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Wichita police seek federal partnership to address violence

Jun. 22, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police are asking the City Council to approve a federal partnership in an effort to address a surge in violent crime. The Wichita Eagle reports that police want help from the U.S. Marshals Service as gun violence...

Georgia courts can continue to hold hearings by video

Jun. 22, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia courts can continue to hold proceedings using video and other remote technology adopted in response to the coronavirus pandemic for at least another year, the state's top judge said Tuesday. In late March 2020, the Georgia Supreme Court issued...

China, Canada spar at UN body over human rights failings

Jun. 22, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Canada and 40 other countries on Tuesday urged China to allow “immediate, meaningful and unfettered access” so independent observers can visit its western Xinjiang region, while a Chinese envoy demanded that Canadian authorities “stop violations of human rights” at...

Polish intelligence agencies link cyberattack to Russia

Jun. 22, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government said Tuesday it has evidence linking a recent cyber attack on thousands of email and social media accounts of politicians, public figures and other Poles to Russia’s secret services. The spokesman for the minister who...

Palestinian Authority arrests activist over online criticism

Jun. 22, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian Authority arrested a prominent activist and held him overnight after he criticized its policies in a series of online posts and accused it of arresting another individual for political reasons. The PA, which has limited autonomy in parts...

Cyprus gets new health minister in government mini-reshuffle

Jun. 22, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ president on Tuesday appointed an economics professor as the country’s new health minister, after his predecessor asked to leave the post. Michael Hadjipantela replaces Constantinos Ioannou, who oversaw the country’s difficult...

New coral protections coming to areas off New England

Jun. 22, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal regulators have signed off on new protections for thousands of square miles of deep-sea corals off New England. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday it has approved a final rule that designates the coral protection areas...

Walz requests funds for state officers' body cameras

Jun. 22, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has requested funding to outfit Minnesota State Patrol troopers and officers working at the state Capitol with body cameras. The $7.5 million to buy and maintain the cameras for the officers and troopers is contained in a...

Air Force squadron to train in Vermont with F-16s

Jun. 22, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An Air Force squadron from South Carolina will be training with F-16 fighter jets in Vermont over the next week. A small contingent assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron from Shaw Air Force Base will arrive on Wednesday with six F-16s and...

The Latest: Turkey announces first local COVID vaccine

Jun. 22, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s president has announced the country’s first local vaccine in development against COVID-19 would be called TURKOVAC. The first dose of the vaccine’s third phase trial was administered to a male volunteer Tuesday in a videoconference by the...