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The Latest: Romanians protest restrictions as cases top 1M

Apr. 10, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

BUCHAREST — Marchers have taken to the streets of the Romanian capital of Bucharest to protest restrictive measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 even as new daily infections and deaths rise in the European Union nation. About 1,000 people converged Saturday on...

The leaders of Ukraine, Turkey stress territorial integrity

Apr. 10, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The presidents of Ukraine and Turkey stressed the importance of Ukraine's territorial integrity, the de-escalation of tensions in eastern Ukraine and security in the Black Sea following a meeting Saturday in Istanbul. Ukrainian President Volodymyr...

Famed Egyptian archaeologist reveals details of ancient city

Apr. 10, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s best-known archaeologist on Saturday revealed further details on a Pharaonic city recently found in the southern province of Luxor. Zahi Hawass said that archaeologists found brick houses, artifacts, and tools from pharaonic times at the site of...

Iran says nuke program testing newest advanced centrifuge

Apr. 10, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Saturday it has begun mechanical tests on its newest advanced nuclear centrifuge, even as the five world powers that remain in a foundering 2015 nuclear deal with Iran attempt to bring the U.S. back into the agreement. Iran's IR-9...

Iran enforces 10-day lockdown amid fourth wave of pandemic

Apr. 10, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday began a 10-day lockdown amid a fourth wave of coronavirus infections, state TV reported, a worrisome trend after more than a year of the country battling the Middle East's worst outbreak. Iran's coronavirus task force, charged with...

Egypt, Tunisia discuss Libya, Ethiopia's disputed dam

Apr. 10, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president met Saturday his Tunisian counterpart in Cairo, where they discussed neighboring Libya, and a massive dam Ethiopia is building over the Nile River’s main tributary. Tunisian President Kais Saied arrived in Cairo on Friday for a...

United Arab Emirates names 2 new astronauts, including woman

Apr. 10, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates named the next two astronauts in its space program Saturday, including the country's first female astronaut. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai who also serves as the autocratically...

Aid group says detained migrant killed, 2 injured in Libya

Apr. 10, 2021 07:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A shooting in a detention center for migrants in Libya's capital left one migrant dead and two others injured, an international charity said Saturday. The violence underscored the peril vulnerable migrants face in the conflict-torn country. The...

Saudi Arabia says it executes 3 soldiers for 'high treason'

Apr. 10, 2021 05:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia executed three soldiers Saturday it accused of committing “high treason,” without elaborating on which enemy the kingdom believed the men aided. The state-run Saudi Press Agency identified the men as soldiers working...

The Latest: Navajo Nation issues weekend stay-at-home order

Apr. 09, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation has issued a stay-at-home order for the weekend after reporting 26 more confirmed COVID-19 cases. The latest figures bring the total number of cases on the tribe’s reservation, which includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and...