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Chinese ambassador to UK barred from Parliament

LONDON (AP) — China's ambassador to Britain has been barred from Parliament and told he could not enter the building for a talk he was scheduled to give on Wednesday. Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said Tuesday it was not "appropriate" for the Chinese ambassador, Zheng Zeguang, to enter ...

Putin in self-isolation due to COVID cases in inner circle

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin entered self-isolation after people in his inner circle became infected with the coronavirus, the Kremlin said Tuesday, adding that the leader himself tested negative for COVID-19. Putin, who is fully vaccinated with Russia's Sputnik V, held ...

Pope visit a sign of inclusion for Slovakia’s excluded Roma

KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday urged Slovakia's Roma to integrate better into the mainstream as he met with the country's most socially excluded minority group, who have long suffered discrimination, marginalization and poverty. But in some ways Francis' visit to the Lunik ...

Group: Turkish drones in Cyprus endanger commercial flights

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Turkish drone base in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus could increase safety risks for thousands of commercial flights that cross the airspace around the eastern Mediterranean island, a flight safety group warned Tuesday. FSF-Med, an NGO affiliated ...

WHO, partners aim to get Africa 30% of needed doses by Feb

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization and its partners said they hope to provide Africa with about 30% of the COVID-19 vaccines the continent needs by February, badly missing the 60% vaccination coverage goal that African leaders had once hoped for this year. At a press briefing ...

Problems continue to plague El Savador’s bitcoin rollout

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — One week after El Salvador became the first country to make bitcoin legal tender, problems continued to plague the system Tuesday. El Salvador rolled out a digital wallet known as the "Chivo" on Sept. 8, but the system has often been down for maintenance. It ...

Third shot: UK to offer COVID booster jabs to over 50s

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. announced Tuesday it will offer a third dose of coronavirus vaccine to everyone over 50 and other vulnerable people to help the country ride out the pandemic through the winter months. The booster shots, which will be rolled out beginning next week, were approved a day ...

Indonesia arrests key leader in al-Qaida linked group

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's elite counterterrorism squad has arrested a convicted militant and suspected leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that has been blamed for a string of past bombings in the country, Indonesia police said Monday. Abu Rusdan was seized late Friday in Bekasi ...

Holocaust survivor, scholar awarded $815,000 Balzan Prize

MILAN (AP) — An Israeli-French-American Holocaust survivor and historian and a U.S. scientist specializing in gut bacteria were among the recipients this year's Balzan Prizes, recognizing scholarly and scientific achievements, announced on Monday. Saul Friedlander, who has taught at both the ...

French palace intrigue: Ex-Macron security aide on trial

PARIS (AP) — A former security aide to French President Emmanuel Macron who triggered a political crisis when he was identified as having beaten up a protester during a 2018 May Day demonstration went on trial Monday on a dozen charges, including voluntary violence, illegally wearing a police ...