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Pope laments 'hostility and prejudice' with Cypriot Orthodox

Pope Francis is lamenting centuries of hostility and prejudice that have divided Catholics and Orthodox
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Pope Francis, center, accompanied by President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, right, leaves the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Pope Francis arrived in Cyprus on Thursday to draw attention to the plight of migrants on Europe's borders and the disconnect between his Gospel-driven call for countries to welcome and integrate them and front-line governments that are increasingly unwilling or unable to let them in. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)
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Chinese developer warns it might not pay $400 million bond

A Chinese real estate developer has warned it might not be able to pay a $400 million bond due next week, adding to financial strain in an industry that is struggling to avoid defaults on billions of dollars of debt
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A security guard stands on duty at the gate of a real estate project under development by Kaisa Group Holdings in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province on Jan. 16, 2015. The Chinese real estate developer warned Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 it might fail to pay off a $400 million bond due next week, adding to financial strains in an industry that is struggling to avoid defaults on billions of dollars of debt. (Chinatopix via AP)
23 minutes ago

Macron visits Gulf seeking arms deal, stronger regional role

French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting the energy-rich Persian Gulf, hoping to seal a major arms sale after the fall’s Australian submarine deal debacle and to strengthen France’s regional role
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FILE - France's President Emmanuel Macron, left, shakes hand with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, prior to a meeting, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Still reeling from the recent submarine deal rapture by Western allies, French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting the energy-rich Arab countries of the Persian Gulf on Friday Dec. 3, 2021, with an aim to close a lucrative arms deal and strengthen France's leadership role in renewed international efforts to revive Iran's cratered nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
1 hour ago

EXPLAINER: Turkey's currency is crashing. What's the impact?

Turkey’s beleaguered currency has been plunging to all-time lows against the U.S. dollar and the euro in recent months as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presses ahead with a widely criticized effort to cut interest rates despite surging consumer prices
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A man sells Turkish flags in a commercial area in Kadikoy neighbourhood in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Turkey’s beleaguered currency has been plunging to all-time lows against the U.S. dollar and the euro in recent months as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presses ahead with a widely criticized effort to cut interest rates despite surging consumer prices. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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Lebanon minister to resign in bid to ease crisis with Saudis

Lebanon’s information minister says he will announce his resignation in a bid to ease an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries
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Lebanon's Information Minister George Kordahi speaks to journalists after a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Saudi Arabia was outraged by comments made by Kordahi deemed critical of its war in Yemen. Job opportunities lost and contracts canceled are just some of the ways that ordinary Lebanese have been affected by the kingdom’s furious backlash at Lebanon late last month. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
3 hours ago

China's Didi to leave US stock market amid tech crackdown

Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Global Inc. says it will pull out of the New York Stock Exchange and shift its listing to Hong Kong as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over tech industries
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FILE - The logo for Didi is seen on the headquarters in Beijing on July 16, 2021. Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Global Inc. said Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 it will pull out of the U.S. stock market and shift its listing to Hong Kong as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over tech industries. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
3 hours ago

Despite migrant deaths, Iraqi Kurds still seek out smugglers

Iraqi Kurds seem to make up the majority of Middle Eastern migrants seeking to move to Europe these days
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Zana Mamand, shows a photo of his missing brother, Twana Mamand, who was lost at sea in the English Channel trying to get to the UK, sits with family members, at the family house in Ranya, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Twana had tried and failed five times to cross the English Channel from Calais before he boarded a small boat on the evening of Nov. 23. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
4 hours ago

Australian opposition promises deeper emission reductions

Australia's opposition leader says the nation would set a more ambitious target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by the end of the decade if the government changes at elections early next year
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Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, left, watches as Prime Minister, Scott Morrison speaks during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Australia's opposition leader says the nation would set a more ambitious target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by the end of the decade if the government changes at elections early next year. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)
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Libyan court says Gadhafi's son can run for president

