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EU suspends delivery of 10 million masks over quality issues

BRUSSELS (AP) — 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 batches they received. As part of its efforts to tackle the COVID-19 crisis, this month ...

Sanofi walks back after saying US would get vaccine first

PARIS (AP) — 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 first access. Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson's comments that a vaccine would go first to ...

Outbreak at German slaughterhouse reveals migrants’ plight

COESFELD, Germany (AP) — Big white trailers adorned with pictures of juicy roasts and the wholesome slogan "Straight from the farmer" sit idle in northwestern Germany, their usual pork hauls disrupted by a coronavirus outbreak at one of the country's biggest meat processing companies that has ...

Prodded by U.S., Mexico aims to restart industrial plants

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador pledged Wednesday to begin reopening Mexico's economy next week — under pressure at home and from U.S. officials — even as the country saw its largest one-day jump in coronavirus cases, hospitals are reeling, and testing remains ...

Poland’s presidential vote to be in person with mail option

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers have changed the rules for the country's postponed presidential election to make it a vote in person at polling stations with an option of voting by mail. No date for the vote has been set yet. The changes to the electoral law that were approved late ...

Ex-lovers of Johnny Depp come to his defense in libel case

LONDON (AP) — Two former romantic partners of actor Johnny Depp came to his defense Wednesday in his libel suit against British newspaper The Sun, dismissing claims that he was violent or abusive. Actresses Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder offered supportive statements for the "Pirates of ...

Death toll from attack on Kabul maternity clinic rises to 24

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials Wednesday raised the death toll from a militant attack on a maternity hospital in Kabul the previous day, saying 24 people were killed, including two newborn babies, their mothers and an unspecified number of nurses. Militants stormed the hospital ...

Children leave homes briefly as Turkey eases restrictions

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Parks filled with the sound of children on Wednesday as Turkey allowed kids ages 14 and under to leave homes for the first time in 40 days. The country's youngest population were allowed to venture out for four hours between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. as Turkey eased some ...

Ukraine approves law on banks in a bid for IMF aid

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine has passed a law preventing former owners of nationalized or liquidated banks from regaining ownership or receiving state compensation, a move that allows the country to get $5.5 billion in loans from the International Monetary Fund. The bill, which some ...

Cannes is empty, the day the film festival should have begun

CANNES, France (AP) — The stars of Cannes Film Festival have stayed home, its prestigious grounds repurposed as a homeless shelter, and the beaches closed. The French Riviera resort of Cannes would normally be abuzz with cinema glitterati on a Tuesday such as this — scheduled as the ...