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Czechs impose the tightest lockdown amid UK variant surge

The Czech government has further tightened its lockdown to slow down a surge of a highly contagious coronavirus variant
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People wearing face masks walk across the medieval Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The Czech government is barring the citizens and residents from travelling to the countries hit by highly contagious coronavirus variants and is tightening the rules for face coverings. Starting on Thursday, the Czechs are required to wear better masks in places where large numbers gather, including stores, hospitals and public transportation. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction

A large group of gunmen raided a school in northern Nigeria early Friday.
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One of the students who was not kidnapped from a Government Girls Junior Secondary School following an attack by gunmen in Jangebe, Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Gunmen abducted 317 girls from a boarding school in northern Nigeria on Friday, police said, the latest in a series of mass kidnappings of students in the West African nation. (AP Photo/ Ibrahim Mansur)
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Algeria pro-democracy marchers try to revive Friday protests

Protesters have taken to the streets of Algiers and other cities around Algeria in a bid to restart weekly pro-democracy demonstrations
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People demonstrate with Algerian flags for a second time this week in Algiers, Algeria, Feb. 26, 2021. Algerians turned out on Friday in the streets of the capital and scattered cities around their North African country to demonstrate in the pro-democracy movement, four days after tens of thousands of marchers marked Hirak's second anniversary. (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)
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Texas struggles to recover, snow angels and spring training: The Week in Photos

A look at the week's top photos from around the globe.
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Texas struggles to recover, snow angels and spring training: The Week in Photos
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Police: Infamous gang leader killed after prison breakout

One of Haiti’s most powerful gang leaders has been killed
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National police officers search for inmates on the perimeters of the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Prison in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. At least seven people were killed and one injured on Thursday after eyewitnesses told The Associated Press that several inmates tried to escape from the prison in Haiti’s capital. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
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Armenia's political tensions still high after PM's coup talk

Political tensions in Armenia remain high after the prime minister accused top military officers demanding his resignation of an attempted coup
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Opposition demonstrators warm themselves at a fire as they rally to pressure Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to resign in the center of Yerevan, Armenia, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Armenia has been gripped by a political crisis with the opposition demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and some opposition activists put up tents outside the government headquarters to raise pressure on Pashinyan. (Hrant Khachatryan/PAN Photo via AP)
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WFP: Security protocols, leaks a focus of Congo probe

A U.N. investigation into the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Congo will look into whether security protocols were followed and whether information might have leaked to the unknown gunmen involved in the ambush
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United Nations peacekeepers recover bodies from an area near the site where a U.N. convoy was attacked in Nyiragongo, North Kivu province, Congo, on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Luca Attanasio, Italian ambassador to the Congo, an Italian Carabineri bodyguard and a Congolese driver were killed in the area that is home to myriad rebel groups, according to the Foreign Ministry and local people. (AP Photo/Justin Kabumba)
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Black Americans reconnect with roots at Ghana's 'Door of No Return'

"Africa is on the rise and African people are also ascending," one person said.
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Rabbi Kohain Halevi is a board member of the Diaspora African Forum, which in part helps connect visitors to their ancestral history.
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US strike, first under Biden, kills Iran-backed militiaman

An Iraqi militia official says a U.S. airstrike in Syria has killed one militiaman and wounded a number of others with a powerful Iranian-backed Iraqi group
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, file photo, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a media briefing at the Pentagon, in Washington. Kirby announced late Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, that the U.S. military conducted airstrikes against facilities in eastern Syria that the Pentagon said were used by Iran-backed militia groups, in response to recent attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq. Kirby said the action was authorized by President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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Russian diplomats use hand-powered railway trolley to get out of North Korea

COVID restrictions forced the diplomats to find an unorthodox way home.
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Russian diplomats and family members use a hand-pushed rail trolley to leave North Korea while crossing the demarcation line between North Korea and Russia, Feb. 25, 2021.
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Koala celebrates 16th birthday

Sydney Zoo's oldest koala, Faith, celebrated her 16th birthday with a koala-friendly eucalyptus cake.
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Sydney Zoo's oldest koala, Faith, celebrated her 16th birthday with a koala-friendly eucalyptus cake.
February 26

Rights monitor says 3 dead as protests rage in southern Iraq

An Iraqi human rights monitor says three anti-government protesters have died after Iraqi security forces used live ammunition to disperse crowds in the fifth day of protests in southern Iraq
February 26
February 26

Russian diplomats hand-push trolley over North Korea border

A group of Russian diplomats and their family members have returned to Russia from North Korea using a hand-pushed rail trolley because the coronavirus pandemic has halted all passenger traffic between the countries
February 26
In this image taken from a video released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, a group of Russian diplomats push hand-pushed rail trolley with their children and suitcases to the border with Russia. A group of Russian diplomats and their family members returned to Russia from North Korea on a hand-pushed rail trolley on Thursday because of COVID-19 restrictions in the country, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a Facebook post. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)
February 26

