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ICU cases hit new peak in French virus surge

PARIS — The number of patients in intensive care in France on Monday surpassed the worst point of the country's last coronavirus surge in the autumn of 2020, another indicator of how a renewed crush of infections is bearing down on French hospitals.
Thousands flee Myanmar airstrikes, complicating crisis

Thousands flee Myanmar airstrikes, complicating crisis

MAE SAKOEP, Thailand — Thai soldiers began sending back some of the thousands of people who have fled a series of airstrikes by the military in neighbouring Myanmar, people familiar with the matter said Monday.
Happy Monday? England embarks on major easing of lockdown

Happy Monday? England embarks on major easing of lockdown

LONDON — It's been dubbed Happy Monday — the day people could put on a bathing suit and swim in an outdoor pool for the first time in months, or rusty golfers strove to hit their drives down the middle of the fairway.
Suez Canal blockage adds to pressure points in global trade

Suez Canal blockage adds to pressure points in global trade

The plight of a mammoth container ship stuck in Egypt’s Suez Canal has highlighted still more pressure points in global trade, a year after supply chains were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Obama family matriarch has died in a Kenyan hospital at 99

Obama family matriarch has died in a Kenyan hospital at 99

NAIROBI, Kenya — Sarah Obama, the matriarch of former U.S. President Barack Obama's Kenyan family has died, relatives and officials confirmed Monday. She was at least 99 years old. Mama Sarah, as the step-grandmother of the former U.S.
Paris court convicts, fines pharma firm for deadly diet pill

Paris court convicts, fines pharma firm for deadly diet pill

PARIS — A French pharmaceutical company on Monday was ordered to pay hundreds of millions of euros in damages and fines for its role in one of the nation’s biggest modern health scandals, with a Paris court finding the firm guilty of manslaughter and
Merkel faults German 'perfectionism' for current virus woes

Merkel faults German 'perfectionism' for current virus woes

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has blamed her country's difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic — from the slow vaccine rollout to the back-and-forth over lockdown rules — partly on “a tendency toward perfectionism” and called for grea
Alabama Shakes drummer facing child abuse charges

Alabama Shakes drummer facing child abuse charges

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The drummer for Grammy Award-winning rock band Alabama Shakes is in custody on child abuse charges.
Eddie Murphy inducted into NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame

Eddie Murphy inducted into NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES — Eddie Murphy was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the organization’s show that highlighted works by entertainers and athletes of colour .
Indians gather for Holi celebrations as virus cases surge

Indians gather for Holi celebrations as virus cases surge

NEW DELHI — Hindus threw colored powder and sprayed water in massive Holi celebrations Monday despite many Indian states restricting gatherings to try to contain a coronavirus resurgence rippling across the country.