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Protesters hurl eggs as South Korea releases child rapist

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Angry protesters threw eggs and shouted insults as one of South Korea's most notorious child predators was released from a prison in southern Seoul on Saturday at the end of a 12-year term. Law enforcement authorities strapped the 69-year-old Cho Doo-soon with an ...

Pandemic threatens India’s children with child labor rising

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A boy who cried out when he was beaten for complaining of stomach pains drew attention from a passerby, who alerted police in the central Indian city of Agra. Officers broke a padlock on the gate of the illegal shoe factory where the boy was working and found a dozen ...

With traditional venues shut, Berlin artists take to streets

BERLIN (AP) — With theaters and concert halls shuttered to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, some Berlin artists are taking their performances to the streets of the German capital in an effort to keep their edge during the pandemic and entertain a population craving cultural ...

In Greece, political spat over lockdown turns personal

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Holiday goodwill during the coronavirus lockdown? In Greece, it's been in short supply between the nation's two leading politicians. A spat has erupted over competing claims that the prime minister and his main rival broke the spirit of pandemic restrictions that have ...

UN health agency’s advice for the holidays: Don’t hug

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization has an unwelcome but potentially life-saving message for the holiday season: Don't hug. To stop the spread of the coronavirus, WHO's emergencies chief said Monday that the "shocking" rate of COVID-19 cases and deaths, particularly in the U.S., ...

Lidia Menapace, Italian Resistance member, dies at age 96

ROME (AP) — Lidia Brisca Menapace, a Resistance member during World War II who later was an advocate of pacifism and women's rights and was elected to the Italian Senate on a Communist party ticket, has died. She was 96. Italian state radio said she had been hospitalized for several days ...

Ghana votes for president in test of country’s stability

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Voters in Ghana cast their ballots Monday for presidential and legislative elections likely to test the West African nation's credentials as one of the continent's most politically stable countries. There are 12 presidential candidates, including three women, with ...

Mexico City hospitals are filling up, but so are the streets

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Sometimes Latin American dance tunes on the radio — salsa, cumbia, ranchera — bring a little cheer into the emergency room of Mexico City's Ajusco Medio hospital, which is operating well over normal capacity because of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Marta Patricia ...

Swiss slopes buzz as those of neighbors sit idle in pandemic

GENEVA (AP) — Two weeks after beating COVID-19, Thierry Salamin huffs as his ski boots crunch through Swiss snow near the Matterhorn peak, readying for a downhill run with his mood as bright as his blue and fluorescent yellow ski getup and the sun overhead. The 31-year-old real estate agent ...

UK and EU leaders to hold crunch talks on post-Brexit ties

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union's top official are set to discuss the state of play of post-Brexit trade discussions later Saturday after negotiators paused talks in light of their inability to bridge an array of differences. With the discussions ...