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After months in lockdown, a weary world is ready to dance

Oct. 16, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

Even in the depths of the pandemic -- even when the world locked down, leaving billions isolated and desolated -- there were those who danced. “I did not stop dancing for a second,” says Federico Carrizo, who competed in the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires...

Africa's largest film festival kicks off in Burkina Faso

Oct. 16, 2021 07:28 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Africa's largest film festival kicks off Saturday in Burkina Faso amid both the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing jihadi insurgency in the West African nation that has killed thousands of people and displaced more than 1 million in recent years. ...

Russia's daily COVID-19 deaths top 1,000 for first time

Oct. 16, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. The national coronavirus task force on Saturday reported 1,002 deaths in the previous day, up from 999 on Friday,...

Leaders pay tribute at church where British lawmaker killed

Oct. 16, 2021 05:02 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Leaders from across the political spectrum came together Saturday to pay tribute to a long-serving British lawmaker who was stabbed to death in what police have described as a terrorist incident. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the leader of the main...

The Latest: Russia's daily virus death toll passes 1,000

Oct. 16, 2021 06:33 AM EDT

MOSCOW — Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. The national coronavirus task force on Saturday reported 1,002 deaths in the previous day, up from 999 on Friday, along...

During WWII, getting the flu vaccine was patriotic

Oct. 16, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The world had lurched into a dark and uncertain winter. Americans were dying by the thousands, and the rhythms of everyday life seemed to carry only mournful notes of loss and deprivation. Even mundane things, like a trip to the grocery store, were...

Sisters’ online memories open window to history, their lives

Oct. 16, 2021 03:02 AM EDT

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Sister Francis Louise Honeychuck helped her mother clean a casket factory in Scottdale and watched over the two youngest of her five siblings after her father died in the 1918 flu pandemic, just before she turned 4. “I recall picking up oodles...

Game day future: 3D replays, gambling, no parking lots

Oct. 16, 2021 03:02 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — As the world stood still for extended stretches during the first 18 months of the coronavirus pandemic, so did the stadiums, arenas and ballparks where screams and cheers (and boos) from thousands of sports spectators once echoed in collective euphoria. ...

Japanese figure skaters win Olympic test event in Beijing

Oct. 16, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama and Mai Mihara have won the men's and women's singles titles at the Asia Open figure skating event. The 18-year-old world silver medalist Kagiyama scored 179.98 in the free skate for a 277.78 total in the 2022 Beijing Olympics test...

Moderate earthquake rocks Bali, killing at least 3

Oct. 16, 2021 02:23 AM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — A moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit Indonesia’s resort island of Bali early Saturday, killing at least three people and destroying dozens of homes. The quake hit just before dawn, causing people to run outdoors in a panic....