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Early results show record low turnout in Iraq election

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq saw a record low turnout in this weekend's parliamentary elections, the independent body that oversees the election said Monday. The preliminary results signal widespread dissatisfaction and distrust in the vote. The election was held months ahead of schedule as a ...

Murano glassblowing model shattered by methane price surge

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The glassblowers of Murano have survived plagues and pandemics. They transitioned to highly prized artistic creations to outrun low-priced competition from Asia. But surging energy prices are shattering their economic model. The dozens of furnaces that remain on the ...

Tensions persist between legacy of Columbus, native people

Monday's federal holiday dedicated to Christopher Columbus is highlighting the ongoing divide between those who view the explorer as a representative of Italian American history and others horrified by an annual tribute that ignores native people whose lives and culture were forever changed by ...

Controversial father of Pakistan nuclear bomb dies at age 85

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Abdul Qadeer Khan, a controversial figure known as the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, died Sunday of COVID-19 following a lengthy illness, his family said. He was 85. Khan, who launched Pakistan on the path to becoming a nuclear weapons power in the early 1970s, died in ...

Sydney opens to vaccinated after 100-plus days of lockdown

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sydney hairdressers, gyms, cafés and bars reopened to fully vaccinated customers on Monday for the first time in more than 100 days after Australia's largest city achieved a vaccination benchmark. Sydney planned to reopen on the Monday after 70% of the New South ...

Pope to lawmakers: Climate change requires quick consensus

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday called on lawmakers worldwide to overcome "the narrow confines" of partisan politics to quickly reach consensus on fighting climate change. The pope addressed parliamentarians who were in Rome for a preparatory meeting before the U.N's annual ...

Magnitude 5.9 quake halts trains in Tokyo area; 30 injured

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook the Tokyo area on Thursday night, injuring more than 30 people, damaging underground water pipes and halting trains and subways. Traffic disruptions continued Friday morning, with local trains delayed and commuters overflowing from ...

Cuba’s danzón genre: ‘150 years later, it’s still alive.’

MATANZAS, Cuba (AP) — A man in a white guayabera approaches a woman and stretches out his hand, palm up, inviting her to dance. She stands up and waves her fan. On the dance floor, they get closer. Such a scene at the end of the 19th century in Cuba was scandalous in some circles. It was ...

Nobel literary winner: UK govt lacks compassion for refugees

LONDON (AP) — Nobel literature laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah on Friday criticized the "lack of compassion" of governments, including Britain's, that treat migrants as a problem or a threat. Gurnah grew up on the island of Zanzibar, now part of Tanzania, and arrived in England as an 18-year-old ...

Travel bookings surge as U.K. takes S. Africa off red list

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African travel agencies report a surge in reservations for travel to and from Britain on Friday ahead of the country being removed from the U.K.'s COVID-19 red list next week. Some companies said they were being overwhelmed by the number of people looking to travel ...

Mexico, US draw up outlines of new security framework

MEXICO CITY (AP) — High-level delegations from Mexico and the United States on Friday laid out the outlines of a new security framework between the nations that at least conceptually marked a departure from the mindset that steered their cooperation over the past decade. The so-called ...

Taliban say they won’t work with US to contain Islamic State

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Saturday ruled out cooperation with the U.S. to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, staking out an uncompromising position on a key issue ahead of the first direct talks between the former foes since America withdrew from the country in August. Senior ...

Russians flock to Serbia for Western-made COVID-19 vaccines

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — When Russian regulators approved the country's own coronavirus vaccine, it was a moment of national pride, and the Pavlov family was among those who rushed to take the injection. But international health authorities have not yet given their blessing to the Sputnik V ...

Brazilians seek pre-pandemic normalcy as deaths top 600,000

SAO PAULO (AP) — Bars in Sao Paulo are full again for evening happy hours, lawmakers in the capital of Brasilia have nearly done away with video sessions via Zoom, and Rio de Janeiro's beaches are packed. Calls for strict social distancing seem but a memory. Brazil appears intent on ...

US, Taliban to hold first talks since Afghanistan withdrawal

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are to hold talks Saturday and Sunday about containing extremist groups in Afghanistan and easing the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country, officials from both sides said. It's the first such meeting ...

EXPLAINER: Why do Iraq’s elections matter to the world?

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's elections on Sunday come with enormous challenges: Iraq's economy has been battered by years of conflict, endemic corruption and more recently, the coronavirus pandemic. State institutions are failing, the country's infrastructure is crumbling. Powerful paramilitary ...

French envoy to Australia: Deceitful sub deal raises risks

PARIS (AP) — France's ambassador to Australia says Australian officials lied to his face and raised the risk of confrontation in Asia by crafting a secret submarine deal with the United States and Britain that undermined trust in democratic alliances. France is determined to protect its ...

Czech scandal-tainted PM Andrej Babis favorite in Czech vote

PRAGUE (AP) — Czechs voted in a parliamentary election for a final day Saturday, with polls suggesting Prime Minister Andrej Babis, a populist billionaire, has a good chance of retaining power despite a turbulent first term featuring numerous scandals.. Two days of balloting to fill 200 ...

Banisadr, Iran’s first president after 1979 revolution, dies

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Abolhassan Banisadr, Iran's first president after the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution who fled Tehran after being impeached for challenging the growing power of clerics as the nation became a theocracy, died Saturday. He was 88. Among a sea of black-robed Shiite ...

Syria’s Assad allows exiled uncle to return to avoid prison

BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad allowed his exiled uncle back into Syria to avoid serving a four-year prison term in France, where has spent more than 30 years, a pro-government newspaper reported late Friday. Rifaat Assad, 83, was sentenced last year for illegally using Syrian state ...