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Switzerland says Swiss hostage in Mali has been killed

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's Foreign Ministry said Friday that a Swiss woman who was held hostage in Mali has been killed by an Islamist group. The ministry said it was informed by French authorities that the hostage had been "killed by kidnappers of the Islamist terrorist organization ...

Peru bet on cheap COVID antibody tests; it didn’t go well

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the harried health officials of Peru faced a quandary. They knew molecular tests for COVID-19 were the best option to detect the virus – yet they didn't have the labs, the supplies, or the technicians to make them ...

Kyrgyzstan opposition divided amid political chaos, protests

MOSCOW (AP) — Opposition parties in Kyrgyzstan failed to form a new government Wednesday as different groups argued over who would be the new prime minister after three days of political chaos in the Central Asian country. Mass protests erupted in the capital of Bishkek on Monday following a ...

Mexico’s ex-security chief pleads not guilty to drug charges

NEW YORK (AP) — Former top Mexican security official Genaro Garcia Luna pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to drug trafficking charges, including a new one of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise that could add 20 years to his sentence if convicted. In a hearing by video, to which ...

US signs 10-year military cooperation deal with Morocco

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The United States and Morocco on Friday signed an accord that aims to strengthen military cooperation and the North African kingdom's military readiness over the next decade. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper signed the 10-year agreement during a two-day visit to ...

UK, EU leaders to discuss Brexit, free trade talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain said Friday that wide gaps remained in their fraught talks on a rudimentary trade agreement following the Brexit divorce and called for intensified negotiations before a deadline in a couple of weeks. European Commission President Ursula von der ...

Madrid readies for partial lockdown, files legal challenge

MADRID (AP) — Madrid was set to go into partial lockdown on Friday night, complying with an order from the Spanish government but determined to fight it in the courts. Measures that ban all nonessential trips in and out of the capital and nine of its suburbs — covering around 4.8 million ...

Belarus, Russia announce retaliatory sanctions against EU

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Friday announced they were imposing sanctions against the European Union, and threatened to revise the country's diplomatic relations with the bloc, in response to EU sanctions on several dozen Belarus officials accused of falsifying presidential ...

Hundreds in India protest government handling of fatal rape

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of protesters on Friday demanded the dismissal of the government of a northern Indian state where a 19-year-old woman from the country's lowest caste was allegedly gang raped and later died in a hospital. The demonstrators shouted "Hang the rapists" and "First raped ...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro baffles evangelicals with top court pick

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday nominated a judge with a record of flexible rulings to the country's Supreme Court, frustrating evangelical members of his conservative base who had been promised one of their own for the opening. Bolsonaro announced his ...