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UN moves toward ending UN-AU peacekeeping in Sudan’s Darfur

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to move toward ending the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan's vast western Darfur region and replacing it with a civilian mission focusing on the country's democratic transition. But the council did not set ...

Turkey: officers disperse anti-police brutality protest

ISTANBUL (AP) — Police in Istanbul have dispersed a small group of demonstrators who gathered in the Turkish city to denounce police violence and to stand in solidarity with protesters in the United States. At least 29 demonstrators were detained, Turkey's state-run agency reported. Anadolu ...

New report finds anti-Semitism on the rise in Czech Republic

PRAGUE (AP) — The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the Czech Republic doubled last year, the Jewish community said Wednesday. In its annual report, the Federation of the Jewish Communities said there were 694 anti-Semitic attacks in 2019 compared with 347 in the previous year. A majority ...

Hong Kong leader accuses foreign critics of double standards

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam accused foreign critics on Wednesday of displaying "blatant double standards" over moves by Beijing to strengthen control over the semi-autonomous territory. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier that his country is ready to open ...

Germany wants to kick extremists out of military faster

BERLIN (AP) — The German government has agreed on a bill that would speed up the dismissal of soldiers involved in extremism or serious crimes. Current military rules mean that soldiers who have served for more than four years can only be kicked out after they have been convicted of a crime ...

Turkey eases lockdown as restaurants reopen, flights resume

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Airlines resumed limited domestic flights, restaurants welcomed sit-in customers and beaches and museums reopened as Turkey's broadest easing of coronavirus restrictions came into effect Monday. A Turkish Airlines flight, with 156 people on board, departed from ...

South Africa eases; liquor is sold, school openings delayed

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Many South Africans spent their Monday morning lining up outside liquor stores, as alcohol sales were allowed again after a two-month ban because of the coronavirus outbreak. But while South Africa — with the continent's most developed economy and the highest ...

Hong Kong blocks Tiananmen vigil; rush on for UK passports

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police rejected an application Monday by organizers for an annual candlelight vigil marking the anniversary this week of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, as residents rushed to apply for passports that could allow them to move to the United Kingdom It would be ...

Pope presides over virus prayer in hint normalcy returning

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis prayed Saturday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic and the development of a vaccine as he presided over an outdoor gathering that signaled a semblance of normalcy returning to the Vatican after a coronavirus lockdown lasting more than two months. Francis was ...

In virus-hit South Korea, AI monitors lonely elders

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a cramped office in eastern Seoul, Hwang Seungwon points a remote control toward a huge NASA-like overhead screen stretching across one of the walls. With each flick of the control, a colorful array of pie charts, graphs and maps reveals the search habits of ...