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Thursday 12/03/2020
'Multiple casualties' after explosion at UK sewage plant
Posted: December 03, 2020 - 9:12 am

LONDON (AP) — A local British emergency services department says there have been “multiple casualties” following a large explosion Thursday at a wastewater treatment facility near the southwest England city of Bristol.

Asia Today: S. Korean students take exams amid viral spike
Updated: December 03, 2020 - 8:33 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 41 confirmed COVID-19 patients, took the highly competitive university entrance exam Thursday despite a viral resurgence that forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules.

China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms
Updated: December 03, 2020 - 7:15 am

WUHAN, China (AP) — In the early days in Wuhan, the first city struck by the virus, getting a COVID test was so difficult that residents compared it to winning the lottery.

AP PHOTOS: Angry Indian farmers besiege capital in trucks
Updated: December 03, 2020 - 5:16 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — Instead of cars, the normally busy highway on the outskirts of New Delhi that connects most northern Indian towns to the capital is filled with tens of thousands of protesting farmers, many wearing colorful turbans.

EXPLAINER: How could US drawdown in Iraq aid IS, Iran?
Updated: December 03, 2020 - 1:02 am

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — In a quest to root out Islamic State group hideouts over the summer, Iraqi forces on the ground cleared nearly 90 villages across a notoriously unruly northern province. But the much-touted operation still relied heavily on U.S. intelligence, coalition flights and planning assistance.

Wednesday 12/02/2020
China: Moon probe preparing to return rock samples to Earth
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 11:01 pm

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday its latest lunar probe has finished taking samples of the moon’s surface and sealed them within the spacecraft for return to Earth, the first time such a mission has been attempted by any country in more than 40 years.

Thai prime minister acquitted of ethics breach, retains post
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 7:47 pm

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s highest court on Wednesday acquitted Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha of breaching ethics clauses in the country’s constitution, allowing him to stay in his job at a time he's fending off calls for his resignation from student-led pro-democracy protesters.

Key Hong Kong activists jailed over police HQ protest
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 7:47 pm

HONG KONG (AP) — Three prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were sentenced to prison Wednesday for a protest outside police headquarters as authorities stepped up a crackdown on opposition to tighten control by Beijing over the territory.

Britain OKs Pfizer vaccine and will begin shots within days
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 6:04 pm

LONDON (AP) — Britain became the first country in the world to authorize a rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday and could be dispensing shots within days — a historic step toward eventually ending the outbreak that has killed more than 1.4 million people around the globe.

Israeli parliament takes step toward new national elections
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 3:48 pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel took a major step toward plunging into its fourth national election in under two years on Wednesday as lawmakers — supported by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main coalition partner — passed a preliminary proposal to dissolve parliament.

Rage and hope fuel women's revolt over abortion in Poland
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 12:15 pm

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Karolina Micula had used her bare chest in political protest once before.

Iran's president opposes bill that would boost enrichment
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 10:01 am

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday expressed his opposition to a bill approved by parliament the previous day to suspend U.N. inspections and boost uranium enrichment, saying it would be “harmful” to diplomatic efforts aimed at restoring the 2015 nuclear deal and easing U.S. sanctions.

UN, Ethiopia sign deal for aid access to embattled Tigray
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 9:18 am

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In a breakthrough a month after deadly conflict cut off Ethiopia’s Tigray region from the world, the United Nations on Wednesday said it and the Ethiopian government have signed a deal to allow “unimpeded” humanitarian access, at least for areas under federal government control after the prime minister’s declaration of victory over the weekend.

German city grieves after 5 killed in pedestrian zone attack
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 9:04 am

BERLIN (AP) — Residents of Trier placed flowers and lit candles at the base of the southwestern German city's landmark Roman gate Wednesday in tribute to the five people who were killed and more than a dozen others injured when a man sped an SUV through a central pedestrian zone. His motive remained unclear.

Olympic fans from abroad may have health tracked by app
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 8:30 am

TOKYO (AP) — A mobile app could be among the measures used to track the health of fans from abroad if they are permitted to attend next year's Tokyo Olympics.

China's space ambitions: Robot on Mars, a human on the moon
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 7:45 am

BEIJING (AP) — China’s landing of its third probe on the moon is part of an increasingly ambitious space program that has a robot rover en route to Mars, is developing a reusable space plane and is planning to put humans back on the lunar surface.

