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Tuesday 04/13/2021
Asian stock markets advance after new Wall St high
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 10:47 pm

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Wednesday after Wall Street hit a high following an uptick in U.S. inflation and an order by regulators to suspend use of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine.

100 Days: Tokyo Olympics marked by footnotes and asterisks
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 10:48 pm

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo pitched itself as "a safe pair of hands” when it was awarded the Olympics 7 1/2 years ago.

St. Vincent seeks water, funds as volcano keeps erupting
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 10:48 pm

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Leaders of volcano-wracked St. Vincent said Tuesday that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies, and they estimated that the eastern Caribbean island will need hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the eruption of La Soufriere.

Iran says it will enrich uranium to 60%, highest level ever
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 3:00 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran will begin enriching uranium up to 60% purity after an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility, a negotiator said Tuesday, pushing its program to higher levels than ever before though still remaining short of weapons-grade.

South Africa halts J&J vaccine jabs; Europe rollout delayed
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 2:18 pm

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa suspended giving Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots Tuesday as a “precautionary measure” and the company delayed its European vaccine rollout following an FDA decision to pause the jabs while very rare blood clot cases are examined.

Muslims mark Ramadan amid virus surge and new restrictions
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 2:18 pm

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus cases in several countries has once again put curbs on the holy month's signature feasts and lengthy prayers in mosques.

Suez Canal chief: Vessel impounded amid financial dispute
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 12:01 pm

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities impounded a massive cargo vessel that blocked the Suez Canal last month amid a financial dispute with its owner, the canal chief and a judicial official said Tuesday.

Bunny snatched: Record-holding giant rabbit stolen in UK
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 11:47 am

LONDON (AP) — Police say one of the world’s biggest bunnies has been stolen from its home in central England.

Russia says troop buildup near Ukraine is a response to NATO
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 11:33 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister said Tuesday that the country's massive military buildup in the west was part of readiness drills amid what he described as threats from NATO.

Analysis: Iran's powerful Guard faces scrutiny after attacks
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 11:17 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The recent sabotage at Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facility is just the latest setback for the country's Revolutionary Guard, though the paramilitary force is rarely publicly criticized due to its power.

Japan to start releasing Fukushima water into sea in 2 years
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 10:31 am

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government announced Tuesday it would start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years. It's a move that's fiercely opposed by fishermen, residents and Japan's neighbors.

Putin foe Navalny says he sues prison for withholding Quran
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 9:17 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Tuesday he was suing his prison for withholding the Quran, which he intended to study while serving time outside Moscow.

India reels amid virus surge, affecting world vaccine supply
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 5:31 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian city of Pune is running out of ventilators as gasping coronavirus patients crowd its hospitals. Social media is full of people searching for beds, while relatives throng pharmacies looking for antiviral medicines that hospitals ran out of long ago.

Canary Islands hotel offers shelter to migrants in need
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 3:17 am

PUERTO RICO DE GRAN CANARIA, Spain (AP) — When hotel director Calvin Lucock and restaurant owner Unn Tove Saetran said goodbye to one of the last groups of migrants staying in one of the seaside resorts they manage in Spain’s Canary Islands, the British-Norwegian couple didn’t know when they would have guests again.

Prince Philip shaped, and was shaped by, a century of tumult
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 2:46 am

LONDON (AP) — Born into an age of revolutions in the wake of a pandemic, Prince Philip lived through a tumultuous century and worked to make the British monarchy a rock of stability in changing times.

Monday 04/12/2021
Ecuador picks conservative for president; Peru sets runoff
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 9:47 pm

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador will be led for the next four years by a conservative businessman after voters rebuffed a left-leaning movement that yielded an economic boom and then a recession since taking hold of the presidency last decade. That election certainty, however, did not extend to neighboring Peru, where the presidential contest is headed to a runoff after none of the 18 candidates obtained more than 50% of the votes.

AP Photos: Things starting to stir at Tokyo Olympic venues
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 8:46 pm

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics are getting closer and things are starting to stir around the venues, though not as much as you might expect. Many preparations are still up in the air as organizers try to figure out how to hold the postponed games in the middle of a pandemic.

UN chief urges wealth tax of those who profited during COVID
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 7:04 pm

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declared Monday that the world’s failure to unite on tackling COVID-19 created wide inequalities, and he called for urgent action including a wealth tax to help finance the global recovery from the coronavirus.

