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Locals chat as they sit at a traditional coffee shop in central Athens, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Greece saw a jump in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases during last week, and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is widely expected to announce new social restrictions.(AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The Latest: Greece tightens restrictions as virus spreads

Oct. 31, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece — Greece will shut down restaurants, bars, cafes, cinemas and gyms across a large part of the country, including the capital Athens, after a surge in coronavirus cases. Outlining the measures in a televised address, Prime Minister Kyriakos said the changes will take effect Tuesday morning...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden holds his face mask during a rally at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden looks to restore, expand Obama administration policies

Oct. 31, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

Stop and reverse. Restore and expand. Joe Biden is promising to take the country on a very different path from what it has seen over the past four years under President Donald Trump, on issues ranging from the coronavirus and health care to the environment, education and more. The Democratic presidential nominee...

New cars wait to be transported from a port Yantai in east China's Shandong province Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. China's manufacturing activity expanded in October for the eighth straight month, though at a slightly slower rate than in September, the National Bureau of Statistics said Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT

Chinese manufacturing expands in October but at slower pace

Oct. 31, 2020 3:20 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s manufacturing activity expanded in October for the eighth straight month, though at a slightly slower rate than in September, the National Bureau of Statistics said Saturday. The Purchasing Managers' Index stood at 51.4, down from 51.5 the previous month, the agency announced....

A family wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus wait for a bus in Kolkata, India, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Health officials have warned about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the upcoming religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Asia Today: Australia to spend on vaccines for wider region

Oct. 31, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has announced it will spend 500 million Australian dollars ($351 million) to secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Pacific and Southeast Asia “as part of a shared recovery for our region from the pandemic.” The government said it would use a range of advance...

UN defeats Russia resolution promoting women at peace tables

Oct. 30, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council defeated a Russian resolution Friday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a U.N. measure demanding equal participation for women in activities promoting global peace, with opponents objecting to its failure to adequately address human rights and the key...

FILE  - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020,  that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

The Latest: Kentucky sees near-record number of new cases

Oct. 30, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky reported a near-record number of new coronavirus cases Friday as the surging outbreak continued sending more people to hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This is a dangerous time. We’re moving the wrong way,” the Democratic governor said as he urged Kentuckians to...

FILE- In this July 21, 2020 file photo, people walk by the New York Stock Exchange.  Stocks are falling in early trading on Friday, Oct. 30,  as Wall Street closes out a punishing week and its first back-to-back monthly loss since March, when worries about the pandemic were first peaking.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Tech losses drive Wall Street down again, ending grim week

Oct. 30, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

Wall Street closed out another punishing week Friday with the S&P 500 posting its first back-to-back monthly loss since the pandemic first gripped the economy in March. The S&P 500 dropped 1.2% and ended the week with a 5.6% loss, its worst in seven months. Sharp drops in big technology stocks drove much...

A fan tries to show a mobile phone app called Cocoa created by the Japanese health ministry to help curb the coronavirus as she enters a baseball stadium before a Japanese professional baseball league game in Yokohama, south of Tokyo on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Asia Today: Japan crosses 100,000 cases, 9 months after 1st

Oct. 30, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s coronavirus cases have topped 100,000, nine months after the first case was found in mid-January, the health ministry said Friday. The country confirmed 808 new cases on Thursday, bringing the cumulative COVID-19 cases to 100,334, including 712 people who were on a cruise ship...

Global travel and tourism projected to shed 174 million jobs

Oct. 30, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The global travel and tourism industry is on course to lose 174 million jobs this year if current restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus remain in place, a leading industry group warned Friday. While alarming, the projection from the World Travel & Tourism Council was lower...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh gesture with their elbows before a meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Pompeo is wrapping up an anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam as the fierce American presidential election race enters its final stretch. (Bui Lam Khanh/VNA via AP)

Pompeo wraps up anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam

Oct. 30, 2020 5:22 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a five-nation, anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam on Friday with a call for regional unity to counter Beijing's growing assertiveness, as the fierce American presidential election race entered its final stretch. With just four days left...