North Macedonia: Clashes at protest over terror convictions

At least seven policemen have been injured during clashes in North Macedonia’s capital Skopje after a court this week upheld terrorism-related convictions for ethnic Albanian men accused of murders that inflamed ethnic tensions in the Balkan country
February 26
A protestor throws a stone at the police during a protest in a street in Skopje, North Macedonia, on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Several hundred people, including relatives of convicted in a recent court verdict on the fishermen murder, have clashed with strong police forces on Friday, with reports of injured police officers. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
February 26

Explosion strikes Israeli-owned ship in Mideast amid tension

An explosion has struck an Israeli-owned cargo ship sailing out of the Middle East, an unexplained blast renewing concerns about ship security amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran
February 26
February 26

Russian diplomats return home by pushing railcar

Russian embassy employees in North Korea and their families left the country on a hand-pushed rail trolley.
February 26
Russian embassy employees in North Korea and their families left the country on a hand-pushed rail trolley.
February 26

What is COVAX?

COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access is an initiative launched by the WHO to ensure vaccine access to the world’s most vulnerable.
February 26
COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access is an initiative launched by the WHO to ensure vaccine access to the world’s most vulnerable.
February 26

Berlin man convicted over threat to blow up British hospital

An Italian man living in Berlin has been convicted of attempted extortion for threatening to blow up a British National Health Service hospital unless he was paid off with 10 million pounds ($13.2 million) in crypto currency
February 26
FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 file photo, a sign in the interior of the NHS vaccination centre in Robertson House, Stevenage, England. An Italian man living in Berlin has on Friday Feb. 26, 2021 been convicted of attempted extortion for threatening to blow up a British National Health Service hospital unless he was paid off with 10 million pounds ($13.2 million) in crypto currency. Defendant Emil A., whose last name wasn’t given in line with German privacy laws, was sentenced to three years in prison.(Leon Neal/Pool Photo via AP, file)
February 26

Bangladeshis protest prison death of commentator

Protesters in Bangladesh have blocked a busy intersection in the capital to protest the death in prison of a writer and commentator who was arrested on charges of violating the sweeping digital security law, which critics say stifles freedom of expression
February 26
Protesters offer Friday prayers as they protest the death in prison of a writer who was arrested on charges of violating the sweeping digital security, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Mushtaq Ahmed, 53, was arrested in Dhaka in May last year for making comments on social media that criticized the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. He had been denied bail at least six times. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
February 26

Rwandan court rules it can try 'Hotel Rwanda' hero

A judge has ruled that the terrorism trial of the man who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” can be held in Rwanda
February 26
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, file photo, Paul Rusesabagina, center, whose story inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda" for saving people from genocide, appears at the Kicukiro Primary Court in the capital Kigali, Rwanda. As the terrorism trial for Rusesabagina is set to start on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, his family says the critic of longtime Rwandan President Paul Kagame has no chance at a fair trial and might die from poor health behind bars. (AP Photo, File)
February 26

Report questions claim Palestinian was shot in self-defense

An international research group examining the fatal shooting of a Palestinian motorist has challenged self-defense claims by Israeli troops
February 26
FILE - In this June 23, 2020, file photo, Israeli policemen stand around the body of a Palestinian at a checkpoint near Jerusalem. Israeli police previously said that Ahmed Erekat, a 27-year-old print shop owner, rammed his car into a checkpoint in a terrorist attack and later died of wounds following gunfire from police. Earlier this week, Forensic Architecture, a London-based group that investigates state violence, and Palestinian human rights group Al Haq said its analysis raises major questions in the Israeli army’s claim about Ahmad’s killing and calls for further investigation. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)
February 26
Recaptured inmates are led by police outside the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Prison after an attempted breakout, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. At least seven people were killed on Thursday after several inmates tried to escape from the prison, eyewitnesses told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery).
February 26

N Macedonia: 6 ex-officials get prison terms for wiretaps

A former interior minister, an ex-intelligence chief, and four other former officials from North Macedonia have been convicted for their roles in an unauthorized wiretapping operation that targeted some 20,000 people
February 26
February 26

EXPLAINER: How US airstrike in Syria sends message to Iran

A U.S. airstrike targeting facilities used by Iran-backed militias in Syria appears to be a message to Tehran delivered by a new American administration still figuring out its approach to the Middle East
February 26
FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2021, file photo, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a media briefing at the Pentagon in Washington. A U.S. airstrike targeting facilities used by Iran-backed militias in Syria appears to be a message to Tehran delivered by a new American administration still figuring out its approach to the Middle East. Kirby said the operation in Boukamal, Syria, sends an unambiguous message: “President Biden will act to protect American and coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to deescalate the overall situation in eastern Syria and Iraq.” (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
February 26

