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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the member for Oxley Milton Dick bump elbows after casting their votes in the state election, at the Inala State School polling booth in Brisbane, Australia Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Australia’s tourist-popular Queensland state is voting for a new government Saturday in an expected close race between incumbent Premier Palaszczuk’s Labor Party and Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington. (Dan Peled/Pool Photo via AAP Image)

Pandemic takes center stage in Australia's Queensland vote

Oct. 31, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The response to the coronavirus pandemic is a central theme as Australia’s tourist-popular Queensland state votes for a new government Saturday in an expected close race between the incumbent premier and an opposition challenger. In a trend following that of next...

Members of rescue services search in the debris of a collapsed building for survivors in Izmir, Turkey, early Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. A strong earthquake struck Friday in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, killing several people and injuring hundreds amid collapsed buildings and flooding. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Quake strikes Turkish coast and Greek island, killing 19

Oct. 30, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A strong earthquake struck Friday in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, killing at least 19 people and injuring over 700 amid collapsed buildings and flooding, officials said. A small tsunami struck the Seferihisar district south of Izmir, the city in...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019 file photo Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, addresses community members at the dedication of a Recovery Community Center in in Manchester, Ky. Kentucky lawmakers passed a slimmed-down, one-year state budget Wednesday, April 1, 2020 without pay raises for school teachers or increased education funding — priorities that fell victim to the dramatic economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kentucky lawmakers plan for another COVID-impacted session

Oct. 30, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers preparing for an action-packed session next year will have some basic operational challenges to overcome because of the COVID-19 pandemic, top legislators said Friday. Passing another state budget in lean fiscal times and assisting a pandemic-battered economy loom...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, German Health Minister Jens Spahn attends the weekly government cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin.  Spahn said Friday Oct. 30, 2020, that World Health Organisation (WHO) should receive more political support and financial backing for its international efforts to manage acute health crises, and given greater powers to independently investigate virus outbreaks. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, FILE)

EU: WHO should have more power to investigate outbreaks

Oct. 30, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European countries are calling for the World Health Organization to be given greater powers to independently investigate outbreaks and compel countries to provide more data, after the devastating coronavirus pandemic highlighted the agency's numerous shortcomings. After a meeting between...

Fire burns in the grass near Bumbalong, south of the Australian capital, Canberra, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. The threat is posed by a blaze on Canberra's southern fringe that has razed more than 21,500 hectares (53,000 acres) since it was sparked by heat from a military helicopter landing light on Monday, the Emergency Services Agency said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Australia wildfires probe recommends climate risk forecasts

Oct. 30, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An investigation into Australia’s catastrophic wildfire season on Friday recommended greater efforts to forecast the impacts of climate change on specific parts of the country, warning fire behavior was becoming more extreme. The Royal Commission into National Natural...

People wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus shop at a market ahead of Hindu festivals in  Jammu, India, Thursday, Oct.29, 2020. India's confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million on Thursday with daily infections dipping to the lowest level this week, as concerns grew over a major Hindu festival season and winter setting in. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

The Latest: India's downward trend in new cases continues

Oct. 30, 2020 12:55 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India has reported 48,648 new coronavirus cases, continuing a downward trend in infections even as the country’s caseload has crossed 8 million and is only behind the U.S. The Health Ministry also reported 563 new fatalities in the past 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 121,090...

A man wearing a face mask walks over a bridge with the buildings of the banking district in background in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

'Difficult winter': Europe divided on lockdowns; cases soar

Oct. 29, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The World Health Organization’s Europe director expressed deep concern on Thursday after the region again recorded the highest-ever weekly incidence of cases, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of a “difficult winter” as residents in France braced for life under...

A sailboat on a trailer sits overturned in Pass Christian, Miss., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta, which passed through Wednesday . (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Calls for voting extension in Georgia after Zeta

Oct. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT): 5 p.m. ATLANTA — A group of civil rights organizations is asking Georgia’s governor to extend early voting hours Friday after the storm disrupted voting Thursday in the battleground state. Groups including the Georgia NAACP and Fair Fight...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pelosi wants 'big' health care, infrastructure push in 2021

Oct. 29, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is preparing a 2021 legislative agenda with two “great, big initiatives” — expanding health care access and rebuilding American infrastructure — that are longtime Democratic priorities aligned with Joe Biden’s platform and...

Vehicles line up as a healthcare workers help check people in as they are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

'So frustrating': Grave missteps seen in US virus response

Oct. 29, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A president who downplayed the coronavirus threat, scorned masks and undercut scientists at every turn. Governors who resisted or rolled back containment measures amid public backlash. State lawmakers who used federal COVID-19 aid to plug budget holes instead of beefing up testing and...