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New Israeli espionage TV series tackles shadow war with Iran

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's latest hit TV series takes the viewers straight into the heart of the country's archenemy Iran. "Tehran" tells the story of Tamar Rabinyan, a young Mossad operative tasked with hacking into and disabling an Iranian nuclear reactor so the Israeli military can ...

In Belgian town, monuments expose a troubled colonial legacy

HALLE, Belgium (AP) — For a long time, few people in the small Belgian town of Halle paid much attention to the monuments. They were just fixtures in a local park, tributes to great men of the past. But these are very different times, and yesterday's heroes can be today's racist ...

EU narrows down border list, US unlikely to make the cut

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union envoys are close to finalizing a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter Europe again, possibly from late next week, EU diplomats confirmed Saturday. Americans are almost certain to be excluded in the short term due to the number of U.S. ...

Germany cautions virus risk still high as economies restart

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel cautioned Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over, as regional outbreaks gave rise to fears of a second wave. Two of the largest U.S. states reversed course and reinstated some coronavirus restrictions amid a surge in new ...

Satellite image: Iran blast struck by suspected missile site

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An explosion that rattled Iran's capital came from an area in its eastern mountains that analysts believe hides an underground tunnel system and missile production sites, satellite photographs showed Saturday. What exploded in the incident early Friday that ...

Defense lawyers in MH17 plane trial seek more investigations

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers for a Russian charged with involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 said Tuesday that the nearly six-year investigation into the deadly incident still has not produced a definitive picture of what ...

U.S., Russia hold new nuclear arms talks, but without China

BERLIN (AP) — American and Russian negotiators have concluded a round of nuclear arms control talks in Vienna, aimed at producing a new agreement to replace the New START treaty that expires in February — the last remaining pact constraining the arsenals of the world's two major nuclear ...

Mathematicians behind JPEG files honored by Spanish award

MADRID (AP) — An international team of mathematicians whose theories have improved the compression of large digital files of data, including images and sound, will be recognized with one of the most prestigious awards in the Spanish-speaking world. The Spanish foundation that organizes the ...

Iconic restaurants adapt to lockdowns in Latin America

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Before the pandemic began, the Leo restaurant prided itself on taking customers on a culinary journey through Colombia. Inside the refurbished colonial home, diners feasted on set menus of at least 12 courses that included a thin slice of Pirarucu fish from the Amazon ...

Family of dead Paris delivery man urges chokehold ban

PARIS (AP) — New details about the death of a French delivery driver in the wake of a police arrest in January have raised renewed criticism over police restraining techniques and prompted his family to urge a ban on the use of chokeholds. In an appeal Tuesday, the family of Cedric Chouviat ...

Scottish grandmother climbs a mountain, one step at a time

LONDON (AP) — In the end, Margaret Payne scaled her mountain, one step at a time. The 90-year-old grandmother who launched an epic climb to raise money for charity completed her fundraiser Tuesday. Paybe scaled the stairs at her home the equivalent of 731 meters (2,398 feet) — enough to ...

Egyptian president says Libyan city Sirte a ‘red line’

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president Saturday warned that an attempt by Turkey-backed forces in Libya to attack the strategic city of Sirte would cross a "red line" and trigger a direct Egyptian military intervention into the conflict. Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, in televised comments, said Egypt could ...

French protesters decry racism, other systemic injustices

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of people in protested Saturday in Paris against racism and police violence and in memory of Black men who died following encounters with French police or under suspicious circumstances. The protesters marched to the former home of Lamine Dieng, a 25-year-old ...

UN says Afghan health workers facing deliberate attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations on Sunday released a special report expressing concerns over what it called recent "deliberate attacks" against health care workers and facilities in Afghanistan during the coronavirus pandemic. The United Nations Assistance Mission in ...

Black Lives Matter spurs scrutiny of Dutch colonial past

HOORN, Netherlands (AP) — The 17th century has gone down in Dutch history as the Golden Age, when unprecedented trading wealth helped fund the likes of artists Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer. But the grim flip side of the prosperity — fortunes generated by seafaring traders, ...

Beijing sees drop in virus cases as Brazil passes 1 million

BEIJING (AP) — China's capital recorded a further drop in coronavirus cases amid tightened containment measures while Brazil surpassed more than 1 million confirmed infections, second only to the United States. Officials reported 22 new cases in Beijing on Saturday, along with five others ...

Thunberg has hope for climate, despite leaders’ inaction

BERLIN (AP) — Preparing for her appearance before the U.N. General Assembly last fall, Greta Thunberg found herself constantly interrupted by world leaders, including U.N. chief Antonio Guterres and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had formed a queue to speak to her and take ...

LGBT refugees find a haven in Kenya despite persecution

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — When he was attacked by a mob for being gay, Martin Okello said the kicks and blows from his assailants came so fast that he couldn't stop them or flee. He passed out and was left for dead in Nairobi's low-income neighborhood of Kawangware. Okello had fled to Kenya from ...

China claims valley where Indian, Chinese soldiers brawled

NEW DELHI (AP) — China said the Galwan Valley high up in the Himalayan border region where Chinese and Indian troops engaged in a deadly brawl this week falls entirely within China, boldly laying claim to the disputed area as the Asian giants continued using military and diplomatic channels ...

Global emergency aid delivery could end next month, UN warns

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A global emergency delivery service that has kept tons of humanitarian aid flowing despite coronavirus travel restrictions could shut down next month if funding can't be found to keep it running, the World Food Program warned Friday. The shortfall comes "just as demand ...