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Ex-aide says Boris Johnson called health minister 'hopeless'

Jun. 16, 2021 09:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The former top aide to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ramped up his criticism of the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, releasing what appeared to be private message exchanges in which Johnson branded his health...

The Latest: 1st round of talks ends at Biden-Putin summit

Jun. 16, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — GENEVA -- President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have finished the first round of their summit talks Wednesday and are proceeding to the first of two larger meetings in Geneva. Biden and Putin first met accompanied by Secretary of State...

The Latest: EU suggests lifting travel limits on US tourists

Jun. 16, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

BRUSSELS — The European Union is recommending member countries start lifting restrictions on tourists from the United States. EU members agreed Wednesday to add the United States to the list of countries from which restrictions on non-essential travel should be lifted....

Iran field narrows as candidates quit on campaign's last day

Jun. 16, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's presidential contest headed toward a showdown between the country's hard-line judiciary chief and moderate former Central Bank chief on Wednesday, as two candidates dropped out on the last day of campaigning to clear a path for the challengers. ...

Japan looks to ease virus emergency ahead of Olympics

Jun. 16, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is expected to ease a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and most other areas this weekend, with new daily cases falling just as the country begins making final preparations for the Olympics starting in just over a month. Japan has been...

Tennessee deputy wounded, man dead after gunfire exchange

Jun. 16, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

WESTMORLAND, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff's deputy was wounded and a suspect was found dead after authorities responding to a report of an armed man causing a disturbance exchanged gunfire with him, officials said. Deputies from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office...

Oregon Gov. Brown signs human composting bill

Jun. 16, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill passed by the Legislature legalizing human composting. Brown signed House Bill 2574 on Tuesday, which will legalize what’s also known as natural organic reduction, KOIN-TV reported. It also clarifies...

3 international travel ideas for your summer trip

Jun. 16, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

So you’re ready to hit the skies for an international flight after more than a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, quarantines and restrictions, but where can you go? Some countries are reopening to Americans, but the degree of reopening varies. Some countries will let you in,...

'Two great powers': Biden, Putin plunge into hours of talks

Jun. 16, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — With stern expressions and polite words before the cameras, President Joe Biden and Russia's Vladimir Putin plunged into hours of face-to-face talks Wednesday at a lush lakeside Swiss mansion, a highly anticipated summit at a time when both leaders agree that relations between...

Let the recovery begin: EU chief OKs some virus plans

Jun. 16, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union moved a step closer Wednesday to deploying the bloc’s massive pandemic recovery fund, with a top executive going to Portugal and Spain to announce the bloc's initial endorsement of their national spending plans. European...