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Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop of Cologne, makes a statement in the garden of the Archbis...

Pope retains German archbishop criticized over abuse scandal

BERLIN (AP) — Pope Francis has decided to leave in office a prominent German archbishop who faced criticism for his handling of the church’s sexual abuse scandal, but the pontiff also gave the cleric a “spiritual timeout” of several months after he made “major errors” of communication, the Vatican said Friday. The pope “is counting […]
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Albanian court reopens case of ex-minister over fatal blast

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian court ruled on Friday to reopen the case of a former defense minister who faced charges over a massive blast at a munitions disposal factory 13 years ago that killed 26 people. Judge Saida Dollani of the Tirana Appeals Special Court Against Corruption and Organized Crime that handles top […]
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Residents watch from a hill as lava continues to flow from an erupted volcano, on the island of La ...

Spanish volcano still packs a punch 5 days after eruption

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) — A volcano in Spain’s Canary Islands kept nerves on edge Friday for a fifth day since it erupted, producing loud explosions, a huge ash cloud and cracking open a new fissure that spewed out more fiery molten rock. The archipelago’s emergency services ordered the evacuation of scores of people from […]
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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg holds a speech during a Fridays for Future global climate s...

Thunberg joins climate rally in Germany ahead of election

BERLIN (AP) — Tens of thousands of environmental activists staged a rally outside Germany’s parliament Friday, two days before the country holds a national election, to demand that politicians take stronger action to curb climate change. The protest outside the Reichstag in Berlin was part of a string of rallies around the world, from Japan […]
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EXPLAINER: Why North Korea wants sanctions lifted first

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Days after outgoing South Korean President Moon Jae-in made possibly his last ambitious push to diplomatically resolve the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear program, the North on Friday rejected his call for a declaration ending the Korean War, making it clear it has no interest in political statements unless they […]
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Tanker rescues around 150 migrants off Greece’s south

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s coast guard on Friday launched a search and rescue operation after a boat carrying around 150 people believed to be migrants ran into trouble off the country’s southwestern coast. The coast guard said a passing cargo ship raised the alarm after coming across the wooden boat, which was taking on […]
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Shortages cause ‘bottleneck recession’ for German industry

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Shortages of computer chips and other raw materials are continuing to hit Germany’s manufacturers, as bottlenecks leave companies struggling to fill orders from a rebounding global economy. Widespread friction in supply chains sent a closely watched index of German business optimism lower for the third month in a row in September. […]
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Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, leaves the jail of Sassari, in Sardinia, Italy, Friday, Sept. 24,...

Catalan separatist leader out of Sardinia jail, can travel

ROME (AP) — Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont left a jail in Sardinia on Friday after a judge ruled that he could go free pending an Oct. 4 hearing on his extradition to Spain, where the political firebrand is wanted for sedition. Puigdemont, the former president of Spain’s Catalonia region and a member of the […]
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Tiny San Marino votes in referendum on legalizing abortion

ROME (AP) — Tiny San Marino is one of the last countries in Europe which forbids abortion in any circumstance — a ban that dates from 1865. On Sunday, its citizens can vote in a referendum calling for abortion to be made legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The ballot proposal also calls […]
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German chancellor Angela Merkel, Bavarian State Governor Markus Soeder, left, and Christian Democra...

Contenders tout credentials in close vote to replace Merkel

BERLIN (AP) — The contenders to succeed Angela Merkel as Germany’s chancellor sought to mobilize voters Friday as the election campaign neared its close, touting their credentials to lead Europe’s biggest economy into a new era as it grapples with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. Merkel is stepping down after 16 […]
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A mother and son walk past floral tributes for murdered 28-year-old teacher Sabina Nessa in Kidbroo...

UK police release man questioned in London teacher’s death

LONDON (AP) — London police continued to appeal for information Friday in the slaying of primary school teacher Sabina Nessa after releasing a 38-year-old man arrested in connection with her murder. Nessa’s killing — as she walked to meet a friend a few minutes from her south London home — has renewed concerns that women […]
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X-rays hang in a tent that is part of a protest camp in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday Sept. 21, 2021. ...

