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Belarus, Russia announce retaliatory sanctions against EU

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Friday announced they were imposing sanctions against the European Union, and threatened to revise the country's diplomatic relations with the bloc, in response to EU sanctions on several dozen Belarus officials accused of falsifying presidential ...

Hundreds in India protest government handling of fatal rape

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of protesters on Friday demanded the dismissal of the government of a northern Indian state where a 19-year-old woman from the country's lowest caste was allegedly gang raped and later died in a hospital. The demonstrators shouted "Hang the rapists" and "First raped ...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro baffles evangelicals with top court pick

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday nominated a judge with a record of flexible rulings to the country's Supreme Court, frustrating evangelical members of his conservative base who had been promised one of their own for the opening. Bolsonaro announced his ...

EU regulator starts safety review of coronavirus drug

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency says it has started a safety review after some patients taking the coronavirus drug remdesivir reported serious kidney problems. In a statement on Friday, the EU regulator said it isn't clear whether remdesivir was causing the "acute kidney ...

EU sanctions Belarus over election, gets in-kind response

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union imposed sanctions Friday on 40 officials suspected of election misconduct and a brutal security crackdown on protesters in Belarus, which quickly retaliated by announcing its own sanctions against the EU and recalling its ambassadors from Poland and ...

Armenia ready to discuss cease-fire amid Azerbaijan clashes

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia said Friday it is ready to discuss a cease-fire in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces this week has killed dozens and left scores wounded. The fighting is the biggest escalation in years in ...

UN chief: World is living in `shadow of nuclear catastrophe’

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that the world is living "in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe," fueled by growing distrust and tensions between the nuclear powers. The U.N. chief told a high-level meeting to commemorate the recent International ...

UK, Canada impose sanctions on Belarus president, officials

LONDON (AP) — Britain and Canada imposed sanctions Tuesday on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, his son and other senior government officials following the country's disputed presidential election and a violent crackdown on protesters in Belarus. U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab ...

Crown prince becomes oil-rich Kuwait’s new ruling emir

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah became the oil-rich nation's new ruling emir Tuesday night, reaching the highest post in the country after decades in its security services. Sheikh Nawaf, 83, had served as the crown prince since 2006, ...

Israeli PM to UN: Hezbollah storing missiles in Beirut

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday accused the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of maintaining a "secret arms depot" in a residential neighborhood of Beirut, warning it could cause another tragic explosion in the Lebanese capital. Hezbollah denied the ...

Myanmar says militants hampering return of Rohingya refugees

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A top Myanmar official on Tuesday accused a militant group and its supporters of hampering the repatriation of over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled a military crackdown in 2017 and are now in camps in Bangladesh. Kyaw Tint Swe, Myanmar's minister for the office of the ...

North Korea on virus threat: ‘Under safe and stable control’

North Korea on Tuesday called on the world's governments to "display effective leadership" in the fight against COVID-19 and said its own measures against the pandemic, which it called "preemptive, timely and strong," ensured it had the threat "under safe and stable control." Kim Song, the ...

Official: Paris stabbing suspect targeted Charlie Hebdo

PARIS (AP) — The chief suspect in a double stabbing in Paris told investigators he carried out the attack in anger over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad recently republished by satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, a judicial official said Saturday. Two people were wounded and seven people are ...

Thousands protest COVID-19 restrictions in central London

LONDON (AP) — Police moved into London's Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon to break up a protest against restrictions imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19 after demonstrators ignored warnings to observe social distancing rules. Thousands of people, most of whom weren't wearing masks, ...

Boris Johnson urges world leaders to unite against COVID-19

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic has frayed the bonds between nations, and urged world leaders to unite against the "common foe" of COVID-19. Johnson, who made the remarks in a prerecorded speech to the United Nations General ...

1st Kosovar Albanian arrested on war crimes charges

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A special international court said Thursday that a former commander of the separatist fighters in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war has been arrested on charges including torture of detainees and the murder of one prisoner held at a compound in Kosovo during the conflict. The ...

UK may take part in COVID-19 vaccine ‘challenge studies’

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it may take part in a study that tries to deliberately infect volunteers who have been given an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus in an effort to more quickly determine if the vaccine works. The approach, called a challenge study, is risky ...

At UN, Africa urges fiscal help against virus ‘apocalypse’

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — African nations came out swinging on the third day of the United Nations annual gathering of world leaders Thursday, calling for dramatic fiscal measures to help economies survive the coronavirus pandemic — which one leader called the "fifth horseman of the ...

India says some progress made in military talks with China

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Senior Indian and Chinese military commanders have agreed to stop the further buildup of troops along their fast-militarizing disputed border in the mountainous Ladakh region where the two Asian giants have for months been locked in a bitter standoff, the Indian ...

In UN speech, Duterte defends drug war but tempers tone

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte defended his drug crackdown, dismissed criticism from human rights advocates and underscored his country's claims in the South China Sea as the sometimes aggressive critic of the United Nations addressed its annual gathering of world ...