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A woman with a child casts her ballot at a polling station during the second round of a parliamentary election in Vilnius, Lithuania, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Polls opened Sunday for the run-off of national election in Lithuania, where the vote is expected to bring about a change of government following the first round, held on Oct. 11, which gave the three opposition, center-right parties a combined lead. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Lithuania holds parliamentary vote as pandemic hits jobs

Oct. 25, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanians voted Sunday in a parliamentary runoff where the winner will have to tackle a growing health crisis and high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic. The election was widely expected to bring a change of leadership for the southernmost Baltic nation, which has...

FILE - In this Saturday, July 11, 2020 file photo, President John Magufuli speaks at the national congress of his ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party in Dodoma, Tanzania. Tanzanians are due to go to the polls on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 with the future of one of Africa's most populous countries at stake and, at least before the COVID-19 pandemic, one of its fastest-growing economies. (AP Photo, File)

Observers say Tanzania's presidential vote is already flawed

Oct. 25, 2020 4:59 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzania's opposition faces a new obstacle in its quest to unseat President John Magufuli in Wednesday's election: It says the government has made it difficult to accredit thousands of opposition electoral observers who want to ensure the vote is fair. “Without them, fraud can...

Turkey extends controversial Mediterranean gas exploration

Oct. 25, 2020 3:19 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey announced late Saturday that it is extending by one week a gas exploration mission in the eastern Mediterranean that has caused tensions with Greece. In a fresh notice to shipping in the area, Turkey said the Oruc Reis seismic survey vessel, accompanied by two support ships,...

A policeman checks documents of a driver at central Syntagma square in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Greece's government has imposed a nightly curfew in greater Athens and other areas with high infection rates as well as a mask requirement. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The Latest: New outbreak delays easing of rules in Melbourne

Oct. 24, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia’s Victoria state to hold off on any further easing of restrictions in the beleaguered city. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews withheld any announcement on an easing on Sunday as the state...

Belarusian women with umbrellas in the colors of the old Belarusian national flag take part in an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Several hundred women have marched under heavy rain across the Belarusian capital to demand the resignation of the country’s authoritarian president. (AP Photo)

Belarus: Protesters keep up push for president's resignation

Oct. 24, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Several hundred women marched across the capital of Belarus in heavy rain Saturday to demand the resignation of the country's authoritarian president, continuing more than 2 1/2 months of protests against his challenged reelection to a sixth term. The demonstrations were triggered by...

File—File picture taken June 28, 2020 shows Poland's President Andrzej Duda casting his vote during presidential election in Krakow, Poland. Duda was tested positive on Corona. (AP Photo/Beata Zawrzal, file)

Poland's president has coronavirus, apologizes to contacts

Oct. 24, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda says he feels well despite testing positive for the coronavirus, and he apologized Saturday to everyone who must quarantine because they had contact with him. Duda, 48, said in a recording published on Twitter that he was experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms...

A mask of US President Donald Trump is seen in Parliament Square, as part of a day of action against the US trade deal, ten days before the US Presidential election, in London, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.  There will will be protests held nationwide against a proposed US trade deal, opposed by a number of organisations including Global Justice Now and Stop Trump Coalition. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

UK-US trade pact opposed with Trump, cows and pigs as props

Oct. 24, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Demonstrators dressed as chickens, a cow and President Donald Trump gathered Saturday in London to protest a proposed U.S.-U.K. trade deal that activists say will lower food safety standards. Some 50 people assembled near the Houses of Parliament to protest the ongoing negotiations for the...

A Lithuanian woman, wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, casts her ballot at a polling station during early voting in the second round of a parliamentary election in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Lithuanians will vote in the second round of a parliamentary election on upcoming Sunday during the rise in the incidence of coronavirus infection in the country. (AP Photo / Mindaugas Kulbis)

Virus, economy top concerns as Lithuanians vote in runoff

Oct. 24, 2020 4:31 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is the main domestic issue as Lithuania holds a parliamentary runoff election Sunday, and the winner will have to tackle a rapidly deteriorating public health sector and high unemployment. The election is widely expected to bring about a change in the...

in WA police cordon guards the house of Poland's ruling conservative party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski against a crowd protesting a decision by the Constitutional Court, in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Poland’s top court ruled Thursday that a law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional, shutting a major loophole in the predominantly Catholic country's abortion laws that are among the strictest in Europe. Defying the pandemic-related ban on gatherings, the protesters chanted for the government to resign. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poles vent fury at court's further restrictions on abortions

Oct. 23, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of protesters vented fury across Poland over a top court ruling that declared abortions of fetuses with congenital defects unconstitutional, effectively narrowing one of Europe’s strictest abortion laws. Police vans and units in riot gear were dispatched Friday to...

A store clerk shows plant based products at a supermarket chain in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. European lawmakers rejected Friday proposals that could have prevented plant-based products without meat from being labeled sausages or burgers. Following the votes on agricultural products at the European Parliament, the so-called veggie burgers, soy steaks and vegan sausages can continue to be sold as such in restaurants and shops across the union. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Veggie burgers are still burgers, at least in Europe

Oct. 23, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — It’s a meaty issue but the EU has taken a stance: veggie burgers are in fact burgers. European lawmakers said Friday that plant-based products that do not contain meat, including veggie burgers, soy steaks and vegan sausages, can continue to be sold as such in restaurants and shops...