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AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

Sep. 24, 2021 02:52 AM EDT

SEPTEMBER 17-23 This was a week in which a volcano erupted on the island of La Palma in the Canaries and Parliamentary elections took place in Russia. Nathan Paulin performed on a 70-meter-high slackline across the Seine River in Paris and the annual...

Polish protesters warn that health care crisis is looming

Sep. 24, 2021 02:42 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When a priest arrives at a hospital in Chorzow to perform the last rites, nurse Mariusz Strug can see the fear in dying patients' eyes. “After the sacrament, they knew what was happening,” he said. But there have been no psychologists available...

The AP Interview: Hungary committed to contentious LGBT law

Sep. 24, 2021 01:28 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The right-wing populist government in Hungary is attracting conservative thinkers from the United States who admire its approaches to migration, LGBT issues and national sovereignty — all matters that have put the country at odds with its European partners, who see...

Milley: US should explore more military talks with Russia

Sep. 24, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — The U.S. should explore ways to expand its military contacts with the Russians, potentially to include allowing observers from each country to watch the other's combat exercises, in a broad effort to increase transparency and reduce the risk of...

Milley: US should explore more military talks with Russia

Sep. 23, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — The U.S. should explore ways to expand its military contacts with the Russians, potentially to include allowing observers from each country to watch the other's combat exercises, in a broad effort to increase transparency and reduce the risk of conflict,...

Leaders to UN: A warmer world is a more violent one, too

Sep. 23, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Using apocalyptic images, three presidents and seven foreign ministers warned Thursday that a warmer world is also a more violent one. At a ministerial meeting of the Security Council, the officials urged the U.N.’s most powerful body to do more...

Azerbaijan files case alleging 'ethnic cleansing' by Armenia

Sep. 23, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Azerbaijan on Thursday filed a case at the United Nations' top court accusing neighboring Armenia of a “policy of ethnic cleansing” targeting Azerbaijanis. The case was lodged at the International Court of Justice a week after Armenia...

Erdogan says course of US-Turkey ties 'does not bode well'

Sep. 23, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The current course of U.S.-Turkey relations “does not bode well,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said before departing the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday. In a wide-ranging briefing to Turkish journalists, Erdogan...

A Polish bishop punished over abuse cover-up has died

Sep. 23, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Edward Janiak, a retired Roman Catholic bishop from Poland punished this year by the Vatican for the alleged cover-up of sex abuse of minors by other priests, has died. He was 69. The Kalisz diocese where Janiak had served as bishop said he died...

Kremlin critics to contest online voting in Duma election

Sep. 23, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Politicians and activists who lost to Kremlin-backed candidates in Russia's parliamentary election last weekend have formed a coalition to contest the results from online voting in Moscow, which they believe was rigged and blame for their defeat. ...