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Bodies of people killed in a explosion lie in a hospital morgue in Bamyan province, northwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has exploded in central Afghanistan, killing and injuring tens of people. The attack Tuesday comes as government negotiators and the Taliban meet to find an end to decades of war. (AP Photo)

Officials: Roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan kills 14

Nov. 24, 2020 10:45 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Roadside bombs exploded in central Afghanistan on Tuesday killing at least 13 civilians and a traffic policeman, officials said, even as government negotiators and the Taliban meet to try to end decades of war. Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said 45 people were...

A student of the Emile Dubois high school takes part to a COVID-19 antigen test in Paris, Monday Nov. 23, 2020. Experts said they are less accurate than the standard PCR test, which detects even the tiniest genetic trace of the virus. Many governments including in France have started deploying them as a precursor to PCR tests.( Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

French shop owners pressure Macron to lighten virus lockdown

Nov. 24, 2020 9:41 AM EST

People in France may be able to go back to their favorite shops and attend religious services again next week, after a month of partial virus lockdown — but they’ll probably have to wait until next year to savor wine and cheese in a local cafe. President Emmanuel Macron is expected to lay out new...

A nurse walks COVID-19 tests back to the tent at the free COVID-19 testing site on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Glenwood Springs, Colo. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

The Latest: China reports results of mass testing

Nov. 23, 2020 10:56 PM EST

BEIJING — China has reported new coronavirus cases in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin as it seeks to prevent small outbreaks from becoming larger ones. The National Health Commission said Tuesday that there were two new locally spread cases in the previous 24-hour period, one in each city. It also...

Agata Grzybowska, left, a photo journalist, is detained by police in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday Nov. 23, 2020. Police detained several people as women-led protests over abortion rights flared up again in Warsaw and elsewhere in Poland. The protests, organized by the group Women's Strike, have been occurring regularly ever since the country's constitutional court issued an Oct. 22 ruling that further tightens an abortion law that was already one of the most restrictive in Poland.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Photojournalist detained at Poland's latest abortion protest

Nov. 23, 2020 4:45 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police detained several people and charged a female photojournalist with assaulting a police officer as women-led protests over abortion rights flared up again on Monday in Poland. Soon after the protest in Warsaw began, police arrived and forcibly removed people, including...

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, Egypt's leading pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah takes a moment as he speaks about his late father Ahmed Seif, one of Egypt's most respected human rights lawyers, during a conference held at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian court placed nearly 30 people, including Abdel-Fattah and an Islamist politician, on a terrorism watch list over accusations they joined the banned Muslim Brotherhood, the official gazette reported Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Egypt adds leading activist, politician to terror watch list

Nov. 23, 2020 12:40 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court placed nearly 30 people, including a leading pro-democracy activist and an Islamist politician, on a terrorism watch list over accusations they joined the banned Muslim Brotherhood, the official gazette reported Monday. Activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, politician Abdel-Monaem Abul...

Pope Francis leaves after celebrating Mass on the occasion of the Christ the King festivity, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. At the end of the mass a delegation of youths from Panama will hand over the World Youth Day cross to youths from Portugal, where the next World Youth Day will be held in 2023. (Vincenzo Pinto/Pool via AP)

Pope book backs George Floyd protests, blasts virus skeptic

Nov. 23, 2020 10:52 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is supporting demands for racial justice in the wake of the U.S. police killing of George Floyd and is blasting COVID-19 skeptics and media organizations that spread their conspiracies in a new book penned during the Vatican’s coronavirus lockdown. In “Let Us...

An election official counts the ballots in at a polling station in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, for the presidential and legislative elections late Sunday Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Sophie Garcia)

Burkina Faso counts ballots; extremist threats affected vote

Nov. 23, 2020 9:14 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Votes are being counted in Burkina Faso after Sunday’s presidential and legislative elections, where threats of extremist violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State prevented parts of the country from casting ballots. Election workers began the counting after...

Vehicles line up as healthcare workers help to check-in as citizens are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

The Latest: Washington state sees record hospitalizations

Nov. 22, 2020 9:18 PM EST

SEATTLE — Health officials in Washington state said the number of people who were hospitalized to receive treatment for the coronavirus has reached a record high. KOMO-TV reports there were 762 people receiving hospital care for the virus in Washington as of Saturday. At the Swedish First Hill campus of...

Marijuana plants grow at a makeshift camp outside of the Senate building in Mexico City, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Mexican marijuana activists have been camping outside the Senate since February of this year, growing a crop of marijuana plants and smoking it as a way to pressure the government into legalizing recreational cannabis. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mexican church decries Senate's marijuana legalization vote

Nov. 22, 2020 6:36 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church on Sunday criticized a vote in the Senate to legalize the possession, cultivation and use of small amounts of marijuana. The bill adopted this past week must still go to the lower house of Congress for a vote. It would legalize the possession of up...

People line up to vote in Burkina Faso's presidential and legislative elections in Ouagadougou Sunday Nov. 22, 2020. Voters went to the polls in Burkina Faso on Sunday for the elections that have been marred by ongoing extremist violence in this landlocked West African nation. (AP Photo/Sophie Garcia)

Burkina Faso votes amid ongoing extremist violence, threats

Nov. 22, 2020 12:15 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Fears of attacks by extremists prevented voting in many parts of Burkina Faso on Sunday, as the country went to the polls for presidential and legislative elections marred by ongoing violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. Election and local government...