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Vulnerable nations lay out demands for climate talks

Oct. 19, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A group comprising dozens of nations particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming have laid out their key demands ahead of the upcoming U.N. climate summit in Glasgow. These include getting rich countries to commit to fulfill and step up their...

Remains of Ohio WWII soldier killed in combat identified

Oct. 19, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The remains of a U.S. Army private from Ohio killed in combat in Germany during World War II have been identified, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on Tuesday. The agency said Emmet Schwartz, 24, of Dover, was killed in an artillery...

German publisher Axel Springer completes Politico takeover

Oct. 19, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German publisher Axel Springer SE said Tuesday it has completed its acquisition of U.S.-based political news outlet Politico. The announcement came a day after Axel Springer ousted the top editor of its flagship publication in Germany over misconduct...

Taliban agree to new polio vaccination across Afghanistan

Oct. 19, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) — U.N. agencies are gearing up to vaccinate all of Afghanistan’s children under 5 against polio for the first time since 2018, after the Taliban agreed to the campaign, the World Health Organization says. For the past three years, the Taliban...

Jumping onto trucks to get to Britain: A migrant's day

Oct. 19, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

CALAIS, France (AP) — Mohammad and Jaber spend every day looking for the right truck, and this afternoon it feels like it could happen. This truck seems right. They scream to their friend to jump. He runs, latches on to the moving rig between the cab and the cargo...

John McLaren, a caddie of 'extraordinary ability,' to retire

Oct. 19, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paul Casey finished with a 68 in Las Vegas, thus closing a remarkable chapter for a British man of “extraordinary ability.” The description refers specifically to his caddie, John McLaren, who has worked his final tournament in America. ...

Thanks but no: UK queen turns down "Oldie of the Year" title

Oct. 19, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest-lived and longest-reigning monarch. But don’t call her an oldie. The 95-year-old queen has politely declined the honor of being named “Oldie of the Year” by a British magazine, saying she does not meet “the...

Austrian police find 2 dead men in minibus full of migrants

Oct. 19, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian media reported Tuesday that the bodies of two men were found in a minibus carrying dozens of migrants near the border with Hungary. Public broadcaster ORF reported that authorities stopped the vehicle and found 28 people crammed inside, two of...

Anna Netrebko needs shoulder surgery, cancels performances

Oct. 19, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

Soprano Anna Netrebko needs shoulder surgery and has canceled performances in Verdi's “Nabucco” at the Vienna State Opera. The 50-year-old was to have sung Abigaille on Nov. 1, 6, 9 and 12, the first three with Amartuvshin Enkhbat in the title role and the last with...

Puppet Little Amal arrives in UK after journey across Europe

Oct. 19, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A giant puppet of a Syrian refugee child created to symbolize millions of displaced children landed Tuesday on the coast of southeast England on the last leg of a 5,000-mile (8,000-kilometer) journey across Europe from the border of Syria. The 11.5-foot...