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Two Europes: Low vaccine rates in east overwhelm ICUs

Sep. 28, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — In a packed intensive care unit for coronavirus patients in Romania’s capital, Bucharest, 55-year-old Adrian Pica sits on his bed receiving supplementary oxygen to help him breathe. “I didn’t want to get vaccinated because I was afraid,” he said. ...

Dubai to find out if pandemic-delayed Expo 2020 will pay off

Sep. 28, 2021 02:13 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A computer-graphic-soaked advertisement featuring Australian actor and Hollywood heartthrob Chris Hemsworth beckons the world to Dubai's upcoming Expo 2020, promising a “world of pure imagination” as children without facemasks race across a futuristic...

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...

NATO-led mission increases patrols on Kosovo-Serbia border

Sep. 27, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The NATO-led KFOR mission in Kosovo increased its patrols Monday on the border with Serbia in a bid to deescalate tensions between the two Balkan foes over a dispute about license plates. KFOR, with around 4,000 troops from 28 countries, is led...

Uncertain start to post-Merkel era after close German vote

Sep. 27, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The party that narrowly beat outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bloc pushed Monday for a quick agreement on a coalition government, but Europe’s biggest economy could still be in for weeks of uncertainty after an election that failed to set a clear direction. ...

Poland seeks to extend state of emergency on Belarus border

Sep. 27, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland will seek an extension of the state of emergency in force along its border with Belarus as authorities in Warsaw accused Belarus of provocative actions and alleged that some migrants detained on the border have ties to terrorist groups. ...

Police swoop on Balkan cartel's European ‘cocaine pipeline’

Sep. 27, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Law enforcement agencies from eight European countries pounced on a Balkan crime organization allegedly running the continent's largest cocaine distribution network, making 61 arrests and seizing more than four metric tons (4.4 tons) of the drug, authorities said Monday. ...

Google in court to appeal EU's 2018 Android antitrust case

Sep. 27, 2021 07:47 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Google headed to a top European Union court Monday to appeal a record EU antitrust penalty imposed for stifling competition through the dominance of its Android operating system. The company is fighting a 2018 decision from the EU's executive Commission,...

UK gas stations run dry as trucker shortage sparks hoarding

Sep. 26, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of British gas stations ran dry Sunday, an industry group said, as motorists scrambled to fill up amid a supply disruption due to a shortage of truck drivers. The Petrol Retailers Association, which represents almost 5,500 independent outlets,...

UK counts on vaccines, 'common sense' to keep virus at bay

Sep. 26, 2021 02:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britons are encouraged these days — though in most cases not required — to wear face coverings in crowded indoor spaces. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson regularly appears in the packed, poorly ventilated House of Commons cheek-by-jowl with other maskless Conservative...