UK economy officially in recession after 20.4% Q2 slump

LONDON (AP) - The U.K. economy has officially fallen into a recession after official figures showed it contracting by a record 20.4% in the second quarter as a result of lockdown measures put in place to counter the coronavirus pandemic.

Protests in Belarus continue despite challenger's departure

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - The top opposition candidate in Belarus' presidential election left for Lithuania Tuesday but anti-government demonstrators still turned out for a third straight night to protest the vote results, despite a massive police crackdown that prompted a warning of possible European Union sanctions.

Scientists uneasy as Russia approves 1st coronavirus vaccine

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia on Tuesday became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine, a move that was met with international skepticism and unease because the shots have only been studied in dozens of people.

Dutch government plans to tighten virus quarantine measures

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The Dutch health minister said Tuesday he plans to introduce mandatory home quarantine for people identified by local authorities as having been in close contact with somebody infected with the coronavirus, and for travelers returning from high-risk countries.

EU's top diplomat says bloc to review ties with Belarus, mulls action over vote crackdown

BRUSSELS (AP) - EU's top diplomat says bloc to review ties with Belarus, mulls action over vote crackdown.


In Europe, Pompeo warns of China, Russia authoritarianism

PILSEN, Czech Republic (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Tuesday of a rise in authoritarianism led by Russia, China and Iran that threatens freedoms around the world.

UK minister in France seeks crackdown on migrant boat flows

PARIS (AP) - Britain's immigration minister said after meeting with French officials Tuesday that the two countries are looking to put new muscle into their efforts to stop a record number of migrants successfully crossing the English Channel from France to Britain in small boats.

Serbia considers buying Chinese missiles despite US warning

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - Serbia is considering buying a modern Chinese air defense missile system, the Serbian president said Tuesday, as the United States warned that such deals with Beijing could jeopardize the Balkan country's proclaimed European Union membership goals.

UK court says face recognition violates human rights

LONDON (AP) - The use of facial recognition technology by British police has violated human rights and data protection laws, a court said Tuesday, in a decision praised as a victory against invasive practices by the authorities.

Turkey vows to press ahead with energy search amid tensions

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey vowed Tuesday to press ahead with searching for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, saying it plans to issue new exploration licenses for the area despite an escalating dispute with Greece over drilling rights.


Bumpy road ahead: UK bracing for big spike in unemployment

LONDON (AP) - The U.K. has kept a lid on its unemployment rate so far during the coronavirus pandemic but, scratch beneath the surface, there are worrying trends that will likely see the jobless total soaring by the end of the year.

UK lawmaker asks for virtual trial in diplomat's wife crash

LONDON (AP) - A U.K. lawmaker has asked the government to hold a virtual trial for the wife of an American diplomat who left Britain after being involved in a road accident that killed a British teenager.

Police bust biggest Dutch cocaine lab, arrest 17 suspects

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Dutch police have dismantled what they describe as the biggest cocaine laboratory ever discovered in the Netherlands - hidden at a former horse riding school - and arrested a total of 17 people from Colombia, Turkey and the Netherlands.

President Vladimir Putin says Russia's coronavirus vaccine has been registered; his daughter is among those inoculated

MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin says Russia's coronavirus vaccine has been registered; his daughter is among those inoculated.

Lithuanian foreign minister: Leading opposition candidate in Belarus' presidential election has fled to Lithuania.

MOSCOW (AP) - Lithuanian foreign minister: Leading opposition candidate in Belarus' presidential election has fled to Lithuania.

Protester dies in clashes after disputed Belarus vote

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - A protester died amid clashes between police and thousands of people gathered for a second straight night Monday in Belarus after official results from weekend elections - dismissed by the opposition as a sham - gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Greece slams Turkish move on gas exploration in eastern Med

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece slammed Turkey's move Monday to launch energy exploration in part of the eastern Mediterranean Athens says overlaps its own continental shelf, as regional tension spiked over rights to offshore natural resources with both countries sending warships to the area.

Face masks now required outdoors at crowded Paris locations

PARIS (AP) - From the most romantic spots along the Seine to popular shopping streets, residents and visitors in Paris were required to wear face masks starting Monday in some outdoor areas of the French capital amid an uptick in reported coronavirus cases.

German man severs another's hand off with machete

BERLIN (AP) - A 22-year-old is under investigation after chopping off another man's hand with a machete at an outdoor recreation area in western Germany, prosecutors said Monday.

