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Technology infuses ancient hajj rites amid global pandemic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The vast white marble floors surrounding Islam's holiest site, the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca, would normally be packed with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world the day before the hajj. On Tuesday, however, only a few officials and ...

UK travel ban on Spain strikes new blow to tourism industry

LONDON (AP) — Britain's effective ban on travel to Spain following an upswing in coronavirus cases in that country's northeast on Tuesday hammered home the lack of a comprehensive, continent-wide approach to suppressing the virus and giving hard-hit, tourism-reliant economies a chance to ...

Germany: over a quarter of population has immigrant roots

BERLIN (AP) — More than a quarter of Germany's inhabitants are immigrants or have immigrant roots, according to official data for 2019 released Tuesday. Some 21.2 million, or 26% of the total population, have a "migrant background," according to figures from a 2019 microcensus, the Federal ...

American charged with aggravated murder of wife in France

LE PECQ, France (AP) — A Brooklyn man who told French police investigators that he killed his wife by stabbing her twice during an argument has been charged with her murder, a prosecutor said Monday. The French-American, identified in French media reports as Billy Kruger, told investigators ...

Spain: Court hears testimony on whether Assange was spied on

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court heard testimony Monday in an investigation into whether a Spanish company was hired to spy on Julian Assange during the seven years the WikiLeaks founder spent in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. The court is investigating whether David Morales, a ...

Iran moves mock aircraft carrier to sea amid US tensions

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has moved a mock aircraft carrier to the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with the United States, satellite photographs released on Monday show, likely signalling the Islamic Republic soon plans to use it for live-fire drills. An ...

Poles split over govt plan to exit domestic violence treaty

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles are bitterly divided over steps being taken by the right-wing government to leave the Istanbul Convention, a European treaty against domestic violence, claiming it promotes gender "ideology" and links violence to religion. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said ...

Greece sends 18 migrant kids with medical needs to Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Greece transferred 18 children with medical needs and their close relatives who were living in overcrowded migrant camps to Germany on Friday, authorities said. A flight that arrived at Kassel airport in central Germany from Athens brought in 83 people in total, who were to be ...

Russia denies US, UK accusations of weapon test in space

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia dismissed U.S. and British claims that it tested an anti-satellite weapon in space and declared Friday that the accusations served to justify Washington's own plans to deploy weapons in orbit. U.S. and British officials claimed Thursday that the July 15 test of an ...

Well-preserved mammoth skeleton found in Siberian lake

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists are working to retrieve the well-preserved skeleton of a woolly mammoth, which has some ligaments still attached to it, from a lake in northern Siberia. Fragments of the skeleton were found by local reindeer herders in the shallows of Pechevalavato Lake on ...

France-born man in Mexico dies in bid to save his dog’s life

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The devotion of dogs to people has been remarked upon for centuries. In Mexico, one man's love for his dog cost him his life. Pablo Fustec, a dual citizen of France and Mexico, died this month after jumping into a scalding hot spring in a failed attempt to rescue Sasha, ...

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia opens as a mosque for Muslim prayers

ISTANBUL (AP) — Fulfilling a dream of his Islamic-oriented youth, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined hundreds of worshipers Friday for the first Muslim prayers in 86 years inside Hagia Sophia, the Istanbul landmark that served as one of Christendom's most significant cathedrals, a ...

French refinery leaks toxic chemical into marine life area

PARIS (AP) — An orange-brown chemical sheet spread over 15 acres (6 hectares) of a nationally recognized marine life area in the French Mediterranean following a leak at a petrochemical plant in southern France, the local fire service said Friday. The leak at the Lavera refinery spilled 200 ...

Female priests now outnumber male ones in Church of Sweden

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Church of Sweden has more female than male priests for the first time, according to numbers released this month, a sign of huge strides for gender equality since women were first allowed to be ordained in 1960. The Lutheran institution, which was the official Swedish ...

Death of young actor fuels debate on nepotism in Bollywood

NEW DELHI (AP) — The entertainment capital of India may be reeling under the coronavirus onslaught, but its celebrity inhabitants are being roiled by troubles of another kind. The suicide last month of a young and popular movie actor in Mumbai has fueled a reckoning over the privileges of ...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he tested negative for coronavirus

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Saturday that he has tested negative for the new coronavirus, based on a fourth test since he said July 7 that he had the virus. "Good morning everyone," Bolsonaro wrote on Facebook after reporting that the test was ...

China accuses US of improperly entering Houston consulate

BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign ministry complained Saturday that American law enforcement officials improperly entered its consulate in Houston, which was ordered to close in an escalating diplomatic feud. The ministry gave no details, but U.S. federal agents checked the consulate's doors ...

Charges against Thai Red Bull heir dropped from fatal crash

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who was accused in a 2012 car crash that killed a Bangkok police officer, police in Thailand said Friday. Lt. Col. Thanawuth Sanguansuk from Bangkok's Thong Lor police station ...

Croatia parliament approves new government after election

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's parliament has approved a new government that is led by a conservative party that won a parliamentary election earlier this month. Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic's government won support late Thursday in the 151-member assembly in a 76-59 vote. The remaining ...

Mexico opens anti-monopoly probe amid oxygen price rise

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's anti-monopoly commission said Thursday it is looking into possible price-fixing or monopolistic practices in the market for medical oxygen, after pharmacies reported a spike in prices and difficulties in getting tanks and refills. Prices for oxygen tanks in Mexico ...