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Argentine congress debates abortion rights; activists gather

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine lawmakers debated far into the night Thursday over a bill that would legalize abortion in most cases as demonstrators for and against the initiative gathered in separate areas outside the congress building. The bill, backed by President Alberto ...

Bahrain plans free shots, Saudi Arabia approves Pfizer jab

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain has announced plans to give the public free coronavirus vaccines, as Saudi Arabia said it approved an inoculation by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech to fight the pandemic. The island nation of Bahrain, off the coast of Saudi Arabia, made the ...

New report says part of South Sudan is in ‘likely famine’

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — One county in South Sudan is likely in famine and tens of thousands of people in five other counties are on the brink of starvation, according to a new report by international food security experts. Nowhere in the world has been in famine since one was declared ...

Hezbollah member sentenced to life in Hariri assassination

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — A U.N.-backed tribunal sentenced a member of the Hezbollah militant group to life imprisonment Friday for his involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The defendant, Salim Ayyash, has never been arrested and was ...

Businesses plead for Brexit deal as trade talks remain stuck

By JILL LAWLESS and RAF CASERT Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British businesses and some European Union leaders on Friday urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to strike a last-minute trade deal with the EU, as the two sides told their citizens to brace for New Year upheaval in the U.K.-EU ...

ICC prosecutor ready to open investigation into Ukraine

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said Friday that a preliminary probe has found "a reasonable basis at this time to believe" that crimes against humanity and war crimes have been committed in Ukraine which merit a full-scale investigation. The ...

Protesters hurl eggs as South Korea releases child rapist

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Angry protesters threw eggs and shouted insults as one of South Korea's most notorious child predators was released from a prison in southern Seoul on Saturday at the end of a 12-year term. Law enforcement authorities strapped the 69-year-old Cho Doo-soon with an ...

Pandemic threatens India’s children with child labor rising

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A boy who cried out when he was beaten for complaining of stomach pains drew attention from a passerby, who alerted police in the central Indian city of Agra. Officers broke a padlock on the gate of the illegal shoe factory where the boy was working and found a dozen ...

With traditional venues shut, Berlin artists take to streets

BERLIN (AP) — With theaters and concert halls shuttered to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, some Berlin artists are taking their performances to the streets of the German capital in an effort to keep their edge during the pandemic and entertain a population craving cultural ...

In Greece, political spat over lockdown turns personal

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Holiday goodwill during the coronavirus lockdown? In Greece, it's been in short supply between the nation's two leading politicians. A spat has erupted over competing claims that the prime minister and his main rival broke the spirit of pandemic restrictions that have ...

UN health agency’s advice for the holidays: Don’t hug

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization has an unwelcome but potentially life-saving message for the holiday season: Don't hug. To stop the spread of the coronavirus, WHO's emergencies chief said Monday that the "shocking" rate of COVID-19 cases and deaths, particularly in the U.S., ...

Lidia Menapace, Italian Resistance member, dies at age 96

ROME (AP) — Lidia Brisca Menapace, a Resistance member during World War II who later was an advocate of pacifism and women's rights and was elected to the Italian Senate on a Communist party ticket, has died. She was 96. Italian state radio said she had been hospitalized for several days ...

Ghana votes for president in test of country’s stability

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Voters in Ghana cast their ballots Monday for presidential and legislative elections likely to test the West African nation's credentials as one of the continent's most politically stable countries. There are 12 presidential candidates, including three women, with ...

Mexico City hospitals are filling up, but so are the streets

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Sometimes Latin American dance tunes on the radio — salsa, cumbia, ranchera — bring a little cheer into the emergency room of Mexico City's Ajusco Medio hospital, which is operating well over normal capacity because of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Marta Patricia ...

Swiss slopes buzz as those of neighbors sit idle in pandemic

GENEVA (AP) — Two weeks after beating COVID-19, Thierry Salamin huffs as his ski boots crunch through Swiss snow near the Matterhorn peak, readying for a downhill run with his mood as bright as his blue and fluorescent yellow ski getup and the sun overhead. The 31-year-old real estate agent ...

UK and EU leaders to hold crunch talks on post-Brexit ties

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union's top official are set to discuss the state of play of post-Brexit trade discussions later Saturday after negotiators paused talks in light of their inability to bridge an array of differences. With the discussions ...

Ghana heads to polls next week as democracy tested in region

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghanaians head to the polls for general elections Dec. 7 that many contend will be a close race between the current head of state and a former president who have faced off twice before in one of the continent's most politically stable countries. The vote is also seen as a ...

Thai king leads thousands to remember late father’s birthday

BANGKOK (AP) — Thousands of yellow-clad supporters greeted Thailand's king on Saturday as he led a birthday commemoration for his revered late father, the latest in a series of public appearances at a time of unprecedented challenge to the monarchy from student-led protesters. King Maha ...

Macron: Video images of police beating Black man ‘shame us’

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday said video images showing police officers beating up a Black man "shame us," and condemned violence both by and against the police. Macron asked the government to quickly come up with proposals "to reaffirm the link of confidence that ...

Thailand’s pro-democracy protesters warn of possible coup

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand, undeterred by arrest warrants and the possibility of violent attacks, held another rally on Friday, poking fun at their critics and warning of the possibility of a military coup. The potential for violence was illustrated after their ...