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EU chiefs to meet Biden during president’s NATO summit trip

Apr 23 2021 — AP — BRUSSELS — U.S. President Joe Biden will meet with top European Union officials during a trip to Britain and Belgium in June. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Friday that Biden and the EU “have much to do together, from climate change to health, from trade and multilateralism to geopolitical challenges.” Von der […]

The Latest: Biden envisions clean energy jobs as summit ends

Apr 23 2021 — AP — WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Joe Biden's global climate summit (all times local): 11:55 a.m. President Joe Biden has wrapped up his two-day climate summit, saying the climate crisis has created an opportunity to remake the global economy and produce millions of jobs in clean energy and technology “while doing so much good? to […]

Russia expels 5 Polish diplomats in quid pro quo move

Apr 23 2021 — AP — MOSCOW — Russia expelled five Polish diplomats Friday in retaliation to Polish authorities expelling three Russian Embassy workers last week. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it summoned the Polish ambassador to inform him that the five diplomats must leave the country by May 15. The Foreign Ministry berated Warsaw for its “deliberate course” to “destroy” […]

Austria sets out plan to reopen many sectors in mid-May

Apr 23 2021 — AP — BERLIN — Austria plans to reopen restaurants, bars, hotels, cultural and sports facilities on May 19 after several months of restrictions and closures, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Friday. Announcing the plan for a wide-ranging relaxation of coronavirus curbs, Kurz said that people wanting to use the facilities that are reopening will have to be tested […]

Alaska House OKs bill to prevent future teacher layoffs

Apr 23 2021 — AP — ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska House of Representatives has passed a bill that attempts to prevent teachers from being laid off over the next two years. The lawmakers passed the education bill on Thursday that is supposed to lock in the school funding budget through 2023. It passed with a vote of 26-14. “Alaska’s students, […]

German diplomat says time is right for Serbia-Kosovo talks

Apr 23 2021 — AP — BELGRADE, Serbia — Germany’s foreign minister called Friday for the resumption of negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo on normalizing the relations between the former war foes whose unresolved territorial dispute has stalled efforts to achieve stability in the Balkans. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said during a visit to Serbia's capital, Belgrade, that now is […]

Mayors ask Biden to be included in climate migration study

Apr 22 2021 — AP — SAN DIEGO — The mayors of a dozen major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New York and San Diego, are asking President Joe Biden to consult them as the administration studies how to identify and resettle people displaced directly or indirectly by drought, rising seas and other effects of climate change. The request was made […]

Rapper Cardi B takes on Wisconsin congressman

Apr 22 2021 — AP — WASHINGTON — Rapper Cardi B took issue Thursday with a Wisconsin congressman who criticized her Grammy performance during a speech on the House floor. U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Republican, said he has received complaints in his office about Cardi B's performance last month at the Grammy Awards as “inconsistent with basic decency.” She and […]

Florida court deals blow to marijuana ballot initiative

Apr 22 2021 — AP — TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a potentially fatal blow to supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at legalizing marijuana under certain circumstances. The justices ruled that the initiative's ballot summary is “misleading” in part because it does not spell out that recreational marijuana possession and distribution remains a federal […]

The Latest: Mayors ask Biden for consult on climate migrants

Apr 22 2021 — AP — WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Joe Biden's global climate summit (all times local): 2:30 p.m. The mayors of a dozen major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New York City and San Diego, are asking President Joe Biden to consult them as the administration studies how to identify and resettle people displaced by drought, rising […]

UK lawmakers pass motion saying China committing genocide

Apr 22 2021 — AP — LONDON — British lawmakers on Thursday approved a parliamentary motion declaring that China's policies against its Uyghur minority population in the far western Xinjiang region amounted to genocide and crimes against humanity. The motion is non-binding and does not compel the British government to act. But it is another move signalling the growing outcry among […]

Dutch coronavirus infections rise ahead of lockdown easing

Apr 22 2021 — AP — THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch public health institute said Thursday that 9,648 new coronavirus infections were recorded over the past 24 hours, in the highest daily increase since January. The news came just days before planned relaxations in the country's months-long lockdown. The national care authority also said the high numbers of COVID-19 patients […]

Czechs expel more Russians, escalating spat over 2014 blast

Apr 22 2021 — AP — PRAGUE, Czech Republic — The Czech Republic on Thursday ordered more Russian diplomats to leave the country, further escalating a fierce tug-of-war between the two nations over the alleged involvement of Russian spies in a massive ammunition depot explosion in 2014. Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek said Russia won't be allowed to have more diplomats in […]

Norway lends AstraZeneca vaccine jabs to Sweden, Iceland

Apr 22 2021 — AP — COPENHAGEN — Norway will lend all of its 216,000 doses of AstraZeneca to neighbouring Sweden and Iceland as long as its own government regulator has paused the use of the vaccine. On March 11, Norway followed Denmark in deciding to put on hold jabs by the British-Swedish company after reports of very rare blood clots. […]

Pope meets with Lebanon’s PM-designate, urges end of crises

Apr 22 2021 — AP — VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis met Thursday with Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and urged all of Lebanon's political leaders to “urgently commit themselves to the benefit of the nation," the Vatican said. Francis also reaffirmed during the 30-minute audience his desire to visit Lebanon as soon as conditions permit, according to a statement from […]