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Venezuelan high court orders DirecTV property seized

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's high court ordered the immediate seizure of all DirecTV property Friday, days after the U.S. company abandoned its services in the South American nation, citing U.S. sanctions. The Supreme Court ruling told the nation's telecommunications agency to seize ...

Britain divided over reopening schools as virus rules ease

LONDON (AP) — David Waugh is putting down barrier tape and spraying yellow lines on the ground outside the main door of his school near Manchester. Waugh, who oversees five schools in northwestern England, already has painted yellow arrows to ensure that children follow a one-way path around ...

After weeks of COVID-19 cases, Russian doctor craves quiet

MOSCOW (AP) — As he strides down the sidewalk outside Moscow's Filatov Hospital in blue jeans and garish crimson shoes, Dr. Osman Osmanov shows no signs of the rigors he's just been through. But behind the veneer of calm is a yearning for relief from countless days of laboring to save the ...

Balcony church gains popularity in Kenya amid pandemic

KIAMBU, Kenya (AP) — A groovy rendition of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" blasts from speakers outside an apartment block in the outskirts of Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Children, some in diapers, dance on the balconies above, accompanied by their parents, to the tunes bellowed out by ...

Boris Johnson’s top aide accused of flouting lockdown rules

LONDON (AP) — The British government faced accusations of hypocrisy on Saturday after the revelation that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top adviser, Dominic Cummings, traveled more than 250 miles (400 kms) to his parents' house during a nationwide lockdown. The Guardian and Mirror ...

India struggles with twin challenges of cyclone and pandemic

NEW DELHI (AP) — In the middle of a pandemic, if a cyclone comes hurtling toward you, what should you do? Debasis Shyamal, a fisherman, forgot about social distancing. He crammed himself into a government shelter, minutes before Cyclone Amphan crashed into his coastal village in West Bengal ...

Khashoggi’s sons forgive Saudi killers, sparing 5 execution

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced on Friday they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving legal reprieve to five government agents who had been sentenced to death for an operation that cast a cloud of suspicion over the ...

Arrivals to UK face 14-day quarantine under government plan

LONDON (AP) — People arriving in the U.K. will have to quarantine themselves for 14 days and could be fined 1,000 pounds ($1,220) if they fail to comply under a plan being announced Friday by the British government. Home Secretary Priti Patel will set out details of the measures, which have ...

Africa virus cases surpass 100,000; lockdowns slowed growth

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa's coronavirus cases have surpassed 100,000, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, as the continent with many fragile health systems has not yet seen the high numbers of other parts of the world. More than 3,100 people have died from ...

Putin says coronavirus situation in Russia stabilized

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Friday the coronavirus outbreak in Russia has begun to abate, creating a positive environment for easing restrictions, as officials defended the country's data on deaths against claims they were being under-reported. Speaking during a video ...

China focused on jobs as national legislature meets

BEIJING (AP) — As job losses surge, China is joining the United States and other governments in rolling out stimulus spending to revive its virus-battered economy. How much is Beijing ready to spend? Companies and the public are looking to the meeting of the ceremonial national legislature ...

Sikh kitchens feed New Delhi’s masses in virus lockdown

NEW DELHI (AP) — At first, the kitchen at the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara cooked 40,000 meals each day for the hungry who live on the streets of India's capital city, or who have lost their livelihoods to the coronavirus lockdown. But the need was greater than that. So workers at the golden-domed ...

These coronavirus ‘carriers’ take test samples around London

LONDON (AP) — Ben Gee carries the coronavirus all over London. A bicycle courier, Gee zips from the city's hospitals and clinics with medical samples of the virus, taking them to laboratories for processing. Gee faces a two-fold fear: exposure to the coronavirus and whether he will have a ...

Study: Philippines a global hot spot for online child abuse

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has emerged as a global hot spot for online child sexual exploitation, and coronavirus lockdowns that restrict millions to their homes may be worsening the abuses, a U.S. official said Thursday. A new study released by the Washington-based ...

U.S. envoy working to resuscitate flagging Afghan peace deal

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The first visit to Kabul by Washington's peace envoy since Afghanistan's squabbling political leadership reached a power-sharing agreement comes amid increased violence blamed mostly on an Islamic State affiliate that has been targeted in stepped-up U.S. ...

Taiwan President Tsai calls for stability in China relations

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called for stability in relations with China in her inaugural address Wednesday but said she would not accept Beijing's political terms that would "downgrade Taiwan and undermine the cross-strait status quo." Reelected by a landslide ...

Virus looms over China’s national legislative session

BEIJING (AP) — When China convenes its National People's Congress on Friday, will the 3,000 delegates stand shoulder to shoulder as they have in years past? Will they wear masks? This year's version of China's biggest annual political meeting will be unlike any other. Delayed from March ...

Croatian president sets parliamentary vote for July 5

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's President Zoran Milanovic on Wednesday scheduled a parliamentary election in the European Union nation for July 5. Milanovic formally set the date for the ballot after Croatia's lawmakers voted earlier this week to dissolve parliament. The Balkan country of ...

Singapore sentences drug suspect to death on Zoom

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Singapore has sentenced a drug suspect to death on the popular videoconferencing app Zoom because of the city-state's coronavirus lockdown, in a move slammed by a human rights group as callous and inhumane. Defense lawyer Peter Fernando said the Supreme Court ...

Serbia-Montenegro tensions escalate amid church dispute

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's president has pledged to protect Serbs in Montenegro who he says are threatened by the possible formation of an independent Orthodox Church in the small state, as tensions escalated between the two former Balkan allies. President Aleksandar Vucic said after ...