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Zimbabwe police detain prominent journalist, protest leader

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police on Monday swooped in and detained a prominent journalist and an opposition leader ahead of anti-government protests planned for the end of this month, their lawyers said. The journalist, Hopewell Chin'ono, has a huge following on Twitter, where he ...

US slaps sanctions on strongman ruler of Russia’s Chechnya

MOSCOW (AP) — The United States on Monday slapped sanctions on the regional strongman leader of Russia's republic of Chechnya over human rights violations including torture and extrajudicial killings. Ramzan Kadyrov, 43, has run Chechnya like his personal fiefdom, relying on his security ...

Warning: Italy’s Mafias eye EU’s billions in recovery funds

ROME (AP) — Italy's anti-Mafia investigators issued a dramatic warning Friday that mobsters will scheme to get some of hundreds of billions of euros in European Union recovery aid after the pandemic. As EU country leaders were huddling in Brussels about the amount and conditions for aid, the ...

China’s mighty Yangtze nears crest again, new floods feared

BEIJING (AP) — Engorged with more heavy rains, China's mighty Yangtze River is cresting again, bringing fears of further destruction as seasonal floods that already have left more than 140 people dead or missing have grown in force since last month. The rains are putting renewed pressure on ...

Fire at French cathedral in Nantes destroys famed organ

NANTES, France (AP) — French officials launched an arson inquiry Saturday after a fire broke out in the famed Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of the western French city of Nantes. The blaze destroyed the organ, shattered stained glass windows and sent black smoke spewing from ...

Tanzanian opposition leader urges united front ahead of vote

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One opposition leader was shot 16 times and fled the country. Another had his leg broken by unknown assailants and his newspaper was shut down. A third, the country's most prominent, has been banned for a year from making so-called "seditious statements," or what others ...

Russia is hacking virus vaccine trials, US, UK, Canada say

WASHINGTON (AP) — Western governments on Thursday accused hackers believed to be part of Russian intelligence of trying to steal valuable private information about a coronavirus vaccine, calling out the Kremlin in an unusually detailed public warning to scientists and medical companies. The ...

Ex-US governor says Americans not released from Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he met with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday but was unable to win the release of several Americans jailed in the South American nation. Richardson said he and Maduro talked about the potential release of ...

Struggling India crosses 1 million coronavirus cases

NEW DELHI (AP) — India crossed 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday, third only to the United States and Brazil, prompting concerns about its readiness to confront an inevitable surge that could overwhelm hospitals and test the country's feeble health care system. A surge of 34.956 new ...

Latin America faces ‘lost decade’ from coronavirus GDP drop

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean said Wednesday the region's per-capita gross domestic product is likely to drop by 9.9% in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. That would take the region back to GDP levels of 2010, something the U.N. commission ...

China summons US ambassador, says US blocks its development

BEIJING (AP) — China has accused the U.S. of seeking to obstruct its development with recent steps to sanction officials who undermine local autonomy in Hong Kong, summoning the U.S. ambassador in Beijing to lodge a protest. Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang told Ambassador Terry Branstad ...

Pompeo downplays possibility of summit with North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo downplayed the possibility of another summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before the U.S. presidential election, saying Trump would only want to engage if there were real prospects of ...

Climate change makes freak Siberian heat 600 times likelier

Nearly impossible without man-made global warming, this year's freak Siberian heat wave is producing climate change's most flagrant footprint of extreme weather, a new flash study says. International scientists released a study Wednesday that found the greenhouse effect multiplied the chance ...

Lebanon looks to China as US, Arabs refuse to help in crisis

BEIRUT (AP) — Facing a worsening economic crisis and with little chance of Western or oil-rich Arab countries providing assistance without substantial reforms, Lebanon's cash-strapped government is looking east, hoping to secure investments from China that could bring relief. But help from ...

Statue of Black protester replaces toppled UK slave trader

LONDON (AP) — An artist has erected a statue of a Black Lives Matter protester atop the plinth in the English city of Bristol formerly occupied by a statue of a slave trader. Marc Quinn created the life-size resin and steel likeness of Jen Reid, a protester photographed standing on the ...

China accuses Britain of helping Washington hurt Huawei

BEIJING (AP) — China accused Britain on Wednesday of colluding with Washington to hurt Huawei after the Chinese tech giant was blocked from working on a British next-generation mobile phone network. A government spokeswoman said Beijing will protect Chinese companies but gave no indication ...

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson and Winnie, dies at 59

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South African anti-apartheid leaders Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died aged 59. State television South African Broadcasting Corporation has reported that Mandela died at a Johannesburg hospital early Monday morning. The ...

EU ministers criticize Turkey over Hagia Sophia, drilling

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers on Monday criticized Turkey for several reasons, including energy exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters and changing the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque. For their first face-to-face meeting in months, the ministers ...

UK tries new campaign to prepare public for Brexit

LONDON (AP) — Brexit moved back to the front-burner of British politics on Monday, months after COVID-19 knocked it out of the headlines, with the government launching a new public information campaign to prepare the nation for departure. Advertisements under the "The U.K.'s new start: let's ...

Conservative Polish president wins 2nd term after tight race

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda, a conservative who ran a campaign with homophobic and anti-Semitic overtones, narrowly won a second five-year term in a bitterly fought weekend election, defeating the liberal Warsaw mayor, according to a near-complete count of ...