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Queen Elizabeth’s birthday marked with smaller ceremony

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II's birthday was marked Saturday with a smaller ceremony than usual, as the annual Trooping the Color parade was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. The extravagant display of pomp and pageantry, a highlight of the royal calendar that typically attracts ...

Venezuela’s opposition sharply rejects new elections board

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's high court loyal to President Nicolás Maduro seated a new elections commission Friday night in a move that was quickly called unconstitutional by political leaders opposed to the socialist government. The swearing-in of the National Electoral Council by ...

France has millions of unsold face masks after virus crisis

PARIS (AP) — The French praised the altruism of their prized textile and luxury goods companies when production facilities got diverted from churning out the latest fashions to making cloth masks designed to protect the general public from the coronavirus. Now, the companies that helped ...

In Zimbabwe, people with albinism struggle against prejudice

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Each time Yvonne Gumbo, who has albinism, and her friends get together for a picture, she insists on being in the center. "I tell them I make the picture beautiful because I am special," she told The Associated Press at her home in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, ...

Despite risks, Greek islands keen to reopen to tourists

MYKONOS, Greece (AP) — Mykonos' newest bar-restaurant, Pelican, seemed to appear from nowhere. Tables, coffee machines, light fittings, music mixers and staff wearing matching black face masks were still being slotted into place as Greek visitors trickled in at the start of a long holiday ...

AP PHOTOS: Nursing home residents allowed comfort of family

ALZANO, Italy (AP) — After more than three months of separation and worry, loved ones are being allowed to reunite with residents of the Martino Zanchi Foundation nursing home in the northern Italian town of Alzano. Alzano, close to Bergamo, is the site of one of Italy's biggest coronavirus ...

Fans savor return of stadium sport in virus-free New Zealand

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — They call one section of the stadium The Zoo, and it's easy to see why: thousands of university students in team colors standing on their seats, steadying trays of beer, swaying to music and erupting with joy when their team scores. "Craziness," is how 20-year-old ...

Far-right activists protest in London despite warnings

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of far-right activists gathered to demonstrate in central London's Parliament Square Saturday, despite strict police restrictions and warnings to stay home to contain the coronavirus. Some threw bottles and cans at officers, while riot police on horses pushed the crowd ...

VIRUS DIARY: Romance conquers ocean, outbreak and red tape

SAO PAULO (AP) — The certificate arrived on the floor of an otherwise empty elevator. My 1-year-old stumbled to the doorway of our Sao Paulo apartment and watched as I picked up the document. She was the sole witness to the end of a bizarre Brazilian bureaucratic procedure. Her mother and I ...

Putin attends first public event after months of lockdown

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday showed up at a ceremony marking the national holiday — the first big public event he has attended since announcing a nationwide lockdown more than two months ago. Putin observed the hoisting of the national flag at a memorial park ...

Hong Kong protest marks anniversary of violent police clash

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people across Hong Kong sang protest songs and marched on Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of a clash with police outside the semi-autonomous Chinese city's legislature. Hundreds of protesters gathered in the popular Causeway Bay and Mongkok shopping ...

Australian prime minister apologizes for ‘no slavery’ claim

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister apologized on Friday to critics who accuse him of denying the country's history of slavery, as a state government announced it will remove a former Belgian king's name from a mountain range as part of a global re-examination of racial ...

Twitter removes China-linked accounts spreading false news

LONDON (AP) — Twitter has removed a vast network of accounts that it says is linked to the Chinese government and was pushing false information favorable to the country's communist rulers. Beijing denied involvement Friday and said the company should instead take down accounts smearing ...

Burundi court says to swear in president-elect immediately

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's constitutional court on Friday said the president-elect should be sworn in as soon as possible, ending uncertainty created by the death of President Pierre Nkurunziza this week. Evariste Ndayishimiye won the May presidential election and faced an August ...

Statues boarded up in London as more protests expected

LONDON (AP) — Authorities in London boarded up a war memorial and a statue of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill ahead of expected rival demonstrations by anti-racism and far-right protesters, as the city's mayor urged protesters Friday to stay home because of the coronavirus ...

UK scientist: Week earlier lockdown could have halved deaths

LONDON (AP) — A scientist whose modeling helped set Britain's coronavirus strategy said Wednesday that the country's death toll in the pandemic could have been cut in half if lockdown had been introduced a week earlier. Britain has the world's second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 ...

Thousands attend Black Lives Matter demo in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Thousands of people demonstrated Wednesday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in a park in Amsterdam named for South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. It was the latest in a series of protests in Dutch cities that have followed the death of George Floyd ...

Sudan militia leader in custody on Darfur war crimes charges

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — In a significant breakthrough in the pursuit of justice for crimes in Darfur, Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb, who is charged with 50 crimes against humanity and war crimes in the devastating conflict, has been arrested more than 13 years after a ...

Palestinians say they made counterproposal to Trump plan

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians said Tuesday they proposed a demilitarized Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem with one-to-one land exchanges with Israel as a counteroffer to President Donald Trump's Mideast plan. Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh declined ...

Brazil ministry ordered to resume publishing full virus data

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice has ordered the government of President Jair Bolsonaro to resume publication of full COVID-19 data, including the cumulative death toll, following allegations that the government was trying to hide the severity of the pandemic in Latin ...