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Khmer Rouge’s chief jailer, guilty of war crimes, dies at 77

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Khmer Rouge's chief jailer, who admitted overseeing the torture and killings of as many as 16,000 Cambodians while running the regime's most notorious prison, has died. Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, was 77 and had been serving a life prison term for war crimes ...

India eases virus restrictions even as cases soar

NEW DELHI (AP) — Many Indian states eased lockdown restrictions on Tuesday, allowing more businesses and public areas to reopen to reduce economic pain caused by the coronavirus, even as the country's new daily infections remain the highest in the world and its confirmed cases near 3.7 ...

Focused on pandemic, Merkel has no time for retirement plans

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that the decision not to run for office again in 2021 has allowed her to focus on tackling the coronavirus pandemic and other pressing problems during her final year in office. Merkel has seen her approval ratings rise during the ...

Ecuador’s blooming flower industry feels pandemic’s punch

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Flower growers in Ecuador are trimming back their fields, cutting plants at the root and in some cases tossing out piles of colorful blooms entirely as the pandemic delivers a devastating blow to one of the nation's biggest export industries. Demand for the small South ...

Mozart meets COVID-19: Finnish opera adapts classic piece

HELSINKI (AP) — After being forced to cancel all its spring performances due to the coronavirus pandemic, Finland's National Opera is opening this fall with an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart featuring a topical twist: a story line that plays off of the Nordic country's outbreak. The ...

French president: World needs a globally active US leader

PARIS (AP) — He can't vote in the U.S. presidential election, but French President Emmanuel Macron hopes whoever wins the November vote is more of a global player. Following traditional diplomatic protocol, Macron wouldn't say who he favors in the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3 but ...

France won’t ban Huawei but favors European 5G systems

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says France is not excluding Chinese telecom giant Huawei from its upcoming 5G telecommunication networks but favors European providers for security reasons. The French leader spoke after meeting with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in ...

‘Exponential’ virus spread in France as schools set to open

PARIS (AP) — With France's national health agency decrying an "exponential" rise in new virus infections, French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday he couldn't rule out a new nationwide lockdown. France registered more than 7,000 new virus infections in a single day Friday, up from ...

Libya’s Tripoli- based gov suspends minister after shooting

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's Tripoli-based government has suspended its interior minister following a shooting at a demonstration in the capital earlier this week, the United Nations-supported government said Friday. Interior Minister Fathi Bashaga will face an investigation over 'violations' ...

Zimbabwe’s ‘keyboard warriors’ hold protests off the streets

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Unable to protest on the streets, some in Zimbabwe are calling themselves "keyboard warriors" as they take to graffiti and social media to pressure a government that promised reform but is now accused of gross human rights abuses. Activists use the hashtag ...