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Bulgaria interim government sworn in until November election

Sep. 16, 2021 06:53 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on Thursday reappointed a retired general as interim prime minister to lead a new caretaker government until the next early election is held in November. The Balkan country, which is the European Union’s poorest...

Putin: Dozens in inner circle infected with coronavirus

Sep. 16, 2021 06:01 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says dozens of his staff have been infected with the coronavirus and that he will continue his self-isolation because of the outbreak. The Kremlin announced earlier this week that he would self-isolate after someone in his...

Russia votes in parliament election without main opposition

Sep. 16, 2021 05:58 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — After a few weeks of desultory campaigning but months of relentless official moves to shut down significant opposition, Russia is holding three days of voting this weekend in a parliamentary election that is unlikely to change the country’s political complexion. ...

Hospitalized Czech president to return to work next week

Sep. 16, 2021 05:47 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman who was hospitalized this week has undergone medical checks that haven't revealed any problems or disease that would threaten his life, the presidential office said on Thursday. Zeman’s office said doctors carried out CT...

World leaders face new rule at UN meeting: vaccination

Sep. 15, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World leaders will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to speak at the U.N. General Assembly's big meeting next week, the assembly leader and New York City officials have said, prompting swift objections from at least one nation. With...

Man imprisoned in Giuliani-related fraud case seeks release

Sep. 15, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida businessman who admitted that his fraud-busting business was a fraud is citing the coronavirus threat in prisons as he asks a judge to release him early from his one-year prison term. David Correia, 46, made the request in court papers filed...

New Serb unity day triggers worries across the Balkans

Sep. 15, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia kicked off a new national holiday on Wednesday with a display of military power and calls for all ethnic Serbs in the Balkans to unite under one flag, triggering unease among its neighbors decades after similar calls led to the bloody wars of the 1990s. ...

UN divided over Libya mission mandate ahead of elections

Sep. 15, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council is divided over the mandate of the U.N. political mission in Libya, less than four months before the country is scheduled to hold critical presidential and parliamentary elections. The vote seeks to reunite the divided oil-rich North African nation...

Afghan charity workers find safety in North Macedonia

Sep. 15, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A group of 44 evacuees from Afghanistan arrived in North Macedonia Wednesday to receive temporary shelter, under an international effort to assist people considered to be at risk under Taliban rule. Most of the evacuees worked for the...

Bulgaria to hold an early election after political deadlock

Sep. 15, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's president has called a third parliamentary election this year that will be held on Nov. 14 after two previous votes failed to produce a government, authorities said Wednesday. Parliament will be dissolved and a new caretaker government...