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Consumer prices jump 7.7% in Poland, faster than expected

Nov. 30, 2021 10:46 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland said Tuesday that consumer prices have risen 7.7% over the past year, evidence that inflation is accelerating even faster than had been expected in the largest central European economy in the European Union. The November number is the...

Russian coronavirus-denying monk given prison sentence

Nov. 30, 2021 10:35 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A rebel Russian monk who castigated the Kremlin and denied that the coronavirus existed was convicted Tuesday on accusations of encouraging suicides and given a 3½-year prison sentence. The monk, Father Sergiy, was arrested in December 2020 on charges of...

MI6 spy chief says China, Russia, Iran top UK threat list

Nov. 30, 2021 10:30 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — China, which is increasingly flexing its muscles around the world, is one of the biggest threats to Britain and its allies, and a “miscalculation" by Beijing could lead to war, the head of the U.K.'s foreign intelligence agency said Tuesday. MI6 chief...

Live updates: Swiss order quarantine for those from Canada

Nov. 30, 2021 10:10 AM EST

GENEVA — The Swiss government says travelers arriving from Canada, Japan, Niger and Portugal will be required starting Wednesday to present both a negative COVID-19 test and undergo a 10-day quarantine. The new measures were announced on Tuesday after cases of the newly...

Putin warns West: Moscow has 'red line' about Ukraine, NATO

Nov. 30, 2021 09:36 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday sternly warned NATO against deploying its troops and weapons to Ukraine, saying it represents a red line for Russia and would trigger a strong response. Commenting on Western concerns about Russia's alleged...

Space junk forces spacewalk delay, too risky for astronauts

Nov. 30, 2021 08:47 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA called off a spacewalk Tuesday because of menacing space junk that could puncture an astronaut's suit or damage the International Space Station. Two U.S. astronauts were set to replace a bad antenna outside of the space station. But late...

NATO warns Russia to avoid costly mistake in Ukraine

Nov. 30, 2021 08:29 AM EST

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — NATO foreign ministers warned Russia on Tuesday that any attempt to further destabilize Ukraine would be a costly mistake as concern mounts that Moscow could be preparing an invasion of its neighbor. NATO is worried about a Russian buildup of heavy...

Hungary's parliament approves referendum on LGBT issues

Nov. 30, 2021 08:22 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's parliament authorized the government Tuesday to call a national referendum on LGBT issues, the latest in a series of steps by the country's nationalist leaders that critics say are intended to limit minority rights. Lawmakers from the...

Military helicopter crash in Azerbaijan kills 14

Nov. 30, 2021 08:19 AM EST

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A military helicopter crashed in Azerbaijan during a training flight on Tuesday, killing 14 people and wounding two more, Azerbaijani authorities said. The helicopter of Azerbaijan's State Border Guard service crashed on Tuesday morning during a...

Czech politicians put aside difference to back booster plan

Nov. 30, 2021 07:14 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's outgoing and incoming prime ministers put aside their differences on Tuesday to support an initiative to administer 1 million COVID-19 booster shots in a week. Outgoing Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Petr Fiala, the prime...