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UN rights chief alarmed by reported use of powerful spyware

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief voiced alarm Monday over the reported use of military-grade malware from Israel-based NSO Group to spy on journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's comments ...

Turkish president: Two-state deal only way for Cyprus peace

PARALIMNI, Cyprus (AP) — The only route to lasting peace on ethnically divided Cyprus is through the international community's acceptance of two separate states on the east Mediterranean island nation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday. Erdogan said that a "permanent and ...

Serbia-Kosovo talks, brokered by EU, produce no result

BRUSSELS (AP) — A meeting Monday between Serbia and Kosovo that is part of the European Union-brokered negotiations aimed at resolving a long-lasting dispute that remains a source of tensions in the volatile Balkans produced no progress. The negotiations were headed by the EU foreign policy ...

Belarus arrests 3 journalists in continuing media crackdown

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus raided offices of an independent newspaper and detained three of its journalists Monday as part of a relentless crackdown on media outlets and civil society activists. Alyaksandr Mantsevich, the editor of the Regionalnaya Gazeta (Regional ...

Red Cross staff to join migrant rescue boat in Mediterranean

ROME (AP) — A France-based migrant rescue organization soon will be getting medical and other assistance aboard its charity ship in the Mediterranean. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, known as IFRC, said Monday that its teams will go aboard the Ocean ...

Colombia announces police reforms aimed at stemming abuses

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Ivan Duque on Monday announced reforms to the nation's police forces that are meant to improve accountability and decrease human rights abuses, following weeks of protests in which officers were accused of killing at least two dozen ...

UK opts not to vaccinate most under-18s against COVID-19

LONDON (AP) — The British government has decided not to inoculate most children and teenagers against COVID-19 until more safety data on the vaccines become available. Children as young as 12 with severe neuro-disabilities, Down syndrome, immunosuppression and multiple or severe learning ...

Iraqi officials: Roadside bomb kills 30 in Baghdad market

BAGHDAD (AP) — A roadside bomb attack targeted a Baghdad suburb Monday, killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens of others at a crowded market, Iraqi medical officials said. The attack took place in the Wahailat market in Sadr City, Iraq's military said in a statement. Two medical ...

2 dead, 7 injured in separate shootings in Portland, Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two people died and multiple people were injured, some critically, in four different early morning shootings Saturday in Portland, Oregon, a city that has seen gun violence and associated homicide rates soar in the past six months. Mayor Ted Wheeler called the rash of ...

Desperate for vaccines amid surge, Iranians flock to Armenia

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — In Iran, the urgency of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is growing by the day. A crush of new cases fueled by the fast-spreading delta variant has threatened to overwhelm Iranian hospitals with breathless patients too numerous to handle. But as deaths mount, and ...

Russia to unveil new fighter jet at Moscow’s air show

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian aircraft makers say they will present a prospective new fighter jet at a Moscow air show that opens next week. The new warplane hidden under tarpaulin was photographed being towed to a parking spot across an airfield in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, where the MAKS-2021 ...

Vietnam puts southern region in lockdown as surge grows

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam put its entire southern region in a two-week lockdown starting midnight Sunday, as confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeded 3,000 for the third day in a row. The lockdown order includes the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City metropolis, the country's financial and ...

South Korea to bring home sailors aboard virus-hit destroyer

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is sending military aircraft on Sunday to replace the entire 300-member crew of a navy destroyer on an anti-piracy mission off East Africa after nearly 70 of them tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said. Two transport planes will bring home ...

Europe flood death toll tops 160, costly rebuilding ahead

BERLIN (AP) — Rescue workers labored to deal with damage laid bare by receding water Saturday as the death toll from disastrous flooding in Western Europe rose above 160 and thoughts turned to the lengthy job of rebuilding communities devastated in minutes. The death toll in western ...

IOC’s Bach gets mixed reaction in one-day visit to Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach got a mixed reception in his visit on Friday to Hiroshima to mark the first day of the so-called Olympic Truce. Such a one-day visit by a dignitary would ordinarily be routine, but the Olympics are set to open next week with Tokyo under a ...

Hungary: Writers, bookstores brace for ban on LGBT content

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Some bookstores in Hungary placed notices at their entrances this week telling customers that they sell "non-traditional content." The signs went up in response to a new law that prohibits "depicting or promoting" homosexuality and gender transitions in material ...

Greenland suspends oil exploration because of climate change

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The left-leaning government of Greenland has decided to suspend all oil exploration off the world's largest island, calling it is "a natural step" because the Arctic government "takes the climate crisis seriously." No oil has been found yet around Greenland, but ...

Riots in Lebanon as West calls for quick Cabinet formation

BEIRUT (AP) — Tension intensified in Lebanon on Friday, with riots leaving more than two dozen people injured in the northern city of Tripoli, including five soldiers who were attacked with a hand grenade. France, the European Union and the United States in the meantime called on Lebanese ...

Chaos reigned in wake of Haitian president’s assassination

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The attackers raided the private compound of Haiti's president before dawn, yelling "DEA operation!" and wielding high-caliber weapons. They tied up a maid and houseboy and ransacked Jovenel Moïse's office and bedroom. When it was over, Moïse lay sprawled on ...

Rare stone discovered outlining ancient Rome’s city limits

ROME (AP) — Archaeologists have discovered a rare stone delineating the city limits of ancient Rome that dates from the age of Emperor Claudius in 49 A.D. and was found during excavations for a new sewage system. Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi was on hand for the unveiling Friday of the pomerial ...