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Afghan officials say 34 killed in separate suicide bombings

Nov. 29, 2020 7:18 AM EST

GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 34 people were killed on Sunday in two separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan that targeted a military base and a provincial chief, officials said. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks, which took place as Afghan government representatives...

In this picture released by the Iranian Defense Ministry and taken on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, people pray over the flag draped coffin of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist linked to the country's disbanded military nuclear program, who was killed on Friday, during a funeral ceremony at the Imam Reza holy shrine in the northeastern city of Mashhad, Iran. An opinion piece published by a hard-line Iranian newspaper has suggested that Iran must attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel carried out the killing of a scientist. (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP)

Iran newspaper: Strike Haifa if Israel killed scientist

Nov. 29, 2020 7:36 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An opinion piece published Sunday by a hard-line Iranian newspaper urged Iran to attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel carried out the killing of the scientist who founded the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program in the early 2000s. Though the hard-line Kayhan...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2020, file photo Georgia Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff, right, gesture toward a crowd during a campaign rally in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Faith takes the forefront as Georgia Senate runoffs heat up

Nov. 29, 2020 8:10 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Bishop Reginald Jackson stepped to the microphone at a drive-in rally outside a church in southwest Atlanta as his voice carried over a loudspeaker and the radio to people gathered in, around and on top of cars that filled the parking lot. “Let’s keep Georgia blue," Jackson...

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, May 12, 2005, the Los Angeles, USA, premiere of the movie

Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85

Nov. 29, 2020 6:13 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. He was 85. Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday. Born in Bristol,...

FILE - Colorado Gov. Jared Polis speaks during a news conference about the state's response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Denver.  Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get needed pandemic relief to small businesses, the unemployed, renters and others affected by the widening coronavirus outbreak.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

Nov. 28, 2020 8:38 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak. In some cases, elected officials are spending the...

Social distancing signs are seen on the floor as parents pray during a special service to wish for their children's success in the upcoming college entrance exam on Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. South Korea is shutting down indoor gyms offering intense workout classes and banning year-end parties at hotels in the greater Seoul area to fight the virus. Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said Sunday. The signs read:

The Latest: Pope urges finding good even from pandemic

Nov. 29, 2020 8:43 AM EST

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is encouraging people to try to take away something good “even from the difficult situation that the pandemic forces on us.” Addressing faithful gathered a safe distance apart in vast St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Francis offered these suggestions:...

FILE - In this Saturday, March 21, 2020, file photo, a municipality worker wearing a face mask and protective suit disinfects the area outside the historical Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as Blue Mosque, amid the coronavirus outbreak, in Istanbul. When Turkey changed the way it reports daily COVID-19 infections, it confirmed what medical groups and opposition parties have long suspected — that the country is faced with an alarming surge of cases that is fast exhausting the Turkish health system. The official daily COVID-19 deaths have also steadily risen to record numbers in a reversal of fortune for the country that had been praised for managing to keep fatalities low. With the new data, the country jumped from being one of the least-affected countries in Europe to one of the worst-hit.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)

Turkey's new virus figures confirm experts' worst fears

Nov. 29, 2020 2:32 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — When Turkey changed the way it reports daily COVID-19 infections, it confirmed what medical groups and opposition parties have long suspected — that the country is faced with an alarming surge of cases that is fast exhausting the Turkish health system. In an about-face,...

FILE - In this June 21, 2019 file photo, George Soros, founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundations, looks before the Joseph A. Schumpeter award ceremony in Vienna, Austria. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

Hungarian official compares George Soros to Hitler

Nov. 29, 2020 6:32 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian ministerial commissioner has come under fire for an article comparing American-Hungarian billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, a staunch critic of Hungary’s government, to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. “Europe is George Soros’ gas...

Cardinals sit as Pope Francis celebrates Mass the day after he raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy, at St. Peter's Basilica, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

Pope, with new cardinals, warns church against mediocrity

Nov. 29, 2020 6:31 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, joined by the church’s newest cardinals in Mass on Sunday, warned against mediocrity as well as seeking out “godfathers” to promote one's own career. Eleven of the 13 new cardinals sat near the central altar of St. Peter’s Basilica, where...

This combination image shows a file photo dated Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 of the Roemerberg square in Frankfurt, Germany, with the traditional Christmas market, top, and the Roemerberg square on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, below. Christmas markets, a cherished tradition in Germany and neighboring countries, have joined the long list of institutions canceled or diminished because of the coronavirus pandemic this year. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

AP PHOTOS: Pandemic calls off Christmas markets in Europe

Nov. 29, 2020 2:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European plazas where people would usually gather at crowded stalls to partake in hot mulled wine, gingerbread, sausages and other delicacies are just empty squares. Christmas markets, a cherished tradition in Germany and neighboring countries, have joined the long list of annual...

