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Key Libya commander suspends duties ahead of December vote

Sep. 22, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

Libya's powerful, east-based commander announced Wednesday he was suspending his role as leader of a self-styled Libyan army for the next three months — the clearest indication yet that he may be contemplating a run for president in December elections. If he runs,...

‘My whole life in a van’: Islanders flee Spanish volcano

Sep. 22, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) — A wall of lava up to 12 meters (40 feet) high bore down on a Spanish village Wednesday as islanders scrambled to save what they could before the molten rock swallowed up their homes following a volcanic eruption. The lava, which was still...

The Latest: Biden: US doubling shots to share with world

Sep. 22, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden says the U.S. is doubling its purchase of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shots to share with the world. The U.S. purchase of another 500 million shots brings the total U.S. vaccination commitment to more than 1.1 billion doses through 2022. At a...

UN racism meeting recommits to goals but renews divides

Sep. 22, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly pledged Wednesday to redouble efforts to combat racism around the world, commemorating a landmark but contentious 2001 anti-racism conference by holding an anniversary meeting once again riven with divisions. Looking back...

Zuma's trial postponed until October in South Africa

Sep. 22, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The corruption trial of former South African President Jacob Zuma was postponed until Oct. 26 while the judge considers a plea from Zuma's lawyer that the prosecution team be dismissed from the case for being biased. Zuma wasn't present for the...

Anger, confusion spread over UK's new COVID travel rules

Sep. 22, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Travelers and authorities from India and some African countries are furious — and confused — about Britain's new COVID-19 travel rules, calling them discriminatory. The British government announced what it billed as a simplification of the...

Morocco: 3 parties agree to form new coalition government

Sep. 22, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s prime minister-designate announced Wednesday that a three-party coalition will form the country's next government. King Mohammed VI appointed billionaire Aziz Akhanouch as prime minister earlier this month after his party placed first...

Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opens Milan Fashion Week

Sep. 22, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opened Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday with her debut runway collection, a concrete success for a movement to promote diversity in Italian fashion just a year after launching. The Italian National Fashion Chamber tapped...

German president asks country to confront its colonial past

Sep. 22, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president called on Germans to face the country's cruel colonial past as he opened a new museum in the capital's center that will be home to two of Berlin’s state museums. The Ethnological Museum and the Museum for Asian Art both contain...

Canadian recounts her abduction by jihadis in Burkina Faso

Sep. 22, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Nearly a year and a half after being abducted by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso, Edith Blais risked her life to escape, fearing she’d never be free. ”(What you’re thinking is either) you stay there your whole life and you die...