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US reports 1st case of omicron variant in returning traveler

Dec. 01, 2021 17:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant Wednesday — in a vaccinated traveler who returned to California after a trip to South Africa — as scientists around the world race to establish whether the new, mutant version of the coronavirus is...

EU chief calls for debate on making COVID-19 jabs mandatory

Dec. 01, 2021 11:02 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The chief of the European Union's executive arm said Wednesday that EU nations should consider making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory because too many people still refuse to get shots voluntarily. The EU-wide vaccination rate stands at 66%, and...

EU set to unveil massive worldwide infrastructure plan

Nov. 30, 2021 10:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday is set to unveil a multibillion-euro plan aimed at bolstering the 27-nation bloc’s worldwide infrastructure and influence. The program is expected to mobilize up to 300 billion euros ($341 billion) in public and private...

WHO warns that new virus variant poses 'very high' risk

Nov. 29, 2021 18:00 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization warned Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is “very high” based on the early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with “severe consequences.” The assessment from the U.N....

World races to contain new COVID threat, the omicron variant

Nov. 26, 2021 20:58 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world raced Friday to contain a new coronavirus variant potentially more dangerous than the one that has fueled relentless waves of infection on nearly every continent. A World Health Organization panel...

EU eases its controls on COVID-19 vaccine exports

Nov. 26, 2021 09:16 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said on Friday that it will ease its restrictions on exporting COVID-19 vaccines. The Commission, the EU's executive arm, said that as of January it will no longer require vaccine producers to request special authorization to export...

Bus crashes, catches fire in Bulgaria; at least 45 dead

Nov. 23, 2021 14:50 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A bus carrying tourists back to North Macedonia crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria early Tuesday, killing at least 45 people, including a dozen children, authorities said. DNA tests were being carried out to identify the victims. The bus...

The Latest: EU executive says COP26 agreement a good start

Nov. 13, 2021 17:28 PM EST

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The latest on the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow: BRUSSELS — The head of the European Union’s executive arm says Saturday’s agreement at the U.N. climate conference “gives us confidence that we can provide a safe and prosperous space...

Kremlin denies plans to invade Ukraine, alleges NATO threats

Nov. 12, 2021 13:37 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Friday rebuffed allegations that a buildup of its troops near Ukraine reflects Moscow's aggressive intentions, saying Russia needs to ensure its security in response to alleged NATO threats. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed Western...

Leaders in Paris call for protecting children online

Nov. 11, 2021 15:00 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Internet giants, including social media apps Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat, joined several world leaders to issue a global call to better protect children online at a Paris summit on Thursday. The call, initiated by France and the U.N. child...