Report: Climate change damaging more World Heritage sites
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 8:49 am

GENEVA (AP) — Climate change is increasingly damaging the U.N.’s most cherished heritage sites, a leading conservation agency warned Wednesday, reporting that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and dozens of other natural wonders are facing severe threats.

Kosovo ethnic divide eases as Muslim cares for elderly Serb
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 9:18 am

VAGANESH, Kosovo (AP) — Blagica Dicic, 92 and in failing health, is the only resident of a remote ethnic Serb minority village in the mountains of eastern Kosovo that's been abandoned by all its other inhabitants — including her own children.

Asia Today: S. Korea says stay home ahead of national exams
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 5:17 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials are urging people to remain at home if possible and cancel gatherings as about half a million students prepare for a crucial national college exam.

China spacecraft collects moon samples to take back to Earth
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 3:47 am

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese spacecraft took samples of the moon's surface Wednesday as part of a mission to bring lunar rocks back to Earth for the first time since the 1970s, the government said, adding to a string of successes for Beijing's increasingly ambitious space program.

Tuesday 12/01/2020
Years after coming out, gay athletes upset by lack of change
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 12:02 am

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — David Kopay and Ian Roberts live on different sides of the Pacific Ocean. Both took giant leaps of faith when they came out.

Thai leader faces court ruling that could cost him his job
Posted: December 01, 2020 - 11:13 pm

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s highest court is set to rule Wednesday on whether Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has breached ethics clauses in the country’s constitution and should be ousted from his position.

China spacecraft lands on moon to bring rocks back to Earth
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 11:33 pm

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese spacecraft sent to return lunar rocks to Earth collected its first samples Wednesday after landing on the moon, the government announced, adding to a string of successes for Beijing's increasingly ambitious space program.

Asian shares mixed after S&P 500 sets fresh record high
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 10:48 pm

Asian shares advanced Wednesday after Wall Street kicked off December with more milestones, as a broad rally pushed the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite to new highs.

5 dead, many injured after German man drives car into crowd
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 3:19 pm

BERLIN (AP) — A man zig-zagged an SUV at high speed through a pedestrian zone in the southwestern German city of Trier on Tuesday, killing five people, including a 9-month-old child, and seriously injuring more than a dozen, officials said.

Argentina cops search office of 2nd doctor in Maradona case
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 3:19 pm

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The investigation into Diego Maradona’s death continued Tuesday with police raids on the office and home of the psychiatrist who cared for the soccer star and is being investigated for possible medical negligence.

Pop-up school for US asylum seekers thrives despite pandemic
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 1:18 pm

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — It started out simply: A pop-up school on a sidewalk to teach reading, writing, math and art to Central American children living in a camp of asylum seekers stuck at America's doorstep.

EU eyes Dec 29 approval for 1st virus vaccine, later than US
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 1:18 pm

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union drug agency said Tuesday it may need four more weeks to approve its first coronavirus vaccine, even as authorities in the United States and Britain continue to aim for a green light before Christmas.

Pope book backs George Floyd protests, blasts virus skeptic
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 1:03 pm

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is supporting demands for racial justice in the wake of the U.S. police killing of George Floyd and is blasting COVID-19 skeptics and media organizations that spread their conspiracies in a new book penned during the Vatican’s coronavirus lockdown.

Dozens of bandits seize Brazilian city, loot bank
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 1:18 pm

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dozens of gunmen armed with assault rifles invaded a city in southern Brazil overnight Tuesday and took control of the streets as they assaulted a local bank.

Hamilton positive for COVID-19, will miss F1's Sakhir GP
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 12:33 pm

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix.

Azerbaijan fully reclaims lands around Nagorno-Karabakh
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 11:46 am

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan on Tuesday completed reclaiming territory held by Armenian forces for more than a quarter-century after a peace deal ended six weeks of fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Glimmers of hope for world economy, but dangers lurk
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 10:49 am

PARIS (AP) — Vendors broke out in applause in the flagship Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris as eager shoppers returned for the first time in a month, after yet another virus lockdown.

Asia Today: Vietnam reports 1st local infection in 89 days
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 9:03 am

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities are conducting intensive contact tracing after discovering the country's first confirmed local transmission of the coronavirus in 89 days.

