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FILE - In this June 12, 2020 file photo, people stand outside a Western Union in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, Cuba. The Cuban Government announced Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, it will move to close over 400 Western Union offices around the island because of a new Trump Administration sanction prohibiting a government agency from handling the financial transactions allowing Cuban citizens to receive dollar remittances from relatives abroad. The closures potentially could affect millions of residents who rely on the money relatives send to make ends meet. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, File)

Cubans fret as US sanctions threaten Western Union closures

Oct. 28, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — More than 400 Western Union offices that Cubans heavily rely on for remittances sent by family abroad are in danger of closing amid a growing number of sanctions the U.S. government has placed on the island. Cuba’s government said all 407 offices could close by late November, a move...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus minister says police could use guns during protests

Oct. 28, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The interior minister of Belarus warned that authorities wouldn't hesitate to approve the use of live ammunition on protesters if it's necessary to quash more than 2 1/2 months of demonstrations against the reelection of the country's authoritarian president. In a YouTube interview...

In this July 27, 2020 file photo, the tails of three UPS aircraft are shown parked at Miami International Airport in Miami. UPS, whose brown delivery trucks have become omnipresent on neighborhood streets during the pandemic, is reporting strong profits and revenue in its most recent quarter.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Demand for delivery boosts UPS revenue, but costs rise too

Oct. 28, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

Profit and revenue are rising at UPS, whose brown delivery trucks have become omnipresent on neighborhood streets during the pandemic, but so are costs. The company reported Wednesday that third-quarter profit rose 12% to $1.96 billion. With higher volume of packages to deliver, revenue climbed 16% to $21.24...

FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a virtual news conference at the Department of Justice, Wednesday,  Oct. 28, 2020 in Washington, as Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers looks on. The Justice Department has charged eight people with working on behalf of the Chinese government to locate Chinese dissidents and political opponents living in the U.S. and coerce them into returning to China. Five of the eight were arrested Wednesday morning. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)

Justice Dept. charges 8 in Chinese harassment plot in US

Oct. 28, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has charged eight people with working on behalf of the Chinese government in a pressure campaign aimed at coercing a New Jersey man who was wanted by Beijing to return to China to face charges, officials said Wednesday. The defendants participated in a Chinese...

A pedestrian pass the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in New York.  Stocks around the world are falling sharply Wednesday, Oct. 28,  on worries the worsening pandemic will push governments to bring back restrictions on businesses.    (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

S&P 500 sinks 3.5% as surging virus cases lead to shutdowns

Oct. 28, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 943 points Wednesday as surging coronavirus cases forced more shutdown measures in Europe and raised fears of more restrictions in the U.S. The S&P 500 slid 3.5%, its third straight loss and its biggest drop since June. The benchmark index is already down 5.6% this week,...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. The Trump administration pushed back Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2020 on Maduro, saying he deserves no praise for releasing a few political prisoners ahead of a congressional election when many more remain unjustly jailed. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Venezuela president: Key Venezuelan oil refinery attacked

Oct. 28, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro said Wednesday that a large oil refinery suffered a “terrorist attack” as his government struggles to provide domestic fuel to the crisis-stricken nation. Maduro also said two foreigners were detained prior to the...

Italian Interior Minister Giuliana Lamorgese addresses the Senate on days of protests following Italy’s latest anti-virus restrictions  in Rome, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Italy reported nearly 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus infections as the interior minister accused right-wing extremists, soccer hooligans and anarchists of using widespread malcontent over new anti-virus restrictions as a pretext to wage “urban guerrilla” violence. (Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP)

The Latest: Italy hits daily high of nearly 25,000 cases

Oct. 28, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

ROME — Italy reached a new daily record of nearly 25,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and added 205 deaths on Wednesday. Nearly 1,000 people were admitted to hospitals nationwide and 125 more in intensive care. Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese briefed the Senate on protests following Italy’s...

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appears on a screen as he speaks remotely during a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Washington. The committee summoned the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google to testify during the hearing. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Social media CEOs get earful on bias, warning of new limits

Oct. 28, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With next week's election looming, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google received a hectoring from Republicans at a Senate hearing Wednesday for alleged anti-conservative bias in the companies' social media platforms — and were warned of coming restrictions from Congress....

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint press briefing with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. In pre-recorded remarks Wednesday to a business conference taking place in Vietnam, Pompeo says the U.S. energy firm AES and PetroVietnam plan to soon sign an agreement on a $2.8 billion liquefied natural gas project. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Pompeo says AES of US, PetroVietnam to sign $2.8B LNG deal

Oct. 28, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

HANOI (AP) — The U.S. energy firm AES and PetroVietnam plan to soon sign an agreement on a $2.8 billion liquefied natural gas project, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. Pompeo made the comments in pre-recorded remarks to a business conference hosted both online and in person in Hanoi,...

This Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, satellite image from Planet Labs Inc. that has been annotated by experts at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies shows construction at Iran's Natanz uranium-enrichment facility that experts believe may be a new, underground centrifuge assembly plant. Satellite photos show Iran has begun construction at its Natanz nuclear facility. That's after the head of the U.N.’s nuclear agency acknowledged Tehran is building an underground advanced centrifuge assembly plant after its last one exploded in a reported sabotage attack last summer. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

Satellite photos show construction at Iran nuclear site

Oct. 28, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has begun construction at its Natanz nuclear facility, satellite images released Wednesday show, just as the U.N. nuclear agency acknowledged Tehran is building an underground advanced centrifuge assembly plant after its last one exploded in a reported sabotage...