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Ethnic Armenian Rosa reacts after her house was damaged during shelling in the town of Martuni, self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh continued for a fourth straight day on Wednesday, in the biggest escalation of a decades-old conflict in years that has killed dozens and left scores of others wounded. (AP Photo/Karen Mirzoyan)

Fighting by Armenia and Azerbaijan injures 4 journalists

Oct. 1, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Two French and two Armenian journalists were injured Thursday in the South Caucasus separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces this week marked the biggest escalation in years of the decades-old conflict. The two Le Monde...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, a volunteer receives an injection at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg. Refrigeration, cargo planes, and, above all, money: All risk being in short supply for the international initiative to get coronavirus vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool via AP, File)

The Latest: EU agency reviews Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Oct. 1, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

LONDON -- The European Medicines Agency has begun its first review process for the experimental COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. The EU regulator says it had started a “rolling review” process it hopes will expedite any eventual approval. The EMA has begun...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wearing a face mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, inspects a military honour guard at the parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Turkey's government is being accused of hiding the true extent of the country's coronavirus outbreak after the health minister revealed that the daily COVID-19 figures published by his ministry reflect only patients with symptoms and not all positive cases. (Turkish Presidency via AP. Pool)

Turkish govt accused of hiding true extent of virus outbreak

Oct. 1, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s government is being accused of hiding the true extent of the country's coronavirus outbreak after the health minister revealed that the daily COVID-19 figures published by his ministry reflect only patients with symptoms and not all positive cases. Health Minister...

Iran's currency sees a new record low amid biting sanctions

Oct. 1, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s currency dropped Thursday to its lowest value ever at 300,000 rial for each dollar amid severe U.S. sanctions against the country. The rial has tumbled from a rate of around 262,000 in mid-September, a 12% drop. Iran’s currency was at 32,000 rials to the dollar at...

European Council President Charles Michel wears a protective mask as he waits for the arrival of Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, ahead of a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. European Union leaders are meeting to address a series of foreign affairs issues ranging from Belarus to Turkey and tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. (John Thys, Pool via AP)

EU leaders seek end to embarrassing Belarus sanctions clash

Oct. 1, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders gathered Thursday to try to end an embarrassing standoff that is preventing them from imposing sanctions on senior officials in Belarus who are accused of falsifying presidential election results and leading a harsh crackdown on peaceful protesters. The roadblock...

Group: Egypt police arbitrarily arrest, torture LGBT people

Oct. 1, 2020 5:58 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent human rights group Thursday accused Egyptian police of arbitrarily arresting and torturing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and urged authorities to end prosecutions for adult, consensual sexual relations. Security forces routinely make random arrests of people based...

Greek authorities locate suspected migrant smuggling boat

Oct. 1, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A sailboat believed to be carrying dozens of migrants has been located drifting south of the southern Greek island of Crete, Greece's coast guard said Thursday. One coast guard patrol boat and one coast guard lifeboat were near the sailboat, which was located in the morning and hadn't...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at al-Alam palace in the capital Muscat, Oman. The new sultan, while quietly making his mark, faces real challenges ahead. Oman has billions in looming loan repayments, including from China, and needs even more money as its youthful population wants jobs and its government cannot afford the cradle-to-grave benefits given in other Gulf Arab nations. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP, File)

Oman's new sultan quietly makes his mark as challenges loom

Oct. 1, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — When Oman's ruler of a half century died without an heir apparent, brief fears of turmoil ended with the quick announcement of a new sultan in this nation on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. But instead of the military rulers whose arrivals come with martial...

A group of five people have lunch together at the Newton Food Center Friday, June 19, 2020, in Singapore. Singaporeans can now wine and dine at restaurants, work out at gyms and get together with five people or less after most lockdown restrictions were lifted Friday. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

Sep. 30, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of the new coronavirus on ships overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it was extending a no-sail order on cruise ships...

Father, son from U.S. charged with joining Islamic State

Sep. 30, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A father and son accused of traveling from the U.S. to Syria and joining the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham are facing terrorism charges in South Florida, prosecutors said. Emraan Ali, 53, a U.S. citizen born in Trinidad & Tobago, and Jihad Ali, 19, a U.S. citizen born in New York, made...