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  • Turkey evacuates panicked tourists by boat from wildfires

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Panicked tourists in Turkey hurried to the seashore to wait for rescue boats Saturday after being told to evacuate some hotels in the Aegean Sea resort of Bodrum due to the dangers posed by nearby wildfires, Turkish media reported. Coast guard units led the operation and authorities asked private boats and yachts […]
  • Drive to charge packagers for recycling, but industry fights

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — States across the U.S. are looking to adopt new recycling regimes that require producers of packaging to pay for its inevitable disposal — but industry is digging in to try to halt the movement. Maine became the first state to adopt such a program in July when Democratic Gov. Janet Mills […]
  • French police clash with anti-virus pass protesters in Paris

    PARIS (AP) — Thousands of people protested France’s special virus pass by marching through Paris and other French cities on Saturday. Most demonstrations were peaceful but some in Paris clashed with riot police, who fired tear gas. Some 3,000 security forces deployed around the French capital for a third weekend of protests against the pass […]
  • Hungary: health care workers protest for higher wages

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Several thousand health care workers and their supporters gathered in Hungary’s capital, Budapest, on Saturday to demand wage increases and better conditions for those working in the country’s ailing public health system. The crowd, which included supporters from several of Hungary’s largest trade unions, said the COVID-19 pandemic had only worsened […]
  • Malaysian PM postpones Parliament, avoids no-confidence vote

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s embattled prime minister postponed a critical parliamentary session set for Monday, citing COVID-19 infections and allowing him to avoid a no-confidence vote amid growing calls for him to resign. A circular sent to lawmakers Saturday said the session will be held at a later date, after the Health Ministry […]
  • The Latest: Navajo nation reports rise in virus cases

    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation on Saturday reported 25 additional COVID-19 cases as officials said some tribal members are foregoing needed precautions to ward off spread of the coronavirus. “A lot of the new cases we are seeing on the Navajo Nation are due to family and social gatherings where people let their […]
  • Bring in the kids: Estonian city targets youths for jabs

    TARTU, Estonia (AP) — With her father in tow, 13-year-old Gloria Raudjarv marched through a vaccination center inside a sports hall in Estonia’s second-largest city and up to a nurse for her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. So far, around half of Tartu’s teenagers from 12 to 17 have already received their first vaccine […]
  • Glimpses of bygone era in English seaside holiday village

    SHALDON, England (AP) — They are simple pleasures that hark back to analog, unplugged summer days: a book and a picnic blanket, a bucket and spade, fish and chips. They are also the traditional trappings of the great British seaside holiday that is making a comeback amid foreign travel concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Back […]
  • West African health officials race to vaccinate amid spikes

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A resurgence of coronavirus cases in West Africa is hitting the region hard, inundating cemeteries where funeral numbers are rising and hospitals where beds are becoming scarce. Those visible shifts are also pushing a reluctant population to seek out the vaccines in larger numbers at a time when shipments of doses […]
  • Pentagon grappling with new vaccine orders; timing uncertain

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is vowing he “won’t let grass grow under our feet” as the department begins to implement the new vaccine and testing directives. But Pentagon officials were scrambling at week’s end to figure out how to enact and enforce the changes across the vast military population and determine which […]