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Beijing noodle restaurant remembers Biden’s 2011 visit

BEIJING (AP) — The Yaoji Chaogan noodle restaurant beneath Beijing's 600-year-old Drum Tower knows Joe Biden. Management has hung up photos of the U.S. president-elect from when, as vice president, he stopped by for a bowl of noodles and dumplings in 2011. "We are very happy that Biden was ...

Mexico, Brazil leaders silent as world congratulates Biden

MEXICO CITY (AP) — There were two notable holdouts among the world leaders who rushed to congratulate Joe Biden on his victory in the U.S. elections: the leaders of Latin America's two largest countries, both of whom have been seen as friendly to President Donald Trump. President Jair ...

World leaders hope for fresh start after Biden win

World leaders on Sunday cheered Joe Biden's election as U.S. president as a chance to enhance cooperation on climate change, the coronavirus and other problems after four years of President Donald Trump's rejection of international alliances. Trump had yet to concede defeat, but Western and ...

Biden’s ancestral home in Ireland celebrates his victory

BALLINA, Ireland (AP) — Joe Biden is somewhat removed from the Irish town his great-great-great-grandfather left almost 200 years ago, but that is not stopping Ballina from celebrating his presidential victory. The town in County Mayo, about 145 miles (235 kilometers) northwest of Dublin, ...

UK’s Johnson, praised by Trump, seeks new UK bond with Biden

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson's famous charm worked wonders on Donald Trump, but he faces a tougher audience in Joe Biden. Britain's prime minister promised Sunday to work with the U.S. president-elect to spread democracy, defend human rights and combat climate change, as he sought to woo a ...

Ex-Kosovo president Hashim Thaci to appear in court Monday

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Hashim Thaci, who resigned as Kosovo's president to face charges including murder, torture and persecution, will make his first courtroom appearance before a judge at a special court in the Netherlands on Monday, the court announced Friday. Thaci, 52, served as ...

In India, polluted air spells trouble for virus patients

NEW DELHI (AP) — A thick quilt of smog lingered over the Indian capital and its suburbs on Friday, fed by smoke from raging agricultural fires that health experts worry could worsen the city's fight against the coronavirus. Air pollution in parts of New Delhi have climbed to levels around ...

German police raid homes of 4 men linked to Vienna attacker

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany on Friday raided the homes and businesses of four men linked to the Islamic State sympathizer who carried out a deadly shooting in the Austrian capital of Vienna this week. Austria, meanwhile, announced the temporary removal of several officials over errors ...

Cardboard canvas: artist displays work at Caracas bus stops

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The billboard spaces of vandalized bus stops in Venezuela's capital have become an open-air gallery for an artist seeking to give some joy to people who have endured years of tumult and hardship. Painter Susan Applewhite uses recycled cardboard as her canvas and ...

Dutch PM Rutte condemns threats to teacher over cartoon

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday that threats that forced a teacher in the port city of Rotterdam to go hiding after some students objected to a political cartoon displayed in his classroom must not be tolerated. Rutte spoke hours after Rotterdam ...

EU slaps sanctions on Belarus leader, son and 13 others

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union imposed sanctions Friday on the president of Belarus and 14 other officials over their roles in the security crackdown launched during protests of the country's contested August presidential election. EU headquarters said in a statement that Belarusian ...

A look at Myanmar’s election and Suu Kyi’s expected victory

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar holds national and state elections Sunday in which Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party will be looking to hold on to power. Here's a closer look at the vote: THE BASICS More than 37 million of Myanmar's 56 million ...

UAE announces relaxing of Islamic laws for personal freedoms

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country's Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions and criminalizing so-called "honor killings." The broadening of personal ...

Egyptians vote in 2nd stage of parliamentary election

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians began voting Saturday in the second and final stage of the country's parliamentary elections, after a relatively low turnout in the first stage that embarrassed the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Polling centers opened at 9 a.m. in 13 of Egypt's 27 ...

Jailed Iranian rights lawyer released, amid health problems

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A leading Iranian human rights lawyer has been released from prison, Iran's state-run news agency reported Saturday, after she was earlier hospitalized amid a hunger-strike conducted from her cell. Nasrin Sotoudeh was taken to hospital in mid-September, a month after ...

Explosion kills former Afghan TV presenter in capital

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb attached to the vehicle of a former presenter on Afghanistan's TOLO TV exploded early Saturday, killing the journalist and two other civilians, Kabul police said. The death of Yama Siawash is being investigated, said police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz. No one ...

Man sentenced to life after failed French church bombing

LYON, France (AP) — A Paris criminal court sentenced a 29-year-old Algerian man Thursday to life in prison for killing a woman and trying to bomb a church near the French capital in a failed 2015 attack that investigators said was plotted by Islamic State group extremists in Syria. The court ...

Disabled hold rally in Belarus to demand president step down

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — More than 200 disabled people rallied in Belarus' capital Thursday, continuing a nearly three-month wave of protests triggered by the disputed reelection of the country's authoritarian leader. They demonstrated in Minsk's central avenue chanting "Go away!" and "Your time ...

Ethiopia says forced into ‘aimless war’ as bombings alleged

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's army said Thursday the country has been forced into an "unexpected and aimless war" with its well-armed Tigray region, while Tigray asserted that fighter jets had bombed areas around its capital — a marked escalation with little sign of the two sides ...

Russian held after crucifixion stunt near security agency HQ

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian activist was detained by police Thursday after posing half-naked on a large wooden cross near Moscow's headquarters of the top national security agency, mimicking Christ's crucifixion. Pavel Krisevich was detained after fellow activists attached him to the cross and ...