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The Latest: WHO reports global decline in new COVID-19 cases

Sep 22 2021 — AP — The number of new COVID-19 cases continued to fall last week, with 3.6 million new cases reported globally, down from 4 million new infections the previous week, the World Health Organization said. Last week’s drop marked the first substantial decline for more than two months, with falling COVID-19 cases in every world region. In its […]

Polish court resumes key case over law primacy

Sep 22 2021 — AP — WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s constitutional court on Wednesday resumed proceedings in a key case over whether Polish or European Union law has primacy in the EU member country. The ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal, when it eventually comes, is expected to define Poland's future relationship with the 27-member bloc. The court opened the cases […]

Czech president Milos Zeman released from hospital

Sep 22 2021 — AP — PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman was released from the hospital on Wednesday. Zeman was admitted to Prague’s military hospital on Sept. 14 for what his office described later as a planned examination. It later said CT scans, sonography checks and blood tests carried out by doctors didn’t reveal any problems or disease that […]

Manila mayor, ex-scavenger and actor, to seek presidency

Sep 22 2021 — AP — MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The popular mayor of the Philippine capital said Wednesday he will run for president in next year’s elections, the latest aspirant in what is expected to be a crowded race to succeed the controversial Rodrigo Duterte. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, a child scavenger before becoming an actor then entering politics, told […]

The Latest: Hawaii vaccine foe changes mind after COVID bout

Sep 21 2021 — AP — HONOLULU — A man who helped organize a Hawaii group that opposes coronavirus vaccines and pandemic restrictions says he now has regrets after contracting COVID-19. Chris Wikoff told Hawaii News Now this week that he helped start the Aloha Freedom Coalition last October. He says he believed government shutdowns and other restrictions were threatening liberties […]

The Latest: Argentina, Colombia warn of debt crisis

Sep 21 2021 — AP — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly: ___ The presidents of Argentina and Colombia warned the U.N. General Assembly that increasingly strapped emerging markets could default on their foreign debts, and called on multilateral lenders to push for changes that ease conditions. Argentina’s Alberto Fernández said in a video message there is clearly “risk of […]

UN agencies want access to asylum-seekers stuck at EU border

Sep 21 2021 — AP — WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two United Nations agencies requested access Tuesday to asylum-seekers stranded at Belarus's border with Poland and Lithuania, after four migrants were found dead in the area. The International Organization for Migration and the U.N. Refugee Agency called on the governments involved to be guided primarily by human rights and international law […]

UK minister sorry over Afghan interpreters’ data breach

Sep 21 2021 — AP — LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense minister apologized and his ministry suspended an official Tuesday after a “significant” data breach involving the email addresses of dozens of Afghan interpreters hoping to settle in the U.K. A Defense Ministry email to more than 250 Afghans who are eligible for relocation and still remain in Afghanistan was mistakenly […]

UK family settles damages in US diplomatic immunity case

Sep 21 2021 — AP — LONDON (AP) — A British couple who sought justice for their son after he died in a vehicle crash said Tuesday they have settled a civil lawsuit they filed in the United States against an American motorist involved in the collision. Harry Dunn, 19, died in August 2019 after his motorcycle crashed into a car […]

Defense official defends French submarine-making capability

Sep 21 2021 — AP — PARIS (AP) — The spokesperson for France's Defense Ministry used Twitter to offer a robust defense of the country's submarine-making capabilities and to criticize Australia’s decision to choose the United States as a partner in a major defense deal. Defense Ministry spokesman Herve Grandjean devoted a series of tweets to tearing into the deal, which […]

German court orders removal of ‘Hang the Greens’ posters

Sep 21 2021 — AP — BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Tuesday ordered a small far-right party to take down election posters with the slogan “Hang the Greens,” overturning a decision by a lower court and ruling that the posters were a danger to public safety. Authorities in the eastern city of Zwickau earlier this month said the tiny […]

The Latest: Pakistan says no rush to recognize Taliban gov’t

Sep 20 2021 — AP — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): ___ UNITED NATIONS -- Pakistan’s foreign minister says Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers should understand that if they want recognition and assistance in rebuilding the war-battered country “they have to be more sensitive and more receptive to international opinion and norms.” Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Monday […]

Stolen weed, livestock removal, and a recall vote in Maine

Sep 20 2021 — AP — LEBANON, Maine (AP) — Residents of this southern Maine town are going to vote whether to recall several town leaders in a flap that grew out of the select board chairman's decision to take a farmer's pot plants. Farmer Eric Kelley accused Select Board Chairman Charles Russell Jr. and board member Ernest “Butch” Lizotte Jr. […]

The Latest: NYC to conduct weekly COVID-19 tests in schools

Sep 20 2021 — AP — NEW YORK — New York City will begin conducting weekly, random COVID-19 tests of unvaccinated students in the nation’s largest school district in an attempt to more quickly spot outbreaks in classrooms. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement Monday, and said the changes followed U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

EU court fines Poland 500,000 euros daily until mine closes

Sep 20 2021 — AP — WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union’s top court on Monday ordered Poland to pay a daily fine of 500,000 euros ($586,000) until it complies with an earlier ruling to shut down a lignite mine near the border with the Czech Republic and Germany. The Court of Justice of the European Union said the daily […]