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Olympics Latest: Spain's Sánchez wins karate gold

Aug. 05, 2021 07:18 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: ___ MEDAL ALERT Sandra Sánchez of Spain has won the first Olympic gold...

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...

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...

British navy group: Hijackers have left vessel off UAE coast

Aug. 04, 2021 23:42 PM EDT

FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The hijackers who captured a vessel off the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman left the ship Wednesday, the British navy reported, as radio traffic appeared to reveal a crew member onboard saying Iranian gunmen had stormed the asphalt tanker. ...

The Latest: Sydney reports worst day of its current outbreak

Aug. 04, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australia’s most populous state is reporting the worst day of its outbreak of the coronavirus delta variant, with a record 262 new local infections and five deaths from COVID-19. New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Thursday that four of the...

Another planet: Wellbrock romps to win in swimming marathon

Aug. 04, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — All behind Florian Wellbrock, there was the sort of carnage that epitomizes open water swimming. One athlete carted off on a stretcher. Another taking an elbow to the eye. Wellbrock didn’t have to worry about any of it. He was...

Police: 11 arrests over racial abuse of England players

Aug. 04, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police investigating the online racial abuse of England players following the team's Euro 2020 soccer final loss against Italy say they have made 11 arrests. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were victims of abuse after they missed...

Duchess of Sussex launches mentoring project on her 40th

Aug. 04, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has shown her comic side in a video she released Wednesday to launch a mentoring project for women as she marked her 40th birthday. The initiative will see 40 celebrities and public figures each commit 40 minutes of their...

UK to roll out COVID-19 vaccines to 16 and 17-year-olds

Aug. 04, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. plans to offer coronavirus vaccines to 16 and 17-year-olds in the next few weeks after the independent body of scientists that makes vaccine recommendations to the government changed its advice. The four nations of the U.K. all accepted the...

Pandemic travel bans divide loved ones across borders

Aug. 04, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Quintin Sweat and Renée Harrison live only 15 minutes apart by car, with the U.S.-Canada border between them. But the couple, who got engaged in 2019, has only been able to be together three times during the pandemic. Travel restrictions mean Harrison...