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Queen returns to royal duties after death of Prince Philip

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has returned to royal duties, four days after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, as preparations stepped up on Wednesday for his ceremonial funeral on the weekend. The 94-year-old British monarch attended a retirement ceremony for a senior royal ...

Colorful coffins lighten mood at New Zealand funerals

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When the pallbearers brought Phil McLean's coffin into the chapel, there were gasps before a wave of laughter rippled through the hundreds of mourners. The coffin was a giant cream donut. "It overshadowed the sadness and the hard times in the last few weeks," ...

Algeria protesters at crossroads as Islamists take spotlight

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's pro-democracy movement is at a crossroads two years after it ousted the country's long-serving leader, confronting fears it's been infiltrated by a group with links to an Islamist party outlawed during a dark era of strife in the 1990s. Members of the ...

Macron visiting Notre Dame two years after devastating blaze

PARIS (AP) — Two years after a fire tore through Paris' most famous cathedral and shocked the world, French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting the building site that Notre Dame has become Thursday to show that French heritage has not been forgotten despite the coronavirus. Flanked by ...

US warns of punitive actions for Lebanese blocking reforms

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior U.S. official warned Thursday that Lebanese politicians who continue to block reforms in the crisis-hit country could face punitive actions by Washington and its allies. U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs David Hale did not provide details on the nature ...

EXPLAINER: What are the Iran nuclear talks all about?

BERLIN (AP) — Negotiations to bring the United States back into a landmark nuclear deal with Iran are set to resume Thursday in Vienna amid signs of progress — but also under the shadow of an attack this week on Iran's main nuclear facility. WHAT IS THE DEAL THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT? In ...

Greek FM travels to Turkey for talks on fraught ties

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Greece's foreign minister travels to Ankara on Thursday for talks on the two NATO allies' fraught relationship, following a slight easing of tensions between the neighbors. In an indication of the meeting's importance, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is to meet ...

France’s pandemic death toll set to pass 100,000 amid surge

PARIS (AP) — France's coronavirus death toll is expected to pass 100,000 on Thursday after a year of hospital tensions, on-and-off lockdowns and personal loss that have left families nationwide grieving the pandemic's unending, devastating toll. The country of 67 million will be the eighth ...

Europe scrambles as J&J vaccine delay deals another blow

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — European countries diverged Wednesday on whether they would push ahead with giving their residents Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine after reports of very rare blood clots in a handful of recipients in the United States. While some European Union members put ...

A retiring Castro to bring younger face to Cuba’s communists

HAVANA (AP) — This week's Communist Party congress could be the last with a Castro at the helm of Cuba's all-powerful political institution. Six years after the death of Fidel Castro, his brother and fellow leader of the island's 1959 revolution, Raul Castro, is being watched to see if he ...