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Workers of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) are setting up a vaccination centre in the sports hall of a school in Eschwege, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The German government is preparing to roll out a nationwide coronavirus vaccination program. (Sven Pfoertner/dpa via AP)

The Latest: Hong Kong limits most gatherings to 2 people

Dec. 1, 2020 10:56 PM EST

HONG KONG — Hong Kong is limiting most gatherings to just two people and ordering compulsory testing of workers at retirement homes and facilities for people with disabilities, among tightening measures to contain a new wave of coronavirus cases. The semi-autonomous southern Chinese city reported 82 news...

A woman walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Asian markets are mixed after the U.S. benchmark S&P 500 set another record. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Asian shares mixed after S&P 500 sets fresh record high

Dec. 1, 2020 10:45 PM EST

Asian shares advanced Wednesday after Wall Street kicked off December with more milestones, as a broad rally pushed the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite to new highs. Australia reported its economy expanded 3.3% in the July-September quarter as the country recovered from pandemic lockdowns. That lifted the...

A street is blocked by the police in Trier, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.  German police say people have been killed and several others injured in the southwestern German city of Trier when a car drove into a pedestrian zone. Trier police tweeted that the driver had been arrested and the vehicle impounded. (Harald Tittel/dpa via AP)

5 dead, many injured after German man drives car into crowd

Dec. 1, 2020 3:54 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A man zig-zagged an SUV at high speed through a pedestrian zone in the southwestern German city of Trier on Tuesday, killing five people, including a 9-month-old child, and seriously injuring more than a dozen, officials said. The driver, identified as a 51-year-old German man born in Trier,...

FILE - This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. The German pharmaceutical company BioNTech and its U.S. partner Pfizer say they have submitted an application for conditional approval of their coronavirus vaccine with the European Medicines Agency. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)

EU eyes Dec 29 approval for 1st virus vaccine, later than US

Dec. 1, 2020 1:47 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union drug agency said Tuesday it may need four more weeks to approve its first coronavirus vaccine, even as authorities in the United States and Britain continue to aim for a green light before Christmas. The European Medicines Agency plans to convene a meeting by Dec. 29 to...

FILE -- In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 photo German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer addresses the media during a press conference in Berlin, Germany. Police have raided homes in three German states after the German government banned a far-right group, the interior ministry said. “Whoever fights against the basic values of our free society will get to feel the resolute reaction of our government,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said. “There's no place in this country for an association that sows hatred and and works on the resurrection of a Nazi state.” (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

Germany bans far-right, pro-Nazi group; Police raid homes

Dec. 1, 2020 1:06 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — More than 180 police officers raided homes in three German states early Tuesday after the German government banned a far-right group, the interior ministry said. The homes of 11 members of the far-right group Wolfsbrigade 44 were searched in Hesse, Mecklenburg West-Pomerania and North...

Exterior view of the monastery of the Franciscan Order in Thuine, Germany, Tuesday, Dec.1, 2020. Church authorities say 76 Catholic nuns have tested positive for COVID-19 after an outbreak of coronavirus at a Franciscan convent in northwestern Germany. Another 85 nuns received negative test results at the monastery in Thuine, not far from the Dutch border, the convent’s Mother Superior told The Associated Press on Tuesday. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP)

76 Franciscan nuns test positive at monastery in Germany

Dec. 1, 2020 11:13 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Seventy-six Catholic nuns have tested positive for COVID-19 after an outbreak at a Franciscan convent in northwestern Germany, church authorities said Tuesday. Another 85 nuns received negative test results at the monastery in Thuine, not far from the Dutch border, the convent's Mother...

Christmas lights hang in the trees as the streets are almost empty in the old town of Marburg, Germany, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

German unemployment dips despite 2nd partial shutdown

Dec. 1, 2020 4:54 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's unemployment rate dipped in November despite a partial shutdown introduced to halt a sharp rise in coronavirus infections, official data showed Tuesday. However, estimates suggest that the number of companies using a short-term salary support program has risen. The unadjusted...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus ride mopeds in Hanoi, Vietnam on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Vietnamese health official said on Thursday the COVID-19 outbreak would peak in the coming ten days as the country reported another death and a score of new infections. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

The Latest: Vietnam has 1st local transmission in 89 days

Nov. 30, 2020 11:52 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnamese authorities are conducting intensive contact tracing after the country’s first confirmed local transmission of the coronavirus in 89 days. State media said Tuesday that a 32-year-old man in Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday after visiting a flight...

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, right, welcomes his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban, left, for talks in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The prime ministers of Poland and Hungary are meeting to discuss their threat to veto the European Union's next budget and massive pandemic aid package that links the disbursement of EU funds to the members' rule of law standards. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland, Hungary PMs meet over EU budget veto strategy

Nov. 30, 2020 3:41 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland and Hungary have declared openness to new proposals from the European Union regarding the bloc's next budget and major coronavirus pandemic aid package that they are threatening to veto because it draws a link between bloc funding and members’ adherence to democratic...

German police probe mystery of missing giant phallus statue

Nov. 30, 2020 11:33 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Police in southern Germany have opened an investigation into the disappearance of a large wooden sculpture of a phallus from a mountainside where it appeared without explanation several years ago. Local newspaper Allgaeuer Zeitung reported Monday that the 2-meter-tall (almost 7-foot) tall...