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French train hits and kills sleeping migrant, 2 others

PARIS (AP) — A train hit and killed three people and seriously injured another person in southwestern France on Tuesday morning. The regional prosecutor said the victims appeared to be Algerian migrants who had been expelled from nearby Spain and had been sleeping on the tracks, calling it a ...

Analysis: Iraq vote underscores divisions over Iran’s role

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Shiite militias that often serve as a proxy for neighboring Iran have taken a beating in Iraq's election, while a Shiite cleric who set himself apart by taking a more nationalistic approach has emerged as Iraq's strongest political figure. The results underscore growing ...

Spain’s national day salutes Columbus with little opposition

MADRID (AP) — Pomp, pageantry and a grand military parade marked Spain's national day ceremonies in Madrid on Tuesday, overshadowing protests against what some see as a misguided celebration of Spanish colonial history. Cavalry members escorted King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to a platform ...

Europe court rejects case seeking to blame Vatican for abuse

ROME (AP) — A European court agreed Tuesday that the Vatican couldn't be sued in a local court for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests, affirming that it enjoys sovereign immunity and that the misconduct of priests and their superiors can't be attributed to the Holy See. The European ...

Independence leader: Wall won’t stop Western Sahara fight

DAJLA REFUGEE CAMP, Algeria (AP) — The leader of the Western Sahara independence movement says that fighting with Morocco will continue across a long wall cutting through Africa's vast desert until the international community delivers on an unfulfilled promise of self-determination for the ...

Russia hits new record for COVID-19 deaths, resists lockdown

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia hit another record of daily coronavirus deaths Tuesday as the country struggled with a rapid surge of infections and lagging vaccination rates, but authorities have been adamant that there would be no new national lockdown. The government coronavirus task force reported ...

Russia offers US to lift sanctions on diplomatic missions

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia offered the U.S. on Tuesday to roll back several rounds of sanctions that have hampered the activities of their diplomatic missions, and they agreed to hold another round of talks to discuss a resolution to their diplomatic tug-of-war. The Russian proposal was made ...

UK job vacancies hit record high amid worker shortages

LONDON (AP) — Job vacancies in the U.K. rose to a record high of nearly 1.2 million, official figures showed Tuesday, a further sign that the British economy is experiencing worker shortages in an array of sectors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and Britain's departure from the ...

IMF foresees a slight drop in global growth from pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is slightly downgrading its outlook for the global recovery from the pandemic recession, reflecting the persistence of supply chain disruptions in industrialized countries and deadly disparities in vaccination rates between rich and poor ...

Divorced UK and EU head for new Brexit fight over N Ireland

BRUSSELS (AP) — It was late last Christmas Eve when the European Union and Britain finally clinched a Brexit trade deal after years of wrangling, threats and missed deadlines to seal their divorce. There was hope that now-separated Britain and the 27-nation bloc would sail their relationship ...

International court backs Somalia in sea dispute with Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The International Court of Justice has sided with Somalia in its dispute with neighboring Kenya over a maritime boundary in a case affecting a territory potentially rich in oil and gas. The ruling on Tuesday by the United Nations' highest court is legally binding, ...

EU’s first green bond issuance raises $13.8 billion

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission issued its inaugural green bonds Tuesday, raising 12 billion euros ($13.8 billion) from a sale that attracted strong demand from investors. The EU's executive branch is planning to issue up to 250 billion euros in green bonds by the end of 2026 as part ...

G20 demands humanitarian access to Afghans, EU pledges cash

ROME (AP) — The European Union pledged 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) in support for the Afghan people, and the Group of 20 countries vowed to accelerate aid Tuesday amid concerns that an already precarious humanitarian and financial situation will grow catastrophic over the winter. G-20 ...

Moderna has no plans to share its COVID-19 vaccine recipe

ROME (AP) — Moderna has no plans to share the recipe for its COVID-19 vaccine because executives have concluded that scaling up the company's own production is the best way to increase the global supply, the company's chairman said Monday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Noubar ...

Report says UK’s slow virus lockdown cost 1000s of lives

LONDON (AP) — The British government failure to impose a lockdown in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic ranks among England's worst public health blunders, lawmakers concluded Tuesday in the country's first comprehensive report on the pandemic. The deadly delay led to thousands of ...

3 US-based economists win Nobel for research on wages, jobs

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A U.S.-based economist won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for pioneering research that transformed widely held ideas about the labor force, showing how an increase in the minimum wage doesn't hinder hiring and immigrants don't lower pay for native-born workers. Two ...

Austrian president demands that government restore trust

Austria's president on Sunday welcomed Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's resignation and demanded that the country's politicians work hard to restore voters' trust after a several-day drama that brought the government to the brink of collapse. President Alexander Van der Bellen said he will swear in ...

‘Polexit’ fears spark large pro-EU protests across Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Large protests were held across Poland on Sunday to show support for the European Union after the nation's constitutional court ruled this week that the Polish constitution overrides some EU laws. Critics of the right-wing nationalist government fear the court ruling ...

UN, Bangladesh sign deal to aid Rohingya relocated to island

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — The United Nations and Bangladesh's government have signed an agreement to work together to help Rohingya refugees on an island in the Bay of Bengal where thousands have been relocated from crammed camps near the Myanmar border. More than 19,000 Rohingya have already ...

North Korean leader calls for improved living conditions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Monday leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to overcome a "grim situation" facing the country and make stronger efforts to improve the food and living conditions of his people. But state media didn't mention any specific comments toward Washington and ...