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Latin America’s critical food markets fuel virus spread

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City's main wholesale market detects dozens of coronavirus cases every week. A covered food market in Venezuela was the source of one of the largest outbreaks in the country. And every single merchant in a vast market in Peru has tested positive for the virus. As ...

Putin, Macron discuss closer cooperation in video call

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed international crises during a video call Friday and vowed to cooperate more closely to tackle global challenges. Putin, noting that it was the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations' ...

Sri Lanka Telugu community fears decline of traditional ways

KUDAGAMA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Telugu community, whose nomadic lifestyle has increasingly clashed with the modern world, is facing another threat that could hasten its decline: the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the smallest ethnic community in the country who speak Telugu language of ...

Gunmen wound Mexico City police chief; 3 dead

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A high-sided construction truck and a white SUV pulled into the path of Mexico City's police chief just as dawn was breaking Friday on the capital's most iconic boulevard and assailants opened fire with .50-caliber sniper rifles and grenades on his armored vehicle. The ...

Card games, pool, TV shows entertain Zimbabweans in lockdown

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — It's come to this: Some children in Zimbabwe are so tired of the weeks of coronavirus lockdown they are yearning to return to school. "This is all now boring," 10-year-old Tafadzwa Mafuta said. "I miss reading, writing and playing with my friends." Zimbabweans ...

Sunday election in Poland a test for president and populism

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's right-wing president, Andrzej Duda, is fighting for a second term in an election Sunday that will test whether he was helped by a campaign that depicted LGBT rights as a dangerous "ideology" and an unconventional last-minute reception by President Donald Trump ...

Fivefold growth of forest fires in Siberia reported

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's forest fire aerial protection service says forest fires in Siberia have grown nearly fivefold over the past week. The fires come amid a notable heat wave in parts of the sprawling region. A high temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 F) was reported a week ago in the ...

Ireland’s Micheal Martin to lead historic Irish coalition

LONDON (AP) — Centrist politician Micheal Martin became Ireland's prime minster Saturday, fusing two longtime rival parties into a coalition four months after an election that upended the status quo. The deal will see Martin's Fianna Fail govern with Fine Gael — the party of outgoing ...

New Israeli espionage TV series tackles shadow war with Iran

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's latest hit TV series takes the viewers straight into the heart of the country's archenemy Iran. "Tehran" tells the story of Tamar Rabinyan, a young Mossad operative tasked with hacking into and disabling an Iranian nuclear reactor so the Israeli military can ...

In Belgian town, monuments expose a troubled colonial legacy

HALLE, Belgium (AP) — For a long time, few people in the small Belgian town of Halle paid much attention to the monuments. They were just fixtures in a local park, tributes to great men of the past. But these are very different times, and yesterday's heroes can be today's racist ...

EU narrows down border list, US unlikely to make the cut

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union envoys are close to finalizing a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter Europe again, possibly from late next week, EU diplomats confirmed Saturday. Americans are almost certain to be excluded in the short term due to the number of U.S. ...

Germany cautions virus risk still high as economies restart

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel cautioned Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over, as regional outbreaks gave rise to fears of a second wave. Two of the largest U.S. states reversed course and reinstated some coronavirus restrictions amid a surge in new ...

Satellite image: Iran blast struck by suspected missile site

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An explosion that rattled Iran's capital came from an area in its eastern mountains that analysts believe hides an underground tunnel system and missile production sites, satellite photographs showed Saturday. What exploded in the incident early Friday that ...

Defense lawyers in MH17 plane trial seek more investigations

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers for a Russian charged with involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 said Tuesday that the nearly six-year investigation into the deadly incident still has not produced a definitive picture of what ...

U.S., Russia hold new nuclear arms talks, but without China

BERLIN (AP) — American and Russian negotiators have concluded a round of nuclear arms control talks in Vienna, aimed at producing a new agreement to replace the New START treaty that expires in February — the last remaining pact constraining the arsenals of the world's two major nuclear ...

Mathematicians behind JPEG files honored by Spanish award

MADRID (AP) — An international team of mathematicians whose theories have improved the compression of large digital files of data, including images and sound, will be recognized with one of the most prestigious awards in the Spanish-speaking world. The Spanish foundation that organizes the ...

Iconic restaurants adapt to lockdowns in Latin America

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Before the pandemic began, the Leo restaurant prided itself on taking customers on a culinary journey through Colombia. Inside the refurbished colonial home, diners feasted on set menus of at least 12 courses that included a thin slice of Pirarucu fish from the Amazon ...

Family of dead Paris delivery man urges chokehold ban

PARIS (AP) — New details about the death of a French delivery driver in the wake of a police arrest in January have raised renewed criticism over police restraining techniques and prompted his family to urge a ban on the use of chokeholds. In an appeal Tuesday, the family of Cedric Chouviat ...

Scottish grandmother climbs a mountain, one step at a time

LONDON (AP) — In the end, Margaret Payne scaled her mountain, one step at a time. The 90-year-old grandmother who launched an epic climb to raise money for charity completed her fundraiser Tuesday. Paybe scaled the stairs at her home the equivalent of 731 meters (2,398 feet) — enough to ...

Egyptian president says Libyan city Sirte a ‘red line’

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president Saturday warned that an attempt by Turkey-backed forces in Libya to attack the strategic city of Sirte would cross a "red line" and trigger a direct Egyptian military intervention into the conflict. Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, in televised comments, said Egypt could ...