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Jamillette Gomes holds her two-year-old son, Avian, as he receives a COVID-19 test, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Lawrence, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Latest: Birx says Americans must be strict for pandemic

Dec. 3, 2020 10:52 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS — The White House coronavirus response coordinator says Americans must not gather indoors with outsiders or take off their masks at any time when they are outdoors -- even when they are eating and drinking. Dr. Deborah Birx says people also have to observe social distancing and wash their...

A Russian peacekeeper guars an enter of the Dadivank, an Armenian Apostolic Church monastery dating to the 9th century, after the transfer of the Kalbajar region to Azerbaijan's control, as part of a peace deal that required Armenian forces to cede the Azerbaijani territories they held outside Nagorno-Karabakh, near Kalbajar, Azerbaijan, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. A Russia-brokered peace deal that took effect Nov. 10 obliged Armenian forces to hand over all of the Azerbaijani regions they held outside Nagorno-Karabakh, including the Kalbajar region. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Azerbaijan says 2,783 troops killed over Nagorno-Karabakh

Dec. 3, 2020 1:20 PM EST

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan said Thursday it lost nearly 2,800 soldiers in 44 days of fighting with Armenian forces over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, the first time it has disclosed its military casualties. The hostilities ended Nov. 10 with a Russia-brokered peace deal that saw...

2nd body recovered off Greek island after migrant boat sank

Dec. 3, 2020 10:22 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The body of a woman was recovered Thursday on the Greek island of Lesbos and identified as that of a woman reported missing after a migrant boat sank the previous day. The coast guard said the body was recovered from a rocky part of the coast, bringing the death toll from the sinking...

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2020 file photo, a health worker administers the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine currently on phase III clinical trials to Cem Gun, an Emergency Medicine Physician, at the Acibadem Hospital in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Turkish health minister Fahrettin Koca, who had previously announced an agreement with Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech for 50 million doses of CoronaVac, said in a statement late Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, that the first shipment of the inactivated vaccine will arrive in Turkey after Dec. 11. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, file)

Turkey announces vaccination plan for Chinese CoronaVac

Dec. 3, 2020 9:29 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s health minister has announced a plan to start using an experimental Chinese COVID-19 vaccine later this month amid a surge in infections and deaths. Fahrettin Koca had previously announced an agreement with China’s Sinovac Biotech for 50 million doses of CoronaVac,...

A student checks the time as others wait for the start of the annual college entrance examination amid the coronavirus pandemic at an exam hall in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. South Korean officials are urging people to remain at home if possible and cancel gatherings as about half a million students prepare for a crucial national college exam. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Young S. Koreans taking crucial university exam

Dec. 3, 2020 3:45 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 COVID-19 patients, are taking the country’s highly competitive university entrance exam despite a viral resurgence that has forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules. The Education Ministry says...

Southeast Turkey shaken by 5.0 magnitude quake

Dec. 3, 2020 1:25 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s disaster authority and the U.S. Geological Survey say a 5.0 magnitude earthquake has struck Siirt in southeastern Turkey. The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, or AFAD, said Thursday there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake that hit...

32 migrants rescued, 1 dead off Greek island of Lesbos

Dec. 2, 2020 8:12 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A search and rescue operation was underway in the eastern Aegean Sea on Wednesday after a dinghy carrying migrants either sank or overturned off the Greek island of Lesbos, the Greek coast guard said. The body of one woman was recovered from the sea in the early afternoon, while 32...

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...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 file photo, migrants arrive with a dinghy accompanied by a Frontex vessel at the village of Skala Sikaminias, on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. The head of the European Union's border and coast guard agency faces a grilling on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 by EU lawmakers as pressure mounts over allegations that Frontex was involved in illegal pushbacks aimed at preventing migrants or refugees entering Europe through the Greek islands. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas, File)

EU border chief urged to quit over migrant pushback claims

Dec. 1, 2020 11:59 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers lashed out Tuesday at the head of Frontex over allegations that the border and coast guard agency helped illegally stop migrants or refugees entering Europe, calling for his resignation and demanding an independent inquiry. The lawmakers grilled Executive Director...

People wearing masks to help protect against the spread of coronavirus, walk, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced Monday the most widespread lockdown so far amid a surge in COVID-19 infections, extending curfews to weeknights and full lockdowns over weekends.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey toughens curfew measures amid coronavirus surge

Nov. 30, 2020 2:23 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president on Monday announced the country's most widespread lockdown so far amid a surge in COVID-19 infections, extending curfews to weeknights and putting a full lockdown in place over the weekends. Speaking after a Cabinet meeting Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip...