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Belgium: Body of fugitive far-right soldier apparently found

Jun. 20, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Belgian police say the body of a fugitive far-right soldier who was the target of a huge manhunt appears to have been found Sunday. Hundreds of security forces scoured a swath of northeast Belgium after the May 17 disappearance of Jurgen Conings, who was on...

Diplomats to meet in Vienna for more Iran nuclear talks

Jun. 20, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Further talks between Iran and global powers were planned Sunday afternoon to try to negotiate and restore a landmark 2015 agreement to contain Iranian nuclear development that was later abandoned by the Trump administration. Senior diplomats from China,...

The Latest: Soccer stadiums double as UK vaccination sites

Jun. 20, 2021 08:19 AM EDT

LONDON — London soccer stadiums have been transformed into “super pop-up” vaccination sites as Britain tries to get younger adults to be inoculated against COVID-19. More than four-fifths of adults in the U.K. have had at least one shot of vaccine, and the...

Pope on Myanmar: Houses of worship serve as neutral refuge

Jun. 20, 2021 07:42 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday decried the suffering of refugees in Myanmar and pleaded that houses of worship be respected as neutral places to take shelter. He told the public gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his customary Sunday noon remarks that he...

5 killed in school construction site collapse in Belgium

Jun. 20, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A school undergoing construction work collapsed in the Belgian city of Antwerp, killing five workers and injuring nine others, according to local authorities. An investigation is underway into the cause of the accident. Firefighters and rescue dogs labored...

Ex-UK Speaker Bercow, scourge of Brexiteers, joins Labour

Jun. 20, 2021 06:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Former U.K. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, a longtime Conservative lawmaker who gained international fame refereeing the country’s bruising political drama over Brexit, said Sunday he has switched allegiances and joined the opposition Labour Party. ...

France elects regional leaders, preps for presidential vote

Jun. 20, 2021 02:24 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Marine Le Pen’s far right party is riding high on her tough-on-security, stop-immigration message as French voters start choosing regional leaders Sunday in an election that’s seen as a dress rehearsal for next year’s presidential vote. President...

Rome court convicts 4 men for sexual assault, murder of teen

Jun. 19, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian court late Saturday convicted four African men in the drugging, aggravated sexual assault and murder of an Italian teen in Rome, a crime that spurred calls in Italy for quick expulsions of migrants illegally living in in the country, state TV and private Italian media...

The Latest: Protests decry Brazil policies as toll tops 500K

Jun. 19, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO — Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets in cities across Brazil as the nation’s confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a million. It’s a tragedy many critics blame on President Jair Bolsonaro’s attempt to minimize the...

Germany clicks at Euro 2020 with 4-2 win over Portugal

Jun. 19, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

MUNICH (AP) — Germany finally clicked into gear at the European Championship, with a little help from defending champion Portugal. The Portuguese became the first team to score two own-goals in one game at the continental tournament, giving the Germans a 4-2 victory on...