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Tuesday 09/22/2020
Assaults, arson, slurs: Report finds anti-Semitism in Berlin
Posted: September 22, 2020 - 7:48 am

BERLIN (AP) — Small square brass plates set in the pavement remember Jewish residents of Berlin's Lichtenberg district who were torn from their homes and killed by the Nazis decades ago. Nearby, the charred remains of a Jewish-run bar destroyed by arson last month attest to a hatred that still burns among far-right extremists.

Amid China's bumpy rise, Xi faces delicate moment at UN
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 7:45 am

TOKYO (AP) — The descriptions that China’s state media rolled out ahead of leader Xi Jinping’s speech Tuesday at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations were hardly unexpected.

UK's Johnson slams brakes on reopening as COVID cases surge
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 7:45 am

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson slammed the brakes Tuesday on the country’s return to offices and a normal social life, saying the U.K. was at a “perilous turning point” in its fight against coronavirus.

VIRUS DIARY: As time ran short, a son rushed to say goodbye
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 7:32 am

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — No man is an island, the poem says. But amid pandemic quarantine, when my dad started having episodes of feeling faint, he seemed so isolated.

Tokyo needs to convince sponsors Olympics will really happen
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 6:30 am

TOKYO (AP) — The only thing more difficult than staging next year's Tokyo Olympics in a pandemic might be convincing sponsors to keep their billions of dollars on board in the midst of economic turbulence and skepticism.

Milestone Pharmaceuticals Strengthens Board of Directors with Two New Appointments
Posted: September 22, 2020 - 6:00 am

MONTREAL and CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Milestone Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: MIST), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative cardiovascular medicines, today announced the appointment of Lisa Giles and Robert Wills to its Board of Directors, effective October 1, 2020. Ms. Giles will serve as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board and Dr. Wills will serve as a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee of the Board.

Road to Saudi ties with Israel being paved, cautiously
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 4:02 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, the most powerful Arab nation and home to Islam's holiest sites, has made its official position on the region's longest-running conflict clear: Full ties between the kingdom and Israel can only happen when peace is reached with the Palestinians.

As rich nations struggle, Africa's virus response is praised
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 2:45 am

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At a lecture to peers this month, John Nkengasong showed images that once dogged Africa, with a magazine cover declaring it “The Hopeless Continent." Then he quoted Ghana's first president, Kwame Nkrumah: “It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity.”

Monday 09/21/2020
AP PHOTOS: Pandemic dampens Kashmir weddings, lavish feasts
Posted: September 21, 2020 - 11:49 pm

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — In Indian-controlled Kashmir, the coronavirus pandemic within months has changed an elaborate and lavish marriage tradition that had remained virtually unaltered for centuries.

Asian shares track Wall Street retreat on pandemic pains
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 12:00 am

Shares slipped Tuesday in Asia after markets tumbled worldwide on worries about the pandemic’s economic pain.

World powers set to take the stage, virtually, at UN debate
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 11:45 pm

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.’s first virtual meeting of world leaders was set to start Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year.

China uproots ethnic minority villages in anti-poverty fight
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 12:46 am

CHENGBEI GAN’EN, China (AP) — Under a portrait of President Xi Jinping, Ashibusha sits in her freshly painted living room cradling her infant daughter beside a chair labeled a “gift from the government.”

Born to prevent war, UN at 75 faces a deeply polarized world
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 1:03 am

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary Monday with its chief urging leaders of an increasingly polarized, go-it-alone world to work together and preserve the organization’s most important success since its founding: avoiding a military confrontation between the major global powers.

Veteran Sherpa guide who set Everest record dies at age 72
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 8:32 pm

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A veteran Nepalese Sherpa guide who was the first person to climb Mount Everest 10 times has died at age 72 after a long illness, family members said.

Indian couple run street-side classes for poor students
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 7:46 pm

NEW DELHI (AP) — On a quiet road in India's capital, tucked away on a wide, red-bricked sidewalk, kids set adrift by the country's COVID-19 lockdown are being tutored.

Closing time: UK pubs must shut early as COVID cases surge
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 5:31 pm

LONDON (AP) — British pubs will have to close early and people who fail to obey quarantine rules will face stiff fines under new lockdown restrictions to curb a surging wave of new coronavirus infections.

