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32 migrants rescued, 2 missing off Greek island of Lesbos

Dec. 2, 2020 4:09 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A search and rescue operation has been launched in the eastern Aegean Sea after a dinghy carrying migrants either sank or overturned off the Greek island of Lesbos, the Greek coast guard said Wednesday. It said 32 people — 15 men, 14 women and three children — had been...

In this photo released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry, military military commanders attend a funeral ceremony of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a scientist who was killed on Friday, in a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Iran held the funeral Monday for the slain scientist who founded its military nuclear program two decades ago, with the Islamic Republic's defense minister vowing to continue the man's work

Iran's president rejects bill that would boost enrichment

Dec. 2, 2020 2:55 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday rejected a bill approved by parliament that would have suspended U.N. inspections and boosted uranium enrichment, saying it was “harmful” to diplomatic efforts aimed at restoring the 2015 nuclear deal and easing U.S....

Democratic Tucson Mayor Regina Romero is seen at the State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. Romero called for a nighttime curfew Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Tucson to prevent the spread of COVID-19, saying the virus is spreading rapidly and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the verge of a crisis. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: Tucson votes in mandatory nightly curfew

Dec. 2, 2020 12:17 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. -- At the urging of Mayor Regina Romero, the Tucson City Council voted Tuesday night to establish a mandatory nightly curfew for three weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew will take effect Friday and run through Dec. 23. Romero says she sought the curfew...

UN experts: South Sudan's latest peace effort has stalled

Dec. 1, 2020 11:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say South Sudan’s latest peace effort has stalled, with the coalition government formed in February failing to meet deadlines and President Salva Kiir locking opposition leader and now First Vice President Riek Machar “out of the government’s...

Pistons sign Sirvydis, make deals with 3 others official

Dec. 1, 2020 10:21 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have signed Deividas Sirvydis, who played most recently for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Basketball Premier League. The Pistons announced the move Tuesday night. They also officially confirmed their deals with Mason Plumlee, Jahlil Okafor and Josh Jackson. The 6-foot-8...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2020, file photo Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller walks down the steps at the Pentagon during a ceremony welcoming in Washington.  The Pentagon said in a statement that Miller, on Monday, Nov. 30, accepted the resignation of Christopher Maier, who had provided policy oversight of the military's counter-IS effort since March 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Pentagon official overseeing counter-IS effort forced out

Dec. 1, 2020 5:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The civilian official overseeing the Pentagon's campaign to defeat the Islamic State group in the Middle East was forced to resign in the latest jolt to Pentagon leadership in the waning weeks of the Trump administration. The Pentagon said in a written statement that the acting defense...

FILE - In this May 31, 2008, file photo, Rhode Island School of Design outgoing president Roger Mandle, right, introduces his successor John Maeda, left, during RISD's commencement in Providence, R.I. The school said Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, that Mandle, who served as president from 1993 to 2008, has died. He was 79. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

Acclaimed art scholar, ex-RISD president Roger Mandle dies

Dec. 1, 2020 4:49 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Roger Mandle, an internationally renowned art scholar and the former longtime president of the Rhode Island School of Design, has died, RISD said Tuesday. He was 79. Mandle died Saturday in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, after a long battle with cancer, the school said in a statement. A...

Justin Thomas reacts after his eagle putt on the 15th hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Augusta, Ga. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Thomas sees room for improvement after another strong year

Dec. 1, 2020 4:35 PM EST

Justin Thomas has ample reason to see the glass as more than half-filled, except that he plays golf for a living. The glass is never full enough to satisfy an elite golfer. Consider his year going into the Mayakoba Golf Classic. He won the Sentry Tournament of Champions and he added a second World Golf...

UN: 11 children killed in 2 attacks in Yemen

Dec. 1, 2020 3:22 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — At least 11 children, including a 1-month-old, were killed in Yemen in two separate attacks in the past three days, the United Nations children’s agency said on Tuesday. The attacks were the latest in a grinding war that pits a Saudi-led coalition supporting the country’s...

In this photo released from Cyprus' Press and Informations Office, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, left, United Nations Secretary General advisor Jane Holl Lute, left, and Cyprus' foreign minister Nicos Christodoulides, center, talk during their meeting at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Lute is meeting both leaders separately in order to prepare the ground for reunification talks. (Stavros Ioannides / Cyprus' Press and Informations Office via AP)

Turkish Cypriot leader wants new direction for Cyprus talks

Dec. 1, 2020 3:13 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar said Tuesday efforts to resolve Cyprus’ ethnic division should start fresh and aim to achieve a two-state deal, because decades of negotiations for a federation-based agreement have got nowhere. Tatar said a regional “new state of...