A Libyan court has ruled that a son of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi can compete in next month's presidential elections
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2011, file photo, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi speaks to the media at a press conference in a hotel in Tripoli, Libya. Libya's top electoral body said Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, that Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son and one-time heir apparent of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is disqualified from running in presidential elections that are supposed to take place next month. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
December 02

By the Numbers: The world’s most expensive cities

Tel Aviv tops the ranks for the highest cost of living in a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
December 02
VIDEO: By the Numbers: The world’s most expensive cities
December 02

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2021 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and Pacific. The gallery was curated by AP photo editor Masayo Yoshida in Tokyo. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP—Images AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com
December 02
A resident walks past an old district in Beijing, China, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
December 02

Drone sweeps over sizzling lava stream

A drone sweeps over a sizzling lava stream from the Cumbre Vieja volcano as its activity shows no sign of stopping.
December 02
A drone sweeps over a sizzling lava stream from the Cumbre Vieja volcano as its activity shows no sign of stopping.
December 02

New Germany mandate bans unvaccinated from restaurants, bars and more

ABC News’ Ines de La Cuetara reports from Munich after a strict mandate was put in effect, banning unvaccinated people from bars, restaurants and other places.
December 02
VIDEO: New Germany mandate bans unvaccinated from restaurants, bars and more
December 02

China clears Boeing 737 Max to fly again

China's air regulator has cleared the Boeing 737 Max to return to flying with technical upgrades more than two years after the plane was grounded worldwide following two fatal crashes
December 02
China Southern Airlines Boeing 737 Max airplanes are parked at the edge of the tarmac at Urumqi Diwopu Interational Airport in Urumqi in western China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. China's aviation regulator cleared the Boeing 737 Max on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, to return to flying with technical upgrades more than two years after the plane was grounded worldwide following two fatal crashes, a news outlet reported. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
December 02

Mexico threatens legal action on US electric vehicle subsidy

The Mexican government has threatened legal action over provisions of U.S. President Joe Biden's Build Back Better framework that would give subsidies of up to $12,500 for purchases of union-made, American-made electric vehicles
December 02
December 02

Tree lighting, World Aids Day, baby elephant rescue: World in Photos, Dec. 2

A look at the top photos from around the globe.
December 02
VIDEO: Tree lighting, World Aids Day, baby elephant rescue: World in Photos, Dec. 2
December 02

Austria's new chancellor resigns; predecessor quits politics

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg has announced he is stepping down just two months after taking over from predecessor Sebastian Kurz
December 02
Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announces that he is quitting politics, two months after stepping down as leader amid corruption allegations, during a news conference in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner)
December 02

A weary pope urges Greek, Turkish Cypriots to heal division

Pope Francis is urging Greek Cypriots and breakaway Turkish Cypriots to resume talks on reunifying the Mediterranean island nation
December 02
Pope Francis arrives at the airport in Larnaca, Cyprus, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Pope Francis' trip to Cyprus and Greece is drawing new attention to the plight of migrants on Europe's borders and the disconnect between Francis' Gospel-driven call for countries to welcome and integrate them and front-line governments that are increasingly unwilling or unable to let them in. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 02

Portugal experts to study church sex abuse, not investigate

The lay head of a new Portuguese Catholic Church committee on child sex abuse is urging victims to come forward but stresses his group’s task is to study what has happened, not launch formal investigations
December 02
December 02

Putin urges compliance with safety rules after mine blast

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned officials to strictly observe industrial safety in the wake of last week’s coal mine explosion that killed 51
December 02
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a video call of the VTB Capital "Russia Calling!" Investment Forum in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
December 02

US, EU and allies hit Belarus with coordinated sanctions

The United States, European Union, Britain and Canada have imposed simultaneous sanctions on dozens of officials, organizations and companies in Belarus
December 02
Migrants queue to get hot food in the logistics center of the checkpoint "Bruzgi" at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. The West has accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of luring thousands of migrants to Belarus with the promise of help to get to Western Europe to use them as pawns to destabilize the 27-nation European Union in retaliation for its sanctions on his authoritarian government. Belarus denies engineering the crisis. (Oksana Manchuk/BelTA via AP)
December 02

