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Senate confirms Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake to ambassador posts

Oct. 26, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed two prominent anti-Trump Republicans to serve in the Biden administration on Tuesday with former Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona approved to serve as the ambassador to Turkey and Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Sen. John McCain, approved to serve as the...

Review: Oddball safecracker charms in 'Army of Thieves'

Oct. 26, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

One of the unlikeliest heroes to emerge from Zack Snyder’s horror-action flick “Army of the Dead” earlier this year was an oddball safecracker named Dieter. Part nerdy Eurotrash, part pretentious busybody, Dieter was never going to make it out alive. He was like...

Queen Elizabeth II won't attend climate conference in person

Oct. 26, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has canceled her planned appearance at the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, accepting doctors' advice to rest just days after spending the night in a hospital for tests. The 95-year-old monarch announced Tuesday that she has...

White House eyes new climate change strategies in Biden bill

Oct. 26, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is zeroing in on a package of clean energy strategies for President Joe Biden's big domestic policy bill that officials believe could reach similar greenhouse gas emission reduction goals as an initial proposal that was quashed by opposition from a...

2 on trial for stabbing of elderly French Holocaust survivor

Oct. 26, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Two men went on trial in Paris on Tuesday accused of killing an 85-year-old French Holocaust survivor, who was stabbed to death in her Paris apartment in what prosecutors call an antisemitic attack. Mireille Knoll’s brutal death in 2018 shocked France and...

Dismissed: Germany's Merkel becomes caretaker chancellor

Oct. 26, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel took a step closer to political retirement Tuesday after receiving her formal dismissal certificate from the post of chancellor after 16 years in office, though she will lead a caretaker government until her successor is sworn in. Hours...

150 people arrested in US-Europe darknet drug probe

Oct. 26, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement officials in the U.S. and Europe have arrested 150 people and seized more than $31 million in an international drug trafficking investigation stemming from sales on the darknet, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The arrests are...

Belgium reimposes restrictions as COVID-19 cases spike

Oct. 26, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With coronavirus infections and hospitalizations shooting upward, the Belgian government on Tuesday reimposed some pandemic restrictions that it only relaxed a few weeks ago and expanded a nationwide use of the COVID-19 pass. Daily infections in the...

UN chief: 'Leadership gap' undermines global climate efforts

Oct. 26, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the United Nations says a “leadership gap” is undermining the world's efforts to curb global warming, days before presidents and prime ministers from around the globe gather for a climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. U.N. Secretary-General...

After years of 'hiding,'' Klimt work is a star in Rome show

Oct. 26, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Mystery still swirls around Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of a Lady” nearly a quarter-century after the painting was stolen from an Italian museum, only to turn up at the start of what would become the coronavirus pandemic. Who stole the 1917 artwork and...