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Medical personnel work inside a COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at the military hospital in Lisbon, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. The military hospital is expanding it's number of beds available to take COVID-19 patients from the National Health Service. Portugal is reporting new daily records of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations as a recent pandemic surge continues unabated. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Portugal scrambles for virus beds; health system threatened

Jan. 28, 2021 10:10 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — At Lisbon’s Military Hospital, hundreds of troops have spent frantic weeks rushing to turn every available space into makeshift COVID-19 wards, as Portugal scrambles to cope with a sudden deluge of cases engulfing its public health system. The hospital’s waiting rooms,...

FILE - In this July 7, 2018 file photo whiskeys distilled and bottled in the U.S. are displayed for sale in a grocery store in Beijing.  American whiskey absorbed some setbacks but showed resilience in the face of COVID-related clampdowns on bars and restaurants as liquor sales benefited from enduring demand for a good stiff drink.  Despite plunging sales from bars and restaurants, the American whiskey sector still rang up increased revenues in 2020.  (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, file)

U.S. whiskey bolstered by liquor store sales in 2020

Jan. 28, 2021 10:02 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — American whiskey absorbed some setbacks but showed resilience in the face of pandemic-related clampdowns on bars and restaurants as liquor sales benefited from enduring demand for a good stiff drink. Despite plunging sales from bars and restaurants, the American whiskey sector still...

Syria group files for int'l probe of Greece migrant abuse

Jan. 28, 2021 9:53 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A Washington-based Syrian rights group filed a case with the International Criminal Court on Thursday, calling for an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity by Greece for its mistreatment of refugees. The Syria Justice and Accountability Center said witness testimony and video...

A man wears a face mask as he comes back from the vaccination center in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

German draft doesn't recommend AstraZeneca jab for over-65s

Jan. 28, 2021 9:31 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A draft recommendation from Germany’s vaccination advisory committee calls for offering the AstraZeneca vaccine only to people aged 18-64 for now, citing what it says is insufficient data to judge its effectiveness for older people. The European Medicines Agency is expected to approve...

A nurse administers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a resident at DomusVi nursing home in Alcala Henares, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Health authorities in Spain are complaining that they are running short of COVID-19 vaccines due to delays in deliveries by pharmaceutical companies. Spain along with the rest of the European Union has suffered delays since Pfizer announced two weeks ago that it would reduce deliveries temporarily during a plant upgrade. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

WHO Europe: Vaccine production delays are a real issue

Jan. 28, 2021 9:16 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — National tensions are erupting over slow coronavirus vaccine rollouts but production delay issues are real and world leaders must realize that “no one is safe until everyone is safe,” the European chief for the World Health Organization said Thursday. Dr. Hans Kluge said...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson elbow bumps a member of the military as he meets troops setting up a vaccination centre in the Castlemilk district of Glasgow, on his one day visit to Scotland, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.  Johnson is facing accusations that he is not abiding by lockdown rules as he makes a trip to Scotland on Thursday to laud the rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines across the United Kingdom. (Jeff Mitchell/Pool Photo via AP)

UK PM Johnson faces criticism over Scotland trip in lockdown

Jan. 28, 2021 9:13 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced accusations Thursday that he is not abiding by the country's lockdown rules as he visited Scotland to laud the rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines across the United Kingdom. With a raft of polling showing increased support for Scottish independence...

Cars are parked at the entrance of Novasep factory in Seneffe, Belgium, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Belgian health authorities said Thursday they have inspected a pharmaceutical factory located in Belgium to find out whether the expected delays in the deliveries of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccines are due to production issues. The Novasep factory in the town of Seneffe is part of the European production chain for AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine. (AP Photo/Mark Carlson)

The Latest: WHO EU chief: Nations clamoring for vaccine

Jan. 28, 2021 8:42 AM EST

GENEVA — The European chief for the World Health Organization says “the telephone line is very hot” in conversations with European Union officials and others clamoring for more coronavirus vaccines. Dr. Hans Kluge, speaking in a video conference from WHO Europe headquarters in Copenhagen,...

Cars are parked at the entrance of Novasep factory in Seneffe, Belgium, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Belgian health authorities said Thursday they have inspected a pharmaceutical factory located in Belgium to find out whether the expected delays in the deliveries of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccines are due to production issues. The Novasep factory in the town of Seneffe is part of the European production chain for AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine. (AP Photo/Mark Carlson)

Vaccine factory inspected amid EU dispute with AstraZeneca

Jan. 28, 2021 8:32 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian health authorities said Thursday they have inspected a pharmaceutical factory to determine whether expected delays in the deliveries of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine are actually due to production issues amid a heated public dispute between the European Union and the...

People march near the front of the Constitutional Tribunal headquarters in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021, to protest after the country's top court on Wednesday confirmed its highly divisive ruling that will further tighten the predominantly Catholic nation's strict anti-abortion law. The Constitutional Tribunal published the justification of its decision, which means it can now be officially printed and take immediate effect. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland: Near-total abortion ban takes effect amid protests

Jan. 28, 2021 7:10 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A near-total ban on abortion has taken effect in Poland and triggered a new round of nationwide protests three months after a top court ruled that the abortion of congenitally damaged fetuses is unconstitutional. Led by a women's rights group, Women's Strike, people poured onto the...

An Orthodox rabbi is checking the quality of poultry meat in a Kosher slaughterhouse in Csengele, Hungary on Jan. 15, 2021. Hungarian Jewish community, exporter of Kosher meat, fear that the European Court of Justice verdict on upholding a Belgian law that banned ritual slaughter could have an affect on other EU member states' regulation on Kosher slaughter. Animal rights groups that pushed for the Flanders law argue that ritual slaughter without stunning amounts to animal cruelty. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)

Ruling brings kosher slaughterhouse new business, old fears

Jan. 28, 2021 2:58 AM EST

CSENGELE, Hungary (AP) — In a small room lined with religious texts, a Jewish rabbi demonstrates how knives are sharpened and inspected before they are put to use slitting the throats of chickens, geese and other poultry at a kosher slaughterhouse in Hungary. A shochet, someone trained and certified to...