Israel halts controversial tech to track omicron variant

Israel says it's halting the use of a controversial phone tracking technology to trace possible cases of the new coronavirus variant
December 02
December 02

Top buyer Egypt shops around at its international arms fair

Egypt has concluded its second international weapons fair
December 02
Egyptian army officers talking to a visitor to the Egypt Defence Exhibition 2021 (EDEX), in new Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Egypt has concluded its second international weapons fair. The country has one of the Middle East’s largest armies, ranks as a top global arms importer and is looking to grow its arsenal while moving away from U.S. suppliers. (AP Photo/Mohamed El-Shahed)
December 02

Russia sends missiles near Pacific islands claimed by Japan

The Russian military has deployed coastal defense missile systems near the Kuril Islands, a Pacific chain also claimed by Japan
December 02
In this handout photo released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, A Bastion missile launcher is positioned on the Matua Island, part of the Kurils Islands chain, in Russia, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. The Russian military has deployed the Bastion coastal defense missile systems on the Matua Island, which is close to several islands also claimed by Japan, a move intended to underline Moscow's firm stance in the dispute. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
December 02

Aid official: Afghanistan's crises get 'progressively worse'

A senior international aid official says Afghanistan is being hit by multiple crises that are “progressively getting worse,” with drought, economic collapse and displacement all pushing the population into catastrophic hunger
December 02
Alexander Matheou, Asia-Pacific regional director for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, speaks to the Associated Press, in Kabul, on Thursday, Dec, 2, 2021. Matheou said that Afghanistan is being hit by multiple crises that are "progressively getting worse," with drought, economic collapse and displacement all pushing the population into catastrophic hunger, adding that the onset of winter now will only increase the pain for Afghans and drive some closer to disaster. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
December 02

Tel Aviv is priciest city, outranking Paris in new report

Residents of Tel Aviv have for years complained of how expensive it is.
December 02
FILE - People enjoy the beach front in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 22, 2021. Residents of Israel’s seaside metropolis Tel Aviv have for years complained of how expensive it is, with living costs taking a chunk out of their paychecks. A report released Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a research group linked to the Economist magazine, said Tel Aviv has emerged as the most expensive city to live in. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
December 02

US warns Russia as Kremlin talks about war threat in Ukraine

The Kremlin has voiced concern about a possible escalation of fighting in eastern Ukraine's separatist conflict as the U.S. issued a strong warning to Russia to stay away from Ukraine
December 02
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a ceremony to receive credentials from foreign ambassadors in Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Grigory Sysoev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
December 02

Paris archbishop who had 'ambiguous' relationship resigns

Pope Francis has accepted the archbishop of Paris' resignation after he admitted to an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman in 2012
December 02
Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit prior to bless the city of Paris during the Holy Thursday celebration in front of the Sacre Coeur basilica, on April 9, 2020 in Paris. The archbishop of Paris said Thursday Dec.2, 2021 that Pope Francis has accepted his resignation after he admitted to an 'ambiguous' relationship with a woman in 2012. Archbishop Michel Aupetit said in a statement he offered to step down "to preserve the diocese from the division that suspicion and loss of trust are continuing to provoke." (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
December 02

Ireland: UK-EU deal on Brexit trade spat unlikely this year

The British and Irish governments are expressing optimism that a thorny spat between the U.K. and the European Union over Northern Ireland trade can be resolved
December 02
FILE - Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney leaves EU headquarters in Brussels, Sept. 27, 2019. The British and Irish governments are expressing optimism that a thorny spat between the U.K. and the European Union over Northern Ireland trade can be resolved. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 there hasn’t been a “breakthrough moment” in talks over post-Brexit rules for Northern Ireland, the only part of the U.K. that shares a border with an EU member. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, file)
December 02

