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French policemen and forensic officers stand in front of Notre Dame church after a knife attack, in Nice, France, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. French anti-terrorism prosecutors are investigating a knife attack at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice that killed two people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

The Latest: EU leaders condemn deadly French church attack

Oct. 29, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack in Nice, France, (all times local): 2:35 p.m. The European Union’s top officials have strongly condemned the knife attack in Nice and expressed their support to France, a founding member of the 27-nation bloc. European Commission President Ursula von der...

FILE - In this May 17, 2019, file photo, a car leaves a Shell station after getting gas in Sacramento, USA. Royal Dutch Shell increased its dividend payout to shareholders following a better-than-expected third quarter of the year, months after cutting it for the first time since World War II. The oil giant, which is trying to transform itself into a carbon-neutral energy company, said Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 that it was planning to increase its dividend by 4% to 16.65 U.S. cents per share for the third quarter. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Shell shareholders get reward as oil giant returns to profit

Oct. 29, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell increased its dividend payout to shareholders following a better-than-expected third quarter of the year, months after cutting it for the first time since World War II. The oil giant, which is trying to transform itself into a carbon-neutral energy company, said Thursday...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel adjusts her face mask as she arrives for a speech about German government's policies to combat the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease at the parliament Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Merkel warns of 'difficult winter' as virus surges in Europe

Oct. 29, 2020 8:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel told Germans to expect a “difficult winter” as the number of newly reported coronavirus cases in the country hit a new high Thursday, neighboring France prepared to resume life under a new lockdown and some experts urged the Spanish government to take...

Health care workers prepare to transport a COVID-19 patient from an intensive care unit (ICU) at a hospital in Kyjov to hospital in Brno, Czech Republic, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. With cases surging in central Europe, some countries are calling in soldiers, firefighters, students and retired doctors to help shore up buckling health care systems. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

The Latest: WHO concerned about coronavirus in Mideast

Oct. 29, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

CAIRO -- The World Health Organization says the coronavirus pandemic has reached “an alarming juncture” in Eastern Mediterranean countries. Speaking at a virtual news conference in Cairo on Thursday, Rana Hajjeh, WHO Director of Program Management said: “There are about 3 million confirmed...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smiles during her visit with Prince Harry to Canada House, in London. The Duchess of Sussex is seeking to delay the start of the trial in her privacy action against a British newspaper over its publication of excerpts from a “private and confidential″ letter she wrote to her father. The former Meghan Markle, wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, made the request ahead of a preliminary hearing on the case scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool Photo via AP, file)

Judge grants 9-month delay to Meghan's lawsuit against paper

Oct. 29, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Thursday granted a request by the Duchess of Sussex to postpone the trial of her invasion of privacy lawsuit against the publisher of a British newspaper that published portions of a private letter she wrote to her father. During a hearing in London, judge Mark Warby...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 file photo, Britain's Labour leader Keir Starmer delivers his keynote speech, during the party's online conference from the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum in Doncaster, England. Britain’s equalities watchdog said Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 that officials in the country’s main opposition Labour Party failed to stamp out anti-Semitism and committed “unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination” against the Jewish community. Jeremy Corbyn's successor Keir Starmer has vowed to stamp out prejudice and restore relations between the party and the Jewish community. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool Photo via AP, file)

Report slams UK's Labour Party for tolerating anti-Semitism

Oct. 29, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Officials in Britain's opposition Labour Party failed to stamp out anti-Semitism and committed “unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination” against members of the Jewish community, the U.K. equalities watchdog said Thursday. The Equality and Human Rights Commission found...

UK's Lloyds bank returns to profit on housing market rebound

Oct. 29, 2020 6:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British's Lloyds Banking Group returned to profit in the third quarter of the year as it benefited from a rebound in the housing market after the coronavirus lockdown of the spring was eased. However, the bank warned Thursday that the outlook remains “highly uncertain” following...

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...

FILE - In this Tuesday Sept. 22, 2020 file photo, members of the public are seen by a public information message in Manchester, England. The British government is under pressure to develop a national strategy to combat the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and “rescue Christmas’’ as scientists warn the number of people hospitalized with the disease could almost triple by the end of next month unless something is done now. (AP Photo/Jon Super, file)

UK under pressure as COVID-19 epidemic doubling every 9 days

Oct. 28, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government is under pressure to develop a national strategy to combat a surge of COVID-19 cases and “rescue Christmas’’ as scientists warn that the number of people hospitalized with the disease in the U.K. could almost triple by the end of next month unless...

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 —...