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Scottish leader under fire after lawmakers fault testimony

LONDON (AP) — Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed suggestions that she misled lawmakers, saying opposition members of a legislative panel had made up their minds before they heard her evidence. Sturgeon told Sky News that she stands by the eight hours of testimony she gave to a ...

Greek police recover ancient statue of ‘exceptional artwork’

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A man has been arrested on suspicion of antiquities smuggling for trying to sell an ancient marble statue of "exceptional artwork" that once likely adorned a temple on Athens' famed Acropolis or the slopes around it, Greek authorities said Friday. Police said the 5th ...

US prosecutors say Honduras president took bribes in 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández accepted bribes from a drug trafficker as recently as 2019 — not just while running for office years earlier — a U.S. prosecutor said Friday. In the closing arguments of the trial of accused Honduran drug trafficker Geovanny ...

UN says no international staff left in North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A U.N. spokesman said the world body in North Korea has been left with no international staff, who are now working remotely. Despite claiming to be coronavirus free, North Korea has sealed off its borders as part of stringent anti-pandemic measures that also ...

Striking Myanmar rail workers move out as protests continue

MANDALAY, Myanmar (AP) — Residents of Myanmar's second-biggest city helped striking railway workers move out of their state-supplied housing Saturday after the authorities said they would have to leave if they kept supporting the protest movement against last month's military coup. Mandalay ...

Azeri president marks Nowruz in retaken cultural city

MOSCOW (AP) — Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev marked the Nowruz holiday Saturday by lighting a ceremonial fire outside Shusha, a culturally revered city that Azerbaijan took from Armenian forces in last autumn's war. Shusha, a center of Azeri culture for centuries, came under Armenian ...

Eruption of Iceland volcano easing, not affecting flights

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — The eruption of a long-dormant volcano that sent streams of lava flowing across a small valley in southwestern Iceland is easing and shouldn't interfere with air travel, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said Saturday. The fissure eruption began at around 8:45 ...

Half of UK adults have gotten one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. says half of the country's adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, a milestone in the government's drive to reach everyone over age 18 by the end of July. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Saturday that more people received injections on Friday ...

Thai police use tear gas, rubber bullets to break up protest

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in the Thai capital used water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets Saturday night to break up a rally by pro-democracy protesters calling for the release of detained activists, constitutional changes and reform of the nation's monarchy. The rally held outside Bangkok's ...

After testy meeting, China says will discuss climate with US

BEIJING (AP) — China said Saturday it had agreed with the U.S. to take up climate change and a handful of other issues, a sign of small but possible progress at recently concluded talks that were otherwise marked by acrimonious public exchanges over the divisions between the world's two ...

Italy honors COVID dead with living monument on anniversary

ROME (AP) — Italy inaugurated a living monument to its COVID-19 dead Thursday as it marked the anniversary of one of the most haunting moments of the pandemic: when Bergamo's death toll reached such heights that an army convoy had to transport coffins out because its cemeteries and ...

Armenia to hold early parliamentary election in June

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's prime minister on Thursday set an early parliamentary election for June as he sought to defuse the country's political crisis. The opposition pushing for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's resignation has demanded that he step down before the vote. In a ...

Bank of England: Cautious optimism over UK economic outlook

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England voiced cautious optimism Thursday about the U.K.'s economic outlook in the wake of a sharp fall in coronavirus infections and the rapid rollout of the nation's COVID-19 vaccination program. In a statement, the policymaking Monetary Policy Committee noted ...

Dutch PM Rutte’s conservatives see 4th straight election win

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The process of forming a new Dutch governing coalition began Thursday, a day after Prime Minister Mark Rutte's conservative party powered to a fourth consecutive victory in a vote held during a nationwide lockdown and dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The feat ...

German church abuse report faults serving archbishop, others

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — A report commissioned by Germany's Cologne archdiocese on church officials' handling of past cases of sexual abuse has found 75 cases in which eight high-ranking officials — among them a serving archbishop — neglected their duties. Cologne's archbishop, Cardinal ...

UK to lift nuclear stockpile cap; looks to Asia post-Brexit

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government said Tuesday the U.K. will prioritize diplomatic engagement with Asian countries in the coming decade and lift its own cap on the size of its nuclear stockpile, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a major shift in the country's foreign policy and ...

Spanish islands warn tourists to abide by virus restrictions

MADRID (AP) — Faced with a possible flood of visitors from Germany later this month, authorities in Spain's Balearic Islands are warning hotel owners that tourists must adhere to coronavirus restrictions the same way residents do. Like the rest of Spain, the archipelago in the Mediterranean ...

Mexico’s ex-oil boss quits; Fuel oil burn to increase

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The former leader of Mexico's oil workers' union will finally be resigning from his symbolic post as a worker at the state-owned oil company Pemex, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Tuesday. The resignation marks an end to the decades-long career of Carlos ...

Myanmar protesters don’t relent in face of deadly crackdown

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters against the military takeover in Myanmar were not relenting Wednesday as the deadly crackdown on peaceful demonstrations took an increasing toll. The verified death toll among protesters since the Feb. 1 coup ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu ...

Pope says he symbolically kneels in plea for Myanmar peace

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday appealed for bloodshed to end and dialogue to prevail in Myanmar, saying he symbolically kneels in that country's streets, where protests against the military takeover were continuing and the death toll has mounted. At the end of his traditional ...