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  • Algeria’s PM to inaugurate landmark mosque in Algiers

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s prime minister was set to inaugurate a landmark mosque Wednesday that was completed last year but shuttered because of coronavirus. Abdelaziz Djerad was to open the Great Mosque of Algiers — that boasts the tallest minaret in the world — in the evening with a ceremony in the the large […]
  • Indian agency raids home of journalist, activists in Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India’s premier investigating agency on Wednesday said it raided 10 locations in Indian-controlled Kashmir, including the offices and residences of a journalist and two prominent activists, triggering concerns of a crackdown on information and a free press in the disputed region. The National Investigation Agency said in a statement it searched […]
  • Indian agency raids home of journalist, activists in Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India’s premier investigating agency on Wednesday said it raided nearly a dozen locations in Indian-controlled Kashmir, including the offices and residences of a journalist and two prominent activists, triggering concerns among media watchdogs and rights advocates who see it as a crackdown on information and a free press in the disputed […]
  • UK vaccine chief warns of over-optimism, early imperfection

    LONDON (AP) — Warning that the first COVID-19 vaccines may be imperfect, the head of the U.K effort to develop a vaccine called Wednesday for immediate international cooperation to prevent the “largest global recession in history.” U.K. Vaccine Taskforce chair Kate Bingham also warned against over-optimism, saying there is no guarantee a successful vaccine against […]
  • Albania hosts online Balkan anti-Semitism forum

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania held an online forum against anti-Semitism Wednesday, the first time such a meeting has been staged in the Balkans, with Prime Minister Edi Rama calling anti-Semitism “a threat to our own civilization.” The Balkans Forum Against Anti-Semitism was organized by Albania’s Parliament in partnership with the New York-based Combat Anti-Semitism […]
  • Belarus minister says police could use guns during protests

    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The interior minister of Belarus warned that authorities wouldn’t hesitate to approve the use of live ammunition on protesters if it’s necessary to quash more than 2 1/2 months of demonstrations against the reelection of the country’s authoritarian president. In a YouTube interview released Wednesday, Interior Minister Yuri Karayev said he […]
  • Artist Tracey Emin reveals she had operation for cancer

    LONDON (AP) — British artist Tracey Emin says she was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and is in remission after an operation. In an interview published Wednesday, Emin told the website Artnet that a malignant tumor was discovered on her bladder in the spring. She said she had surgery in the summer in which […]
  • Ship captain arrested after collision with Greek warship

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Wednesday arrested the captain of a Portuguese-flagged cargo ship that collided with a Greek navy minehunter outside the country’s main port of Piraeus. The coast guard said the captain of the Maersk Launceston container vessel was arrested for alleged violations of the Greek penal code and of the […]
  • Ship captain arrested after collision with Greek warship

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Wednesday arrested the captain of a Portuguese-flagged cargo ship that collided with a Greek navy minehunter outside the country’s main port of Piraeus. The coast guard said the captain of the Maersk Launceston container vessel was arrested for alleged violations of the Greek penal code and of the […]
  • Zimbabwe Cabinet approves proposal to criminalize protests

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s cabinet has approved proposed legislation that would make it a crime for activists to make “unsubstantiated claims” of human rights abuses, hold anti-government protests that could draw international attention or speak with foreign governments without state approval. Critics Wednesday said the move “is meant to entrench authoritarianism.” President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s […]