Polish legal body rejects prosecutor request to arrest judge

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - A controversial disciplinary body within Poland's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a prosecutor's request to arrest a judge who has become a symbol of resistance for those who believe judicial independence is threatened in the country.

Sahara's Polisario Front chief gets COVID treatment in Spain

MADRID (AP) - The man leading the Polisario Front in its fight for independence of Western Sahara is hospitalized in Spain for treatment of COVID-19, officials from Spain and the group said Thursday.

Navalny hails rallies; doctors urge him to end hunger strike

MOSCOW (AP) - Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said in an emotional message from behind bars Thursday that he felt "pride and hope" after learning from his lawyer about the mass protests demanding his freedom that swept across Russia the previous night.

Bank of England reveals lobbying efforts of ex-PM Cameron

LONDON (AP) - The Bank of England published on Thursday a series of communications showing Britain's former prime minister, David Cameron making repeated efforts for a now-bankrupt financial firm to access a state-backed coronavirus financial support scheme.

In Romania, 'modern slaves' burn noxious trash for a living

VIDRA, Romania (AP) - In the trash-strewn slums of Sintesti, less than 10 miles from Romania's capital, Mihai Bratu scrapes a dangerous living for his Roma family amid the foul reek of burning plastic that cloys the air day and night.

Dutch coronavirus infections rise ahead of lockdown easing

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday defended his decision to ease his country's lockdown next week even after the Netherlands recorded 9,648 new coronavirus infections- the highest daily increase since January.

UK lawmakers pass motion saying China committing genocide

LONDON (AP) - British lawmakers on Thursday approved a parliamentary motion declaring that China's policies against its Uyghur minority population in the far western Xinjiang region amounted to genocide and crimes against humanity.

UK apologizes for racism in memorials to WWI dead

LONDON (AP) - British authorities apologized Thursday after an investigation found that at least 161,000 mostly African and Indian military service personnel who died during World War I weren't properly honored due to "pervasive racism." It said that number could possibly range up to 350,000.

Czechs expel more Russians in dispute over 2014 depot blast

PRAGUE (AP) - The Czech Republic on Thursday ordered 63 more Russian diplomats to leave the country, further escalating a dispute between the two nations over the alleged involvement of Russian spies in a massive ammunition depot explosion in 2014.

Pope warns Earth heading for self-destruction without action

ROME (AP) - Pope Francis warned Thursday that the world is "on a path of self-destruction" if political leaders fail to courageously use the COVID-19 pandemic as a chance to make the planet a fairer and greener place.

Belarus leader heads to Moscow for talks on closer ties

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Belarusian counterpart on Thursday for talks on closer integration between the two ex-Soviet neighbors.

Inventive books make final 6 for International Booker Prize

LONDON (AP) - Books from Europe and Latin America that blur the boundaries of fiction, history and memoir are the final six contenders for the 50,000-pound ($69,000) International Booker Prize.

Proposals aim to end Church of England inaction over racism

LONDON (AP) - A report aiming to tackle racism in the Church of England has recommended dozens of proposals to end decades of inaction, including the requirement that at least one ethnic minority candidate be included in shortlists for senior clergy roles.

Jaguar Land Rover halts production because of chip shortage

LONDON (AP) - Jaguar Land Rover said Thursday it's suspending production at two U.K. factories, becoming the latest automaker to fall victim to a global shortage of microchips.

Biden to join NATO leaders at June 14 summit in Brussels

BRUSSELS (AP) - U.S. President Joe Biden and other leaders of NATO member countries plan to discuss tense ties with Russia and China, the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the future of the 30-nation military alliance at a summit in Belgium on June 14.

Russia orders troop pullback, but keeps weapons near Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's defense minister on Thursday ordered troops back to their permanent bases following massive drills amid tensions with Ukraine, but said that they should leave their weapons behind in western Russia for another exercise later this year.

Turkey probes cryptocurrency exchange for possible $2B fraud

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish prosecutors launched an investigation into a cryptocurrency exchange Thursday over allegations it may have defrauded some 390,000 investors of an estimated $2 billion.

German 'emergency brake' plan clears last legislative hurdle

BERLIN (AP) - A plan by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to mandate uniform restrictions in areas where the coronavirus is spreading too quickly cleared its final legislative hurdle on Thursday as it was passed by parliament's upper house.

