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A sign indicates that residents of a house will not be handing out treats for Halloween during the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Minturn, Colo. (AP Photo/Vail Daily via AP)

The Latest: Coronavirus leaves its mark on Halloween

Oct. 31, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

Ghosts, skeletons, princesses and black cats roamed the streets as usual this Halloween, but they kept their distance, wore face coverings and carried hand sanitizer in their quest for treats. Like with everything else this year, the pandemic also left its mark on Halloween. Parades, parties and haunted houses...

The three candidates for the chairmanship of the Christian Democratic Union party, CDU, Norbert Roettgen, left, Armin Laschet, center, and Friedrich Merz, right, attends an event of the party's youth organisation, Junge Union (JU) in Berlin, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party CDU on again delayed a decision on who will become its new leader, putting off a convention planned for December in a move that irked one of the leading contenders. Whoever wins the Christian Democratic Union's leadership will be in pole position to become the center-right candidate to succeed Merkel as chancellor in next year's German election, though that isn't guaranteed. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

Contenders to lead Merkel's party seek January decision

Oct. 31, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The three main candidates to become the new head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party have agreed that the decision should be made in mid-January, a party official said Saturday as leading contenders scrambled to end an increasingly bitter dispute. The center-right Christian Democratic...

FILE  - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020,  that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

The Latest: Kentucky sees near-record number of new cases

Oct. 30, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky reported a near-record number of new coronavirus cases Friday as the surging outbreak continued sending more people to hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This is a dangerous time. We’re moving the wrong way,” the Democratic governor said as he urged Kentuckians to...

This wanted poster, provided by the German police on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, shows Jan Marsalek, the former 'Wirecard' chief operating officer. German investigators are appealing for the public’s help in tracking down the former chief operating officer of bankrupt payment company Wirecard who is facing allegations of fraud and other charges. Federal police issued a wanted poster for Jan Marsalek, saying the 40-year-old Austrian is suspected to have fled Germany after learning authorities were after him. (BKA via AP)

Report: Fugitive tech boss was Austrian spy agency informant

Oct. 30, 2020 4:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German media report that a fugitive former top executive of payment company Wirecard was an informant for the Austrian spy agency BVT. Jan Marsalek, the former chief operating officer of Wirecard, faces allegations of fraud and other charges in connection with the company's sudden bankruptcy...

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 man prays in the street outside the Notre Dame church in Nice, southern France, after a knife attack took place on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. An attacker armed with a knife killed at least three people at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice, prompting the prime minister to announce that France was raising its security alert status to the highest level. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

The Latest: Prosecutor: attacker not on intelligence radar

Oct. 29, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack in Nice, France, (all times local): 10:25 p.m. France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor says the Nice attacker, who was born in 1999, was not on the radar of intelligence agencies as a potential threat. Jean-Francois Ricard detailed the gruesome scene inside the...

Women wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk along a moving bus on a street in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China says latest outbreak appears contained

Oct. 28, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

BEIJING — Officials in the northwestern China region of Xinjiang say they believe they have contained the country’s latest coronavirus outbreak. Xinjiang reported 23 new confirmed cases Thursday, all involving people who had initially tested positive but displayed no symptoms. It was the second...

A woman holds a poster reading:'The culture dies' as she attends a protest of people working in the entertainment and event industry against the German government's economic policies to combat the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease and demand more support for their business, in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)

France, Germany impose new lockdowns to curb virus spread

Oct. 28, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — France announced a full nationwide lockdown for the second time this year and German officials imposed a partial four-week lockdown Wednesday, as governments across Europe sought to stop a fast-rising tide of coronavirus cases. The World Health Organization says the European region —...

Passengers wear face masks as they sit in a subway in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Germany heads into November 'lockdown light' to slow virus

Oct. 28, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German officials agreed Wednesday to a four-week shutdown of restaurants, bars, theaters and other leisure facilities in an effort to curb a rapid rise in coronavirus infections, opting for decisive action to prevent an “acute national health emergency,” Chancellor Angela Merkel...