Ukraine's leader requests a talk with Putin, gets no answer
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 8:01 pm

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's leader has asked for a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the Russian troop buildup across his country's border and the escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine, but the request has not been answered so far, his spokeswoman said Monday.

'Huge' explosion rocks St. Vincent as volcano keeps erupting
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 3:18 pm

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — La Soufriere volcano fired an enormous amount of ash and hot gas early Monday in the biggest explosive eruption yet since volcanic activity began on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent late last week, with officials worried about the lives of those who have refused to evacuate.

Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 3:18 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran blamed Israel on Monday for an attack on its underground Natanz nuclear facility that damaged its centrifuges — sabotage that imperils ongoing talks over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal and brings a shadow war between the two countries into the light.

Muslims navigate restrictions in the second pandemic Ramadan
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 1:30 pm

CAIRO (AP) — For Ramadan this year, Magdy Hafez has been longing to reclaim a cherished ritual: performing the nighttime group prayers called taraweeh at the mosque once again.

Bulgarian Muslims hold circumcision festival despite virus
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 12:45 pm

RIBNOVO, Bulgaria (AP) — On the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims from the southwestern corner of Bulgaria flocked to the sleepy mountain village of Ribnovo for a four-day festival of feasting, music and mass circumcisions.

Russia puts feminist activist on trial for pornography
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 12:01 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — A feminist artist went on trial Monday in Russia on charges of disseminating pornography after she shared artwork online depicting female bodies. Human rights groups linked her prosecution to the Kremlin’s conservative stance promoting “traditional family values.”

Asia Today: India records another surge in COVID-19 cases
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 11:48 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported another record daily surge in coronavirus infections Monday to pass Brazil as the country with the second-most reported infections since the pandemic began.

William, Harry remember Prince Philip's wit, service to UK
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 2:46 pm

LONDON (AP) — Princes William and Harry paid tribute Monday to their grandfather, Prince Philip, remembering his wit, sense of duty and barbecue skills.

EXPLAINER: Iran atomic sites targeted by diplomacy, sabotage
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 9:17 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's nuclear program has been targeted by diplomatic efforts and sabotage attacks over the last decade, with the latest incident striking its underground Natanz facility.

Small but quick: Bhutan vaccinates 93% of adults in 16 days
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 10:46 am

THIMPU, Bhutan (AP) — When plotted on a graph, the curve of Bhutan’s COVID-19 vaccination drive shoots upwards from the very first day, crossing Israel, the United States, Bahrain and other countries known for vaccinating people rapidly.

Chilly weather doesn't dampen UK joy at lockdown easing
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 6:47 am

LONDON (AP) — People across Britain flocked to shed shaggy locks and browse for clothes, books and other “non-essential” items as shops, gyms, hairdressers, restaurant patios and beer gardens reopened Monday after months of lockdown.

AP PHOTOS: From Moscow to Pacific, Russia glorifies Gagarin
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 3:45 am

MOSCOW (AP) — From a giant statue towering over Moscow to a more modest monument on the Sakhalin Island in the Pacific Ocean, dozens of memorials across Russia commemorate Yuri Gagarin, the cosmonaut who became the first person in space 60 years ago.

Soviet cosmonaut made pioneering spaceflight 60 years ago
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 10:46 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Crushed into the pilot's seat by heavy G-forces, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin saw flames outside his spacecraft and prepared to die. His voice broke the tense silence at ground control: “I’m burning. Goodbye, comrades.”

Top Chinese official admits vaccines have low effectiveness
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 12:32 am

BEIJING (AP) — China’s top disease control official, in a rare acknowledgement, said current vaccines offer low protection against the coronavirus and mixing them is among strategies being considered to boost their effectiveness.

Prime minister leads celebrations of Matsuyama's Masters win
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 12:32 am

TOKYO (AP) — Led by Japan's prime minister, the country celebrated golfer Hideki Matsuyama's victory in the Masters — the first Japanese player to win at Augusta National and pull on the famous green jacket.

Dubai parts with curtain covers for restaurants in Ramadan
Updated: April 12, 2021 - 12:32 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai is parting with a longstanding requirement that restaurants be covered by curtains in the daytime during Ramadan to shield the sight of food from people fasting.

