World
November 25

Poland to have no ambassador in Israel, amid tepid ties

Poland's Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the European Union nation will have no ambassador in Israel for the time being, bringing the mission level down to that of Israel's mission in Poland.
Business
November 25

Europe's Christmas markets warily open as COVID cases rise

The holiday tree is towering over the main square in this central German city, the chestnuts and sugared almonds are roasted, and kids are clambering aboard the merry-go-round just like they did before the pandemic. But a surge in coronavirus infections has left an uneasy feeling hanging over Frankfurt's Christmas market.
World
November 25

1,600 migrants lost at sea in Mediterranean this year

The sinking of a boat with more than 30 people on board this week is the deadliest migration tragedy to date in the English Channel.
World
November 25

Czechs declare state of emergency, impose new virus measures

The Czech government declared a 30-day state of emergency and imposed additional coronavirus restrictions Thursday in its effort to tackle a record surge of infections.
World
November 25

WHO: Vaccine hesitancy persists among Africa health workers

Africa is seeing a rise in deliveries of vaccine doses to the continent, but only one in four of its health workers has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the World Health Organization regional office said on Thursday.
World
November 25

Merkel voices 'full solidarity' with Poland over Belarus

Germany's outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her "full solidarity" Thursday with Warsaw over Poland's tense border situation with Belarus.
World
November 25
This undated photo issued on Thursday Nov. 25, 2021 by the University of Leicester Archaeological Services shows a Roman mosaic unique to Britain and

Richard III archaeologists strike again with Roman mosaic

A team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester in central England certainly appear to have the golden touch.
World
November 25

ICC judges cut Muslim radical's sentence in Timbuktu case

International Criminal Court appeals judges have cut by two years the sentence of an Islamic radical who pleaded guilty to overseeing the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu, the court announced Thursday.
World
November 25
FILE - In this file photo taken on Oct. 26, 2016, Pakistan’s Inam Khan, owner of a book shop shows a copy of a magazine with the photograph of Afgha

Afghan girl from famous cover portrait is evacuated to Italy

National Geographic magazine's famed green-eyed "Afghan Girl" has arrived in Italy as part of the West's evacuation of Afghans following the Taliban takeover of the country, the Italian government said Thursday.
World
November 25

Albania opens murder investigation into deaths of 4 Russians

Albanian prosecutors said on Thursday that they have launched a murder investigation into the deaths of four Russian tourists at a local beach resort last month.
World
November 25

Russian lawmaker stripped of immunity over elk's killing

The lower house of Russia's parliament on Thursday stripped a lawmaker who is critical of the Kremlin of his immunity, allowing prosecutors to press charges against him over the allegedly illegal killing of an elk during a hunting trip.
World
November 25
Security forces and rescue workers search for bodies at the scene of a blast in Mogadishu, Somalia Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021.

Al-Shabab blast by school in Somali capital kills at least 8

A large explosion outside a school in Somalia's capital on Thursday killed at least eight people, including students, witnesses said. The extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.
World
November 25

Pope declares French priest-victims of Paris Commune martyrs

Pope Francis has declared five Catholic priests who were killed during the Paris Commune revolutionary government that took control of Paris in 1871 were martyrs who were killed out of "hatred for the faith."
World
November 25

Mexico's drug war uses drones, human shields, gunships

The Mexican government is rapidly running out of tools to control the expansion of the feared Jalisco cartel on the front lines of Mexico's narco war in the western state of Michoacan and the stalled ground effort is being supplemented by an increasingly sophisticated aerial conflict.
Business
November 25

Spanish metalworkers call off strike after pay rise deal

Trade unions representing metalworkers in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz called off a nine-day strike and workers began returning to their jobs Thursday after reaching a pay agreement with employers covering the next three years.
Business
November 25

Top Indonesia court rules new job law unconstitutional

Indonesia's top court ruled Thursday that the country's widely criticized Job Creation Law is unconstitutional and ordered the government to amend it within two years.
Business
November 25

'Get up!' Pope prays that Lebanon can get back on its feet

Pope Francis told Lebanon's prime minister on Thursday that he was praying that God would help Lebanon "get up" and get back on its feet following an unprecedented economic crisis that has thrown three quarters of the country's 6 million people, including a million Syrian refugees, into poverty.
World
November 25

Israel pushes for better Iran deal amid military buildup

Israel's defense minister said Thursday he hopes a better nuclear deal will come out of upcoming talks between world powers and Iran, but that Israel is hedging its bets and building up its military capabilities.
World
November 25

Official: Human error likeliest cause of Bulgaria bus crash

Human error is believed to be the most likely cause of the fiery bus crash in Bulgaria that killed 44 people, including 12 children, early Tuesday, a Bulgarian official said Thursday.
World
November 25

EU warns differing virus measures put free travel at risk

The European Union warned member countries Thursday that they risk undermining the 27-nation bloc's COVID-19 travel and access certificate system with new restrictions that some are putting in place to try to thwart a surge in cases.