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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Johnson leaves self-quarantine today after having close contact with a lawmaker who contracted the coronavirus in mid November. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Pubs to stay shut in many areas in new English virus curbs

Nov. 26, 2020 1:26 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Most people in England will continue to face tight restrictions on socializing and business after a nationwide lockdown ends next week, with pubs and restaurants ordered to remain shut in areas that are home to more than 20 million people. The government announced details on Thursday of...

Players in action during the Champions League group D soccer match between Liverpool and Atalanta at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Super, Pool)

Only half of EPL clubs allowed fans when restrictions eased

Nov. 26, 2020 12:50 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Only half of the Premier League stadiums — mainly in London — will be allowed the return of some fans when coronavirus restrictions are relaxed next week, according to new government measures announced Thursday. Another 10 top division clubs are in areas classified as the...

A woman wearing a mask against the spread of the coronavirus walks past graffiti depicting late Bishop Amfilohije in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. After the two most senior Serbian Orthodox Church leaders died within a month after testing positive with the coronavirus, health experts and even hardcore believers are starting to worry. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

The Latest: Mask mandate spurs Idaho official to push back

Nov. 26, 2020 12:45 PM EST

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A county commissioner in northern Idaho has proposed defunding the local health district after the district instituted a mask mandate to slow the spread of the coronavirus as it surges in the area. The Bonner County Dailey reports that Bonner County Commissioner Steven Bradshaw...

A currency trader talks on the phone near the screens showing the foreign exchange rates at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Asian shares were mixed Thursday, after Wall Street took a pause from the optimism underlined in a record-setting climb earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

World markets subdued as US trading shut for Thanksgiving

Nov. 26, 2020 12:04 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were subdued on Thursday after significant gains in recent days and as U.S. trading remained closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Investors have been in an upbeat mood this week, pushing the Dow above 30,000 for the first time, on news of the development of coronavirus...

UK's Johnson appoints new chief of staff after aides' exit

Nov. 26, 2020 11:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed a former Treasury official and management consultant as his chief of staff, as he tries to restore calm after a tumultuous period for Downing Street. Johnson’s office said Thursday that Dan Rosenfield will take up the post Dec. 7....

Julian Assange's partner appeals to Trump to pardon him

Nov. 26, 2020 11:47 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange’s partner, Stella Moris, has tweeted President Donald Trump on Thanksgiving, appealing to him to pardon the WikiLeaks founder. Moris posted a photo of their two young children on Twitter Thursday and wrote: “These are Julian’s sons Max and Gabriel. They...

Posters on precautions against the coronavirus are displayed at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The signs on posters read

The Latest: South Korea has most daily cases in 8 months

Nov. 25, 2020 8:29 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has recorded more than 500 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours for the first time in about eight months as health authorities struggle to contain a third surge of infections. The Asian nation has been experiencing a spike in cases since it relaxed stringent social distancing...

Argentine soccer superstar Diego Armando Maradona cheers after the Napoli team clinched its first Italian major league title in Naples, Italy, on May 10, 1987. Diego Maradona has died. The Argentine soccer great was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. He was 60. (AP Photo/Massimo Sambucetti, File )

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

Nov. 25, 2020 7:47 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country to that year's World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60. Maradona's spokesman, Sebastián Sanchi, said...

FILE  - In this undated file photo issued by the University of Oxford on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, a researcher in a laboratory at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England, works on the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. With major COVID-19 vaccines showing high levels of protection, British officials are cautiously — and they stress cautiously — optimistic that life may start returning to normal by early April. Even before regulators have approved a single vaccine, the U.K. and countries across Europe are moving quickly to organize the distribution and delivery systems needed to inoculate millions of citizens. (University of Oxford/John Cairns via AP, File)

AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

Nov. 25, 2020 5:58 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine. A statement describing the error came days after the company and the university described the shots as “highly...

UK judge refuses Depp permission to appeal libel ruling

Nov. 25, 2020 3:38 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A judge has refused Johnny Depp permission to appeal against a British court's ruling that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard. Earlier this month a High Court judge rejected Depp’s claim that a newspaper had committed libel when it called him a “wife-beater.” Judge Andrew...