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Ethiopia says forced into ‘aimless war’ as bombings alleged

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's army said Thursday the country has been forced into an "unexpected and aimless war" with its well-armed Tigray region, while Tigray asserted that fighter jets had bombed areas around its capital — a marked escalation with little sign of the two sides ...

Russian held after crucifixion stunt near security agency HQ

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian activist was detained by police Thursday after posing half-naked on a large wooden cross near Moscow's headquarters of the top national security agency, mimicking Christ's crucifixion. Pavel Krisevich was detained after fellow activists attached him to the cross and ...

Final votes confirm New Zealand won’t legalize marijuana

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand won't be legalizing marijuana after the final votes counted Friday in a referendum failed to overturn the result from election night — although it got close. The referendum to legalize the drug ended up with 48% in support and 51% opposed, a ...

Suu Kyi’s party expected to win second term in Myanmar polls

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's citizens go to the polls Sunday in an effort to sustain the fledgling democracy they helped install just five years ago. There are about 37 million registered voters, though turnout is expected to suffer because of a recent surge in coronavirus cases. In 2015, ...

UK’s Johnson defends lockdown amid criticism of delay

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday defended his decision to impose a second national lockdown, brushing aside criticism that weeks of delay have meant thousands more infections and hundreds of needless deaths. The comments came as Johnson gave the House of Commons details ...

Poland protests leader: Abortion court ruling must be waived

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister appealed Monday for talks with the leaders of massive protests that were triggered by the tightening last month of the nation's strict abortion law and are continuing despite a resurgence of COVID-19. Just hours before the latest round of ...

Ivory Coast opposition vows to form transition government

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's major opposition parties vowed Monday to create their own transitional government, insisting that President Alassane Ouattara's mandate to lead the country is now over even as partial results from the election showed him headed toward a controversial ...

US case against Venezuela’s oil minister hits another snag

The prosecution of Venezuela's Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami for violating U.S. sanctions has run into another snag after a federal judge allowed one of his co-defendants to withdraw a guilty plea over allegations that U.S. attorneys withheld evidence in the case. Federal prosecutors in ...

Firebrand monk surrenders to police days before Myanmar vote

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A nationalist Buddhist monk in Myanmar noted for inflammatory rhetoric surrendered on Monday to police, who have been seeking his arrest for over a year for insulting comments he made about the country's leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The surrender of the ...

Powerful Hurricane Eta threatens flooding in Central America

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Dangerously powerful Hurricane Eta churned toward Nicaragua's Caribbean coast with potentially devastating winds, while heavy rains thrown off by its storm bands already were causing rivers to overflow across Central America. The Category 4 hurricane had sustained ...

Ivory Coast tensions rise as president seeks 3rd term

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Opposition activists are threatening to block access to polling stations Saturday in an effort to disrupt the presidential election in Ivory Coast, where incumbent Alassane Ouattara is seeking a controversial third term after nearly a decade in power. An alliance ...

Over 3 million cases of coronavirus reported in Mideast

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The number of reported coronavirus cases has gone over 3 million in the Middle East, an Associated Press count showed Friday, with the true number likely even higher. Across the Mideast, there have been over 75,000 deaths attributed to the virus by health ...

EU: WHO should have more power to investigate outbreaks

LONDON (AP) — European countries are calling for the World Health Organization to be given greater powers to independently investigate outbreaks and compel countries to provide more data, after the devastating coronavirus pandemic highlighted the agency's numerous shortcomings. After a ...

Most Canadians hope for Trump defeat after insults, attacks

TORONTO (AP) — Donald Trump called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "weak" and "dishonest" and attacked Canada's vital trade. He threatened tariffs on cars and imposed them on steel. The unprecedented tone of attacks on America's closest ally the last four years left a bitter taste, and most ...

UK court rejects libel suit from Russian over Steele dossier

LONDON (AP) — Britain's High Court on Friday dismissed a libel claim by a Russian businessman against the author of a report on U.S. President Donald Trump's alleged links to Russia and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Cyprus-based tech entrepreneur Aleksej ...

Partial lockdown imposed in Belgium, EU’s worst-hit country

BUIZINGEN, Belgium (AP) — Belgium has imposed a partial lockdown in a new bid to gain control of the pandemic that has hit the country worse than any other in the European Union. As COVID-19 infections continued their record rise on Friday, the government moved to restrict travel and ...

Mexican president taps loyalist as new security chief

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador proposed a former journalist and long-time Mexico City government bureaucrat to be the country's new security chief Friday at a time when the country is on track to set a new annual homicide record. It was not immediately ...

Searchers find 59 bodies in Mexico mass graves, dig for more

SALVATIERRA, Mexico (AP) — Search teams dug for more remains Thursday at a site in central Mexico where 59 bodies have already been found in clandestine graves over the past week in an area known as a cartel battleground. It was the largest such burial site found to date in Guanajuato, the ...

Pompeo wraps up anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U,S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is wrapping up an anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam as the fierce American presidential election race enters its final stretch. With just four days left in the campaign in which China has been a central theme, Pompeo was visiting ...

Bangladeshi floating hospital treats flood-ravaged community

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — In late July, volunteers from a Bangladeshi charity started getting calls seeking support from people from the country's vast coastal region that had been flooded for months during this year's monsoon. As the floodwaters started receding, the Bidyanondo Foundation ...