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Romanian media say arms plant blast kills 4, injures 4 more

Nov. 18, 2021 11:38 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — An explosion Thursday at a weapons factory in a small southern town in Romania killed four people and injured another four, local media said. The afternoon blast occurred in the town of Babeni in Valcea County about 200 kilometers (125 miles)...

4th fatal hospital fire of pandemic kills 2 in Romania

Nov. 11, 2021 04:24 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A fire at a COVID-19 hospital in Romania killed two people Thursday, authorities said. It was the fourth fatal fire at a Romanian COVID-19 hospital during the pandemic. The blaze broke out in the infectious disease wing of the hospital in the...

Morgues, hospitals struggle with COVID-19 deaths in Romania

Nov. 09, 2021 08:03 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The morgue in Romania's main hospital has no space for the dead any more. In a stark illustration of the human cost of the coronavirus surge sweeping the nation, bodies of COVID-19 victims, wrapped in black plastic bags, line a hallway of the hospital in the...

Romanian police recover bikes stolen from Italian team

Oct. 29, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s anti-crime agency said Friday that four people have been detained on suspicion of stealing 22 high-performance bicycles belonging to the Italian national cycling team, worth an estimated 600,000 euros ($697,000). The Italian...

Vaccine reluctance in Eastern Europe brings high COVID cost

Oct. 28, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Truck driver Andriy Melnik never took the coronavirus seriously. With a friend, he bought a fake vaccination certificate so his travel documents would appear in order when he hauled cargo to other parts of Europe. His view changed after the friend...

Romania revives restrictions as hospitals struggle, jabs lag

Oct. 22, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Doctor Petruta Filip is working 100-hour weeks at a Bucharest hospital which, like hospitals throughout Romania, is struggling under an onslaught of COVID-19 patients in a country with worryingly low vaccination rates. The European Union...

Romanian president nominates former army general as premier

Oct. 21, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s president on Thursday nominated a former army general to be prime minister in the latest effort to end a political crisis amid a coronavirus surge that is stretching the country’s health care system to capacity. After holding...

The Latest: Vaccine mandate for Calif. prison guards blocked

Oct. 13, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California judge has partially blocked an order taking effect this week that requires state prison employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. A Kern County judge issued a temporary restraining order that prevents enforcement of the...

Romanian doctors issue 'cry of despair' amid virus surge

Oct. 13, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian doctors sent an open letter Wednesday titled “a cry of despair” as the country's overwhelmed and deteriorated health care system copes with a record-setting surge of coronavirus infections and deaths. The College of Physicians of...

Romanian government falls after no-confidence vote

Oct. 05, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian Prime Minister Florin Citu of the governing National Liberal Party was ousted Tuesday after a no-confidence motion in his government passed overwhelmingly, deepening an ongoing political crisis. The motion censure was filed by the...