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Pope honors grandparents on first World Day for elderly

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated the Roman Catholic Church's first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday. Francis solicited a round of applause from the faithful in St. Peter's Square and urged people everywhere to reach out to older generations. Francis was ...

Fires ravage Italian island of Sardinia, forcing evacuations

MILAN (AP) — Fires raged Sunday on Italy's Mediterranean island of Sardinia, where nearly 400 people were evacuated overnight. No deaths or injuries have been reported. Firefighters said several homes were damaged in the island's western interior region. Civil protection authorities said a ...

Wildfire burns in northeast Spain; summer camp evacuated

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Firefighters in northeast Spain were battling a wildfire Sunday that has consumed over 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of woodland. High temperatures and strong winds fanned the flames in the rural area 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Barcelona that broke out on ...

Tunisian president fires premier after violent protests

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's president fired the country's prime minister Sunday and froze parliament's activities after violent demonstrations over the country's pandemic and economic situation. Protesters erupted with celebration in the streets of Tunis after the late-night ...

China sends supplies to flooded area, rebuilds barriers

XINXIANG, China (AP) — Trucks carrying water and food on Sunday streamed into a Chinese city hit hard by flooding that killed at least 63 people, while soldiers laid sandbags to fill gaps in river dikes that have left neighborhoods under water. Residents cleared away mud, wrecked cars and ...

China blames US for ‘stalemate’ in relations, as talks begin

TIANJIN, China (AP) — China blamed the U.S. for what it called a "stalemate" in bilateral relations as high-level face-to-face talks began Monday in the Chinese city of Tianjin. Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng urged the U.S. "to change its highly misguided mindset and dangerous policy," the ...

Malaysia’s Parliament reopens after 7-month virus suspension

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Parliament reopened Monday for the first time this year after a seven-month suspension due to a coronavirus emergency that has failed to curb a worsening pandemic. Lawmakers are expected to question Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's emergency ...

French parliament OKs restaurant COVID pass, vaccine rules

PARIS (AP) — France's parliament approved a law early Monday requiring special virus passes for all restaurants and domestic travel and mandating vaccinations for all health workers. Both measures have prompted protests and political tensions. President Emmanuel Macron and his government say ...

Anti-corruption prosecutor praised by US flees Guatemala

LAS CHINAMAS, El Salvador (AP) — Anti-corruption prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval fled Guatemala late Friday, arriving in neighboring El Salvador just hours after he was removed from his post. Consuelo Porras, Guatemala's attorney general, had accused the former head of the Special ...

From solo jogging to solidarity: Park runs resume in England

LONDON (AP) — After 16 months of solo jogging, Saturday's return of the weekly 5-kilometer mass runs in England's parks was met with widespread jubilation. Days after all remaining lockdown restrictions were lifted in England, the organized 5K runs were allowed to resume for the first time ...