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UK’s vaccine assessor opts against COVID jabs for children

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s vaccine advisors declined Friday to recommend the vaccination of healthy older children against COVID-19, saying the direct health benefits are "marginal." However, the British government said it may join others around the world in offering the vaccines after ...

Venezuelan government, opposition leaders continue dialogue

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Government and Venezuelan opposition representatives on Friday continued a dialogue aimed at finding a common path out of their country's political standoff. The groups met in Mexico City two weeks after signing a memorandum of understanding that marked the start of the ...

New Zealand police were following extremist who stabbed 6

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities were so worried about an extremist inspired by the Islamic State group that they were following him around the clock and were able to shoot and kill him within 60 seconds of him unleashing a knife attack that wounded six people Friday at ...

Guatemala’s former anti-corruption prosecutor faces arrest

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan officials confirmed Friday they are trying to arrest a fired anti-corruption prosecutor whose ouster led the United States to reduce cooperation with the Central American nation's legal system. The arrest warrant for Juan Francisco Sandoval was confirmed by ...

Thai PM Prayuth wins confidence vote after frenzied rumors

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has won a confidence vote in Parliament after a frenzy of speculation over the makeup of the ruling coalition. Rumors his own political allies might try to unseat him had recently overshadowed harsh criticism from the opposition about his ...

Brazil starts booster shots while many still await a 2nd jab

SAO PAULO (AP) — Some cities in Brazil are providing booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, even though most people have yet to receive their second jabs, in a sign of the concern in the country over the highly contagious delta variant. Rio de Janeiro, currently Brazil's epicenter for the ...

UN: Brief gains in air quality in 2020 over COVID lockdowns

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. weather agency says the world — and especially urban areas — experienced a brief, sharp drop in emissions of air pollutants last year amid lockdown measures and related travel restrictions put in place over the coronavirus pandemic. The World Meteorological ...

EU, AstraZeneca reach deal to end vaccine delivery dispute

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and drugmaker AstraZeneca said Friday that they reached a deal to end a damaging legal battle over the slow pace of deliveries of the company's COVID-19 vaccines. The European Commission, which is the EU's executive branch, said AstraZeneca made a "firm ...

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. weather agency says the world — and especially urban areas — experienced a brief, sharp drop in emissions of air pollutants last year amid lockdown measures and related travel restrictions put in place over the coronavirus pandemic. The World Meteorological ...

South Africa to encourage vaccinations, but not force them

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says his government will encourage people to get COVID-19 vaccinations but will not force them. Ramaphosa said that he believes employees may refuse vaccinations on medical and constitutional grounds. "No one should be forced to be ...

Excitement meets worry as European kids head back to school

LONDON (AP) — English educator Richard Sheriff watched this week as a group of energetic 11-year-olds entered their new secondary school for the first time — finding their classrooms, eating in the cafeteria, racing around the halls. The familiar rituals of a school sparking back to life ...

Young Africans struggle with jobs, education amid pandemic

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The future looked promising for Tinashe Mapuranga, an intern at a leading bank in Zimbabwe who appeared set to get a staff position as soon as he completed his college degree. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Amid the lockdowns, the 24-year-old was one of the first to ...

US defends strike that Afghan family says killed innocents

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — It felt like hell itself had opened up, said Ramal Ahmadi, who was watching cartoons with his nephew when a U.S. drone slammed into his family's courtyard where just moments before there had been a noisy celebration to greet the family's oldest brother. The last ...

Russia urges Apple, Google to remove Navalny app from stores

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's state communications watchdog warned Apple and Google on Thursday that they could face fines if they fail to remove an app created by allies of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from their stores. The agency, Roskomnadzor, warned Apple and Google that ...

EU pushes for more autonomy amid Afghanistan fallout

BRDO CASTLE, Slovenia (AP) — Still reeling from the European Union's shortcomings in Afghanistan, officials from the 27-nation bloc on Thursday discussed ways to improve their response to future crises and not be so reliant on the U.S. "Afghanistan has shown that the deficiency in our ...

China bans men it sees as not masculine enough from TV

BEIJING (AP) — China's government banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters Thursday to promote "revolutionary culture," broadening a campaign to tighten control over business and society and enforce official morality. President Xi Jinping has called for a "national rejuvenation," ...

Vaccines made in South Africa to stay in Africa, says envoy

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Vaccine doses produced by a plant in South Africa will no longer be exported to Europe following the intervention of South Africa's government, the African Union's COVID-19 vaccine envoy said Thursday. South African drug manufacturer Aspen Pharmacare, which has a ...

Greek health care workers protest compulsory vaccinations

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of Greek health care workers, accompanied by ambulances with sirens blaring, marched through central Athens on Thursday to protest regulations mandating coronavirus vaccines for anyone working in their sector. Under the regulation, which went into effect ...

Britain sends Australia 4 million Pfizer doses in swap deal

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Britain is rushing 4 million Pfizer doses to Australia, where authorities are scrambling to bolster supplies of that COVID-19 vaccine and protect the population against a rapidly spreading outbreak of the delta variant. The swap deal announced Friday follows ...

Merkel prepares to step down with legacy of tackling crises

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel will leave office as one of modern Germany's longest-serving leaders and a global diplomatic heavyweight, with a legacy defined by her management of a succession of crises that shook a fragile Europe rather than any grand visions for her own country. In 16 years ...