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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Biden is holding rallies today in Des Moines, Iowa, Saint Paul, Minn., and Milwaukee, Wis. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden, Obama make a final appeal to Michigan's Black voters

Oct. 31, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden enters the final weekend of the presidential campaign with an intense focus on appealing to Black voters whose support will be critical in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump. The Democratic presidential nominee is teaming up with his former boss, Barack...

Then-Associated Press Washington bureau chief Sally Buzbee, talks with Stephen Ohlemacher, who in 2020 is the decision desk editor, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at the Washington bureau of The Associated Press during election night. The Associated Press, one of several news organizations whose declarations of winners drive election coverage, is pulling back the curtain in 2020 to explain how it is reaching those conclusions. “The general public has a more intense desire to understand it at a nitty-gritty level,” said Buzbee, who is now senior vice president and executive editor. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Show your work: AP plans to explain vote calling to public

Oct. 31, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press, one of several news organizations whose declarations of winners drive election coverage, is pulling back the curtain this year to explain how it is reaching those conclusions. The AP plans to write stories explaining how its experts make decisions or why, in tight...

Residents in Anchorage, Alaska, take part in early voting in a mall in Alaska's largest city on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Alaska residents living in Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Nome can cast their votes early as designated locations. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Who is voting? Who is winning? Early vote only offers clues

Oct. 31, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

As early voting breaks records across the U.S., political analysts and campaigns are reviewing reams of data on the voters, looking for clues to key questions: Who is voting? And who is winning? On one level, the answers can be simple. Registered Democrats are outpacing registered Republicans significantly...

Voters cast their ballots for the general election at Victory Houston polling station in Houston, on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The location was one of the Harris County's 24-hour locations. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Race for Texas intensifies amid surging turnout, COVID cases

Oct. 30, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ surprising status as a battleground came into clearer focus on Friday as Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris devoted one of the race's final days to campaigning across America's largest red state and early voter turnout zoomed past 9 million —...

Nurse Cristina Settembrese talks during an interview with the Associated Press outside the intensive care unit after finishing a night shift, at the San Paolo hospital, in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italian nurse on coronavirus duty sees the nightmare return

Oct. 31, 2020 4:19 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A 54-year-old nurse became convinced the coronavirus “hated” her during the first seven months of Italy’s outbreaks. Those are Cristina Settembrese's words for it. Settembrese, who specializes in treating patients with infectious diseases, faced huge risks during the long...

FILE - This photo from Sunday May 31, 2020, shows demonstrators raising their hands during a rally in Brooklyn, N.Y., for George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis after being restrained by police officers. The chaos unleashed in 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic, has created space for different voices to speak, for different conversations to be had and for different questions to be asked. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)

Analysis: 2020, and the American chorus' newly loud voices

Oct. 31, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

It's LOUD in the United States these days. Voices are being raised everywhere, speaking about everything. They’re talking policing, health care, COVID. They're discussing the economic safety net, the environment. They’re challenging racism, sexism and the myriad ways we come up with to judge each...

People gather during a counter protest against Black Lives Matter in Vancouver, Wash., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a candlelight vigil for Kevin Peterson Jr., who was killed in Thursday's shooting with police involved. The Clark County Sheriff's office has not released any details on the Thursday evening shooting in Hazel Dell, but a man told The Oregonian/OregonLive that his 21-year-old son was fatally shot by police. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)

Unrest erupts over police killing of Black man near Portland

Oct. 31, 2020 4:39 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Tensions boiled over into unrest late Friday following a vigil for a Black man shot and killed by law enforcement in a city near Portland, Oregon, in southwestern Washington state. Mourners gathered in Hazel Dell, an unincorporated area of Vancouver, Washington, where family and...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 file photo, Belarusian opposition supporters light phones lights and wave an old Belarusian national flags during a protest rally in front of the government building at Independent Square in Minsk, Belarus. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has relied on massive arrests and intimidation tactics to hold on to power despite nearly three months of protests sparked by his re-election to a sixth term, but continuing protests have cast an unprecedented challenge to his 26-year rule. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)

Nearly 3 months after vote, Belarus protests still go strong

Oct. 31, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Nearly three months after Belarus' authoritarian president's re-election to a sixth term in a vote widely seen as rigged, demonstrators keep swarming the streets of Belarusian cities to demand his resignation in the most massive and sustained wave of protests the ex-Soviet nation has...

