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The Latest: Dutch govt eases travel to vacation spots

May. 15, 2021 04:19 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — As coronavirus infections decline in parts of the world and the summer holiday season tentatively begins, the Dutch government has eased travel restrictions for a group of popular vacation destinations. Among the countries with a lower risk of...

Masks off, Poles cheer reopening of bars and restaurants

May. 15, 2021 03:41 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles pulled off their masks, hugged their friends and made toasts to their regained freedom as restaurants, bars and pubs reopened for the first time in seven months and the government dropped a requirement for people to cover their faces outdoors. ...

The Latest: New Mexico adopts CDC guidance on facemasks

May. 14, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico has adopted guidance on facemasks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or outside in most cases. Under revisions Friday to the state’s emergency public...

The Latest: Israeli airstrike on Gaza house kills at least 7

May. 14, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the stepped-up fighting between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers (all times local): GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza City has killed at least seven Palestinians. The airstrike...

Gas crunch from cyberattack intensifies in nation's capital

May. 14, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

Gas shortages at the pumps have spread from the South, all but emptying stations in Washington, D.C., following a ransomware cyberattack that forced a shutdown of the nation’s largest gasoline pipeline. Though the pipeline operator paid a ransom, restoring service was taking time. ...

Russia limits US & Czech embassy hires for "unfriendly" acts

May. 14, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has designated the United States and the Czech Republic as nations that engage in “unfriendly actions,” a move that limits the hiring of staff for their embassy operations. The Russian government's order that was posted Friday bans the U.S. from...

Belarus officer sentenced for leaking document on crackdown

May. 14, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Belarusian military officer on Friday was sentenced to 18 years in prison for leaking a document related to the government's crackdown on protests against the country's authoritarian president. The officer, Capt. Dzianis Urad, was accused of...

US Embassy in Moscow temporarily resumes halted services

May. 14, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said Friday it will temporarily resume some of the consular services it had halted earlier due to a Russian ban on hiring local residents. The embassy said last month that the ban forced it to reduce its consular workforce by...

Diplomats, donors concerned about sex abuse reports at WHO

May. 14, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British, European and American diplomats and donors have voiced serious concerns about how the World Health Organization handled sex abuse allegations involving its own staff during an outbreak of Ebola in Congo, as reported this week by The Associated Press. ...

Kirill the thrill: Russian rookie Kaprizov big boost to Wild

May. 14, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wary of all kinds of pressure on Kirill Kaprizov and resolute in their team-first culture, the Minnesota Wild tried to keep a lid on the fanfare enveloping his arrival in the NHL. “I was nervous about the incredible expectations, because our fan...