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GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization called Wednesday for a moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines as a way to help ensure that doses are available in countries where few people have received their first shots.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro swore in his new chief-of-staff Wednesday in a move to shore up congressional support for legislation, and also seen as aimed at stifling an impeachment push and scoring votes in Brazil's poorer northeast region.

Elderly men walk in a hall of La Providencia San Antonio, a home for the elderly, amid the new coronavirus pandemic, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Most of the elderly residents of the home, which is supported by donations, don't have relatives to come and visit them. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Angel Rubio, 76, sits at a table at La Providencia San Antonio, a home for the elderly, amid the new coronavirus pandemic, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Rubio said that before moving to the home he was living in a rented room, but his two children emigrated to Peru, forcing him to live at the home. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Manuel Dommar, 89, shows a photo of his parents, while sitting on his bed in a dorm room at the La Providencia San Antonio, a home for the elderly, amid the new coronavirus pandemic, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Dommar, who has been living in the home for the last 13 years, says that his only living relative was his mother and after she died he was alone. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Manuel Dommar, 89, washes his feet as he sits on his bed in a dorm room at La Providencia San Antonio, a home for the elderly, amid the new coronavirus pandemic, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Dommar does not have any living relatives to visit him at the home so he is allowed to go out when the pandemic lockdowns are relaxed every other week. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Elderly men sit at the dining room for lunch at La Providencia San Antonio, a home for the elderly, amid the new coronavirus pandemic, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Most of the elderly residents of the home, which is supported by donations, don't have relatives to come and visit them. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

An elderly man sits in a wheelchair at La Providencia San Antonio, a home for the elderly, amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Most of the elderly residents of the home, which is supported by donations, don't have relatives to come and visit them. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Wednesday picked Brunei Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof as their special envoy to Myanmar, in a breakthrough for regional mediation aimed at ending the country's deepening crisis after months of delay.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Dock workers who launched a strike that prevented thousands of shipping containers with items including food and medicine from reaching Puerto Rico in recent weeks have reached a tentative agreement with their employer, officials said Wednesday.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis resumed his routine of holding weekly audiences with the general public a month after he underwent bowel surgery, and during the much-awaited appearance Wednesday he recalled the anniversary of the devastating Beirut port explosion and expressed the desire to…

BEIRUT (AP) — United in grief and anger, families of the victims and several thousand Lebanese on Wednesday marked one year since the horrific explosion at Beirut's port with a moment of silence and prayers at the foot of the silos that was shredded by the blast on that fateful day.

Meng Weining, vice president of Sinovac, fourth from right, and Chile's Health Minister Enrique Paris, second from right, pose with others for a group selfie after a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Weining announced Sinovac pharmaceutical company plans to build a vaccine production laboratory as well as an investigation center for respiratory viruses in Chile. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Meng Weining, vice president of Sinovac, center right, applauds surrounded by ministers of the Chilean government and scientists from the Universidad Catolica de Chile during a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Weining announced an investment by the Sinovac pharmaceutical company to build a vaccine production laboratory as well as an investigation center for respiratory viruses in Chile. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Meng Weining, vice president of Sinovac, applauds surrounded by ministers of the Chilean government and scientists from the Universidad Catolica de Chile during a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Weining announced an investment by the Sinovac pharmaceutical company to build a vaccine production laboratory as well as an investigation center for respiratory viruses in Chile. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Meng Weining, vice president of Sinovac, attends a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Weining announced an investment by the Sinovac pharmaceutical company to build a vaccine production laboratory as well as an investigation center for respiratory viruses in Chile. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Farmers prepare their handmade boat, known as a "curiara" to harvest a root vegetable most commonly known as "taro kalo" in Lake Putucual in Agua Clarita, Sucre state, Venezuela, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin refused to resign Wednesday after some lawmakers in his alliance pulled support for him, but said he will seek a vote of confidence in Parliament next month to prove his legitimacy to govern.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government is introducing a contentious new policy in which coronavirus patients with moderate symptoms will isolate at home instead of in hospitals, as new cases surge in Tokyo to record levels during the Olympic Games.

ROME (AP) — Italy stepped up pressure Wednesday on fellow EU nations to open their ports to migrants rescued by humanitarian ships as political tension simmers in the Italian government's coalition over a sharply rising number of arrivals this summer on the country's southern shores.

KAIROUAN, Tunisia (AP) — As Tunisia faces a surge of COVID-19 cases, demand for life-saving oxygen has grown higher than the supply, leaving patients desperate and family members angry at the government as they say they are forced to find oxygen on their own.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia surpassed 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, a grim milestone in a country struggling with its worst pandemic wave fueled by the delta variant, amid concerns the actual figure could be much higher.

A medic with Israel's Magen David Adom emergency service prepares a syringe of the coronavirus vaccine at a senior center in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Israeli health authorities began administering coronavirus booster shots last week to people over 60 who've already received both does of a vaccine, in a bid to combat a recent spike in cases. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Israeli men rest after receiving a third coronavirus vaccine injection at a senior center in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Israeli health authorities began administering coronavirus booster shots last week to people over 60 who've already received both does of a vaccine, in a bid to combat a recent spike in cases. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

An Israeli woman receives a third coronavirus vaccine injection at a senior center in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Israeli health authorities began administering coronavirus booster shots last week to people over 60 who've already received both does of a vaccine, in a bid to combat a recent spike in cases. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

An Israeli woman reacts as she receives a third coronavirus vaccine injection at a senior center in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Israeli health authorities began administering coronavirus booster shots last week to people over 60 who've already received both does of a vaccine, in a bid to combat a recent spike in cases. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

An Israeli woman reacts as she receives a third coronavirus vaccine injection at a senior center in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Israeli health authorities began administering coronavirus booster shots last week to people over 60 who've already received both does of a vaccine, in a bid to combat a recent spike in cases. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

An Israeli woman is comforted while she receives a third coronavirus vaccine at a senior center in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Israeli health authorities began administering coronavirus booster shots last week to people over 60 who've already received both does of a vaccine, in a bid to combat a recent spike in cases. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Volunteer coronavirus health workers fill motor bike at a gas station in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

A health worker arranges local residents to be tested for the coronavirus in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Health workers collect nasal swabs from locals for coronavirus testing at a mobile facility in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Health workers collect nasal swabs from locals for coronavirus testing at a mobile facility in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

A medical worker in a coronavirus testing booth sprays disinfectant as she waits for people to come for tests in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. The sign at left reads "Please cover your mouth with a face mask." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

A street in Myeong Dong, a shopping and fashion district, is quiet with few pedestrians amid the spreading COVID-19 pandemic in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in a new report that the threat to international peace and security from the Islamic State extremist group is rising, pointing to an “alarming” expansion of its affiliates in Africa and its focus on a comeback in its former self-d…

People commute at a main intersection in Lisbon, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. Portugal is beginning its journey to what the country’s prime minister calls “total freedom.” The government announced Thursday it will start winding down COVID-19 pandemic restrictions ahead of a forecast 70% of people being fully vaccinated by the end of this summer. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)