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Belgium faces pivotal week as virus weighs on hospitals

BRUSSELS (AP) — Authorities warned Monday that Belgium faces a pivotal week in its struggle to limit the spread of the coronavirus, as a series of new restrictions took effect in one of the European countries hardest hit by the pandemic. Almost 12,500 new cases are being reported on average ...

Women’s groups plan more protests over Poland abortion law

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Women's rights activists are planning more protests in Poland after a top court tightened the predominantly Catholic nation's already strict abortion law. Angry street protests have been held since the court ruling Thursday, with protesters defying a "red zone" ban on ...

Greece, Turkey wrangle over military games in eastern Med

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece said Monday that Turkey plans to carry out a maritime military exercise on Oct. 28, a Greek national holiday, just hours after NATO's secretary general said both Greece and Turkey had called off wargames on each other's national holidays. Government spokesman ...

Nigerian president leaves protest shootings out of speech

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari spoke to the nation about the unrest that has gripped the country in recent days, but without making any mention of the shootings of peaceful protesters at Lekki toll plaza on Tuesday night that prompted international outrage. The ...

Sri Lanka Parliament votes to strengthen presidential power

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Parliament by a large majority has approved a constitutional amendment concentrating powers under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and reversing reforms a previous government had made to curb authoritarianism. After the August elections gave him the ...

UN chief says G20 leaders must coordinate to fight COVID-19

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief finds it "very frustrating" that leaders of the 20 major industrialized nations didn't come together in March and establish a coordinated response to suppress the coronavirus in all countries as he proposed. Instead, they went their own ways as infections ...

Top UK bishops slam ‘disastrous’ bill as Brexit talks teeter

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s most senior Anglican bishops warned Monday that legislation breaching part of the Brexit divorce agreement the government signed with the European Union will set a "disastrous precedent" and could undermine peace in Northern Ireland. The warning came as Prime ...

Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense ties, resume flights

HANOI, Vietnam. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in his first overseas summit since taking office last month, agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart to step up defense and security cooperation in the face of China's expanding influence in the region. In talks in Hanoi on ...

India army apprehends Chinese soldier amid military standoff

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Indian army said it apprehended a Chinese soldier Monday in the remote Ladakh region, where the two countries are locked in a monthslong military standoff along their disputed mountain border. The soldier, Cpl. Wang Ya Long from China's People's Liberation Army, ...

Iran again breaks its single-day record for virus deaths

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran recorded its worst day of new deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with 337 confirmed dead on Monday. The grim milestone represents a significant spike from the previous single-day death toll record of 279. The Health Ministry also announced 4,251 new ...