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Twins joined at head separated at Vatican pediatric hospital

ROME (AP) — Doctors at the Vatican's pediatric hospital said Tuesday they have successfully separated conjoined twins whose skulls were fused back-to-back, an exceedingly rare surgery for an equally rare congenital defect. The twins, Ervina and Prefina Bangalo, were born June 29, 2018 in ...

Mexico president heads to Washington for meeting with Trump

MEXICO CITY (AP) — For his first foreign trip as president, Mexico's Andrés Manuel López Obrador travels to Washington Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly taken shots at Mexico and Mexican migrants to rally his base. The visit, coming just four months before ...

Serbs storm parliament after virus lockdown announced

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of protesters fought running battles with police and tried to storm the parliament building in Belgrade on Tuesday after the Serbian president announced that a coronavirus lockdown will be reintroduced in the Balkan country. Police fired several rounds of ...

UK’s lockdown-hit arts venues to get $2B rescue package

LONDON (AP) — The British government has announced more than 1.5 billion pounds (almost $2 billion) to help the country's renowned arts and cultural institutions recover from the coronavirus pandemic, after some theaters and music venues warned that without support they might never open ...

Bucking China pressure, Taiwan, Somaliland establish ties

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan has scored a rare diplomatic victory in establishing relations with the independent region of Somaliland. Intense pressure from China has reduced self-governing, democratic Taiwan to having just 15 diplomatic allies and being excluded from the United Nations and ...

South Africa begins second phase of reopening of schools

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of South African students are returning to school Monday after nearly four months when their classes were closed to combat the spread of the new coronavirus. Students in grades 6 and 11 are starting classes Monday, as the second stage of a phased reopening of ...

France: Reopening strategist Castex named new prime minister

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday named Jean Castex, who coordinated France's virus reopening strategy, as the country's new prime minister as the country focuses on reviving an economy hard-hit by the pandemic and months of strict lockdown. The relatively low-profile ...

French court OKs end to Rwanda genocide investigation

PARIS (AP) — The Paris appeals court on Friday upheld a decision to end a years-long investigation into the plane crash that sparked Rwanda's 1994 genocide, citing lack of sufficient evidence. The probe has damaged France-Rwanda relations for years, because it targeted several people close ...

UK scraps quarantine for some visitors as pubs set to reopen

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson wants a haircut and a beer. Like millions of other Britons, the prime minister will be able to have a trim and a tipple on Saturday, when the country takes its biggest step yet out of lockdown with the reopening in England of restaurants, pubs and hairdressers, ...

4 dead, 97 injured in blast at Turkish fireworks factory

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An explosion at a fireworks factory in northwestern Turkey on Friday killed four people and injured at least 97 others, officials said. There were 186 workers at the factory outside the town of Hendek, in Sakarya province, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told ...