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Communists, observers report violations in Russian election

Sep. 18, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russia’s second-largest political party is alleging widespread violations in the election for a new national parliament, in which his party is widely expected to gain seats. Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov said on Saturday — the...

After Afghanistan pullout, US seeks NATO basing, intel pacts

Sep. 18, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Against the backdrop of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the top U.S. military officer is meeting in Greece with NATO counterparts this weekend, hoping to forge more basing, intelligence sharing and other agreements to prevent terrorist groups from regrouping and...

France recalls envoy protesting Australia-US submarine deal

Sep. 18, 2021 08:36 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — France’s ambassador to Australia described Saturday as a “huge mistake” Australia’s surprise cancellation of a major submarine contract in favor of a U.S. deal, delivering a final protest as the envoy was recalled from the country in an unprecedented show...

France's Notre Dame cathedral secured at last. Next: rebuild

Sep. 18, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s Notre Dame Cathedral is finally stable and secure enough for artisans to start rebuilding it, more than two years after the shocking fire that tore through its roof, knocked down its spire and threatened to bring the rest of the medieval monument down, too. ...

Pope to bishops: Listen to abuse victims for sake of church

Sep. 18, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged European bishops on Saturday to listen to survivors of clergy sexual abuse and consider them partners in reform, warning that their failure to do so risks the very future of the Catholic Church. Francis issued a videomessage to Central...

Romanian forest attack highlights illegal logging 'scourge'

Sep. 18, 2021 05:39 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Two journalists and an environmental activist have been beaten up by suspected illegal loggers in a forest in northeastern Romania while making a documentary about illicit deforestation, authorities said Friday. Thursday's attack in Suceava...

Interpreter’s past put his family in danger

Sep. 18, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

He finds himself in a house in Kabul. It’s his parents’ home, he thinks, though it looks different than he remembers. He hears a commotion outside, steps through the front door. Dark clouds block the sun. The Taliban has flooded the city, and the fighters know who he is: To them, he is a...

In Russian Far East city, discontent smolders amid election

Sep. 18, 2021 02:55 AM EDT

KHABAROVSK, Russia (AP) — The handful of demonstrators gathering each evening in Khabarovsk are a shadow of the masses who took part in an unusually sustained wave of protests last year in the Russian Far Eastern city, but they are a chronic reminder of the political tensions that persist....

Budapest mayor enters primary to run against Hungary's Orban

Sep. 18, 2021 02:40 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A frontrunner in the race for a joint opposition candidate to fight Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in next year's national election opened his campaigning Friday promising to “liberate” the country from the right-wing populist leader. ...

In a 4th decade of the Ryder Cup, Garcia still going strong

Sep. 18, 2021 01:36 AM EDT

Sergio Garcia didn't waste much time making a point on how he values of the Ryder Cup. He was a teenager — at 19, still the youngest player in Ryder Cup history — and just over five months removed from being the low amateur at the Masters, when Garcia and Jesper...