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Top Rwandan genocide suspect wants to be tried in France

One of the most wanted fugitives in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, Felicien Kabuga, appeared before a French court Wednesday days after his arrest but a decision on his fate was delayed …

UPDATED: Wed., May 20, 2020

20 years after withdrawal, Israel, Hezbollah brace for war

Twenty years after Hezbollah guerrillas pushed Israel’s last troops from southern Lebanon, both sides are gearing up for a possible war that neither seems to want.

Burundi holds crucial presidential election amid pandemic

A crucial election appeared peaceful Wednesday in the East African nation of Burundi, where President Pierre Nkurunziza is stepping aside after a divisive 15-year rule but will remain “paramount leader” …

‘This is war’: Virus charges beyond Latin American hot spots

Beyond the hot spots of Brazil and Mexico, the coronavirus is threatening to overwhelm Latin American cities stretching from Chile to the Colombian Amazon in an alarming sign that the …

UPDATED: Tue., May 19, 2020

Beaches, nightclubs? Europe mulls how to get tourists back

The Mediterranean resort town of Ayia Napa is known for its boisterous parties. Each summer, thousands of young foreign tourists pack the dance floors of its nightlife district after a …

UPDATED: Tue., May 19, 2020

UK lawmakers say testing lapses increased nursing home toll

An influential group of British lawmakers on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government of failing to conduct enough tests for the new coronavirus, saying the lapse helped COVID-19 cut …

UPDATED: Tue., May 19, 2020

An antidote to coronavirus blues? A Picasso on your wall

How’s this as an antidote for coronavirus blues: A genuine painting by Pablo Picasso on your wall.

UPDATED: Tue., May 19, 2020

India and Bangladesh brace for powerful cyclone

A powerful cyclone was moving toward India and Bangladesh on Tuesday as authorities tried to evacuate millions of people while maintaining social distancing.

UN: Civilian casualties by Taliban, Afghan forces rising

The United Nations on Tuesday called for an immediate reduction of violence in Afghanistan, warning that civilian casualties at the hands of both the Taliban and Afghan security forces are …

UPDATED: Tue., May 19, 2020

Experts: Trump’s threats to WHO could undercut global health

U.S. President Donald Trump’s attacks on the World Health Organization are hurting its ability to protect global health, medical experts said Tuesday, as many WHO member states rallied around the …

UPDATED: Mon., May 18, 2020

WHO bows to calls from countries for independent virus probe

The World Health Organization has bowed to calls from most of its member states to launch an independent evaluation of how it managed the international response to the coronavirus.

St John Paul II honored as Poland sees new abuse allegations

St. John Paul II was honored on the centennial of his birth Monday with special Masses at the Vatican and in his native Poland, an anniversary that comes as

UPDATED: Mon., May 18, 2020

Germany, France propose virus recovery fund for EU economy

The leaders of Germany and France agreed Monday on a one-off $543 billion fund to help the European Union recover from the coronavirus pandemic, a proposal that would add further …

UN agency warns of fentanyl production threat in SE Asia

Narcotics police in Myanmar have seized a large amount of liquid fentanyl, providing the first evidence that the synthetic opioid is being produced in quantity in Southeast Asia’s infamous Golden …

‘GOD TV’ spat exposes tensions between Israel, evangelicals

An evangelical broadcaster who boasted of miraculously securing a TV license in Israel now risks being taken off the air over suspicions of trying to convert Jews to Christianity.

Local leaders resist Mexico president’s push for reopening

Local governments across Mexico pushed back Monday against President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s call to reopen the economy in some 300 townships that do not have active cases of coronavirus, …

Canadian acrobatic jet crashes near Kamloops amid pandemic show

A Canadian Armed Forces Snowbird plane participating in a tour aimed at boosting the morale of Canadians during the pandemic has crashed in the Pacific coast province of British Columbia.

India overtakes China in number of cases

India’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed China’s, with the Health Ministry on Saturday reporting a spike to 85,940 infections and 2,752 deaths.

UPDATED: Fri., May 15, 2020

Coronavirus spreads in Yemen with health system in shambles

The Associated Press has learned that more than 500 people died over the past eight days in southern Yemen’s main city, Aden, many with breathing difficulties

UPDATED: Fri., May 15, 2020

Lives lost: Brothers who survived Holocaust die weeks apart

One survived Auschwitz, a death march and starvation. The other endured cold and hunger in a Siberian labor camp, then nearly died in a pogrom back in Poland.

113-year-old Spanish woman overcomes coronavirus infection

A 113-year-old Spanish woman says she is in good health after having overcome infection by the new coronavirus.

Africa’s endangered wildlife at risk as tourism dries up

The armed rangers set off at dusk in pursuit of poachers. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new alertness, and a new fear. With tourists gone and their money, too, …

UPDATED: Fri., May 15, 2020

Infections soar as Mexico moves toward restarting economy

As Mexico moves toward a gradual reactivation of its economy Monday, the number of new coronavirus infections grows higher every day, raising fears of a new wave of infections that …

UPDATED: Fri., May 15, 2020

Brazil’s health minister resigns after one month on the job

Brazil’s health minister resigned Friday after less than a month on the job in a sign of continuing upheaval in the nation’s battle with the COVID-19 pandemic and President Jair …

Jordan warns Israel of ‘massive conflict’ over annexation

Jordan’s king warned Israel of a “massive conflict” if it proceeds with plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, as European Union foreign ministers agreed on Friday …

Typhoon leaves 1 dead, extensive damage in Philippine towns

Strong winds and rain from Typhoon Vongfong left at least one person dead and damaged hundreds of homes and coronavirus isolation facilities along with rice and corn fields in five …

Sanofi walks back after saying US would get vaccine first

French pharmaceutical group Sanofi promised Thursday that it would make its COVID-19 vaccine, when ready, available in all countries, hours after the company’s CEO said the United States will get …

UPDATED: Thu., May 14, 2020

EU suspends delivery of 10 million masks over quality issues

The European Commission said Thursday it has suspended the delivery of 10 million Chinese masks to member states and Britain after two countries complained about the poor quality of the …

UPDATED: Thu., May 14, 2020

Calgary Zoo returning pandas to China due to bamboo barriers

The Calgary Zoo will be returning two giant pandas on loan from China because a scarcity of flights due to COVID-19 has caused problems with getting enough fresh and tasty …

Russia slams New York Times, Financial Times on virus deaths

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has criticized the Financial Times and The New York Times after they reported that Russia’s coronavirus death toll could be much higher than government officials are saying.