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In devastated Beirut, French leader offers comfort and a hug

BEIRUT (AP) — It was one of the most powerful moments of Emmanuel Macron's lightning visit to devastated Beirut: confronted by a distraught woman in a sea of enraged residents, the French leader stopped and offered her a hug. On a tour of the destruction, Macron got a first-hand glimpse of ...

Supporters, opponents of Hindu temple meet in Times Square

NEW YORK (AP) — A Midtown Manhattan celebration of a Hindu temple being built on disputed ground in India brought polarized groups into Times Square, where supporters of the landmark project were flanked by protesters calling it an offense to Muslims. Videos posted online show Hindu ...

Once in crisis, Ecuador city now helps others battle virus

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Ecuador's biggest city, Guayaquil, was a pandemic hellscape of makeshift morgues, hundreds dying at home, bodies left in the street. That was in March and April, when the country's economic hub on the Pacific coast suffered as much as anywhere in the world from the new ...

Captain astonished that his ship delivered Beirut explosive

MOSCOW (AP) — When Boris Prokoshev, a former sea captain spending his retirement years in a Russian village, woke up and found an email saying a ship he once commanded had carried the ammonium nitrate that blew up swathes of Beirut, he was astonished. "I didn't understand anything," he told ...

Russia’s race for virus vaccine raises concerns in the West

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia boasts that it's about to become the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, with mass vaccinations planned as early as October using shots that are yet to complete clinical trials -- and scientists worldwide are sounding the alarm that the headlong rush could ...

Rajapaksa brothers win by landslide in Sri Lanka’s election

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's powerful Rajapaksa brothers secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary election, giving them nearly the two-thirds majority of seats required to make constitutional changes, according to results released Friday. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is ...

S. Korean doctors strike over med school plan amid pandemic

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of young doctors in South Korea began a strike Friday in protest of government medical policy, causing concerns about treatment of patients amid the coronavirus pandemic. The striking doctors are interns and resident doctors, who oppose the government's ...

Traditional Afghan council meets on release of 400 Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A traditional council met Friday in Afghanistan's capital to decide whether to release a final 400 Taliban prisoners, the last hurdle to starting negotiations between Kabul's political leadership and the Taliban under a peace deal with the U.S. The negotiations are ...

China sentences fourth Canadian to death on drug charges

BEIJING (AP) — China has sentenced a fourth Canadian citizen to death on drug charges in less than two years following a sharp downturn in ties over the arrest of an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei. Ye Jianhui was sentenced Friday by the Foshan Municipal Intermediate Court in the ...

Virus keeps tourists from Africa’s great wildlife migration

MAASAI MARA, Kenya (AP) — One of nature's most spectacular sights, East Africa's great wildebeest migration, went largely unwatched this year as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are felt as far as the continent's wilderness. Travel restrictions kept tourists away for the annual ...

State Dept.: Russia pushes disinformation in online network

CHICAGO (AP) — The State Department says Russia is using a well-developed online operation that includes a loose collection of proxy websites to stir up confusion around the coronavirus by amplifying conspiracy theories and misinformation. The disclosure on Wednesday was rare for the Trump ...

Colombia’s long virus lockdown fuels anxiety and depression

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Like much of the world, Colombia shut down in March as coronavirus cases surged in Europe and began trickling into the South American country. But while restrictions have been lifted in many places elsewhere, a nationwide stay-at-home order remains in effect in ...

Russia warns Belarus will pay price for contractors’ arrests

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's security chief described the arrest of 33 Russian private military contractors in Belarus as a presidential campaign stunt and warned Wednesday that it would have grave consequences for ties between the two neighbors and allies. Authorities arrested the Russian ...

US officials dispute Trump’s claim that Beirut was attacked

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday that most people think the deadly explosion Tuesday in Lebanon that killed at least 100 people was an accident, contradicting President Donald Trump, who said American generals told him it was likely caused by a bomb. Esper said ...

House arrest of Colombia’s Uribe exposes post-peace tensions

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Hero or villain? In Colombia, former President Álvaro Uribe is both. The rift over Uribe, and the broader rift in Colombian society, born of generations of violence that diminished with a 2016 peace accord with rebels, flared after the ex-leader was placed under ...

Not easy eating green: Herbivores most at extinction risk

Although scientists often worry most about the loss of the world's predators, a comprehensive new study finds that plant-eating herbivores are the animals most at risk of extinction. About one in four species of herbivores, 25.5%, are considered threatened, endangered or vulnerable by the ...

Serbian parliament convenes after elections, amid protests

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's new parliament convened Monday amid protests by the some opposition parties and far-right groups claiming that the parliamentary election, overwhelmingly won by the ruling populists, was rigged. Dozens of protesters booed and jeered at the lawmakers arriving ...

Lawmaker arrest spotlights UK Parliament’s sex abuse problem

LONDON (AP) — The weekend arrest of a British lawmaker accused of rape and the sexual assault conviction of a former legislator last week are increasing pressure on Britain's political leaders to confront a political culture that has often let abuse go unchecked. A Conservative Party ...

Notre Dame Cathedral’s organ getting 4-year-long cleaning

PARIS (AP) — Pipe by precious pipe, the organ that once thundered through Notre Dame Cathedral is being taken apart after last year's devastating fire. The mammoth task of dismantling, cleaning and re-assembling France's largest musical instrument started Monday and is expected to last ...

Court: Hugo Chávez’s former nurse hid gold in secret vault

MIAMI (AP) — It was 2014 and Venezuela's former treasurer Claudia Díaz was looking for a safe haven to store the unexplained wealth she had accumulated over the years. Then-president Hugo Chávez, who she once served as a nurse, had recently died and with the election of Nicolás Maduro, the ...