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Despite election loss, Uganda's Bobi Wine wins growing power

Jan. 19, 2021 10:28 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine has emerged from last week's disputed election as the country's most powerful opposition leader after his party won the most seats of any opposition group in the national assembly. It's a major achievement for a party that's barely six...

UK lawmakers debate 'genocide' clause to China trade deals

Jan. 19, 2021 10:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Lawmakers in Britain were set to vote Tuesday on a proposal aimed at preventing the U.K. from making trade deals with any country deemed by the British High Court to be committing genocide. The amendment to the government’s post-Brexit trade bill, which already passed by a majority in...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine provides an update on the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in Harrisburg, Pa. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)

Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary

Jan. 19, 2021 10:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, President-elect Joe Biden's Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. The last time Mayorkas faced Senate confirmation, not a single Republican voted for him because there was an open investigation into his management of the U.S. immigration agency under President Barack Obama.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The Latest: Mayorkas to address 'horrifying' Capitol attack

Jan. 19, 2021 10:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s nominees for his administration (all times local): 10 a.m. President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security will address the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol at the...

A woman walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange in Hong Kong Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Shares advanced in Asia on Tuesday as the changing of the guard in the U.S. raised hopes for more support for the economy and more aggressive measures to fight the pandemic. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Wall Street rally gets back on track; stocks and yields rise

Jan. 19, 2021 10:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are climbing on Wall Street Tuesday, recovering some of last week’s losses to pull closer to their record highs. The S&P 500 was 0.6% higher in early trading and got back within 1% of its record set earlier this month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 140 points,...

The capital's popular Nine Streets shopping area is near-deserted during lockdown in Amsterdam, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. The Dutch government this week extended by three weeks the tough lockdown in force since mid-December amid fears that coronavirus infection rates are not declining quickly enough and fears about a new more transmissible variant of the virus. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Dutch govt to beef up lockdown amid fears about new variants

Jan. 19, 2021 9:55 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government said Tuesday it needs to beef up lockdown measures “as soon as possible” to rein in the spread of the coronavirus amid fears about more transmissible variants. Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said in a letter to parliament that the government...

In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AP-NORC poll: Virus, economy swamp other priorities for US

Jan. 19, 2021 9:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Containing the coronavirus outbreak and repairing the economic damage it has inflicted are the top priorities for Americans as Joe Biden prepares to become the 46th president of the United States, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research....

In this Jan. 15, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Latest: Biden to attend Mass with congressional leaders

Jan. 19, 2021 9:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 9:45 a.m. Joe Biden will strike a unity theme before his inauguration as president on Wednesday by worshipping with Congress’ top four Republican and Democratic leaders. The Democratic president-elect has talked...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 file photo, Health Officials in hazmat suits wait at the gate to check body temperatures of passengers arriving from the city of Wuhan, at the airport in Beijing, China. A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N. health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner. (AP Photo Emily Wang, File)

Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic

Jan. 19, 2021 9:38 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N. health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner. In a report issued to the...

FILE - This Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 file photo shows FireEye offices in Milpitas, Calif. The cybersecurity firm that discovered a cyberespionage campaign that has badly shaken U.S. government agencies and the private sector says efforts to assess the impact and boot the intruders remain in their early stages. FireEye has released a tool and a white paper to help potential victims scour their installations of Microsoft's cloud-based email and collaboration software to determine if hackers broke in and remain active.  (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Cybersecurity firm: Booting hackers a complex chore

Jan. 19, 2021 9:17 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Efforts to assess the impact of a more than seven-month-old cyberespionage campaign blamed on Russia — and boot the intruders — remain in their early stages, says the cybersecurity firm that discovered the attack. The hack has badly shaken the U.S. government and private sector....