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International court backs Somalia in sea dispute with Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The International Court of Justice has sided with Somalia in its dispute with neighboring Kenya over a maritime boundary in a case affecting a territory potentially rich in oil and gas. The ruling on Tuesday by the United Nations' highest court is legally binding, ...

EU’s first green bond issuance raises $13.8 billion

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission issued its inaugural green bonds Tuesday, raising 12 billion euros ($13.8 billion) from a sale that attracted strong demand from investors. The EU's executive branch is planning to issue up to 250 billion euros in green bonds by the end of 2026 as part ...

G20 demands humanitarian access to Afghans, EU pledges cash

ROME (AP) — The European Union pledged 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) in support for the Afghan people, and the Group of 20 countries vowed to accelerate aid Tuesday amid concerns that an already precarious humanitarian and financial situation will grow catastrophic over the winter. G-20 ...

Moderna has no plans to share its COVID-19 vaccine recipe

ROME (AP) — Moderna has no plans to share the recipe for its COVID-19 vaccine because executives have concluded that scaling up the company's own production is the best way to increase the global supply, the company's chairman said Monday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Noubar ...

Report says UK’s slow virus lockdown cost 1000s of lives

LONDON (AP) — The British government failure to impose a lockdown in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic ranks among England's worst public health blunders, lawmakers concluded Tuesday in the country's first comprehensive report on the pandemic. The deadly delay led to thousands of ...

3 US-based economists win Nobel for research on wages, jobs

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A U.S.-based economist won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for pioneering research that transformed widely held ideas about the labor force, showing how an increase in the minimum wage doesn't hinder hiring and immigrants don't lower pay for native-born workers. Two ...

Austrian president demands that government restore trust

Austria's president on Sunday welcomed Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's resignation and demanded that the country's politicians work hard to restore voters' trust after a several-day drama that brought the government to the brink of collapse. President Alexander Van der Bellen said he will swear in ...

‘Polexit’ fears spark large pro-EU protests across Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Large protests were held across Poland on Sunday to show support for the European Union after the nation's constitutional court ruled this week that the Polish constitution overrides some EU laws. Critics of the right-wing nationalist government fear the court ruling ...

UN, Bangladesh sign deal to aid Rohingya relocated to island

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — The United Nations and Bangladesh's government have signed an agreement to work together to help Rohingya refugees on an island in the Bay of Bengal where thousands have been relocated from crammed camps near the Myanmar border. More than 19,000 Rohingya have already ...

North Korean leader calls for improved living conditions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Monday leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to overcome a "grim situation" facing the country and make stronger efforts to improve the food and living conditions of his people. But state media didn't mention any specific comments toward Washington and ...

Early results show record low turnout in Iraq election

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq saw a record low turnout in this weekend's parliamentary elections, the independent body that oversees the election said Monday. The preliminary results signal widespread dissatisfaction and distrust in the vote. The election was held months ahead of schedule as a ...

Murano glassblowing model shattered by methane price surge

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The glassblowers of Murano have survived plagues and pandemics. They transitioned to highly prized artistic creations to outrun low-priced competition from Asia. But surging energy prices are shattering their economic model. The dozens of furnaces that remain on the ...

Tensions persist between legacy of Columbus, native people

Monday's federal holiday dedicated to Christopher Columbus is highlighting the ongoing divide between those who view the explorer as a representative of Italian American history and others horrified by an annual tribute that ignores native people whose lives and culture were forever changed by ...

Controversial father of Pakistan nuclear bomb dies at age 85

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Abdul Qadeer Khan, a controversial figure known as the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, died Sunday of COVID-19 following a lengthy illness, his family said. He was 85. Khan, who launched Pakistan on the path to becoming a nuclear weapons power in the early 1970s, died in ...

Sydney opens to vaccinated after 100-plus days of lockdown

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sydney hairdressers, gyms, cafés and bars reopened to fully vaccinated customers on Monday for the first time in more than 100 days after Australia's largest city achieved a vaccination benchmark. Sydney planned to reopen on the Monday after 70% of the New South ...

Pope to lawmakers: Climate change requires quick consensus

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday called on lawmakers worldwide to overcome "the narrow confines" of partisan politics to quickly reach consensus on fighting climate change. The pope addressed parliamentarians who were in Rome for a preparatory meeting before the U.N's annual ...

Magnitude 5.9 quake halts trains in Tokyo area; 30 injured

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook the Tokyo area on Thursday night, injuring more than 30 people, damaging underground water pipes and halting trains and subways. Traffic disruptions continued Friday morning, with local trains delayed and commuters overflowing from ...

Cuba’s danzón genre: ‘150 years later, it’s still alive.’

MATANZAS, Cuba (AP) — A man in a white guayabera approaches a woman and stretches out his hand, palm up, inviting her to dance. She stands up and waves her fan. On the dance floor, they get closer. Such a scene at the end of the 19th century in Cuba was scandalous in some circles. It was ...

Nobel literary winner: UK govt lacks compassion for refugees

LONDON (AP) — Nobel literature laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah on Friday criticized the "lack of compassion" of governments, including Britain's, that treat migrants as a problem or a threat. Gurnah grew up on the island of Zanzibar, now part of Tanzania, and arrived in England as an 18-year-old ...

Travel bookings surge as U.K. takes S. Africa off red list

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African travel agencies report a surge in reservations for travel to and from Britain on Friday ahead of the country being removed from the U.K.'s COVID-19 red list next week. Some companies said they were being overwhelmed by the number of people looking to travel ...