Iran's parliament approves bill to stop nuclear inspections
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 8:48 am

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament on Tuesday approved a bill that would suspend U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities and require the government to boost its uranium enrichment if European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal do not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions.

Dutch climate activists take Shell to court over emissions
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 7:16 am

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A group of environmental organizations backed by thousands of Dutch citizens launched a civil case Tuesday against the energy giant Shell, asking a court to order the multinational to commit to reining in its carbon emissions 45% by the year 2030.

Matera loses captaincy, among 3 players suspended by Pumas
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 7:03 am

Pablo Matera was stripped of the Argentina captaincy and suspended with two teammates on Tuesday for historical social media posts deemed to be “discriminatory and xenophobic.”

As the virus resurges, mental health woes batter France
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 2:36 am

ROUEN, France (AP) — The panicked 22-year-old is led to Consultation Room No. 2, with its easy-mop floor and honeycombed meshing over the window. Behind her, the psychiatric emergency ward's heavy double doors — openable only with a staff member's key — thud shut.

Coronavirus robs biblical Bethlehem of Christmas cheer
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 12:32 am

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — The coronavirus has cast a pall over Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, all but shutting down the biblical town revered as Jesus’ birthplace at the height of the normally cheery holiday season.

Monday 11/30/2020
AP PHOTOS: Animal attacks taking their toll in Kashmir
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 12:32 am

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Amid the long-raging deadly strife in Indian-controlled Kashmir, another conflict is silently taking its toll on the Himalayan region’s residents: the conflict between man and wild animals.

Asian stocks gain on stronger Chinese factory data
Updated: November 30, 2020 - 11:16 pm

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose Tuesday after Chinese manufacturing improved, with investors looking ahead to U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s appearance before legislators.

Olympic rings back in Tokyo Bay; a sign of hope in pandemic
Updated: November 30, 2020 - 9:01 pm

TOKYO (AP) — The five Olympic rings are back in Tokyo Bay.

'Stop the madness,' Tigray leader urges Ethiopia's PM
Updated: November 30, 2020 - 3:31 pm

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The fugitive leader of Ethiopia’s defiant Tigray region on Monday called on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to “stop the madness” and withdraw troops from the region as he asserted that fighting continues “on every front” two days after Abiy declared victory.

AP Exclusive: Cardinal Pell on the Vatican and vindication
Updated: November 30, 2020 - 8:46 pm

ROME (AP) — The pope’s former treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, said Monday he feels a dismayed sense of vindication as the financial mismanagement he tried to uncover in the Holy See is now being exposed in a spiraling Vatican corruption investigation.

Iran says Israel killed military nuclear scientist remotely
Updated: November 30, 2020 - 12:15 pm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A top Iranian security official on Monday accused Israel of using “electronic devices” to remotely kill a scientist who founded the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program in the 2000s.

Uproar in France over proposed limits on filming police
Updated: November 30, 2020 - 11:18 am

PARIS (AP) — French activists fear that a proposed new security law will deprive them of a potent weapon against abuse — cellphone videos of police activity — threatening their efforts to document possible cases of police brutality, especially in impoverished immigrant neighborhoods.

Asia Today: 8 dead in pandemic unrest at Sri Lanka prison
Updated: November 30, 2020 - 8:45 am

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Inmates unhappy about the coronavirus threat at an overcrowded prison near Sri Lanka's capital have clashed with guards who opened fire, leaving eight prisoners dead and 59 others injured, officials said Monday. Two guards were critically injured, they said.

'World’s loneliest elephant' arrives safely in Cambodia
Posted: November 30, 2020 - 7:07 am

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The pachyderm dubbed the “ world’s loneliest elephant ” after languishing alone for years in a Pakistani zoo was greeted on his arrival in Cambodia on Monday by chanting Buddhist monks and was then sent on his way to a wildlife sanctuary.

On London street, virus forces small shops to adapt or close
Updated: November 30, 2020 - 9:03 am

LONDON (AP) — In late October, Matthew Jones was enjoying a rare “bit of normality” at his London barber shop in a year that has been short on that. He was cutting hair and laughing with colleagues — when the news landed that the business would have to close for the second time.

Sunday 11/29/2020
Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85
Updated: November 29, 2020 - 10:02 pm

LONDON (AP) — Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. He was 85.

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