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Same goal, different paths: US, EU seek max vaccine rates

Sep. 19, 2021 02:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian town of Aarschot has a vaccination rate of 94% of all adults, but Mayor Gwendolyn Rutten worries her town is too close for comfort to the capital of Brussels, where the rate stands at 63%. But there’s not much she can do about it. Her hope...

Taliban-run Kabul municipality to female workers: Stay home

Sep. 19, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan's capital said Sunday, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers....

Two Afghans who trekked to France have lessons for evacuees

Sep. 19, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — One slept on the streets of Paris, the other in a massive makeshift migrant camp in northern France. Nassrullah Youssoufi and Abdul Wali were among more than 1 million refugees and migrants who reached Europe in 2015. The two Afghans don't know each other,...

Biden pitching partnership after tough stretch with allies

Sep. 19, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden goes before the United Nations this week eager to make the case for the world to act with haste against the coronavirus, climate change and human rights abuses. His pitch for greater global partnership comes at a moment when allies are becoming...

Democrats push to retool health care programs for millions

Sep. 19, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dental work for seniors on Medicare. An end to sky’s-the-limit pricing on prescription drugs. New options for long-term care at home. Coverage for low-income people locked out of Medicaid by ideological battles. Those are just some of the changes to...

France's Macron to talk to Biden amid crisis over submarines

Sep. 19, 2021 08:20 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron will speak in the coming days with President Joe Biden in what will be their first contact since a major diplomatic crisis erupted between France and the United States over a submarine deal with Australia, an official said Sunday. ...

Boxer-senator Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippine president

Sep. 19, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine boxing icon and senator Manny Pacquiao says he will run for president in the 2022 elections. Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his PDP-Laban party at its national convention on Sunday, saying that the Filipino people have been...

Probe of Southern Baptist sex abuse response moves forward

Sep. 19, 2021 08:59 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The Rev. Marshall Blalock feels the weight of his new responsibility. The South Carolina pastor serves as vice chair of a recently formed Southern Baptist Convention task force charged with overseeing an investigation into how a top...

Favela centennial shows Brazil communities' endurance

Sep. 19, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Dozens of children lined up at a community center in Sao Paulo for a slice of creamy, blue cake. None was celebrating a birthday; their poor neighborhood, the favela of Paraisopolis, was commemorating 100 years of existence. “People started coming (to...

Search resumes for man whose girlfriend disappeared on trip

Sep. 19, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — More than 50 law enforcement officers on Sunday started a second day of searching in a vast wildlife area near Florida's Gulf Coast for a 23-year-old man that authorities consider a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend who went missing while on a...

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Trudeau makes final appeal ahead of Canada's election

Sep. 19, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — On the final campaign day of a tight election battle, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that his Conservative opponents would weaken the nation's battle against the pandemic and said Canadians need a government that follows science. Polls...

Spanish scientists say the volcano on La Palma island in the Canary Islands Atlantic archipelago has erupted

Sep. 19, 2021 10:38 AM EDT
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish scientists say the volcano on La Palma island in the Canary Islands Atlantic archipelago has erupted.

Greenwood fire 80% contained, forest restrictions lifted

Sep. 19, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say they have lifted fire restrictions for the entire Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota after reports over the weekend that the Greenwood Lake blaze was 80% contained. While the region remains historically dry, officials...

UK's Johnson to urge climate action over 4-day trip to US

Sep. 19, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was travelling to the United States on Sunday with senior Cabinet officials to urge world leaders attending the U.N. General Assembly to take urgent action on climate change ahead of this fall's COP26 climate summit in Scotland. ...

Shooting at baby shower in fire hall wounds 3; man arrested

Sep. 19, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A suspect is in custody following a shooting at a baby shower at a western Pennsylvania fire hall that wounded three people, authorities said. Police in Lower Burrell in Westmoreland County were called to the Kinloch Fire Department shortly...

Dutch king unveils Holocaust name monument in Amsterdam

Sep. 19, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — King Willem-Alexander officially unveiled a new memorial in the heart of Amsterdam's historic Jewish Quarter on Sunday honoring more than 102,000 Dutch victims of the Holocaust, and the Dutch prime minister vowed that it would remind citizens today to be vigilant against...

Weekend shootings leave 11 people injured in Minneapolis

Sep. 19, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say there were seven shootings over a 26-hour span across Minneapolis between Saturday and Sunday morning that left 11 people injured. Police said two of the victims are in critical condition. The first shooting...

Louisiana releases rehabbed oiled birds found after Ida

Sep. 19, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two birds captured after they were found oiled at a Louisiana refinery following Hurricane Ida have been rehabilitated and released back into the wild, state wildlife officials said. The birds were released Thursday at the Bayou Teche National...

Search resumes for man whose girlfriend disappeared on trip

Sep. 19, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — More than 50 law enforcement officers on Sunday started a second day of searching in a vast wildlife area near Florida's Gulf Coast for a 23-year-old man that authorities consider a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend who went missing while on a...

Wyoming man recovering from fiery truck crash near Gillette

Sep. 19, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The last thing Shane Fortner remembers is driving by the last big hill before entering Gillette. He was in his truck, tailing his dad, Bill, who was driving ahead of him north on Highway 59, heading into the south side of Gillette. ...