China prepares for Communist Party centenary in secret
Chinese authorities have closed Beijing’s central Tiananmen Square to the public, eight days ahead of a major celebration being planned to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Communist Party.
Nine pardoned pro-independence Catalan leaders walk free
Nine separatists pardoned by the Spanish government have left the prisons where they were serving lengthy terms for organizing a bid for an independent northeastern Catalonia region nearly four years ago.
Russian gas pipeline vexes U.S. charm offensive in Germany
The United States and Germany are struggling to resolve a major dispute over a Russian gas pipeline even as the Biden administration seeks to improve relations with western Europe that had been strained during Donald Trump's presidency.
5 years after Brexit vote, divided UK still feels shockwaves
Five years ago Wednesday, Britons voted in a referendum that was meant to bring certainty to the U.K.’s unsettled relationship with its European neighbors, but it most certainly did not.
Germany hosts conference to push for progress in Libya
Germany and the United Nations are bringing together representatives of Libya with powers that have interests in the country at a conference which aims for progress toward securing elections in the North African nation and the removal of foreign fighters.
AP Interview: Belarus regime 'frightened,' says opponent
Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya says President Alexander Lukashenko may have miscalculated last month by diverting a Ryanair passenger jet to Minsk, where a dissident journalist aboard was arrested.
Japanese soccer player Yokoyama comes out as transgender
Japanese soccer player Kumi Yokoyama said they are transgender — a revelation praised in the U.S. where they play in the National Women’s Soccer League but an identity not legally recognized in Japan.
UN urges world to push Afghanistan from battlefield to talks
The U.N.’s top envoy for Afghanistan is urging the international community to do everything possible to push the Taliban and the government from the battlefield back to the negotiating table.
German lawmakers fault finance minister, auditor on Wirecard
German lawmakers examining the collapse of the payment processing company Wirecard have accused the country’s finance minister and auditors Ernst & Young of numerous oversight failings.
Putin hails WWII heroes, warns of degrading Europe security
Russian President Vladimir Putin is marking the 80th anniversary of the Nazi attack on the Soviet Union by hailing the country’s World War II heroes and calling for efforts to strengthen European security.
Greek pilot jailed before trial over UK wife's murder
A helicopter pilot charged with the murder of his young British-Greek wife, Caroline Crouch, and faking a robbery has been jailed to await trial, while a prosecutor will decide on the custody of their infant daughter.
Catalan separatists eye freedom after Spain's Cabinet pardon
Nine Catalan separatist leaders jailed for sedition are eyeing freedom, after Spain’s Cabinet pardoned them in the hope of starting what Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called a much-needed reconciliation in the country’s restive northeast.
France's Sarkozy faces jail term in campaign financing trial
The trial of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has concluded in Paris, after a month during which the court sought to determine whether he broke laws on campaign financing in his unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid.
Turtle carcasses wash ashore in Sri Lanka after ship fire
Nearly a hundred carcasses of turtles with throat and shell damage, as well as a dozen dead dolphins and a blue whale, have washed ashore in Sri Lanka since a container ship burned and sank.
Palestinians, settlers clash in tense Jerusalem neighborhood
Palestinians and Jewish settlers have hurled stones, chairs and fireworks at each other overnight in a tense Jerusalem neighborhood where settler groups are trying to evict several Palestinian families.
Kim sister derides US official, dismisses chances for talks
The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has dismissed prospects for an early resumption of diplomacy with the United States, saying that U_S_ expectations of talks would “plunge them into a greater disappointment.”.
Vaccine technology transfer center to open in South Africa
The head of the World Health Organization says the U.N. organization is in talks to create the first-ever technology transfer hub for coronavirus vaccines in South Africa, a move to boost supply to the continent desperately in need of COVID-19 jabs.
Nicaragua places former first lady under house arrest
Nicaragua police say they have placed former first lady María Fernanda Flores Lanzas, wife of former President Arnoldo Aleman, under house arrest for alleged crimes against the state.
Suu Kyi tells lawyers trial testimony against her is wrong
Lawyers for Myanmar’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, say she told them some of the testimony against her was wrong in her trial on criminal charges that could send her to prison and end her political career.
U.K.'s newest carrier joins IS fight, stirs Russian interest
British Royal Navy commanders say the U.K.’s newest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is helping to take on the “lion’s share” of operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq.
Merkel's bloc pledges stability, renewal to German voters
Germany’s center-right bloc is pledging to boost the economy without raising taxes and make the European Union nation “climate neutral” by 2045 while preserving industrial jobs.
Scottish leader, Manchester mayor spar over virus travel ban
Scotland’s leader has defended the ban on nonessential travel between the country and the northwest English city of Manchester after its mayor lambasted the decision and called for compensation.
Hong Kong's Apple Daily newspaper says it may shut down
Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily says its board of directors has asked authorities to unfreeze some assets so that it can pay salaries.
2 plead not guilty in trial linked to Jordan's royal rift
A former top adviser to Jordan's King Abdullah II and a relative of the monarch have pleaded not guilty to sedition and incitement charges.
Rainstorms bring relief as Europe suffers summer heat wave
Thunderstorms have brought a much-needed cooldown to parts of Western Europe over the weekend after the continent sweltered under its first summer heat wave.
Spanish leader: 9 Catalan separatists will receive pardons
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says the Spanish Cabinet will approve pardons for nine separatist Catalan politicians and activists imprisoned for their roles in the 2017 push to break away from Spain.
German tourists investigated in Italy for fatal boat crash
Italian police say they are investigating two German tourists from Munich for a boat collision on Lake Garda that killed an Italian man and woman.
Armenian leader's party wins snap vote despite defeat in war
Voting results show that the party of Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has won snap parliamentary elections which he called to ease anger over a peace deal he signed with Azerbaijan.
Companies give vaccines to workers, boosting Japan's rollout
Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families Monday in an employer-led drive that aims to rev up the nation’s slow vaccine rollout.
US envoy hopes N. Korea responds positively on offered talks
President Joe Biden’s special envoy for North Korea says he hopes to see a positive reaction from the North soon on U.S. offers for talks after the North Korean leader ordered officials to prepare for both dialogue and confrontation.
Ethiopia votes in test for PM Abiy amid reports of abuses
Ethiopians are voting in a major test for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, whose rise to power initially seemed to signal a break with decades of authoritarian rule but who has since waged war in the Tigray region and whose party has been accused of election abuses.
Suspect arraigned in killing of American student in Russia
A court in central Russia has arraigned a suspect on murder charges in the death of an American woman studying at a local university.
Ivory Coast's former president Gbagbo attends Mass in public
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has attended Mass, one of his first public appearances since returning home after nearly a decade in exile.
AP Interview: Former president says US failed in Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s former president says the United States came to his country to fight extremism and bring stability to his war-tortured nation and is leaving nearly 20 years later having failed at both.