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Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie sells for $11.5M

LONDON (AP) — A Moroccan landscape painted by Winston Churchill and owned by Angelina Jolie sold at auction on Monday for more than $11.5 million, smashing the previous record for a work by Britain's World War II leader. "Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque" sold at Christie's in London for ...

Colombia 1st in Americas to get vaccines from UN program

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia on Monday became the first country in the Americas to receive a shipment of coronavirus vaccines from the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative, a program meant to ensure that the world's most vulnerable people are inoculated but that has so far struggled to ...

US youth testifies he stabbed Italian officer in defense

ROME (AP) — A young American on trial in Rome for the slaying of an Italian police officer has told the court that he stabbed the victim because he feared he was being strangled by a thug. Finnegan Lee Elder, 21, and a friend from California, Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 20, are charged in the ...

Intruder raises questions about Mexican president’s security

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An intruder burst into Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's daily morning news conference Monday, approached him and spoke with the leader for a while before an aide accompanied the man into a back office to listen to his complaint. It is not the first time ...

UN chief: Appeal for Yemen raises ‘disappointing’ $1.7B

CAIRO (AP) — A United Nations appeal for aid to Yemen to alleviate the world's worst humanitarian disaster raised some $1.7 billion Monday— a result the U.N. chief called "disappointing." At a virtual pledging conference co-hosted by Sweden and Switzerland, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio ...

In Peru, sterilization case against Fujimori goes to court

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is on trial for his role in a 1990s government program in which many Indigenous women in poor communities say they were forcibly sterilized, and some died or suffered serious injuries because of infection. The judicial process led ...

WHO: ‘Premature,’ ‘unrealistic’ COVID-19 will end soon

GENEVA (AP) — A senior World Health Organization official said Monday it was "premature" and "unrealistic" to think the pandemic might be stopped by the end of the year, but that the recent arrival of effective vaccines could at least help dramatically reduce hospitalizations and death. The ...

Deal reached to get California children back in classrooms

ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) — The majority of California's 6.1 million public school students could be back in the classroom by April under new legislation announced Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders. Critics panned the plan as inadequate. Most students in the nation's most ...

As Somalia’s COVID-19 cases surge, a variant is suspected

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A resurgence of COVID-19 cases is hitting Somalia hard, straining one of the world's most fragile health systems, while officials await test results to show whether a more infectious variant of the coronavirus is spreading. In the lone COVID-19 isolation center in ...

Pandemic leaves many Romanian patients without critical care

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Andrei, a 32-year-old Romanian man who has been HIV positive since he was a baby, began missing his regular medical check-ups when the coronavirus pandemic hit a year ago. "That was the first thing that led me to a general state of frustration and fear," said ...

Myanmar protesters injured as police escalate use of force

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar security forces cracked down on anti-coup protesters in the country's second-largest city on Friday, injuring at least three people, two of whom were shot in the chest by rubber bullets and another who suffered a wound on his leg. Protesters had gathered on a ...

2 US Navy warships in Mideast hit by coronavirus outbreaks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two U.S. Navy warships operating in the Mideast have been struck by coronavirus outbreaks, authorities said Friday, with both returning to port in Bahrain. A dozen troops aboard the USS San Diego, an amphibious transport dock, tested positive for COVID-19, ...

IS bride loses bid to return to UK to fight for citizenship

LONDON (AP) — A woman who ran away from London as a teenager to join the Islamic State group lost her bid Friday to return to the U.K. to fight for the restoration of her citizenship, which was revoked on national security grounds. Shamima Begum was one of three east London schoolgirls who ...

Boeing 777 makes emergency landing in Moscow: Reports

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian media reported that a Boeing 777 plane made an emergency landing in Moscow in the early hours of Friday after the pilot reported a problem with the engine. The Interfax news agency cited an anonymous source saying that the pilot on the flight from Hong Kong to Madrid ...

Volkswagen weathers pandemic with $10.7 billion profit

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen said Friday it made better than expected profit of 8.8 billion euros ($10.7 billion) after tax in 2020 despite the pandemic. The world's No. 2 automaker said the rapid recovery of China, its largest single market, and resilient sales of luxury vehicles ...

Berlin man convicted over threat to blow up British hospital

BERLIN (AP) — A 33-year-old Italian man was convicted Friday of attempted extortion for threatening to blow up a British National Health Service hospital unless he was paid off with 10 million pounds ($13.2 million) in crypto currency. Defendant Emil A., a resident of Berlin whose last name ...

Rwandan court rules it can try ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The terrorism trial of the man who inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda" can be held in Rwanda, a judge there ruled Friday, rejecting Paul Rusesabagina's argument that a court there cannot try him because he is no longer a citizen. Rusesabagina's lawyer, Gatera Gashabana, ...

Dutch poet declines assignment to translate Gorman’s works

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A writer who was chosen to translate American poet Amanda Gorman's work into Dutch has handed back the assignment following criticism that a white author was selected to translate the words of a Black woman who is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. ...

Vaccine roll-out gaps a core concern for G-20 countries

MILAN (AP) — The uneven distribution of vaccines between wealthier and poorer countries is a key concern of Group of 20 nations as leaders consider how to create even footing for recovery from the pandemic both in economic and health terms, Italy's economic minister said Friday. Daniele ...

WFP: Security protocols, leaks a focus of Congo probe

ROME (AP) — A U.N. investigation into the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Congo that killed the Italian ambassador, his bodyguard and driver will look into whether the long-planned mission's security protocols were followed and whether information might have leaked to the unknown gunmen ...