Europe adopts tougher virus restrictions as infections surge
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 4:03 pm

LONDON (AP) — As the U.S. closed in on 200,000 coronavirus deaths Monday, the crisis deteriorated across Europe, with Britain working to draw up new restrictions, Spain clamping down again in Madrid and the Czech Republic replacing its health minister with an epidemiologist because of a surge of infections.

Meghan's lawyers deny she cooperated with royal book authors
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:46 pm

LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for a British newspaper publisher that's being sued for invasion of privacy by the Duchess of Sussex argued Monday that she made personal information public by cooperating with the authors of a book about her relationship with Prince Harry. Her lawyers deny the claim.

Navalny says nerve agent was found 'in and on' his body
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 11:17 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny demanded Monday that Russia return the clothes he was wearing on the day he fell into a coma in Siberia, calling it “a crucial piece of evidence” in the nerve agent poisoning he is being treated for at a German hospital.

Plaque symbolizing Thai democracy removed in less than a day
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 6:45 am

BANGKOK (AP) — A plaque honoring struggles for democracy in Thailand was removed from a royal field less than 24 hours after being installed by anti-government protesters and was submitted as evidence in connection with a complaint by officials that its installation was illegal, police said Monday.

US Space Force deploys to vast new frontier: Arabian Desert
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:17 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The newly formed U.S. Space Force is deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula.

Sunday 09/20/2020
Asian markets lower after Wall St declines for third week
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 1:46 am

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Monday after Wall Street declined for a third week and Britain reported a rise in coronavirus infections.

Vive le Tour! With young winner, thrilling race defies virus
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 5:15 pm

PARIS (AP) — In a first, the Tour de France winner wore a face mask on the podium Sunday, bright yellow to match the color of the iconic jersey so snug on his young shoulders.

Iran dismisses US efforts for UN sanctions as currency drops
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 3:30 pm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president dismissed U.S. efforts to restore all U.N. sanctions on the country as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever on Sunday.

Zoetemelk hit by car 40 years after winning Tour de France
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 1:30 pm

PARIS (AP) — The 1980 Tour de France champion Joop Zoetemelk was hit by a car while riding his bike on Sunday, and hospitalized with leg and arm fractures, the French press reported.

Tadej Pogacar wins Tour de France, first Slovenian and youngest post-World War II champion
Posted: September 20, 2020 - 12:10 pm

PARIS (AP) — Tadej Pogacar wins Tour de France, first Slovenian and youngest post-World War II champion.

Asia Today: Fewer cases in Melbourne, new surge in India
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 11:17 am

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has moved close to easing severe lockdown restrictions after recording only 14 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

Amazon land grabbers assail ecotourism paradise in Brazil
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 11:02 am

ALTER DO CHAO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s Alter do Chao, a sleepy village that blends rainforest and beaches, bet on tourism and scored big. Visitors flocked here to eat Amazonian river fish while gazing out over the water, and to take day trips offering the chance to meet Indigenous people and see pink dolphins.

Thai protesters install plaque symbolizing democracy
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 8:31 am

BANGKOK (AP) — Anti-government demonstrators occupying a historic field in the Thai capital on Sunday installed a plaque symbolizing the country's transition to democracy to replace the original one that was mysteriously ripped out and stolen three years ago, as they vowed to press on with calls for new elections and reform of the monarchy.

Sweden spared surge of virus cases but many questions remain
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 3:31 am

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A train pulls into the Odenplan subway station in central Stockholm, where morning commuters without masks get off or board before settling in to read their smartphones.

Hong Kong’s first CBD cafe opens its doors to customers
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 1:01 pm

HONG KONG (AP) — Cannabis may be illegal in Hong Kong, but a new cafe is offering a range of food and drinks that contain parts of the cannabis plant without breaking any local laws.

Saturday 09/19/2020
Carpenters wow public with medieval techniques at Notre Dame
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 7:31 pm

PARIS (AP) — With precision and boundless energy, a team of carpenters used medieval techniques to raise up — by hand — a three-ton oak truss Saturday in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, a replica of the wooden structures that were consumed in the landmark's devastating April 2019 fire that also toppled its spire.

Slovenia celebrates likely 1-2 Tour de France victory
Posted: September 19, 2020 - 3:46 pm

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Just minutes after two Slovenian riders effectively sealed their first and second places in the Tour de France on Saturday, the president of Slovenia declared it a historic day for the tiny Alpine nation.

