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More EU nations ban travel from UK, fearing virus variant

BERLIN (AP) — A growing list of European Union nations and Canada barred travel from the U.K. on Sunday and others were considering similar action, in a bid to block a new strain of coronavirus sweeping across southern England from spreading to the continent. France, Germany, Italy, the ...

Swedes want checks for hull damage in 1994 ferry disaster

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden said Friday it wants divers to inspect the wreck of one of Europe's deadliest peacetime maritime disasters, the sinking of a ferry in the Baltic Sea in 1994 that killed 852 people, in order to probe claims of a large hole in the hull. A 1997 report had ...

China to begin COVID-19 inoculations for front-line workers

BEIJING (AP) — China will soon begin coronavirus inoculations for workers in health care, transport and border control, a senior official said Saturday. Vice Minister of the National Health Commission Zeng Yixin gave few specifics but said the government was prioritizing those most at risk ...

Epstein-linked modeling agent charged with rape of minors

PARIS (AP) — A modeling agent associated with disgraced U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein has been charged in France with sexual harassment and the rape of minors over 15 years old. Jean-Luc Brunel was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation on Wednesday at Charles de Gaulle airport as he ...

Hospital fire kills 9 COVID-19 patients at ICU in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A fire broke out Saturday at an intensive care unit treating COVID-19 patients in southern Turkey after an oxygen cylinder exploded, killing nine people, the health minister said. The state-run Anadolu news agency said the fire took place at the privately-run Sanko ...

Emails: WHO was warned of fallout over yanked Italy report

ROME (AP) — An author of a withdrawn World Health Organization report into Italy's coronavirus response warned his bosses in May that people could die and the U.N. agency could suffer "catastrophic" reputational damage if it allowed political concerns to suppress the document, according to ...

India’s virus cases cross 10 million as new infections dip

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's confirmed coronavirus cases have crossed 10 million with new infections dipping to their lowest levels in three months, as the country prepares for a massive COVID-19 vaccination in the new year. Additional cases in the past 24 hours dropped to 25,152 from a peak of ...

Canada administers first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

TORONTO (AP) — Canada administered its first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, becoming one of the first countries to do so in the effort to beat back the pandemic. Five front-line workers in Ontario were among the first Canadians to receive the vaccine at one of Toronto's ...

Dutch leader announces tough new nationwide virus lockdown

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte imposed a tough new five-week nationwide lockdown Monday, saying schools, nonessential shops, museums and gyms will close down at midnight until Jan. 19. "We have to bite through this very sour apple before things get better," a ...

Italians return French Legion awards after el-Sissi gets one

ROME (AP) — Two prominent Italian intellectuals announced Monday they were returning their Legion of Honor awards to France to protest that Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was given the prize despite his government's human rights abuses. Corrado Augias, a longtime journalist for La ...

Daytime darkness: Total solar eclipse wows in Latin America

CARAHUE, Chile (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in the Chilean region of La Araucanía on Monday to witness a solar eclipse, rejoicing in the rare experience even though visibility was limited because of cloudy skies. Skies were clear in northern Patagonia in Argentina, where people also ...

Albanians hold a peaceful protest over police shooting

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The first peaceful protest in Albania's capital over the fatal shooting of a man by police enforcing a coronavirus curfew quickly faded away Monday following a strong police warning to avoid illegal gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a significantly ...

1 dead, dozens wounded in tribal clashes in southern Tunisia

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities ordered a curfew in regions in southern Tunisia after at least a man was killed and dozens of people wounded, two seriously, in tribal clashes that broke out over a land dispute. According to the official TAP news agency, the curfew from 4 p.m. to 5 ...

Volkswagen board issues vote of confidence in CEO Diess

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The board of automaker Volkswagen has given CEO Herbert Diess a public show of support for his push into digital and electric cars after media reports Diess had clashed with the company's powerful labor representatives over issues including top personnel ...

France’s Macron wants to add climate goals in constitution

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron announced a referendum to add the fight against climate change and the need to preserve the environment into the French Constitution. Speaking on Monday to a citizen's group in charge of making proposals on climate-related issues, Macron proposed ...

South Africa closes beaches to fight resurgence of COVID-19

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the closure of many of the country's beaches throughout the festive season to fight a resurgence of new COVID-19 infections. All beaches will be closed from Dec. 16 until January in the Eastern Cape province and the ...

Polish leader hails summit deal on use of EU sanctions

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative ruling party leader says the compromise struck at last week's European Union summit that limits the use of financial sanctions is a "saber" protecting the country against any potential "attack" on the EU's part. Jaroslaw Kaczynski said in comments ...

U.N. food agency receives Nobel prize in online event

ROME (AP) — Calling food the "pathway to peace," the head of the U.N. World Food Program on Thursday accepted the Nobel Peace Prize at the agency's headquarters in Rome, instead of in Oslo, Norway, in a break with pomp-filled tradition amid the COVID-19 pandemic. WFP Executive Director David ...

Inferno in large squat for migrants kills 3 in Spain

BADALONA, Spain (AP) — Mamadou Dieye was talking to his family back in Senegal when he heard shouts of distress downstairs. Smoke quickly followed the screams, and in the ensuing panic Dieye watched in horror as several fellow squatters plummeted from three stories high to escape the fire ...

German court halts felling of trees at site of Tesla plant

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that automaker Tesla Inc. has to stop clearing trees on the site where it's building its first electric car factory in Europe, the news agency dpa reported Thursday. The top administrative court in the Berlin-Brandenburg region decided on a temporary ...