Slovakia signs deal to acquire 2 million doses of Sputnik V

PRAGUE (AP) - Slovakia signed a deal to acquire 2 million doses of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Prime Minister Igor Matovic said Monday.

Swiss bask in reopened shops as COVID-19 cases drop

GENEVA (AP) - The timing couldn't have been better for Michele Pesson for Swiss authorities to order a reopening of stores across Switzerland amid a recent drop in coronavirus cases and deaths: Her son's birthday is coming up, and she wanted to get her hands on something special for him to read.

Greek far-left hit man on hunger strike denied jail move

Greece's government Monday said it won't intervene to grant a prison-transfer demand by a convicted killer in a far-left extremist group who has been on hunger strike for more than seven weeks, triggering public protests as well as arson attacks.

Locks down: German hairdressers reopen despite virus fears

BERLIN (AP) - Germans flocked to the salons Monday as hairdressers across the country reopened after a 2½-month closure, another cautious step toward normality as Germany balances a desire to loosen restrictions with concerns about more contagious virus variants.

Armenia's political tensions rise amid rival rallies

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) - Political tensions in Armenia heightened Monday, with supporters of the embattled prime minister and the opposition each holding massive rallies at separate sites in the capital.

UK: Poorer nations should get 'gold-standard' COVAX vaccines

LONDON (AP) - British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Monday that he understood the "conundrum" faced by developing countries as they wait for vital supplies of coronavirus vaccine.

WHO: 'Premature,' 'unrealistic' COVID-19 will end soon

GENEVA (AP) - A senior World Health Organization official said Monday it was "premature" and "unrealistic" to think the pandemic might be stopped by the end of the year, but that the recent arrival of effective vaccines could at least help dramatically reduce hospitalizations and death.

UN experts urge independent probe into Navalny's poisoning

MOSCOW (AP) - Two top U.N. human rights experts urged an international probe into the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and called Monday for his immediate release from prison.

329 candidates for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - The Norwegian Nobel Committee said Monday that there are 329 candidates - 234 individuals and 95 organizations - that were nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by the Feb. 1 deadline.

France's Sarkozy convicted of corruption, sentenced to jail

PARIS (AP) - A Paris court found French former President Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of corruption and influence peddling on Monday and sentenced him to a year in prison. He can ask to serve that time at home and also plans to appeal.

Prince Philip moved to specialized London heart hospital

LONDON (AP) - Prince Philip was transferred Monday to a specialized London heart hospital to undergo testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition as he continues to be treated for an unspecified infection, Buckingham Palace said.

EU urges parties in ex-Soviet Georgia to ease tensions

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) - A top European Union official visited ex-Soviet republic Georgia on Monday and urged all of its parties to engage in a dialogue to resolve the country's political crisis.

German soldier, relative arrested over far-right extremism

BERLIN (AP) - A German soldier and a relative have been arrested on suspicion of illegally hoarding weapons and expressing far-right sympathies, investigators said Monday.

Buckingham Palace says Prince Philip has been transferred to another London hospital for treatment of an infection

LONDON (AP) - Buckingham Palace says Prince Philip has been transferred to another London hospital for treatment of an infection.

Pope Benedict XVI defends resignation to 'fanatic' doubters

ROME (AP) - Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has marked the eighth anniversary of his historic resignation by insisting in an interview published Monday that he stepped down knowingly and that "there is only one pope" - Francis.

Hungarian PM threatens to quit conservative political group

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Hungary's right-wing prime minister has threatened to pull his party out of its group in the European Union's legislature as the conservative group edges closer to excluding its largest Hungarian delegation.

Czechs send 30,000 police, soldiers to enforce travel limits

PRAGUE (AP) - Police and military forces in the Czech Republic set up 500 checkpoints across the country as one of the European Union's hardest-hit nations marked the first anniversary of its coronavirus outbreak on Monday by significantly limiting free movement.

UN atomic watchdog: deal with Iran key to full inspections

BERLIN (AP) - A temporary agreement with Iran to allow United Nations inspectors continued access to the country's atomic facilities lays the groundwork for the return to full verification measures if and when Tehran allows it, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday.

Albanian world heritage site struggles without tourists

GJIROKASTRA, Albania (AP) - Seeing city streets in 2019 flooded by tourists enjoying its beauty was a dream come true for residents of Gjirokastra, a city in southern Albania recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Ottoman-period architecture.

Europeans get 'right to repair' for some electrical goods

BERLIN (AP) - Companies that sell refrigerators, washers, hairdryers or TVs in the European Union will need to ensure those appliances can be repaired for up to 10 years, to help reduce the vast mountain of electrical waste that piles up each year on the continent.

