Seoul: North Korea shoots SKorean official, burns his body
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday North Korean troops shot a South Korean government official who may have attempted to defect and set his body on fire, after they found him on a floating object in waters near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary.
Asia Today: China to let in more foreigners as virus recedes
BEIJING (AP) — Foreigners holding certain types of visas and residence permits will be permitted to return to China starting next week as the threat of coronavirus continues to recede.
70 whales rescued from Australia's worst mass beaching
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Authorities revised up the number of pilot whales rescued from Australia’s worst mass stranding from 50 to 70 on Thursday, as the focus shifted to removing 380 carcasses from Tasmania state shallows.
Venezuela's Maduro blasts US in speech to world leaders
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro blasted United States sanctions in his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, while avoiding any mention of a report accusing his government of crimes against humanity.
'The port came to us': Story behind AP photo of Beirut blast
JIYYEH, Lebanon (AP) — When Mustafa Kinno felt the ground shake and heard the deafening blast toward the port, he frantically called his brother living nearby.
World leaders criticize haphazard response to pandemic
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World leaders gathering remotely Wednesday criticized a haphazard global response to a microscopic virus that has unleashed economic havoc and taken nearly 1 million lives in its march across the globe.
They said it: Leaders at the virtual UN, in their own words
Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world. That’s what the speechmaking at the U.N.
French defense chief misled nation on troops' virus safety
PARIS (AP) — France’s defense minister admitted to misleading the nation about virus protections for air force personnel who evacuated French citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan last winter, and have been suspected of links to France’s first confirmed COVID-19 cluster.
Lebanon asks world's help 'trying to rise from its rubble'
BEIRUT (AP) — Facing an economic meltdown and other crises, Lebanon’s president on Wednesday asked for the world's help to rebuild the capital's main port and neighborhoods that were blown away in last month’s catastrophic explosion.
Belarus president sworn in at unannounced inaugural ceremony
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus was sworn in Wednesday to his sixth term in office at an inaugural ceremony that was not announced in advance amid weeks of huge protests of the authoritarian leader's reelection, which the opposition says was rigged.
Saudi king's rare address to UN showcases monarch in charge
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman made a rare address to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, using the moment to highlight the foundational notions of his regime — his steadfast commitment to the Palestinians, his stature as custodian of Islam’s holiest sites and his assertion that Iran is responsible for much of the region’s instability.
At UN, island nation of Palau speaks to interconnected world
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As one of the smallest countries on earth, the Pacific island nation of Palau doesn't always get to command the world's attention.
Wave of massacres signals new chapter in Colombia's conflict
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Jose Manuel Mancilla was taking a break from his job at a local gold mine. So on Sunday he gathered with friends at a hillside home in his village of Munchique, where about 20 people were drinking and staging cockfights.
Madrid wants military help, more doctors to fight virus wave
MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Madrid want to hire more doctors and get urgent help from Spain’s military and police to fight a second wave of coronavirus infections that might force them into expanding restrictions on free movement that are already controversial.
UK defends its new virus strategy but experts are skeptical
LONDON (AP) — The British government on Wednesday defended its strategy for combating a second wave of COVID-19 cases amid criticism that its new slate of restrictions will not be enough to stop coronavirus from spreading exponentially.
EU proposes new asylum system to help frontline nations
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union announced a major overhaul of its asylum system Wednesday in hopes that more countries will finally share responsibility for people landing on Europe’s shores seeking sanctuary or better lives.
First stone laid at Dutch Holocaust Memorial in Amsterdam
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A friend of World War II Jewish diarist Anne Frank laid the first stone Wednesday at a new memorial under construction in Amsterdam to honor all Dutch victims of the Holocaust.
Germany: 8 more charged in Volkswagen diesel scandal
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Wednesday they have filed charges against eight more Volkswagen employees accused of involvement in the company's diesel scandal, which saw it sell cars fitted with software that let them cheat on emissions tests.
Finland deploys coronavirus-sniffing dogs at main airport
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland has deployed coronavirus-sniffing dogs at the Nordic country’s main international airport in a four-month trial of an alternative testing method that could become a cost-friendly and quick way to identify infected travelers.
France wants to require fathers to take parental leave
PARIS (AP) — France’s president wants to expand paternity leave to one month — and require fathers to take time off with their newborns.
Russia's Navalny released from German hospital after 32 days
BERLIN (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from a Berlin hospital after more than a month's treatment for poisoning, with doctors now believing that it's possible he could see a “complete recovery” from the Soviet-era nerve agent, the hospital said Wednesday.
Paris police briefly evacuate Eiffel Tower after bomb threat
PARIS (AP) — Paris police briefly evacuated the Eiffel Tower and blockaded the surrounding area Wednesday after a phone-in bomb threat.
Sierra Leone doctor in dedicated mission against COVID-19
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Dr. Mamadu Baldeh can’t forget the 18-year-old who came into his hospital with COVID-19, gasping for air until the day he died.
Cold diggers? UN finds a record low in Greenland ice in 1991
GENEVA (AP) — For all the recent talk of global warming, climate historians hunting for past temperature extremes have unearthed what the U.N.
Russian frigate and container ship collide in Danish waters
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Russian frigate has collided with a Marshall Islands-flagged container ship off Copenhagen, Denmark’s navy said.