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Guinea declares Ebola epidemic, neighboring countries act

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Guinea has officially declared it has an Ebola epidemic after at least three people have died and four others have been infected in the West African nation. Neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia have put their citizens on high alert as the three West African nations ...

Turkey accuses US of backing PKK after Turks killed in Iraq

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan laid into the United States, accusing it of supporting Kurdish militants on Monday, days after Turkish troops found the bodies of 13 Turkish soldiers, police and civilians abducted by Kurdish insurgents in a cave complex in northern ...

EXPLAINER: UN vaccine plan for poor countries nears rollout

GENEVA (AP) — It's nearly launch time for COVAX, the United Nations' unprecedented program to deploy COVID-19 vaccines for hundreds of millions in need around the globe. More than two months after countries like Britain and the United States started immunizing their most vulnerable people, ...

Scores protest in India against arrest of climate activist

NEW DELHI (AP) — Scores of people demonstrated in the Indian cities of Bengaluru and Mumbai on Monday after a climate activist was arrested for circulating a document on social media supporting months of massive protests by farmers. Disha Ravi, 22, was arrested in Bengaluru on Saturday. ...

UN chief: UN will seek to unite world, reverse Myanmar coup

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pledged Friday that the United Nations will do everything it can to unite the international community and create conditions for the military coup in Myanmar to be reversed. The U.N. chief told a news conference it is "absolutely ...

Peru’s crime worries tainting Venezuelans who want to work

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Adriana Marero dropped out of college in her native Venezuela in 2017 as anti-government protests turned violent amid worsening economic problems and she fled to Peru looking for a place where she could earn a decent living. She delivered food on her bike, played hostess at ...

UN kicks off selection of next secretary-general

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations kicked off the selection of its next secretary-general on Friday, asking the 193 U.N. member states to submit candidates to be the world organization's chief diplomat and operating officer. The process officially began with a joint letter signed ...

AP Interview: Olympic champion adds voice to #MeToo movement

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Before she could join sailing classes near her home in Athens, Sofia Bekatorou had to show an instructor she could tie a basic knot properly. Passing the test at age 8 changed her life. Bekatorou spent her first afternoons in a bathtub-sized sailboat stuck in circles, ...

US, China top diplomats discuss key issues, show differences

BEIJING (AP) — The top American and Chinese diplomats spoke Saturday in the first major exchange between the countries since President Joe Biden took office and touched on several critical issues that have strained their ties. China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi and U.S. Secretary of State ...

Protesting India farmers blockade highways for several hours

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of protesting Indian farmers blockaded highways across the country for several hours Saturday to press their demands for the repeal of new agricultural laws that have led to months of massive protests. The protesters used tractors, trucks and even boulders to ...

Turkish president takes action at protest-rocked university

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president has ordered the establishment of two new departments in the country's most prestigious university, which has been rocked by weeks of demonstrations protesting his appointment of a new rector with government links. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision, ...

South Korea’s trade minister drops bid to become WTO chief

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's top trade official is dropping her bid to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization, making it likely the job will go to former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. She would become the first woman to lead the ...

Unwilling to wait, poorer countries seek their own vaccines

NEW DELHI (AP) — With coronavirus cases still climbing, Honduras got tired of waiting to get vaccines through a United Nations program, so the small Central American country struck out on its own, securing the shots through a private deal. Honduras "cannot wait on bureaucratic processes or ...

An antidote to pandemic blues, with some assembly required

PARIS (AP) — He hunches at the dining room table, putting the finishing touches on his miniature World War II tank. Deep in concentration, he keeps his hand steady as he works to make the scaled-down plastic model look as realistic as possible. And as he does so, Maxime Fannoy — ...

China gives approval for broader use of Sinovac vaccine

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China has given broader approval for the domestic-made Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, expanding those who can receive it beyond the high-risk and priority groups already allowed under an emergency clearance. Regulators gave conditional approval for Sinovac Biotech Ltd's ...

UN: Situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray now ‘extremely alarming’

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Life for civilians in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region has become "extremely alarming" as hunger grows and fighting remains an obstacle to reaching millions of people with aid, the United Nations says in a new report. The conflict that has shaken one of Africa's most ...

UK to start hotel quarantine Feb. 15 amid criticism of delay

LONDON (AP) — Everyone arriving in the U.K. from countries identified as coronavirus hotspots will have to spend 10 days in hotel quarantine starting Feb. 15 in a bid to stop new virus variants reaching the country, the government said Friday. But authorities are facing criticism for delays ...

German prosecutors charge secretary to Nazi camp commandant

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have charged the elderly secretary of the former SS commandant of Stutthof with 10,000 counts of accessory to murder, arguing that she was part of the apparatus that helped the Nazi concentration camp function. The 95-year-old also faces an unspecified number ...

Erdogan rebuffs criticism, vows ‘no mercy’ to protesters

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president on Friday rebuffed U.S. and European criticism of his government's handling of weeks-long demonstrations at a top Istanbul university, saying they should focus on violent protests in their own countries instead. Recep Tayyip Erdogan also vowed to show ...

Germany’s Merkel stands by backing for Russia gas pipeline

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday stood by her backing for a German-Russian gas pipeline project despite the Navalny case and the threat of U.S. sanctions. Merkel said her government's position on Nord Stream 2 is still unaffected by tensions over Russian opposition ...