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FILE - This undated photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber, from Lake Forest, Ill. Barber has become the first Black woman selected for the U.S. Naval Academy's top student leadership position of brigade commander.  She will assume her role next semester.  (Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Burke/U.S. Navy via AP, File)

Naval Academy midshipman reaches a milestone for Black women

Dec. 2, 2020 12:09 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Midshipman Sydney Barber had her doubts about applying for the top student leadership position at the U.S. Naval Academy. A Black woman had never held the post in the 44 years women have been able to attend the 175-year-old institution. A Black academy alumna of another generation saw...

A journalist from i-Cable TV news carrying his belonging after being laid off, waves to his colleagues in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Hong Kong television station i-Cable had sacked 40 members of staff from the team of its investigative segment, including journalists, camera operators and production workers. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong publisher charged with fraud amid crackdown

Dec. 2, 2020 11:03 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper publisher who was arrested during a crackdown on dissent was charged Wednesday with fraud but no national security offenses, two newspapers reported. Jimmy Lai of Next Digital, which publishes the Apple Daily newspaper, was among 10 people arrested Aug....

In this photo released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry, military military commanders attend a funeral ceremony of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a scientist who was killed on Friday, in a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Iran held the funeral Monday for the slain scientist who founded its military nuclear program two decades ago, with the Islamic Republic's defense minister vowing to continue the man's work

Iran's president opposes bill that would boost enrichment

Dec. 2, 2020 10:44 AM EST

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...

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha leaves after a press conference at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Thailand’s highest court Wednesday acquitted Prayuth of breaching ethics clauses in the country’s constitution, allowing him to stay in his job. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai prime minister acquitted of ethics breach, retains post

Dec. 2, 2020 10:23 AM EST

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. The Constitutional Court ruled on a complaint brought by the Pheu Thai party, the largest opposition...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, a helicopter flies over a base of the U.N. peacekeeping force, in the southern town of Naqoura, Lebanon. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, Lebanon and Israel held a second round of U.S.-mediated talks over their disputed maritime border and agreed on a third meeting. The U.S.-mediated talks are being held in a tent at the U.N. post along the border known as Ras Naqoura, on the edge of the Lebanese border town of Naqoura. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Lebanon's president expresses hope for Israel border talks

Dec. 2, 2020 10:05 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s president said Wednesday he wants maritime border talks with Israel to succeed and that disagreements during the last round of negotiations can be resolved based on international law. President Michel Aoun spoke during a meeting with John Desrocher, the U.S. mediator for the...

A ribbon hangs on the White House for World AIDS Day 2020, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump threatens defense veto over social media protections

Dec. 2, 2020 12:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to veto a defense policy bill unless it ends protections for internet companies that shield them from being held liable for material posted by their users. On Twitter Tuesday night, Trump took aim at Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act,...

In this photo released by Government Spokesman Office, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha receives flowers from well wishers in Samut Songkhram province, Thailand, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Thailand's highest court is set to rule Wednesday, Dec. 2, on whether Prayuth has breached ethics clauses in the country's constitution and should be ousted from his position. (Government Spokesman Office via AP)

Thai leader faces court ruling that could cost him his job

Dec. 2, 2020 12:14 AM EST

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. The Constitutional Court will rule on a complaint brought by the Pheu Thai Party, the...

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, a U.S. judge in California struck down two Trump administration rules designed to drastically curtail the number of visas issued each year to skilled foreign workers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Judge throws out Trump rules limiting skilled-worker visas

Dec. 1, 2020 9:03 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday struck down two Trump administration rules designed to drastically curtail the number of visas issued each year to skilled foreign workers. The changes applying to the H-1B visa program announced in October include imposing salary requirements on companies...

Vikings cut long snapper Cutting after slump in 2nd season

Dec. 1, 2020 5:26 PM EST

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings waived long snapper Austin Cutting on Tuesday, their latest instance of special teams turnover. Cutting was a seventh-round pick in 2019, the first player drafted from Air Force in 20 years. Three weeks ago, he missed practice leading up to the game at Chicago...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2020, file photo Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller walks down the steps at the Pentagon during a ceremony welcoming in Washington.  The Pentagon said in a statement that Miller, on Monday, Nov. 30, accepted the resignation of Christopher Maier, who had provided policy oversight of the military's counter-IS effort since March 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Pentagon official overseeing counter-IS effort forced out

Dec. 1, 2020 5:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The civilian official overseeing the Pentagon's campaign to defeat the Islamic State group in the Middle East was forced to resign in the latest jolt to Pentagon leadership in the waning weeks of the Trump administration. The Pentagon said in a written statement that the acting defense...