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Italy to require 5-day quarantines for travelers from UK

ROME (AP) — Starting Monday, Italy is requiring people who arrive from Britain to do five days of quarantine as well as take a COVID-19 swab test. Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza on Friday said he signed that order as concern builds about a soaring increase of coronavirus cases in ...

UN re-elects Antonio Guterres as secretary-general

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly unanimously elected Antonio Guterres to a second term as secretary-general on Friday, giving him another five years at the helm of the 193-member organization at a time a deeply divided world faces numerous conflicts, the growing impact of ...

AP Interview: India says it hopes to resume vaccine exports

NEW DELHI (AP) — India, the world's largest manufacturer of vaccines, wants to resume exports of coronavirus jabs but can't do so until its domestic needs are met, the head of the country's COVID-19 task force said Friday. "Once our immediate need of vaccinating a significant proportion of ...

UK retail sales dip as lockdown easing allows socializing

LONDON (AP) — Retail sales in Britain slipped back in May as people ventured out to spend money at restaurants and pubs following the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, official figures showed Friday. The Office of National Statistics found that retail sales during May were 1.4% ...

Palestinians call off 1M dose vaccine exchange with Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian Authority called off an agreement whereby Israel would transfer 1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to it in exchange for a similar number later this year, hours after the deal was announced on Friday. The Palestinians said the doses, which Israel began ...

AP FACT CHECK: Putin’s errant claims on cyberattacks, Jan. 6

Russian President Vladimir Putin contradicted the evidence Wednesday when he asserted Russians are not a leading source of cyberattacks on the United States and other countries. They are. Putin also accused the imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny of leaving Russia unlawfully to seek ...

Sunshine, fatalism and 2 world views from 2 world leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking near the steamy banks of a shimmering lake in Switzerland, one president nonchalantly removed his jacket and spoke confidently about standing up to an adversary. The other held court in a bland, air-conditioned room where he sought to portray strength amid scrutiny ...

Biden, Putin discuss ambassadors, nuclear weapons and more

Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin of Russia spent more than three hours discussing issues Wednesday at their summit in Geneva. They ticked through their respective lists so quickly and in such "excruciating detail," Biden says, that they looked at each other and thought, "OK, what ...

Japan announces easing of virus emergency ahead of Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Thursday announced the easing of a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and six other areas from next week, with new daily cases falling just as the country begins final preparations for the Olympics starting in just over a month. Japan has been struggling since late ...

In poorest countries, surges worsen shortages of vaccines

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hati Maronjei once swore he would never get a COVID-19 shot, after a pastor warned that vaccines aren't safe. Now, four months after the first batch of vaccines arrived in Zimbabwe, the 44-year-old street hawker of electronic items is desperate for the shot he can't ...