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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...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2020, file photo, LA Galaxy midfielder Efrain Álvarez (26) and Portland Timbers midfielder Marvin Loria (44) vie for the ball during an MLS soccer match in Carson, Calif.  Álvarez started for Mexico in last year’s final of the Under-17 World Cup and is among several dual nationals at American training camp this week ahead of a Dec. 9 exhibition against El Salvador in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter will try to persuade him and other dual nationals to commit to the U.S. program. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Alvarez, Perea among dual nationals recruited by US soccer

Dec. 1, 2020 10:07 PM EST

Part of Gregg Berhalter’s job as U.S. national team coach is to be a salesman. Efraín Álvarez, an 18-year-old LA Galaxy midfielder, started for Mexico in last year’s final of the Under-17 World Cup and is among several dual nationals at American training camp this week ahead of a Dec. 9...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus ride mopeds in Hanoi, Vietnam on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Vietnamese health official said on Thursday the COVID-19 outbreak would peak in the coming ten days as the country reported another death and a score of new infections. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

The Latest: Vietnam has 1st local transmission in 89 days

Nov. 30, 2020 11:52 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnamese authorities are conducting intensive contact tracing after the country’s first confirmed local transmission of the coronavirus in 89 days. State media said Tuesday that a 32-year-old man in Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday after visiting a flight...

International Federation of Red Cross President Francesco Rocca spekas to media the Kastanies border checkpoint on the Greek-Turkish border, Thursday, March 5, 2020. Turkey has vowed to seek justice for a migrant it says was killed on the border with Greece after Greek authorities fired tear gas and stun grenades to push back dozens of people attempting to cross over. Greece had denied that anyone was killed in the clashes. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

Red Cross chief urges vaccine 'fake news' fight

Nov. 30, 2020 10:43 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the world’s largest humanitarian network is urging governments and institutions to combat “fake news” about COVID-19 vaccines which has become “a second pandemic” and start building trust in communities around the world about the critical...

Explosions in 3 Malian cities amid jihadist attacks

Nov. 30, 2020 3:47 AM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The cities of Kidal, Gao and Menaka in northern Mali were hit by simultaneous attacks on Monday against military camps housing international forces, according to residents and a United Nations official. Kidal resident Souleymane Ag Mohamed Ali said he heard more than 10 explosions...

People attend a funeral for those killed by suspected Boko Haram militants in Zaabarmar, Nigeria, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Nigerian officials say suspected members of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram have killed at least 40 rice farmers and fishermen while they were harvesting crops in northern Borno State. The attack was staged Saturday in a rice field in Garin Kwashebe, a Borno community known for rice farming. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

Suspected extremists kill at least 40 farmers in Nigeria

Nov. 29, 2020 1:21 PM EST

MAIDGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected members of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram killed at least 40 rice farmers and fishermen in Nigeria as they were harvesting crops in the country's northern state of Borno, officials said. One said the death toll could rise to about 60 people. The attack Saturday in...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, Nigeria's Ike Diogu, right, drives to the basket ahead of Spain's Pau Gasol during a basketball game at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  In the 2005 NBA Draft Ike Diogu was the only Nigerian-American, but now fifteen years later, Nigerians are setting records in last week's Draft with two players from Nigeria as first-rounders, and another six who have at least one Nigerian parent were also picked. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Former NBA lottery pick saw wave of Nigerian players coming

Nov. 27, 2020 11:08 AM EST

Fifteen years after Ike Diogu was a first-round NBA draft pick, Nigerians are setting records. Diogu was the lone Nigerian-American among a group of international players selected back in 2005. This year, a whole starting five and then some could be built from all the picks with Nigerian ties. “I saw the...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, Minnesota Timberwolves' Luol Deng in action suring an NBA basketball game, in Minneapolis, USA. The two-time NBA All Star, who became president of the South Sudan basketball federation after retiring as a player last year, Luol Deng wants to build up basketball in his native South Sudan that may mean him coaching the national team himself, as they prepare to play against Mali upcoming Saturday Nov. 28 2020.  (AP Photo/Jim Mone, FILE)

Retired NBA player Deng coaches South Sudan at tournament

Nov. 27, 2020 10:47 AM EST

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Luol Deng wants to build up basketball in his native South Sudan and sometimes that means coaching the national team himself. The two-time NBA All-Star, who became president of the South Sudan basketball federation after retiring as a player last year, stepped in when the team was a...

Balkissa Barro, 10, center, walks to school with friends in the Burkina Faso village of Dori Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. Children returning to school in Burkina Faso's volatile Sahel region, have to practice safety drills to prepare for potential jihadist attacks that have ravaged the West African nation, killing more than 2,000 people this year. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Students in Burkina Faso fear extremists more than COVID-19

Nov. 27, 2020 4:59 AM EST

DORI, Burkina Faso (AP) — Balkissa Barro’s been waiting for months to go back to school, but now that she has, the 10-year-old fears classes might once again stop. Children returning to school in Burkina Faso’s volatile Sahel region have to practice safety drills to prepare for potential...

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore addresses supporters in Ouagadougou after learning he will serve another five years as Burkina Faso's president, according to provisional results announced by the National Independent Electoral Commission Thursday Nov 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Sophie Garcia)

Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kabore re-elected

Nov. 26, 2020 3:30 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Roch Marc Christian Kabore will serve another five years as Burkina Faso’s president, according to provisional results announced by the National Independent Electoral Commission on Thursday. Kabore won with nearly 58% of the vote, beating 12 opponents and claiming...