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French refinery leaks toxic chemical into marine life area

PARIS (AP) — An orange-brown chemical sheet spread over 15 acres (6 hectares) of a nationally recognized marine life area in the French Mediterranean following a leak at a petrochemical plant in southern France, the local fire service said Friday. The leak at the Lavera refinery spilled 200 ...

Female priests now outnumber male ones in Church of Sweden

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Church of Sweden has more female than male priests for the first time, according to numbers released this month, a sign of huge strides for gender equality since women were first allowed to be ordained in 1960. The Lutheran institution, which was the official Swedish ...

Death of young actor fuels debate on nepotism in Bollywood

NEW DELHI (AP) — The entertainment capital of India may be reeling under the coronavirus onslaught, but its celebrity inhabitants are being roiled by troubles of another kind. The suicide last month of a young and popular movie actor in Mumbai has fueled a reckoning over the privileges of ...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he tested negative for coronavirus

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Saturday that he has tested negative for the new coronavirus, based on a fourth test since he said July 7 that he had the virus. "Good morning everyone," Bolsonaro wrote on Facebook after reporting that the test was ...

China accuses US of improperly entering Houston consulate

BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign ministry complained Saturday that American law enforcement officials improperly entered its consulate in Houston, which was ordered to close in an escalating diplomatic feud. The ministry gave no details, but U.S. federal agents checked the consulate's doors ...

Charges against Thai Red Bull heir dropped from fatal crash

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who was accused in a 2012 car crash that killed a Bangkok police officer, police in Thailand said Friday. Lt. Col. Thanawuth Sanguansuk from Bangkok's Thong Lor police station ...

Croatia parliament approves new government after election

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's parliament has approved a new government that is led by a conservative party that won a parliamentary election earlier this month. Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic's government won support late Thursday in the 151-member assembly in a 76-59 vote. The remaining ...

Mexico opens anti-monopoly probe amid oxygen price rise

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's anti-monopoly commission said Thursday it is looking into possible price-fixing or monopolistic practices in the market for medical oxygen, after pharmacies reported a spike in prices and difficulties in getting tanks and refills. Prices for oxygen tanks in Mexico ...

Zimbabwean journalist, opposition figure appear at court

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean journalist known for exposing alleged government corruption appeared in court on Wednesday alongside an opposition politician with whom he is accused of conspiring to mobilize anti-government protests planned for July 31. Hopewell Chin'ono and Jacob ...

UK to open citizenship path to Hong Kongers from January

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government announced Wednesday that it will open a new special pathway to obtaining U.K. citizenship for up to 3 million eligible Hong Kongers as of January, taking another step toward solidifying a policy denounced by China. In a statement, the Home Office said ...

Court experts: US youth “sorry” in police slaying trial

ROME (AP) — Court-appointed psychiatrists testified Wednesday that a 20-year-old California man accused of murdering an Italian police officer has suffered from anxiety and depression and lives with "a sense of chronic anger" but is competent to stand trial. An evaluation was requested by ...

Zimbabwe police detain prominent journalist, protest leader

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police on Monday swooped in and detained a prominent journalist and an opposition leader ahead of anti-government protests planned for the end of this month, their lawyers said. The journalist, Hopewell Chin'ono, has a huge following on Twitter, where he ...

US slaps sanctions on strongman ruler of Russia’s Chechnya

MOSCOW (AP) — The United States on Monday slapped sanctions on the regional strongman leader of Russia's republic of Chechnya over human rights violations including torture and extrajudicial killings. Ramzan Kadyrov, 43, has run Chechnya like his personal fiefdom, relying on his security ...

Warning: Italy’s Mafias eye EU’s billions in recovery funds

ROME (AP) — Italy's anti-Mafia investigators issued a dramatic warning Friday that mobsters will scheme to get some of hundreds of billions of euros in European Union recovery aid after the pandemic. As EU country leaders were huddling in Brussels about the amount and conditions for aid, the ...

China’s mighty Yangtze nears crest again, new floods feared

BEIJING (AP) — Engorged with more heavy rains, China's mighty Yangtze River is cresting again, bringing fears of further destruction as seasonal floods that already have left more than 140 people dead or missing have grown in force since last month. The rains are putting renewed pressure on ...

Fire at French cathedral in Nantes destroys famed organ

NANTES, France (AP) — French officials launched an arson inquiry Saturday after a fire broke out in the famed Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of the western French city of Nantes. The blaze destroyed the organ, shattered stained glass windows and sent black smoke spewing from ...

Tanzanian opposition leader urges united front ahead of vote

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One opposition leader was shot 16 times and fled the country. Another had his leg broken by unknown assailants and his newspaper was shut down. A third, the country's most prominent, has been banned for a year from making so-called "seditious statements," or what others ...

Russia is hacking virus vaccine trials, US, UK, Canada say

WASHINGTON (AP) — Western governments on Thursday accused hackers believed to be part of Russian intelligence of trying to steal valuable private information about a coronavirus vaccine, calling out the Kremlin in an unusually detailed public warning to scientists and medical companies. The ...

Ex-US governor says Americans not released from Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he met with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday but was unable to win the release of several Americans jailed in the South American nation. Richardson said he and Maduro talked about the potential release of ...

Struggling India crosses 1 million coronavirus cases

NEW DELHI (AP) — India crossed 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday, third only to the United States and Brazil, prompting concerns about its readiness to confront an inevitable surge that could overwhelm hospitals and test the country's feeble health care system. A surge of 34.956 new ...