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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
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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
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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)
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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)
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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
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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
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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)
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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).
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EXPLAINER: 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
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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)
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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
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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
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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 on a hand-pushed rail trolley because because the coronavirus pandemic has halted all passenger traffic between the countries
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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)
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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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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
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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)
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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)
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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

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

Czechs to impose tighter lockdown amid UK variant surge

The Czech government is planning to further tighten its lockdown to slow down a surge of a highly contagious coronavirus variant
February 26
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)
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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February 26

Militia official: US strike in Syria kills 1, wounds several

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
February 26
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)
February 26

US carries out airstrike against Iranian-backed militia in Syria

Structures were targeted in Al Bukamal, Syria.
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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...
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Devotees take holy dips at Sangam during Magh Mela festival, in Prayagraj, India, Feb. 16, 2021.
February 25

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Feb. 19-25, 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 Shuji Kajiyama 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
February 25
A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus stands outside a restaurant displaying various hot pot bowls on Qianmen Street, a popular tourist spot in Beijing on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. China has been regularly reporting no locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 as it works to maintain control of the pandemic within its borders. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
February 25

Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds

The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes
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FILE - This Aug. 19, 2015, file photo, shows a monarch butterfly in Vista, Calif. The number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted to a new record low, putting the orange-and-black insects closer to extinction, researchers announced Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. A recent count by the Xerces Society recorded fewer than 2,000 butterflies, a massive decline from the millions of monarchs that in 1980s clustered in trees from Marin County to San Diego County. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
February 25

Grandmother tackles alleged handbag thief

A woman in Australia chased down and tackled a man to the ground after he allegedly snatched her handbag from a bar.
February 25
A woman in Australia chased down and tackled a man to the ground after he allegedly snatched her handbag from a bar.
February 25

8 dead, including prison director, after Haiti jail break

A prison director was among at least eight people killed after several inmates tried to escape from a prison in Haiti’s capital, a police officer and witnesses said
February 25
Students rush past the bodies of inmates 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 and one injured on Thursday after eyewitnesses told The Associated Press that several inmates tried to escape from a prison in Haiti’s capital. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery).
February 25

Turkey: Woman drops kids from window to save them from fire

Four children who were dropped from the window of a burning building in Istanbul are doing fine, according to Turkish media
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Kremlin critic Navalny sent to prison outside Moscow

A lawyer for Russia's opposition leader says Alexei Navalny has been sent to serve his sentence to a prison outside Moscow
February 25
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands in a cage in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. A Moscow court on Saturday considered Navalny's appeal against his prison sentence as the country faced a top European rights court's order to free the most prominent Kremlin foe. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
February 25

Italy honors slain ambassador, bodyguard and prays for Congo

Italy has paid tribute to its ambassador to Congo and his bodyguard who were killed in an attack on a U.N. convoy
February 25
The coffins of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo Luca Attanasio, right, and Italian Carabinieri police officer Vittorio Iacovacci are draped with the Italian flag ahead of their state funeral in Santa Maria degli Angeli church, in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Italy is pressing the United Nations for answers about the attack Monday on a U.N. food aid convoy in Congo that left the young ambassador and his paramilitary police bodyguard dead. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
February 25

Albanian minister in Lebanon for Syria repatriation efforts

Albania’s interior minister has gone to Lebanon looking to repatriate more Albanians related to other nationals who had joined Islamic extremist groups in Syria and Iraq
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February 25

Weapons, cellphones seized after deadly Ecuador prison riots

Authorities in Ecuador say law enforcement officers responding to the country’s deadliest prison riots have seized firearms, cellphones, handmade weapons and other banned objects
February 25
Soldiers leave the prison "Centro de Rehabilitacion Social Regional Centro Norte Cotopaxi" where deadly riots broke out inside, two days prior in Latacunga, Ecuador, early Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Ecuador experienced its deadliest prison riots ever this week when seemingly coordinated fights broke out in facilities in three different cities, leaving 79 inmates dead as of Wednesday and exposing the limited control that authorities have over people behind bars. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
February 25

Senegal, Morocco, Caymans added to terror finance watch list

An international agency that monitors terrorism funding has kept North Korea and Iran as the only two countries on its black list but added four new places to its watch list for increased monitoring
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German and Dutch authorities seize more than 23 tons of cocaine in drug bust

A cross-border investigation led to Europe's largest drug haul on record.
February 25
A cross-border investigation led to Europe's largest drug haul on record.
February 25

Israeli plan to share vaccines frozen by legal questions

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial plan to ship surplus coronavirus vaccines to diplomatic allies has been frozen
February 25
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Israeli actress Carmit Mesilati Kaplan, right, during a visit to the Khan theater ahead of the re-opening of the culture sector, in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Ohad Zwigenberg/Pool Photo via AP)
February 25

Qatar to pour $60 million into new Israel-Gaza gas pipeline

Qatar has pledged $60 million on to help construct a natural gas pipeline running from Israel into the Gaza Strip
February 25
FILE - This Dec. 18, 2020 file photo shows an empty main road in Gaza City. Qatar pledged $60 million on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, to help construct a natural gas pipeline running from Israel into the Gaza Strip, the Qatari government said, a project that aims to ease the energy crisis that long has afflicted the impoverished Palestinian enclave. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)
February 25

Split Cyprus' president hails U.N. bid to resume peace talks

The Greek Cypriot president of ethnically divided Cyprus says he'll attend a United Nations-hosted meeting with the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots in April with “full political will” to get dormant peace talks up and running again
February 25
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Trash fills Bosnia river faster than workers can pull it out

Environmental activists in Bosnia are warning that tons of garbage floating down the Balkan country’s rivers are endangering the local ecosystem and people’s health
February 25
This aerial photo shows a dam garbage floating in the Drina river near Visegrad, eastern Bosnia, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. Environmental activists in Bosnia are warning that tons of garbage floating down the Balkan country's rivers are endangering the local ecosystem and people's health. The Drina River has been covered for weeks with trash that has piled up faster than the authorities can clear it out. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)
February 25

An oversized sheep coat, vaccine lines, Texas struggles: World in Photos, Feb. 25

A look at the top photos from around the globe.
February 25
VIDEO: An oversized sheep coat, vaccine lines, Texas struggles: World in Photos, Feb. 25