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In devastated Beirut, French leader offers comfort and a hug

BEIRUT (AP) — It was one of the most powerful moments of Emmanuel Macron's lightning visit to devastated Beirut: confronted by a distraught woman in a sea of enraged residents, the French leader stopped and offered her a hug. On a tour of the destruction, Macron got a first-hand glimpse of ...

Supporters, opponents of Hindu temple meet in Times Square

NEW YORK (AP) — A Midtown Manhattan celebration of a Hindu temple being built on disputed ground in India brought polarized groups into Times Square, where supporters of the landmark project were flanked by protesters calling it an offense to Muslims. Videos posted online show Hindu ...

Once in crisis, Ecuador city now helps others battle virus

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Ecuador's biggest city, Guayaquil, was a pandemic hellscape of makeshift morgues, hundreds dying at home, bodies left in the street. That was in March and April, when the country's economic hub on the Pacific coast suffered as much as anywhere in the world from the new ...

Captain astonished that his ship delivered Beirut explosive

MOSCOW (AP) — When Boris Prokoshev, a former sea captain spending his retirement years in a Russian village, woke up and found an email saying a ship he once commanded had carried the ammonium nitrate that blew up swathes of Beirut, he was astonished. "I didn't understand anything," he told ...

Russia’s race for virus vaccine raises concerns in the West

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia boasts that it's about to become the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, with mass vaccinations planned as early as October using shots that are yet to complete clinical trials -- and scientists worldwide are sounding the alarm that the headlong rush could ...

Rajapaksa brothers win by landslide in Sri Lanka’s election

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's powerful Rajapaksa brothers secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary election, giving them nearly the two-thirds majority of seats required to make constitutional changes, according to results released Friday. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is ...

S. Korean doctors strike over med school plan amid pandemic

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of young doctors in South Korea began a strike Friday in protest of government medical policy, causing concerns about treatment of patients amid the coronavirus pandemic. The striking doctors are interns and resident doctors, who oppose the government's ...

Traditional Afghan council meets on release of 400 Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A traditional council met Friday in Afghanistan's capital to decide whether to release a final 400 Taliban prisoners, the last hurdle to starting negotiations between Kabul's political leadership and the Taliban under a peace deal with the U.S. The negotiations are ...

China sentences fourth Canadian to death on drug charges

BEIJING (AP) — China has sentenced a fourth Canadian citizen to death on drug charges in less than two years following a sharp downturn in ties over the arrest of an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei. Ye Jianhui was sentenced Friday by the Foshan Municipal Intermediate Court in the ...

Virus keeps tourists from Africa’s great wildlife migration

MAASAI MARA, Kenya (AP) — One of nature's most spectacular sights, East Africa's great wildebeest migration, went largely unwatched this year as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are felt as far as the continent's wilderness. Travel restrictions kept tourists away for the annual ...