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Myanmar protesters don’t relent in face of deadly crackdown

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters against the military takeover in Myanmar were not relenting Wednesday as the deadly crackdown on peaceful demonstrations took an increasing toll. The verified death toll among protesters since the Feb. 1 coup ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu ...

Pope says he symbolically kneels in plea for Myanmar peace

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday appealed for bloodshed to end and dialogue to prevail in Myanmar, saying he symbolically kneels in that country's streets, where protests against the military takeover were continuing and the death toll has mounted. At the end of his traditional ...

Virus-hit Dutch election enters final day; Rutte favored

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch voters practicing social distancing cast their ballots Wednesday at thousands of polling stations across the Netherlands on the final day of a general election overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic. School gyms, churches, museums and concert halls were ...

Belgian bishop lashes out at Vatican over gay unions decree

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian bishop has lashed out at the Vatican over its decree that the Catholic Church won't bless same-sex unions since God "cannot bless sin." Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny wrote in an opinion piece Wednesday that he feels "shame for my Church" and "intellectual and moral ...

EU regulator ‘convinced’ AstraZeneca benefit outweighs risk

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's drug regulator insisted Tuesday that there is "no indication" the AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots as governments around the world faced the grimmest of dilemmas: push on with a vaccine known to save lives or suspend its use over reports of clotting ...

Multilingual team helps Berlin immigrants fight coronavirus

BERLIN (AP) — Three times a week, Aliye Tuerkyilmaz hits the markets and busy shopping streets of Neukoelln to hand out informational flyers on the coronavirus pandemic to residents of the German capital's crowded immigrant neighborhood that's studded with minarets, kebab stores and hookah ...

LGBTQ Catholics stung by Vatican rebuff of same-sex unions

The Vatican's declaration that same-sex unions are a sin the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless was no surprise for LGBTQ Catholics in the United States — yet it stung deeply nonetheless. Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, said her organization's membership includes ...

Japan, US to share China worry as ministers meet in Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and the United States joined forces Tuesday to criticize China's "coercion and aggression" in Asia as senior ministers from both countries held their first in-person talks since President Joe Biden took office in January. Aside from the sharp rhetoric aimed at Beijing, the ...

China approves another COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China has approved a new COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, one that was developed by the head of its Center for Disease Control, adding a fifth shot to its arsenal. Gao Fu, the head of China's CDC, led the development of a protein subunit vaccine that was approved by ...

Foxconn mulls making electric vehicles at Wisconsin plant

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group, the world's largest electronics manufacturer, is considering making electric vehicles at its highly anticipated Wisconsin plant that has been scaled back since its announcement in 2017, the company's chairman said Tuesday. The decision will be ...

Britain’s Prince Philip leaves hospital after treatment

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince Philip left a London hospital on Tuesday after being treated for an infection and undergoing a heart procedure. Philip, 99, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, had been hospitalized since being admitted to the private King Edward VII's Hospital in London on Feb. ...

Canada lags in vaccinations but expects to catch up quickly

TORONTO (AP) — Canada once was hailed as a success story in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, faring much better than the United States in deaths and infections because of how it approached lockdowns. But the trade-dependent nation has lagged on vaccinating its population because it ...

Sweden is latest country to stop using AstraZeneca vaccine

BERLIN (AP) — Sweden on Tuesday became the latest country to pause use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as European regulators review safety data following reports of dangerous blood clots in some recipients. The company and international regulators continue to say the vaccine is safe, ...

Mexico’s last island penal colony may now host cruise ships

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials said ferries and cruise ships may soon be visiting the former Isla Marias prison, after the last island penal colony in the Americas was closed and turned into an environmental education center in 2019. The education camp hasn't gone very well — only 40 ...

War’s timeline as Syrians mark 10 years since uprising began

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrians are marking 10 years since peaceful protests against President Bashar Assad's government erupted in March 2011, touching off a popular uprising that quickly turned into a full-blown civil war. Despite a decade of fighting and a broken country, Assad remains firmly in ...

Hong Kong activists say democracy fight to continue abroad

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong democracy activists have launched a new push to continue their fight among residents living abroad in the wake of a sweeping crackdown by Beijing and changes to the the semi-autonomous Chinese city's electoral system aimed at shutting out opposition voices. In a ...

Merkel’s party faces German election ‘wake-up call’

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's party is considering how to respond to historically bad state election results that a senior member described as a "wake-up call," six months before a national vote that will determine who succeeds Germany's long-time leader. Final results early ...

Hope that South Africa’s COVID-19 corruption inspires action

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — There's some hope in South Africa that this time the outrage against corruption inspires effective action. Public anger over suspect government contracts worth nearly $900 million for the purchase of supplies to fight COVID-19 may finally bring the South ...

Group reports health facilities looted in Ethiopia’s Tigray

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Health facilities in Ethiopia's embattled region of Tigray have been "looted, vandalized and destroyed in a deliberate and widespread attack on health care," the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders said Monday. Nearly 70% of 106 health facilities surveyed from ...

Flights canceled during China’s worst sandstorm in a decade

BEIJING (AP) — China's capital and a wide swath of the country's north were enveloped Monday in the worst sandstorm in a decade, forcing the cancelation of hundreds of flights. Skyscrapers in the center of Beijing appeared to drop from sight amid the dust and sand. Traffic was snarled and ...