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AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

JAN. 21-27, 2022

Old grievances haunt Portugal's vote: low pay, stagnation

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Filipe Orfao, a 37-year-old emergency room nurse in Lisbon, voices grievances that have long been heard in Portugal.

Kim Jones back on runway as Fendi channels celestial Rome

PARIS (AP) - The name Kim Jones dominated Paris fashion for a second week running as the indefatigable Briton who designs for Dior Men's returned to the runway for his latest couture collection for Fendi.

Family clarifies no 'Picasso NFT' is set to be sold online

GENEVA (AP) - Pablo Picasso's family is not selling a digital asset linked to one of his works after all.

Danish troops to leave Mali after call from country's rulers

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Denmark will pull its small military force out of northern Mali after the West African country's transitional government said no permission had been given for them to deploy there, the Danish foreign minister said Thursday.

EU launches WTO action against China over Lithuania dispute

BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union and China on Thursday stepped up their diplomatic dispute as the EU took a spat over exports problems for member state Lithuania to world trade's governing body, and accused Beijing of seeking to undermine the 27-nation bloc's single market.

England lifts COVID restrictions as omicron threat recedes

LONDON (AP) - Most coronavirus restrictions, including mandatory face masks, were lifted in England on Thursday after Britain's government said its vaccine booster rollout successfully reduced serious illness and COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Germany: Pesticide misuse suspected in deaths of 2 children

BERLIN (AP) - Prosecutors in Germany said Thursday that misuse of pesticides may have led to the deaths of two young children whose bodies were found in their home near Frankfurt this week.

EU regulator recommends Pfizer's COVID pill be authorized

AMSTERDAM (AP) - The European Medicines Agency has recommended that Pfizer's coronavirus antiviral drug be authorized for use in the 27-nation European Union, the first time the agency has recommended a pill for treating COVID-19.

New Italy president still elusive after 4th round of voting

ROME (AP) - Lawmakers and regional representatives failed for a fourth day Thursday to find consensus on a new Italian president, even after the threshold for victory passed to a simple majority for the first time.

Israel, Cyprus, Greece power cable link secures EU funding

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - The European Union has earmarked 657 million euros ($736 million) for the construction of a 2,000-megawatt undersea electricity cable that will link the power grids of Israel, Cyprus and Greece, Cypriot Energy Minister Natasa Pilides said Thursday.

German archbishop pushes reform after criticism over abuse

BERLIN (AP) - The archbishop of Munich said Thursday that the Catholic church needs deep reform to overcome the "disaster" of sexual abuse and made clear that he intends to stay in his job, after a report faulted him and predecessors including retired Pope Benedict XVI for their handling of abuse allegations and cases in Germany.

Poland starts building wall on border with Belarus

KUZNICA, Poland (AP) - Poland has started building a $394 million wall on its eastern border intended to block migrants pushed by Belarus, in what the European Union calls a "hybrid attack," from crossing illegally into EU territory.

In Romania, French defense minister pledges support

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Romania's defense minister held an official meeting in the capital Bucharest Thursday with his French counterpart, who pledged to stand by Romania through "difficult times" as tensions soar between Russia and Ukraine.

Deutsche Bank sees biggest annual profit in a decade

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Deutsche Bank said Thursday it reaped its best annual profit in a decade in 2021 and put most of the costs of its wrenching, years-long restructuring behind it. The bank underlined its recovery by announcing a dividend for 2021 and a 300 million-euro ($338 million) stock buyback to return money to shareholders.

Ukrainian serviceman kills 4 fellow soldiers, 1 civilian

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - A member of Ukraine's National Guard on Thursday opened fire on his fellow soldiers, killing five people and wounding five more, Ukraine's Interior Ministry said. The serviceman was detained by police but his motives remain unclear.

German prosecutors charge Russian man with espionage

BERLIN (AP) - German prosecutors said Thursday they have charged a Russian man who worked at a German university with espionage for allegedly passing information on European rockets to Russian intelligence.

France's Macron takes own path, seeks dialogue with Russia

PARIS (AP) - There's still room for diplomacy in the Ukrainian crisis. At least that's the conviction of French President Emmanuel Macron, who continues to push for dialogue with Russia despite signs pointing to a potential war.

Erdogan says Israeli president to visit Turkey next month

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Israel's president, Isaac Herzog, is expected to visit Turkey next month, the Turkish president has said, as the two countries move to heal rifts.

Ukraine crisis updates: What to know as tensions rise

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Russia has placed more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine's border and ratcheted up war games in the region.

