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In Israel, omicron, confusion drive ‘real panic’ for tests

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Aviran Yael fetched rapid antigen kits from a pharmacy in Tel Aviv's busy center, placed them in the light blue bag strapped to the back of his motorbike and headed off to deliver them. With that, Yael on Monday joined a growing army of couriers toting Wolt delivery ...

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sentenced to 4 more years in prison

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four more years in prison on Monday after finding her guilty of illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions, a legal official said. Suu Kyi was convicted last month on ...

Mexican president announces he has COVID-19 for 2nd time

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president announced Monday he has come down with COVID-19 a second time, as coronavirus infections spike in Mexico and virus tests become scarce. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wrote that he tested positive, after he had sounded hoarse at a morning news ...

N. Korea fires possible missile into sea amid stalled talks

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile into its eastern sea, its second weapons launch in a week, the militaries of South Korea and Japan said. This month's launches follow a series of weapons tests in 2021 that underscored how North ...

Ortega sworn in for 4th straight term as Nicaragua’s leader

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega was sworn in for a fourth consecutive term Monday following elections considered rigged and on a day marked by sanctions from the United States and European Union against members of his government. Alongside him was first lady ...

Dutch king swears in new ruling coalition, Rutte’s 4th

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte embarked on a fourth term Monday, leading a coalition that took office amid a nationwide coronavirus lockdown and policy challenges ranging from climate change and housing shortages to the future of agriculture. King ...

Slovakia eases COVID measures as omicron surge yet to hit

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia is easing coronavirus restrictions after a decline in new infections while the fast-spreading omicron variant is yet to fully hit the country. The changes include the cancellation Monday of the overnight curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. The move allows ...

EU auditors: Rule of law aid for W Balkans doesn’t pay off

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union auditors say that the hundreds of millions of euros the bloc has poured into six Western Balkan nations to improve the rule of law there just doesn't pay off. The report by the European Court of Auditors, or ECA, that was published Monday shows that the ...

UK developers told they must foot bill for unsafe cladding

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Monday told property developers they must bear the cost of removing dangerous cladding that has left scores of apartment buildings at risk of fire, and thousands of residents facing steep bills to make their homes safe. The risk posed by some kinds of ...

Italy targets the unvaccinated with new virus restrictions

ROME (AP) — Italy targeted the unvaccinated with a host of new coronavirus restrictions Monday, with proof of vaccination or recovery from a recent infection required to enter public transport, cafes, hotels, gyms and other popular venues. The new "super" health pass requirement, which ...

Polish senator sues party leader over surveillance remarks

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish opposition senator whose phone was hacked with advanced spyware has filed a civil suit against Poland's ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, for slander over comments suggesting that he was placed under surveillance in connection to wrongdoing. Hours after ...

UK plans holiday weekend to honor queen’s 70 years on throne

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 70 years on the throne with a military parade, neighborhood parties and a competition to create a new dessert for the Platinum Jubilee, Buckingham Palace said Monday. Elizabeth will become on Feb. 6 the first British ...

This will be South Sudan’s hungriest year ever, experts say

OLD FANGAK, South Sudan (AP) — Nyayiar Kuol cradled her severely malnourished 1-year-old daughter as they traveled for 16 hours on a crowded barge to the nearest hospital to their home in rural South Sudan. For months she had been feeding her four children just once a day, unable to cultivate ...

US, Japan agree to keep troops on base to curb COVID spread

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. and Japan on Sunday agreed to keep American troops within their bases as worries grew about a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the country. The restrictions starting Monday will last 14 days, confining U.S. military personnel to base facilities except for "essential ...

Snow cleared after deaths of 22 people at Pakistani resort

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Roads at a popular Pakistani resort were cleared Sunday after the deaths of 22 people who were stuck in their cars during a heavy snowstorm as temperatures plummeted, officials said. More than 4 feet (1 meter) of snow fell in the area of the Murree Hills resort in the town ...

Amid tensions, Bosnian Serbs celebrate outlawed holiday

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Amid Bosnia's greatest political crisis since the end of its 1992-95 interethnic war, the country's Serbs celebrated an outlawed holiday Sunday with a provocative parade showcasing armored vehicles, police helicopters and law enforcement officers with ...

Sudan protest group rejects UN offer for talks with military

CAIRO (AP) — A leading Sudanese protest group on Sunday rejected a United Nations initiative to hold talks with the military aimed at restoring the country's democratic transition following an October coup. At least one demonstrator, meanwhile, was killed when security forces violently broke ...

Iraq’s new parliament holds 1st session marked by disarray

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new parliament reelected its speaker for a second term Sunday, the first step toward forming a new government after a general election whose results have been contested by powerful Iran-backed factions. In a reflection of tensions, the meeting was marked by disarray, ...

Sri Lanka seeks Chinese debt restructuring amid crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The president of debt-ridden Sri Lanka on Sunday asked China for the restructuring of its loans and access to preferential credit for imports of essential goods, as the island nation struggles in the throes of its worst economic crisis, partly due to Beijing-financed ...

UK police apply for ‘no-fly’ zone above Windsor Castle

LONDON (AP) — British police have applied for a "no-fly" zone over Windsor Castle as it reviews security arrangements at the landmark where Queen Elizabeth II has spent much of the pandemic. If granted, a restricted airspace order would prevent aircraft from flying up to 2,500 feet (762 ...