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'Home' race just like Formula One season for Haas: A clunker

Oct. 27, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As home races go, the U.S. Grand Prix was just like the rest of the season for Haas F1. A clunker. The American-owned Formula One team finished last again. Its two cars, driven by rookies Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, were...

Russia, Ukraine see record daily deaths, low vaccinations

Oct. 26, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The daily number of COVID-19 deaths in Russia hit another high Tuesday amid a surge in infections that has forced the Kremlin to order most Russians to stay off work starting this week. Sluggish vaccination rates have allowed the virus to spread quickly...

Poland plans 'radical' strengthening of its military

Oct. 26, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling party leader presented plans Tuesday for a homeland defense bill which he said is aimed at “radically” strengthening the military as the country faces migration pressure from its eastern neighbor Belarus. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the...

150 people arrested in US-Europe darknet drug probe

Oct. 26, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement officials in the U.S. and Europe have arrested 150 people and seized more than $31 million in an international drug trafficking investigation stemming from sales on the darknet, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The arrests are...

Ukraine registers record daily number of COVID-19 deaths

Oct. 26, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine reported another record daily number of COVID-19 deaths Tuesday as vaccinations in the nation of 41 million people lags. Ukraine's Health Ministry registered 734 deaths in 24 hours, raising the country's pandemic death toll to 64,936. ...

France's Le Pen visits Hungary in bid for nationalist allies

Oct. 26, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen held talks Tuesday with populist Hungarian Prime Minster Viktor Orban in Budapest, a meeting the two politicians said advanced the cooperation of Europe's nationalist forces. At a news conference in...

Estonia plans new restrictions to avoid lockdown like Latvia

Oct. 26, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia is considering new coronavirus restrictions on top of the ones that took effect a day ago but is seeking to avoid a general lockdown like the one neighboring Latvia has imposed to counter the rapid spread of the virus. Health Minister Tanel Kiik...

Poland's president discusses security with King of Jordan

Oct. 26, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — King Abdullah II of Jordan visited Poland on Tuesday for talks with President Andrzej Duda on security issues and further defense cooperation. The two leaders met at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw. “Jordan is a valued...

EU ministers debate how to tackle rising energy costs

Oct. 26, 2021 08:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ministers on Tuesday held emergency talks focused on energy that did not produce immediate results amid deep divergences between the 27 member countries on how to tackle a crunch that has seen consumers' bills skyrocket this year. The wave...

Dutch court: Crimean treasures must be sent to Ukraine

Oct. 26, 2021 07:28 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — An Amsterdam appeals court ruled Tuesday that a trove of historical treasures from Crimea that have been stored for years at a Dutch museum must be given to Ukraine, saying they are “part of the cultural heritage of the Ukrainian state.” Ukraine's...