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Demonstrators hold a silent vigil in Parliament Square to rise awareness on entertainment and arts world, in London, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Backstage technicians and crews are calling for more fundingfrom the government for the performing arts and hospitality sectors as the coronavirus lockdown is widely anticipated to be extended in England to help control the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

England faces new lockdown as UK virus cases pass 1 million

Oct. 31, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday announced a new month-long lockdown for England after being warned that without tough action a resurgent coronavirus outbreak will overwhelm hospitals in weeks. On the day the U.K. passed 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, Johnson made a...

British prime minister says England will enter a monthlong lockdown on Thursday to curb a surging coronavirus outbreak

Oct. 31, 2020 3:06 PM EDT
LONDON (AP) — British prime minister says England will enter a monthlong lockdown on Thursday to curb a surging coronavirus outbreak.
FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. A U.S. judge on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide. The judge called them

Judge orders Postal Service to take extraordinary measures

Oct. 31, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to take “extraordinary measures” to deliver ballots in time to be counted in Wisconsin and around Detroit, including using a priority mail service. Chief U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, issued...

Dutch government halts KLM bailout amid standoff over terms

Oct. 31, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The government of the Netherlands will halt its multibillion euro coronavirus bailout to national carrier KLM amid a standoff with a pilot's union about terms of the rescue package, the Dutch finance minister said Saturday. The dispute, if not resolved, could have dire...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his granddaughters Maisy Biden, right, and Natalie Biden, center, arrives at Flint Bishop International Airport in Flint, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, for a rally with former President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Obama blasts Trump as egotistical, incompetent

Oct. 31, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Barack Obama blasted President Donald Trump as egotistical and incompetent during a campaign event in Flint, Michigan. The former president spoke Saturday at a drive-in rally at his first joint campaign event with Joe...

In this undated photo courtesy of the Heath family, Matthew Heath is seen at his mother's home in Knoxville, Tennessee. The former U.S. Marine corporal was arrested at a roadblock in Venezuela on Sept. 10, 2020, and accused by President Nicolás Maduro of being a terrorist and spying for Donald Trump, but the American’s plight has largely gone unnoticed. (Heath family via AP)

Mystery surrounds former Marine's imprisonment in Venezuela

Oct. 31, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — “Don’t WORRY!,” reads the cryptic note scribbled on a scrap of perforated paper smuggled out of a dank, basement cellblock. “Han Solo always wins!” The weeks-old message is all the family of Matthew Heath has to pin its hopes on since the...

Kyle Rittenhouse sits while listening during an extradition hearing in Lake County court Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, Pool)

Teen told police where to find gun used in Kenosha shootings

Oct. 31, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

ANTIOCH, Illinois (AP) — A visibly upset 17-year-old accused of fatally shooting two demonstrators in Wisconsin told officers at his local police station in Illinois where to find an assault-style rifle he said he had used just two hours earlier to shoot several people, according to police records. Kyle...

President Donald Trump speaks before boarding Air Force One upon departure Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as he departs for campaign rallies in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US citizen kidnapped in Niger rescued in military operation

Oct. 31, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American citizen kidnapped in the West African nation of Niger this past week has been rescued in a U.S. military operation in neighboring Nigeria, U.S. officials said Saturday. The man was taken from his farm in Massalata in southern Niger early Tuesday morning by armed kidnappers who...

Demonstrators wearing masks with the colors of the Italian flag wave flags and hold a banner with writing reading

The Latest: Italy adds record 31,758 daily coronavirus cases

Oct. 31, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

ROME — Italy added a record 31,758 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours and doubled the deaths to nearly 300 on Saturday. The Health Ministry says approximately one of every seven people receiving swab tests has tested positive in recent days. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte is considering more...

In this handout photo released by Georgian Dream Party Press office, Georgian businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, who created Georgian Dream party, wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, speaks to the media after voting at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Tbilisi, Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Ivanishvili quickly congratulated his supporters on winning the vote after several exit polls showed his party with a strong lead.(Georgian Dream Party Press office via AP)

Georgia's ruling party claims victory in parliamentary vote

Oct. 31, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia's governing party claimed victory in a tightly contested parliamentary election Saturday, but an opposition alliance around an ex-president who has spent years in self-imposed exile refused to concede defeat and aspired to form a new coalition government in the ex-Soviet...