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Global emergency aid delivery could end next month, UN warns

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A global emergency delivery service that has kept tons of humanitarian aid flowing despite coronavirus travel restrictions could shut down next month if funding can't be found to keep it running, the World Food Program warned Friday. The shortfall comes "just as demand ...

Black Lives Matter spurs scrutiny of Dutch colonial past

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The 17th century has gone down in Dutch history as the Golden Age, when unprecedented trading wealth helped fund the likes of artists Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer. But the grim flip side of the prosperity — fortunes generated by seafaring traders, slavery and ...

AP Interview: Martin Lee sees end of the Hong Kong he knows

HONG KONG (AP) — The man nicknamed Hong Kong's "Father of Democracy" said Friday that Beijing is trying to take control of the semi-autonomous city with an impending national security law, but added that violent protest is not the answer. "This is clearly a pretext for Beijing to assert ...

Mission accomplished: Malala gets Oxford degree

LONDON (AP) — Mission accomplished. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for daring to want an education, has completed her degree at Oxford University. The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, now 22, posted images on Twitter of her celebration early Friday upon ...

Germany, France, UK press Iran to provide atomic site access

BERLIN (AP) — The board of the United Nations' atomic watchdog agency on Friday adopted a resolution calling for Iran to provide inspectors access to sites where the country is thought to have stored or used undeclared nuclear material, the Russian representative said. Mikhail Ulyanov, ...

Belarus’ authoritarian leader claims foreign plot thwarted

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus said Friday that his government thwarted a foreign-inspired plot to destabilize the ex-Soviet nation before the August presidential election in which he is seeking a sixth term. The claim by President Alexander Lukashenko followed the detention ...

Honduras president hospitalized with pneumonia, COVID-19

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was hospitalized Wednesday with pneumonia, hours after announcing that he and his wife had tested positive for COVID-19. Francis Contreras, spokesman for the National System of Risk Management, said in a news conference ...

Russian monk denying coronavirus takes control of monastery

MOSCOW (AP) — A rebellious Russian monk who has denied the coronavirus' existence and urged believers to ignore the Kremlin's lockdown orders has taken control of a monastery in the Ural Mountains. Father Sergiy showed up Tuesday at the Sredneuralsk women's monastery that he had founded ...

South Africa says 2 pandemics now, virus and gender violence

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa now faces two pandemics, COVID-19 and the violence against women and children that has risen sharply since alcohol sales were allowed again on June 1, the president said Wednesday as he announced further easing of lockdown measures. Twenty-one women and ...

American sentenced to 16 years in Russia on spying charges

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Monday sentenced an American security executive to 16 years in prison on spying charges, a verdict that drew an angry response from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who denounced the man's treatment by Russian authorities as "appalling." The Moscow City ...