At UN, Africa urges fiscal help against virus 'apocalypse'
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — African nations came out swinging on the third day of the United Nations annual gathering of world leaders Thursday, calling for dramatic fiscal measures to help economies survive the coronavirus pandemic — which one leader called the “fifth horseman of the apocalypse.” Africa's 54 countries estimate they need $100 billion in support annually for the next three years, pointing out that it’s a fraction of the trillions of dollars some richer countries are using to revive their economies.
At UN, China, Russia and US clash over pandemic responses
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States butted heads with China and Russia at the United Nations on Thursday over responsibility for the pandemic that has interrupted the world, trading allegations about who mishandled and politicized the virus in one of the few real-time exchanges among top officials at this year’s COVID-distanced U.N.
Powerful Vatican Cardinal Becciu resigns amid scandal
ROME (AP) — The powerful head of the Vatican's saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, resigned suddenly Thursday from the post and renounced his rights as a cardinal amid a financial scandal that has reportedly implicated him indirectly.
UK may take part in COVID-19 vaccine 'challenge studies'
LONDON (AP) — The British government says it may take part in a study that tries to deliberately infect volunteers who have been given an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus in an effort to more quickly determine if the vaccine works.
Quarantine ordered for 2,500 students at elite Swiss school
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss authorities ordered 2,500 students at an elite hospitality management school to quarantine themselves due to a coronavirus outbreak allegedly linked to off-campus partying, the latest back-to-school sign of higher education's place in the pandemic.
1st Kosovar Albanian arrested on war crimes charges
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A special international court said Thursday that a former commander of the separatist fighters in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war has been arrested on charges including torture of detainees and the murder of one prisoner held at a compound in Kosovo during the conflict.
Agency: No Cyprus passports for wealthy investors' families
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ top oversight body urged lawmakers on Thursday to rethink new legislation that empowers the government to grant citizenship to family members of wealthy investors under the country’s lucrative “golden passport” program.
Kremlin critic Navalny's apartment seized, his aide says
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities seized Alexei Navalny’s Moscow apartment while the opposition leader was still in a coma, Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said Thursday and linked the move to a tycoon with ties to the Kremlin.
South Africa lifts spirits with Jerusalema dance amid virus
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans of all walks of life are dancing to “Jerusalema,” a rousing anthem to lift their spirits amid the battle against COVID-19.
British Academy Film Awards change rules to boost diversity
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s film academy is shaking up its membership and its awards voting rules in a review prompted by the glaring lack of diversity in the nominations.
As virus surges, critics say UK hasn't learned from mistakes
LONDON (AP) — Britain bungled its response to the coronavirus the first time around. Now many scientists fear it’s about to do it again.
UN official: Bosnia authorities expose migrants to suffering
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — With harsh weather fast approaching, the number of migrants and refugees who are sleeping rough in Bosnia keeps rising because of the persistent refusal by authorities at different levels of government in the country to coordinate their work and embrace “rational” solutions, a U.N.
Court convicts 12 over tennis-playing protest at Swiss bank
GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss appeals court on Thursday convicted a dozen environmental activists who took part in a rogue tennis match inside a Lausanne branch of Credit Suisse to protest the Swiss bank's links to the petrochemicals sector.
Thai lawmakers put off vote on constitutional amendments
BANGKOK (AP) — Scheduled voting by Thai lawmakers on six proposed amendments to the country’s military-backed constitution was canceled at the last minute Thursday as Parliament voted instead to set up a committee to further consider such proposals.
Pageant powerhouse Venezuela to hold virtual beauty contest
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — For the first time in decades of Miss Venezuela competitions, the pageant powerhouse's so-called “most beautiful night” will not be live as organizers try to put on a compelling contest virtually amid a pandemic lockdown.
Mirrored depot will open Dutch museum's storage to public
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — All the paintings, sculptures and other works that grace museums and galleries around the world are the visible tip of a huge art iceberg.
Over 360 more detained in Belarus in protests against leader
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Over 360 more people have been detained in Belarus during protests against the country's authoritarian president, who was unexpectedly sworn in to his sixth term in office after an election the opposition says was rigged.
UK is preparing human rights sanctions against Belarus
LONDON (AP) — Britain is preparing sanctions on individuals allegedly involved in human rights violations in Belarus, working with the United States and Canada to hold President Alexander Lukashenko and his government accountable.
Choir practice in Spain infects 30 of 41 members with virus
MADRID (AP) — At least 30 of 41 members of a gospel choir in northeastern Spain have contracted coronavirus following a rehearsal indoors with little air circulation, local authorities and the chorus say.
Seoul: North Korea kills S. Korean official, burns his body
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday that North Korean troops fatally shot a South Korean government official who may have attempted to defect and set his body on fire after finding him on a floating object near the countries' disputed sea boundary.
Hong Kong activist Wong arrested over unauthorized assembly
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said he was arrested again Thursday for allegedly participating in an unauthorized assembly last October.
88 whales rescued from Australia's worst mass beaching
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Authorities have rescued 88 pilot whales and are attempting to free 20 others that survived Australia’s worst mass stranding, as crews prepare to remove 380 decomposing carcasses from the shallows of Tasmania state, officials said Thursday.
Probe of gang rape case that shocked Egypt ensnares many
CAIRO (AP) — An announcement last month that Egypt’s top prosecutor would investigate an alleged 2014 gang rape of a 17-year-old girl at a luxury Cairo hotel marked a rare moment of triumph for human rights activists.
Amnesty: Migrants face 'vicious cycle of cruelty' in Libya
CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International said Thursday that thousands of Europe-bound migrants who were intercepted and returned to Libyan shores this year were forcefully disappeared after being taken out of unofficial detention centers run by militias allied with the U.N.-supported government in the capital, Tripoli.
Venezuela's Maduro blasts US in speech to world leaders
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro blasted United States sanctions in his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, while avoiding any mention of a report accusing his government of crimes against humanity.