Restructuring Norwegian Air to get government support

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Norway's government said Thursday it will help ailing low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle - a U-turn from its previous refusal to do so - as long as the company manages to raise 4.5 billion kroner ($529 million) from other investors.


Fight in Bosnia migrant camp injures 2 police, smashed cars

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - A fight among migrants in a camp near the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, has left three people slightly injured and resulted in damaged property, police said on Thursday.


Fauci lays out Biden's support for WHO after Trump criticism

GENEVA (AP) - President Joe Biden's top medical adviser on COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Thursday announced renewed U.S. support for the World Health Organization after it faced blistering criticism from the Trump administration, laying out new commitments to tackle the coronavirus and other global health issues.


Dr. Anthony Fauci says the US will join World Health Organization project to deploy vaccines around the world

GENEVA (AP) - Dr. Anthony Fauci says the US will join World Health Organization project to deploy vaccines around the world.


European Central Bank faces gloomier picture for economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - The European Central Bank is looking at a darkening picture for the economy as infections and deaths surge. With more than a trillion euros of pandemic stimulus still in the pipeline, President Christine Lagarde is expected to underline Thursday that the bank has the means keep credit affordable and support the hoped-for recovery.


Romania activist urges people to do something good every day

NUCSOARA, Romania (AP) - A gentle hero to many in Romania, Valeriu Nicolae says that, at heart, he is more like former NBA star Michael Jordan - highly competitive and eager to improve in what he does best. In Nicolae's case that is helping others.


Organists offer soundtrack to jabs at medieval UK cathedral

SALISBURY, England (AP) - David Halls isn't a doctor, nurse or ambulance driver, but he wanted to contribute in the fight against COVID-19. So he did what he does best: He sat down on the bench beside at Salisbury Cathedral's historic organ and began to play.


Albanian soldier dies in Afghanistan peacekeeping mission

TIRANA, Albania (AP) - Albania's Defense Ministry on Wednesday reported the death of a soldier in Afghanistan, the second from the tiny Western Balkan country to die during the international peacekeeping mission.


After vote, Greece to double reach of western coastal waters

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Lawmakers in Greece Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to extend the country's territorial waters along its western coastline from six to 12 nautical miles.


Delay in Pfizer vaccine shipments frustrate Europe, Canada

BRUSSELS (AP) - Frustration is mounting from Europe to North America over reduced shipments of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine while the U.S. pharmaceutical company increases production capacity at its Belgian plant. Governments say it is costing critical time during the early stages of the rollout to care homes and hospital personnel.


Gas explosion rips through Madrid building, killing 4

MADRID (AP) - A powerful gas explosion tore through a residential building in central Madrid on Wednesday, killing four people and ripping the facade off the structure.


Portugal sets records in one of world's worst virus surges

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Portugal's new daily COVID-19 cases jumped to more than 14,600 to set a new national record Wednesday, as the country weathers one of the worst pandemic surges in the world.


Lawyer says ex-royal staff will shed light on Meghan letter

LONDON (AP) - A lawyer for the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper said Wednesday that the Duchess of Sussex had no reasonable expectation of privacy for a letter she sent to her estranged father after her marriage to Prince Harry.


France to reckon with Algeria colonial past, won't apologize

PARIS (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron wants to take further steps to reckon with France's colonial-era wrongs in Algeria but is not considering an official apology, his office said.


Dutch propose curfew to rein in virus; will ban more flights

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The Dutch government wants to impose a curfew as part of beefed-up restrictions to rein in the spread of a new more contagious virus variant that already accounts for at least one in 10 Dutch infections.


Madrid's mayor says at least 2 people have died in a blast after an apparent gas leak

MADRID (AP) - Madrid's mayor says at least 2 people have died in a blast after an apparent gas leak.


Italian police find stolen copy of Leonardo 'Salvator Mundi'

ROME (AP) - Italian police have recovered a 500-year-old copy of Leonardo da Vinci's 16th century "Salvator Mundi" painting of Jesus Christ that was stolen from a Naples church during the pandemic without the priests even realizing it was gone.