Sunday 04/11/2021
"Super Fan" prepares for Tokyo Olympics without foreign fans
Posted: April 11, 2021 - 10:45 pm

TOKYO (AP) — Kyoko Ishikawa was a back-packing Japanese student in Barcelona in 1992 when she says a “miracle happened.” She managed to buy a ticket to the opening ceremony of Spain's historic Olympics.

Ecuador goes with conservative banker in presidential vote
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 10:30 pm

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Voters in Ecuador appeared to turn to a conservative businessman in Sunday's presidential runoff election, rebuffing a leftist movement that has held the presidency for over a decade marked by an economic boom and then a yearslong recession, while in neighboring Peru a crowded field of 18 candidates was virtually certain to result in a second round of presidential voting in June.

More flee volcano on Caribbean island of St. Vincent
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 7:15 pm

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — More people fled their homes on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Sunday as La Soufrière volcano rumbled loudly for a third day and the heavy weight of its ashfall damaged some buildings. Residents reported widespread power failures early in the day, though authorities restored electricity to most of the island by late afternoon.

'Nomadland' wins 4 BAFTAs including best picture, director
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 8:03 pm

LONDON (AP) — Gig-economy Western “Nomadland” won four prizes including best picture on Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards, which were handed out during a pandemic-curbed ceremony that recognized a diverse array of screen talent.

Mexican candidate accused of rape vows to block elections
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 3:30 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican ruling party state candidate accused of rape, who later had his candidacy canceled by regulatory authorities on other grounds, said Sunday he will not allow elections in his home state unless he is allowed to run.

Andrew: Philip's death has left 'huge void' in queen's life
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:17 pm

LONDON (AP) — The death of Prince Philip has left a “huge void” in Queen Elizabeth II’s life, their son Prince Andrew said Sunday, as Princess Anne paid tribute to her father as “my teacher, my supporter and my critic.”

Iran calls Natanz atomic site blackout 'nuclear terrorism'
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 1:17 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Sunday described a blackout at its underground Natanz atomic facility an act of “nuclear terrorism,” raising regional tensions as world powers and Tehran continue to negotiate over its tattered nuclear deal.

Pubs, hairdressers set to reopen as UK eases virus lockdown
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 11:31 am

LONDON (AP) — Millions of people in Britain will get their first chance in months for haircuts, casual shopping and restaurant meals on Monday, as the government takes the next step on its lockdown-lifting road map.

Ukraine says 1 soldier killed in east as tensions rise
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 10:46 am

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian military said that a soldier was killed and another seriously wounded in artillery fire from Russia-backed separatist rebels Sunday, as hostilities rise sharply in the country’s east.

Jordanian prince makes first public appearance since arrest
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 3:00 pm

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's Prince Hamzah on Sunday made his first public appearance since he was placed under house arrest last week, reciting Quranic verses together with King Abdullah II at the graves of their forefathers. The gesture appeared to be an attempted show of unity on a major Jordanian holiday.

Brazil's virus outlook darkens amid vaccine supply snags
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 5:02 pm

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — April is shaping up to be Brazil’s darkest month yet in the pandemic, with hospitals struggling with a crush of patients, deaths on track for record highs and few signs of a reprieve from a troubled vaccination program in Latin America's largest nation.

Religious leaders recall Prince Philip's spiritual curiosity
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 8:03 am

LONDON (AP) — Churches in Britain held services Sunday to remember Prince Philip as people of many religions reflected on a man whose gruff exterior hid a strong personal faith and deep curiosity about others’ beliefs.

Thailand hits new daily record with nearly 1,000 virus cases
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 9:47 am

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Health Ministry warned Sunday that restrictions may need to be tightened to slow the spread of a fresh coronavirus wave, as the country hit a daily record for new cases.

EU and COVID-19: When a vaccine only adds to the trouble
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 8:47 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders no longer meet around a common oval summit table to broker their famed compromises. Instead, each of the 27 watches the other heads of state or government with suspicion via a video screen that shows a mosaic of faraway capitals.

Saturday 04/10/2021
8 dead, dozens hurt as Indonesia quake shakes East Java
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 4:01 am

MALANG, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake on Indonesia's main island of Java killed eight people, including a woman whose motorcycle was hit by falling rocks, and damaged more than 1,300 buildings, officials said Sunday. It didn't trigger a tsunami.

US-Philippines officials discuss concerns over China's ships
Updated: April 10, 2021 - 10:47 pm

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday discussed with his Philippine counterpart China’s recent positioning of “militia vessels” near the Philippines in the South China Sea.

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