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Lebanon looks to China as US, Arabs refuse to help in crisis

BEIRUT (AP) — Facing a worsening economic crisis and with little chance of Western or oil-rich Arab countries providing assistance without substantial reforms, Lebanon's cash-strapped government is looking east, hoping to secure investments from China that could bring relief. But help from ...

Statue of Black protester replaces toppled UK slave trader

LONDON (AP) — An artist has erected a statue of a Black Lives Matter protester atop the plinth in the English city of Bristol formerly occupied by a statue of a slave trader. Marc Quinn created the life-size resin and steel likeness of Jen Reid, a protester photographed standing on the ...

China accuses Britain of helping Washington hurt Huawei

BEIJING (AP) — China accused Britain on Wednesday of colluding with Washington to hurt Huawei after the Chinese tech giant was blocked from working on a British next-generation mobile phone network. A government spokeswoman said Beijing will protect Chinese companies but gave no indication ...

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson and Winnie, dies at 59

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South African anti-apartheid leaders Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died aged 59. State television South African Broadcasting Corporation has reported that Mandela died at a Johannesburg hospital early Monday morning. The ...

EU ministers criticize Turkey over Hagia Sophia, drilling

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers on Monday criticized Turkey for several reasons, including energy exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters and changing the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque. For their first face-to-face meeting in months, the ministers ...

UK tries new campaign to prepare public for Brexit

LONDON (AP) — Brexit moved back to the front-burner of British politics on Monday, months after COVID-19 knocked it out of the headlines, with the government launching a new public information campaign to prepare the nation for departure. Advertisements under the "The U.K.'s new start: let's ...

Conservative Polish president wins 2nd term after tight race

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda, a conservative who ran a campaign with homophobic and anti-Semitic overtones, narrowly won a second five-year term in a bitterly fought weekend election, defeating the liberal Warsaw mayor, according to a near-complete count of ...

China sanctions Cruz, Rubio, Smith, Brownback for criticism

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it will impose sanctions on three U.S. lawmakers and one ambassador in response to similar actions taken by the U.S. last week against Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses against Muslims in the Xinjiang region. U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted ...

Hundreds try to storm Serbian parliament as protests heat up

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Police fired tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators who tried to storm Serbia's parliament on Friday, the fourth night of protests against the Balkan country president's increasingly authoritarian rule. Demonstrators — who were defying a ban on mass gatherings amid a ...

Singapore’s ruling party holds on to power but faces setback

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's long-governing party comfortably won Friday's general elections as expected amid the coronavirus pandemic, but faced a setback as the opposition made minor gains. Lee said his People's Action Party secured 83 parliamentary seats, ...

Zimbabwe bird sanctuary has 400 species, not enough tourists

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A fish eagle swoops over the water to grab a fish in its talons and then flies to its nest. Nearby are a martial eagle, a black eagle, an Egyptian vulture and hundreds of other birds. With an estimated 400 species of birds on an idyllic spot on Zimbabwe's Lake ...

Survivors mark 25th anniversary of Srebrenica massacre

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia is marking the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, the only crime in Europe since World War II that has been declared a genocide, with only a small number of survivors allowed to take part in commemoration events due to the coronavirus ...

25 years since Srebrenica, some victims finally laid to rest

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bahrudin Salihovic always knew his father had perished 25 years ago in the storm of violence unleashed after Serb forces overrun the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica in the final months of the Balkan country's 1992-95 war. He himself barely ...

COVID-19 pandemic in Africa is now reaching ‘full speed’

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic in Africa is reaching "full speed," the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief said Thursday, while a South African official said a single province is preparing 1.5 million graves. Just a day after confirmed coronavirus cases across ...

Regional governor in Russia arrested on murder charges

MOSCOW (AP) — A provincial governor in Russia's far east has been arrested on charges of involvement in multiple murders, officials said Thursday. Sergei Furgal, the governor of the Khabarovsk region along the border with China, was arrested in Khabarovsk and was flown to Moscow. The ...

Albania Holocaust memorial honors locals who protected Jews

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania unveiled a Holocaust memorial in the capital on Thursday to honor the dead and the Albanians who protected Jews from the Nazis. The marble memorial was put at an entrance to Tirana's Artificial Lake Park, close to Mother Teresa Square. The inscription was ...

Singaporeans vote in polls expected to return ruling party

SINGAPORE (AP) — Wearing masks and plastic gloves, Singaporeans began voting Friday in a general election that is expected to return Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's long-governing party to power. Senior citizens were the first to cast ballots as 1,100 polling stations across the city-state ...

Lives Lost: Young Venezuelan dreamed of better life in Peru

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Yurancy Castillo did not want to leave her family. But as inflation in Venezuela soared, rendering her salary as a social worker nearly worthless, the young woman known for her beaming smile and wild amber-colored curls decided her future rested far away, in ...

WHO experts to visit China as part of COVID-19 investigation

BEIJING (AP) — Two World Health Organization experts will spend the next two days in the Chinese capital to lay the groundwork for a larger mission to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. One animal health expert and one epidemiologist during their visit to Beijing on Saturday ...

US envoy, after Seoul visit, reassures Japan of alliance

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — A U.S. envoy reassured top Japanese officials Friday of the importance of their alliance in dealing with regional security threats, just as the North Korean leader's sister expressed low expectations of a summit between her brother and ...