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Africa’s largest film festival kicks off in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Africa's largest film festival kicks off Saturday in Burkina Faso amid both the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing jihadi insurgency in the West African nation that has killed thousands of people and displaced more than 1 million in recent years. Alex Moussa ...

Japan, S Korea leaders look to deepen ties despite strains

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and South Korea spoke by phone on Friday, saying they would look to deepen ties in the face of regional security threats despite strained bilateral relations. Although are both military allies of the U.S. and share common concerns over North Korea and China, ...

ASEAN downgrades Myanmar presence in summit in major rebuke

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers have agreed to downgrade Myanmar's participation in an upcoming summit in their sharpest rebuke yet of its leaders following a Feb. 1 military takeover. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will invite a non-political ...

Taiwan’s leader pays respects to 46 dead in building inferno

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's president on Saturday paid her respects at a morgue to the dozens of people killed in a deadly inferno that ripped through an aging tower block earlier in the week. The fire in the southern city of Kaohsiung killed at least 46 people, according to authorities, ...

China crackdown on Apple store hits holy book apps, Audible

Amazon's audiobook service Audible and phone apps for reading the holy books of Islam and Christianity have disappeared from the Apple store in mainland China, the latest examples of the impact of the country's tightened rules for internet firms. Audible said Friday that it removed its app ...

El Salvador explores bitcoin mining powered by volcanoes

BERLIN, El Salvador (AP) — At a geothermal power plant near El Salvador's Tecapa volcano, 300 computers whir inside a trailer as they make complex mathematical calculations day and night verifying transactions for the cryptocurrency bitcoin. The pilot project has inspired a rash of volcano ...

China’s central bank says Evergrande risks ‘controllable’

BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank said Friday that financial risks from China Evergrande Group's debt problems are "controllable" and unlikely to spill over, amid growing investor concerns that the crisis could ripple through other developers. Evergrande is the world's most indebted ...

China’s Shenzhou-13 spacecraft docks for 6-month mission

BEIJING (AP) — China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft carrying three Chinese astronauts docked Saturday at its space station, kicking off a record-setting six-month stay as the country moves toward completing the new orbiting outpost. The spacecraft was launched by a Long March-2F rocket at 12:23 ...

Australian state to end quarantine for vaccinated travelers

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sydney will end hotel quarantine for vaccinated passengers when scheduled international flights restart in Australia within two weeks, officials said on Friday, while maintaining some restrictions on foreigners entering the country. Vaccinated travelers who test ...

UK: 43,000 may have received false negative COVID results

LONDON (AP) — British health officials said Friday that 43,000 people may have been wrongly told they don't have the coronavirus because of problems at a private laboratory. The U.K. Health Security Agency said the Immensa Health Clinic Ltd. lab in the central England city of Wolverhampton ...

Protests greet debut of Italy’s workplace COVID pass rule

ROME (AP) — Protests erupted in Italy on Friday as one of the most stringent anti-coronavirus measures in Europe went into effect, requiring all workers, from magistrates to maids, to show a health pass to get into their place of employment. Police were out in force, some schools ended ...

India reopens for foreign tourists as virus infections ebb

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reopened to fully vaccinated foreign tourists traveling on chartered flights on Friday in the latest easing of its coronavirus restrictions as infection numbers decline. Foreign tourists on regular flights will be able to enter India starting Nov. 15. It is the first ...

Russia struggles to meet global orders for Sputnik V vaccine

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Esperita García de Perez got her first vaccination against COVID-19 in May. That, along with her Catholic faith, made her feel better protected against the virus, and she had hoped to get her second shot of the Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine a few weeks ...

New Zealand dispenses record number of jabs at ‘Vaxathon’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand health care workers administered a record number of vaccine jabs Saturday as the nation held a festival aimed at getting more people inoculated against the coronavirus. Musicians, sports stars and celebrities pitched in for the "Vaxathon" event ...

Moderate earthquake rocks Bali, killing at least 3

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — A moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit Indonesia's resort island of Bali early Saturday, killing at least three people and destroying dozens of homes. The quake hit just before dawn, causing people to run outdoors in a panic. It struck just after the ...

Leaders pay tribute at church where British lawmaker killed

LEIGH-ON-SEA, England (AP) — Leaders from across the political spectrum came together Saturday to pay tribute to a long-serving British lawmaker who was stabbed to death in what police have described as a terrorist incident. Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the leader of the main ...

Prince William: Before travelling to space, save the planet

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince William has criticized some of the world's richest men for using their wealth to fund a new space race and space tourism rather than trying to fix the problems on Earth instead. William voiced his disapproval in an interview with the BBC aired Thursday, a day ...

Merkel: ‘very hard work’ ahead to achieve EU climate goals

MADRID (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel predicted Thursday that achieving European Union targets for slashing emissions that cause global warming will be "very hard work." The so-called European Green Deal, agreed last December, provides a blueprint for cutting gas emissions by 55% ...

Africa detecting just 1 in 7 COVID-19 cases, says WHO study

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Only one in seven COVID-19 infections in Africa are being detected, meaning the continent's estimated infection level may be 59 million people, according to a new study by the World Health Organization. "With limited testing, we're still flying blind in far ...

Greece: Severe storm, floods batter Athens, fire-hit island

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Severe storms swept across Greece Thursday, flooding hundreds of homes in Athens and prompting evacuations on the island of Evia that was ravaged by summer wildfires. Rescuers were also preparing to use helicopters to lift stranded people off rooftops in flooded and ...