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Prince William: Before travelling to space, save the planet

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince William has criticized some of the world's richest men for using their wealth to fund a new space race and space tourism rather than trying to fix the problems on Earth instead. William voiced his disapproval in an interview with the BBC aired Thursday, a day ...

Merkel: ‘very hard work’ ahead to achieve EU climate goals

MADRID (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel predicted Thursday that achieving European Union targets for slashing emissions that cause global warming will be "very hard work." The so-called European Green Deal, agreed last December, provides a blueprint for cutting gas emissions by 55% ...

Africa detecting just 1 in 7 COVID-19 cases, says WHO study

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Only one in seven COVID-19 infections in Africa are being detected, meaning the continent's estimated infection level may be 59 million people, according to a new study by the World Health Organization. "With limited testing, we're still flying blind in far ...

Greece: Severe storm, floods batter Athens, fire-hit island

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Severe storms swept across Greece Thursday, flooding hundreds of homes in Athens and prompting evacuations on the island of Evia that was ravaged by summer wildfires. Rescuers were also preparing to use helicopters to lift stranded people off rooftops in flooded and ...

Relatives make painstaking searches for Mexico’s missing

CUAUTLA, Mexico (AP) — Two young volunteers dressed in long sleeves, jeans and face masks dig into the steep side of stream bank reeking of sewage that flows from a shopping center. Neither the overpowering stench, the piles of garbage, nor the suffocating heat stops them in their desperate ...

Norway mourns bow-and-arrow victims, recalls 2011 attack

HELSINKI (AP) — Many Norwegians recall it all too well: politicians, residents and Norway's royal family together mourning an act of home-grown mass violence that profoundly shook a Scandinavian nation where such tragedies are rare. A bow-and-arrow attack that killed five people and wounded ...

ASEAN ministers mull censuring Myanmar for hindering envoy

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asia's top diplomats will discuss in an emergency meeting Friday whether to allow Myanmar's military leader to attend an annual summit after a crisis envoy was barred from meeting ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The Association of Southeast Asian ...

Gunbattles erupt during protest of Beirut blast probe; 6 die

BEIRUT (AP) — Heavy gunfire broke out Thursday in Beirut during a protest organized by the Hezbollah group against the judge leading the probe into last year's blast in the city's port. At least six people were killed and dozens wounded in the most violent street fighting in the Lebanese ...

Myanmar bars Suu Kyi’s lawyer from talking about her cases

BANGKOK (AP) — The main lawyer for Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is being tried on multiple criminal charges, said late Thursday he has been issued a gag order barring him from talking about her cases. Lawyer Khin Maung Zaw wrote on his Facebook page that the action against ...

US: Nicaragua’s elections ‘have lost all credibility’

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The U.S. State Department said Thursday that next month's presidential elections in Nicaragua "have lost all credibility" because of President Daniel Ortega's arrests of critics and seven potential challengers. Starting in May, Ortega began arresting almost any ...

Alitalia makes final flights but ITA buys the Alitalia brand

ROME (AP) — Italy's bankrupt national airline, Alitalia, made its final flights Thursday before formally folding, marking the end of business for the 74-year-old carrier and an end of an era for Italy. A flight attendant at Rome's Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci Airport thanked passengers for ...

Shredded Banksy artwork sells for $25.4 million at auction

LONDON (AP) — A work by British street artist Banksy that sensationally self-shredded just after it sold at auction three years ago fetched almost 18.6 million pounds ($25.4 million) on Thursday — a record for the artist, and close to 20 times its pre-shredded price. "Love is in the Bin" ...

Australian state to end quarantine for vaccinated travelers

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's most populous state New South Wales said on Friday it would end hotel quarantine for vaccinated international travelers as the government accelerates the wind back of pandemic restrictions. State Premier Dominic Perrottet announced that vaccinated ...

Made in India virus kits boost testing, and local industry

NEW DELHI (AP) — As the first wave of the pandemic began to take hold in India, Sanchi Jawa and her 59-year-old father, Harish Jawa, realized that they had the symptoms of a COVID-19 infection. They decided to isolate and get tested — but this was no easy task during the spring of ...

UN investigator: North Korea kids and elderly risk starving

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Koreans living under strict pandemic restrictions are facing a growing food crisis and the most vulnerable children and elderly people in the isolated Asian nation are at risk of starvation, a U.N. investigator said in a report released Wednesday. Tomás Ojea ...

Women taken from African mothers by Belgium seek reparation

BRUSSELS (AP) — Five biracial women born in Congo when the country was under Belgian rule who were taken away from their Black mothers and separated from their African roots are suing the Belgian state for crimes against humanity. Lea Tavares Mujinga, Monique Bintu Bingi, Noelle Verbeken, ...

Austrian ex-Chancellor Kurz sworn in as member of parliament

BERLIN (AP) — Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was sworn in Thursday as a member of parliament after resigning last week amid corruption allegations, local news agency APA reported. Kurz, 35, is also keeping his role as party leader and became the head of its parliamentary group, ...

Rome trial opens for 4 members of Egyptian security forces

ROME (AP) — The trial of four high-ranking members of Egypt's security forces started Thursday without the Egyptians on hand to face charges they were involved in the abduction, torture and killing in Cairo of an Italian doctoral student. Giulio Regeni's parents and sister walked into the ...

At UN court, Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of ethnic hatred

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Armenia accused neighboring Azerbaijan of systematically promoting ethnic hatred against Armenia citizens, as the two nations that fought a six-week war last year faced off at a U.N. court on Thursday. Armenian representative Yeghishe Kirakosyan made the ...

New Zealand businessman sent to jail for child abuse images

SYDNEY (AP) — One of New Zealand's best-known businessmen Ron Brierley was sentenced in a Sydney court on Thursday to 14 months in prison for possessing thousands of child sex abuse images. The 84-year-old former corporate raider had pleaded guilty to the charges in New South Wales state ...