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A fire is seen burning in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno, Nev., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Firefighters are battling a wildfire in southwest Reno that is threatening some homes in dangerously high winds. Dozens of residences were being evacuated on the edge of the Sierra foothills. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

Wildfire destroys multiple Reno homes; hundreds threatened

Nov. 18, 2020 8:53 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire driven by strong winds destroyed several homes in a Reno neighborhood Tuesday and forced the evacuation of hundreds more on the edge of the Sierra Nevada foothills, one of several blazes burning near the Nevada-California border. As many as 500 homes could be...

Congo announces end to its 11th deadly Ebola outbreak

Nov. 18, 2020 5:21 AM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo has declared an end to its 11th Ebola outbreak, this one in western Equateur province, nearly six months after cases were reported and amid the rise of COVID-19 in the Central African nation. This is the first time Congo is Ebola-free in about two and a half years....

Migrants from Morocco walk along the shore escorted by Spanish Police after arriving at the coast of the Canary Island, crossing the Atlantic Ocean sailing on a wooden boat on Tuesday, Oct.20, 2020. Some 1,000 migrants have spent the night again sleeping in emergency tents in a dock while authorities in the Canary Islands complain that the Spanish government keeps blocking transfers of newly arrived migrants to the mainland over coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Javier Bauluz)

Spanish islands struggle with migration surge amid pandemic

Oct. 21, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

MASPALOMAS, Spain (AP) — Rescues at sea and arrivals of flimsy boats from Africa on Spain’s Canary Islands, where local authorities are already struggling to cope with the pandemic, have strained emergency services and left hundreds of migrants stuck for days in a makeshift harbor camp. Over 1,000...

Yemeni prisoners chant slogans during their arrival after being released by the Saudi-led coalition at the airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Yemen's warring sides completed a major, U.N.-brokered prisoner swap on Friday, officials said, a development that could revive the country's stalled peace process after more than five years of grinding conflict. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Yemen's rival sides complete war's largest prisoner exchange

Oct. 16, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s warring sides completed a major, U.N.-brokered prisoner swap on Friday, officials said, a development that could revive the country’s stalled peace process after more than five years of grinding conflict. This week's prisoner release, the largest-ever in the war,...

Firefighters extinguish a fire at a building  after a diesel tank exploded in the neighborhood of Tarik al-Jadida, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Small explosion at bakery in Lebanese capital kills 4 people

Oct. 9, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A diesel tank exploded inside a Beirut building on Friday night, killing four people and injuring several others, the Lebanese Red Cross said. It was not immediately clear what triggered the blast in the western neighborhood of Tariq Jadidah. The state-run National News Agency said the blaze...