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US resumes limited visa processing in Cuba after 4 years

HAVANA (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Havana has resumed processing visas for Cubans, though on a limited basis, more than four years after stopping consular services on the island amid a hardening of rel...

Germany's Scholz: 'Western Balkans belong in Europe'

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday voiced his support for Serbia and Kosovo in their aspirations to join the European Union, as the leaders of both Balkan countries pledged to push forward wit...

Japan PM, pope discuss nuclear arms after NKorea test launch

ROME (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Pope Francis vowed to work together to try to rid the world of nuclear weapons, the Vatican and Japanese officials said Wednesday as new nuclear t...

California's population fell again amid pandemic's 2nd year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's most populous state is shrinking. California's population declined again in 2021 for the second consecutive year, state officials said Monday, ...

Venezuelan immigrants bring flavors from home to new lands

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The eyes of Fabiana Marquez brightened after she took the first bite of a savory, crescent-like bread stuffed with ham and cheese. Memories flooded her mind. The Venezuelan immigran...

Solomon Islands to supervise Chinese police operating there -official

China's police presence under a new security pact will boost the capabilities of the Solomon Islands but they will not use techniques seen in Hong Kong, the Pacific island country's top diplom...

EU moves to lift visa rules for travelers from Qatar, Kuwait

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union moved Wednesday to lift visa requirements for people from Qatar and Kuwait to make it easier for them to enter many European countries for stays of up to 90 days. ...

Sri Lanka, China discusses loan from Beijing to cover debts

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s government said Tuesday it is discussing obtaining another loan from Beijing to repay some of its debt to Chinese banks after China told the nearly bankrupt islan...

Australian opposition party vows to train Pacific armies

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s opposition party promised Tuesday to establish a Pacific defense school to train neighboring armies in response to China’s potential military presence on the Sol...

In shadow of war, Russians, Ukrainians mark Easter in UAE

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Hundreds of Russians and Ukrainians alike crowded into the only Russian Orthodox Church on the Arabian Peninsula on Sunday to celebrate the most important Christia...

Cuba and US take tentative step with talks on migration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cuba and the United States took a tentative step toward thawing relations and resuming joint efforts to address irregular migration, a senior Cuban official said following the highes...

Looking to deepen pain for Putin, West studying oil and gas

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States unleashed some of its toughest actions against Russian President Vladimir Putin right after he rolled his troops into Ukraine. Polls in the U.S. find that people wa...

Spain museum confident it can keep painting stolen by Nazis

MADRID (AP) — A leading Spanish museum said Friday it's confident that U.S. courts will again rule that a valuable French impressionist painting once taken from a Jewish family by the Nazis belongs to...

Supreme Court revives fight over painting stolen by Nazis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday kept alive a California man’s hope of reclaiming a valuable impressionist masterpiece taken from his family by the Nazis and now on display in a Spanish...

Cambodia cuts quarantine for unvaccinated visitors to 7 days

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia on Thursday reduced the required quarantine period from two weeks to one for arriving travelers who are not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, acting after ...