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Russia's Navalny announces start of prison hunger strike
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Russia's Navalny announces start of prison hunger strike

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has started a prison hunger strike to protest officials’ failure to provide proper treatment for his back and leg pains.In a statement posted Wednesday on Instagram, Navalny complained about prison authorities’ refusal to give him the right medicines and to allow his doctor to visit him behind bars. He also protested the hourly checks a guard makes on him at night, saying they amount to sleep deprivation torture. Navalny said in his statement that he had no choice but to protest with a hunger strike because his physical condition has worsened. He said his back pains have spread to his right leg and he feels numbness in his left leg.“What else could I do?” he wrote. “I have declared a hunger strike demanding that they allow a visit by an invi...
EU says 'no evidence' to restrict use of AstraZeneca vaccine
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EU says 'no evidence' to restrict use of AstraZeneca vaccine

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the European Medicines Agency said Wednesday that there is “no evidence” that would support restricting use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in any population, as Germany has now done amid concerns over rare blood clots in people who got the shot.But EMA Executive Director Emer Cooke said her agency continues to study reports of new cases as they come in and will provide a further assessment next week.On Tuesday, an independent vaccine expert panel in Germany said the AstraZeneca shot should not routinely be given to people under 60 because of a rise in reported cases of unusual blood clots in the days after vaccination. The German government followed the recommendation and said the shot will now be prioritized for people age 60 and older.“According to the cur...
In quieter Mexico City, rare bats make an appearance
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In quieter Mexico City, rare bats make an appearance

MEXICO CITY (AP) — At a Mexico City university campus, researchers are stringing mesh nets between trees, hoping to capture evidence that a rare bat has begun visiting its favorite plants in this metropolis of 9 million. The National Autonomous University’s botanical gardens are filled with flowering morning glory, agave plants and cactuses that provide the bats with food; their long tongues and noses have evolved to drink nectar from the blooms. The protected Mexican long-tongued bat was first sighted this year in an even more unlikely location: a zoo at the Chapultepec park in the city’s center. Under pandemic rules, the park was closed or placed under strict visitation limits for much of the past year, and that may have encouraged the bats to come and feast.“It is clear that we have see...
EXPLAINER: What we know about AstraZeneca blood clot reports
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EXPLAINER: What we know about AstraZeneca blood clot reports

LONDON (AP) — German officials have decided to limit the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in people under 60 after more unusual blood clots were reported in a small number of people who received the shots.Earlier this month, more than a dozen countries, including Germany, suspended their use of AstraZeneca over the blood clot issue. Most restarted — some with the kinds of restrictions Germany imposed Tuesday — after Europe’s drug regulator said the benefits of the vaccine outweighed the risks of not inoculating people against COVID-19.The seesawing back and forth on who can take the vaccine has raised concerns that its credibility could be permanently damaged. Here’s a look at what we know — and what we don’t.WHAT HAPPENED IN GERMANY? Earlier this week, Germany’s medical regulator ...
ICC judges to rule on Ivory Coast president's acquittal
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ICC judges to rule on Ivory Coast president's acquittal

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges are ruling Wednesday on an appeal by prosecutors against the acquittal of Ivory Coast’s former president on charges of involvement in deadly violence that erupted after 2010 elections.Laurent Gbagbo and former Youth Minister Charles Ble Goude were acquitted in 2019 of responsibility for crimes including murder, rape and persecution following the disputed election. Judges said that prosecutors failed to prove their case and halted the trial before defense lawyers had even presented any evidence.More than 3,000 people were killed after Gbagbo refused to accept defeat by his rival, current Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara.Prosecutors appealed, saying the decision to acquit was wrong and asking appeals judges to declare a...
China pushes to expand virus origin search beyond its border
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China pushes to expand virus origin search beyond its border

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health officials pushed Wednesday to expand the search for the origins of the coronavirus beyond China, one day after the release of a closely watched World Health Organization report on the issue.They also rejected criticism that China did not give enough data to a WHO team of international experts that visited Wuhan, the Chinese city where the first cases were detected, earlier this year.The search for the origins of the virus has become a diplomatic feud. The U.S. and other Western nations have repeatedly raised questions about delays, transparency and data access, while China has promoted theories that suggest the virus may have come from elsewhere.“If we limit the study of origin within China, I think this is a scientific misunderstanding, because the source is ...
Experts examine bottom of big ship that was stuck in Suez
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Experts examine bottom of big ship that was stuck in Suez

CAIRO (AP) — Experts dived under a colossal container ship that had been stuck for nearly a week in the Suez Canal before it was freed, to examine the vessel’s underside, officials said Wednesday. The dives were part of a continuing investigation into what caused the grounding of the Ever Given, now anchored in the Great Bitter Lake, a wide stretch of water halfway between the north and south ends of the canal.Salvage teams succeeded in finally freeing the skyscraper-size vessel on Monday afternoon.The ship got stuck sideways in a narrow stretch of the canal, shaking the global shipping industry when it halted billions of dollars a day in maritime commerce for around a week.Two senior canal officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters,...
Hungarian journalists demand access to COVID wards
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Hungarian journalists demand access to COVID wards

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — More than two dozen Hungarian media outlets on Wednesday sent an open letter to the government demanding greater transparency and access to hospitals for journalists covering the COVID-19 pandemic. Only Hungary’s state media have been allowed inside COVID wards, and journalists have complained that a government order prohibiting medical staff from speaking to reporters has made it impossible to report on worsening conditions inside hospitals, creating a false picture of the situation’s severity.“Doctors and nurses are not permitted to speak publicly while members of the press are not allowed into hospitals, so we are unable to report on what happens there,” the letter reads.The outlets — 28 in all - demanded that journalists be granted access to report on condition...
Italian naval officer, Russian detained on spying charges
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Italian naval officer, Russian detained on spying charges

ROME (AP) — Italian authorities said Wednesday they have arrested an Italian Navy captain on spying charges after he was allegedly caught giving classified documents to a Russian embassy official in exchange for money.The Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador, Sergey Razov, after the sting operation late Tuesday caught the two in what police said was a “clandestine operation” to exchange the goods.Italy’s Carabinieri paramilitary police said in a statement that the Italian official, who is a frigate captain, had been arrested. The Russian, a member of the Russian armed forces stationed at Moscow’s embassy to Italy, has been detained but his status is “under consideration” given his diplomatic position, the statement said.Italy’s special operations forces in Rome staged the opera...
Gunfire in Niger's capital days before inauguration
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Gunfire in Niger's capital days before inauguration

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger’s security forces thwarted an attempted military coup at the West African country’s presidential palace overnight just two days before the newly elected president is to be sworn into office in a peaceful transfer of power, the government said Wednesday.The coup attempt raises fear of more violence coinciding with newly elected President Mohamed Bazoum’s inauguration on Friday. Already his administration faces unprecedented threats from Islamic extremists near its troubled border with Mali.Several people have been arrested in connection with the coup attempt while “others linked to the events are being actively sought,” government spokesman Abdourahmane Zakaria said Wednesday afternoon. “The government condemns this cowardly and backward act aimed at jeopardizing ...