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Ambulance crew work as a patient arrives at the CHR CItadelle hospital in Liege, Belgium, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. Belgium has announced restrictive measures across the country in an effort to curb the fast-rising tide of COVID-19, coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Valentin Bianchi)

The Latest: Oregon sets single-day new COVID-19 case record

Oct. 29, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon set another dismal record on Thursday with 575 new confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19, the most ever reported in a day since the outbreak began. The state also reported two new deaths, bringing the total to 673. The Oregon Health Authority says the new cases indicate...

Police work behind a restricted zone near the Notre Dame church in Nice, southern France, after a knife attack took place on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. An attacker armed with a knife killed at least three people at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice, prompting the prime minister to announce that France was raising its security alert status to the highest level. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Tunisian carrying Quran fatally stabs 3 in French church

Oct. 29, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — A young Tunisian man armed with a knife and carrying a copy of the Quran attacked worshippers in a French church and killed three Thursday, prompting the government to raise its security alert to the maximum level hours before a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. The attack in...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, speaks in the U.N. General Assembly Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in New York. (Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo via AP)

UN: After 20 years, no equality for women in peace talks

Oct. 29, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency promoting gender equality told the 20th anniversary commemoration of a resolution demanding equal participation for women in peace negotiations that its implementation has failed, declaring Thursday that women still remain “systematically...

In this Oct. 19, 2020 file photo, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division John Demers takes a question from a reporter via teleconference at a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. The Trump administration says it plans to use proceeds from the sale of fuel confiscated from Iranian tankers to benefit victims of terrorism. The U.S. government in August seized 1.1 million barrels of fuel from four Iranian tankers bound for Venezuela. The fuel has since been sold, and officials say the proceeds will go to a special fund for victims of state-sponsored terrorism. A separate forfeiture complaint from the Justice Department centers on Iranian missiles that were seized from flagless vessels last November and last February. Officials say the cargo was intended for militant groups in Yemen.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, pool)

US to use Iranian fuel sale proceeds to aid terror victims

Oct. 29, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

The Trump administration plans to use proceeds from the sale of fuel confiscated from Iranian tankers to benefit victims of terrorism, officials announced Thursday. The U.S. government in August seized 1.1 million barrels of fuel from four Iranian tankers that were en route to Venezuela. The fuel has since been...

A man prays in the street outside the Notre Dame church in Nice, southern France, after a knife attack took place on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. An attacker armed with a knife killed at least three people at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice, prompting the prime minister to announce that France was raising its security alert status to the highest level. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

The Latest: Prosecutor: attacker not on intelligence radar

Oct. 29, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack in Nice, France, (all times local): 10:25 p.m. France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor says the Nice attacker, who was born in 1999, was not on the radar of intelligence agencies as a potential threat. Jean-Francois Ricard detailed the gruesome scene inside the...

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump for re-election wave an American and an Israeli flag from a car headed for a rally outside of the U.S. Embassy, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

US allows Jerusalem-born citizens to put Israel on passports

Oct. 29, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States will allow Americans born in disputed Jerusalem to list Israel as their place of birth on passports and other documents, according to a new policy announced Thursday. The move came a day after the United States amended science accords signed with Israel to apply to...

A woman lights memorial candles on the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, at Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israel lights candles for Rabin 25 years after assassination

Oct. 29, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israelis lit thousands of candles on Thursday to mark the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was shot dead by a Jewish extremist as he pursued peace with the Palestinians. The Yitzhak Rabin Center planned to light 25,000 candles in the central...

In this image taken from video issued by Britain's Labour Party showing Labour Party leader Keir Starmer as he makes a statement accepting all recommendations of a damning anti-Semitism report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), in London Thursday Oct. 29, 2020.  Former party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended by the party Thursday. The report says the opposition Labour Party failed to stamp out anti-Semitism and committed “unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination” against members of the Jewish community. (Labour Party via AP)

UK Labour leader says anti-Semitism brings shame on party

Oct. 29, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Officials in Britain's opposition Labour Party failed to stamp out anti-Semitism and committed “unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination,” the U.K. equalities watchdog said Thursday in a scathing report. Labour's leader said it was “a day of shame” for the...

Men examine a bomb crater near the Holy Savior Cathedral after shelling by Azerbaijan's forces during a military conflict in Shushi, outside Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. Fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh continued on Thursday, as the latest cease-fire agreement brokered by the U.S. failed to halt the flare-up of a decades-old conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. (AP Photo)

Azerbaijani forces close in on key town in Nagorno-Karabakh

Oct. 29, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The Azerbaijani army closed in Thursday on a key town in Nagorno-Karabakh following more than a month of intense fighting, while top diplomats from Azerbaijan and Armenia prepared for more talks to try to end their long conflict over the separatist territory. ...

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)

Israel-Lebanon maritime talks productive, mediators say

Oct. 29, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Talks between Israel and Lebanon over disputed maritime borders were productive and are expected to resume next month, the U.S. and the United Nations said Thursday. The U.S.- mediated indirect talks, hosted by the U.N. in a tent in a southern Lebanese border town, convened for a second...