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Uganda’s opposition cites ‘untold violence’ before election

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Opposition figures in Uganda are criticizing widespread violence by security forces ahead of Thursday's presidential election, while main challenger Bobi Wine said soldiers who raided his home Tuesday morning arrested a security guard and beat two gardeners badly. "The ...

‘The most dangerous time’: UK sees toughest virus threat yet

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. opened seven mass vaccination centers Monday as it moved into the most perilous moment of the COVID-19 pandemic, with exhausted medical staff reeling under the pressure of packed hospitals and increasing admissions. England's chief medical officer, Dr. Chris Whitty, ...

Pandemic restrictions a business boon for some Iraqi women

BAGHDAD (AP) — Fatima Ali was in her final year studying to become a medical analysis specialist when Iraq imposed a full lockdown in March. Forced by a raging pandemic to stay home, she spent her days on social media, looking for something to do with her time. Then an idea came to her: Six ...

Bodies pile up at crematorium in Germany’s virus hot spot

MEISSEN, Germany (AP) — The caskets are stacked three high in the Meissen crematorium's somber memorial hall, piled up in empty offices and stored in hallways. Many are sealed with plastic wrapping, others are labeled "infection risk," "urgent" or simply "COVID." A surge of coronavirus ...

6 rangers killed in latest attack at Congo’s Virunga park

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Gunmen have killed at least six rangers in Virunga National Park, the latest attack in the part of eastern Congo that is home to some of the world's last mountain gorillas, officials said Sunday. The violence took place on Sunday in Nyamitwitwi, located in the Rutshuru ...

South Korean diplomat in Iran over seized ship, frozen funds

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A South Korean diplomatic delegation arrived in Iran on Sunday to negotiate the release of a vessel and its crew seized by Iranian forces amid an escalating financial dispute between the countries, Iranian state-run media reported. The South Korean-flagged tanker seizure ...

N. Korea’s Kim adds title: General secretary of ruling party

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was given the new title of general secretary of the ruling Workers' Party, a designation formerly held by his late father and grandfather, state media reported Monday, in a move apparently aimed at bolstering his authority amid growing ...

WikiLeaks founder Assange denied bail in UK

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Wednesday denied bail to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, ordering him to remain in a high-security prison while U.K. courts decide whether he will be sent to the United States to face espionage charges. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said Assange must ...

Europeans press Iran to back down on uranium enrichment

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, France and Britain pressed Iran on Wednesday to reverse a decision to start enriching uranium to levels beyond the limits of a 2015 nuclear agreement, a move which they said "risks compromising" chances of diplomacy with the incoming U.S. administration. The foreign ...

Zimbabwe jails 3 for having New Year’s party despite ban

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean court has jailed three men who organized a New Year's Eve party attended by thousands of people in the capital, Harare, in violation of COVID-19 regulations at a time the country is facing an unprecedented surge in infections. The three men were sentenced ...