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Canada police fear violence at trucker vaccine protest

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A convoy of truckers set to descend on Ottawa to protest a vaccine mandate for cross-border drivers is prompting Canadian police to prepare for violence and politicians to warn against escalating rhetoric linked to the demonstration. Ottawa police Chief Peter Sloly ...

Hondurans worry legislative crisis could sink new government

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — On the eve of their new president's inauguration, Hondurans worried Wednesday that a legislative crisis threatened to derail the government they have placed so much hope in before it even begins. President-elect Xiomara Castro, Honduras' first female leader, is ...

Indonesia’s sinking, polluted capital is moving to new city

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Jakarta is congested, polluted, prone to earthquakes and rapidly sinking into the Java Sea. Now the government is leaving, and moving the country's capital to the island of Borneo. President Joko Widodo envisions the construction of a new capital as a panacea for ...

British, Australian ships deliver ‘contactless’ aid to Tonga

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — British and Australian navy ships arrived in Tonga on Wednesday and attempted to deliver aid without making contact with anybody ashore to avoid spreading the coronavirus in a nation which has never had an outbreak. The danger of spreading the disease was ...

UN chief urges major Afghan aid increase, unfreezing assets

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief urged nations Wednesday to greatly boost humanitarian aid for millions of Afghans living in "a frozen hell" and release nearly $9 billion in frozen assets to pull Afghanistan's economy back from the brink of a collapse that could set off a mass exodus of ...

North Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in 6th launch in 2022

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea in its sixth round of weapons launches this month, South Korea's military said. Experts say North Korea's unusually fast pace in testing activity underscores an intent to pressure the Biden ...

Offshore oil spill threatens beaches in eastern Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's navy was helping Wednesday to clean up a spill of as much as 128 tons (160,000 liters) of crude oil that leaked from a pipeline in the Gulf of Thailand. The spill is near an industrial area but some of the oil could hit area beaches by Friday if it's not dispersed ...

Greek army helps remove vehicles on snow-plagued road

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek army and municipal crews removed hundreds of vehicles Wednesday that had been stranded in snow for three days along a road linking Athens to its international airport, as authorities struggled to clear blocked thoroughfares and restore power to blacked out parts of ...

UK’s Bentley pouring billions into electric car overhaul

LONDON (AP) — Luxury automaker Bentley said Wednesday it is pouring billions into upgrading manufacturing to accelerate its electric vehicle development plan, joining other auto brands shifting away from gasoline engines. U.K.-based Bentley Motors said that it's investing 2.5 billion pounds ...

German lawmakers debate possible COVID vaccine mandate

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament on Wednesday began a debate on a possible wide-ranging coronavirus vaccine mandate, with three main options on the table so far: obligatory vaccinations for all adults, just for everyone 50 and above, or no mandate at all. German politicians of all stripes ...

WTO ruling finds China can penalize $645M worth of US goods

GENEVA (AP) — A World Trade Organization arbitrator has decided that China can impose retaliatory tariffs on imports from the United States totaling up to $645 million a year, capping a decade-long dispute over U.S. duties on some Chinese goods. The dollar-value award issued Wednesday ...

Lebanon to receive Jordan electricity via Syria, deal signed

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon signed deals on Wednesday to purchase electricity from Jordan via Syria to help the small Mediterranean country deal with its crippling energy crisis. The deals are expected to bring Lebanon up to 250 megawatts of electricity a day within two months, enough for about ...

UK government holds breath as it awaits ‘partygate’ report

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson braced Wednesday for the conclusions of an investigation into allegations of lockdown-breaching parties, a document that could help him end weeks of scandal and discontent, or bring his time in office to an abrupt close. Senior civil servant Sue ...

Denmark ends most virus restrictions, as Sweden extends them

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's government said Wednesday it will scrap most pandemic restrictions next week, even as neighboring Sweden extended its own measures for another fortnight. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said that as of Feb. 1 Danes will enjoy free access to ...

Picasso heirs launch digital art piece to ride ‘crypto’ wave

GENEVA (AP) — Pablo, meet Crypto. Heirs of Pablo Picasso, the famed 20th-century Spanish artist, are vaulting into 21st-century commerce by selling 1,010 digital art pieces of one of his ceramic works that has never before been seen publicly — riding a fad for "crypto" assets that have ...

EU court annuls Intel’s 2009 billion euro antitrust fine

LONDON (AP) — Chipmaker Intel scored a decisive legal victory Wednesday in a long-running battle against European Union competition watchdogs after a court reversed itself and threw out a billion-euro antitrust fine issued more than a decade ago. The EU's General Court annulled the 1.06 ...

England lifts COVID restrictions as omicron threat recedes

LONDON (AP) — Most coronavirus restrictions including mandatory face masks were lifted in England on Thursday, after Britain's government said its vaccine booster rollout successfully reduced serious illness and COVID-19 hospitalizations. From Thursday, face coverings are no longer required ...

Samsung reports robust profit based on chip strength

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday its operating profit for the last quarter rose by more than 53% from the same period last year as it continued to thrive during the pandemic while relying on its dual strength in parts and finished products. Samsung's operating ...

Prince Andrew renews attempt to get Giuffre suit dismissed

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince Andrew's lawyers asked a U.S. court again Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit accusing him of sexual abuse, citing multiple legal defenses. Among them: The lawyers said that if any sexual activity did occur between the prince and Virginia Giuffre, it was consensual. The ...

Netherlands, Ukraine take Russia to European rights court

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands and Ukraine argued Wednesday that a top European court should hear their cases that seek to hold Russia responsible for human rights violations in eastern Ukraine including the 2014 downing of a passenger jet that killed all 298 people on ...