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French nursing homes employees protest pay, conditions

PARIS (AP) - Employees of a major group of French nursing homes on Monday took part in protests across France to call for better pay amid the coronavirus crisis.


UK's Johnson struggles to shift attention from aide's trip

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plans to announce further lockdown-easing measures were being overshadowed Monday by an outcry over the movements of a senior aide who allegedly flouted restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic.


Germany divided over plans to nix rules despite outbreaks

BERLIN (AP) - A spat was brewing Monday between Germany's federal government and state governors over plans by some regional leaders to end pandemic-related restrictions despite fresh clusters of cases across the country.


German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - A German court has ruled that Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners of its diesel cars equipped with software that evaded emissions testing - but consumers must accept the current value of the car based on the mileage they drove since buying it, not the purchase price.


Brussels Airlines to resume flights on downsized summer sked

Struggling Brussels Airlines will restart commercial flights next month with a significantly downsized summer schedule following a 12-week interruption due to the coronavirus.


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Poland's president appoints new head of embattled top court

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday appointed a judge backed by the right-wing ruling party to be the new head of the Supreme Court, marking apparent victory in years of government efforts to take control of the court.


In race for tourism, Greece reopens cafes, island ferries

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece restarted regular ferry services to its islands Monday, and cafes and restaurants were also back open for business as the country accelerated efforts to salvage its tourism season.


German activity picks up, can't escape official recession

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - A key indicator of German business outlooks bounced upward in May as more businesses and activities re-opened - but the index remained far below normal readings as Germany faced a long journey toward full recovery from the coronavirus downturn.


EU's top diplomat urges 'more robust strategy' toward China

BERLIN (AP) - The European Union's top diplomat has called for the bloc to have a "more robust strategy" toward China amid signs that Asia is replacing the United States as the center of global power.


Turkey confirms 32 deaths, 1,141 new COVID-19 cases

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey's health minister on Sunday announced 32 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll in the country to 4,340.


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Europeans soak up the sun but virus travel rules a mishmash

BERLIN (AP) - Europeans soaked up the sun where they could, taking advantage of the first holiday weekend since coronavirus restrictions were eased, while governments grappled with how and when to safely let in foreign travelers to salvage the vital summer tourist season.


Alligator rumored to have been Hitler's dies in Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) - An alligator that many people believe once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo.


UK leader Johnson stands by aide over 250-mile lockdown trip

LONDON (AP) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday he wouldn't fire his chief aide for allegedly violating the national coronavirus lockdown rules that he helped to create.


German governor's plan to end blanket virus rules criticized

BERLIN (AP) - A German state governor's proposal to end blanket coronavirus restrictions in his region, which would be a first for the country after a comparatively successful response to the pandemic, drew mounting criticism Sunday from other officials.


1,000 protest Belarusian president seeking another term

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - About 1,000 protesters denouncing authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's seeking of another term in an upcoming election have held the largest opposition demonstration of the year in the capital Minsk.


Body of Ukraine lawmaker found in office, had gunshot wound

MOSCOW (AP) - The body of a member of the Ukrainian parliament was found Saturday in his office, police said.


British leader's aide denies 250-mile trip broke virus rules

LONDON (AP) - The British government dug in Saturday to defend Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top adviser, Dominic Cummings, for traveling more than 250 miles (400 kilometers) to his parents' house during a nationwide lockdown at a time when he suspected he had the coronavirus.


Erdogan, Trump reiterate solidarity against COVID-19

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke Saturday on the phone to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, bilateral relations and regional developments.


Spain's far-right holds car protest against virus lockdown

Several thousand followers of Spain's far-right Vox party gathered Saturday in their cars and on motorbikes in the center of Madrid and other Spanish cities to protest the Spanish government's handling of the nation's coronavirus crisis.


17 detained in protest outside Ukraine opposition party HQ

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - Members of a far-right group threw fireworks and smoke bombs and clashed Saturday with security guards at the headquarters of Ukraine's largest Russia-friendly political party.


Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic

This Thursday, May 21, 2020, photo shows a parked car with a broken driver's side window after a smash-and-grab break-in in Los Angeles. The coronavirus hasn't been kind to car owners. With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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Car convoys, small ceremonies to mark Memorial Day in NYC

A young man wearing a protective face mask rides his bicycle along a fairly crowded Coney Island boardwalk during the current coronavirus outbreak, the afternoon of Sunday, May 24, 2020, in New York. No swimming was allowed and social distancing reminders were abundant on the beach as Memorial Day weekend kicked off the first weekend of summer. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Global shares rise on hopes for economies' gradual reopening

A currency trader talks on the phone near the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 25, 2020. Asian shares are mostly higher, with Tokyo stocks gaining on expectations that a pandemic state of emergency will be lifted for all of Japan. But shares fell in Hong Kong on Monday after police used tear gas to quell weekend protests over a proposed national security bill for the former British colony. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares climb, Tokyo gains on hopes for reopening

A currency trader talks on the phone near the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 25, 2020. Asian shares are mostly higher, with Tokyo stocks gaining on expectations that a pandemic state of emergency will be lifted for all of Japan. But shares fell in Hong Kong on Monday after police used tear gas to quell weekend protests over a proposed national security bill for the former British colony. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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UN: Libya coast guard intercepts, detains about 400 migrants
Yemeni gravediggers overwhelmed amid spike in virus deaths

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury bodies at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At the cemetery in Yemen's largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don't know what killed the newly deceased. But there's no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden - likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

Israel's Netanyahu attacks justice system as trial begins

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing a face mask in line with public health restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, looks at his lawyer inside the court room as his corruption trial opens at the Jerusalem District Court, Sunday, May 24, 2020.  He is the country's first sitting prime minister ever to go on trial, facing charges of fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes in a series of corruption cases stemming from ties to wealthy friends. (Ronen Zvulun/ Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing blue mask, enters court for start of corruption trial.
Asia Today: South Korea to require masks on transit, flights

A public tv screen shows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking at a press conference Monday, May 25, 2020, in Tokyo. Abe announced the lift of a coronavirus state of emergency from Tokyo and four other remaining prefectures. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan lifts coronavirus emergency in all remaining areas

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leaves a venue after a news conference in Tokyo Monday, May 25, 2020. Abe lifted a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other remaining areas on Monday, ending the restrictions nationwide as businesses begin to reopen. (Kim Kyung-hoon/Pool Photo via AP)

Japan ends coronavirus state of emergency as it lifts restrictions in last areas including Tokyo
Severe storm lashes vast expanse of west Australian coast

Debris falls from a row of damaged shops in Perth, Australia, Monday, May 25, 2020. There are reports of damage to buildings, homes, fences, electricity infrastructure and trees across Perth as a severe storm hit the coast and brought wind gusts of more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) per hour, officials said. (Richard Wainwright/AAP Image via AP)

New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

In this image made from video, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks up when an earthquake struck during a live television interview in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday morning, May 25, 2020. New Zealand sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is sometimes called the Shaky Isles for its frequent quakes. (Newshub via AP)

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