Volkswagen weathers pandemic with $10.7 billion profit

German automaker Volkswagen made 8.8 billion euros, or $10.7 billion, last year despite the pandemic
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, Electric car ID.3 cars stand at the factory area during a press tour at the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG ,VW, in Zwickau, Germany. Automaker Volkswagen tripled sales of battery-only cars last year as its new electric compact ID.3 came on the market ahead of tough new limits on auto emissions. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)
February 26

Amnesty report describes Axum massacre in Ethiopia's Tigray

An Amnesty International report says soldiers from Eritrea systematically killed “many hundreds” of people, the large majority men, in a massacre in late November in the Ethiopian city of Axum
February 26
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 file photo, the Church of St. Mary of Zion in Axum, in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. A new Amnesty International report issued Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 says soldiers from Eritrea systematically killed "many hundreds" of people, the large majority men, in a massacre in late November 2020 in the Ethiopian city of Axum. (AP Photo/File)
February 26

French Riviera cities under lockdown as new infections soar

French authorities have ordered a local weekend lockdown starting on Friday evening in the French Riviera city of Nice and the surrounding coastal area to try to curb the spread of the virus
February 26
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2016 file photo people take rest on the Promenade des Anglais, in Nice, southeastern France. Residents of the French Riviera city of Nice won't be allowed to enjoy a walk on the beach on a sunny weekend after authorities have decided to implement a local, temporary lockdown to try to curb the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
February 26

Man who attacked Jew in Germany sent to psychiatric hospital

A German court has sent a man who attacked a Jewish student in Hamburg in October to a psychiatric hospital
February 26
February 26

2 US Navy warships in Mideast hit by coronavirus outbreaks

Two U.S. Navy warships operating in the Mideast have been struck by coronavirus outbreaks
February 26
In this Feb. 15, 2014, photo released by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea leaves Naval Station Mayport in Mayport, Florida. Two U.S. Navy warships operating in the Mideast have been affected by the coronavirus, authorities said Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, with one already at port in Bahrain and another heading to port. The Philippine Sea will head to a port that the Navy declined to name over "operational security." (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marcus L. Stanley/U.S. Navy, via AP)
February 26

India's economy expands 0.4% in Oct.-Dec., ending recession

India’s economy expanded by a weaker-than-expected 0.4% in the October-December quarter, which still allowed it to escape recession following large contractions in the two previous quarters during the pandemic
February 26
February 26

Dutch appeals court upholds legal basis for virus curfew

A Dutch appeals court has ruled that the government was entitled to use an emergency law to underpin its coronavirus curfew
February 26
February 26

BA parent company books huge loss, pushes for digital passes

The parent company of British Airways and Iberia says it lost 6.9 billion euros ($8.3 billion) last year as the pandemic caused a near-total collapse in international air traffic
February 26
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, file photo, British Airways planes are parked at Heathrow Airport in London. The parent company of British Airways and Iberia on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 said it lost 6.9 billion euros ($8.3 billion) last year as the pandemic caused a near-total collapse in international air traffic, and called for digital passes to help revive travel. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
February 26

Boeing 777 makes emergency landing in Moscow: Reports

Russian media report that a Boeing 777 made an emergency landing in Moscow in the early hours on Friday after a pilot reported a problem with the engine
February 26
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2011 file photo, the Boeing Company logo on the property in El Segundo, Calif. Russian media report that a Boeing 777 plane made an emergency landing in Moscow in the early hours of Friday Feb. 26, 2021, after the pilot reported a problem with the engine. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
February 26

Authorities say explosion strikes ship in Gulf of Oman; crew safe and heading to nearby port

Authorities say explosion strikes ship in Gulf of Oman; crew safe and heading to nearby port
February 26
February 26

IS bride loses bid to return to UK to fight for citizenship

A woman who as a teenager ran away from London to join the Islamic State group has lost her bid to return to the U.K. to fight for the restoration of her citizenship, which was revoked on national security grounds
February 26
FILE - This undated photo released by the Metropolitan Police of London, shows Shamima Begum. Shamima Begum who ran away from London as a teenager to join the Islamic State group lost her bid Friday Feb. 26, 2021 to return to the U.K. to fight for the restoration of her citizenship, which was revoked on national security grounds. (Metropolitan Police of London via AP, File)
February 26

Germany's Birkenstock selling majority stake to investors

Germany’s Birkenstock, known for its upmarket sandals, says it is selling a majority stake to private equity firm L Catteron and affiliates including Financière Agache, the family investment company of French billionaire Bernard Arnault
February 26
February 26

