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Officials in Tokyo alarmed as cases hit record highs

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials sounded the alarm Thursday after Tokyo reported record-breaking coronavirus cases for two straight days with the Olympics well underway. "We have never experienced the expansion of the infections of this magnitude," Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told ...

Nightmares, panic attacks: Belgian flood survivors struggle

TROOZ, Belgium (AP) — Visions of cars being swept away in a raging current keep coming back to trouble Eric Mouqué. His wife, Cindy, gets triggered by the slightest noise. So when her husband turns on the hose to clean a few things, all she can think about are those tumultuous floodwaters ...

Major Adriatic Sea bridge connects coastline in Croatia

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A major European Union-funded bridge built by a Chinese company has been connected over the Adriatic Sea, linking two swaths of the Croatian coastline that are divided by a small stretch of Bosnia's territory. The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) in 2018 won an ...

Europe on vacation, but vaccinations not taking a break

CARRY-LE-ROUET, France (AP) — Europe's famed summer holiday season is in full swing, but efforts to inoculate people against the coronavirus are not taking a break. Instead, with lockdowns easing despite concerns about variants and nations looking to breathe new life into their ailing ...

Talks for new US-Russia arms deal to stir up old bugaboo

WASHINGTON (AP) — In their search for a new approach to arms control, Moscow and Washington are likely to soon encounter an old bugaboo: Russia's demand that the U.S. stop resisting limits on its missile defenses, which the Russians view as a long-term threat and the Americans see as a ...

Paris police investigate gas bomb attack on Cuban Embassy

PARIS (AP) — French authorities said Tuesday they are investigating a gasoline bomb attack that caused minor damage to the Cuban Embassy. The Paris prosecutor's office said an investigation is under way. No one has been arrested or claimed responsibility, and no one was hurt, according to ...

Bosnia’s outgoing international overseer urges new approach

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Western powers should adopt a new approach to promoting reconciliation in politically fragmented Bosnia to prevent nativist leaders from turning the Balkan country into a deserted wasteland, according to the top international overseer of a 1995 peace ...

UN says its food aid runs out this week in Ethiopia’s Tigray

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The head of the United Nations World Food Program says the agency will "run out of food" in Ethiopia's conflict-hit Tigray region on Friday, while hundreds of thousands of people there face the world's worst famine crisis in a decade. Some 170 trucks with food and other ...

Wildfire tears through forest near Athens, homes damaged

STAMATA, Greece (AP) — A wildfire north of Athens swept through a mountainous pine forest Tuesday, seriously damaging at least a dozen homes and burning cars before being contained by an intense firefighting deployment, officials said. The blaze prompted authorities to evacuate homes around ...

UK spares key workers quarantine as staff shortages bite

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Tuesday it will ease coronavirus quarantine rules for thousands more essential workers — including prison guards, veterinarians and garbage collectors — in an attempt to end staff shortages that are hobbling parts of the economy. About 26 million ...

Mexico homicides remained at high levels despite pandemic

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The most authoritative count of homicides in Mexico was published Tuesday and it shows killings remain essentially unchanged at 36,579 in 2020. Even though the coronavirus pandemic reduced many activities in Mexico in 2020, the number of killings was essentially equal to ...

Italy: Lake Como towns hit by extreme weather

MILAN (AP) — Towns around Italy's Lake Como were hit by mudslides and floods on Tuesday in another example of extreme weather phenomena that an agricultural lobby said had intensified in recent years. Italian firefighters carried out more than 60 rescues after storms wreaked havoc around the ...

Residents mourn drowned subway riders in central China

ZHENGZHOU, China (AP) — Residents on Tuesday laid bouquet after bouquet, the neatly tied yellow and white flowers standing on end, outside an entrance to a subway station in central China where 14 people died last week after a record-breaking downpour flooded large swaths of Henan ...

Activists: Morocco arrests Uyghur man at China’s request

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities have arrested a Uyghur activist in exile based on a Chinese terrorism warrant distributed by Interpol, according to information from Moroccan police and a rights group that tracks people detained by China. Activists fear Yidiresi Aishan will be ...

Large meteor lights up skies in Norway

HELSINKI (AP) — Norwegian experts say an unusually large meteor was visible over large parts of southern Scandinavia and illuminated southeast Norway with a powerful flash of light for a few seconds as many observers were reported to also hear a roaring sound afterwards. The Norwegian Meteor ...

One of Mexico’s few Black politicians dies of COVID-19

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of Mexico's few Black politicians has died after contracting COVID-19 in April, leaders of his party confirmed Monday. René Juárez once served as governor of the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, which, along with neighboring Oaxaca and the Gulf coast state of ...

Hungarians protest over alleged government spying

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Around 1,000 protesters in Hungary's capital on Monday demanded answers to allegations that the country's right-wing government used powerful spyware to secretly monitor critical journalists, lawyers and business figures. The protest march, which departed from a ...

Peru’s new first family leaving behind rural, Andean home

CHUGUR, Peru (AP) — The humble two-story, adobe home of the Castillo family, located in one of the poorest districts of Peru deep in the Andes, feels a little empty now. Lilia Paredes packed up the family's belongings within the last week, neatly folding her husband's shirts and picking some ...

Russian authorities block dozens of Navalny-linked websites

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities have restricted access to the website of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny and to dozens of sites run by his close allies, Navalny's team said Monday. The action came amid mounting government pressure on opposition supporters, independent ...

Bosnian Serb politicians decry outlawing of genocide denial

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian Serb political representatives have pledged to block decision-making in the country's institutions in protest over a recent move by the top international envoy in Bosnia to outlaw genocide denial. "We will not live in a country where someone can ...