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  • Sri Lanka government decides to ban cattle slaughter

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s government announced Tuesday that it will ban cattle slaughter, saying it would help the dairy industry and thereby save money used to purchase imported milk powder. But an analyst said the decision was politically motivated to please the Buddhist majority and would harm dairy farmers. Cabinet ministers decided […]
  • Judge says new royal book can be used in Meghan privacy case

    LONDON (AP) — The publisher of Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper can use the contents of a recent behind-the scenes book about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in its legal defense for an invasion of privacy lawsuit brought by the duchess, a judge ruled Tuesday. Judge Francesca Kaye gave Associated Newspapers Ltd. permission to […]
  • Swedes indict surgeon for stem-cell windpipe transplants

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish prosecutor on Tuesday indicted on charges of aggravated assault a surgeon believed to have made headlines in 2011 for carrying out the world’s the first stem-cell windpipe transplants, saying three people had laboratory-made tracheas implanted at Sweden’s leading hospital. Although Mikael Bjork, director of Public Prosecution, didn’t name him, Swedish […]
  • Orthodox church petitions UN over Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Greek Orthodox Church of the United States said Tuesday it is petitioning United Nations experts to coerce Turkey into protecting Orthodox Christianity’s cultural heritage following the Turkish government’s conversion of Istanbul’s landmark Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said it was pressing […]
  • Negotiators hunker down as Brexit talks hit final weeks

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Amid the din of diplomatic diatribes, European Union and British negotiators hunkered down Tuesday to seek compromises on everything from fishing rights to business competition rules, in a belated attempt to broker a rudimentary trade deal following the U.K.’s departure from the bloc in January. A post-Brexit transition period ends on Dec. […]
  • Uganda to help build roads inside Congo, citing trade goals

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda’s government said Tuesday it would help finance projects to surface over 200 kilometers (124 miles) of road inside neighboring Congo as part of plans to boost trade between the countries. Uganda will contribute about 20% of the project value while the rest will be met by Congo’s government in an […]
  • Former PM in North Macedonia sentenced to 1½ years in prison

    SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A criminal court in North Macedonia has sentenced former conservative prime minister Nikola Gruevski to 1 1/2 years in prison, and handed suspended sentences to six other party members and supporters for orchestrating violence in 2013. Gruevski, who was granted political asylum in Hungary after fleeing there in 2018 to […]
  • Greece moves asylum-seekers to ease crowding at island camps

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities moved nearly 1,000 refugees from eastern Aegean islands to the mainland Tuesday as part of efforts to improve conditions in overcrowded island refugee camps. Most of the 946 people on a ferry that docked at Lavrio, near Athens, had been at a temporary facility hastily built on the island […]
  • Suspect claims prophet caricatures prompted Paris stabbings

    PARIS (AP) — The chief suspect in a double stabbing in Paris told investigators he acted out of anger over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad recently republished by the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, France’s counterterrorism prosecutor said Tuesday. Two people were seriously wounded in last week’s attack, which took place outside the newspaper’s former […]
  • Kosovo war veteran says he rejects court’s jurisdiction

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The deputy head of an association of Kosovo war veterans who was arrested last week on suspicion of offenses including intimidating witnesses said Tuesday he did not recognize the jurisdiction of the internationally funded court that ordered his detention. Nasim Haradinaj was not required to enter a plea at his […]