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In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, a doctor examines a patient after arriving at Banishanta village near Mongla seaport in southwestern region of Bangladesh, on Sept. 1, 2020. A Bangladeshi charity has set up a floating hospital turning a small tourist boat into a healthcare facility to provide services to thousands of people affected by this year's devastating floods that marooned millions. (Bidyanondo Foundation via AP)

Bangladeshi floating hospital treats flood-ravaged community

Oct. 30, 2020 12:50 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — In late July, volunteers from a Bangladeshi charity started getting calls seeking support from people from the country’s vast coastal region that had been flooded for months during this year’s monsoon. As the floodwaters started receding, the Bidyanondo Foundation...

FILE - In this file photo from Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis speaks at a rally for President Donald Trump in Minneapolis. The union that represents Minneapolis police officers is trying to recruit former cops to work as

Bid to recruit ex-cops as poll challengers comes under fire

Oct. 29, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The union that represents Minneapolis police officers is trying to recruit former cops to work as “poll challengers” to work in “problem” areas at the request of an attorney connected to President Donald Trump's campaign, sparking a backlash from city and...

Health care workers transport a COVID-19 patient from an intensive care unit (ICU) at a hospital in Kyjov to hospital in Brno, Czech Republic, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. With cases surging in central Europe, some countries are calling in soldiers, firefighters, students and retired doctors to help shore up buckling health care systems. Many faced a shortage of medical personnel even before the pandemic, and now the virus has sickened many health workers, compounding the shortfall. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Short of medics as virus surges, central Europe sounds alarm

Oct. 29, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

KYJOV, Czech Republic (AP) — Soldiers in Poland are giving coronavirus tests. American National Guard troops with medical training are headed to the Czech Republic to work alongside doctors there. A Czech university student is running blood samples to labs, and the mayor of the capital is taking shifts at...

A local resident arrives to cast her ballot during early voting for the general election, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Adel, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa elections officials concerned over surge in virus cases

Oct. 27, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Elections officials in Iowa are worried about the state's rising number of coronavirus cases, saying that any illnesses or absences among key workers and volunteers could hinder their services through Election Day. A week before the election, Iowa is reporting a new high 7-day...

Katie Paris speaks to members of Red, Wine and Blue during a meeting, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Cleveland.With perennial swing-state Ohio appearing to be a toss-up in recent polling, the roles of campaign volunteers and grassroots groups in generating enthusiasm and turning out the vote likely will be crucial in the battle for the state’s 18 electoral votes. With names such as Red, Wine and Blue, Bold New Democracy and Ohio Battleground Alliance, they enable volunteers to pitch in even if they're pinned down at home with children, caregiving needs or their own health concerns. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Grassroots volunteers rally voters in swing state of Ohio

Oct. 26, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Something changed in Yana Duke this year. She came to the U.S. as a youth from Ukraine, had never been involved in politics before. But during the 2020 campaign season, she felt she had to do something. “What I'm afraid is coming to this country is what I'm running away...

FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square.  Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data on political ads-targeting on the world’s dominant social media platform.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

Oct. 24, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data showing who is being micro-targeted by political ads on the world’s dominant social media platform....

Koki Ozora, a college student who started a nonprofit called

Japan youngster starts volunteer online message counseling

Oct. 23, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Suicides are on the rise among Japanese teens and that worries 21-year-old Koki Ozora, who grew up depressed and lonely. His nonprofit “Anata no Ibasho,” or “A Place for You,” is run entirely by volunteers. It offers a 24-hour text-messaging service for those...

FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, Nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a meeting to discuss the process of approving COVID-19 vaccines.  (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

Oct. 22, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientific advisers told U.S. regulators Thursday they’re concerned that allowing emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine could damage confidence in the shots and make it harder to ever find out how well they really work. The Food and Drug Administration may have to decide by year's...

An ethnic Armenian soldier smiles as he speaks to journalists at a fighting position on the front line, during a military conflict against Azerbaijan's armed forces in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Armenia's prime minister has urged citizens to sign up as military volunteers to help defend the country amid the conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh as intense fighting has raged for a fourth week with no sign of abating. (Sipan Gyulumyan, Armenian Defense Ministry Press office/PAN Photo via AP)

Armenian PM sees no way to settle conflict through diplomacy

Oct. 21, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's prime minister said Wednesday that Azerbaijan's aggressive stance in the 25-day fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh leaves no room for diplomacy, and urged citizens to sign up as military volunteers to protect their country. In a live video address on Facebook, Nikol Pashinian...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...