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Germany embarks on tricky search for post-Merkel government

Sep. 27, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is embarking on a potentially lengthy search for its next government after the center-left Social Democrats narrowly beat outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right bloc in an election that failed to set a clear direction for Europe's biggest economy under a new...

Investigators seek cause of deadly Montana train derailment

Sep. 27, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — Federal investigators are seeking the cause of an Amtrak train derailment near a switch on tracks in the middle of vast farmland in far northern Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized over the weekend. The westbound Empire...

'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' sashays home with 10 Tony Awards

Sep. 27, 2021 01:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie, won the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on a Sunday night when Broadway looked back to honor shows shuttered by COVID-19, mourn its fallen and also look forward to...

Haitians returning to a homeland that's far from welcoming

Sep. 26, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Deported from the United States, Pierre Charles landed a week ago in Port-au-Prince, a capital more dangerous and dystopian than the one he’d left four years before. Unable to reach his family, he left the airport alone, on foot. Charles...

Biden, Congress face big week for agenda, government funding

Sep. 27, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a consequential week for President Joe Biden's agenda, as Democratic leaders delicately trim back his $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better" package to win over remaining lawmakers and work to quickly pass legislation to avoid a federal shutdown. An...

US has enough COVID-19 vaccines for boosters, kids' shots

Sep. 26, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With more than 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines available, U.S. health authorities said they're confident there will be enough for both qualified older Americans seeking booster shots and the young children for whom initial vaccines are expected to be approved...

Shadow contracts, smoke, mirrors keep the lights out in Iraq

Sep. 27, 2021 02:06 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, glossy election campaign posters are plastered alongside jungles of sagging electrical wires lining the alleyway to Abu Ammar’s home. But his mind is far from Iraq’s Oct. 10 federal election. The 56-year-old...

Top US general: whisperer to presidents, target of intrigue

Sep. 27, 2021 01:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gen. Mark Milley has been the target of more political intrigue and debate in two years as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff than any of his recent predecessors were in four. One after another, political firestorms have ignited around him — unusual for an officer who...

Rolling Stones open American tour, pay tribute to drummer

Sep. 26, 2021 23:36 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Rolling Stones are touring again, this time without their heartbeat, or at least their backbeat. The legendary rockers launched their pandemic-delayed “No Filter” tour Sunday at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis without their drummer...

AP PHOTOS: In Qom, where Iran outbreak began, virus rages on

Sep. 27, 2021 02:18 AM EDT

QOM, Iran (AP) — In Iran's holy city of Qom, where Shiite scholars study and pilgrims travel to a shrine believed to be a gate to heaven, the Islamic Republic's coronavirus outbreak began and still rages to this day. While Iran works to vaccinate its 80 million people,...

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Germany embarks on tricky search for post-Merkel government

Sep. 27, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is embarking on a potentially lengthy search for its next government after the center-left Social Democrats narrowly beat outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right bloc in an election that failed to set a clear direction for Europe's biggest economy under a new...

Asian shares mixed as virus fears cloud economic outlook

Sep. 27, 2021 02:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Monday, as fears of further waves of coronavirus outbreaks clouded the economic outlook for the region, tempering gains. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 was little changed in afternoon trading, inching up less than 0.1% to 30,254.01...

AP PHOTOS: In Qom, where Iran outbreak began, virus rages on

Sep. 27, 2021 02:18 AM EDT

QOM, Iran (AP) — In Iran's holy city of Qom, where Shiite scholars study and pilgrims travel to a shrine believed to be a gate to heaven, the Islamic Republic's coronavirus outbreak began and still rages to this day. While Iran works to vaccinate its 80 million people,...

Shadow contracts, smoke, mirrors keep the lights out in Iraq

Sep. 27, 2021 02:06 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, glossy election campaign posters are plastered alongside jungles of sagging electrical wires lining the alleyway to Abu Ammar’s home. But his mind is far from Iraq’s Oct. 10 federal election. The 56-year-old...

The Latest: New Zealand to allow home isolation to travelers

Sep. 27, 2021 01:55 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand's prime minister says the government will start a pilot program of home-isolation for overseas travelers, ahead of what she expects to be increasing vaccination levels. Currently New Zealanders have to quarantine in hotels for two...

The Latest: New Zealand to allow home isolation to travelers

Sep. 27, 2021 01:42 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand's prime minister says the government will start a pilot program of home-isolation for overseas travelers, ahead of what she expects to be increasing vaccination levels. Currently New Zealanders have to quarantine in hotels for two...

Israeli troops kill 5 Palestinians in West Bank gunbattles

Sep. 27, 2021 01:30 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops conducted a series of arrest raids against suspected Hamas militants across the occupied West Bank early Sunday, sparking a pair of gun battles in which five Palestinians were killed and two Israeli soldiers were seriously wounded. It was...

'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' sashays home with 10 Tony Awards

Sep. 27, 2021 01:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie, won the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on a Sunday night when Broadway looked back to honor shows shuttered by COVID-19, mourn its fallen and also look forward to...

Virtual healthcare 'a necessary alternative' during pandemic

Sep. 27, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Miles Johnson isn’t the easiest patient to work with. Retired from a hard life of farming 340 acres near Mondovi, his deeply tanned face has a stern look as nurses-in-training at Chippewa Valley Technical College suddenly appear at his bedside...

Judge will consider ending restrictions for John Hinckley

Sep. 27, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

Lawyers are scheduled to meet in federal court on Monday to discuss whether John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, should be freed from court-imposed restrictions ranging from how his medical care is overseen to keeping officials updated on what his...