Zoo welcomes newborn pygmy hippo calf

An adorable pygmy hippo explores her new surroundings and spends quality time with mom after the zoo announces her birth.
December 02
An adorable pygmy hippo explores her new surroundings and spends quality time with mom after the zoo announces her birth.
December 02

Erdogan replaces finance minister as Turkey's lira crashes

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appointed a new treasury and finance minister after the previous one stepped down as the country's currency has tumbled to record lows
December 02
A woman changes Turkish lira for USD and Euro at a currency exchange shop, in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. The Turkish currency weakened by nearly 10% against the U.S. dollar Tuesday, a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted there would be no turning back from his unconventional policy of cutting interest rates despite high inflation. The lira plunged to a record low of 13.44 against the dollar before recovering some of its losses. It was trading at 12.51 against the dollar in the late afternoon — down 9.9% from Monday's close. The currency was trading at 14.08 against the euro. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
December 02

Report: 10 oil workers killed in attack on bus in Syria

Syria's news agency says 10 people have been killed and one injured after an attack on a bus carrying workers in an oil field in eastern Syria
December 02
December 02

Puerto Rico mayor pleads guilty in federal corruption case

Federal officials say a mayor in Puerto Rico accused of awarding 50 contracts worth nearly $10 million to an asphalt company has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and receive kickbacks
December 02
December 02

Czech travel writer Miroslav Zikmund dies at 102

Czech travel writer Miroslav Zikmund has died at age 102
December 02
Miroslav Zikmund signs a book named Zikmund and Hanzelka at the Museum of Southeast Moravia in Zlin, Czech Republic, on Nov. 7, 2016. Miroslav Zikmund, a legendary Czech traveler and writer has died. He was 102. The museum in the eastern city of Zlin where Zikmund had lived announced his death in a statement, saying he “left for his final journey” on Wednesday. Details were not given. His death was also confirmed by his family, the Czech public radio said. Born Feb 14, 1919 in western city of Plzen, Zikmund teamed up with his university schoolmate and friend Jiri Hanzelka to make two big adventurous and often dangerous trips throughout Asia, Africa Latin America and elsewhere that took years. (Dalibor Gluck/CTK via AP)
December 02

Laos-China railway to launch as debt to Beijing mounts

Laos, an isolated, mountainous nation of 7 million people wedged between China, Vietnam and Thailand, is opening a $5.9 billion railway its leaders hope will energize its economy, but it may pile on dangerously high debt
December 02
The construction site of the Pu'er high speed rail station that is part of the China-Laos railway is seen in Pu'er near a banner with the words "Make China Laos railway into One Road One Belt, China Laos Friendship Representative Project" in southwestern China's Yunnan Province on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Laos, a nation of 7 million people wedged between China, Vietnam and Thailand, is opening a $5.9 billion Chinese-built railway that links China's own poor southwest to foreign markets but piles on potentially risky debt. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
December 02

EU court advisor wants scrapping of Hungary-Poland challenge

The top adviser to the European Union’s highest court says the principle of linking the bloc’s budget disbursements to respect for rule of law is compatible with the bloc’s laws and that a challenge by Hungary and Poland should be dismissed
December 02
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki leaves after his meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street, in London, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
December 02

EU fines 4 banks $390M in foreign exchange trading cartel

The European Union has fined four major banks a combined $390 million for colluding in a foreign exchange spot trading cartel that allowed them to beat inherent risks in currency deals
December 02
December 02

Archbishop of Paris who admitted to ‘ambiguous’ relationship with a woman says Pope Francis has accepted his resignation

Archbishop of Paris who admitted to ‘ambiguous’ relationship with a woman says Pope Francis has accepted his resignation
December 02
December 02

Greece allowing 17 Turkish nationals to seek asylum

Authorities say 17 Turkish nationals received permission to enter Greece and apply for asylum there after they crossed the border from Turkey
December 02
December 02

Indian Health Ministry confirms first cases of omicron coronavirus variant in 2 people from southern Karnataka state

