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Envoy: China not discriminating against foreign journalists

Apr. 21, 2021 03:30 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China continued to welcome foreign journalists and discriminated against none, a Chinese envoy said on Wednesday, contradicting an Australian reporter's opinion that they were “barely tolerated.” Wang Xining, the Chinese Embassy in...

Protesters gather as German lawmakers vote on lockdown rules

Apr. 21, 2021 03:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Protesters began gathering in central Berlin early Wednesday as lawmakers prepared to vote on a proposal by Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet that would mandate nationwide restrictions as an “emergency brake” when the coronavirus is spreading too quickly. ...

Japan's Suga makes offerings at war shrine but doesn't visit

Apr. 21, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday donated religions offerings to a Tokyo shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression, though he avoided a visit. Suga’s offering of “masakaki” leaves at Yasukuni Shrine was...

Nevada GOP lawmaker wishes he voted for mining tax last year

Apr. 21, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Republican state lawmaker who cast the deciding vote in a legislative debate last summer about Nevada's mining tax structure now says he wishes he voted in favor of reining in deductions that mining businesses can claim. State Sen. Keith...

Turkey's Erdogan fires trade minister in Cabinet reshuffle

Apr. 21, 2021 03:14 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fired the country's trade minister Wednesday following allegations that her husband’s company received a tender to sell disinfectants to the ministry. In a mini Cabinet reshuffle, Erdogan also split the...

Jury's swift verdict for Chauvin in Floyd death: Guilty

Apr. 21, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After three weeks of testimony, the trial of the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd ended swiftly: barely more than a day of jury deliberations, then just minutes for the verdicts to be read — guilty, guilty and guilty — and Derek Chauvin was...

EU reaches major climate deal ahead of Biden climate summit

Apr. 21, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reached a tentative climate deal that is intended to make the 27-nation bloc climate-neutral by 2050, with member states and parliament agreeing on new carbon emissions targets on the eve of a virtual summit hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden. ...

The Latest: Italy starts distributing J&J for those over 60

Apr. 21, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

ROME — Italy is distributing 184,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus shots to regional vaccination centers and recommending it for people aged over 60 following the latest evaluation from the European drug regulatory agency. Italy’s health ministry and...

County to deliver ballots to fairgrounds for Senate audit

Apr. 21, 2021 02:56 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County will deliver its election equipment to Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday and then cart 2.1 million ballots from the November election to the site Thursday so Republicans in the state Senate can recount the ballots and audit the tabulation machines. ...

US-backed Afghan peace meeting postponed, as Taliban balk

Apr. 21, 2021 02:41 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Turkey announced early Wednesday that a conference Washington had hoped would move Afghanistan’s warring sides to a final peace agreement was postponed, as fresh violence rattled the Afghan capital. The postponement of the conference, which...