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Suspected rebels kill 16 in eastern Congo

CHANICHANI, Congo (AP) — At least 16 people were killed and eight injured in an attack by suspected Allied Democratic Forces rebels in Congo's North Kivu province, the military said. Others remain missing after the ambush that took place Thursday on a road between the towns of Chanichani and ...

Landslides, monsoon flooding kill over 100 in western India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rain hit parts of western India, killing more than 100 people, officials and news reports said Friday. More than 1,000 people trapped by floodwaters were rescued. The dead included 54 killed in four landslides in the Raigad ...

US diplomat worried about pandemic, food supply in N Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America's No. 2 diplomat on Friday expressed sympathy for North Koreans facing hardships and food shortages linked to the coronavirus pandemic and renewed calls for the North to return to talks over its nuclear program. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has recently ...

US pilot thanks British man who guaranteed a happy landing

LONDON (AP) — U.S. Air Force Maj. Grant Thompson thanked a British photographer the best way he knew how - by ripping the flight patch from his shoulder and handing it to the man whose quick action last week ensured he landed safely after an engine in his F-15E Strike Eagle ...

England quarantine rules being relaxed to avoid shortages

By DANICA KIRKA and PAN PYLAS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The British government has sought to ease food supply pressures in England by exempting more than 10,000 workers from quarantine rules that led to staff shortages and empty shelves and fears of panic-buying. However, it has come ...

China’s Tencent ordered to end exclusive music contracts

BEIJING (AP) — Internet giant Tencent was ordered by regulators to end exclusive contracts with music copyright holders, adding to increased enforcement of anti-monopoly and other rules as Beijing tightens control over booming online industries. Tencent controls more than 80% of "exclusive ...

UK’s summer getaway takes off but nothing like pre-COVID

LONDON (AP) — With all British schools now closed for the summer, airports and airlines were looking a tad more normal on Saturday, though the number of families heading off for warmer climes remains way down on the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic struck. This weekend ...

Thousands protest lockdown in Sydney, several arrested

SYDNEY (AP) — Thousands of people took to the streets of Sydney and other Australian cities on Saturday to protest lockdown restrictions amid another surge in cases, and police made several arrests after crowds broke through barriers and threw plastic bottles and plants. The unmasked ...

South Africa’s jailed ex-leader attends brother’s funeral

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma was allowed to leave prison briefly Thursday to attend his brother's funeral. Zuma is currently serving a 15-month sentence for defying an order from the Constitutional Court, the country's highest court, that he should testify at ...

London mayor sends message of support to Hong Kong emigres

LONDON (AP) — London's mayor on Thursday sent a message of support to Hong Kong residents fleeing China's crackdown on democracy to seek new live in the United Kingdom, saying his office will spend 900,000 pounds ($1.2 million) to help new arrivals with housing, education and finding ...

Germany’s Merkel says pipeline deal with US good for Ukraine

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that a compromise deal that will allow the completion of a Russian gas pipeline to Europe without the imposition of further U.S. sanctions is "good for Ukraine." The United States and Germany announced the deal on Wednesday. The two ...

Belarus leader vows to keep up raids of NGOs, media outlets

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The longtime leader of Belarus vowed Thursday to continue a crackdown on civil society activists he regards as "bandits and foreign agents." President Alexander Lukashenko chided officials in his administration for allowing the operation of non-governmental organizations ...

Germans return to flooded town: ‘The memories are gone’

ERFTSTADT, Germany (AP) — They escaped with their lives, but little else remains for some residents of Erftstadt-Blessem after the devastating flood that hit their town and other parts of Germany and neighboring countries last week. Authorities allowed families in the town southwest of ...

UN council rejects Russian bid to get rid of Bosnia high rep

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday rejected a resolution put forward by Russia and China that would have immediately stripped the powers of the international high representative overseeing implementation of the 1995 peace agreement that ended the devastating war in ...

Ecuador president decrees emergency in prisons after clashes

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's president declared a state of emergency Thursday in the country's prisons following fighting between rival gangs that killed 22 inmates and injured dozens. The violence began Wednesday afternoon at the main prison in the city of Guayaquil, the Litoral ...

Tokyo new virus cases near 2,000 a day before Olympics open

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, one day before the Olympics begin, as worries grow of a worsening of infections during the Games. Thursday's 1,979 new cases are the highest since 2,044 were recorded on Jan. 15. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, ...

Memorial divides survivors 10 years after Norway massacre

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — At 3:25 p.m. on July 22, a ray of sun should have illuminated the first of 77 bronze columns on a slice of land opposite Utoya island outside Norway's capital. Over the next three hours and eight minutes, it would have brushed each column in turn, commemorating every ...

Fury cross the Mersey: Liverpool loses world heritage status

LONDON (AP) — Civic leaders in Liverpool expressed outrage Wednesday after the English port city was stripped of its World Heritage status by the United Nations' culture organization. UNESCO's World Heritage Committee voted in a secret ballot to remove the designation because of developments ...

$470 million flood damage bill in hard-hit Dutch town

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Flooding that raged through a southern Dutch tourist town last week caused around 400 million euros ($470 million) in damage to homes and businesses, the town's mayor said Wednesday. About 700 homes in Valkenburg were so badly damaged by flooding that their ...

Record-high electricity bills draw criticism to Spain’s govt

MADRID (AP) — Spanish consumers are fretting over record-high power prices just as high summer temperatures are keeping air conditioning and cooling systems operating at full capacity. The government says that the latest hikes in electricity bills are driven by spiraling prices of so-called ...