ECB leaves interest rates, pandemic stimulus unchanged

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - The European Central Bank left its key stimulus programs unchanged with almost 900 billion euros of support still in the pipeline as the economy lags the U.S. and China in a drawn-out struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Climate activists shatter windows at HSBC London building

LONDON (AP) - Climate change activists have vandalized HSBC's London headquarters, smashing windows in a protest against the bank's alleged links to the fossil fuel industry.

House seat numbers can't be released before next week

FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, two young children hold signs through the car window that make reference to the 2020 U.S. Census as they wait in the car with their family at an outreach event in Dallas. A delay in census data is scrambling plans in some states to redraw districts for the U.S. House and state legislatures. The Census Bureau has said redistricting data that was supposed to be provided to states by the end of March won't be ready until August or September. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Man pleads guilty in fatal shootings of 8 from Ohio family

FILE - This Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 file photo shows Edward

Bodies found in desert in 1980 ID'd as woman seeks parents
Police video shows officer using stun gun on handcuffed man

This undated photo provided by the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, in Louisiana, shows Officer Nolan Dehon III. Police video shows Dehon using a stun gun on a handcuffed 67-year-old man sitting on a patrol car's back seat and then saying,

California's public universities to require COVID-19 vaccine
Police clash with Palestinians, far-right march in Jerusalem

Israeli riot police detain a Palestinian man during clashes near Damascus Gate just outside Jerusalem's Old City, Thursday, April. 22, 2021. Palestinians clashed with Israeli police over restrictions on Ramadan gatherings ahead of a planned march by Lahava, a Jewish extremist group, to the area later on Thursday amid heightened tensions in the city. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israel says Syrian missile was not aimed at nuclear reactor

Map locates Negev Nuclear Research Center

Gunmen kill two Guard members in Iran's Kurdish area
Jordan releases alleged plotters following king's appeal

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2020 file photo, released by the Royal Hashemite Court, Jordan's King Abdullah II gives a speech during the inauguration of the 19th Parliament's non-ordinary session, in Amman Jordan. Jordan released 16 people detained earlier this month over an alleged foreign-backed conspiracy linked to a former crown prince after the king requested they be let go in honor of the holy month of Ramadan. (Yousef Allan/The Royal Hashemite Court via AP, File)

UN concerned over halt of oil production in eastern Libya
US troops in Afghanistan begin packing gear in pullout prep

FILE - In this April 14, 2021 file photo, President Joe Biden speaks from the Treaty Room in the White House about the withdrawal of the remainder of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. A U.S. defense department official said Thursday April 22, 2021, that the U.S. military has begun shipping equipment and winding down contracts with local service providers ahead of the May 1 start of the final phase of its military pullout from Afghanistan. The pullout marks the end of America's longest war, after a 20-year military engagement. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

Death toll from suicide car bombing rises to 5 in Pakistan

A private security guard stands at a closed entry gate of a luxury hotel that was the site of Wednesday's bomb blast, in Quetta, Pakistan, Thursday, April 22, 2021. An attack at a luxury hotel in Pakistan has been confirmed as a suicide car bombing, and the death toll has risen to five, police said Thursday. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

Japan raises emissions reduction target to 46% by 2030

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, left, and Minister of the Environment Shinjiro Koizumi attend the global warming meeting at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Thursday, April 22, 2021.  Japan said Thursday it will raise its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to 46% on 2013 levels from 26%, NHK television reported. Prime Minister Suga has set a goal to achieve carbon neutrality in Japan by 2050.(Kyodo News via AP)

Indonesia looking for submarine that may be too deep to help

Indonesian Navy ship KRI Singa sails to take part in the search for submarine KRI Nanggala that went missing while participating in a training exercise on Wednesday, off Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia, Thursday, April 22, 2021. Indonesia's navy ships are intensely searching the waters where one of its submarines was last detected before it disappeared, as neighboring countries are set to join the complex operation. (AP Photo)

Hong Kong journalist convicted for accessing public records

Hong Kong journalist Choy Yuk-ling, also known as Bao Choy, arrives a court in Hong Kong Thursday, April 22, 2021.  Choy appeared in court on Thursday for verdict on charges of making false statements while obtaining information from a vehicle database. Choy, a producer at public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong, was arrested in Nov 2020. She was involved in the production of an investigative documentary into the behavior of Hong Kong police during 2019 anti-government protests, after the force was accused of not intervening during a violent clash between protesters and a mob of men in a subway station. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)