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Guilty verdict in first trial under Hong Kong security law

HONG KONG (AP) — The first person to be tried under Hong Kong's sweeping national security law was found guilty of secessionism and terrorism on Tuesday in a ruling condemned by human rights activists. The Hong Kong High Court handed down the verdict in the case of Tong Ying-kit, 24. He is ...

Cardinal, 9 others on trial at Vatican in money scandals

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A trial opened Tuesday within the Vatican City's imposing walls of 10 defendants, including a once-powerful cardinal, in a case based on a sprawling probe into the allegedly criminal management of the Holy See's portfolio of assets, including donations by countless ...

Australian city Melbourne ends 5th COVID-19 lockdown

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's second-most populous city Melbourne will end its fifth lockdown on Tuesday with the Victoria state government declaring it had beaten an outbreak of the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant for a second time. The five-day lockdown across Victoria ...

Thailand sends COVID-19 patients to hometowns by train

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Thailand began transporting some people who tested positive for the coronavirus from Bangkok to their hometowns on Tuesday for isolation and treatment to alleviate the burden on the capital's overwhelmed medical system. A train carrying more than 100 patients ...

Pope honors grandparents on first World Day for elderly

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated the Roman Catholic Church's first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday. Francis solicited a round of applause from the faithful in St. Peter's Square and urged people everywhere to reach out to older generations. Francis was ...

Fires ravage Italian island of Sardinia, forcing evacuations

MILAN (AP) — Fires raged Sunday on Italy's Mediterranean island of Sardinia, where nearly 400 people were evacuated overnight. No deaths or injuries have been reported. Firefighters said several homes were damaged in the island's western interior region. Civil protection authorities said a ...

Wildfire burns in northeast Spain; summer camp evacuated

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Firefighters in northeast Spain were battling a wildfire Sunday that has consumed over 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of woodland. High temperatures and strong winds fanned the flames in the rural area 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Barcelona that broke out on ...

Tunisian president fires premier after violent protests

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's president fired the country's prime minister Sunday and froze parliament's activities after violent demonstrations over the country's pandemic and economic situation. Protesters erupted with celebration in the streets of Tunis after the late-night ...

China sends supplies to flooded area, rebuilds barriers

XINXIANG, China (AP) — Trucks carrying water and food on Sunday streamed into a Chinese city hit hard by flooding that killed at least 63 people, while soldiers laid sandbags to fill gaps in river dikes that have left neighborhoods under water. Residents cleared away mud, wrecked cars and ...

China blames US for ‘stalemate’ in relations, as talks begin

TIANJIN, China (AP) — China blamed the U.S. for what it called a "stalemate" in bilateral relations as high-level face-to-face talks began Monday in the Chinese city of Tianjin. Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng urged the U.S. "to change its highly misguided mindset and dangerous policy," the ...