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Protests erupt over virus rules in Austria, Italy, Croatia

Nov. 20, 2021 14:27 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters, many from far-right groups, marched through Vienna on Saturday after the Austrian government announced a nationwide lockdown beginning Monday to contain skyrocketing coronavirus infections. Demonstrations against virus...

Disney’s 'Eternals' tops domestic box office for 2nd weekend

Nov. 14, 2021 13:04 PM EST

Disney and Marvel’s “Eternals” took a steep drop in its second weekend in theaters, but it’s still hanging on to first place ahead of newcomers like “Clifford the Big Red Dog.” “Eternals” added $27.5 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total...

Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds savor their moments in 'Belfast'

Nov. 12, 2021 13:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kenneth Branagh put it directly to Judi Dench. “He said, ‘Will you play my grandmother?’” Dench recalls. “And I said yes.” In “Belfast,” Branagh reconstructs a poignant and pivotal moment from his childhood. The...

Review: Childhood in a turbulent time in nostalgic ‘Belfast’

Nov. 10, 2021 11:16 AM EST

If you didn’t know Kenneth Branagh’s new film “ Belfast ” was based (somewhat) on his own childhood, you probably wouldn’t know it by the end either. That’s a good thing. This isn’t a portrait of the artist as a young man. We see a love for theater and...

N. Ireland official suing Van Morrison over COVID criticism

Nov. 08, 2021 05:33 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland’s health minister is suing Van Morrison after the singer called him “very dangerous” for his handling of coronavirus restrictions. The Belfast-born singer opposes restrictions to curb the spread of the virus, and has released several...

Bus set on fire in Northern Ireland amid post Brexit tension

Nov. 08, 2021 05:26 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A bus has been hijacked and set on fire in Northern Ireland, amid discontent over the trade deal struck as part of the U.K.’s departure from the European Union. Four masked men boarded the double decker bus on Sunday on the outskirts of Belfast. The...

Aquaculture operation wins lawsuit in Belfast

Oct. 30, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Nordic Aquafarms won a court battle over ownership of a disputed mudflat that's critical to the company’s $500 million aquaculture project. The ruling was a defeat for two plaintiffs who sued Nordic Aquafarms over access to the property, the...

Fillier scores 2, Canada beats US again in women's hockey

Oct. 25, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Amanda Kessel isn't panicking after the United States women's hockey team opened its pre-Olympic series with two straight losses to rival Canada. “This is the best that I think our team has felt,” said Kessel, who scored the tying goal as the...

Aging UK soldier dies while on trial for Troubles shooting

Oct. 19, 2021 06:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An 80-year-old British army veteran has died while on trial for a shooting that occurred during “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, fueling debate over the prosecution of soldiers for alleged crimes committed decades ago. Dennis Hutchings died Monday...

Belfast closer to goal of planting a million flowers

Oct. 17, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The town of Belfast is inching toward a goal of planting a million flowers. Elisabeth Wolfe, who launched the effort, said this is the fourth year people have worked to plant bulbs through the Belfast Daffodil Project. The goal of a million bulbs...