Indian Health Ministry confirms first cases of omicron coronavirus variant in 2 people from southern Karnataka state
December 02
December 02

Cambodia's leader Hun Sen endorses oldest son as successor

Cambodia’s long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen has explicitly declared support to have his eldest son, army commander Hun Manet, succeed him as the nation’s leader
December 02
Son of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Lt. Gen. Hun Manet delivers a speech while presiding over a military equipment delivery ceremony at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, June 18, 2020. Cambodia’s long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, explicitly declared his support to have his eldest son, army commander Hun Manet, eventually succeed him as the nation's leader. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
December 02

Hundreds of migrants living in squalor in warehouse in Belarus

People are living on shelves in the packing warehouse.
December 02
An Iraqi Kurdish woman holds her son in the warehouse in Bruzgi, Belarus, where they are living. Her other child is in hospital nearby.
December 02

Rights group says Myanmar forces purposely killed protesters

Human Rights Watch says the killing of at least 65 protesters in Myanmar’s biggest city on March 14 this year was planned and premeditated
December 02
FILE - Anti-coup protesters surround an injured man in Hlaing Thar Yar township in Yangon, Myanmar Sunday, March 14, 2021. The killing of at least 65 protesters in Myanmar’s biggest city on March 14 this year was planned and premeditated, and the perpetrators must be brought to justice, a rights watchdog said in a report released Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/File)
December 02

Report: Israel failed to probe shootings at Gaza protests

Rights groups say Israel failed to investigate shootings that killed more than 200 Palestinians and wounded thousands at violent protests along the Gaza frontier in 2018 and 2019
December 02
FILE- Black smoke from burning tires hangs in the sky as Palestinian protesters hurl stones toward Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Rights groups said Thursday. Dec. 2, 2021, that Israel failed to investigate shootings that killed more than 200 Palestinians and wounded thousands at violent protests along the Gaza frontier in recent years, strengthening the case for the International Criminal Court to intervene. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)
December 02

Lebanese businesses pay steep price for standoff with Saudis

Lebanese have been losing business opportunities and contracts in recent weeks as a result of a diplomatic crisis between their government and Saudi Arabia
December 02
FILE - Lebanese hold Saudi Arabian flags during a rally in support of the kingdom against comments made by Lebanon's Information Minister George Kordahi over the war in Yemen, in front of the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Oct. 30, 2021. Job opportunities lost and contracts canceled are just some of the ways that ordinary Lebanese have been affected by Saudi Arabia’s furious backlash at Lebanon late last month. Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador and banned Lebanese imports ranging from chocolate to chemical products, which used to bring in about $240 million a year. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)
December 02

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says China’s pursuit of hypersonic weapons “increases tensions in the region”

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says China’s pursuit of hypersonic weapons “increases tensions in the region”
December 02
December 01

Japan coast guard rescues man a day after his boat capsizes

A 69-year-old man drifted in choppy waters for nearly a day while clinging to the bottom of his capsized boat until he was saved by the coast guard
December 01
December 01

Mexico president reaches midterm with high approval rating

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is holding a massive rally in Mexico City to mark the mid-way point in his six-year term, amid polls showing about two-thirds of Mexicans approve of his administration
December 01
FILE - Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addresses the United Nations Security Council, Nov. 9, 2021. The administration of Lopez Obrador has issued a broad decree on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 requiring all federal agencies to give automatic approval for all government public works projects. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 01

Gang rams vehicles into prison, springs 9 inmates

A gang has rammed vehicles into a prison in central Mexico and escaped with nine inmates
December 01
Locals walk past a burned-out car outside the Tula General Hospital, after a gang rammed several vehicles into a prison and escaped with nine inmates, in Tula, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Local media reported that the burned-out cars found in the city after the attack were car bombs. Authorities said they were investigating how the vehicles caught fire. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)
December 01

Fiji welcomes 1st tourists after lockdown

Fiji greeted its first tourists in some 20 months since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
December 01
Fiji greeted its first tourists in some 20 months since the COVID-19 pandemic began.