Student seriously hurt after shooting at Arkansas school
Democratic senators propose clean energy tax credits

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the nomination of Rep. Debra Haaland, D-N.M., to be Secretary of the Interior on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP)

States easing virus restrictions despite experts' warnings

Employees with the McKesson Corporation scan a box of the Johnson &  Johnson COVID-19 vaccine while filling an order at their shipping facility in Shepherdsville, Ky., Monday, March 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, Pool)

Mayoral candidates agree: St. Louis must tame the violence

Lewis Reed, president of the Board of Aldermen, delivers a brief speech at a Democratic presidential primary election watch party at McGurk's Irish Pub and Garden, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in St. Louis. Reed is one of four candidates seeking to replace retiring St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. (Lexi Browning/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Deal reached to get California children back in classrooms

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2021, file photo, Assistant Principal Janette Van Gelderen, left, welcomes students at Newhall Elementary in Santa Clarita, Calif. California's public schools could get $6.6 billion from the state Legislature if they return to in-person instruction by the end of March, according to a new agreement announced Monday, March 1, 2021, between Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state's legislative leaders. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

UN chief: Appeal for Yemen raises 'disappointing' $1.7B

FILE - In this June 27, 2020 file photo, a malnourished boy lies in a bed waiting to receive treatment at a feeding center at Al-Sabeen hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. The United Nations is launching an appeal Monday, March 1, 2021, for countries to fund its response to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where more than six years of war have created the world's worst humanitarian disaster. The virtual pledging virtual conference will be co-hosed by Sweden and Switzerland. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

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UN: Arbitrary detentions in Syria conflict may be war crimes

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019 file photo, candles adorn the graves of people killed during Syrian war, in the town of Qamishli, north Syria. The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a report released Monday, March, 1, 2021, that tens of thousands of civilians were arbitrarily detained in enforced disappearances during the country's 10-year conflict. The conflict has killed nearly half a million people, displaced half the country's pre-war population of 23 million, including 5 million who are refugees abroad. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad, File)

Iranian lawmakers visit restive southeast area after unrest
Netanyahu accuses Iran of attacking Israeli-owned cargo ship

In this Aug. 14, 2020, photo, the vehicle cargo ship Helios Ray is seen at the Port of Chiba in Chiba, Japan. An explosion struck the Israeli-owned Helios Ray as it sailed out of the Middle East on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, an unexplained blast renewing concerns about ship security in the region amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran. (Katsumi Yamamoto via AP)

300 activists rally in Bangladesh to denounce prison death

Bangladeshi students clash with police during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, March 1, 2021. About 300 student activists rallied in Bangladesh's capital on Monday to denounce the death in prison of Mushtaq Ahmed, a writer and commentator who was arrested last year on charges of violating a sweeping digital security law that critics say chokes freedom of expression. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

Defying deadly crackdown, crowds again protest Myanmar coup

In this image from a video, anti-coup protesters run away from tear gas launched by security forces in Yangon, Myanmar Monday, March 1, 2021.  Defiant crowds returned to the streets of Myanmar's biggest city on Monday, determined to continue their protests against the military's seizure of power a month ago, despite security forces having killed at least 18 people around the country just a day earlier. (AP Photo)

China says it aims to vaccinate 40% of population by June

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2020, file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a Sinovac worker checks the labeling on vials of COVID-19 vaccines on a packaging line in Beijing. With just four of China's many vaccine makers claiming they are able to produce at least 2.6 billion doses this year, a large part of the world's population will end up inoculated not with Western vaccines boasting headline-grabbing efficacy rates, but with China's traditionally made shots. (Zhang Yuwei/Xinhua via AP, File)

Girl dies after being caned during 'exorcism' in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan magistrate Wasantha Ramanayake, right and police officers inspect outside a house where a nine year old girl was canned to death in Delgoda, Sri Lanka, Sunday, Feb.28, 2021. Police in Sri Lanka said Monday they have arrested two people in connection with the death of a 9-year-old girl who was repeatedly beaten during a ritual they believed would drive away an evil spirit. (AP Photo/ Sudath Pubudu Keerthi)

AP Interview: Nepal worried about supply of COVID-19 vaccine

Nepal's health minister Hridayesh Tripathi speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, March 1, 2021. Nepal has had a successful start of the COVID-19 vaccine campaign, but the country's health minister is worried about future supply as the country competes with dozes of other countries for the much-sought vaccines produced by handful of manufacturers. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)