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Putin, Macron discuss closer cooperation in video call

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed international crises during a video call Friday and vowed to cooperate more closely to tackle global challenges. Putin, noting that it was the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations' ...

Sri Lanka Telugu community fears decline of traditional ways

KUDAGAMA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Telugu community, whose nomadic lifestyle has increasingly clashed with the modern world, is facing another threat that could hasten its decline: the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the smallest ethnic community in the country who speak Telugu language of ...

Gunmen wound Mexico City police chief; 3 dead

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A high-sided construction truck and a white SUV pulled into the path of Mexico City's police chief just as dawn was breaking Friday on the capital's most iconic boulevard and assailants opened fire with .50-caliber sniper rifles and grenades on his armored vehicle. The ...

Card games, pool, TV shows entertain Zimbabweans in lockdown

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — It's come to this: Some children in Zimbabwe are so tired of the weeks of coronavirus lockdown they are yearning to return to school. "This is all now boring," 10-year-old Tafadzwa Mafuta said. "I miss reading, writing and playing with my friends." Zimbabweans ...

Sunday election in Poland a test for president and populism

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's right-wing president, Andrzej Duda, is fighting for a second term in an election Sunday that will test whether he was helped by a campaign that depicted LGBT rights as a dangerous "ideology" and an unconventional last-minute reception by President Donald Trump ...

Fivefold growth of forest fires in Siberia reported

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's forest fire aerial protection service says forest fires in Siberia have grown nearly fivefold over the past week. The fires come amid a notable heat wave in parts of the sprawling region. A high temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 F) was reported a week ago in the ...

Ireland’s Micheal Martin to lead historic Irish coalition

LONDON (AP) — Centrist politician Micheal Martin became Ireland's prime minster Saturday, fusing two longtime rival parties into a coalition four months after an election that upended the status quo. The deal will see Martin's Fianna Fail govern with Fine Gael — the party of outgoing ...

New Israeli espionage TV series tackles shadow war with Iran

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's latest hit TV series takes the viewers straight into the heart of the country's archenemy Iran. "Tehran" tells the story of Tamar Rabinyan, a young Mossad operative tasked with hacking into and disabling an Iranian nuclear reactor so the Israeli military can ...

In Belgian town, monuments expose a troubled colonial legacy

HALLE, Belgium (AP) — For a long time, few people in the small Belgian town of Halle paid much attention to the monuments. They were just fixtures in a local park, tributes to great men of the past. But these are very different times, and yesterday's heroes can be today's racist ...

EU narrows down border list, US unlikely to make the cut

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union envoys are close to finalizing a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter Europe again, possibly from late next week, EU diplomats confirmed Saturday. Americans are almost certain to be excluded in the short term due to the number of U.S. ...