Biden falls after flubbing bike dismount, but uninjured

       

US President Joe Biden falls off his bicycle as he approaches well-wishers following a bike ride at Gordon's Pond State Park in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on June 18, 2022. Biden took a tumble as he was riding his bicycle Saturday morning, but was unhurt. (SAUL LOEB / AFP) REHOBOTH BEACH, Delaware, – US President Joe Biden took a spill from his bike on Saturday as …

Ecuador declares force majeure for oil, state of exception over protests

       

Demonstrators wave national flags as they take part in a counter protest against anti-government protesters called mainly by Indigenous organizations against the government of Guillermo Lasso, in Quito, Ecuador on June 18, 2022. (DOLORES OCHOA / AP) QUITO – Ecuador's state-owned oil company Petroecuador declared force majeure late on Saturday over the impact of protests against the government's social and economic policies in the Andean …

Ecuador declares force majeure for oil, state of exception over protests

       

Demonstrators wave national flags as they take part in a counter protest against anti-government protesters called mainly by Indigenous organizations against the government of Guillermo Lasso, in Quito, Ecuador on June 18, 2022. (DOLORES OCHOA / AP) QUITO – Ecuador's state-owned oil company Petroecuador declared force majeure late on Saturday over the impact of protests against the government's social and economic policies in the Andean …

Macron faces tough battle for control of parliament as France votes

       

A campaign poster reading "Emmanuel Macron with you" is displayed during a local meeting for the upcoming parliamentary elections, in Lyon, central France on June 7, 2022. (LAURENT CIPRIANI / FILE / AP) PARIS – France votes on Sunday in a high-stakes parliamentary election that could deprive centrist President Emmanuel Macron of the absolute majority he needs to govern with a free hand. Voting starts …

Macron faces tough battle for control of parliament as France votes

       

A campaign poster reading "Emmanuel Macron with you" is displayed during a local meeting for the upcoming parliamentary elections, in Lyon, central France on June 7, 2022. (LAURENT CIPRIANI / FILE / AP) PARIS – France votes on Sunday in a high-stakes parliamentary election that could deprive centrist President Emmanuel Macron of the absolute majority he needs to govern with a free hand. Voting starts …

COVID-19 vaccine rollout for US kids close after CDC vote

       

A sign is seen by the entrance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia on April 23, 2020. (TAMI CHAPPELL / AFP) WASHINGTON / NEW YORK / RABAT / JOHANNESBURG – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday recommended COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months, allowing a nationwide rollout to start next week. The CDC's …

COVID-19 vaccine rollout for US kids close after CDC vote

       

A sign is seen by the entrance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia on April 23, 2020. (TAMI CHAPPELL / AFP) WASHINGTON / NEW YORK / RABAT / JOHANNESBURG – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday recommended COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months, allowing a nationwide rollout to start next week. The CDC's …

DRC welcomes deployment of regional military force

       

Congolese policemen are seen at the border between Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo on June 17, 2022 after a shootout was reported between soldiers on the two sides of the border. (GUERCHOM NDEBO / AFP) KINSHASA – The Democratic Republic of the Congo said it welcomes the deployment of a new regional military force led by the East African Community, without the participation of …

DRC welcomes deployment of regional military force

       

Congolese policemen are seen at the border between Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo on June 17, 2022 after a shootout was reported between soldiers on the two sides of the border. (GUERCHOM NDEBO / AFP) KINSHASA – The Democratic Republic of the Congo said it welcomes the deployment of a new regional military force led by the East African Community, without the participation of …

WHO panel backs Omicron-adapted vaccine as booster dose

       

A picture taken on May 8, 2021 shows a sign of the World Health Organization at the entrance of their headquarters in Geneva amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. (FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP) BERLIN / LOS ANGELES / ROME / WASHINGTON – A modified coronavirus vaccine that targets the Omicron variant can be administered as a booster dose to broaden immunity, a technical advisory group set …

WHO panel backs Omicron-adapted vaccine as booster dose

       

A picture taken on May 8, 2021 shows a sign of the World Health Organization at the entrance of their headquarters in Geneva amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. (FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP) BERLIN / LOS ANGELES / ROME / WASHINGTON – A modified coronavirus vaccine that targets the Omicron variant can be administered as a booster dose to broaden immunity, a technical advisory group set …

Zelensky, Johnson meet on defense, security issues

       

This handout picture taken and released by Ukrainian Presidential Press-Service on June 17, 2022, shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (right) welcoming Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, before talks in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. (STR / UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS-SERVICE / AFP) KYIV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with visiting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday to discuss defense and security issues, the presidential press …

Zelensky, Johnson meet on defense, security issues

       

This handout picture taken and released by Ukrainian Presidential Press-Service on June 17, 2022, shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (right) welcoming Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, before talks in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. (STR / UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS-SERVICE / AFP) KYIV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with visiting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday to discuss defense and security issues, the presidential press …

UNICEF: 36.5m children displaced in 2021, most since WWII

       

In this file photo taken on Jan 11, 2022, children warm by a fire at a camp for the displaced on the outskirts of Yemen's third city of Taez. (AHMAD AL-BASHA / AFP) UNITED NATIONS – An unprecedented 36.5 million children were displaced by conflict, violence and other crises by the end of 2021, the highest number since World War II, the United Nations Children's …

UNICEF: 36.5m children displaced in 2021, most since WWII

       

In this file photo taken on Jan 11, 2022, children warm by a fire at a camp for the displaced on the outskirts of Yemen's third city of Taez. (AHMAD AL-BASHA / AFP) UNITED NATIONS – An unprecedented 36.5 million children were displaced by conflict, violence and other crises by the end of 2021, the highest number since World War II, the United Nations Children's …

EU backs membership bids of Ukraine, Moldova

       

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the College of Commissioners at EU headquarters in Brussels, June 17, 2022. (GEERT VANDEN WIJNGAERT / AP) BRUSSELS – The European Commission recommended that Ukraine and Moldova should be granted candidate status for accession to the European Union, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.  Georgia still …

EU backs membership bids of Ukraine, Moldova

       

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the College of Commissioners at EU headquarters in Brussels, June 17, 2022. (GEERT VANDEN WIJNGAERT / AP) BRUSSELS – The European Commission recommended that Ukraine and Moldova should be granted candidate status for accession to the European Union, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.  Georgia still …

UK gives go-ahead to US extradition of Julian Assange

       

A supporter of Julian Assange, with a poster of the WikiLeaks founder, joins other protesters to block a major road in front of Westminster Magistrates Court in London, May 2, 2019. (FRANK AUGSTEIN / AP) LONDON – British interior minister Priti Patel on Friday approved the extradition of WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange to the United States to face criminal charges, bringing his long-running legal saga …

UK gives go-ahead to US extradition of Julian Assange

       

A supporter of Julian Assange, with a poster of the WikiLeaks founder, joins other protesters to block a major road in front of Westminster Magistrates Court in London, May 2, 2019. (FRANK AUGSTEIN / AP) LONDON – British interior minister Priti Patel on Friday approved the extradition of WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange to the United States to face criminal charges, bringing his long-running legal saga …

Egypt lifts all COVID-19-related entry restrictions

       

An Egyptian medical worker checks people's temperatures on the first day of vaccination against COVID-19 in Egypt, on March 4, 2021 in Cairo. (KHALED DESOUKI / AFP) LONDON / ZURICH / RABAT / CAIRO / NAIROBI / COPENHAGEN – Egypt on Thursday lifted all COVID-19-related entry restrictions for all travelers, whether Egyptians or foreigners. The decision was made by Egypt's Supreme Committee for the Management of the Epidemiology …