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Lebanon signs contract for forensic audit of central bank

Sep. 17, 2021 05:08 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s incoming finance minister signed a contract on Friday with a New-York-based company to conduct a forensic audit of the country’s central bank, a key demand of the international community to restore confidence in the crisis-struck country. ...

Navalny app removed from online stores as Russian polls open

Sep. 17, 2021 05:06 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An app created by allies of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny disappeared from Apple and Google stores on Friday as polls opened across Russia for three days of voting in a parliamentary election. It comes as Russian authorities seek to...

Danes wants to ban some inmates from entering a romance

Sep. 17, 2021 04:39 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Danish government wants to ban prisoners serving a life sentence from entering a romantic relationship and says that they “should not have the opportunity to spend time in prisons dating or advertising their crimes on, for example, social media.” ...

Faeroese salmon exporter joins chorus, condemns dolphin hunt

Sep. 17, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — One of the Faeroe Islands’ largest farmed salmon exporters has condemned the slaughter of a large number of white-sided dolphins on the North Atlantic archipelago as part of the islanders’ traditional drive of sea mammals into shallow water, where they are...

Beshear: Kentucky may run low on monoclonal antibodies

Sep. 17, 2021 04:07 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky may not have enough monoclonal antibody courses to meet the rising demand in the state, Gov. Andy Beshear says. The federal government is rationing the treatments in response to a national shortage, which may limit Kentucky's ability to...

Woman sues for right to freeze her eggs in Beijing

Sep. 17, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — After almost two years, an unmarried woman suing for the right to freeze her eggs in Beijing is getting her case heard in court Friday in a rare legal challenge against the country's restrictions on unmarried women in reproductive health. Teresa Xu has...

Tennessee picks 5 school districts for reading grant program

Sep. 17, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee education officials have selected five school districts to receive $300,000 grants under an early literacy program. The state Department of Education says the Reading 360 Model Districts include Bristol, Tennessee, City Schools;...

Kentucky has disbursed $65M in eviction, utility relief

Sep. 17, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has paid more than $65 million in rent and utility relief to residents during the pandemic, including more than $51 million since March, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday. Roughly $152 million is still available. If a tenant is...

2 charged with murder of N Ireland journalist Lyra McKee

Sep. 17, 2021 03:47 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Police have charged two men with the murder of Lyra McKee, a Northern Irish journalist shot dead as she covered rioting in Londonderry in 2019. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the men, aged 21 and 33, are due in court on Friday. Their names...

Trial begins over COVID outbreak in Austrian ski resort

Sep. 17, 2021 03:42 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — A civil trial opened Friday in Austria over the government's handling of a coronavirus outbreak at an Alpine ski resort during the early stages of the pandemic that relatives say resulted in unnecessary infections and deaths. The widow and son of a...