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Oil at 7-year high after OPEC+ decides on cautious increase

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Oil prices jumped Monday after OPEC and allied oil producing countries stayed with their gradual approach to restoring output slashed during the pandemic, agreeing to add only 400,000 barrels per day in November. The decision Monday by the Vienna-based oil cartel ...

Japan new PM to seek fresh mandate to handle virus, economy

TOKYO (AP) — Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he will dissolve the lower house next week in preparation for Oct. 31 elections as he seeks a fresh mandate to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, the sagging economy and security threats from China and North ...

Japan counts on Asian market to help shift to green energy

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is focusing on its neighbors in Asia as it hopes to take a leadership role in the growing push to reduce emissions, having earmarked $10 billion to help the region speed up the move away from fossil fuels. The Economy and Industry Ministry hosted the first "Asia green ...

Chinese developer misses payment, adding to industry strain

BEIJING (AP) — A mid-size Chinese real estate developer failed to make a $205.7 million payment due to bondholders Tuesday, adding to the industry's financial strain as one of China's biggest developers tries to avoid defaulting on billions of dollars of debt. Fantasia Holdings Group ...

‘Pandora papers’ show London is a key hub for tax avoidance

LONDON (AP) — Transparency advocates are calling on Britain to tighten the country's defenses against money laundering and tax avoidance after a massive leak of financial data showed how London is a key destination of choice for some of the world's richest and most powerful people to conceal ...

UAE to launch probe targeting asteroid between Mars, Jupiter

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced plans to send a probe to land on an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter to collect data on the origins of the universe, the latest project in the oil-rich federation's ambitious space program. The project targets ...

Russia hits record number of daily COVID-19 deaths

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Sunday reported a record daily death toll from COVID-19, the fifth time in a week that deaths have hit a new high. The national coronavirus task force said 890 deaths were recorded over the past day, exceeding the 887 reported on Friday. The task force also said the ...

EU regulator OKs Pfizer vaccine booster for 18 and older

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Union's drug regulator gave its backing Monday to administering booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 and older. The European Medicines Agency said the booster doses "may be considered at least 6 months after the second dose for ...

Jordanian king’s properties undercut father figure image

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II was meeting with the World Bank president, asking for more financial support for his country's battered economy, just around the time the news broke: A trove of leaked documents revealed the king had secretly bought more than a dozen luxury homes in ...

UNICEF: Battered by pandemic, kids need mental health help

PARIS (AP) — Governments must pour more money and resources into preserving the mental well-being of children and adolescents, the U.N.'s child protection agency urged in a report Tuesday that sounded alarms about blows to mental health from the COVID-19 pandemic that hit poor and vulnerable ...

Australia won’t welcome international tourists until 2022

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — International tourists won't be welcomed back to Australia until next year, with the return of skilled migrants and students given higher priority, the prime minister said on Tuesday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia was expected to reach the ...

Russia test-fires new hypersonic missile from submarine

MOSCOW (AP) — A prospective Russian hypersonic missile has been successfully test-fired from a nuclear submarine for the first time, the military said Monday. The Russian Defense Ministry said the Zircon missile was launched from the Severodvinsk submarine and hit a designated mock target in ...

Japan’s parliament elects former diplomat Kishida as new PM

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's parliament on Monday elected Fumio Kishida, a former moderate turned hawk, as prime minister. He'll face an economy battered by the pandemic, security threats from China and North Korea and leadership of a political party whose popularity is sagging ahead of a ...

Leaked ‘Pandora’ records show how the powerful shield assets

A new report sheds light on how world leaders, powerful politicians, billionaires and others have used offshore accounts to shield assets collectively worth trillions of dollars over the past quarter-century. The report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists involved 600 ...

Puerto Ricans fume as outages threaten health, work, school

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Not a single hurricane has hit Puerto Rico this year, but hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. territory feel like they're living in the aftermath of a major storm: Students do homework by the light of dying cellphones, people who depend on insulin or ...

Johnson eyes post-COVID economy as UK Conservatives meet

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was ready to take "bold decisions" to rebuild the economy after the coronavirus pandemic as his Conservative Party met Sunday for its first annual conference since 2019. The Tory conference opened Sunday in the northwestern city of ...

New Zealand admits it can no longer get rid of coronavirus

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government acknowledged Monday what most other countries did long ago: It can no longer completely get rid of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a cautious plan to ease lockdown restrictions in Auckland, despite an outbreak ...

UK blames ‘heavy-handed’ EU for Brexit deal problems

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Britain's Brexit minister threatened Monday to trigger a contentious break clause in the U.K.'s divorce deal with the European Union — a move that would send the U.K.'s already chilly relations with its huge neighbor into a deep freeze. David Frost told a ...

Pope, faith leaders sign joint climate appeal before summit

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and dozens of religious leaders on Monday signed a joint appeal to governments to commit to ambitious targets at the upcoming U.N. climate conference, while promising to do their own part to lead their faithful into more sustainable behavior. "We have ...

UK military begins fuel delivery amid driver shortage

LONDON (AP) — British military personnel have begun delivering fuel to gas stations after a shortage of truck drivers disrupted supplies for more than a week, leading to long lines at the pumps as anxious drivers scrambled to fill their tanks. About 200 service personnel were deployed Monday ...