Explosion destroys cafe, injures 3 people in Russia

An explosion has destroyed a café building and injured three people in a Russian city 400 kilometers (248 miles) east of Moscow
February 26
February 26

Officials: Attack targets Afghan reporter's family, kills 3

A local official in western Afghanistan says that gunmen have killed at least three family members of an assassinated journalist
February 26
Afghans attend funeral of the family members of journalist Bismillah Adil Aimaq, who was shot dead in an unclaimed attack nearby Ghor on Jan. 1, in in Ghor, western Afghanistan, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Gunmen stormed the family home late Thursday and killed three and wounded at least five more of the family. (AP Photo)
February 26

Myanmar protesters injured as police escalate use of force

Myanmar security forces have cracked down on anti-coup protesters in the country’s second-largest city, injuring at least three people, two of whom were shot in the chest by rubber bullets and another who suffered a flesh wound on his leg
February 26
University teachers march with the images of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Supporters of Myanmar’s junta attacked people protesting the military government that took power in a coup, using slingshots, iron rods and knives Thursday to injure several of the demonstrator (AP Photo) (AP Photo)
February 26

Officials: Heavy fighting kills 27 people in central Yemen

Tribal and security officials in Yemen say that heavy fighting between rebels and government forces has killed at least 27 people in the oil-rich province of Marib
February 26
February 26

Police raid far-right network in Germany

Authorities detained eight suspects in connection with a far-right network.
February 26
Police officers search a house belonging to the right-wing scene in Ballstaedt, Germany, Friday, Feb.26, 2021. Police in several federal states have taken action against a neo-Nazi network with a large-scale raid. The searches in Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Hesse involved suspected large-scale drug trafficking and money laundering, according to the Thuringia State Criminal Police Office on Friday morning. (Michael Reichel/dpa via AP)
February 26

Hundreds of schoolgirls missing in northern Nigeria after attack on their school in Zamfara state, residents say

Hundreds of schoolgirls missing in northern Nigeria after attack on their school in Zamfara state, residents say
February 26
February 26

Elephant kills zookeeper with blow from trunk in Spain

Authorities in Spain’s northern Cantabria region are investigating how an elephant killed a worker at a local zoo
February 26
February 26

China, India urge further measures to ease border tensions

The foreign ministers of China and India are urging further steps to stabilize tensions along their disputed border following the pullback of forces from an area where a deadly clash broke out last summer
February 26
February 26

Somalia's opposition postpones protest over election delay

Opposition presidential candidates in Somalia have delayed a planned protest on Friday over the country’s election delay after the government apologized for its actions during last week’s protest and affirmed the right to peacefully demonstrate
February 26
February 26

German defense minister visits troops in Afghanistan

The German defense minister has arrived in Afghanistan for an unannounced visit to the country’s troops there
February 26
February 26

US carries out airstrike against Iranian-backed militia in Syria

Structures were targeted in Al Bukamal, Syria.
February 26
The Pentagon building stands in Washington, Aug. 29, 2020.
February 26

Libya's new PM delays naming Cabinet as deadline looms

Libya’s newly-elected prime minister has failed to name members of a much-anticipated Cabinet ahead of an expected deadline
February 26
February 26

Michael Somare, Papua New Guinea's 1st prime minister, dies

Michael Somare, a pivotal figure in Papua New Guinea’s independence and the South Pacific island nation’s first prime minister, has died
February 26
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2010, file photo, Michael Somare, Prime then Minister of Papua New Guinea addresses the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. Somare, a pivotal figure in Papua New Guinea’s independence and the South Pacific island nation's first prime minister, has died. He was 84. He died Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, after being diagnosed with a late-stage pancreatic cancer and admitted to a hospital on Feb. 19, his daughter Betha Somare said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
February 25

AP PHOTOS: Hindu festival draws crowds of bathers to rivers

Millions of people have joined a 45-day Hindu bathing festival in the northern Indian city of Prayagraj, where devotees take a dip at Sangam, the sacred confluence of several rivers. There, they bathe on certain days considered to be auspicious in the belief they will be cleansed of all sins. Rows and rows of colorful tents, in which the devotees stay, line the sprawling festival site. Millions of Hindus travel every year to the event, called Magh Mela, where pilgrims offer prayers and enter the holy waters where the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers meet. In Hinduism, this period is called Kalpvas and the devotees who choose to stay for the entire time are known as Kalpvasis. They give up their daily routine and instead camp at the site, living on frugal meals and performing rituals. Virender Kumar Shukla, a Kalpvasi devotee, is attending for the fifth time. He said he hopes by offering prayers to “find a place in heaven” and earn “a better rebirth.” Authorities took...
February 25
Devotees take holy dips at Sangam during Magh Mela festival, in Prayagraj, India, Feb. 16, 2021.