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Church-goers wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus lineup outside the Notre-Dame-des-Champs church in Paris, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. French churches, mosques and synagogues can open their doors again to worshippers - but only a few of them, as France cautiously starts reopening after a second virus lockdown. Some churches may defy the 30-person limit they feel as too unreasonable, and other sites may stay closed until they can reopen for real. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Court orders France to rethink 30-person limit on worship

Nov. 29, 2020 9:16 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s highest administrative court on Sunday ordered a rethink of a 30-person attendance limit for religious services put in place by the government to slow down the spread of coronavirus. The measure took effect this weekend as France relaxes some virus restrictions, but it faced...

Legal group to help Illinoisans clear marijuana convictions

Nov. 29, 2020 9:14 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A new legal group will help people with marijuana convictions in Illinois clear their records. New Leaf Illinois launched earlier this month as part of the state’s law legalizing recreational cannabis. Under the law, people with low-level marijuana convictions can have their records...

Residents enter a school where a mural of Brazil's late Formula One driver Ayrton Senna covers the wall during municipal elections, at a polling station in the Rocinha slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov.15, 2020. Voters across Latin America's biggest country are electing mayors and municipal council members. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Center-right mayor faces socialist in Brazilian metropolis

Nov. 29, 2020 9:13 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The mayor of the largest city in the Americas was trying to fend off a reelection challenge from the socialist leader of a squatters movement as 57 Brazilian cities held runoff elections on Sunday. Guilherme Boulos, backed by former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, pushed his way...

People weakest link for apps tracking coronavirus exposure

Nov. 29, 2020 9:11 AM EST

The app builders had planned for pranksters, ensuring that only people with verified COVID-19 cases could trigger an alert. They’d planned for heavy criticism about privacy, in many cases making the features as bare-bones as possible. But, as more states roll out smartphone contact-tracing technology,...

Black Marylanders do sauerkraut, German specialty their own

Nov. 29, 2020 9:01 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Tonya Thomas was an adult and well into her career as a chef when she discovered that Black people outside Maryland don’t normally serve sauerkraut as part of their traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The fermented cabbage dish accented with pig tails or other smoked meats was a staple...

Zoo maintains search for red panda who vanished in 2017

Nov. 29, 2020 9:01 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The theft of a lemur from the San Francisco Zoo in October stirred memories of Sunny, the red panda who vanished nearly four years ago from the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. The tips line rarely rings these days, but Sunny’s disappearance remains the “greatest mystery”...

Artist Jannah Williams poses in front of a mixed-media piece at Nomad Bar in Wilmington, Del., on Nov. 4, 2020.   Williams worked for several days, creating a stunning mixed-media piece that uses newspaper clips and old racist fliers as a base; on top are paintings of the faces of people who matter in this moment. They include civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.; the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Congress, Shirley Chisholm; and former President Barack Obama. Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot to death while jogging in Georgia earlier this year, and Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in Kentucky in her home, also are included. (Joe del Tufo/Moonloop Photography via AP)

Delaware artists transform boarded windows into artwork

Nov. 29, 2020 9:01 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The morning after riots broke out in Wilmington following the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, friends and business partners Jonathan Whitney and Eliza Jarvis came up with an idea as city business owners began the process of cleaning up. They wanted to connect young artists...

Billie Demarest gets a hug from emergency technician Nathan Ogden as he meets the fire and rescue personnel who saved his life after he suffered a massive heart attack in Spotsylvania, Va.   Rescue personnel credited Billie's survival in part to her quick application of CPR. (Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star via AP)

Family, rescuers help Virginia man survive a cardiac arrest

Nov. 29, 2020 9:01 AM EST

SPOTSYLVANIA COURTHOUSE, Va. (AP) — When Billy Demarest passed out in his basement, with clogged arteries and a heart going haywire, his chances of survival seemed slim. Twice, he came close to being on the wrong side of the American Heart Association statistic that says nine out of every 10 people who...

Indigo Martinez, left, and Rashod Kent select a coat from among the 150 given away on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 at Windmill Park in Fairmont, W.Va.  Kent, now 40, and retired from athletic competition, returned to Windmill Park on Saturday, but this time as the face of the Rashod Kent Foundation, a nonprofit organization he formed this year in order to give back to a local community he said played a crucial role in his formative years.   (Scott Gillespie/Times-West Virginian via AP)

Former NFL player helps families in his WVa hometown

Nov. 29, 2020 9:01 AM EST

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — In his storied athletic career, Rashod Kent accomplished something very few individuals have ever done before. After playing major college basketball for Rutgers, he switched sports and played in the National Football League. The former Fairmont Senior High standout averaged 9.5...

Plan to boost big Swiss firms' liability fails in referendum

Nov. 29, 2020 8:56 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A proposal to stiffen penalties against companies based in Switzerland if they violate human rights or harm the environment abroad failed in a Swiss referendum on Sunday. Voters were evenly divided on the initiative titled “Responsible companies — to protect people and the...