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The Latest: Italy: Additional 7M Pfizer doses by end of June

Apr. 14, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

MILAN — Italy is set to receive an additional 7 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine by the end of June. “Finally, a bit of good news,” the commissioner for Italy’s COVID emergency, Franceso Paolo Figliuolo, says Wednesday from the tiny northern region of Aosta. ...

Opposition accuses UK govt of sleaze amid lobbying scandal

Apr. 14, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A lobbying scandal swirling around former British Prime Minister David Cameron has deepened with claims that a senior civil servant held down a part-time job with a now-bankrupt financial firm that was awarded lucrative government contracts. It is the...

We need to plan: UK travel urges clarity from government

Apr. 14, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Leaders from Britain's aviation industry joined forces Wednesday to urge the British government to ensure that popular European destinations face the least onerous coronavirus travel restrictions when holidays are allowed again. Under the government's new...

Loneliness is rampant. A simple call, or hug, may be a cure

Apr. 14, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The stranger’s call came when Dianne Green needed it most. Alone in the home where she’d raised four kids, grieving recently deceased relatives, too fearful of COVID-19 to see her grandkids and great-grandbabies, she had never felt lonelier. ...

Queen returns to royal duties after death of Prince Philip

Apr. 14, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has returned to royal duties, four days after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, as preparations stepped up on Wednesday for his ceremonial funeral on the weekend. The 94-year-old British monarch attended a retirement ceremony for...

EU, UK set meeting over Northern Ireland trade rules

Apr. 14, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The vice president of the European Union's executive arm and the United Kingdom's Brexit minister will hold talks Thursday in Brussels to discuss Northern Ireland trade rules, the EU said Wednesday. The meeting between European Commission Vice President...

EU throws weight behind Pfizer-BioNTech and new technology

Apr. 14, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a stinging rebuke to pharma giant AstraZeneca Wednesday, the European Union announced plans to negotiate a massive contract extension for Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine insisting the 27-nation bloc had to go with companies that had shown their value in the pandemic. ...

Royal funeral offers chance for William, Harry to reconcile

Apr. 14, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When Prince Philip’s funeral takes place on Saturday, it will be more than a focal point for national mourning. Many will also be watching for any signs of reconciliation between Prince Harry and the royal family, especially with his elder brother Prince William. ...

UK supermarket giant Tesco sees profit dented by COVID costs

Apr. 14, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Tesco, Britain's biggest supermarket, said Wednesday its profits slid by a fifth over the past year as higher costs related to the coronavirus pandemic, such as hiring more staff, offset “exceptionally strong” sales growth. The company said that its...

Russia tries to ban Kosovo flag at UN -- unsuccessfully

Apr. 13, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia tried for the first time Tuesday to prevent Kosovo’s representative from speaking at the U.N. Security Council with the country’s flag in the background, saying the majority of council members don’t recognize its independence from Serbia. ...