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  • Maldives police say they uncovered plot to attack school

    MALE, Maldives (AP) — Police in the Maldives said Tuesday they have uncovered a planned attack on a school involving eight suspected members of an Islamic State-affiliated group arrested last November. The suspects attempted to build an explosive device on a boat at sea, conducted training on uninhabited islands and attempted to recruit children, the […]
  • Teachers, students march in France for more virus support

    PARIS (AP) — Schoolteachers and university students marched together in protests or went on strike Tuesday around France to demand more government support amid the pandemic. “No virus protocol, no school!” read posters carried by schoolteachers, demanding better virus protections at their schools, which have remained open since September because of the government’s concern over […]
  • EU approves more state aid to boost car batteries industry

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has approved 2.9 billion euros in subsidies from 12 member countries for a second pan-European project to develop the electric battery industry and move away from its reliance on Asian imports. The EU’s executive commission had already cleared a 3.2 billion-euro plan subsidized by seven countries in Dec. 2019 […]
  • Poland’s population rapidly shrinking under pandemic

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Statistics for 2020 show deaths spiked in Poland to a level unseen since World War II and births sharply declined, trends attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and described by some as a demographic crisis. The data reported Tuesday by the daily newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna came from a state register that […]
  • Thai court acquits 80-year-old writer of defaming monarchy

    BANGKOK (AP) — An 80-year-old writer accused of defaming Thailand’s monarchy in 2015 because of comments he made at a public seminar about the constitution was acquitted Tuesday by the Criminal Court. The court ruled that Bundit Aneeya had not violated the lese majeste law because he had not specifically referred to royalty and had […]
  • Merkel: pandemic shows German weaknesses, need to cooperate

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel conceded that the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted significant shortcomings in her country as she told the World Economic Forum on Tuesday that it has underlined the need for international cooperation on issues such as vaccines. Germany had a relatively successful first phase of the pandemic, but saw infections […]
  • Dutch police deployed in force to curb rioting, looting

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police took to the streets of Dutch towns and cities in force Tuesday night in an attempt to prevent violent rioting that shook the country for three successive nights after a nationwide curfew was introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus. By late night, the increased police presence appeared […]
  • Dutch justice minister vows rioters will be prosecuted

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch justice minister said Tuesday that people arrested amid three nights of rioting sparked by the country’s coronavirus curfew will face swift prosecution. Ferd Grapperhaus said rioters would be quickly brought before courts by public prosecutors and face possible prison terms if convicted. “They won’t get away with it,” […]
  • Citing pandemic, Greece bans protests for a week

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s center-right government on Tuesday imposed a weeklong ban on public protests attended by more than 100 people, angering left-wing political opponents. The decision announced by the police as part of a campaign to contain the coronavirus pandemic carries fines of up to 3,000 euros ($3,650) for individuals involved in organizing […]
  • UK eyes traveler quarantine as virus toll passes 100,000

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s official death toll in the coronavirus pandemic passed 100,000 on Tuesday, a dreaded milestone reached as the government considered imposing hotel quarantines on international travelers to stop new virus variants reaching the country. The government said 100,162 people have died in the pandemic after testing positive for the virus, including 1,631 […]