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Washington says pardons by Venezuela’s Maduro are token acts

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro should not be praised for releasing a few political opponents ahead of a congressional election, when many more opposition activists remain in jail. "Restoring constitutional rights that ...

Ex-Malian president Keita hospitalized at private clinic

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Malian president ousted in a military coup last month, was hospitalized late Tuesday at a private clinic, intensifying fears about the 75-year-old's health after being detained for 10 days by the junta now in power. Keita's condition was not ...

Khmer Rouge’s chief jailer, guilty of war crimes, dies at 77

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Khmer Rouge's chief jailer, who admitted overseeing the torture and killings of as many as 16,000 Cambodians while running the regime's most notorious prison, has died. Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, was 77 and had been serving a life prison term for war crimes ...

India eases virus restrictions even as cases soar

NEW DELHI (AP) — Many Indian states eased lockdown restrictions on Tuesday, allowing more businesses and public areas to reopen to reduce economic pain caused by the coronavirus, even as the country's new daily infections remain the highest in the world and its confirmed cases near 3.7 ...

Focused on pandemic, Merkel has no time for retirement plans

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that the decision not to run for office again in 2021 has allowed her to focus on tackling the coronavirus pandemic and other pressing problems during her final year in office. Merkel has seen her approval ratings rise during the ...

Ecuador’s blooming flower industry feels pandemic’s punch

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Flower growers in Ecuador are trimming back their fields, cutting plants at the root and in some cases tossing out piles of colorful blooms entirely as the pandemic delivers a devastating blow to one of the nation's biggest export industries. Demand for the small South ...

Mozart meets COVID-19: Finnish opera adapts classic piece

HELSINKI (AP) — After being forced to cancel all its spring performances due to the coronavirus pandemic, Finland's National Opera is opening this fall with an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart featuring a topical twist: a story line that plays off of the Nordic country's outbreak. The ...

French president: World needs a globally active US leader

PARIS (AP) — He can't vote in the U.S. presidential election, but French President Emmanuel Macron hopes whoever wins the November vote is more of a global player. Following traditional diplomatic protocol, Macron wouldn't say who he favors in the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3 but ...

France won’t ban Huawei but favors European 5G systems

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says France is not excluding Chinese telecom giant Huawei from its upcoming 5G telecommunication networks but favors European providers for security reasons. The French leader spoke after meeting with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in ...

‘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 ...