UK flies air force plane over Channel amid migrant crossings

LONDON (AP) - A Royal Air Force surveillance plane flew over the English Channel on Monday as the British government sought to stop a growing number of people making the hazardous crossing from France in small boats.

Shares mostly lower in Asia after retreat on Wall Street

A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after Wall Street pumped the brakes on its recent rally. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

UN council at odds over peacekeeping operation in Lebanon

People gather in honor of the victims at the scene of the last week's explosion that killed many and devastated the city, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

No charges for many arrested at ongoing Portland protests

Demetria Hester, center, speaks to the media after being released from the Multnomah County Justice Center on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Hester became a leading activist in the racial justice movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago. Authorities said Hester won't be charged following her arrest early Monday. Hester had been booked on suspicion of disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer during the protest that began Sunday night. Hester's arrest drew a sharp rebuke from national Black Lives Matter activists, who are increasingly focusing on demonstrations in Oregon's largest city. (Brooke Herbert/The Oregonian via AP)

Interest in homeschooling has 'exploded' amid pandemic

In this May 5, 2020, photo provided by Christina Rothermel Branham, is her son James, doing school work at their Tahlequah, Oklahoma home. Branham, a psychology and counseling professor at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, said she is going to attempt virtual learning through her local school district for her son. But she plans to switch to a homeschooling curriculum of her choosing if it isn't going well after about a month, noting that the virtual learning she oversaw in the spring was

Harris brings Baptist, interfaith roots to Democratic ticket

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., meets people before a Corinthian Baptist Church service, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Harris, tapped on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 as Joe Biden's running mate, attended services at both a Black Baptist church and a Hindu temple growing up. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Children in Beirut suffer from trauma after deadly blast

Three-year-old Abed Achi lies on a sofa at his family house in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Abed was playing with his Lego blocks when the huge blast ripped through Beirut, shattering the nearby glass doors. He had cuts on his tiny arms and feet, a head injury, and was taken to the emergency room, where he sat amid other bleeding people. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Political novices drawn to anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel

Shachar Oren, 25, whistles during a protest against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside his residence in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. The boisterous rallies against Netanyahu have brought out a new breed of first-time protesters -- young, middle-class Israelis who have little history of political activity but feel that Netanyahu's scandal-plagued rule and his handling of the coronavirus crisis have robbed them of their futures. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Iraq military says Turkish drone kills 2 senior commanders
Israeli PM's uneasy alliance seems headed toward collapse

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 file photo, demonstrators wear mask depicting Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister and coalition partner Benny Gantz, right, during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel. When  Netanyahu and his rival, Gantz, agreed to form an

Egyptians vote for revived upper house of Parliament

Election officials wait for people to vote on the first day of the Senate elections inside a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Egyptians started voting on Tuesday for the Senate, the upper chamber of parliament that was revived as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year - an election that comes as the country faces an uptick in daily numbers of new coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

New Zealand scrambles to find source of new virus infections

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, and Director of Health Ashley Bloomfield address a press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days. The news came as an unpleasant surprise and raised questions about whether the nation's general election would go ahead as planned next month. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

Asia Today: Victoria adds 21 deaths, Singapore clears dorms

People queue early morning outside a supermarket in Hobsonville, Auckland, as New Zealand prepares to move into Covid-19 Alert Level 3, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday, Aug. 11 authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days. (Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

As Hong Kongers seek to emigrate, some simply can't leave

Pamela Lam and her son stand in Hong Kong, Friday, July 3, 2020. Lam's 6-year-old son fell in love with the Hong Kong protest anthem,

1000s of Korean laborers still lost after WWII, Cold War end

South Korean Shin Yun-sun shows photos of her 92-year-old mother, Baek Bong-rye, during an interview at her house in Seoul, South Korea Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Shin, 75, has spent decades pestering government officials, digging into records and searching burial grounds on Russia's desolate Sakhalin island, desperately searching for traces of a father she never met. Shin wants to bring back the remains of her presumably dead father for her ailing mother.  Japan's colonial government conscripted Shin's father for forced labor from their farming village in September 1943, when Baek was pregnant with Shin.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Ganges River flows with history and prophecy for India

A Hindu pilgrim takes a holy dip on Makar Sankranti festival on Sagar Island, an island in the Ganges delta, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. For more than 1,700 miles, stretching from the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges flows across the plains like a timeline of India's past, nourishing an extraordinary wealth of life. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)