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La Palma: Hundreds more evacuate to flee volcano lava

Oct. 21, 2021 06:06 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Hundreds of people were evacuated during the night on the Spanish island of La Palma as a river of molten rock crept deeper into a coastal town during a protracted volcanic eruption, authorities said Thursday. Emergency services helped some 500 people...

Youth yearning for independence fuel Western Sahara clashes

Oct. 21, 2021 02:19 AM EDT

MAHBAS REGION, Western Sahara (AP) — As a glowing sun sank behind the sandy barrier that cuts across the disputed territory of Western Sahara, Sidati Ahmed's battalion launched two missiles that sizzled through the air and then followed with an artillery attack. Within...

Egypt: 19 killed in truck-microbus collision outside Cairo

Oct. 20, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A head-on vehicle collision Wednesday left at least 19 people dead and one other injured just outside the Egyptian capital of Cairo, state-run media said. The al-Ahram daily reported the crash took place when a passenger microbus collided with a truck on a...

Virus: Morocco suspending UK, Germany, Netherlands flights

Oct. 20, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco is suspending until further notice all flights to and from the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands amid rising coronavirus infections in those countries. The new restriction will come into force just before midnight Wednesday, the North African...

Israel announces 3,000 new work permits for Gazans

Oct. 20, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel will increase the number of Palestinian workers it permits to enter its territory from the Gaza Strip, an Israeli defense body announced Wednesday, a gesture seemingly meant to bolster a fragile calm between the sides. Gaza’s more than 2...

Today in History

Oct. 20, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2021. There are 72 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 20, 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged...

Nearly 100 women sworn in as judges in Egypt judicial body

Oct. 19, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Nearly 100 women Tuesday became the first female judges to join Egypt’s State Council, one of the country’s main judicial bodies. The 98 women were sworn in before the council’s chief judge, Mohammed Hossam el-Din, in a celebratory event in Cairo. ...

Greece vows to link Egypt's energy grid to European Union

Oct. 19, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece pledged Tuesday to link Egypt to the European Union’s energy market with an undersea cable that would carry electricity across the Mediterranean. “(Egypt’s) link to Europe will be Greece,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis...

Climate report: Africa's rare glaciers soon to disappear

Oct. 19, 2021 05:37 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa’s rare glaciers will disappear in the next two decades because of climate change, a new report warned Tuesday amid sweeping forecasts of pain for the continent that contributes least to global warming but will suffer from it most. The...

Egypt to require virus vaccinations for civil servants

Oct. 18, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's government will soon require public servants to have a vaccination certificate or show a weekly negative COVID-19 test before entering their workplaces. The mandate is an attempt to rapidly boost the country's vaccination rate of roughly 14% as it faces rising daily...