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Kim stresses military preparations ahead of US-SKorea drills

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that leader Kim Jong Un called for stronger capability to cope with any foreign provocation as he met with military officers ahead of annual drills next month between South Korea and the United States that Pyongyang views as an invasion ...

German federal court sides with Lindt in gold bunny battle

BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court ruled Thursday that the golden shade of the foil wrap on Lindt & Spruengli's Gold Bunny, a popular chocolate Easter bunny, enjoys protected status. The Federal Court of Justice delivered its verdict in a battle between Switzerland's Lindt and a German ...

Report: UK could hit 40 Celsius soon due to climate change

LONDON (AP) — Britain has become wetter and warmer as a result of climate change, with the country's 10 hottest years in more than a century occurring since 2002, a report by leading meteorologists said Thursday. The annual "State of the U.K. Climate" report, published in the International ...

AstraZeneca to seek US approval of COVID vaccine in 2nd half

LONDON (AP) — AstraZeneca said Thursday that it intends to seek U.S. approval for its COVID-19 vaccine later this year, further delaying the application even as the company announced it had already delivered more than 1 billion doses to other countries. The Anglo-Swedish drugmaker said the ...

Wildfires in southern Turkey leave 3 dead, 58 hospitalized

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Thursday began investigating the cause of a string of forest fires in Turkey's Mediterranean and southern Aegean regions, including two near the coastal resort town of Manavgat that killed three people and sent over 50 others to the hospital as ...

Who’s next? Jodie Whittaker to leave ‘Doctor Who’ in 2022

LONDON (AP) — It's time for another "Doctor Who" regeneration. The BBC said Thursday that star Jodie Whittaker will leave the venerable science fiction series next year, along with showrunner Chris Chibnall. Whittaker will bow out after a new six-episode series later this year and three ...

Southeast Europe heat wave set to be among worst in decades

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A heat wave scorched southeast Europe on Thursday, intensifying wildfires and sending residents flocking to the coast, public fountains and air-conditioned locations to find some relief. Temperatures rose above 40 C (104 F) in parts of Greece and across much of the ...

Spanish judge tosses out suit against Polisario Front leader

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit against the leader of a movement seeking independence for Western Sahara from Morocco that had accused him of torture, genocide and other crimes. Judge Santiago Pedraz said the 20-year statute of limitations had expired for the ...

Brazil begins mass vaccine study in poor Rio neighborhood

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian health authorities on Thursday began the mass immunization of Rio de Janeiro's Mare neighborhood in a novel bid to control COVID-19 in a poor community while studying vaccine effectiveness and the prevalence of worrisome variants. The bayside Mare complex is ...

Guatemalans protest president, attorney general

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Thousands of Guatemalans took to the streets in protest Thursday, blocking highways and calling for a national strike over the government's apparent unwillingness to tackle corruption. Pressure has been building since Attorney General Consuelo Porras fired ...

Colombia coastal city crowded with African, Haitian migrants

NECOCLI, Colombia (AP) — A small city on Colombia's Caribbean shore is being crowded with migrants from Haiti, Africa and Cuba making what they hope will be a journey toward the United States. Local official estimate more than 10,000 migrants have massed recently in Necocli, a city of some ...

Hong Kong protester given 9-year term in 1st security case

HONG KONG (AP) — A pro-democracy protester was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison in the closely watched first case under Hong Kong's national security law as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over the territory. Tong Ying-kit, 24, was convicted of inciting secession and ...

U.S. warns China is building more nuclear missile silos

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. military is warning about what analysts have described as a major expansion of China's nuclear missile silo fields at a time of heightened tension between Beijing and Washington. Researchers at the Federation of American Scientists estimate that China has ...

In effort to curb COVID, Tokyo Olympics collect lots of spit

TOKYO (AP) — They spit. They wait. They hope. About 30,000 people from scores of nations are spitting into tiny plastic vials at the Olympics in a daily routine that's grown crucial in going ahead with the pandemic-era Games, according to organizers. If you do the math for the two-week ...

World pledges $4B in push to repair COVID’s education damage

LONDON (AP) — International governments and companies have pledged more than $4 billion to educate 175 million children around the world and prevent a generation's chances being blighted by the coronavirus pandemic. The commitments came Thursday at a conference in London hosted by Britain, ...

Portugal eases virus limits, takes aim at ‘total freedom’

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is beginning its journey to what the country's prime minister calls "total freedom," with a government decision Thursday to start winding down COVID-19 pandemic restrictions ahead of a forecast 70% of people being fully vaccinated by the end of this ...

Thailand builds another field hospital for virus-hit Bangkok

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Health authorities in Thailand raced to set up a large field hospital in a cargo building at one of Bangkok's airports on Thursday as the country reported record numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths. Other field hospitals are already in use in the capital after it ...

Israel to offer 3rd COVID booster shot to older citizens

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Thursday announced that the country would offer a coronavirus booster to people over 60 who have already been vaccinated. The announcement by Naftali Bennett makes Israel, which launched one of the world's most successful vaccination drives earlier ...

Philippine leader recalls decision to void US security pact

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has retracted a decision to end a key defense pact with the United States, allowing large-scale combat exercises between U.S. and Philippine forces that at times have alarmed China to proceed. Duterte's decision was announced ...

Britain ends quarantine for vaccinated visitors from US, EU

LONDON (AP) — Fully vaccinated travelers from the United States and much of Europe will be able to enter Britain without quarantining starting next week, U.K. officials said Wednesday — a move welcomed by Britain's ailing travel industry. The British government said people who have ...