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Strongest quake since volcano erupted shakes Spanish island

MADRID (AP) — A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands in what was the strongest recorded temblor since volcanic eruptions began 26 days ago, authorities said Thursday. The quake was one of around 60 recorded overnight, Spain's National Geographic Institute said, ...

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 ...