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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 12:33 PM 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...

EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier, centre, with his team as he walks to a conference centre in Westminster in London, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Teams from Britain and the European Union are continuing face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal in the little remaining time. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK says Brexit trade talks with EU are in their 'last week'

Nov. 29, 2020 7:24 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s foreign minister said Sunday there is only about a week left for the U.K. and the European Union to strike a post-Brexit trade deal, with fishing rights the major obstacle to an agreement. As talks continued between the two sides in London, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said...

A group of protesters burn pictures of the U.S. President Donald Trump, top, and the President-elect Joe Biden in a gathering in front of Iranian Foreign Ministry on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, a day after the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh an Iranian scientist linked to the country's nuclear program by unknown assailants near Tehran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran's supreme leader vows revenge over slain scientist

Nov. 28, 2020 4:45 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Saturday demanded the “definitive punishment” of those behind the killing of a scientist who led Tehran's disbanded military nuclear program, as the Islamic Republic blamed Israel for a slaying that has raised fears of reignited tensions across the...

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, center, and his team in Westminster, London, Saturday Nov. 28, 2020, ahead of talks with the UK Government. Teams from Britain and the European Union are resuming face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal, but both sides sound gloomy about striking an agreement in the little remaining time. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

UK, EU resume face-to-face trade talks with time running out

Nov. 28, 2020 7:21 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Teams from Britain and the European Union resumed face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal Saturday, with both sides sounding gloomy about striking an agreement in the little time that remains. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier returned to London to meet his U.K. counterpart David...

Farmers enjoy perfect harvest conditions after 2 ugly years

Nov. 28, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — This was the fall that area farmers had long waited for. A near perfect growing season and a mostly dry September and October allowed for a quick harvest and strong yields. Harold Wolle, who farms with his son Matt near Madelia, said the two previous years were a trifecta of bad news...

This photo released by the semi-official Fars News Agency shows the scene where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in Absard, a small city just east of the capital, Tehran, Iran, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020.  Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program until its disbanding in the early 2000s was “assassinated” Friday, state television said.  (Fars News Agency via AP)

Iran scientist linked to military nuclear program killed

Nov. 27, 2020 11:00 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian scientist named by the West as the leader of the Islamic Republic's disbanded military nuclear program was killed Friday in an ambush on the outskirts of Tehran, authorities said. Iran's foreign minister alleged the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh bore...

FILE — In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, University of Utah student Abigail Shull takes a rapid COVID-19 test in Salt Lake City. As coronavirus cases are surging around the U.S., some colleges and universities are rethinking some of their plans for next semester. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

US colleges mull new virus protocols for students' return

Nov. 27, 2020 2:41 PM EST

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — St. Michael’s College managed to keep coronavirus cases at bay for almost two months this fall with students tested upon arrival and once every three weeks. But in mid-October, cases at the small Vermont school started to climb. The outbreak was linked to an ice rink more...

James Teague, president of AstraZeneca's in Thailand attends a signing ceremony at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Thailand on Friday signed a deal to procure 26 million doses of the trial coronavirus vaccine developed by pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca in collaboration with Oxford University. (Chalinee Thirasupa/Pool Photo via AP)

Thailand, Philippines sign for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Nov. 27, 2020 7:13 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand on Friday signed a $200 million deal to procure 26 million doses of a trial coronavirus vaccine developed by pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca in collaboration with Oxford University. It is expected to be delivered in mid-2021. The doses would cover 13 million people in a population...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 file photo, lobsters sit in a crate at a shipping facility in Arundel, Maine. The European Union parliament on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 approved a mini trade deal with the United States, which includes the elimination of customs duties on U.S. lobster imports. The passage by a vote of with 638 votes for, 45 against and 11 abstentions was the last major political step for the deal to come into effect. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, FIle)

EU parliament backs lobster deal and EU-US mini trade pact

Nov. 26, 2020 3:35 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Thanksgiving just got a little bit better for the Maine lobster industry. The European Union parliament on Thursday approved a mini trade deal with the United States, which includes the elimination of customs duties on U.S. lobster imports. The passage with 638 votes for, 45 against and 11...

France resumes tax on tech giants, seeks deal with US

Nov. 26, 2020 2:14 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France is resuming collection of a special tax on Big Tech companies like Amazon and Facebook despite the threat of U.S. retaliatory tariffs on French Champagne, cheese, handbags and other goods. The tax brought about 400 million euros to the French budget last year, but the government agreed...