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Vaccine mandates create conflict with defiant workers

BATH, Maine (AP) — Josh “Chevy” Chevalier is a third-generation shipbuilder who hasn't missed a day of work during the pandemic in his job as a welder constructing Navy warships on the Maine coast. ...

1st big New Orleans parade since pandemic a go: Krewe of Boo

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Parade-loving New Orleans is about to get its groove back. After over a year where the coronavirus largely put an end to parades, an assortment of witches, goblins...

Russian COVID spike persists, setting new death record

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is reporting a record high number of coronavirus infections and COVID-19 deaths as the country approaches a week of nonworking days aimed at stemming the sharp surge in cases. ...

Judge: Certain California prison guards must be vaccinated

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A judge in California ruled Friday that state prison guards who work in and around facilities' health care settings must be vaccinated against the coronavirus. ...

UN investigator: North Korea has never been more isolated

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea has never been more isolated from the international community as a result of its drastic steps to prevent COVID-19, and the ruptured global ties are having “a dramati...

Ukraine sees new record high in virus deaths, infections

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's coronavirus infections and deaths reached all-time highs for a second straight day Friday, in a growing challenge for the country with one of Europe's lowest shares of v...

Romania revives restrictions as hospitals struggle, jabs lag

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Doctor Petruta Filip is working 100-hour weeks at a Bucharest hospital which, like hospitals throughout Romania, is struggling under an onslaught of COVID-19 patients in a co...

Belarus scraps short-lived mask mandates amid virus surge

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Friday horrified doctors by abolishing mask mandates, less than two weeks after their introduction for the first time during the pandemic and a day after...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked ...

Scientists urge UK to prep rapid return of COVID measures

LONDON (AP) — The British government’s scientific advisers urged the government on Friday to ensure coronavirus restrictions can be introduced rapidly, as the rate of new infections continues to grow....

Russia's infections, deaths soar to new record high

MOSCOW (AP) — Coronavirus infections and deaths in Russia climbed on Friday to another pandemic record high, putting an additional strain on the country's health care system. The gov...

Mumbai cinemas reopen after 18 months as life swings back

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Movie theaters in India’s entertainment capital Mumbai reopened on Friday after more than 18 months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the last of the many virus restrict...

As virus cases rise, so do pleas for Russians to get vaccine

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — As she stood in the courtyard of the morgue holding the body of her grandmother who died of COVID-19, Ramilya Shigalturina had a message for anyone still resisting vacci...

Taiwan residents who took AZ can take BNT for 2nd dose in November

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Approximately 550,000 Taiwanese and foreign residents who have received a first dose of the AstraZeneca (AZ) COVID-19 vaccine will be able to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech (BN...

Tehran holds first public Friday Prayers in almost 2 years

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Iranian capital Tehran has held its main public Friday prayer service for the first time in 20 months, after it was halted amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Organiz...