India starts world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive

January 16, 2021

India has started inoculating health workers in what is likely the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway…

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US calls Bahrain, UAE ‘major security partners’

January 16, 2021

The United States has called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates “major security partners.”…

Head of Germany’s biggest state takes helm of Angela Merkel’s party — and shot to succeed her as chancellor

January 16, 2021

The vote puts Armin Laschet in pole position ahead of September elections as Merkel steps away from power.…

In Mexico, women take the front lines as vigilantes

January 16, 2021

In the birthplace of Mexico’s vigilante ’self-defense’ movement, a new group has emerged entirely made of women, who carry assault rifles and man roadblocks, to fend off what they say is a bloody incursion into the state of Michoacán by the violent Jalisco cartel…

Massive blackouts have hit Iran. The government is blaming bitcoin mining.

January 16, 2021

Iran’s cheap energy and high inflation has made it a center for so-called cryptocurrency mining.…

Expo 2020 unveils key pavilion in Dubai as pandemic surges

January 16, 2021

Organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai have unveiled the site’s signature pavilion to reporters for the first time with the event nine months away amid the raging global pandemic…

India launches what could be the world’s largest vaccination campaign. But it’s unclear if one of the vaccines works.

January 16, 2021

India rolls out two locally made vaccines but only one has completed a Phase 3 trial.…

A lab in Italy reported a cluster of the U.K. coronavirus variant. But that wasn’t enough to stop the spread.

January 16, 2021

Governments may be missing the window to stop the spread.…

Another UN peacekeeper killed in Mali, 5th in a week

January 16, 2021

The United Nations says a peacekeeper from Egypt was killed in Mali’s northern Kidal region on Friday, and another was seriously injured, after their vehicle hit an explosive device during a logistics convoy…

In Uganda, Museveni steamrolls to a sixth term. Billions in U.S. aid help him stay in power.

January 16, 2021

A U.S. envoy called the election “fundamentally flawed.” But Uganda remains a key player for U.S. policies in Africa.…

Nepali team first to top world’s 2nd tallest peak in winter

January 16, 2021

Pakistan’s Alpine Club says that a team of Nepalese climbers has made history by scaling the world’s second highest peak — K2 — in the winter season…

AP PHOTOS: Vaccinated Indian nurse hopes worst is over

January 16, 2021

For as long as Shimray Wungreichon can remember, many of the people in her mountain town had little respect for the work she did.…

The U.S. sent Central American asylum seekers to Guatemala to seek refuge. None were granted asylum, report says.

January 16, 2021

A Senate report details failures in a Trump program that the Biden administration appears ready to drop.…

After Trump, Biden aims to reshape the presidency itself

January 16, 2021

When Joe Biden takes the oath of office Wednesday, he’ll begin to reshape the office of the presidency…

Sidelining experts, Brazil bungled its immunization plans

January 16, 2021

Brazil hasn’t approved a single vaccine yet, and independent health experts who participated in its immunization program say the plan is still incomplete, at best…

Biden fills out State Department team with Obama veterans

January 16, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden is filling out his State Department team with a group of former career diplomats and veterans of the Obama administration…

Sudan imposes curfew in West Darfur amid deadly clashes

January 16, 2021

Sudanese authorities have imposed a round-the-clock curfew across the entire West Darfur province…

Stuck in Bosnia, migrants sleeping rough face up to winter

January 16, 2021

Temperatures have dropped way below zero in Bosnia where hundreds of migrants and refugees, including entire families, are sleeping rough while trying to reach Western Europe…

Leaders in Mexico and Poland look to curb power of social media giants after Trump bans

January 16, 2021

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says he plans to raise the issue at the G20, but it is not clear how much international support there is.…

A black market for illegal coronavirus vaccines is thriving in the Philippines

January 16, 2021

The country has not approved a vaccine for general use, but Chinese workers at online casinos and presidential security officials have obtained the shots.…

UN: Pandemic reduced migrants by 2 million by mid-2020

January 16, 2021

A new U.N. report estimates that the COVID-19 pandemic reduced the number of international migrants by 2 million by the middle of 2020 because of border closings and a halt to travel worldwide…

UN says breakthrough achieved in Libya transition talks

January 16, 2021

The top U.N. official for Libya says an advisory committee of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum has agreed on a mechanism for choosing a transitional government that would lead the conflict-stricken country to elections late this year…

Official: 2 insider attackers kill 12 Afghan militiamen

January 16, 2021

Afghan police say an insider attack by at least two members of an Afghan militia has killed 12 of their fellow militiamen…

China builds hospital in 5 days after surge in virus cases

January 16, 2021

China has finished building a 1,500-room hospital for COVID-19 patients to fight a surge in infections the government said are harder to contain and that it blamed on infected people or goods from abroad…

Trump’s presidency not just a blip in US foreign policy

January 16, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to scrap President Donald Trump’s vision of “America First” in favor of “diplomacy first” will depend on whether he’s able to regain the trust of allies and convince them that Trumpism is just a blip in the annals of U.S. foreign policy…

