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Fury cross the Mersey: Liverpool loses world heritage status

LONDON (AP) — Civic leaders in Liverpool expressed outrage Wednesday after the English port city was stripped of its World Heritage status by the United Nations' culture organization. UNESCO's World Heritage Committee voted in a secret ballot to remove the designation because of developments ...

$470 million flood damage bill in hard-hit Dutch town

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Flooding that raged through a southern Dutch tourist town last week caused around 400 million euros ($470 million) in damage to homes and businesses, the town's mayor said Wednesday. About 700 homes in Valkenburg were so badly damaged by flooding that their ...

Record-high electricity bills draw criticism to Spain’s govt

MADRID (AP) — Spanish consumers are fretting over record-high power prices just as high summer temperatures are keeping air conditioning and cooling systems operating at full capacity. The government says that the latest hikes in electricity bills are driven by spiraling prices of so-called ...

Italian lawyers group slams court review of US trial defense

ROME (AP) — Several professional associations representing Italian criminal defense lawyers have slammed a Rome court's written attack on the team which defended two U.S. young men in their trial for the murder of an Italian police officer. Last week, the court explained in writing its May 5 ...

UN migration official: 20 migrants drown off Libya’s coast

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard intercepted Wednesday four boats in the Mediterranean Sea carrying migrants trying to reach Europe, a U.N. official said. According to the migrants, 20 people from one of the vessels had gone overboard earlier in the day and were presumed to have drowned. The ...

2 guards taken hostage by inmates at prison in Sweden

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Two inmates took a pair of prison guards hostage Wednesday at a Swedish penitentiary and are barricaded inside in what the country's prison department called "a very dangerous situation." The inmates abducted the prison officers after breaking into a guards' room soon ...

Russia launches lab module to International Space Station

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Wednesday successfully launched a long-delayed lab module for the International Space Station that is intended to provide more room for scientific experiments and space for the crew. A Proton-M booster rocket carrying the Nauka module lifted off as scheduled at 7:58 ...

South African firm to make Pfizer vaccine, first in Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African firm will begin producing the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, the first time that the shot will be produced in Africa, Pfizer announced Wednesday. The Biovac Institute based in Cape Town will manufacture the vaccine for distribution across Africa, a ...

Thailand to join COVAX, acknowledging low vaccine supply

BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Thailand's National Vaccine Institute apologized Wednesday for the country's slow and inadequate rollout of coronavirus vaccines, promising it will join the U.N.-backed COVAX program to receive supplies from its pool of donated vaccines next year. Thailand is ...

WHO leader says virus risk inevitable at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics should not be judged by the tally of COVID-19 cases that arise because eliminating risk is impossible, the head of the World Health Organization told sports officials Wednesday as events began in Japan. How infections are handled is what matters most, WHO ...