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UK cases drop 60% due to vaccines, lockdown

LONDON — Britain's COVID-19 vaccination program is beginning to break the link between infection and serious illness or death, according to the latest results from an ongoing study of the pandemic in England. Researchers at Imperial College London found that COVID-19 infections dropped about ...

Holocaust survivors use social media to fight anti-Semitism

BERLIN (AP) — Alarmed by a rise in online anti-Semitism during the pandemic, coupled with studies indicating younger generations lack even basic knowledge of the Nazi genocide, Holocaust survivors are taking to social media to share their experiences of how hate speech paved the way for mass ...

Indonesia landslides death toll rises to 119, dozens missing

LEMBATA, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from mudslides in eastern Indonesia has risen to 119 with scores still missing, officials said Wednesday, as rain continued to pound the region and hamper the search. The village of Lamanele on Adonara island suffered the highest losses with 60 bodies ...

China condemns 2 ex-Xinjiang officials in separatism cases

BEIJING (AP) — China has sentenced a former education official and a former legal official in the northwestern region of Xinjiang to death with a two-year reprieve on charges including separatism and bribe taking. Sattar Sawut and Shirzat Bawudun are the latest of many Xinjiang bureaucrats, ...

Germany’s Greens to pick candidate for chancellor April 19

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's environmentalist Greens will decide later this month which of their two co-leaders will make the party's first run for the chancellery in a national election in September, a senior party official said Wednesday. Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck have led the party ...

US military cites rising risk of Chinese move against Taiwan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American military is warning that China is probably accelerating its timetable for capturing control of Taiwan, the island democracy that has been the chief source of tension between Washington and Beijing for decades and is widely seen as the most likely trigger for a ...

3rd health minister fired in virus-hit Czech Republic

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Prime Minster Andrej Babis fired his health minister on Wednesday, the third health minister who has been ousted during the pandemic in one of Europe's hardest-hit countries. Jan Blatny was expected to be replaced by Petr Arenberger, the director of Prague's University ...

‘Grim reaper’ Berlin artist protests Brazil’s virus stance

BERLIN (AP) — A Brazilian activist dressed as the grim reaper is taking to the streets of Berlin every night in a one-man protest against what he calls the "deadly health policies" pursued by his homeland's president in the pandemic. Multimedia artist Rafael Puetter, who has been in Berlin ...

China warns Washington not to boycott Winter Olympics

BEIJING (AP) — China's government warned Washington on Wednesday not to boycott next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing after the Biden administration said it was talking with allies about a joint approach to complaints of human rights abuses. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson rejected ...

Russia to boost ties with Pakistan, supply military gear

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday said Moscow and Islamabad will boost ties in the fight against terrorism, with Russia providing unspecified military equipment to Pakistan and the two holding joint exercises at sea and in the mountains. In Pakistan on the final day of ...

Myanmar security forces attack town that resisted with arms

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Security forces on Wednesday stormed a town in northwestern Myanmar where some residents had used homemade hunting rifles to resist the military's February seizure of power, killing at least seven civilians and injuring many others, local news reports said. The online ...

Main opposition party against mining wins Greenland election

HELSINKI (AP) — Greenland's main opposition party, which is against an international mining project involving uranium and other metals on the Arctic island, has emerged as the biggest party after winning more than a third of votes in an early parliamentary election, according to initial ...

EU life expectancy drops across bloc amid virus pandemic

BRUSSELS (AP) — Life expectancy across much of the European Union has dropped last year, as the 27-nation bloc struggled with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The EU statistical agency Eurostat said Wednesday that "following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, life ...

Leaders of Russia and China tighten their grips, grow closer

MOSCOW (AP) — They're not leaders for life — not technically, at least. But in political reality, the powerful tenures of China's Xi Jinping and, as of this week, Russia's Vladimir Putin are looking as if they will extend much deeper into the 21st century — even as the two superpowers ...

EU agency to share results of probe into AstraZeneca shot

LONDON (AP) — The European Union's medicines regulator will announce the conclusions of its investigation into the possible connection between AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine and rare blood clots later Wednesday. Earlier this week, a senior official from the European Medicines Agency, or ...

Putin calls Argentine leader with COVID despite Sputnik shot

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Monday called his Argentine counterpart, who has tested positive for COVID-19 despite receiving a Russian vaccine. The Kremlin said in its readout of the call that Argentine President Alberto Fernández told Putin that he only had minor symptoms ...

Hikers scramble as new fissure opens up at Icelandic volcano

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Steam and lava spurted Monday from a new fissure at an Icelandic volcano that began erupting last month, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of hikers who had come to see the spectacle. The new fissure, first spotted by a sightseeing helicopter, was about 500 ...

France to open archive for period covering Rwandan genocide

PARIS (AP) — France's role before and during the 1994 Rwandan genocide was a "monumental failure" that the country must acknowledge, the lead author of a report commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron said, as the country is about to open its archives from this period to the public. The ...

Indonesian rescuers dig for people buried in landslides

LEMBATA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers in remote eastern Indonesia were digging through the debris of a landslide Tuesday in search of as many as 21 people believed to be buried in one of several disasters brought on by severe weather in the Southeast Asian nation and neighboring East ...

Greenland election shows divide over rare-earth metals mine

HELSINKI (AP) — Greenland is holding an early parliamentary election Tuesday focused in part on whether the semi-autonomous Danish territory should allow international companies to mine the sparsely populated Arctic island's substantial deposits of rare-earth metals.. Lawmakers agreed on a ...