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The Latest: 100s of bodies found buried on India riverbanks

May. 16, 2021 05:54 AM EDT

Police are reaching out to villagers in northern India to investigate the recovery of bodies buried in shallow sand graves or washing up on the Ganges River banks. There’s been speculation on social media that they are the remains of COVID-19 victims. In jeeps and...

Turkey eases COVID-19 restrictions but keeps many curfews

May. 16, 2021 04:32 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s interior ministry on Sunday lifted a full lockdown that had ordered people to stay home to fight COVID-19 infections, shifting to a less-restrictive program that still involved curfews on weeknights and weekends. In a new directive, the...

AP PHOTOS: Icelandic volcanic eruption a 'wonder of nature'

May. 16, 2021 03:23 AM EDT

FAGRADALSFJALL VOLCANO, Iceland (AP) — Pandemic or no pandemic, the world will never stand still. That's perhaps no clearer than in Iceland, where a volcano has awoken from a slumber that has lasted 6,000 years, give or take a year or two. The glow from the bubbling hot...

The Latest: China calls for UN council action, slams US

May. 15, 2021 23:40 PM EDT

The Latest on the continuing violence between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers amid the latest escalation in the Middle East: ___ BEIJING — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on the U.N. Security Council to seek an early...

Greek extreme right Euro-MP extradited to Greece

May. 15, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Ioannis Lagos, a Greek far-right member of the European Parliament, was extradited to Greece Saturday to begin serving a 13-year prison sentence. Authorities said Lagos was to spend his first night in isolation in the high-security prison of...

The Latest: Florida's amusement parks loosen mask wearing

May. 15, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. — Visitors to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios-Orlando were allowed Saturday to remove their masks when outdoors, except when on attractions, in line or riding transportation. Florida’s major theme parks are adjusting face mask policies after the...

Them again: Djokovic and Nadal to meet in Italian Open final

May. 15, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Maybe the new generation of tennis players isn’t quite so ready to end the eras of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Titles for Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev in the Monte Carlo Masters and Madrid Open, respectively, raised speculation again that...

Spotify co-owner Ek says Kroenkes reject bid to buy Arsenal

May. 15, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Spotify co-owner Daniel Ek says a bid to buy Arsenal has been rejected by the Kroenke family which owns the London-based Premier League club. The Swedish entrepreneur behind the music-streaming service first revealed his takeover interest last month after...

UK races to test, vaccinate as virus variant threatens plans

May. 15, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British health workers, aided by the army, distributed coronavirus tests door-to-door Saturday in two towns in northern England, seeking to contain a fast-spreading variant that threatens plans to lift all lockdown restrictions next month. Cases of a...

Merkel to youth: Build political support for climate action

May. 15, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she understands young people's frustration about the pace of efforts to combat climate change, but is stressing the need to build political majorities to support effective action. Merkel's Cabinet on Wednesday approved...