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Malaysia’s Parliament reopens after 7-month virus suspension

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Parliament reopened Monday for the first time this year after a seven-month suspension due to a coronavirus emergency that has failed to curb a worsening pandemic. Lawmakers are expected to question Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's emergency ...

French parliament OKs restaurant COVID pass, vaccine rules

PARIS (AP) — France's parliament approved a law early Monday requiring special virus passes for all restaurants and domestic travel and mandating vaccinations for all health workers. Both measures have prompted protests and political tensions. President Emmanuel Macron and his government say ...

Anti-corruption prosecutor praised by US flees Guatemala

LAS CHINAMAS, El Salvador (AP) — Anti-corruption prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval fled Guatemala late Friday, arriving in neighboring El Salvador just hours after he was removed from his post. Consuelo Porras, Guatemala's attorney general, had accused the former head of the Special ...

From solo jogging to solidarity: Park runs resume in England

LONDON (AP) — After 16 months of solo jogging, Saturday's return of the weekly 5-kilometer mass runs in England's parks was met with widespread jubilation. Days after all remaining lockdown restrictions were lifted in England, the organized 5K runs were allowed to resume for the first time ...

Tens of thousands march for LGBTQ rights at Berlin parade

BERLIN (AP) — Around 65,000 revelers marched for LGBTQ rights at Berlin's annual Christopher Street Day celebration on Saturday, more than three times as many as expected. It was the biggest demonstration in Berlin since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The parade started with a call ...

Bus swerves off road in Croatia; 10 killed, 45 injured

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A bus swerved off a highway and crashed in Croatia early Sunday, killing 10 people and injuring at least 45 others — some of them seriously, authorities said. The crash happened at around 6 a.m. (0400 GMT; 12 a.m. EDT) near the town of Slavonski Brod on the highway ...

Vatican closes 2020 with shortfall, but better than forecast

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican closed out 2020 with a deficit of 66.3 million euros ($78 million), which was better than projected and even lower than pre-pandemic 2019, according to figures released Saturday. The Vatican's economy minister, the Rev. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves, credited ...

Unvaccinated may face restrictions in Germany, official says

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff has warned that restrictions for unvaccinated people may be necessary if COVID-19 infection numbers reach new heights in the coming months. But Helge Braun said in an interview with the newspaper Bild am Sonntag that he doesn't ...

Australia avoids UNESCO downgrade of Great Barrier Reef

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Friday garnered enough international support to defer for two years an attempt by the United Nations' cultural organization to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status because of damage caused by climate change. UNESCO had recommended ...

El Salvador seeks arrest of former president for corruption

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Prosecutors in El Salvador have issued an arrest warrant for former president Salvador Sánchez Cerén on charges of embezzlement and money laundering. Attorney General Rodolfo Delgado said Thursday the charges are related to crimes allegedly committed when ...