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Security patrol outside the Pullman Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, July 6, 2020. Health officials in New Zealand say Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, that genome tests indicate the country's most recent COVID-19 patient contracted the virus from another returning traveler just before leaving quarantine. (Peter Meecham/New Zealand Herald via AP)

The Latest: More rules for returning New Zealand travelers

Jan. 27, 2021 9:58 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Travelers returning to New Zealand will face stricter rules at quarantine hotels as health authorities investigate how up to three people got infected with the coronavirus while isolating at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel. The people were released before testing positive and...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, the Europol headquarters building in The Hague, Netherlands. European Europol and North American cyber cops have joined forces Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021, to disrupt what may be the world's largest network for seeding malware infections, striking a major blow against criminal gangs that have been using it for years to install ransomware in extortion schemes, steal data and engage in financial theft.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong, FILE)

Cybercops derail malware botnet, FBI makes ransomware arrest

Jan. 27, 2021 5:52 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — European and North American cyber cops have joined forces to disrupt what may be the world's largest network for seeding malware infections. The operation appears to strike a major blow against criminal gangs that have used that network for years to install ransomware for...

European Commissioner in charge of Health Stella Kyriakides removes her face mask during an online press conference on AstraZeneca at European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (Olivier Hoslet/Pool Photo via AP)

Tensions rise as AstraZeneca, EU spar over vaccine delays

Jan. 27, 2021 5:52 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and drugmaker AstraZeneca sparred Wednesday over a delay in coronavirus vaccine deliveries amid a deepening dispute that raises concerns about international competition for limited supplies of the shots needed to end the pandemic. AstraZeneca Chief Executive Pascal Soriot...

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EU border agency suspends operations in Hungary

Jan. 27, 2021 5:17 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The European Union's border control agency, Frontex, is suspending operations in Hungary after the government in Budapest did not comply with a December ruling by Europe's highest court, an agency spokesperson said Wednesday. Frontex spokesperson Chris Borowski told The Associated...

A health worker prepares Moderna coronavirus vaccines before vaccinating staff health workers at Clinica Universitaria, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Spain running short of vaccines due to delivery delays

Jan. 27, 2021 2:15 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Amid another COVID-19 surge, Spanish health authorities are running out of vaccines and have been forced to postpone giving shots to health workers and nursing home residents due to delays in deliveries by pharmaceutical companies. Catalonia’s public health chief Josep...

Greece taps bond markets achieving record-low yield

Jan. 27, 2021 1:37 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has raised 3.5 billion euros ($4.2 billion) at a record-low interest rate through a 10-year bond issue, the first of 2021. Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said the yield at Wednesday’s auction was 0.8%, while demand for the bond was “very high.” With...

A Holocaust survivor receives the COVID-19 vaccine from Health Minister Marek Krajci, right, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Bratislava, Slovakia, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia were poised to get their first coronavirus vaccinations, acknowledging their past suffering with a special tribute 76 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, where the Nazis killed more than 1 million Jews and others. (Dano Veselsky/TASR via AP)

'We owe this to them': Shoah survivors in vaccine spotlight

Jan. 27, 2021 12:59 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia got their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine Wednesday, an acknowledgement of past suffering and a tribute to resilience 76 years after Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. More than 400 Austrian...

Hungarian FM in Ukraine to push for ethnic minority rights

Jan. 27, 2021 12:14 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Hungary's top diplomat visited Kyiv Wednesday to try and defuse a rift over the rights of Ukraine's Hungarian minority, which has clouded bilateral relations for years. Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto suggested that the two countries set up a working group to solve a dispute over...

Jos Bieleveldt, 91, receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Jos Bieleveldt had a spring in his 91-year-old step when he became one of the first Dutch recipients in his age group to get the coronavirus vaccine. One thing though, it really took too long a time coming. The 27-nation EU is coming under criticism for the slow rollout of its vaccination campaign. The bloc, a collection of many of the richest countries in the world, is not faring well in comparison to countries like Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Not in short supply: Blame for EU's rusty vaccine rollout

Jan. 27, 2021 11:56 AM EST

APELDOORN, Netherlands (AP) — Jos Bieleveldt had a spring in his step when the 91-year-old Dutchman got a coronavirus vaccine this week. But many think that was way too long in coming. Almost two months before, Britain's Margaret Keenan, who is also 91 now, received her shot to kick off the U.K.'s...

A man wears a face mask on his bicycle in central capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Cyprus' health minister Constantinos Ioannou said that the first to re-open as of Feb. 1st will be hair and beauty salons followed a week later by retail stores, shopping malls and elementary schools. Students in their final year of high school will also go back to classes on Feb. 8. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus to start loosening COVID-19 lockdown next month

Jan. 27, 2021 11:55 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A steady decrease in new coronavirus infections three weeks into Cyprus' nationwide lockdown is allowing for the start of the gradual, targeted lifting of closures and restrictions, the country's health minister said Wednesday. Constantinos Ioannou said that the first places to...