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Face masks again mandatory in England amid variant spread

Nov. 30, 2021 08:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — New measures to combat the new omicron variant of coronavirus came into force in England Tuesday, with face coverings again compulsory in shops and on public transport. From Tuesday morning, all travelers returning to the U.K. must also take a PCR test and...

Live updates: Blinken says vaccine disparity must be tackled

Nov. 30, 2021 08:01 AM EST

RIGA, Latvia — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, which was discovered in South Africa, underscores the point that "none of us will be fully safe until everyone is.” Speaking in Riga, Latvia, during a two-day...

German police smash cocaine ring accused of smuggling tons

Nov. 30, 2021 07:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German investigators said 14 suspects were arrested Tuesday in an investigation of a gang accused of bringing nearly five metric tons (5.5 U.S. tons) of cocaine from South America to Germany. The investigation was triggered by the seizure in a shipping...

Germany: Burglars knock hole in wall to steal Lego bricks

Nov. 30, 2021 07:42 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German police are looking for witnesses after burglars broke through the wall of a toy store to steal dozens of Lego sets. Police said Tuesday that the theft took place over the weekend in the western town of Lippstadt. The burglars...

Zemmour, French far-right pundit, launches presidential run

Nov. 30, 2021 07:29 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A far-right former TV pundit with multiple hate-speech convictions officially entered the race for France's presidency on Tuesday and warned his supporters that they will likely be called racists for backing his anti-immigration and anti-Islam views. The...

Omicron was in Netherlands days earlier than first thought

Nov. 30, 2021 07:18 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The omicron variant was already in the Netherlands when South Africa alerted the World Health Organization about it last week, Dutch health authorities said Tuesday, adding to fear and confusion over the new version of the coronavirus in a weary world hoping it had left the...

NATO warns Russia to avoid costly mistake in Ukraine

Nov. 30, 2021 07:12 AM EST

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — NATO foreign ministers warned Russia on Tuesday that any attempt to further destabilize Ukraine would be a costly mistake as concern mounts that Moscow could be preparing an invasion of its neighbor. NATO is worried about a Russian buildup of heavy...

Inflation in 19 nations using euro hits record high of 4.9%

Nov. 30, 2021 07:00 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Consumer prices across the 19 countries that use the euro currency are rising at a record rate as a result of a huge spike in energy costs this year, official figures showed Tuesday. Eurostat, the European Union's statistics agency, said the eurozone's...

Founder's daughter named chair of fashion giant Inditex

Nov. 30, 2021 06:52 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The daughter of the founder of Spanish clothing company Inditex, which owns Zara, Massimo Dutti and other fashion chains, has been named as the company's next chairperson. woman, the company said Tuesday. Inditex’s board of directors named Marta Ortega...

UK competition watchdog orders Facebook to sell off Giphy

Nov. 30, 2021 06:51 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom's antitrust watchdog has blocked Facebook's acquisition of Giphy and ordered the social network to sell off the GIF-sharing platform, saying the deal hurts social media users and advertisers by stifling competition for animated images. ...