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A security guard walks in the empty Isabel Zendal new hospital during the official opening in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Authorities in Madrid are holding a ceremony to open part of a 1,000-bed hospital for emergencies that critics say is no more than a vanity project, a building with beds not ready to receive patients and unnecessary now that contagion and hospitalizations are waning. Spain has officially logged 1.6 million infections and over 45,000 deaths confirmed for COVID-19 since the beginning of the year. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Without patients or staff, Madrid opens new $119M hospital

Dec. 1, 2020 10:15 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain's capital on Tuesday held a ceremony to open part of a 1,000-bed emergency hospital for COVID-19 patients that critics say is no more than a vanity project, a building with beds not ready to receive patients and unnecessary now that the virus resurgence and...

West Brooklyn Community High School principal Malik Lewis, left, bumps elbows with former student Jason Cardoso after Cardoso came to pick up the diploma he earned when he graduated in March, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Cardoso, along with many West Brooklyn students who graduated in the spring, was unable to get back to the school because he's working during school hours. The school has been forced to close three times since spring due to coronavirus. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NYC to reopen schools, even as virus spread intensifies

Nov. 29, 2020 6:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will reopen its school system to in-person learning, and increase the number of days a week many children attend class, even as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. The announcement marks a major policy reversal for the nation's...

EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier, centre, with his team as he walks to a conference centre in Westminster in London, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Teams from Britain and the European Union are continuing face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal in the little remaining time. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK says Brexit trade talks with EU are in their 'last week'

Nov. 29, 2020 7:24 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s foreign minister said Sunday there is only about a week left for the U.K. and the European Union to strike a post-Brexit trade deal, with fishing rights the major obstacle to an agreement. As talks continued between the two sides in London, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said...

Delta won't furlough pilots; job cuts possible at Southwest

Nov. 25, 2020 3:39 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Delta Air Lines on Wednesday dropped a threat to furlough more than 1,700 pilots after they ratified a cost-cutting agreement that the airline said was needed to help it cope with a downturn caused by the pandemic. The airline had planned to furlough about 13% of its 12,900 pilots on Saturday...

People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus sit on a street bench in downtown Madrid, Spain, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says a national COVID-19 vaccination plan will be launched in January. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Air quality up in some EU cities during pandemic lockdown

Nov. 23, 2020 9:57 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Air quality significantly improved in European metropolitan areas such as Milan and Madrid because of lockdown restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, European Union officials said Monday. The improvements were particularly notable for the pollutant nitrogen...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 file photo, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during official arrivals for a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. The U.K. has signed an interim trade deal with Canada _ a rollover measure meant to cement the trading relationship as the government prepares of life outside the European Union. While Britain formally withdrew from the EU in January, it continues to trade with other countries under the bloc’s umbrella during a transition period that is scheduled to end Dec. 31. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

UK signs trade deal with Canada to prepare for Brexit

Nov. 21, 2020 1:52 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. signed an interim trade deal with Canada on Saturday, giving it more time to negotiate future trading rules as the British government prepares the country for business life outside the European Union. The stopgap agreement allows trade between the two countries to continue under the...

FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, the Blue Nile river flows near the site of the planned Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Assosa in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia, near Sudan, some 800 kilometers (500 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa.  Sudan says it did not take part in negotiations on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, with Ethiopia and Egypt over their years-long dispute over the controversial dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile. Irrigation Minister Yasser Abbas says the current negotiating approach to reach an agreement on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam proved unfruitful.  (AP Photo/Elias Asmare, File)

Sudan boycotts faltering talks over Ethiopia’s mega-dam

Nov. 21, 2020 11:02 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan boycotted talks on Saturday between Nile Valley countries over Ethiopia's controversial mega-dam, calling on the African Union to play a greater role in pushing forward the negotiations that have stalled for years. It was the first time that Sudan refused to attend talks with Ethiopia...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a news conference following an EU Summit video conference at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. European Union leaders made no progress Thursday toward resolving a diplomatic dispute with EU members Poland and Hungary to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and recovery package aimed at putting the bloc's economy back on track after the pandemic. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

EU gives upbeat assessment of state of Brexit trade talks

Nov. 20, 2020 8:51 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday issued one of its most upbeat assessments of the state of post-Brexit trade negotiations, as the talks face an ever tighter deadline for a deal to enter into force for the start of the new year. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said “we've...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a news conference following an EU Summit video conference at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. European Union leaders made no progress Thursday toward resolving a diplomatic dispute with EU members Poland and Hungary to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and recovery package aimed at putting the bloc's economy back on track after the pandemic. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

EU leaders fail to solve political fight blocking big budget

Nov. 19, 2020 5:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders made no progress Thursday toward resolving a dispute to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and pandemic recovery package which is held up by Poland's and Hungary's rejection of a linkage between rule of law standards and budget disbursements. Instead,...

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, health care workers carry personal belongings of a patient who is evacuated to a waiting ambulance the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside, Calif. A federal judge on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, blocked a Trump Administration rule that opponents said would have harmed the bargaining rights of more than 500,000 home health care workers in California and several hundred thousand additional workers across the nation. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

US judge blocks Trump Administration rule inhibiting unions

Nov. 17, 2020 5:01 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Trump Administration rule that opponents said would have harmed the bargaining rights of more than 500,000 home healthcare workers in California and several hundred thousand additional workers across the nation. San Francisco-based U.S....