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With lunch invite, UN chief tries to restart Cyprus talks

Sep. 27, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hosted a lunch Monday for the leaders of divided Cyprus, hoping to bring them back to negotiations to reunite the Mediterranean island nation — talks that have been stalled since 2017. The United Nations...

Syria says doors open to refugees, despite contrary claims

Sep. 27, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s top diplomat said Monday that his country's doors are open for the safe return of refugees, accusing Western countries of taking advantage of the suffering of Syrians while pretending to care for their well-being. Speaking in New York to the U.N....

UK readies soldiers to help ease gas shortages at pumps

Sep. 27, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government put dozens of soldiers on standby Monday to help easy fuel supply problems caused by a shortage of truck drivers, a situation that has spurred panic buying of gasoline across the country. As unions called for emergency workers to be...

Venezuela's government and opposition resume talks in Mexico

Sep. 27, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Delegates from Venezuela’s government and opposition held more talks in Mexico City on Monday after a delay that saw the government’s side arrive a day later than scheduled due to an apparent unhappiness with mediator Norway. The second round of...

Global Citizen Live generates $1.1 billion to fight poverty

Sep. 27, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour concert that featured performances from Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, BTS and Elton John and dozens of other stars, raised more than $1.1 billion in commitments and pledges over the weekend to fight extreme poverty. ...

London police charge man with murder of teacher Sabina Nessa

Sep. 27, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police charged a 36-year-old man on Monday with the murder of Sabina Nessa, a primary school teacher killed as she walked to meet a friend in London. The Metropolitan Police force said Koci Selamaj, from Eastbourne on England's south coast, faced...

Greece, France, expected to announce major warship deal

Sep. 27, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Greece and France are expected to announce a major, multibillion-euro deal in Paris on Tuesday involving the acquisition by Greece of at least six French-built warships, Greek state ERT TV reported. ERT said Monday that Greece was...

Egg thrown at French President Macron during food trade fair

Sep. 27, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron was hit on the shoulder Monday by an egg thrown at him by a young man during a visit to an international food trade fair in the French city of Lyon. A video of the incident, widely shared on the social media, shows Macron...

Gucci launches Vault vintage site during Milan Fashion Week

Sep. 27, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Fashion houses trying to figure out how to reach new eyeballs after the long ordeal of the pandemic have centered around a singular idea: collaborations. Many are doing it, in big ways and small. Gucci, which famously “hacked” Balenciaga last season,...

San Marino legalizes abortion; Pope, women's groups disagree

Sep. 27, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

SAN MARINO (AP) — Pope Francis repeated Monday that abortion is “murder," a day after the tiny republic of San Marino became the latest Catholic state to legalize the procedure, much to the cheers of women's rights groups. An overwhelming majority — 77% of the...