Madrid emergency services say they have rushed to a building in the city center following an explosion

MADRID (AP) - Madrid emergency services say they have rushed to a building in the city center following an explosion.


Struggling French students protest university closures

PARIS (AP) - French university students protested Wednesday on Paris' Left Bank to demand to be allowed back to class, and to call attention to suicides and financial troubles among students cut off from friends, professors and job opportunities amid the pandemic.


EU sighs with relief as Biden readies to enter White House

BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union's top officials breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday that Joe Biden will be taking over as president of the United States, but they warned that the world has changed after four years of Donald Trump and that trans-Atlantic ties will be different in the future.


Powerball jackpot winner worth $731.1M sold in Maryland

Jacqueline Donahue of Hazleton, right, buys la Mega Millions lottery ticket at the Anthracite Newsstand on Public Square, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

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China hopes for cooperation, better relations under Biden

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus looks into a souvenir shop displaying various of stickers, one of them showing a former U.S. President Donald Trump caricature, in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. China imposed sanctions on nearly 30 former Trump administration officials moments after they left office on Wednesday. In a statement released just minutes after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Beijing slapped travel bans and business restrictions on Trump's secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O'Brien and U.N. ambassador, Kelly Craft. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Analysis: Biden faces a more confident China after US chaos

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2013, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as they pose for photos at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Lintao Zhang, Pool, File)

Global shares mostly up on optimism for stimulus from Biden

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Asian shares rose Thursday on optimism over the new U.S. administration that earlier set off a rally on Wall Street. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Dubai halts live entertainment amid surge in virus cases

A singer performs at a nightclub in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 5, 2020. On Thursday, Jan 21, 2021, Dubai's tourism authorities announced an immediate halt to all live music and shows at hotels and restaurants as coronavirus cases surged to unseen heights over recent weeks. The UAE also ordered the suspension of all non-urgent surgeries to deal with an influx of new COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Twin suicide bombings rock central Baghdad, at least 28 dead

Security forces work at the site of a deadly bomb attack in a market selling used clothes, Iraq, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Twin suicide bombings hit Iraq's capital Thursday killing and wounding civilians, police and state TV said.

Iraqi military says death toll in twin suicide bombings in Baghdad rises to at least 28 dead, 73 wounded
Iraqi State TV reports suicide bombing in central Baghdad, unknown number of casualties
Amid crippling sanctions, Iran traders seek lifeline in Iraq

Piles of plush Iranian- made carpets line the floors of a shopping center in northern Iraq, hosting traders from neighbouring Iran, in the city of Dohuk, in the Kurdish-run northern region of Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. At least 24 businesses from 15 Iranian cities offer hope that the spangle of their ornate handicrafts might offer a lifeline out of poverty for Iranians whose country's economy is in tatters amid crippling sanctions. (AP Photo/Rashid Yahya)

Fire hits building at world's largest vaccine maker in India

Smoke rises from the Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine maker that is manufacturing the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine for the coronavirus, in Pune, India, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

India gives 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Nepal

A van stands parked waiting to transport AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccines, manufactured under license by Serum Institute of India, at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. India sent 1 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine to Nepal on Thursday, a gift that is likely to help repair strained ties between the two neighbors. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Fire hits factory belonging to Serum Institute of India, world's largest vaccine maker; COVID-19 vaccine not affected
China hopes for cooperation, better relations under Biden

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus looks into a souvenir shop displaying various of stickers, one of them showing a former U.S. President Donald Trump caricature, in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. China imposed sanctions on nearly 30 former Trump administration officials moments after they left office on Wednesday. In a statement released just minutes after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Beijing slapped travel bans and business restrictions on Trump's secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O'Brien and U.N. ambassador, Kelly Craft. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Analysis: Biden faces a more confident China after US chaos

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2013, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as they pose for photos at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Lintao Zhang, Pool, File)