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Greek FM travels to Turkey for talks on fraught ties

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Greece's foreign minister travels to Ankara on Thursday for talks on the two NATO allies' fraught relationship, following a slight easing of tensions between the neighbors. In an indication of the meeting's importance, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is to meet ...

France’s pandemic death toll set to pass 100,000 amid surge

PARIS (AP) — France's coronavirus death toll is expected to pass 100,000 on Thursday after a year of hospital tensions, on-and-off lockdowns and personal loss that have left families nationwide grieving the pandemic's unending, devastating toll. The country of 67 million will be the eighth ...

Europe scrambles as J&J vaccine delay deals another blow

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — European countries diverged Wednesday on whether they would push ahead with giving their residents Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine after reports of very rare blood clots in a handful of recipients in the United States. While some European Union members put ...

A retiring Castro to bring younger face to Cuba’s communists

HAVANA (AP) — This week's Communist Party congress could be the last with a Castro at the helm of Cuba's all-powerful political institution. Six years after the death of Fidel Castro, his brother and fellow leader of the island's 1959 revolution, Raul Castro, is being watched to see if he ...

NATO, US vow support for Ukraine, warn Russia on troops

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States and NATO on Tuesday expressed strong support for Ukraine and warned Russia against pressing ahead with a major troop buildup along the former Soviet republic's eastern border. In separate meetings with Ukraine's foreign minister, U.S. Secretary of State ...

UK hits vaccine target; Johnson warns of more virus deaths

LONDON (AP) — Britain began offering coronavirus vaccinations to anyone over 45 on Tuesday after hitting its target of giving at least one dose to everyone over 50 by the middle of April. Despite the good news, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that the U.K. would inevitably see "more ...

Russia says troop buildup near Ukraine is a response to NATO

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister said Tuesday that the country's massive military buildup in the west was part of readiness drills amid what he described as threats from NATO. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the maneuvers in western Russia that have worried neighboring Ukraine and ...

Turkey imposes partial Ramadan lockdown amid record cases

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president announced a partial lockdown Tuesday during the first two weeks of the Muslim month of Ramadan to curb COVID-19 infections as the number of infections hit a record. In a televised address following a Cabinet meeting, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ...

Pope asks US bishop to resign after cover-up investigation

ROME (AP) — A bishop in Minnesota resigned Tuesday at the request of Pope Francis after he was investigated by the Vatican for allegedly interfering with past investigations into clergy sexual abuse, officials said. The Vatican said Francis accepted the resignation of Crookston Bishop ...

Dutch govt says it’s too early to start easing the lockdown

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government on Tuesday presented a roadmap for relaxing coronavirus lockdown measures, but caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte stressed that it is still too early to ease restrictions. In a nationally televised press conference, Rutte said hospitals in ...