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Bank of England keeps its main interest rate at 0.1%

Aug. 05, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England kept its main interest rate unchanged at the record low of 0.1% and said Thursday that it expects the British economy to reach its pre-pandemic level by the end of the year. In a statement accompanying its decision, the central bank's...

Olympics Latest: Gold medal soccer moved to Friday night

Aug. 05, 2021 06:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ The Olympic women’s soccer gold-medal match between Canada and Sweden has been moved...

Spain arrests Algerian man on trafficking, terror charges

Aug. 05, 2021 06:40 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Guardia Civil said Thursday it has arrested an Algerian man suspected of leading a gang that trafficked people from North Africa to Europe and sent fighters to jihadist groups in Libya. The Guardia Civil’s intelligence service detained the man...

Belarus sprinter who feared reprisals at home reaches Poland

Aug. 05, 2021 06:36 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Belarusian Olympic sprinter who feared reprisals at home after criticizing her coaches at the Tokyo Games has reached safety in Poland following a dramatic standoff. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, in a blue sweater and jeans, walked off a plane in...

Paris Olympics moves up with two presidents on center stage

Aug. 05, 2021 06:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Amid the stress of postponing and finally staging the Tokyo Olympics, the next Summer Games host has moved in relative calm with steady leadership. The 2024 Paris Olympics emerges fully on Sunday from its unexpected extra year in the shadows with a formal...

Belarus to close border as Lithuania turns away migrants

Aug. 05, 2021 06:29 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The president of Belarus on Thursday ordered the country's security forces to tighten control over the border with Lithuania, which earlier this week started turning away immigrants attempting to cross in from Belarus. Lithuania, a member of the...

Forest fires rage in Greece, threaten Olympics birthplace

Aug. 05, 2021 06:25 AM EDT

LIMNI, Greece (AP) — One of the major forest fires burning in Greece amid a protracted heat wave threatened the archaeological site at the birthplace of the modern Olympics as the Greek military prepared Thursday to increase its involvement in preventing new blazes from raging out of...

German Greens criticized for cropping men out of picture

Aug. 05, 2021 05:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Green party has come under fire on social media for tweeting a photograph of its election candidates cropped in such a way as to remove all the men. The party's local branch in Berlin's Mitte district posted the all-women picture Wednesday on...

2 Russian news sites, legal aid group, close under pressure

Aug. 05, 2021 04:36 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian news outlets and a legal aid group backed by a leading Kremlin critic shut down Thursday after authorities blocked their websites, the government's latest moves targeting independent media, opposition supporters and human rights activists ahead of Russia’s...

UK police arrest 11 over racist abuse after Euros final

Aug. 05, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police said Thursday they have made 11 arrests in connection with the online racial abuse of England soccer players following their team's loss to Italy in the final of the European Championship last month. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo...