• Brazil death toll tops 250,000, virus still running rampant

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll, which surpassed 250,000 on Thursday, is the world’s second-highest for the same reason its second wave has yet to fade: Prevention was never made a priority, experts say.

    Updated: 3:33 pm

  • Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes, making 2020 a bad year for the butterflies.

  • Italy honors slain ambassador, bodyguard and prays for Congo

    ROME (AP) — Italy paid tribute Thursday to its ambassador to Congo and his bodyguard who were killed in an attack on a U.N. convoy, honoring them with a state funeral and prayers for peace in Congo and all nations “torn by war and violence.”

    Updated: 1:40 pm

  • For Israel’s allies, road to vaccines runs through Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial plan to ship surplus coronavirus vaccines to a group of allied nations was frozen Thursday following a legal challenge to the deal, his office announced.

    Updated: 12:52 pm

  • Armenian PM slams ‘coup attempt’ as political tensions rise

    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia’s prime minister accused top military officers on Thursday of attempting a coup after they demanded he step down, adding fuel to months of protests calling for his resignation following the country’s defeat in a conflict with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

    Updated: 10:35 am

  • Explainer: Mount Etna puts on its latest spectacular show

    ROME (AP) — Mount Etna, the volcano that towers over eastern Sicily, evokes superlatives. It is Europe’s most active volcano and also the continent’s largest.

  • Semenya taking case to European Court of Human Rights

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Caster Semenya is going to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge “discriminatory” rules that prohibit her from competing in certain track events because of her high natural testosterone, her lawyers said Thursday.

  • AP PHOTOS: Migrants evade Libyan coast guard to reach Europe

    ABOARD THE OPEN ARMS (AP) — The February storm is unforgiving, violently shaking the humanitarian rescuers’ vessel as they try to revive a faulty engine and save African migrants drifting in the Mediterranean Sea after fleeing Libya on unseaworthy boats.

  • Secretive Israeli nuclear facility undergoes major project

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A secretive Israeli nuclear facility at the center of the nation’s undeclared atomic weapons program is undergoing what appears to be its biggest construction project in decades, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show.

  • New Zealand’s virus success unleashes runaway housing prices

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s success in battling the coronavirus has unleashed an unanticipated problem: skyrocketing house prices.