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Husband of detained Iranian-British woman on hunger strike

Oct. 24, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The husband of U.K. charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been detained for more than five years in Iran, has gone on a hunger strike again after a court decided she has to spend another year in prison. Richard Ratcliffe started his fast on...

Sudan: Political tensions continue as protesters block roads

Oct. 24, 2021 06:15 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Pro-military protesters briefly blocked major roads and bridges in Sudan’s capital Sunday, amid growing tensions between the generals and the pro-democracy movement that fueled the uprising against autocratic former president Omar al-Bashir. The...

Russia flies home bodies of 4 tourists who died in Albania

Oct. 22, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The bodies of four Russian tourists who were found dead at a beach resort in western Albania last week have been flown home, the Russian Embassy in Tirana said on Friday. Albanian police said the four — a married couple, their daughter and...

Russia hosts Afghan talks, calls for an inclusive government

Oct. 20, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia hosted talks on Afghanistan on Wednesday involving senior representatives of the Taliban and neighboring nations, a round of diplomacy that underlined Moscow's clout in Central Asia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov opened the talks and...

Albania: British WWII airman's remains identified, reburied

Oct. 20, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The few mortal remains of a World War II British air gunner were formally buried in a Tirana war cemetery Wednesday, following their discovery last year at the site where his bomber crashed in Albania and their subsequent identification. Sergeant...

France returns marble angels stolen from Italy church in '89

Oct. 19, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A British art collector who bought a pair of 17th-century marble angels from a Neapolitan antiques shop two decades ago has returned the winged “putti” to Italy’s art police after learning that they had been stolen from a church. Italy’s carabinieri...

Turkey summons 10 diplomats over call for activist's release

Oct. 19, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday summoned the ambassadors of the United States and nine other countries to protest a statement they issued that called for the release of imprisoned philanthropist and civil rights activist Osman Kavala in line with a European Court...

Court upholds new 1-year sentence for Iranian-British woman

Oct. 16, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian appeals court has upheld a verdict sentencing an Iranian-British woman long held in Tehran to another year in prison, her lawyer said Saturday. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has already served a five-year prison sentence in the Islamic...

Afghan refugees leave Wisconsin for new home and new life

Oct. 16, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — After a 47-day journey, Momtazudin Furmoli and his family are finally headed home — a new home, 7,000 miles away from the one they left in Afghanistan as refugees. Furmoli arrived at Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy on Aug. 30 with his wife, 5-year-old...

The Latest: Maine vaccine mandate opponents file appeal

Oct. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

MAINE — Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in Maine filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after being dealt another legal defeat on Friday. The appeal was filed hours after the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston denied...