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N. Korea’s Kim adds title: General secretary of ruling party

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was given the new title of general secretary of the ruling Workers' Party, a designation formerly held by his late father and grandfather, state media reported Monday, in a move apparently aimed at bolstering his authority amid growing ...

WikiLeaks founder Assange denied bail in UK

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Wednesday denied bail to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, ordering him to remain in a high-security prison while U.K. courts decide whether he will be sent to the United States to face espionage charges. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said Assange must ...

Europeans press Iran to back down on uranium enrichment

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, France and Britain pressed Iran on Wednesday to reverse a decision to start enriching uranium to levels beyond the limits of a 2015 nuclear agreement, a move which they said "risks compromising" chances of diplomacy with the incoming U.S. administration. The foreign ...

Zimbabwe jails 3 for having New Year’s party despite ban

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean court has jailed three men who organized a New Year's Eve party attended by thousands of people in the capital, Harare, in violation of COVID-19 regulations at a time the country is facing an unprecedented surge in infections. The three men were sentenced ...

Dates, plans of WHO expert visit to China under negotiation

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China said Wednesday it was still negotiating with the World Health Organization the dates and itinerary for a visit by international experts looking into origins of COVID-19, after the head of the agency criticized Beijing for not finalizing permissions for the ...

Authorities fear 40 dead in east Congo after boat capsizes

BENI, Congo (AP) — Authorities in eastern Congo fear more than 40 people are dead after a motorized wooden boat capsized on Lake Kivu overnight, officials said Wednesday. The boat was headed toward the regional capital of Goma when it sank near Kalehe in South Kivu province. Three bodies ...

World leaders are appalled by storming of US Capitol

Leaders around the world condemned the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, expressing shock at the chaos unfolding in a country they once relied upon for global leadership. "Disgraceful scenes in US Congress," tweeted Prime Minister Boris Johnson ...

UK’s Johnson warns of more lockdown measures as virus soars

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Sunday that more onerous lockdown restrictions in England are likely in the coming weeks as the country reels from a new coronavirus variant that has pushed infection rates to their highest recorded levels. Johnson, though, insisted ...

Britons flying home to Spain caught in post-Brexit red tape

MADRID (AP) — Blame COVID-19 travel restrictions or Brexit but whatever the cause, some British citizens trying to return to their homes in several European countries this weekend have been barred from boarding flights. Airlines refused documents that before Brexit had been valid proof of ...

Report: Ethiopian forces killed scores in June-July unrest

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopian security forces killed more than 75 people and injured nearly 200 during deadly ethnic unrest in June and July following the killing of a popular singer, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said Friday. The commission's report said 123 people in all were ...

UK abolishes ‘sexist’ tax on women’s sanitary products

LONDON (AP) — Britain on Friday became the latest country to abolish the so-called "tampon tax," eliminating sales taxes on women's sanitary products. The move was widely praised by women's rights advocates as well as proponents of the country's departure from the European Union. Treasury ...

Serbia opens pipeline for Russian gas, ignores US opposition

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Defying U.S. calls to reduce its dependency on energy supplies from Russia, Serbia on Friday officially launched a new gas link that will bring additional Russian gas to the Balkan country via Bulgaria and Turkey. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic attended a ceremony ...

France praises nationality bid by British leader’s dad

By ALEX TURNBULL Associated Press CALAIS, France (AP) — France's government cast a favorable light Friday on a reported bid by the father of Britain's prime minister to take up French nationality, saying it shows how attached Britons are to the European Union that they're no longer part ...

New Year comes to COVID ward, with hope for end to nightmare

ROME (AP) — While the world said goodbye — or good riddance — to 2020, a year in which the pandemic brought hardship and pain to billions, some of those who have been fighting the virus on the front lines soldiered on even as the clock passed midnight. At the Casalpalocco Covid 3 ...

UK in ‘eye of the storm’ amid surging new coronavirus cases

LONDON (AP) — British hospitals around the country face a perilous situation in January, medical workers warned Friday amid surging coronavirus infections blamed on a new virus variant. Authorities pressed to reactivate field hospitals previously mothballed just to handle the crush of new ...

Quiet New Year gives breathing room after UK-EU Brexit split

LONDON (AP) — A steady trickle of trucks rolled off ferries and trains on both sides of the English Channel on Friday, a quiet New Year's Day after a seismic overnight shift in relations between the European Union and Britain. The busy goods route between southeast England and northwest ...

Queen Elizabeth pays tribute to ‘kindness of strangers’

LONDON (AP) — One of the traditional fixtures of any Christmas Day is to see Queen Elizabeth II and her family go to church. Not this year. The coronavirus pandemic has made sure of that. However, the queen, 94, did fulfill what is considered her most cherished Christmas Day duty. Addressing ...

Turkey to require negative COVID-19 test result for travel

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey is enacting precautions for international travel, requiring a negative COVID-19 test for passengers to enter the country starting Monday until March. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted a statement Friday saying travelers would need to present a negative result from ...

Armenia’s prime minister offers to discuss early election

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's prime minister said Friday he was ready to discuss the possibility of holding an early parliamentary election, but rejected opposition demands to step down over his handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. Opposition supporters have rallied ...

Top associate of Russian opposition leader Navalny detained

MOSCOW (AP) — A top associate of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained Friday after doorstepping an alleged security operative who has inadvertently revealed details of Navalny's supposed poisoning with a Soviet-era nerve agent. Lyubov Sobol, a key figure in Navalny's ...