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Today in History

Sep. 27, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 27, the 270th day of 2021. There are 95 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 27, 1996, in Afghanistan, the Taliban, a band of former seminary students, drove...

Social Democrats beat Merkel's bloc in German elections

Sep. 26, 2021 23:42 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's center-left Social Democrats won the biggest share of the vote in a national election Sunday, narrowly beating outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel ’s center-right Union bloc in a closely fought race that will determine who succeeds the long-time leader at the helm of...

The Latest: Social Democrats beat Merkel bloc in German vote

Sep. 26, 2021 23:03 PM EDT

The latest on Germany's general election on Sunday: The center-left Social Democrats have won the biggest share of the vote in Germany’s national election, beating outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc in a closely fought race. ...

The Latest: Report: Washington state trooper dies from virus

Sep. 26, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

SEATTLE — A Washington state trooper who helped develop the agency’s use of drones has died after a battle with COVID-19 contracted on duty. The Washington State Patrol said Detective Eric Gunderson died Sunday surrounded by his family and friends. He was 38....

Communist party wins municipal election in Austrian city

Sep. 26, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Austrian Communist Party unexpectedly won a municipal election in the Alpine country's second biggest city Sunday, according to preliminary results. The Communists got 28.9% of the vote in the election for the city council in the southern city of Graz,...

San Marino voters overwhelmingly back legal abortion

Sep. 26, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

SAN MARINO (AP) — San Marino residents on Sunday voted overwhelmingly to legalize abortion, rejecting a 150-year-old law that had criminalized it and making the tiny republic the latest majority Catholic state to approve the procedure under certain circumstances. Some...

So close! Iceland almost gets female-majority parliament

Sep. 26, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland briefly celebrated electing a female-majority parliament Sunday, before a recount produced a result just short of that landmark for gender parity in the North Atlantic island nation. The initial vote count had female candidates winning...

Nearly complete returns show republic of San Marino votes overwhelmingly to legalize abortion

Sep. 26, 2021 15:33 PM EDT
SAN MARINO (AP) — Nearly complete returns show republic of San Marino votes overwhelmingly to legalize abortion.

Swiss approve same-sex marriage by wide margin in referendum

Sep. 26, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Cheers rang out, hugs were exchanged and rainbow-colored flags waved overhead across Switzerland as the Swiss resoundingly voted to allow same-sex couples to marry, final results of a nationwide referendum showed Sunday. Official results showed the...

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,...