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Era ends as Raul Castro steps down as Communist Party chief

HAVANA — Raul Castro said he is stepping down as Cuban Communist Party leader, leaving the island without a Castro guiding affairs for the first time in more than six decades and handing control of the party to a younger generation. The 89-year-old Castro made the announcement in a speech Friday at the opening of […]

Shortage of intubation drugs threatens Brazil health sector

RIO DE JANEIRO — Reports are emerging of Brazilian health workers forced to intubate patients without the aid of sedatives, after weeks of warnings that hospitals and state governments risked running out of critical medicines. One doctor at the Albert Schweitzer municipal hospital in Rio de Janeiro told the Associated Press that for days health […]

Germany sees drop in crime during 1st year of pandemic

Germany saw a drop in reported crime last year, partly due to pandemic restrictions that kept people indoors, although there was a rise in child abuse, domestic violence and cybercrime ByThe Associated Press April 15, 2021, 3:38 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BERLIN — Germany saw a drop […]

Brazil court greenlights probe of president’s virus response

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed a Senate investigation of President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic to go forward, one of two cases it tackled that could affect the leader’s bid for reelection next year. The full court also was weighing the political future of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da […]

Muslims mark Ramadan amid virus surge and new restrictions

MECCA, Saudi Arabia — Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus cases in several countries has once again put curbs on the holy month’s signature feasts and lengthy prayers in mosques. Still, there were glimmers that Ramadan 2021 could feel less restricted than […]

UK economy grows 0.4% amid confidence from vaccine rollout

The U.K. economy grew 0.4% in February, rebounding from a sharp drop the previous month, as the rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccines boosted confidence in a recovery from the pandemic ByThe Associated Press April 13, 2021, 8:32 AM • 1 min read LONDON — The U.K. economy grew 0.4% in February, rebounding from a sharp […]

Ecuador picks conservative for president; Peru eyes runoff

QUITO, Ecuador — A conservative businessman seemed headed to Ecuador‘s presidency, with voters rejecting the leftist movement started by former President Rafael Correa more than a decade ago. And in neighboring Peru, it remained unclear which of 18 presidential hopefuls would fill the two spots in a June runoff election. The South American nations held […]

Ecuador, Peru head to polls under strict virus measures

Ecuador and Peru are choosing new presidents under strict public health measures prompted by the coronavirus pandemic By REGINA GARCIA CANO and MAURICIO MUÑOZ Associated Press April 11, 2021, 11:35 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article LIMA, Peru — Ecuador and Peru choose new presidents Sunday under strict public […]

St. Vincent awaits new volcanic explosions as help arrives

Cots, tents, and respirator masks are pouring into the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent a day after a powerful explosion at La Soufriere volcano uprooted the lives of thousands of people who evacuated their homes under government orders By DÁNICA COTO Associated Press April 10, 2021, 7:30 AM • 3 min read Share to […]

EXPLAINER: What is behind the latest unrest in N Ireland?

LONDON — Young people have hurled bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs at police and set hijacked cars and a bus on fire during a week of violence on the streets of Northern Ireland. Police responded with rubber bullets and water cannons. The streets were calmer Friday night, as community leaders appealed for calm after the […]