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Uzbek president heading toward landslide win in election

Oct. 24, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Uzbeks voted Sunday in a presidential election that the incumbent is expected to win in a landslide against weak competition. Although President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has relaxed many of the policies of his dictatorial predecessor, he has made...

Zhou takes advantage of Chen's struggles at Skate America

Oct. 24, 2021 01:58 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As Nathan Chen struggled at Skate America, Vincent Zhou won his first major title to show the United States has two legitimate men’s medal hopes at the upcoming Beijing Olympics. Until Saturday night, the 22-year-old Chen had won every competition he...

Tens of thousands in Orban rally in Hungary capital Budapest

Oct. 23, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Tens of thousands of supporters of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his right-wing government marched in Budapest on Saturday in a demonstration of unity behind the populist leader's contentious policies that have led to challenges to his power both in...

Uzbek president who has eased restrictions heads to new term

Oct. 23, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Uzbekistan's president, who has relaxed many of the policies of his dictatorial predecessor but has made little effort at political reform, is expected to win a new term by a landslide against weak competition in an election Sunday. Shavkat...

Secrecy shrouds Afghan refugees sent by US to base in Kosovo

Oct. 23, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is welcoming tens of thousands of Afghans airlifted out of Kabul but has disclosed little publicly about a small group who remain overseas: dozens who triggered potential security issues during security vetting and have been sent to an American base in the Balkan...

Iran provincial governor slapped in a rare security breach

Oct. 23, 2021 11:25 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The new governor of a northwestern Iranian province was slapped in the face by an angry man during his inauguration Saturday, an unusual breach of security in the Islamic Republic during a ceremony attended by the country's interior minister. ...

Shiffrin excels in World Cup skiing opener for her 70th win

Oct. 23, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

SÖLDEN, Austria (AP) — A friendly pat on the back from her rival Petra Vlhova and a long hug from boyfriend Aleksander Aamodt Kilde in the finish area were Mikaela Shiffrin's rewards for excelling in the season-opening World Cup giant slalom on Saturday. Shiffrin...

Virus surge persists in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia

Oct. 23, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia on Saturday is set to launch partial COVID-19 passes while Croatia and Slovenia reported high daily rates of infections, as countries with low vaccination rates grapple with a persisting virus surge. Serbia has seen thousands of news cases...

A moving 'reunion' for descendants of Holocaust survivors

Oct. 23, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

WESTLAKE, Texas (AP) — Anna Salton Eisen found the old pictures — wallet-size, black-and-white images of Jewish prisoners who survived the Holocaust — in a folder her late father, George Lucius Salton, kept most of his life. The Texas woman recognized the names of...

Russian COVID spike persists, setting new death record

Oct. 23, 2021 05:58 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is reporting a record high number of coronavirus infections and COVID-19 deaths as the country approaches a week of nonworking days aimed at stemming the sharp surge in cases. The national coronavirus task force said Saturday that 1,075 people had...