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Probe opened into fights at French election campaign rally

Dec. 06, 2021 07:35 AM EST

LE PECQ, France (AP) — French prosecutors opened an investigation Monday into violence that erupted at the first official campaign rally of a far-right candidate who has shaken up France's presidential race. The prosecutors' office said police detained around 60 people...

Maxwell family seek food, soap for sister as trial continues

Dec. 06, 2021 07:20 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The family of the British woman charged with helping the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein exploit underage girls has asked the U.S. attorney general to improve the treatment she is receiving during her trial “in the interest of justice and common humanity.” ...

Norwegian team launches jersey to highlight abuses in Qatar

Dec. 06, 2021 07:20 AM EST

TROMSO, Norway (AP) — A Norwegian soccer club collaborated with Amnesty International and a former migrant worker in Qatar to launch a jersey Monday that highlights the human rights violations taking place in the host country of next year’s World Cup. Tromso, a team...

Pope returning home after trip focused on helping migrants

Dec. 06, 2021 06:51 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis ended his visit to Greece on Monday by encouraging its young people to follow their dreams and not be tempted by the consumerist “sirens” of today that promise easy pleasures. Francis briefly struggled to keep his balance on the...

Russia reports its first cases of omicron COVID-19 variant

Dec. 06, 2021 06:35 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has confirmed the first two cases of the omicron coronavirus variant in the country in travelers who returned from South Africa, health authorities said Monday. The Russian public health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, said a total of 10 people who...

Unvaccinated Italians face new restrictions as holidays near

Dec. 06, 2021 06:15 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy is making life more uncomfortable for unvaccinated people this holiday season, excluding them from indoor restaurants, theaters and museums starting Monday to reduce the spread of coronavirus and encourage vaccine skeptics to get their shots. Italian...

Scientist behind UK vaccine says next pandemic may be worse

Dec. 06, 2021 06:15 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — One of the scientists behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is warning that the next pandemic may be more contagious and more lethal unless more money is devoted to research and preparations to fight emerging viral threats. In excerpts released...

Saudi crown prince heads to Oman on tour of Gulf Arab states

Dec. 06, 2021 05:53 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was heading Monday to Oman, the first stop of a tour of Gulf Arab states that will see him meet neighboring rulers and allies as the kingdom closely watches negotiations in Europe to revive Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers. ...

Norwegian archaeologists find late Iron Age longhouses

Dec. 06, 2021 05:48 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian archaeologists said Monday they have found a cluster of longhouses, including one of the largest in Scandinavia, using ground-penetrating radar in the southeastern part of the country — in an area that researchers believe was a central place in the...

Nobel Prizes awarded in pandemic-curtailed local ceremonies

Dec. 06, 2021 05:44 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Winners of the 2021 Nobel Prizes will start receiving their awards on Monday in scaled-down local ceremonies adapted for pandemic times. For a second year, the coronavirus has scuttled the traditional formal banquet in Stockholm attended by winners of the...