Virus measures targeted by protesters despite case spikes
Posted: September 19, 2020 - 3:28 pm

LONDON (AP) — Demonstrators took the streets of London, Tel Aviv and other cities on Saturday to protest coronavirus restrictions, decrying how the measures have affected daily life even with infection rates rising in many places and the global death toll approaching 1 million.

Rights group: More than 300 detained at Minsk women's march
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 3:32 pm

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Police in the capital of Belarus cracked down sharply Saturday on a women’s protest march demanding the authoritarian president’s resignation, arresting more than 300 including an elderly woman who has become a symbol of the six weeks of protest that have roiled the country.

Pandemic retools diplomacy as world leaders gather virtually
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 7:31 pm

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With COVID-19 still careening across the planet, the annual gathering of its leaders in New York will be replaced this year by a global patchwork of prerecorded speeches, another piece of upheaval in a deeply divided world turned topsy-turvy by a pandemic with no endpoint in sight.

Pogacar crushes Roglic to seal Tour de France title
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 3:04 pm

LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES, France (AP) — In an incredible climax to the Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar crushed fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic in the last stage Saturday before the finish in Paris, snatching away his race lead to all but guarantee that he'll win cycling's showpiece event at his first attempt.

Thai protesters' rally pushes demands for democratic reforms
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 2:32 pm

BANGKOK (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators defied police warnings and occupied a historic field in Thailand’s capital on Saturday to support the demands of a student-led protest movement for new elections and reform of the monarchy.

Police, protesters clash as London eyes tighter virus rules
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 11:31 am

LONDON (AP) — Police in London clashed with protesters Saturday at a rally against coronavirus restrictions, even as the mayor warned that it was “increasingly likely” that the British capital would soon need to introduce tighter rules to curb a sharp rise in infections.

Russia's Navalny says he's now more than 'technically alive'
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 7:32 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he is recovering his verbal and physical abilities at the German hospital where he is being treated for suspected nerve agent poisoning but that he at first felt despair over his condition.

Asia Today: India's cases keep rising; rallies in Melbourne
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 7:17 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has maintained its surge in coronavirus cases, adding 93,337 new confirmed infections in the past 24 hours.

Iran vows 'hit' on all involved in US killing of top general
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 2:02 pm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The chief of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard threatened Saturday to go after everyone who had a role in a top general's January killing during a U.S. drone strike in Iraq.

Moroccans protest Arab nations normalizing ties with Israel
Posted: September 19, 2020 - 3:35 am

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Despite a government ban on large gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, scores of demonstrators protested outside the Moroccan Parliament to denounce Arab countries agreeing o normalize ties with Israel.

Friday 09/18/2020
Peru president survives impeachment vote amid virus turmoil
Updated: September 18, 2020 - 11:03 pm

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra easily survived an impeachment vote Friday night after opposition lawmakers failed to amass enough support to oust the leader as the country copes with one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks.

US stocks fall as market decline extends for third week
Updated: September 18, 2020 - 5:03 pm

Wall Street capped another turbulent week of trading Friday with a broad slide in stocks that left the S&P 500 with its third-straight weekly loss.

One family's desperate, deadly attempt to flee Lebanon
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 1:02 am

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — Mohammed Sufian did not dream of much: a job, food on the table, the chance to buy his 2½-year-old son the little things a toddler wants.

Guatemalan president tests positive for new coronavirus
Updated: September 18, 2020 - 2:00 pm

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said Friday he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, but he told a local radio station he feels well.

Israel returns to virus lockdown as cases mount
Updated: September 18, 2020 - 2:15 pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel went back into a full lockdown on Friday to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has steadily worsened for months as its government has been plagued by indecision and infighting.

Amal Clooney quits UK role over 'lamentable' Brexit plan
Posted: September 18, 2020 - 11:21 am

LONDON (AP) — Amal Clooney has become the highest profile lawyer to quit an official job over her opposition to the British government's suggestion that it could break international law in the event it fails to agree a trade deal with the European Union.

Disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein stripped of UK honor
Updated: September 18, 2020 - 11:45 am

LONDON (AP) — Britain on Friday stripped disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of an honor recognizing his contribution to the U.K. film industry.


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