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Kazakhstan says 164 killed in last week’s protests

MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan authorities said Sunday that 164 people, including a 4-year-old girl, were killed in a week of protests that marked the worst unrest since the former Soviet republic gained independence 30 years ago. The office of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said order has been ...

Opposition candidate wins in Venezuela’s cradle of Chavismo

BARINAS, Venezuela (AP) — Voters in the home state of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chávez on Sunday picked an opposition candidate for governor in a closely watched special election called after the contender representing that faction in November's regular contest was retroactively ...

Thousands rally in Prague against vaccination mandate

Thousands of people marched through the Czech Republic's capital on Sunday to protest against compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for certain groups and professions. The protesters gathered at Wenceslas Square in central Prague to question the effectiveness of the current vaccines and reject the ...

West African regional leaders impose new sanctions on Mali

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — West African regional leaders imposed new sanctions Sunday on Mali, suspending most commerce and financial aid to the country after its military rulers said they would stay in power for four more years instead of holding an election next month as promised. In a veiled ...

Russia, US hold working dinner to open Geneva talks

GENEVA (AP) — A top Russian diplomat predicted "difficult" talks with the United States this week after attending a working dinner with U.S. officials in Geneva on Sunday as part of the kickoff to a string of meetings in three European cities this week, with ties at a low over Russia's ...

Serbia: Lithium mine opponents block roads in bad weather

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hundreds of people in Serbia spent part of a holiday weekend blocking roads Saturday to protest plans for lithium mining in the Balkan country. The protests came a day after Orthodox Christians in Serbia and many other countries celebrated Christmas. The ...

Venezuela’s revolution divided in the cradle of Chavismo

SABANETA, Venezuela (AP) — Nancy Mora yearns for the affection she says late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez showed his people. She touches her heart when she talks about the man she still calls her president and believes the revolution he started will continue as long as self-proclaimed ...

Bosnia’s Dodik: From moderate to genocide-denying autocrat

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — He was once described in Washington as an anti-nationalist "breath of fresh air" in the murderous, genocide-scarred Balkan morass of ethnically divided Bosnia. How times change. This week Bosnian Serb political leader Milorad Dodik, now a genocide-denying ...

South Africa’s ruling party must regain support, says leader

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said the ruling party, the African National Congress, must work to regain popular support after being embroiled in corruption scandals and divided by bitter factional rivalries. Marking the ANC's 110th anniversary Saturday, ...

Turkmenistan’s leader wants ‘Gates of Hell’ fire put out

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — The president of Turkmenistan is calling for an end to one of the country's most notable but infernal sights — the blazing natural gas crater widely referred to as the "Gates of Hell." The desert crater located about 260 kilometers (160 miles) north of the ...

China’s Tianjin testing all residents after omicron found

BEIJING (AP) — Tianjin, a major Chinese port city near the capital Beijing, began mass testing of its 14 million residents on Sunday after a cluster of 20 children and adults tested positive for COVID-19, including at least two with the omicron variant. Those infected include 15 students ...

Djokovic detention draws focus to Australia’s asylum-seekers

SYDNEY (AP) — Novak Djokovic spent a fourth day on Sunday among the unwilling occupants of Melbourne's Park Hotel. The tennis superstar is awaiting court proceedings on Monday that will determine whether he can defend his Australian Open title or whether he will be deported — and the world ...

Former anti-terror chief arrested over Kazakhstan protests

MOSCOW (AP) — The former head of Kazakhstan's counterintelligence and anti-terror agency has been arrested on charges of attempted government overthrow in the wake of violent protests that the president has blamed on foreign-backed terrorists. The arrest of Karim Masimov was announced ...

Expelled Egyptian-Palestinian activist arrives in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Egyptian-Palestinian human rights activist Ramy Shaath arrived in Paris and reunited with his wife on Saturday, after Egyptian authorities released him from prison and deported him. An overjoyed Shaath, the son of a prominent Palestinian politician, walked out of the Charles de ...

Albania: Politician’s supporters storm party headquarters

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Police in Albania used a water cannon trick and tear gas to disperse protests who broke into the headquarters of the country's main opposition party in an internal squabble over the party's leadership. Scores of officers pushed back hundreds of protesters who had ...

UN: Sudan talks will aim to salvage political transition

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations said Saturday it would hold talks in Sudan to try to get the country's democratic transition back on track after it was derailed by an October military coup. The U.N. offer came a week after embattled Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigned, citing the failure ...

Scholz’s party wants vaccine mandate decision this quarter

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest governing party said Thursday that it aims for a final decision by the end of March on the introduction of a universal vaccine mandate against COVID-19. Parliament last month approved legislation that will require staff at hospitals and nursing homes to show ...

Christian world marks Epiphany with series of celebrations

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Christians around the world on Thursday marked Epiphany, known as Three Kings Day for Catholics and the Baptism of Christ for the Orthodox, with a series of celebrations. Pope Francis used a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica to decry consumerism, parades were held in Spain the ...

Portugal adds virus booster jab incentives, cuts isolation

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's government announced Thursday further incentives for people to get COVID-19 booster shots and said new rules will require people to isolate only if they live with someone who tests positive. People who had a booster jab two weeks previously will from next ...

Mexicans continue tradition of king cakes

MEXICO CITY (AP) — While tortillas come to mind when Mexico is mentioned, every Jan. 6, Mexicans' love of bread comes to the fore with the cutting of oval brioche decorated with candied fruit known as king cakes to celebrate Epiphany. Just hours before Mexicans took their first slices, ...