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Turkish lira at new lows after Erdogan fires bank officials

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish lira hit record lows against the dollar Thursday after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fired senior central bank officials, heightening concerns over the Turkish leader's interference in the bank's activities. Erdogan dismissed deputy central bank governors ...

Romanian doctors issue ‘cry of despair’ amid virus surge

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian doctors sent an open letter Wednesday titled "a cry of despair" as the country's overwhelmed and deteriorated health care system copes with a record-setting surge of coronavirus infections and deaths. The College of Physicians of Bucharest, a ...

‘It’s not Satanism’: Zimbabwe church leaders preach vaccines

SEKE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Yvonne Binda stands in front of a church congregation, all in pristine white robes, and tells them not to believe what they've heard about COVID-19 vaccines. "The vaccine is not linked to Satanism," she says. The congregants, members of a Christian Apostolic church in ...

Neo-fascists exploit ‘no-vax’ rage, posing dilemma for Italy

ROME (AP) — An extreme-right party's violent exploitation of anger over Italy's coronavirus restrictions is forcing authorities to wrestle with the country's fascist legacy and fueling fears there could be a replay of last week's mobs trying to force their way to Parliament. Starting Friday, ...

Russia, WHO differ on when approval will come for Sputnik V

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is ready to provide up to 300 million doses of its Sputnik V vaccine to the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, a top Russian official promoting the shot says, even though the World Health Organization hasn't yet signed off on it and production issues have fanned customers' ...

Japan PM dissolves lower house for Oct. 31 national election

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dissolved the lower house of parliament Thursday, paving the way for elections Oct. 31 that will be Japan's first of the pandemic. At stake will be how Japan faces a potential coronavirus resurgence and revives its battered economy, and ...

Bali reopens to foreign travelers as COVID-19 surge subsides

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian resort island of Bali reopened for international travelers to visit its shops and white-sand beaches for the first time in more than a year Thursday — if they're vaccinated, test negative, hail from certain countries, quarantine and heed ...

Hubert Germain, French Resistance fighter, dies at 101

PARIS (AP) — Hubert Germain, the last of an elite group of decorated French Resistance fighters who helped liberate France from Nazi control in World War II, has died. He was 101. The French president's office announced the death in a statement Tuesday, saying Germain "embodied a century of ...

Activists seek legal marijuana in former hippie haven Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Widely available marijuana once drew thousands of hippies to Nepal, where its use was not only accepted but embedded in both the culture and religion. But the country followed other nations in outlawing marijuana in the late 1970s and chased away the hippies who came ...

Kim vows to build ‘invincible’ military while slamming US

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reviewed powerful missiles developed to launch nuclear strikes on the U.S. mainland, as he vowed to build an "invincible" military to cope with what he called persistent U.S. hostility, state media reported Tuesday. In an apparent ...

Holocaust survivor-author Eddie Jaku dies in Sydney aged 101

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku, who last year published his best-selling memoir, "The Happiest Man on Earth," has died in Sydney, a Jewish community leader said. He was 101. "Eddie Jaku was a beacon of light and hope for not only our community, but the world," New ...

North Korean soldier in blue generate buzz on social media

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean soldier clad in a super-tight blue outfit in a state media photo has generated a buzz on social media, with some calling him "a superhero," "a captain DPRK," or "a rocket man." He was among nearly 30 soldiers who posed for a photo with leader Kim Jong ...

Norway PM to step down, Labor leader expected to take over

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Tuesday she will step down as head of a three-party, minority center-right government after a left-leaning bloc won last month's parliamentary election. The leader of Norway's Labor Party, Jonas Gahr Stoere, is expected to ...

French train hits and kills sleeping migrant, 2 others

PARIS (AP) — A train hit and killed three people and seriously injured another person in southwestern France on Tuesday morning. The regional prosecutor said the victims appeared to be Algerian migrants who had been expelled from nearby Spain and had been sleeping on the tracks, calling it a ...

Analysis: Iraq vote underscores divisions over Iran’s role

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Shiite militias that often serve as a proxy for neighboring Iran have taken a beating in Iraq's election, while a Shiite cleric who set himself apart by taking a more nationalistic approach has emerged as Iraq's strongest political figure. The results underscore growing ...

Spain’s national day salutes Columbus with little opposition

MADRID (AP) — Pomp, pageantry and a grand military parade marked Spain's national day ceremonies in Madrid on Tuesday, overshadowing protests against what some see as a misguided celebration of Spanish colonial history. Cavalry members escorted King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to a platform ...

Europe court rejects case seeking to blame Vatican for abuse

ROME (AP) — A European court agreed Tuesday that the Vatican couldn't be sued in a local court for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests, affirming that it enjoys sovereign immunity and that the misconduct of priests and their superiors can't be attributed to the Holy See. The European ...

Independence leader: Wall won’t stop Western Sahara fight

DAJLA REFUGEE CAMP, Algeria (AP) — The leader of the Western Sahara independence movement says that fighting with Morocco will continue across a long wall cutting through Africa's vast desert until the international community delivers on an unfulfilled promise of self-determination for the ...

Russia hits new record for COVID-19 deaths, resists lockdown

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia hit another record of daily coronavirus deaths Tuesday as the country struggled with a rapid surge of infections and lagging vaccination rates, but authorities have been adamant that there would be no new national lockdown. The government coronavirus task force reported ...

Russia offers US to lift sanctions on diplomatic missions

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia offered the U.S. on Tuesday to roll back several rounds of sanctions that have hampered the activities of their diplomatic missions, and they agreed to hold another round of talks to discuss a resolution to their diplomatic tug-of-war. The Russian proposal was made ...