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Hungary pulls its ruling party out of EU's conservatives

Hungary pulls its ruling party out of EU's conservatives

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary’s governing party pulled out of its conservative group in the European Union’s legislature on Wednesday following years of conflict over the rule of law and European values.

Strong earthquake shakes central Greece, felt in Balkans

ATHENS, Greece — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 has struck central Greece. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The earthquake Wednesday had an epicenter 22 kilometres (13.
Blast damages Dutch virus test centre; experts probe cause

Blast damages Dutch virus test centre; experts probe cause

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A blast smashed five windows at a coronavirus testing centre in a small Dutch town early Wednesday and explosive experts were called in to investigate, police said. Nobody was hurt.
US forces: Rockets hit airbase in Iraq hosting US troops

US forces: Rockets hit airbase in Iraq hosting US troops

BAGHDAD — At least 10 rockets targeted a military base in western Iraq that hosts U.S.-led coalition troops on Wednesday, the coalition and the Iraqi military said. It was not immediately known if there were any casualties.
Australian AG Porter denies rape accusation, won't resign

Australian AG Porter denies rape accusation, won't resign

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s attorney-general denied having sexual contact with a 16-year-old who had accused him of raping her 33 years ago and said Wednesday he would not resign as the nation's top law officer.
St. Louis treasurer, alderwoman advance in race for mayor

St. Louis treasurer, alderwoman advance in race for mayor

St. Louis’ first-ever female mayor will be replaced by another woman, after city Treasurer Tishaura Jones and Alderwoman Cara Spencer on Tuesday bested two men in a new primary election format to advance to next month’s general election.
China says it aims to vaccinate 40% of population by June

China says it aims to vaccinate 40% of population by June

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Health experts in China say their country is lagging in its coronavirus vaccination rollout because it has the disease largely under control, but plans to inoculate 40% of its population by June.
California crash kills 13 of 25 people crammed into SUV

California crash kills 13 of 25 people crammed into SUV

HOLTVILLE, Calif. — Authorities are investigating whether human smuggling was involved after a crash Tuesday involving an SUV packed with 25 people and a tractor-trailer that left 13 people dead and bodies strewn across a roadway near the U.S.
Budget nominee Tanden withdraws nomination amid opposition

Budget nominee Tanden withdraws nomination amid opposition

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden's pick to head the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, has withdrawn her nomination after she faced opposition from key Democratic and Republican senators for her controversial tweets.
South Carolina Senate adds firing squad to execution methods

South Carolina Senate adds firing squad to execution methods

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina senators Tuesday added a firing squad to the electric chair as alternatives if the state can't execute condemned inmates by way of lethal injection.