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German and Turkish foreign ministers to meet in Ankara

Jan. 18, 2021 3:11 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister is scheduled to meet his Turkish counterpart in the Turkish capital, following a tumultuous year in Turkish-European relations. Ahead of his arrival in Ankara, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas noted the difficulties of 2020 and warned that “this...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021 file photo, Italian Senator, former premier and head of the political party 'Italia Viva' (IV), Matteo Renzi holds a press conference at the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome. Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is testing his already low popularity by provoking a political crisis that could bring down the government at yet another critical juncture in the fight against the pandemic. The outcome Renzi’s powerplay - orchestrating the resignations of two ministers from his tiny but key Italia Viva party -  will play out this week, when Premier Giuseppe Conte addresses both houses of Parliament in a bid to win support and form what would be his third coalition government since elections in 2018. (Alberto Pizzoli/pool via AP)

EXPLAINER: Italy faces a political crisis amid a pandemic

Jan. 17, 2021 9:33 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is testing his already low popularity by provoking a political crisis that could bring down Italy's coalition government at a critical juncture in the coronavirus pandemic. Renzi orchestrated the resignations of two ministers from his tiny but key Italia...

In this photo taken on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 A Romanian gendarme leaves after getting a COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Bucharest, Romania. Across the Balkans and the rest of the nations in the southeastern corner of Europe, a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus is overshadowed by heated political debates or conspiracy theories that threaten to thwart the process. In countries like the Czech Republic, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania and Bulgaria, skeptics have ranged from former presidents to top athletes and doctors. Nations that once routinely went through mass inoculations under Communist leaders are deeply split over whether to take the vaccines at all.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Vaccine skepticism hurts East European anti-virus efforts

Jan. 17, 2021 2:45 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vaccines from the West, Russia or China? Or none at all? That dilemma faces nations in southeastern Europe, where coronavirus vaccination campaigns are off to a slow start — overshadowed by heated political debates and conspiracy theories. In countries like the Czech...

UK chooses Cornish village as site for G-7 summit in June

Jan. 16, 2021 5:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government has chosen an English village on the coast of Cornwall as the site for the next annual summit of leading industrial nations, saying Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use the June event to promote a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The seaside resort of Carbis...

Migrants warm themselves with a fire at a makeshift camp in a forest outside Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Temperatures have plummeted way below zero with a spate of extremely cold weather in Bosnia where hundreds of migrants and refugees _ including entire families with small children _ have been sleeping rough while trying to reach Western Europe. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

Stuck in Bosnia, migrants sleeping rough face up to winter

Jan. 16, 2021 6:26 AM EST

VELIKA KLADUSA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Temperatures have plummeted way below zero in Bosnia, making life even more miserable for hundreds of migrants and refugees — including entire families with small children — sleeping rough while trying to reach Western Europe. After days of snow...

National Assembly President Jorge Rodriguez gives an interview at Congress in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Rodriguez said he’s hopeful the Biden administration will roll back a “cruel” sanctions policy and instead give room for diplomacy that could lead to the reopening of the U.S. Embassy and the release of several jailed American citizens. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

AP EXCLUSIVE: Maduro ally presses for dialogue with Biden

Jan. 16, 2021 12:07 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Friday he’s hopeful the Biden administration will roll back a “cruel” sanctions policy and instead give room for diplomacy that could lead to the reopening of the U.S. Embassy and the release of...

City worker Carlos Ruiz gives instruction to a COVID-19 patient after delivering a tank of oxygen to her home in the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The city offers free oxygen refills for COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

The Latest: Mexico hits another record for COVID-19 cases

Jan. 15, 2021 10:37 PM EST

Mexico posted a record spike in coronavirus cases on Friday, with 21,366 newly confirmed infections, about double the daily rate of increase just a week ago. The country also recorded 1,106 more deaths. It was unclear if the spike was due to the presence of the U.K. virus variant, of which only one case has so...

National Assembly President Jorge Rodriguez gives an interview at Congress in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Rodriguez said he’s hopeful the Biden administration will roll back a “cruel” sanctions policy and instead give room for diplomacy that could lead to the reopening of the U.S. Embassy and the release of several jailed American citizens. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

AP EXCLUSIVE: Maduro ally presses for dialogue with Biden

Jan. 15, 2021 9:29 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Friday he’s hopeful the Biden administration will roll back a “cruel” sanctions policy and instead give room for diplomacy that could lead to the reopening of the U.S. Embassy and the release of...

An ampoule Moderna vaccine against the COVID-19 disease, stand on the table at the Diakonie Hospital

EU regulator: Hackers 'manipulated' stolen vaccine documents

Jan. 15, 2021 4:45 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The European Union's drug regulator said Friday that COVID-19 vaccine documents stolen from its servers by hackers have been not only leaked to the web, but “manipulated." The European Medicines Agency said that an ongoing investigation showed that hackers obtained emails and...

A medical worker holding a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and a syringe during mass vaccination starts in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Authorities started to vaccinate the most vulnerable people in a coordinated effort. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Pfizer temporarily reduces European deliveries of vaccine

Jan. 15, 2021 2:01 PM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer confirmed Friday it will temporarily reduce deliveries to Europe of its COVID-19 vaccine while it upgrades production capacity to 2 billion doses per year. The EU Commission chief said she'd immediately called Pfizer's CEO. But in an indication...