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A malnourished girl, Rahmah Watheeq, receives treatment at a feeding center at Al-Sabeen hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, on Nov. 3, 2020. Two-thirds of Yemen's population of about 28 million people are hungry, and nearly 1.5 million families currently rely entirely on food aid to survive, with another million people expected to fall into crisis levels of hunger before the year's end, according to aid agencies working in Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

UN: Little time left to save millions of starving Yemenis

Dec. 3, 2020 10:55 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The window to prevent a famine in war-torn Yemen is narrowing, with a new study showing that millions of people in the country will face some form of food crisis next year, U.N. agencies warned on Thursday. More than half of Yemen's population of 30 million risks slipping into...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced start of large-scale vaccination of medics and teachers against COVID next week. Speaking during an online meeting dedicated to inauguration of new hospitals for coronavirus patients built by Russian Defense Ministry, Putin said Russia has enough capacity to start

The Latest: Russia’s vaccine available at Moscow facilities

Dec. 3, 2020 10:52 AM EST

MOSCOW — Russia’s coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V will be available for people in high-risk groups at 70 medical facilities in Moscow starting on Saturday. According to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, those working in education and medical facilities, along with municipal workers, can get the shots. The...

Statues of Argentine writer Adolfo Bioy Casares, right, and Jorge Luis Borges, sit at a table at La Biela restaurant in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. At least four of the city’s more than 70 officially recognized “cafe notables” have closed since a quarantine to curb the spread of the new coronavirus was announced on March 20 and others are hanging by a thread after months of revenues near zero. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Buenos Aires' cafe culture fighing to survive amid pandemic

Dec. 3, 2020 9:46 AM EST

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Just nine months ago, a line would form each day outside Buenos Aires’ bustling Cafe Tortoni, people trying to get in to drink a cortado coffee in the Argentine Belle Epoque halls once frequented by writers and artists such as Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Gardel and Federico...

Maine senator joins push to renew pandemic unemployment help

Dec. 3, 2020 9:43 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent U.S. senator has joined a call for the federal government to extend pandemic unemployment benefits before they run out. Sen. Angus King said Wednesday that Congress must extend Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. King...

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2020 file photo, a health worker administers the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine currently on phase III clinical trials to Cem Gun, an Emergency Medicine Physician, at the Acibadem Hospital in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Turkish health minister Fahrettin Koca, who had previously announced an agreement with Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech for 50 million doses of CoronaVac, said in a statement late Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, that the first shipment of the inactivated vaccine will arrive in Turkey after Dec. 11. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, file)

Turkey announces vaccination plan for Chinese CoronaVac

Dec. 3, 2020 9:29 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s health minister has announced a plan to start using an experimental Chinese COVID-19 vaccine later this month amid a surge in infections and deaths. Fahrettin Koca had previously announced an agreement with China’s Sinovac Biotech for 50 million doses of CoronaVac,...

Zhong Hanneng holds a photo of her son, Peng Yi, and talks about his difficulties in getting tested for COVID-19, eventually dying from the disease, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. “There were very, very few tests, basically none. ... if you couldn’t prove you were positive, you couldn’t get admitted to a hospital. ... The doctor said there was nothing that could be done.” (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms

Dec. 3, 2020 7:52 AM EST

WUHAN, China (AP) — In the early days in Wuhan, the first city struck by the virus, getting a COVID test was so difficult that residents compared it to winning the lottery. Throughout the Chinese city in January, thousands of people waited in hours-long lines for hospitals, sometimes next to corpses lying...

In this Dec. 1, 2020, photo, President-elect Joe Biden speaks as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris listens at left, during an event to introduce their nominees and appointees to economic policy posts at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Up soon for Biden: naming his top health care officials as the coronavirus pandemic rages. It’s hard to imagine more consequential picks. Biden is expected to announce his choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services next week. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Next for Biden: Naming a health care team as pandemic rages

Dec. 3, 2020 5:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up soon for President-elect Joe Biden: naming his top health care officials as the coronavirus pandemic rages. It's hard to imagine more consequential picks. Already one prominent candidate to lead the Department of Health and Human Services has faded from the scene. New Mexico Democratic...

A student checks the time as others wait for the start of the annual college entrance examination amid the coronavirus pandemic at an exam hall in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. South Korean officials are urging people to remain at home if possible and cancel gatherings as about half a million students prepare for a crucial national college exam. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Young S. Koreans taking crucial university exam

Dec. 3, 2020 3:45 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 COVID-19 patients, are taking the country’s highly competitive university entrance exam despite a viral resurgence that has forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules. The Education Ministry says...

Do “self-cleaning” elevator buttons really work? AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin

Do “self-cleaning” elevator buttons really work?

Dec. 3, 2020 3:01 AM EST

Do “self-cleaning” elevator buttons really work? Without rigorous independent studies, experts say it’s hard to verify claims of “self-cleaning” or “antiviral" surfaces that have popped up during the pandemic. But they also say you shouldn’t worry too much about...

Albuquerque eyes spike in drag racing during pandemic

Dec. 3, 2020 12:20 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in New Mexico’s largest city are planning a crackdown on illegal street racing and other disruptive driving that has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic and say they’ll seek new regulations to help them. It's just one of many safety concerns as state health...