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Biden, Putin set 'consultations' on updating nuclear pact

Jun. 16, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed in a “constructive” summit to return ambassadors to their posts, lowering tensions and beginning consultations to replace the last remaining treaty between the two countries limiting nuclear...

The Latest: Putin says Navalny deserved prison sentence

Jun. 16, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

GENEVA — Russian President Vladimir Putin says opposition leader Alexei Navalny got what he deserved when he was handed a prison sentence. Navalny, Putin’s most ardent political foe, was arrested in January upon returning from Germany, where he spent five months...

France eases mask rules; will end nightly virus curfew

Jun. 16, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France on Wednesday eased several COVID-19 restrictions, with authorities saying it's no longer always mandatory to wear masks outdoors, and halting an 8-month nightly coronavirus curfew this weekend. The surprise announcement by French Prime Minister Jean...

Let the recovery begin: EU chief OKs first virus plans

Jun. 16, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The European Union moved a step closer Wednesday to deploying the bloc’s massive pandemic recovery fund, with a top executive going to Portugal and Spain to announce the bloc’s initial endorsement of their national spending plans. European Commission...

Federer fails to make Halle Open quarterfinals for 1st time

Jun. 16, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

HALLE, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer failed to reach the Halle Open quarterfinals for the first time Wednesday when Félix Auger-Aliassime rallied from a set down to stun the former champion 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round. The 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime is 19 years...

Spain hopes to jumpstart electric car industry with EU funds

Jun. 16, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Daniel Sánchez is one of the luckier electric car owners in Spain. With a free recharging station less than a kilometer from his home just north of Barcelona, he can keep his Tesla ready to roll. “I cannot imagine stopping at a gas station...

Greenpeace apologizes, local police slam Euro 2020 protester

Jun. 16, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

MUNICH (AP) — Greenpeace has apologized and Munich police are investigating after a protester parachuted into the stadium and injured two people before Germany’s game against France at the European Championship. The protester used a powered paraglider with a motor...

French conspiracist accused in kidnapping expelled home

Jun. 16, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Frenchman accused of inspiring the kidnapping of a young girl arrived in his home country Wednesday to face changes following his expulsion from Malaysia. France had issued an Interpol arrest notice for Remy Daillet-Wiedemann, who was detained on...

Greece: Public workers strike over new labor law

Jun. 16, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 24-hour strike in Greece disrupted transportation and other services as public sector workers walked off the job to protest a new labor law that lawmakers were due to vote on later Wednesday. The strike affected all modes of public...

UK to require COVID-19 shots for nursing home workers

Jun. 16, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government said Wednesday it will require COVID-19 vaccinations for nursing home workers in England, arguing that the need to protect vulnerable residents outweighed employees' right to choose whether to get the jab. Health Secretary Matt Hancock...