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China sends supplies to flooded area, rebuilds barriers

XINXIANG, China (AP) — Trucks carrying water and food on Sunday streamed into a Chinese city hit hard by flooding that killed at least 63 people, while soldiers laid sandbags to fill gaps in river dikes that have left neighborhoods under water. Residents cleared away mud, wrecked cars and ...

China blames US for ‘stalemate’ in relations, as talks begin

TIANJIN, China (AP) — China blamed the U.S. for what it called a "stalemate" in bilateral relations as high-level face-to-face talks began Monday in the Chinese city of Tianjin. Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng urged the U.S. "to change its highly misguided mindset and dangerous policy," the ...

Malaysia’s Parliament reopens after 7-month virus suspension

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Parliament reopened Monday for the first time this year after a seven-month suspension due to a coronavirus emergency that has failed to curb a worsening pandemic. Lawmakers are expected to question Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's emergency ...

French parliament OKs restaurant COVID pass, vaccine rules

PARIS (AP) — France's parliament approved a law early Monday requiring special virus passes for all restaurants and domestic travel and mandating vaccinations for all health workers. Both measures have prompted protests and political tensions. President Emmanuel Macron and his government say ...

Anti-corruption prosecutor praised by US flees Guatemala

LAS CHINAMAS, El Salvador (AP) — Anti-corruption prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval fled Guatemala late Friday, arriving in neighboring El Salvador just hours after he was removed from his post. Consuelo Porras, Guatemala's attorney general, had accused the former head of the Special ...

From solo jogging to solidarity: Park runs resume in England

LONDON (AP) — After 16 months of solo jogging, Saturday's return of the weekly 5-kilometer mass runs in England's parks was met with widespread jubilation. Days after all remaining lockdown restrictions were lifted in England, the organized 5K runs were allowed to resume for the first time ...

Tens of thousands march for LGBTQ rights at Berlin parade

BERLIN (AP) — Around 65,000 revelers marched for LGBTQ rights at Berlin's annual Christopher Street Day celebration on Saturday, more than three times as many as expected. It was the biggest demonstration in Berlin since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The parade started with a call ...

Bus swerves off road in Croatia; 10 killed, 45 injured

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A bus swerved off a highway and crashed in Croatia early Sunday, killing 10 people and injuring at least 45 others — some of them seriously, authorities said. The crash happened at around 6 a.m. (0400 GMT; 12 a.m. EDT) near the town of Slavonski Brod on the highway ...

Vatican closes 2020 with shortfall, but better than forecast

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican closed out 2020 with a deficit of 66.3 million euros ($78 million), which was better than projected and even lower than pre-pandemic 2019, according to figures released Saturday. The Vatican's economy minister, the Rev. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves, credited ...

Unvaccinated may face restrictions in Germany, official says

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff has warned that restrictions for unvaccinated people may be necessary if COVID-19 infection numbers reach new heights in the coming months. But Helge Braun said in an interview with the newspaper Bild am Sonntag that he doesn't ...

Australia avoids UNESCO downgrade of Great Barrier Reef

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Friday garnered enough international support to defer for two years an attempt by the United Nations' cultural organization to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status because of damage caused by climate change. UNESCO had recommended ...

El Salvador seeks arrest of former president for corruption

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Prosecutors in El Salvador have issued an arrest warrant for former president Salvador Sánchez Cerén on charges of embezzlement and money laundering. Attorney General Rodolfo Delgado said Thursday the charges are related to crimes allegedly committed when ...

Judge: ‘Plausible’ N Ireland bombing could have been stopped

LONDON (AP) — A Northern Ireland judge ruled Friday that there was plausible evidence that authorities could have prevented the worst single atrocity of the Troubles. High Court Justice Mark Horner recommended that authorities in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland open an investigation ...

Top international official in Bosnia bans denial of genocide

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The top international official in Bosnia on Friday outlawed denial of genocide in the Balkan country to counter attempts by Bosnia's Serbs to deny the scope of the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica, Europe's only post-World War II genocide. The International ...

Slovenia PM accuses EU official of lying over rule of law

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia Prime Minister Janez Janša on Friday accused a European Union official of being a liar in the wake of the publication this week of an annual report on adherence to the rule of law in the bloc that highlighted democratic challenges in the Balkan ...

Suspected rebels kill 16 in eastern Congo

CHANICHANI, Congo (AP) — At least 16 people were killed and eight injured in an attack by suspected Allied Democratic Forces rebels in Congo's North Kivu province, the military said. Others remain missing after the ambush that took place Thursday on a road between the towns of Chanichani and ...

Landslides, monsoon flooding kill over 100 in western India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rain hit parts of western India, killing more than 100 people, officials and news reports said Friday. More than 1,000 people trapped by floodwaters were rescued. The dead included 54 killed in four landslides in the Raigad ...

US diplomat worried about pandemic, food supply in N Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America's No. 2 diplomat on Friday expressed sympathy for North Koreans facing hardships and food shortages linked to the coronavirus pandemic and renewed calls for the North to return to talks over its nuclear program. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has recently ...

US pilot thanks British man who guaranteed a happy landing

LONDON (AP) — U.S. Air Force Maj. Grant Thompson thanked a British photographer the best way he knew how - by ripping the flight patch from his shoulder and handing it to the man whose quick action last week ensured he landed safely after an engine in his F-15E Strike Eagle ...

England quarantine rules being relaxed to avoid shortages

By DANICA KIRKA and PAN PYLAS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The British government has sought to ease food supply pressures in England by exempting more than 10,000 workers from quarantine rules that led to staff shortages and empty shelves and fears of panic-buying. However, it has come ...