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Burkina Faso sees more child soldiers as jihadi attacks rise

DORI, Burkina Faso (AP) — Awoken by gunshots in the middle of the night, Fatima Amadou was shocked by what she saw among the attackers: children. Guns slung over their small frames, the children chanted "Allahu akbar," as they surrounded her home in Solhan town in Burkina Faso's Sahel ...

New Zealand apologizes for historic raids on Pacific people

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sat motionless Sunday as members of the Pacific Island community pulled a large white mat over her head, completely covering her. Moments later they removed it and embraced her. It was part of a emotional ceremony at ...

Outgoing Iran president says government not always truthful

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's outgoing president on Sunday acknowledged his nation at times "did not tell part of the truth" to its people during his eight-year tenure, as he prepares to leave office with his signature nuclear deal with world powers in tatters and tensions high ...

Myanmar military extends emergency, promises vote in 2 years

BANGKOK (AP) — Six months after seizing power from the elected government, Myanmar's military leader on Sunday declared himself prime minister and said he would lead the country under the extended state of emergency until elections are held in about two years. "We must create conditions to ...

UK Windrush victims demand compensation on Emancipation Day

LONDON (AP) — Black people whose right to live in the U.K. was illegally challenged by the government marked the anniversary Sunday of the act that freed slaves throughout the British Empire, drawing a direct link between slavery and the discrimination they suffered. Dozens of activists ...

Tunisian leader: Young are paid to migrate, harm Europe ties

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's leader claimed Sunday that some desperate youths are being paid to try to leave Tunisia illegally for Europe, saying the goal is to damage the country from within and hurt its ties with Europe. President Kais Saied made the remarks during a stroll down the ...

Berlin protesters decry coronavirus measures; 600 detained

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands turned out in Berlin on Sunday to protest the German government's anti-coronavirus measures despite a ban on the gatherings, leading to clashes with police and the detention of some 600 protesters. Local authorities had banned several different protests this weekend, ...

South Korea seeks to improve ties despite North’s threat

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Monday it'll keep pushing to improve ties and resume talks with rival North Korea, despite the North's threat to rekindle animosities if Seoul holds its summertime military drills with the United States. On Sunday night, the powerful sister of North ...

Pizza for shots: UK targets young with vaccine incentives

LONDON (AP) — Restaurants, ride-hailing apps and food delivery services are backing Britain's COVID-19 vaccination drive, offering discounts and even free slices of pizza to persuade young people to roll up their sleeves and get the shot. The program, announced Sunday by the Department of ...

Europe’s vaccine passes reveal some pockets of resistance

VERONA, Italy (AP) — Shouts of "Liberty!" have echoed through the streets and squares of Italy and France as thousands show their opposition to plans to require vaccination cards for normal social activities, such as dining indoors at restaurants, visiting museums or cheering in sports ...

Refugees pushed to back of the line amid vaccine shortages

NEW DELHI (AP) — Salimullah, a Rohingya refugee, has been living in the Indian capital of New Delhi since 2013 when he fled violence in Myanmar. Stateless, and now homeless after a fire razed his camp, the 35-year-old lives in a tent with as many as 10 other people at a time. Before the ...

Wildfire in western Greece forces village, beach evacuations

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A wildfire that broke out Saturday in western Greece forced the evacuation of four villages and people on a beach by the Fire Service, the Coast Guard and private boats, authorities said. The fire was in a mountain forest 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Patras, ...

Germany’s Laschet attends WWII revolt observances in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Germany's center-right candidate to replace Angela Merkel as chancellor in the country's September election said he feels "deep shame and humility" over Nazi Germany's "crimes" against the Poles during World War II. Armin Laschet spoke to Poland's daily Rzeczpospolita, ...

US Navy says drone strike hit oil tanker off Oman, killing 2

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Navy explosive experts believe a "drone strike" targeted an oil tanker that came under attack off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, killing two on board, the American military said Saturday. The strike Thursday night on the oil tanker Mercer Street ...

In heat emergency, Greece adds checks for fires, power cuts

ATHENS (AP) — Greek authorities ordered additional fire patrols and infrastructure maintenance inspections Friday as the country grappled with a heat wave fed by hot air from Africa that is expected to last more than a week. The emergency measures will also include efforts to create more ...

Man pleads guilty to assaulting England’s top doctor in park

LONDON (AP) — A man who accosted England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty in a London park pleaded guilty Friday to assault and was ordered to pay the scientist 100 pounds ($140). Lewis Hughes, 24, and another man filmed themselves harassing Whitty, who has become a nationally recognized ...

UN: 100,000 children in Ethiopia’s Tigray face deadly hunger

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 100,000 children in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region could face the most extreme and life-threatening form of malnutrition in the next year, the United Nations children's agency warned on Friday, as humanitarian aid remains blocked from the region of some 6 ...

Death toll in wildfires that hit southern Turkey rises to 4

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The death toll in wildfires raging in southern Turkey rose to four as fire crews on Friday battled blazes that burned down homes and forced people to evacuate villages and beach resorts. Firefighters were still tackling wildfires in 14 locations in six provinces in ...

Roberto Calasso, Italian publisher and literary figure, dies

ROME (AP) — Roberto Calasso, a towering figure in European publishing as the driving force behind an esteemed Milan-based publisher, as well as an inquisitive and prolific author himself, has died at 80, his company said. Italian news media, quoting his publishing house Adelphi, said Calasso ...

Tunisia’s turmoil is being watched warily around the globe

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Days of political turmoil in Tunisia over a crippled economy and surging coronavirus infections have unnerved allies in Europe and the United States, while garnering the support of key Mideast partners watching to see if Islamists and Tunisia's fragile democracy will ...