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Albanian former minister charged in deadly 2008 blast

Oct. 28, 2021 05:58 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian prosecutors on Thursday brought charges against a former defense minister over a massive blast at a munitions disposal factory in 2008 that killed 26 people. The Special Structure Against Corruption, or SPAK, in charge of probing high...

Hungary official: Employers can require vaccination for work

Oct. 28, 2021 05:55 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's government will allow private employers to require that their employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for work as the number of new infections and deaths in the country reaches levels not seen since a devastating pandemic surge last...

Biden bound for global summits as domestic agenda in limbo

Oct. 28, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden promised to show the world that democracies can work to meet the challenges of the 21st century. As he prepares to push that message at a pair of global summits, his case could hinge on what's happening in Washington, where he is rushing to finalize a...

Moscow starts nonworking period as infections, deaths soar

Oct. 28, 2021 05:33 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian capital on Thursday started a nonworking period intended to stem coronavirus infections as new daily cases and deaths from COVID-19 surged to all-time highs. The government coronavirus task force reported 1,159 deaths in 24 hours, the largest...

Vaccine reluctance in Eastern Europe brings high COVID cost

Oct. 28, 2021 05:10 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Truck driver Andriy Melnik never took the coronavirus seriously. With a friend, he bought a fake vaccination certificate so his travel documents would appear in order when he hauled cargo to other parts of Europe. His view changed after the friend...

Ransomware gang says it targeted National Rifle Association

Oct. 27, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A ransomware gang believed to operate out of Russia says it hacked the National Rifle Association, the most powerful gun-rights group in the United States. The gang, which calls itself Grief, published a handful of what appear to be the NRA files on...

Erdogan, Biden to discuss Turkey's F-35 ouster in Glasgow

Oct. 27, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that he expects to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden on the sidelines of a climate summit in Glasgow, during which he would take up Turkey’s ouster from the U.S.-led F-35 stealth fighter jet program. ...

Moldova turns to Poland for gas amid tensions with Russia

Oct. 27, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldova has turned to a non-Russian natural gas supplier for the first time as the former Soviet republic seeks to avert a looming gas shortage this winter after failing to renew a long-term supply contract with Moscow. On Tuesday, Moldova...

Moscow-bound EgyptAir flight returns after threat message

Oct. 27, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Moscow-bound EgyptAir flight returned to the Egyptian capital shortly after takeoff Wednesday after a threatening message was found onboard, authorities said. A statement by Egypt’s flagship airline said flight MS79 had returned safely to Cairo...

Kosovo sanctions 7 people, 1 company for links to Hezbollah

Oct. 27, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo on Wednesday sanctioned seven local businessmen and a company for links with Lebanon's military group Hezbollah. The decision was in line with sanctions the U.S. imposed on Hezbollah, a powerful Shiite faction that holds seats in...