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Refugees in fear as sentiment turns against them in Turkey

Sep. 25, 2021 03:33 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Fatima Alzahra Shon thinks neighbors attacked her and her son in their Istanbul apartment building because she is Syrian. The 32-year-old refugee from Aleppo was confronted on Sept. 1 by a Turkish woman who asked her what she was doing in...

Is it a bluff? Some in Hungary and Poland talk of EU pullout

Sep. 25, 2021 03:33 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — When Hungary and Poland joined the European Union in 2004, after decades of Communist domination, they thirsted for Western democratic standards and prosperity. Yet 17 years later, as the EU ramps up efforts to rein in democratic backsliding in...

German election to set direction after 16 years under Merkel

Sep. 25, 2021 02:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's closely fought election on Sunday will set the direction of the European Union's most populous country after 16 years under Angela Merkel, whose party is scrambling to avoid defeat by its center-left rivals after a rollercoaster campaign. The environmentalist Greens...

Under Taliban, thriving Afghan music scene heads to silence

Sep. 25, 2021 01:58 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is going quiet. The last time the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. So far this time, the government set up by the Taliban hasn’t...

Neo-Nazis are still on Facebook. And they’re making money

Sep. 25, 2021 00:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — It’s the premier martial arts group in Europe for right-wing extremists. German authorities have twice banned their signature tournament. But Kampf der Nibelungen, or Battle of the Nibelungs, still thrives on Facebook, where organizers maintain multiple pages, as well as...

Today in History

Sep. 25, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2021. There are 97 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 25, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the...

The Latest: Washington state to give Pfizer boosters to some

Sep. 24, 2021 23:52 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington state Department of Health says it will immediately start offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to certain people after recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other groups. State health...

Dua Lipa walks the Versace runway, Prada resists normality

Sep. 24, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week opened its third day of preview shows for next spring and summer against the backdrop of thousands of young environmental protesters calling out the industry Friday for its wasteful and polluting ways. The question hanging over fashion...

Minister: Iran will return to nuclear talks `very soon'

Sep. 24, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran’s new foreign minister said Friday the country will return to nuclear negotiations “very soon,” but accused the Biden administration of sending contradictory messages — saying it wants to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal while slapping new sanctions on Tehran...

Dutch court jails 'incorrigible' thief over 2 museum heists

Sep. 24, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A 59-year-old man, described as an “incorrigible and calculating criminal” was convicted Friday of stealing a painting by Vincent van Gogh and another by Frans Hals from two Dutch museums last year, and sentenced to the maximum eight years in prison. ...