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Wildfire in western Greece forces village, beach evacuations

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A wildfire that broke out Saturday in western Greece forced the evacuation of four villages and people on a beach by the Fire Service, the Coast Guard and private boats, authorities said. The fire was in a mountain forest 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Patras, ...

Germany’s Laschet attends WWII revolt observances in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Germany's center-right candidate to replace Angela Merkel as chancellor in the country's September election said he feels "deep shame and humility" over Nazi Germany's "crimes" against the Poles during World War II. Armin Laschet spoke to Poland's daily Rzeczpospolita, ...

US Navy says drone strike hit oil tanker off Oman, killing 2

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Navy explosive experts believe a "drone strike" targeted an oil tanker that came under attack off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, killing two on board, the American military said Saturday. The strike Thursday night on the oil tanker Mercer Street ...

In heat emergency, Greece adds checks for fires, power cuts

ATHENS (AP) — Greek authorities ordered additional fire patrols and infrastructure maintenance inspections Friday as the country grappled with a heat wave fed by hot air from Africa that is expected to last more than a week. The emergency measures will also include efforts to create more ...

Man pleads guilty to assaulting England’s top doctor in park

LONDON (AP) — A man who accosted England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty in a London park pleaded guilty Friday to assault and was ordered to pay the scientist 100 pounds ($140). Lewis Hughes, 24, and another man filmed themselves harassing Whitty, who has become a nationally recognized ...

UN: 100,000 children in Ethiopia’s Tigray face deadly hunger

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 100,000 children in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region could face the most extreme and life-threatening form of malnutrition in the next year, the United Nations children's agency warned on Friday, as humanitarian aid remains blocked from the region of some 6 ...

Death toll in wildfires that hit southern Turkey rises to 4

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The death toll in wildfires raging in southern Turkey rose to four as fire crews on Friday battled blazes that burned down homes and forced people to evacuate villages and beach resorts. Firefighters were still tackling wildfires in 14 locations in six provinces in ...

Roberto Calasso, Italian publisher and literary figure, dies

ROME (AP) — Roberto Calasso, a towering figure in European publishing as the driving force behind an esteemed Milan-based publisher, as well as an inquisitive and prolific author himself, has died at 80, his company said. Italian news media, quoting his publishing house Adelphi, said Calasso ...

Tunisia’s turmoil is being watched warily around the globe

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Days of political turmoil in Tunisia over a crippled economy and surging coronavirus infections have unnerved allies in Europe and the United States, while garnering the support of key Mideast partners watching to see if Islamists and Tunisia's fragile democracy will ...

Tunisian police detain lawmaker, Islamist party officials

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities jailed an opposition lawmaker Friday and briefly detained four members of the powerful Islamist movement Ennahdha in the wake of the president's decision to seize exceptional powers, according to Tunisian media reports. The Ennahdha members were ...

At small Serbia border village, migrants describe pushbacks

MAJDAN, Serbia (AP) — At first sight, this tiny village in Serbia seems sleepy and almost abandoned, like many others across the Balkan country. But a closer look reveals a parallel reality lived by its temporary migrant residents, who are struggling to cross from Serbia over heavily guarded ...

US Navy says drone strike hit oil tanker off Oman, killing 2

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Navy explosive experts believe a "drone strike" targeted an oil tanker that came under attack off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, killing two on board, the American military said Saturday. The strike Thursday night on the oil tanker Mercer Street ...

European economy grows 2%, ending double-dip recession

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe emerged from a double-dip recession in the second quarter with stronger-than-expected growth of 2.0% over the quarter before, according to official figures released Friday, as pandemic restrictions eased, consumers started spending built-up savings and major ...

Kim stresses military preparations ahead of US-SKorea drills

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that leader Kim Jong Un called for stronger capability to cope with any foreign provocation as he met with military officers ahead of annual drills next month between South Korea and the United States that Pyongyang views as an invasion ...

German federal court sides with Lindt in gold bunny battle

BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court ruled Thursday that the golden shade of the foil wrap on Lindt & Spruengli's Gold Bunny, a popular chocolate Easter bunny, enjoys protected status. The Federal Court of Justice delivered its verdict in a battle between Switzerland's Lindt and a German ...

Report: UK could hit 40 Celsius soon due to climate change

LONDON (AP) — Britain has become wetter and warmer as a result of climate change, with the country's 10 hottest years in more than a century occurring since 2002, a report by leading meteorologists said Thursday. The annual "State of the U.K. Climate" report, published in the International ...

AstraZeneca to seek US approval of COVID vaccine in 2nd half

LONDON (AP) — AstraZeneca said Thursday that it intends to seek U.S. approval for its COVID-19 vaccine later this year, further delaying the application even as the company announced it had already delivered more than 1 billion doses to other countries. The Anglo-Swedish drugmaker said the ...

Wildfires in southern Turkey leave 3 dead, 58 hospitalized

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Thursday began investigating the cause of a string of forest fires in Turkey's Mediterranean and southern Aegean regions, including two near the coastal resort town of Manavgat that killed three people and sent over 50 others to the hospital as ...

Who’s next? Jodie Whittaker to leave ‘Doctor Who’ in 2022

LONDON (AP) — It's time for another "Doctor Who" regeneration. The BBC said Thursday that star Jodie Whittaker will leave the venerable science fiction series next year, along with showrunner Chris Chibnall. Whittaker will bow out after a new six-episode series later this year and three ...

Southeast Europe heat wave set to be among worst in decades

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A heat wave scorched southeast Europe on Thursday, intensifying wildfires and sending residents flocking to the coast, public fountains and air-conditioned locations to find some relief. Temperatures rose above 40 C (104 F) in parts of Greece and across much of the ...