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Eastern Europe largely avoided coronavirus 1st wave, now it's battling outbreaks and outrage over new restrictions

BY: IBTESSEM GEUNFOUD and DRAGANA JOVANOVIC(PRAGUE) -- At a "Farewell COVID" party in June, thousands of Prague residents dined outdoors at a 500-meter long table across the Charles Bridge to celebrate the end of the lockdown measures.The Czech Republic was being hailed by the rest of Europe for successfully stopping…... Read More

New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern looks for 2nd term as prime minister

By BRITT CLENNETT, ABC News(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) -- While the United States and much of Europe remain gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, New Zealand has managed to eliminate transmission of the deadly virus.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s early, decisive action on business and travel lockdowns has been lauded by scientists globally,…... Read More

Knife-wielding man accused of beheading teacher is shot by police in Paris suburb

By IBTISSEM GUENFOUD, ABC News(PARIS) -- Police in a Paris suburb shot to death a man seen carrying a knife that authorities believe may have been used to kill another man found nearby.The shooting of the suspect, 18, occurred around 5 p.m. local time on Friday in the town of…... Read More

New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern looks for second term as prime minister

By BRITT CLENNETT, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- While the United States and much of Europe remain gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, New Zealand has managed to eliminate transmission of the deadly virus.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s early, decisive action on business and travel lockdowns has been lauded by scientists globally, and…... Read More

European Union sanctions top Russian officials over Alexey Navalny nerve agent poisoning

By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- The European Union has sanctioned six senior Russian officials for the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny with a nerve agent, laying the responsibility for the alleged assassination attempt directly on the office of President Vladimir Putin.The European Council published the…... Read More

Queen Elizabeth makes rare joint appearance with Prince William

By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News (LONDON) -- Queen Elizabeth on Thursday attended her first public engagement since March, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.K.The 94-year-old monarch traveled to the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory, near Salisbury, in a rare joint appearance with her grandson, Prince William.The…... Read More

2 Americans freed from militant group in Yemen, returning to US

By CONOR FINNEGAN, JAMES GORDON MEEK, and JORDYN PHELPS, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Two Americans have been freed and the remains of a third American have been released by the Houthis, an Iran-backed rebel group in Yemen, as part of an exchange, national security adviser Robert O'Brien confirmed Wednesday."The United States…... Read More

Peru opens Machu Picchu for lone tourist who had been stranded in the country for 7 months

By JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The government of Peru opened its most famous tourist site to the first tourist since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, after he'd been stuck in the country for seven months.Japanese citizen Jesse Katayama has now seen what few before him have ever…... Read More

New 3-tier COVID-19 system announced for England to combat rise in cases

By GUY DAVIES, ABC News(LONDON) -- U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new three-tier coronavirus program that outlines stringent local restrictions in England as the country attempts to curb an increase in cases and avoid another national lockdown.Different areas in the country will now be evaluated as on "medium,"…... Read More

Prince Harry, Meghan discuss importance of education, Archie's first steps in interview with Malala Yousafzai

By ANGELINE JANE BERNABE, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are appreciating their time together as a family with their son, Archie, during quarantine.In a virtual discussion with Nobel Prize laureate and activist Malala Yousafzai on International Day of the…... Read More

Mysterious mass die-off on Russia's eastern coast has scientists searching for answers

BY: ALINA LOBZINA, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) -- Russian scientists are struggling to determine the reason for a mysterious mass die-off of marine life on the Russian Pacific coast. Russia officials have so far insisted that the damage could not be human-induced, but no final explanation has been offered.Photos of thousands…... Read More

'It is literally horrific': World Food Programme, Nobel Peace Prize winner, fights growing hunger emergency

BY: HALEY YAMADA AND LAREN PEARLE, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) -- David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Programme, knows the existence of his organization is both a blessing and a curse: it helps so many, but that means many are suffering.On Friday, that World Food Programme's fight…... Read More

New restrictions enforced in Europe as COVID-19 cases surge

By GUY DAVIES, ABC News(LONDON) -- New restrictions have been unveiled across Europe as COVID-19 cases continue to rise on the continent, with several countries reporting record one-day rises in cases this week.Among the new rules are wider mask mandates, restrictions on social gatherings and curbs to the hospitality industry,…... Read More

World Bank: 150 million people set to fall into 'extreme poverty' due to COVID pandemic

By GUY DAVIES, ABC News(LONDON) -- The World Bank has warned that 150 million people could fall into “extreme poverty” by the end of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and accompanying global recession with the levels of global poverty set to rise for the first time in 20 years.In…... Read More