Red Cross warns that coronavirus cases are exploding in Asia
The International Federation of the Red Cross says coronavirus cases are exploding in Asia with over 5.9 million new confirmed infections over the past two weeks.
The Latest: Blinken: Israel must avoid civilian casualties
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Israel bears an “extra burden” to avoid civilian casualties as it responds to rocket attacks from Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.
Kremlin-imposed cuts at US Embassy leave thousands adrift
Under Kremlin orders, the U.S. Embassy has stopped employing Russians, forcing the embassy to cut its consular staff by 75% and limit many of its usual services.
Dozens killed in Mideast conflict that recalls 2014 Gaza war
Israel has killed a string of senior Hamas military figures and pounded three multistory towers as it hammered the Gaza Strip with airstrikes.
The Latest: CDC mulls advice for Pfizer shots age 12 and up
Federal health advisers are meeting to issue recommendations on how to vaccinate kids as young as 12 with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Ukraine charges Putin ally Medvedchuk with treason
Ukraine has indicted a top opposition figure who is a close ally of Russia’s president with treason and attempts to steal natural resources from Russia-annexed Crimea.
Dutch move toward further easing of coronavirus lockdown
The Dutch government says zoos and theme parks will be allowed to re-open next week under strict conditions and bars and cafes can extend the opening hours of their outdoor terraces, if hospital and ICU admissions continue to fall.
Beyond vaccines, UNESCO wants more global science shared
While the U.S. president is calling for suspending patents on COVID-19 vaccines, experts at UNESCO are quietly working on a more ambitious plan.
South Africa's president suspends party secretary-general
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has intensified the country’s anti-corruption drive with the suspension of his African National Congress party’s secretary-general, who is facing corruption charges in court.
Bulgaria caretaker government appointed until July election
Bulgaria has moved to quell a political crisis by appointing a retired general as interim prime minister until an election is held in July.
Scores of dead bodies found floating in India’s Ganges River
Scores of dead bodies have been found floating down the Ganges River in eastern India as the country battles a ferocious surge in coronavirus infections.
Judge rules victims in 1971 Belfast shooting were innocent
A coroner in Northern Ireland has ruled that 10 people killed during a military operation in west Belfast half a century ago were innocent and soldiers were responsible for nine of the deaths.
German investors increasingly optimistic as COVID cases fall
German investors are increasingly optimistic about the country’s economy as the latest surge in the coronavirus pandemic seems to be slowing.
Iran rejects US claim that speedboats sparked encounter
Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard has rejected the United States Navy’s claim that Iranian speedboats maneuvered too close in the Strait of Hormuz and sparked a tense encounter in the already sensitive region.
Australia plans big defense and security investments
The Australian government has released a big-spending economic plan for the next fiscal year that includes hefty investments in defense and national security as relations with China worsen.
Pope creates lay ministry to boost supply of faith teachers
Pope Francis has formally created a new lay ministry to encourage greater participation of secular women and men in the teaching of the Catholic faith, especially in places where priests are in short supply.
Mexico: Russia's Sputnik V shortages mean limited 2nd doses
Mexican authorities say Russia has been having so many problems producing second doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine that there won't be enough to give people who got the first dose a second shot.
British PM seeks to bolster economy, union in new parliament
The U.K. government is seeking to capitalize on its electoral strength by outlining a sweeping legislative agenda for the new session of Parliament.
Clock is ticking for EU vaccine certificates as summer looms
European affairs ministers gathered in Brussels Tuesday to assess progress in discussions with EU lawmakers about a virus certificates scheme to boost travel and tourism during the summer season.
France vows tougher punishment for those who attack police
French Prime Minister Jean Castex has vowed tougher and faster punishment for people who attack police, feeling endangered, disrepected by the courts and some citizens.
China adds few babies, loses workers as its 1.4B people age
The number of working-age people in China fell over the past decade while the population barely grew, adding to strains in an aging society.
1.4B but no more? China's population growth closer to zero
China’s weak population growth is falling closer to zero, adding to strains on an aging society with a shrinking workforce as fewer couples have children.
UN experts: Islamic State committed genocide against Yazidis
The head of a U.N. team investigating atrocities in Iraq says it has found “clear and compelling evidence” that Islamic State extremists committed genocide against the Yazidi minority in 2014.
WHO official denies lying to Italy prosecutors over report
A top World Health Organization official has strongly denied making false statements to Italian prosecutors about a spiked U.N. report into Italy’s coronavirus response.
Spain: Expert warns that virus surge could follow parties
Spain’s top coronavirus expert has delivered a stern warning to citizens who are acting as if the pandemic has ended now that the government has relaxed measures against the spread of contagion amid an accelerating rollout of vaccines.
French admiral: Air power helps root out 'underground' IS
A French senior naval officer says the Islamic State group is using stealth to regenerate its forces by developing its military capabilities underground and France is deploying its warships and aircraft in the region to help troops on the ground root out the threat.
France honors Paris teacher who saved jogger's life
The French government has given a medal to a math teacher and volunteer firefighter who used CPR to save the life of a jogger in a Paris park.
French serial killer dies at 79 in secure hospital unit
The Paris prosecutor says a French serial killer sentenced twice to life imprisonment for the murder of eight women has died at the age of 79.
Albania prime minister set on firing the country’s president
Albania’s prime minister has expressed his determination to remove the president from his post, saying he has embarrassed the country.
Prost! Bavaria opens some of its famous beer gardens again
Bavarians are now able to enjoy a tall beer in the spring sun in several areas in the southern German state where the spread of the coronavirus has been successfully slowed.
EU: Pandemic measures to total about $5.85 trillion
The European Union’s top economy official says that the recovery measures the EU and its 27 member states have in the works to emerge from the pandemic total around $5.85 trillion.
Dracula's castle proves an ideal setting for COVID-19 jabs
At Dracula’s castle in picturesque Transylvania, Romanian doctors are offering a jab in the arm rather than a stake through the heart.
French court dismisses case over Agent Orange use in Vietnam
A French court has dismissed the case of a French-Vietnamese woman who sued 14 companies that produced and sold the powerful defoliant dioxin Agent Orange, used by U.S. troops during the Vietnam War.
Paris court tries anti-racism activist for statue attack
An activist for Black rights has gone on trial in Paris for defacing a statue of a historical figure from France’s colonial, slave-trading past.
David Attenborough to address leaders at UN climate summit
Veteran British broadcaster David Attenborough has been appointed the “people’s advocate” at the U.N. global climate summit this year, where he is expected to address political leaders about the need for urgent action to tackle the “crippling” threat of climate change.
Turkey seeks better Saudi ties despite Khashoggi slaying
Turkey's Foreign Ministry says its top diplomat is traveling to Saudi Arabia as Turkey seeks to repair ties that hit an all-time low over the 2018 killing in Istanbul of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.