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AP Interview: Olympic champion adds voice to #MeToo movement

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Before she could join sailing classes near her home in Athens, Sofia Bekatorou had to show an instructor she could tie a basic knot properly. Passing the test at age 8 changed her life. Bekatorou spent her first afternoons in a bathtub-sized sailboat stuck in circles, ...

US, China top diplomats discuss key issues, show differences

BEIJING (AP) — The top American and Chinese diplomats spoke Saturday in the first major exchange between the countries since President Joe Biden took office and touched on several critical issues that have strained their ties. China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi and U.S. Secretary of State ...

Protesting India farmers blockade highways for several hours

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of protesting Indian farmers blockaded highways across the country for several hours Saturday to press their demands for the repeal of new agricultural laws that have led to months of massive protests. The protesters used tractors, trucks and even boulders to ...

Turkish president takes action at protest-rocked university

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president has ordered the establishment of two new departments in the country's most prestigious university, which has been rocked by weeks of demonstrations protesting his appointment of a new rector with government links. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision, ...

South Korea’s trade minister drops bid to become WTO chief

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's top trade official is dropping her bid to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization, making it likely the job will go to former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. She would become the first woman to lead the ...

Unwilling to wait, poorer countries seek their own vaccines

NEW DELHI (AP) — With coronavirus cases still climbing, Honduras got tired of waiting to get vaccines through a United Nations program, so the small Central American country struck out on its own, securing the shots through a private deal. Honduras "cannot wait on bureaucratic processes or ...

An antidote to pandemic blues, with some assembly required

PARIS (AP) — He hunches at the dining room table, putting the finishing touches on his miniature World War II tank. Deep in concentration, he keeps his hand steady as he works to make the scaled-down plastic model look as realistic as possible. And as he does so, Maxime Fannoy — ...

China gives approval for broader use of Sinovac vaccine

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China has given broader approval for the domestic-made Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, expanding those who can receive it beyond the high-risk and priority groups already allowed under an emergency clearance. Regulators gave conditional approval for Sinovac Biotech Ltd's ...

UN: Situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray now ‘extremely alarming’

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Life for civilians in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region has become "extremely alarming" as hunger grows and fighting remains an obstacle to reaching millions of people with aid, the United Nations says in a new report. The conflict that has shaken one of Africa's most ...

UK to start hotel quarantine Feb. 15 amid criticism of delay

LONDON (AP) — Everyone arriving in the U.K. from countries identified as coronavirus hotspots will have to spend 10 days in hotel quarantine starting Feb. 15 in a bid to stop new virus variants reaching the country, the government said Friday. But authorities are facing criticism for delays ...

German prosecutors charge secretary to Nazi camp commandant

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have charged the elderly secretary of the former SS commandant of Stutthof with 10,000 counts of accessory to murder, arguing that she was part of the apparatus that helped the Nazi concentration camp function. The 95-year-old also faces an unspecified number ...

Erdogan rebuffs criticism, vows ‘no mercy’ to protesters

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president on Friday rebuffed U.S. and European criticism of his government's handling of weeks-long demonstrations at a top Istanbul university, saying they should focus on violent protests in their own countries instead. Recep Tayyip Erdogan also vowed to show ...

Germany’s Merkel stands by backing for Russia gas pipeline

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday stood by her backing for a German-Russian gas pipeline project despite the Navalny case and the threat of U.S. sanctions. Merkel said her government's position on Nord Stream 2 is still unaffected by tensions over Russian opposition ...

Top diplomats of US, UK, France, Germany hold virtual talks

LONDON (AP) — The top diplomats of Britain, France, Germany and the United States met Friday for the first time in almost three years as the European allies welcome America's return to center stage in world affairs under President Joe Biden. Britain's Foreign Office said the foreign ...

AP INTERVIEW: China granted WHO team full access in Wuhan

WUHAN, China (AP) — A member of the World Health Organization expert team investigating the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan says the Chinese side granted full access to all sites and personnel they requested to visit and meet with. Peter Daszak told The Associated Press Friday that the ...

Border checks stopped at N Ireland ports after threats

LONDON (AP) — Politicians in Britain, Northern Ireland and the European Union on Tuesday condemned threats against border staff that prompted authorities to suspend checks at ports and underscored the tremors Brexit has sent through Northern Ireland's peace process. The Northern Ireland ...

Tigray opposition parties assert 50,000-plus civilian deaths

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A trio of opposition parties in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region estimates that more than 50,000 civilians have been killed in the three-month conflict, and they urge the international community to intervene before a "humanitarian disaster of biblical proportion will ...

Iran: Sailors from seized South Korean tanker to be released

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The sailors from a South Korean tanker seized in the Persian Gulf by Iranian troops last month are free to leave the country on humanitarian grounds, Iran's state TV said Tuesday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said a legal investigation into the tanker and ...

Dead dolphin protest seeks better French fishing practices

PARIS (AP) — Activists spread four dead dolphins on the cobblestones outside France's parliament Tuesday to urge safer fishing industry practices to protect dolphins from deadly encounters with fishing nets. "Thousands of dolphins like these are massacred each year in France so that you can ...

African countries scramble to bury virus dead, get vaccines

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Shipping containers have become overflow mortuaries for the dead from COVID-19 in South Africa, while some other African nations are now looking to China for the next wave of vaccine doses. South Africa is working to launch its vaccination campaign in mid-February after ...