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People shop for clothing at the used-clothes market in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.  Iraq is in the throes of an unprecedented liquidity crisis, as the cash-strapped state wrestles to pay public sector salaries and import essential goods while oil prices remain dangerously low. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Bloated public salaries at heart of Iraq's economic woes

Oct. 23, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Long-time Iraqi civil servant Qusay Abdul-Amma panicked when his monthly salary was delayed. Days of waiting turned to weeks. He defaulted on rent and other bills. A graphic designer for the Health Ministry, he uses about half his salary to pay his rent of nearly 450,000 Iraqi dinars a...

Adam Bodnar, the outgoing Human Rights Commission for Poland, speaks to The Associated Press from his office in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Bodnar has been a defender of individual rights in Poland during his five years in office. Now the populist ruling party is seeking to take control of the institution, one of the last remaining institutions it does not yet control.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish court ruling to determine fate of human rights office

Oct. 20, 2020 7:58 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s constitutional court is considering a ruling that will determine the fate of one of the last state bodies that has kept its independence from the populist right-wing government. The constitutional court, which was scheduled to issue a ruling Tuesday affecting the Human...

Gov. Roy Cooper listens as Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, answers a question during a briefing during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: NCarolina virus numbers head in wrong direction

Oct. 15, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s top public health official is warning that the state’s coronavirus numbers are heading in the wrong direction as the Democratic governor considers whether to tighten restrictions or reopen more of the economy. The governor’s decision, which is expected...

University students shout slogans as they take part in a rally during a 24-hour strike in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 15. 2020. Greek civil servants have walked off the job in a 24-hour strike with demands including better pay for health and education workers and more hirings during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greek civil servants walk off job in 24-hour strike

Oct. 15, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek civil servants walked off the job in a 24-hour strike Thursday over demands that include better pay for health and education workers and more hiring during the coronavirus pandemic. Limited clashes with police broke out at the end of a protest march in central Athens. The strike...

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Coronavirus lockdown 2.0 deepens divisions in Israel

Oct. 14, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Israel went into lockdown last spring, Jerusalem pub owner Leon Shvartz moved quickly to save his business — shifting to a delivery and takeaway model that kept him afloat throughout the summer. Then came the second lockdown. With restaurants and shops shuttered again,...

Panel upholds firing of Colorado cop for ignoring pleas

Oct. 6, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — An independent municipal panel on Tuesday upheld the termination of a Colorado police officer fired for not assisting a restrained Black woman who begged for help after she became lodged upside down in the back of his patrol car. In a written ruling, Aurora’s civil service commission...

A man holds up a sign during a protest, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Racism trips up Black police candidates at the very beginning of the application process and as they seek later promotion, complicating efforts to make law enforcement agencies more diverse, say numerous experts and Black police associations and officers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Tests, background checks can thwart police diversity effort

Oct. 2, 2020 7:18 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Racism trips up Black police candidates at the very start of the application process and later as they seek promotion, complicating efforts to make law enforcement agencies more diverse, experts, officers and Black police associations say. Black applicants to law enforcement agencies...

St. Louis police officers line up and salute as the body of fallen Officer Tamarris L. Bohannon is brought to the morgue in St. Louis, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. Bohannon died Sunday after being shot in the head by a barricaded gunman on the city's south side, authorities said. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

100s mourn St. Louis police officer shot in line of duty

Sep. 7, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of mourners have gathered to lay to rest a Missouri police officer who was fatally shot in the line of duty. St. Louis police Officer Tamarris Bohannon was remembered in services Sunday as a family man and dedicated civil servant, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Bohannon was...

People enjoy the view at the Fisher Family Pompano Beach Pier, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Popano Beach, Fla. Broward County beaches will remain open for the upcoming Labor Day weekend holiday. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: Nevada reports 390 new virus cases, 13 deaths

Sep. 5, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada health officials on Saturday reported 390 additional COVID-19 cases and 13 new deaths, bringing the statewide totals to 71,102 confirmed cases and 1,388 deaths. The vast majority of cases and deaths in Nevada have occurred in Clark County, which includes metro Las Vegas. In other...

A marble urn that contains the cremated remains of security guard Luis Zamudio, who died from symptoms related to COVID-19 at the age of 58, sits on a shelf along with his helmet and his face shield at his home in Lima, Peru, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

The Latest: Australia adds 53 earlier dead to pandemic toll

Sep. 3, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australian authorities have added 53 deaths at nursing homes from earlier this year to the country’s total of coronavirus deaths. Those deaths plus six that officials reported Friday for the previous 24 hours raises Australia’s toll from the pandemic to 737. Victoria state...