping point is coming when the vaccine gains the ...

Polish women mark Women’s Day protesting abortion ban

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Women's rights activists in Poland marked International Women's Day on Monday caught between reasons to celebrate and a heavy sense that they are facing a long battle ahead. This year's Women's Day, which was marked with protests, comes after a near total ban on ...

Senegal opposition leader released as new clashes erupt

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Riot police in armed personnel carriers fired tear gas and rubber bullets at crowds in Senegal's capital on Monday hours after authorities freed opposition leader Ousmane Sonko from custody following days of violent protests in one of West Africa's most stable ...

Defying pandemic, feminists in Spain decry far-right attacks

MADRID (AP) — Women in Spain on Monday marked this year's International Women's Day with static protests, pot-banging, bicycle fun rides and other small-sized events to prevent gatherings that could trigger a new spike of coronavirus infections. Spain's Constitutional Court on Monday ...

Mexican president defends record on women’s issues

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador tried to focus attention Monday on the high number of women in his cabinet, and not on the fact he has refused to break with a governorship candidate accused of rape. Thousands of women marched in Mexico City Monday to mark ...

Senegal opposition leader to be released pending rape trial

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Senegalese court cleared the way Monday for opposition leader Ousmane Sonko to be released pending his rape trial in a case that already has sparked deadly protests that threaten to erode the country's reputation as one of West Africa's most stable democracies. Sonko ...

Syrian president, wife test positive for coronavirus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife have tested positive for the coronavirus, the president's office said Monday, with both having only mild symptoms of the illness. In a statement, Assad's office said the first couple did PCR tests after they experienced minor ...

Int’l court judges award $30M to Congolese warlord’s victims

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Monday awarded $30 million (25.3 million euros) in reparations to victims of crimes for which a Congolese warlord was convicted including child soldiers and victims of rape and sexual slavery. Bosco Ntaganda, known as "The ...

EU lawmakers to vote on fate of former Catalan president

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament is voting Monday on whether to lift the immunity of the former president of Spain's Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, and two of his associates, a move which could pave the way for their extradition. Puigdemont and a number of his colleagues fled to ...

Defying pandemic, feminists in Spain decry far-right attacks

MADRID (AP) — Women in Spain are marking this year's International Women's Day with static protests, bicycle fun rides and other small-sized events to prevent gatherings that could trigger a new spike of coronavirus infections. Spain's Constitutional Court on Monday rejected last-minute ...