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Britain ends quarantine for vaccinated visitors from US, EU

LONDON (AP) — Fully vaccinated travelers from the United States and much of Europe will be able to enter Britain without quarantining starting next week, U.K. officials said Wednesday — a move welcomed by Britain's ailing travel industry. The British government said people who have ...

Macron: France owes ‘debt’ to Polynesians over nuclear tests

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has reasserted his nation's presence in the Pacific on a visit to French Polynesia, a trip aimed at countering growing Chinese dominance in the region. The trip was also designed to underline the French government's support ...

Polish judges back EU court rulings, urge legal changes

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of judges and prosecutors in Poland have signed an appeal urging state and justice authorities to heed recent rulings by Europe's top court and immediately suspend a chamber disciplining judges. Poland's government has taken no action on the ruling by the ...

Bologna’s porticoes are added to UNESCO’s Heritage List

ROME (AP) — Bologna's extensive porticoes, dating back to the 13th century and still very much part of the city's everyday life, have been added to the World Heritage List. At a meeting in China on Wednesday, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, the U.N. culture agency, inscribed the ...

Belarus opposition leader seeks new US, European sanctions

NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of Belarus' embattled opposition hopes the United States and Europe will impose new sanctions on money-making government enterprises that will lead to the collapse of President Alexander Lukashenko's regime and a peaceful transition that pro-democracy supporters are ...

El Salvador court orders pre-trial detention of ex-officials

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A judge in El Salvador ordered the pre-trial arrest of 10 former government officials, including ex-President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, on corruption charges Wednesday. All of the former officials were part of the government of ex-President Mauricio Funes. ...

China’s ties to Taliban warm ahead of US leaving Afghanistan

BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign minister met Wednesday with a delegation of high-level Taliban officials as ties between them warm ahead of the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan. A photo posted on the ministry's website showed Wang Yi posing with senior Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar ...

Floods make thousands homeless in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — Days of heavy rainfall have pelted Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh, destroying dwellings and sending thousands of people to live with extended family or in communal shelters. Just in the 24 hours to Wednesday alone, more than 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) ...

Officials in Tokyo alarmed as cases hit record highs

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials sounded the alarm Thursday after Tokyo reported record-breaking coronavirus cases for two straight days with the Olympics well underway. "We have never experienced the expansion of the infections of this magnitude," Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told ...

Nightmares, panic attacks: Belgian flood survivors struggle

TROOZ, Belgium (AP) — Visions of cars being swept away in a raging current keep coming back to trouble Eric Mouqué. His wife, Cindy, gets triggered by the slightest noise. So when her husband turns on the hose to clean a few things, all she can think about are those tumultuous floodwaters ...

Major Adriatic Sea bridge connects coastline in Croatia

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A major European Union-funded bridge built by a Chinese company has been connected over the Adriatic Sea, linking two swaths of the Croatian coastline that are divided by a small stretch of Bosnia's territory. The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) in 2018 won an ...

Europe on vacation, but vaccinations not taking a break

CARRY-LE-ROUET, France (AP) — Europe's famed summer holiday season is in full swing, but efforts to inoculate people against the coronavirus are not taking a break. Instead, with lockdowns easing despite concerns about variants and nations looking to breathe new life into their ailing ...

Talks for new US-Russia arms deal to stir up old bugaboo

WASHINGTON (AP) — In their search for a new approach to arms control, Moscow and Washington are likely to soon encounter an old bugaboo: Russia's demand that the U.S. stop resisting limits on its missile defenses, which the Russians view as a long-term threat and the Americans see as a ...

Paris police investigate gas bomb attack on Cuban Embassy

PARIS (AP) — French authorities said Tuesday they are investigating a gasoline bomb attack that caused minor damage to the Cuban Embassy. The Paris prosecutor's office said an investigation is under way. No one has been arrested or claimed responsibility, and no one was hurt, according to ...

Bosnia’s outgoing international overseer urges new approach

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Western powers should adopt a new approach to promoting reconciliation in politically fragmented Bosnia to prevent nativist leaders from turning the Balkan country into a deserted wasteland, according to the top international overseer of a 1995 peace ...

UN says its food aid runs out this week in Ethiopia’s Tigray

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The head of the United Nations World Food Program says the agency will "run out of food" in Ethiopia's conflict-hit Tigray region on Friday, while hundreds of thousands of people there face the world's worst famine crisis in a decade. Some 170 trucks with food and other ...

Wildfire tears through forest near Athens, homes damaged

STAMATA, Greece (AP) — A wildfire north of Athens swept through a mountainous pine forest Tuesday, seriously damaging at least a dozen homes and burning cars before being contained by an intense firefighting deployment, officials said. The blaze prompted authorities to evacuate homes around ...

UK spares key workers quarantine as staff shortages bite

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Tuesday it will ease coronavirus quarantine rules for thousands more essential workers — including prison guards, veterinarians and garbage collectors — in an attempt to end staff shortages that are hobbling parts of the economy. About 26 million ...

Mexico homicides remained at high levels despite pandemic

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The most authoritative count of homicides in Mexico was published Tuesday and it shows killings remain essentially unchanged at 36,579 in 2020. Even though the coronavirus pandemic reduced many activities in Mexico in 2020, the number of killings was essentially equal to ...

Italy: Lake Como towns hit by extreme weather

MILAN (AP) — Towns around Italy's Lake Como were hit by mudslides and floods on Tuesday in another example of extreme weather phenomena that an agricultural lobby said had intensified in recent years. Italian firefighters carried out more than 60 rescues after storms wreaked havoc around the ...