A local resident, staying outdoors for fear of aftershocks, takes.a moment to relax inside a coffee shop, as members of rescue services searching for survivors in the debris of a collapsed building are reflected in the window, in Izmir, Turkey, early Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Rescue teams on Saturday ploughed through concrete blocs and debris of eight collapsed buildings in Turkey's third largest city in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake that struck Turkey's Aegean coast and north of the Greek island of Samos, killing dozens Hundreds of other were injured. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Death toll reaches 27 in quake that hit Turkey, Greek island

Oct. 31, 2020 4:33 AM EDT

IZMIR, Turkey (AP) — Rescue teams on Saturday plowed through concrete blocks and the debris of eight collapsed buildings in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake that struck Turkey’s Aegean coast and north of the Greek island of Samos, killing at least 27 people. More than 800 others were...

The ruling party CCM presidential candidate Dr. John Magufuli, stands in line to cast his vote at Chamwino in Dodoma Wednesday. Oct. 28, 2020. The populist Magufuli, who made his name in part by targeting corruption, now seeks a second five-year term in one of Africa's most populous and fastest-growing economies. (AP Photo)

Tanzania, once envy of the region, watches democracy slide

Oct. 31, 2020 5:57 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Vote-counting was far from over when Tanzanian opposition leader Seif Sharif Hamad was frustrated enough to call people onto the streets. As thwarted observers alleged the most blatant election fraud in the country’s history, and with no way to challenge the results in court,...

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Sudanese migrant Attom Alialdom 56, poses for a photo as he holds a photo of his old restaurant decorated with Sudanese and Israeli flags, outside his house in south Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. After Israel and Sudan agreed this month to normalize ties, some 6,000 Sudanese migrants in Israel are again fearing for their fate. Israel has long grappled with how to deal with its tens of thousands of African migrants. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Sudan deal plunges migrants in Israel into new uncertainty

Oct. 31, 2020 6:19 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Usumain Baraka speaks impeccable Hebrew, considers Israelis among his best friends and can quote passages from the Old Testament. But as a Sudanese asylum seeker, Baraka has no legal status in Israel and lives a precarious life tethered to the whims of the Israeli government. Now,...

The ruling party CCM presidential candidate Dr. John Magufuli, stands in line to cast his vote at Chamwino in Dodoma Wednesday. Oct. 28, 2020. The populist Magufuli, who made his name in part by targeting corruption, now seeks a second five-year term in one of Africa's most populous and fastest-growing economies. (AP Photo)

Tanzania, once envy of the region, watches democracy slide

Oct. 31, 2020 5:57 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Vote-counting was far from over when Tanzanian opposition leader Seif Sharif Hamad was frustrated enough to call people onto the streets. As thwarted observers alleged the most blatant election fraud in the country’s history, and with no way to challenge the results in court,...

A face mask is shown in front of the Old Opera in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Germany’s health minister says when a vaccine for the coronavirus is ready, it will be equally distributed among all European Union member nations. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

The Latest: UK government mulling lockdown for England

Oct. 31, 2020 5:48 AM EDT

LONDON — The British government is considering imposing a new national lockdown in England, after its scientific advisers warned that hospitalizations and deaths from the resurgence of the coronavirus could soon surpass the levels seen at the outbreak’s spring peak. Epidemiologist John Edmunds, a...

