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Mali’s deposed president returns home under tight security

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita returned home Thursday after being detained for 10 days by the ruling military junta that staged a coup last week, a family member said. The move came the same day that the junta made public a decree of its National Committee ...

Germany calls for end to east Mediterranean military drills

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Germany's foreign minister on Thursday called for an end to military drills in the eastern Mediterranean to defuse tensions and create conditions for NATO allies Greece and Turkey to resolve a dispute over offshore energy exploration rights. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas' ...

EU Commission chief says her team could face a reshuffle

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive commission is emerging from its summer vacation down a key official and with an additional big problem on its hands. At a time when European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen should be centering on managing the coronavirus pandemic, an ...

North Korean leader thankful typhoon damage wasn’t worse

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a western coastal area hit by a typhoon and expressed relief the damage wasn't worse, state media said Friday. The North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published photos of Kim examining rice paddies and corn and bean crops ...

Human Rights Watch: Venezuela using COVID-19 to crack down

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan security forces and authorities under President Nicolás Maduro have used the coronavirus as an excuse to crack down on dissenting voices on social media and even in private messages, Human Rights Watch reported Friday. The New York-based rights group ...

Bail denied again to Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean journalist who has been held in prison for more than a month has been denied bail for the third time, while police continue arresting government critics. Journalist Hopewell Chin'ono should remain in jail, a Harare magistrate ruled Monday. Chin'ono is ...

Migrants at center of political tug-of-war in divided Bosnia

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Authorities in a northeastern region of Bosnia, decrying an alleged failure by other parts of the country to share the load of a lingering migration crisis, have set up roadblocks to prevent Europe-bound migrants from entering the territory under their ...

Irish leader forced to defend govt future amid golf scandal

LONDON (AP) — Ireland's prime minister was forced to defend the future of his government Monday as criticism mounted over a golf event attended by senior politicians despite a ban on large gatherings designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Taoiseach Micheal Martin welcomed public outrage ...

UN cautions that virus plasma treatment still experimental

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization on Monday cautioned that using blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors to treat other patients is still considered an experimental therapy, voicing the concern as a U.S. boost for the treatment has many scientists afraid formal studies will be ...

Israeli rivals agree to stick together, prevent new election

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief coalition partner agreed Monday to delay a fateful budget vote, averting the collapse of their fractious alliance and preventing a fourth election in less than two years. The twin announcements by Netanyahu and the ...