‘This is not a game’: Global virus death toll hits 2 million

January 15, 2021

The global death toll from COVID-19 has topped 2 million…

Mexico declines to prosecute ex-Defense Minister Cienfuegos on drug charges

January 15, 2021

U.S. authorities said Cienfuegos helped a cartel ship thousands of kilos of drugs to America.…

Haiti braces for unrest as opposition demands new president

January 15, 2021

Haiti is bracing for widespread protests as opposition leaders demand that President Jovenel Moïse step down next month as an increasingly tired and angry population worries he is amassing too much power as he enters his second year of rule by decree…

Amazon city scrambles to provide oxygen to COVID-19 patients

January 15, 2021

Hospital staffers and relatives of COVID-19 patients are rushing to provide facilities with oxygen cylinders just flown into the Amazon rainforest’s biggest city as doctors choose which patients will get to breathe amid dwindling stocks and an effort to airlift some of them to other states…

Trump’s last days and the echo of one specific Hitler analogy

January 15, 2021

The 1923 Beer Hall Putsch is being invoked as a cautionary tale for Washington in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol.…

US shifts command plan to reflect warming Israeli-Arab ties

January 15, 2021

The Pentagon has tweaked its global command structure to shift Israel to the sphere of U.S. Central Command…

What the world is saying about the U.S. after the Capitol attack and Trump’s impeachment

January 15, 2021

Here’s what some world leaders and top officials have had to say about the chaos and its aftermath.…

China strips license of lawyer for Hong Kong activist

January 15, 2021

A Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist has been stripped of his law license amid efforts by Beijing to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory…

Damaged roads, lack of gear hinder Indonesia quake rescue

January 15, 2021

Damaged roads, power blackouts and lack of heavy equipment are hampering Indonesia’s rescuers after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake left at least 45 dead and hundreds injured on Sulawesi island…

Amazon city scrambles to provide oxygen to COVID-19 patients

January 15, 2021

Doctors in the Amazon rainforest’s biggest city are having to choose which COVID-19 patients can breathe amid dwindling oxygen stocks and an effort to airlift some of the infected to other states…

AP EXCLUSIVE: Maduro ally presses for dialogue with Biden

January 15, 2021

A close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he’s hopeful the Biden administration will roll back a “cruel” sanctions policy and open the door to diplomacy…

The U.S. isn’t the only country to make lawmakers pass through metal detectors

January 15, 2021

Metal detectors and other such security features are standard in many of the world’s government buildings.…

Migrant caravan on the move in Honduras in uncertain times

January 15, 2021

More than 1,000 Honduran migrants have pushed their way into Guatemala without registering, a portion of a larger migrant caravan that had left the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula before dawn…

Haiti braces for unrest as opposition demands new president

January 15, 2021

Haiti is bracing for widespread protests as opposition leaders demand that President Jovenel Moïse step down next month as an increasingly tired and angry population worries he is amassing too much power as he enters his second year of rule by decree…

Mexico publishes US evidence on ex-defense secretary

January 15, 2021

Mexico has published 751 pages of evidence it received from the United States against Mexico’s former Defense Secretary, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos…

Prisons are covid hot spots. But few countries are prioritizing vaccines for inmates.

January 15, 2021

Prisoners, given the challenges to social distancing in institutions, are especially at risk of contracting the coronavirus.…

Russia plans withdrawal from Open Skies treaty allowing surveillance flights after U.S. pullout

January 15, 2021

Russia’s move leaves another foreign policy challenge for the incoming Biden administration.…

Mexico says US ‘fabricated’ charges, releases evidence

January 15, 2021

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration “fabricated” drug trafficking accusations against his country’s former defense minister, and his government on Friday published what he said was the entire case file provided by U.S. authorities when they sent him back to Mexico…

China strips license of lawyer for Hong Kong activist

January 15, 2021

A Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist has been stripped of his license amid efforts by Beijing to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory…

Canada has secured more vaccine doses per capita than anyone else, but it’s been slow to administer them

January 15, 2021

The country has access to up to 414 million doses for a population of 38 million. The United States is vaccinating people three times as fast.…

Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte says women are not fit to be president

January 15, 2021

His latest disparaging remarks about women come amid speculation that his daughter will run for the presidency next year.…

AP EXCLUSIVE: Maduro ally presses for dialogue with Biden

January 15, 2021

A close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he’s hopeful the Biden administration will roll back a “cruel” sanctions policy and open the door to diplomacy…

In Georgia, an oligarch with echoes of Trump says he’s leaving politics. Many don’t believe him.

January 15, 2021

Bidzina Ivanishvili said he’s stepping away at the height of his influence to focus on philanthropy.…

Lawyer for Daniel Pearl’s family faces uphill legal fight

January 15, 2021

The Pakistani lawyer for the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl is facing an uphill legal battle…

López Obrador lashes out at DEA after Mexico exonerates ex-minister on drug charges

January 15, 2021

The Mexican president’s harsh language signals a continuing crisis in bilateral cooperation.…