Chadema Presidential Candidate Tundu Lissu casts his vote at Ntewa Primary School's polling station in Ikungi town Singida region, Tanzania, Wednesday. Oct.28, 2020. Opposition challenger Lissu has urged people to go into the streets to protest if election results are announced Thursday without being counted properly. (AP Photo)

Tanzania's opposition seeks new election, 'endless' protests

Oct. 31, 2020 5:44 AM EDT

DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania's two main opposition parties are calling for a re-run of Wednesday's election after alleging widespread fraud, and they are urging people into the streets for an “endless peaceful demonstration” starting Monday. The joint statement Saturday by the CHADEMA and...

A woman casts her vote during presidential election in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Tens of thousands of security forces deployed across Ivory Coast on Saturday as the leading opposition parties boycotted the election, calling President Alassane Ouattara's bid for a third term illegal. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Ivory Coast votes for president amid opposition boycott

Oct. 31, 2020 5:35 AM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Tens of thousands of security forces deployed across Ivory Coast on Saturday as the leading opposition parties boycotted the election, calling President Alassane Ouattara’s bid for a third term illegal. In the Abobo neighborhood of Abidjan, voters lined up to cast...

A plane departures from the airport Schoenefeld behind Terminal 1 of the new Berlin-Brandenburg-Airport 'Willy Brandt' near Berlin, in Schoenefeld, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.  After years of delays and massive cost overruns the opening of the German capital's new airport is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 31.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

New Berlin airport opening 9 years late with little ceremony

Oct. 31, 2020 5:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Nine years late and far above its original budget, Berlin's new airport is finally opening Saturday with little ceremony and, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, few passengers. Construction of the Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt, named after the former West German chancellor though...

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. European Union leaders meet for the second day of an EU summit, amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic, to discuss topics on foreign policy issues. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

Dutch PM Mark Rutte confirms he will seek 4th term in office

Oct. 31, 2020 5:04 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants another term in office. In an interview published Saturday in Dutch daily De Telegraaf, Rutte confirmed that he will lead his People's Party for Freedom and Democracy into the next national election on March 17. “I would like to...

Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard at a closed market area during a strike called by separatists in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Kashmir’s main separatist grouping called the strike to protest new land laws that India enacted on Tuesday, allowing any of its nationals to buy land in the region. Pro-India politicians in Kashmir have also criticized the laws and accused India of putting Kashmir’s land up for sale. The move exacerbates concerns of Kashmiris and rights groups who see such measures as a settler-colonial project to change the Muslim-majority region’s demography. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Kashmir shuts down to protest India's new land laws

Oct. 31, 2020 4:53 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Shops and businesses were shut in several parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday as separatists challenging Indian rule called for a general strike to denounce new laws that allow any Indians to buy land in the disputed region. Government forces in riot gear patrolled streets...

People gather during a counter protest against Black Lives Matter in Vancouver, Wash., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a candlelight vigil for Kevin Peterson Jr., who was killed in Thursday's shooting with police involved. The Clark County Sheriff's office has not released any details on the Thursday evening shooting in Hazel Dell, but a man told The Oregonian/OregonLive that his 21-year-old son was fatally shot by police. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)

Unrest erupts over police killing of Black man near Portland

Oct. 31, 2020 4:39 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Tensions boiled over into unrest late Friday following a vigil for a Black man shot and killed by law enforcement in a city near Portland, Oregon, in southwestern Washington state. Mourners gathered in Hazel Dell, an unincorporated area of Vancouver, Washington, where family and...

A local resident, staying outdoors for fear of aftershocks, takes.a moment to relax inside a coffee shop, as members of rescue services searching for survivors in the debris of a collapsed building are reflected in the window, in Izmir, Turkey, early Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Rescue teams on Saturday ploughed through concrete blocs and debris of eight collapsed buildings in Turkey's third largest city in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake that struck Turkey's Aegean coast and north of the Greek island of Samos, killing dozens Hundreds of other were injured. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Death toll reaches 27 in quake that hit Turkey, Greek island

Oct. 31, 2020 4:33 AM EDT

IZMIR, Turkey (AP) — Rescue teams on Saturday plowed through concrete blocks and the debris of eight collapsed buildings in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake that struck Turkey’s Aegean coast and north of the Greek island of Samos, killing at least 27 people. More than 800 others were...