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The stars of the EU flag are seen against the sun at the Europa House in London, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. According to media reports, European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic has met Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove for talks on the EU-UK trade deal. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

EU to UK on Brexit talks: 'You can't have cake, eat it too'

Oct. 21, 2020 4:12 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union took a defiant tone on Wednesday as the standoff over resuming post-Brexit trade negotiations with the United Kingdom intensified, telling London that “you cannot have your cake and eat it too.” European Council President Charles Michel refused to bow to...

Cameroon stone carvings recovered at South Florida airport

Oct. 21, 2020 4:10 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Customs officers have recovered ancient stone carvings from Cameroon at a South Florida airport, authorities said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday that officers at Miami International Airport intercepted an air cargo shipment containing “Ikom Monoliths.” The...

Pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salutes while listening to the national anthem outside Siam Paragon, one of the largest shopping malls, in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Thailand's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a request to recall Parliament for a special session to deal with the political pressures from ongoing anti-government protests. The Cabinet at its weekly meeting approved the request, which calls for a non-voting session on Oct. 26-27. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai protesters ask court to revoke order, continue rallies

Oct. 21, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Student activists applied to a court Wednesday to revoke a state of emergency the government declared last week to try to rein in Thailand's growing protests. Demonstrations have continued daily in a movement that calls for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down, for a more democratic...

Applications being accepted for family court judge in WVa

Oct. 21, 2020 4:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Applications are being accepted for a pending vacancy on a family court serving West Virginia's largest county. The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission will accept applications and letters of recommendation through Nov. 9 for a seat on the Eleventh Family Court Circuit in Kanawha...

FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Cathay Pacific Airways aircrafts line up on the tarmac at the Hong Kong International Airport. Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, said it would cut 8,500 jobs and shut down its regional airline unit in a corporate restructuring, as it grapples with the plunge in air travel due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Cathay Pacific cuts 8,500 jobs, shutters regional airline

Oct. 21, 2020 3:47 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways said Wednesday it would cut 8,500 jobs and shut a regional airline as it grapples with the plunge in air travel due to the pandemic. About 5,300 employees based in Hong Kong and another 600 elsewhere will likely lose their jobs, and 2,600 unfilled...

Polish academics protest 'fundamentalist' education minister

Oct. 21, 2020 3:27 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists dressed as security guards hung a banner over a Polish Education Ministry building early Wednesday to protest the appointment of a new minister whom they consider to be a religious fundamentalist and a danger to the nation's youth and universities. University academics in...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2017, file photo, Jeanne Moser, center, of East Kingston, N.H., watches as President Donald Trump reaches out to touch a photo of her son, Adam Moser, during an event to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Adam was 27 when he died from an apparent fentanyl overdose. The coronavirus outbreak and the Trump administration's response to the pandemic have been a dominating theme in this year's presidential race. That has overshadowed debate over how to handle the nation's drug overdose crisis, which has contributed to the deaths of more than 470,000 Americans over the last two decades. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race

Oct. 21, 2020 3:10 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Like millions of Americans, Diane Urban watched the first presidential debate last month at home with her family. When it was over, she turned off the television and climbed into the bed her 25-year-old son Jordan used to sleep in. It was where she found Jordan's lifeless body after...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 file photo, workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C. Time was dwindling for thousands of North Carolina voters to fix absentee voting errors as elections officials hustled out an updated process for handling mail-in ballot problems two weeks before Election Day. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

North Carolina scrambles to inform voters of absentee errors

Oct. 21, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Time was dwindling for thousands of North Carolina voters to fix absentee voting errors as elections officials hustled out an updated process for handling mail-in ballot problems two weeks before Election Day. Court battles had halted processing of ballots mailed back with deficiencies...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks to the media during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Suga is on a four-day visit to Vietnam and Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)

Japan PM pushes closer Southeast Asia ties in China counter

Oct. 21, 2020 2:49 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's new prime minister pledged Wednesday to help Southeast Asian nations increase their maritime security capabilities, as he used his first overseas trip as leader to push his country's vision for greater international cooperation to counter China's influence in the region....

Pedestrians wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk on a street during the morning rush hour in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Cases in Czech Rep soar to 12K amid new measures

Oct. 21, 2020 2:35 AM EDT

PRAGUE — Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic have hit new record levels as the number of confirmed cases in one day soared to almost 12,000. The Health Ministry says the day-to-day increase reached 11,984 on Tuesday, almost 900 more than the previous record set on Friday. The country has...