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Official: Afghan delegation, Taliban to talk peace in Qatar

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A high-powered Afghan government delegation, which will include the head of the country's reconciliation council, is to meet the Taliban in Doha to jump-start a long-stalled peace process, an Afghan official said Tuesday. The Taliban were expected to bring their ...

Iran’s president warns weapons-grade enrichment possible

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's outgoing president on Wednesday warned his country could enrich uranium at weapons-grade levels of 90% if it chose, though it still wanted to save its tattered nuclear deal with world powers. President Hassan Rouhani's comments, carried by the state-run IRNA news ...

No change here: London to retain masks on public transport

LONDON (AP) — Mask-wearing will be required on London's transport network even after the legal obligation to wear them in England is lifted on July 19, the city's mayor said Wednesday, as coronavirus cases across the whole of the U.K. rose above the 40,000 mark for the first time in nearly ...

UK to ban online racists from games after Euro 2020 uproar

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the government plans to ban anyone guilty of online racist abuse from soccer matches as authorities continue to respond to the lawlessness connected to England's loss in the final of the European soccer championship. Johnson on Wednesday ...

Road to future: Dutch province unveils solar bicycle path

MAARTENSDIJK, Netherlands (AP) — Authorities in a central Dutch province opened what they are billing as the world's longest solar bicycle path Wednesday, mixing sustainable energy with emission-free travel. Students from a local elementary school were the first to ride along the ...

Belarus targets rights activists, journalists with raids

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus raided the offices and homes of dozens of human rights activists and journalists Wednesday in a sweeping crackdown a day after the country's authoritarian president promised to "deal with" non-governmental organizations that he accuses of fomenting ...

Merkel brings message of stability to US on farewell visit

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel left Wednesday for Washington on what is likely to be her last official visit , carrying a bag full of issues to discuss with President Joe Biden and an overarching message for Berlin's close ally: you've got a friend. The veteran German leader ...

Haiti police chief links Venezuelan to assassination plot

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's police chief on Wednesday accused a Venezuelan businessman who owns a security company in Florida of traveling to Haiti numerous times as part of a plot to assassinate President Jovenel Moïse, who was killed last week. Léon Charles, head of the Haiti's ...

India internet law adds to fears over online speech, privacy

NEW DELHI (AP) — It began in February with a tweet by pop star Rihanna that sparked widespread condemnation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's handling of massive farmer protests near the capital, souring an already troubled relationship between the government and Twitter. Moving to ...

Southern Spain bakes under hot air blast from Africa

MADRID (AP) — Southern Spain sweltered under intense heat for a second straight day on Sunday, when thermometers were expected to reach well over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in large swathes of the European Union country. A mass of hot air carrying dust and sand from Africa ...

Voters apathetic in Bulgaria’s early parliamentary election

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Voter apathy dominated Bulgaria's early election on Sunday, raising the prospect of yet another fractured parliament that will struggle to form a viable governing coalition. The Central Election Commission said voter turnout was nearly 30% by 5 p.m., almost 10% less ...

In Jordan sedition trial, U.S. defendant alleges torture

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A U.S. citizen and former top aide to Jordan's King Abdullah II alleged he was tortured in Jordanian detention and fears for his life, his U.S.-based lawyer said Sunday, on the eve of a verdict in the high-profile sedition trial linked to a rare public rift in the ...

Slovenians appear to reject changing water protection law

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenians on Sunday appeared to have overwhelmingly rejected changes to the country's water management law, according to preliminary results, a development that will be a blow to the country's right-wing leader. About 86.5% of people voted against the amendments ...

Bangladesh hits single-day virus records

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Authorities in Bangladesh say the country has registered the highest number of COVID-19 casualties and positive cases in a single day. The news comes amid concern that the coronavirus pandemic could worsen over the next seven days. The government's Directorate General of ...

Bulgarians elect new parliament amid corruption worries

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarians are voting in a snap poll on Sunday after a previous election in April produced a fragmented parliament that failed to form a viable coalition government. Latest opinion polls suggest that the rerun could produce similar results but also a further drop in ...

Myanmar caught off guard as cases surge, oxygen dwindles

BANGKOK (AP) — Soe Win stood in line at a plant to buy oxygen for his grandmother, who is struggling with COVID-19 symptoms. "I have been waiting since 5 in the morning until 12 noon but I'm still in line. Oxygen is scarcer than money," said the resident of Myanmar's biggest city, ...

Leaders of North Korea, China vow to strengthen ties

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The North Korean and Chinese leaders expressed their desire Sunday to further strengthen their ties as they exchanged messages marking the 60th anniversary of their countries' defense treaty. In a message to Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong ...

Ethiopia’s ruling party wins national election in landslide

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's ruling Prosperity Party on Saturday was declared the winner of last month's national election in a landslide, assuring a second five-year term for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The National Election Board of Ethiopia said the ruling party won 410 seats ...

‘We need help’: Haiti’s interim leader requests US troops

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's interim government has asked the U.S. and U.N. to deploy troops to protect key infrastructure as it tries to stabilize the country and prepare for elections in the aftermath of President Jovenel Moïse's assassination. The stunning request for U.S. ...

UK police officer admits killing woman abducted on walk home

LONDON (AP) — A British police officer pleaded guilty Friday to murdering a 33-year-old woman who was abducted as she walked home from a friend's house in south London. Wayne Couzens previously admitted kidnapping and raping Sarah Everard, a marketing executive who went missing on March 3. ...