• In leaders’ UN videos, the backgrounds tell stories, too

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the world to “reject attempts to build blocks to keep others out” as an image of his country’s storied Great Wall hung behind him. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte used photos and videos to illustrate what he was talking about. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison shared his policy views — and his scenic view of Sydney Harbor.

  • Progress against virus brings complacency in parts of Africa

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — With Zimbabwe’s coronavirus infections on the decline, schools are reopening, along with churches, bars, restaurants, airports and tourist attractions. Strict lockdowns designed to curb the disease are being replaced by a return to relatively normal life.

  • Ukraine plane crash death toll rises to 26, with 1 survivor

    MOSCOW (AP) — Searchers combing the area where a Ukrainian military aircraft crashed found two more bodies on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 26. One person survived.

  • Yom Kippur synagogue attack leaves German Jews still uneasy

    BERLIN (AP) — As Jews around the world gather Sunday night to mark the beginning of Yom Kippur, many in Germany remain uneasy about going together to their houses of worship to pray, a year after a white-supremacist targeted a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle on the holiest day in Judaism.

  • He’s not running, but Morales looms large in Bolivia vote

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Even in exile, Evo Morales looms over Bolivia’s election next month.

  • Lebanese prime minister-designate steps down amid impasse

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s prime minister-designate resigned Saturday amid a political impasse over government formation, dealing a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to break a dangerous stalemate in the crisis-hit country.

  • China pushes emergency use of COVID vaccine despite concerns

    BEIJING (AP) — After the first shot, he had no reaction. But Kan Chai felt woozy following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use in China.

  • China opens auto show under anti-disease controls

    BEIJING (AP) — Ford, Nissan and BMW unveiled electric models with more range for China on Saturday as the Beijing auto show opened under anti-virus controls that included holding news conferences by international video link.

  • Russia, China block release of UN report criticizing Russia

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China blocked the official release of a report by U.N. experts on Libya that accused its warring parties and their international backers — including Russia — of violating a U.N. arms embargo on the conflict-wracked country, U.N. diplomats said Friday.

  • China pushes emergency use of COVID vaccine despite concerns

    BEIJING (AP) — After the first shot, he had no reaction. But Kan Chai felt woozy following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use in China.