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EU life expectancy drops across bloc amid virus pandemic

BRUSSELS (AP) — Life expectancy across much of the European Union has dropped last year, as the 27-nation bloc struggled with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The EU statistical agency Eurostat said Wednesday that "following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, life ...

Leaders of Russia and China tighten their grips, grow closer

MOSCOW (AP) — They're not leaders for life — not technically, at least. But in political reality, the powerful tenures of China's Xi Jinping and, as of this week, Russia's Vladimir Putin are looking as if they will extend much deeper into the 21st century — even as the two superpowers ...

EU agency to share results of probe into AstraZeneca shot

LONDON (AP) — The European Union's medicines regulator will announce the conclusions of its investigation into the possible connection between AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine and rare blood clots later Wednesday. Earlier this week, a senior official from the European Medicines Agency, or ...

Putin calls Argentine leader with COVID despite Sputnik shot

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Monday called his Argentine counterpart, who has tested positive for COVID-19 despite receiving a Russian vaccine. The Kremlin said in its readout of the call that Argentine President Alberto Fernández told Putin that he only had minor symptoms ...

Hikers scramble as new fissure opens up at Icelandic volcano

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Steam and lava spurted Monday from a new fissure at an Icelandic volcano that began erupting last month, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of hikers who had come to see the spectacle. The new fissure, first spotted by a sightseeing helicopter, was about 500 ...

France to open archive for period covering Rwandan genocide

PARIS (AP) — France's role before and during the 1994 Rwandan genocide was a "monumental failure" that the country must acknowledge, the lead author of a report commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron said, as the country is about to open its archives from this period to the public. The ...

Indonesian rescuers dig for people buried in landslides

LEMBATA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers in remote eastern Indonesia were digging through the debris of a landslide Tuesday in search of as many as 21 people believed to be buried in one of several disasters brought on by severe weather in the Southeast Asian nation and neighboring East ...

Greenland election shows divide over rare-earth metals mine

HELSINKI (AP) — Greenland is holding an early parliamentary election Tuesday focused in part on whether the semi-autonomous Danish territory should allow international companies to mine the sparsely populated Arctic island's substantial deposits of rare-earth metals.. Lawmakers agreed on a ...

New recording indicates Jordanians tried to silence prince

JERUSALEM (AP) — A new audio recording that surfaced Tuesday indicates that Jordanian authorities tried to silence a former crown prince for meeting with internal critics but contains no mention of a foreign plot to destabilize the Western-allied monarchy that they claim he was involved ...

Myanmar forces arrest comedian, break up doctors’ protest

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Authorities in Myanmar arrested the country's best-known comedian on Tuesday as they continue to crack down on people they accuse of helping incite nationwide protests against February's military coup. The comedian Zarganar was taken from his home in Yangon by police ...