Polish protesters warn that health care crisis is looming

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When a priest arrives at a hospital in Chorzow to perform the last rites, nurse Mariusz Strug can see the fear in dying patients’ eyes. “After the sacrament, they knew what was happening,” he said. But there have been no psychologists available to offer any consolation to the patients. Strug and […]
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Instructor Graham Bolger directs learner truck driver Cadhene Lubin-Hewitt as he reverses at the Na...

Drive for Britain! UK scrambles for truckers amid supply woe

LONDON (AP) — British energy firms are rationing supplies of gasoline and closing some petrol pumps — the latest in a string of shortages that have seen McDonald’s take milkshakes off the menu, KFC run short of chicken and gaps appear on supermarket shelves. A big factor behind the problems is a lack of truck […]
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Chinese police and security personnel march past police vehicles outside the Evergrande headquarter...

Chinese banks try to calm fears about developer’s debts

BEIJING (AP) — Trying to dispel investor fears, some Chinese banks are disclosing what they are owed by a real estate developer that is struggling under $310 billion in debt and say they can cope with a potential default. The announcements came as Evergrande Group promised to talk with some individual investors in its debt. […]
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Officials: All migrants are gone from Texas border camp

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The mayor of a Texas border city where thousands of Haitian migrants camped in recent days says it’s now empty. Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano said at a news conference Friday that the clearing of the camp was “phenomenal news.” It comes just days after nearly 15,000 migrants gathered under […]
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection mounted officers attempt to contain migrants as they cross the R...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Sept. 17-23, 2021 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP Photo Editor for Latin America & Caribbean Anita Baca in Mexico City. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews A P Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP_Images […]
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N. Korea offers talks, likely trying to get sanctions relief

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Friday her country is willing to resume talks with South Korea if conditions are met, indicating it wants Seoul to persuade Washington to relax crippling economic sanctions. Kim Yo Jong’s statement came days after North Korea performed its first […]
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AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Sept. 17-23, 2021 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and Pacific. The gallery was curated by AP photo editor Shuji Kajiyama in Tokyo. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP_Images AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com Copyright © The Associated […]
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Ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont detained in Sardinia

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled Spain after a failed secession bid for the northeastern region in 2017, was detained Thursday in Sardinia, Italy, his lawyer said. Puigdemont, who lives in Belgium and now holds a seat in the European Parliament, has been fighting extradition to Spain, which accused him […]
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Peru says body of Shining Path leader to be cremated

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Peruvian prosecutor’s office on Thursday ordered the cremation of the body of Abimael Guzmán, the leader of the brutal Shining Path insurgency who died Sept. 11 in a military jail. Authorities will collect Guzmán’s remains, which remain in a morgue in the port of El Callao, for cremation within 24 […]
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Nigerian police arrest 3 suspects in mass school abduction

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police have arrested three “key suspects” over the abduction for ransom of 121 students from a school in the northern Kaduna state, authorities said Thursday. Arrests of suspected school abduction masterminds in the country’s northwest and central regions are rare. Assailants had stormed the Bethel Baptist High School on July […]
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People walk and drive past election posters of the three chancellor candidates, from right, Armin L...

Candidates clash in last TV debate before German election

BERLIN (AP) — The three candidates hoping to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor, and the four leaders of the other parties currently in parliament, clashed Thursday over a variety of topics in the last televised debate before Sunday’s election. Unlike previous debates that repeatedly focused on climate change, poverty and other domestic topics, the […]
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Azerbaijan files case alleging ‘ethnic cleansing’ by Armenia

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Azerbaijan on Thursday filed a case at the United Nations’ top court accusing neighboring Armenia of a “policy of ethnic cleansing” targeting Azerbaijanis. The case was lodged at the International Court of Justice a week after Armenia filed suit against Azerbaijan at the same Hague-based world court, accusing Baku of […]
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A fisherman eats below the exposed support beams of the port of Asuncion, amid a historic drought t...

Paraguay River hits record low, imperiling economy

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay’s crucial outlet to the sea fell to its lowest level in at least 117 years on Thursday, threatening massive economic losses to the small South American nation. Government figures showed the Paraguay River at 56 centimeters (22 inches) below reference in Asuncion, the capital, about 2 centimeters below last year’s […]
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