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‘Exponential’ virus spread in France as schools set to open

PARIS (AP) — With France's national health agency decrying an "exponential" rise in new virus infections, French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday he couldn't rule out a new nationwide lockdown. France registered more than 7,000 new virus infections in a single day Friday, up from ...

Libya’s Tripoli- based gov suspends minister after shooting

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's Tripoli-based government has suspended its interior minister following a shooting at a demonstration in the capital earlier this week, the United Nations-supported government said Friday. Interior Minister Fathi Bashaga will face an investigation over 'violations' ...

Zimbabwe’s ‘keyboard warriors’ hold protests off the streets

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Unable to protest on the streets, some in Zimbabwe are calling themselves "keyboard warriors" as they take to graffiti and social media to pressure a government that promised reform but is now accused of gross human rights abuses. Activists use the hashtag ...

UAE formally ends Israel boycott amid US-brokered deal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The ruler of the United Arab Emirates issued a decree Saturday formally ending the country's boycott of Israel amid a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the two countries. The announcement now allows trade and commerce between the UAE, home ...

Pandemic casts pall over Muharram in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — For Nasir Hussain, observing the Muslim month of Muharram, which marks the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson in the battle of Karbala, is an article of faith. But as the coronavirus spreads in Indian-controlled Kashmir, he and his extended family prefer to ...

UK freight train carrying diesel catches fire, derails

LONDON (AP) — About 300 people in Wales had to be evacuated after a freight train carrying large amounts of diesel caught fire and derailed, British Transport Police said Thursday. Officials said two employees onboard managed to raise the alarm and escaped without injury. The fire near ...

South African president grilled over COVID-19 graft scandals

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday faced tough questioning by lawmakers over COVID-19 corruption scandals, days after he asked ruling party members to refrain from stealing money meant for the poor. Many South Africans have been dismayed to see the ...

Christians: Let’s unite in pandemic to fight injustices

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two authoritative religious bodies on Thursday called on Christians to band together to fight "sins" laid bare or aggravated by the pandemic, including racism and economic injustice. The Vatican and the World Council of Churches, which is based in Switzerland, issued a ...

South Africa police accused of abuse after teen is killed

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police have clashed with protesters demonstrating against the alleged killing of a 16-year-old boy by local policemen in Eldorado Park, an area of Soweto near Johannesburg. Residents charge that Nathaniel Julius was shot by police and dropped off at the ...

Most of Germany imposes $59 fine for mask-wearing breaches

BERLIN (AP) — Most of Germany will impose a minimum fine of 50 euros ($59) for breaching mask-wearing rules as coronavirus infections rise again, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday after a virtual meeting with the country's state governors. Officials also agreed to extend a ban on big ...

Venezuelans fight virus in secret to avoid isolation centers

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Velacio Vicuña began to cough incessantly and felt feverish. But the tire salesman avoided getting a test for the new coronavirus, fearing that if it was positive, soldiers would take him from his home and force him to stay at one of the mandatory isolation centers ...

Russia: No signs of crime in Navalny coma case so far

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities said Thursday they have found no indication so far that opposition leader Alexei Navalny's coma, which his allies and German doctors treating him believe may have been brought about by poisoning, was caused by a criminal act. A preliminary inquiry launched ...

Tensions grow as Bosnian authorities crack down on migrants

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Tensions are growing in the northwestern Bosnia after local authorities launched a widespread crackdown on thousands of migrants stranded in the area and set up police roadblocks to prevent more Europe-bound newcomers from arriving. Authorities in Bosnia's ...

Mali’s deposed president returns home under tight security

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita returned home Thursday after being detained for 10 days by the ruling military junta that staged a coup last week, a family member said. The move came the same day that the junta made public a decree of its National Committee ...

Germany calls for end to east Mediterranean military drills

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Germany's foreign minister on Thursday called for an end to military drills in the eastern Mediterranean to defuse tensions and create conditions for NATO allies Greece and Turkey to resolve a dispute over offshore energy exploration rights. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas' ...

EU Commission chief says her team could face a reshuffle

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive commission is emerging from its summer vacation down a key official and with an additional big problem on its hands. At a time when European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen should be centering on managing the coronavirus pandemic, an ...

North Korean leader thankful typhoon damage wasn’t worse

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a western coastal area hit by a typhoon and expressed relief the damage wasn't worse, state media said Friday. The North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published photos of Kim examining rice paddies and corn and bean crops ...

Human Rights Watch: Venezuela using COVID-19 to crack down

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan security forces and authorities under President Nicolás Maduro have used the coronavirus as an excuse to crack down on dissenting voices on social media and even in private messages, Human Rights Watch reported Friday. The New York-based rights group ...

Bail denied again to Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean journalist who has been held in prison for more than a month has been denied bail for the third time, while police continue arresting government critics. Journalist Hopewell Chin'ono should remain in jail, a Harare magistrate ruled Monday. Chin'ono is ...

Migrants at center of political tug-of-war in divided Bosnia

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Authorities in a northeastern region of Bosnia, decrying an alleged failure by other parts of the country to share the load of a lingering migration crisis, have set up roadblocks to prevent Europe-bound migrants from entering the territory under their ...