Ex-cop's trial for Taylor raid offers new chance for justice

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Louisville Metro Police Department shows Officer Brett Hankison. Attorneys for Hankison, a former police officer involved in the Breonna Taylor raid, want to ban news outlets from part of the jury selection process. Hankison is set to go on trial on wanton endangerment charges, with jury selection set to begin on Feb. 1, 2022. (Courtesy of Louisville Metro Police Department via AP, File)

How many times can I reuse my N95 mask?

How many times can I reuse my N95 mask? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)

Man executed for 1996 killing after Supreme Court clears way

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Matthew Reeves. Late Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the state of Alabama to execute Reeves, an inmate who contended that an intellectual disability combined with the state's inattention cost him a chance to avoid lethal injection and choose a new method. Reeves was condemned for killing a man during a robbery in 1996. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)

NYC gives final salute to slain NYPD officer

Police officers stand in line outside St. Patricks Cathedral to pay their respects during the wake of New York City Police Officer Jason Rivera, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in New York.  Rivera was fatally shot Friday, Jan. 21, while answering a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

US judge may suspend mustang roundup in Nevada; suit pending

FILE - A livestock helicopter pilot rounds up wild horses from the Fox & Lake Herd Management Area on July 13, 2008, in Washoe County, Nev., near the town on Empire, Nev. A federal judge is considering temporarily suspending the capture of wild horses in Nevada where their advocates say the federal government is

In north Iraq, Chinese language school projects soft power

Chinese lecturer, Zhiwei Hu, left, teachers and officials of the Chinese Language Department stand in front of Chinese language books intended for students in Salahaddin University in Irbil, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The Chinese language school in northern Iraq is attracting students who hope to land jobs with a growing number of Chinese companies in the oil, infrastructure, construction, and telecommunications sectors in the region. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Autopsy says violence caused death of detained Palestinian

FILE - Mourners pray by the body of 78-year-old Omar Asaad, a Palestinian who has U.S. citizenship, during his funeral at a mosque, in the West Bank village of Jiljiliya, north of Ramallah, Jan. 13, 2022. An autopsy, undertaken by three Palestinian doctors, confirmed that Asaad,  who was pronounced dead shortly after being detained by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, died of a heart attack caused by

Dozens of armed militants still hold corner of Syria prison

US attack helicopter shoots flares in Hassakeh, northeast Syria, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. Dozens of armed Islamic State militants remained holed up in the last occupied section of a Syrian prison, U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces said Thursday. The two sides clashed a day after the Syrian Democratic Forces announced they had regained full control of the facility. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

Saudi-led coalition says it's probing deadly prison strike

People search the rubble of a prison facility hit by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that killed at least 87 people, in a stronghold of Houthi rebels on the border with Saudi Arabia, in the northern Saada province of Yemen, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Internet access remained largely down on Sunday after another Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a telecommunications center Friday at the Red Sea port city of Hodeida. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Group warns of potential catastrophe on old tanker off Yemen

This satellite image provided by Planet Labs PBC shows FSO Safer in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, Jan. 9, 2022. A 42-page Greenpeace report warned Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, of a potential major oil leak or explosion on the aging oil tanker. The rusting, neglected Japanese-built tanker has been moored in its location 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) away from Yemen's western Red Sea port of Ras Issa since the 1980s, when it was sold to the Yemeni government. (Planet Labs PBC via AP)

Australia pledges $704 million to save Great Barrier Reef

In this photo provided by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority divers survey a part of the Barrier Reef off Townsville, March 12, 2016. The Australian government on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, pledged to spend another 1 billion Australian dollars ($704 million) over nine years on improving the health of the Great Barrier Reef after stalling a UNESCO decision on downgrading the natural wonder's World Heritage status. (C. Jones/Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority via AP)

Executive overseeing investments leaves Japan's SoftBank

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure speaks to reporters as he leaves the courthouse in New York. Claure, who joined SoftBank Group after turning around one of its key investments, office-sharing business WeWork, is leaving, the Japanese technology company said Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Google to invest $1 billion to push India's digitalization

FILE - The logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris, Nov. 18, 2019. Google will invest up to $1 billion in partnership with India's Airtel for providing affordable access to smartphones to over a billion Indians and accelerating the cloud ecosystem for businesses, the two companies said on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

S. Korea plans to add small hospitals as COVID cases surge

A medical worker runs to guide people as they wait for their coronavirus test at a makeshift testing site in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).

Toyota heading to moon with cruiser, robotic arms, dreams

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