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Spain’s mortuary workers endure the daily march of death

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — When Marina Gómez and her fellow mortuary worker enter a room at a nursing home to remove the body of a COVID-19 victim, they work methodically and in silence. They disinfect the mouth, nose and eyes to reduce the risk of contamination. They wrap the body in the bed ...

For holiday travel, England uses tests to reduce quarantines

LONDON (AP) — In a boost to holiday travel that will be cheered by families and businesses, the British government has laid out a plan to reduce England's 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers from destinations not deemed safe to as little as five days if they test negative for ...

More than 300 detained by police in Belarus protests

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Belarusian human rights group Viasna says that more than 300 people were arrested and many of them beaten by police during protests calling for the country's authoritarian president to resign. The demonstrations that attracted thousands were the 16th consecutive ...

G-20 summit ends with support for COVID-19 vaccines for all

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Leaders of the world's most powerful nations wrapped up the Group of 20 summit on Sunday, vowing to spare no effort to protect lives and ensure affordable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all people. The two-day summit of heads of state was held virtually ...

Spain’s foreign minister visits Senegal to discuss migration

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Spain's foreign minister met Sunday with Senegal's president in the West African country's capital Sunday to discuss the sudden increase of Senegalese migrants attempting to reach the Canary Islands by boat. Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya met with ...

Vatican cardinal says ouster deprived him of possible papacy

ROME (AP) — The Vatican cardinal sacked by Pope Francis amid a corruption investigation is suing an Italian news magazine, claiming that his ruined reputation has eliminated his chances of becoming pope and will undermine the legitimacy of any future papal election. Cardinal Angelo Becciu is ...

Mexico tops 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, 4th country to do so

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico passed the 100,000 mark in COVID-19 deaths, becoming only the fourth country to do so amid concerns about the lingering physical and psychological scars on survivors. José Luis Alomía Zegarra, Mexico's director of epidemiology, announced late Thursday that Mexico ...

Azerbaijani army enters territory ceded by Armenian forces

MOSCOW (AP) — Units of the Azerbaijani army have entered the Aghdam region, a territory ceded by Armenian forces in a cease-fire agreement that ended six weeks of heavy fighting over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Friday. The truce, brokered by ...

Death toll at 37 in Uganda unrest after Bobi Wine’s arrest

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The death toll from protests over the arrest of Ugandan opposition presidential hopeful and musician Bobi Wine has risen to 37, police said Friday. This is the country's worst unrest in a decade, and more is expected ahead of the election early next year. The Uganda ...

Academics, video game makers team up in rare collaboration

LONDON (AP) — A study by Oxford University researchers on how playing video games affects mental health used data from video game makers, marking what the authors say is a rare collaboration between academics and the game industry. Lack of transparency from game makers has long been an issue ...

Armenian FM resigns amid turmoil over Nagorno-Karabakh truce

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's foreign minister resigned Monday amid political turmoil that has engulfed the country following a cease-fire deal for the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh that calls for ceding territory to longtime adversary Azerbaijan. The Moscow-brokered truce halted ...

Takeaways from Vatican’s McCarrick report as US bishops meet

U.S. Catholic bishops are holding their annual fall assembly virtually this week with the Vatican's recent report on the rise and fall of disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick one of their main topics for discussion. Released last week after a two-year investigation, the report found that ...

Thai lawmakers debate demands for constitutional changes

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's political battleground shifted Tuesday from the streets to the country's Parliament, where lawmakers are considering proposals to amend the constitution, one of the core demands of the nation's student-led pro-democracy movement. Chances that sparring would be ...

UK’s Johnson allegedly brands powers for Scotland a disaster

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has inflamed Scottish discontent with his Conservative government by reportedly saying that giving governing powers to Scotland had been a "disaster." British media reported that Johnson made the remarks during a video meeting with ...

EU urges Poland, Hungary to sign up to big money budget

BRUSSELS (AP) — With the European Union on the verge of an embarrassing crisis, Germany on Tuesday urged all member states to put divergences aside in a bid to break a stalemate on the adoption of the bloc's €1.8 trillion ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery package blocked by ...

Thousands of police deploy on Greek uprising anniversary

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Thousands of police officers have been deployed in Athens and the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki to prevent gatherings to mark the anniversary of the crushing of a 1973 student uprising against Greece's military junta. Nov. 17, the day the uprising was quashed, is ...

Pompeo meets Orthodox spiritual leader in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (AP) — U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo met Tuesday with the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians during a short trip to Turkey that has raised the ire of Turkish officials and includes no meetings with any of them. Pompeo, who is on a seven-country ...

European leaders say collaboration key in anti-terror fight

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that extremist attacks are a "European reality" and the European Union must tighten the screws on weak spots like external borders and the internet after two deadly extremist attacks in France and another in Austria in recent ...

Turkey’s President Erdogan congratulates Biden on his win

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday, expressing Turkey's determination to work closely with the new administration. "I believe that the strong cooperation and the bond of alliance between our countries will continue ...

Peru’s swears in new leader as political turmoil hits nation

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru swore in a new president Tuesday who is unknown to most and was recently accused of trying to secure the military's support for a congressional effort to boot the nation's last leader out over unproven corruption allegations. Businessman and former head of Congress ...