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Vital to a clean world, scavengers left to plead for vaccine

NEW DELHI (AP) — The scavengers wait patiently for a dump truck to tip the trash on the summit of the landfill outside New Delhi. Armed with plastic bags, they plunge their bare hands into the garbage and start sorting it. Every day, more than 2,300 tons of garbage is dumped at the landfill ...

Some medical experts unconvinced about holding Tokyo Games

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics open in under four months, and the torch relay has begun to crisscross Japan with 10,000 runners. Organizers say they are mitigating the risks, but some medical experts aren't convinced. "It is best to not hold the Olympics given the considerable risks," Dr. ...

World leaders call for pandemic treaty, but short on details

LONDON (AP) — More than 20 heads of government and global agencies called in a commentary published Tuesday for an international treaty for pandemic preparedness that they say will protect future generations in the wake of COVID-19. But there were few details to explain how such an agreement ...

Thailand denies forcing fleeing villagers back to Myanmar

MAE SAM LAEP, Thailand (AP) — Thailand's prime minister denied Tuesday that his country's security forces forced villagers back to Myanmar who had fled from military airstrikes, saying they returned home on their own accord. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, nevertheless, said his country is ...

With ship now freed, a probe into Suez Canal blockage begins

SUEZ, Egypt (AP) — Experts boarded the massive container ship Tuesday that had blocked Egypt's vital Suez Canal and disrupted global trade for nearly a week, seeking answers to a single question that could have billions of dollars in legal repercussions: What went wrong? As convoys of ships ...

German state suspends AstraZeneca vaccine use for under-60s

BERLIN (AP) — The German state of Berlin has again suspended the use of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine for those aged under 60 due to new reports of unusual blood clots in people who have received the shots, officials said Tuesday. The decision was taken as a precaution ahead of a meeting ...

Pope on pandemic’s second year: Weariness, economic hardship

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass for a second time in the pandemic without crowds of faithful, Pope Francis said while shock dominated the first year of the COVID-19 health emergency, now people are more weary, with the economic crisis growing heavier. Traditionally, the pope ...

UK eases lockdown but nervously eyes European virus surge

LONDON (AP) — Britain is taking another small step out of lockdown as it looks nervously at a new virus surge inundating its European neighbors. With U.K. coronavirus vaccination rates outstripping those of European Union nations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is easing the stark "stay at ...

Thousands flee into Thailand following Myanmar air strikes

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Thai authorities along the country's northwestern border braced themselves Monday for a possible influx of more ethnic Karen villagers fleeing new airstrikes from the Myanmar military. Myanmar military aircraft carried out three strikes overnight Sunday into Monday, ...

Swiss banker to Venezuelan kleptocrats becomes star witness

MIAMI (AP) — Matthias Krull pulls up his pant leg and slides a gardening shear on the ankle monitor that for two years has been a constant reminder of his crimes. With a court order in hand, and a child's voice echoing from the next room, the former Swiss banker snips the hard plastic — ...

Hundreds evacuated from fire at Indonesian oil refinery

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 500 people were being evacuated from a nearby village after a massive fire broke out at the Pertamina Balongan Refinery in Indonesia's West Java province. Residents of Balongan village were moving to two evacuation centers on Monday. Authorities urged ...

AP Exclusive: WHO report says animals likely source of COVID

BEIJING (AP) — A joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is "extremely unlikely," according to a draft copy obtained by The Associated Press. The findings ...

China cuts taxes to spur semiconductor development

BEIJING (AP) — China announced tax breaks Monday to spur growth of its semiconductor industry following U.S. sanctions that alarmed the ruling Communist Party by cutting off access to American processor chips for tech giant Huawei and some other companies. Leaders declared accelerating ...

In Brazil, moms are bearing the brunt of pandemic’s blow

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Sao Paulo city officials put out a call last month for 4,500 public school cleaning jobs, targeting Brazilian mothers affected by the raging pandemic, they were unprepared for the ensuing tsunami. More than 90,000 women applied in just two days. "It exceeded our ...

Paris doctors warn of catastrophic overload of virus cases

PARIS (AP) — Critical care doctors in Paris say surging coronavirus infections could soon overwhelm their ability to care for the sick in the French capital's hospitals, possibly forcing them to choose which patients they have the resources to save. The sobering warnings were delivered ...

Slovak premier resigns to end crisis over Russian vaccine

PRAGUE (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister said Sunday he will step down to clear the way for a Cabinet reshuffle that will defuse a political crisis triggered by a secret deal to buy Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. Prime Minister Igor Matovic said he proposed swapping posts with ...

Poland plans pensions for dogs, horses in state employment

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — They locate survivors in collapsed buildings, track down fugitives, foil drugs and explosives smugglers and help control rowdy crowds. All in exchange for food and lodging — and an occasional pat on the head. But when retirement time comes, state care ends for the ...

UK protesters scuffle with police during rally over new law

LONDON (AP) — Police in the English city of Bristol say they arrested 10 people during a third night of protest against a new policing law. Hundreds of demonstrators against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill staged a sit-down protest outside a police station in the southwest ...

Modi’s party seeks big win as 2 key Indian states vote

NEW DELHI (AP) — Two Indian states with sizeable Muslim populations began voting in local elections Saturday in a test of strength for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Hindu nationalist agenda is being challenged by months of farmer protests and a fresh wave of the pandemic. Top Bharatiya ...

US questions legality of Bolivian arrests of ex-officials

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The United States said Saturday that it is concerned about increasingly "anti-democratic behavior and the politicization of the legal system" in Bolivia following the arrests of officials from the country's former interim government. U.S. Secretary of State Antony ...