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Morocco starts vaccinating children ages 12 to 17

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco has launched a campaign to administer COVID-19 vaccines to children from 12 to 17, becoming one of the first African countries to inoculate that age group. The World Health Organization says that the North African country has already given around 33 million ...

Train station protests fizzle in Italy as COVID passes start

ROME (AP) — Police outnumbered demonstrators at several of Italy's main train stations as COVID-19 vaccination or tests became mandatory Wednesday for long-distance travel within the country. Threats by some of the rule's opponents to block railroad tracks apparently fizzled. On the eve of ...

Taiwan gets first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines after long delay

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan received its first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines Thursday after a prolonged purchasing process that gave rise to a political blame game with China. Taiwan had been unable to buy the vaccine itself directly from BioNTech, the German company that had partnered ...

Vaccinations in rural India increase amid supply concerns

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has dramatically increased COVID-19 vaccination rates in its vast rural hinterland, where around 65% of the country's nearly 1.4 billion people live. But supply constraints remain for the world's largest maker of vaccines and experts say it's unlikely India will reach ...

‘Last mile’ solution for Brazilian favela born from pandemic

SAO PAULO (AP) — Workers in Brazil's biggest city unloaded an air fryer, a gaming chair and a 40-inch television from a truck and carried them into a small distribution center where they'd soon be sent to nearby homes. Their speedy dispatch would be nothing special in most of Sao Paulo. But ...

UN chief urges countries to help Afghans in “hour of need”

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief urged all nations to help the people of Afghanistan "in their darkest hour of need," saying Tuesday that almost half the population needs humanitarian assistance to survive and the country faces the threat of basic services collapsing ...

Bali bomb case at Guantanamo runs into immediate challenges

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (AP) — Three men held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center were formally charged Tuesday in connection with the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings and other plots in Southeast Asia after 18 years in U.S. custody, with defense lawyers insisting afterward that the ...

Venezuelan opposition to participate in regional elections

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition parties announced Tuesday they will participate in the regional and municipal elections scheduled for November, reversing ground from their previous boycotts of recent balloting. The announcement came days before the opposition and the ...

Europe sees inflation jump on temporary factors

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Annual inflation equaled 10-year high in Europe in August, boosted by more expensive fuel and supply chain disruptions. Economists say the jump is temporary, but it could raise questions about how persistent higher inflation might turn out to be. The 19 countries ...

Indian economy grows by 20.1%, raising hopes of recovery

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's economy grew by 20.1% in the April-June quarter from the same period a year earlier, when it suffered a record contraction, the government announced Tuesday, raising hopes of an economic recovery. It was India's fastest pace of growth since it began publishing ...

ANALYSIS: China extends control with online gaming crackdown

BEIJING (AP) — Hugely popular online games and celebrity culture in China are the latest targets in the ruling Communist Party's campaign to encourage the public to fall in line with its vision for a powerful, more wholesome country. The message? Play less, study and work more. Rules that ...

South Korea bans Google, Apple payment monopolies

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's National Assembly approved legislation on Tuesday that bans app store operators such as Google and Apple from forcing developers to use their in-app payment systems. South Korea is reportedly the first country in the world to pass such a bill, which ...

Ukraine’s leader to talk with Biden on security, Russian gas

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's leader is visiting the United States this week in hopes of bolstering security ties with Washington and persuading the Biden administration to ramp up sanctions against a new Russian natural gas pipeline that bypasses his country. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ...

Israel urges Netanyahu return gifts; he denies keeping them

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister's office has urged former premier Benjamin Netanyahu to return dozens of expensive gifts he received while serving in the nation's top job. The request, confirmed Monday by the office of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, came as Netanyahu reportedly ...

Jamaican reggae legend “Lee Scratch” Perry dies at 85

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jamaican singer and record producer "Lee Scratch" Perry, considered one of reggae's founding fathers, died on Sunday. He was 85. Perry, whose real name is Rainford Hugh Perry, died at a hospital in Montego Bay, Jamaica, according to a statement issued by Prime ...

Explosion at Colombian police station leaves 13 injured

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — At least 13 people were injured following an explosion at a police station near Colombia's border with Venezuela, officials in the city of Cucuta said on Monday. Police said the explosion was caused by an "improvised explosive device" that was left at the station, ...

Return to school filled with uncertainty in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — With bottles of gel, temperature checks and wide-open windows, a new school year began Monday for millions of children in Mexico. Officially, school is starting "in person, responsibly and orderly," according to the Education Ministry. In practice, it will be a system ...

7 minors among 29 dead on migrant boat to Canary Islands

MADRID (AP) — At least 29 Africans, including seven children, died last week while trying to reach Spain's Canary Islands on a smuggling boat, according to information released Monday from a U.N. migration agency and a Spanish migrant charity in touch with victims' relatives. Spanish ...

Some Indonesian students return to schools, at a distance

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — School bells rang in parts of Indonesia's capital for the first time in more than a year on Monday as schools shut by the coronavirus were allowed to begin reopening as cases decline. A total of 610 schools that passed standards set by the Jakarta Education Agency ...

Universal Studios sets opening for first theme park in China

BEIJING (AP) — Universal Studios announced Monday that its first theme park in China will open in the country's capital in September. The company set the opening date for Sept. 20, according to a statement and video posted on the Chinese social media site WeChat. Under construction since ...