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India schools cautiously reopen even as COVID warnings grow

NEW DELHI (AP) — More students in India will be able to step inside a classroom for the first time in nearly 18 months Wednesday, as authorities gave the green light to partially reopen more schools despite apprehension from some parents and signs that infections are picking up ...

China warns Kerry that bad ties could set back climate talks

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned U.S. climate envoy John Kerry on Wednesday that deteriorating U.S.-China relations could undermine cooperation between the two on climate change. Wang told Kerry by video link that such cooperation cannot be separated from the broader ...

Geelani, Kashmir’s staunchest anti-India leader, dies at 92

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Syed Ali Geelani, an icon of disputed Kashmir's resistance against Indian rule and a top separatist leader who became the emblem of the region's defiance against New Delhi, died late Wednesday. He was 92. Geelani died surrounded by family members at his home in ...

Google appeals $591M French fine in copyright payment spat

PARIS (AP) — Google is appealing a 500 million euro ($591 million) fine issued by French regulators over its handling of negotiations with publishers in a dispute over copyright. The dispute is part of a larger battle by authorities in Europe and elsewhere to force Google and other tech ...

OPEC steadily adds back production as economy recovers

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The OPEC oil producers' cartel and allied non-member countries led by Russia signed off Wednesday on gradually increasing production as the global economy and demand for fuel continue to recover from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. The group fended off ...

Afghans face hunger crisis, adding to Taliban’s challenges

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations' stockpiles of food in Afghanistan could run out this month, a senior official warned Wednesday, threatening to add a hunger crisis to the challenges facing the country's new Taliban rulers as they try to restore stability after decades of ...

Indonesia seizes tanker believed to carry illicit waste oil

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's navy has seized a massive tanker believed to be loaded with thousands of tons of wasted black oil and has brought the ship to shore for further investigation, officials said Thursday. The Panamanian-flagged MT Zodiac Star was located Wednesday after the ...

Micronesia’s president says he mandated vaccines to protect

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Micronesia President David Panuelo said Wednesday he'll continue to walk around his island nation without fear, despite an alleged death threat against him over his government's vaccine mandate. A month ago, Micronesia became one of the few countries in the ...

Restaurants, malls reopen as Thai virus restrictions eased

BANGKOK (AP) — Shopping malls, restaurants, parks and schools reopened in Thailand's capital on Wednesday after the government eased restrictions intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus. A surge that began in April sent new cases and deaths soaring, and department stores, restaurants, ...

France first big EU nation to start widespread booster jabs

PARIS (AP) — France on Wednesday started administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccine to people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions as the delta variant spreads in the country. France is the first big EU country to introduce widespread booster shots, and several other ...

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 ...