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FILE- In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, passenger Cari Driggs, right, from Provo, Utah, waits to board a United Airlines flight to Hawaii for vacation at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. The CDC is strongly recommending that passengers on planes, trains and buses wear masks, but it's still stopping short of requiring face coverings to prevent spreading COVID-19. All leading U.S. airlines require passengers other than small children to wear masks during flights, but enforcement can be spotty. The Federal Aviation Administration has declined to require masks. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

CDC: 'Strong recommendation' but no rule for masks on planes

Oct. 20, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

The government’s top public health agency is raising the importance of wearing face masks on planes, trains and buses, although the Trump administration has resisted making masks mandatory for travelers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new interim guidelines for travelers, including a...

Puerto Rico to relax COVID-19 restrictions, extend curfew

Oct. 16, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Friday announced that more people will be able to visit restaurants, gyms, theaters and casinos as the U.S. territory relaxes some pandemic-related restrictions. In addition, public transportation including buses and trains will resume service...

Poland evacuates 750 people as WWII Tallboy bomb is defused

Oct. 12, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of people in northwest Poland have been evacuated for a few days to allow Navy sappers to neutralize a British World War II giant Tallboy bomb resting under a waterway leading to the port of Szczecin. The 5.4 ton bomb was found in Sept. 2019 during work to deepen the...

Yang Jiechi, Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, left, holds talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. A high level Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan leaders including president Gotabaya Rajapksa to discuss strengthening of economic ties between the two countries. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

China grants $90M to Sri Lanka after visit by top official

Oct. 11, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — China announced Sunday that it was providing a $90 million grant to Sri Lanka, two days after the island nation's president sought help from a visiting Chinese delegation in disproving a perception that China-funded megaprojects are “debt traps.” Calling the...

Yang Jiechi, Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, left, holds talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. A high level Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan leaders including president Gotabaya Rajapksa to discuss strengthening of economic ties between the two countries. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lankan leader insists Chinese-funded projects are viable

Oct. 9, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president asked a visiting delegation led by a senior Chinese diplomat on Friday to assist him in disproving a perception that China-funded megaprojects are “debt traps” aimed at gaining influence in local affairs. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa...

FILE- A cargo ship approaches the port of Piraeus as other ships are anchored, near Athens, Greece in this May 26, 2020 file photo. The United Nations is trying to figure out how to help more than 300,000 merchant mariners trapped at sea because of COVID-19 virus restrictions that they face when they get home. Describing the desperation of seafarers who've been afloat for a year or more, Captain Hedi Marzougui pleaded their case Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at a U.N.-organized meeting with shipping executives and government transport officials.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

Stuck at sea: Nations urged to help virus-stranded mariners

Sep. 24, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Another COVID-19 problem that the U.N. is trying to solve: how to help more than 300,000 merchant mariners who are trapped at sea because of coronavirus restrictions. Describing the mounting desperation of seafarers who have been afloat for a year or more, Captain Hedi Marzougui pleaded their...

Viking Line's cruise ship M/S Amorella is seen near the Aland islands, seen from Finland, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. Finnish authorities say a Baltic Sea passenger ferry with nearly 300 people has run aground in the Aland Islands archipelago between Finland and Sweden without injuries. (Niclas Norlund/Lehtikuva via AP)

Baltic Sea ferry runs aground in Finnish waters, no injuries

Sep. 20, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — A Baltic Sea passenger ferry with nearly 300 people aboard ran aground in the Aland Islands archipelago between Finland and Sweden without injuries Sunday, and rescuers evacuated the vessel's passengers to shore, Finnish authorities said. The Finnish coast guard tweeted that the M/S...

Seawater from crashing waves cover a road at the port of Argostoli, on the Ionian island of Kefalonia, western Greece, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall battered several islands off the western coast of Greece Friday, causing power outages and road closures, as authorities in nearby mainland areas remained on alert. (AP Photo/Nikiforos Stamenis)

Search for migrant boat as powerful storm lashes Greece

Sep. 18, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities launched a large search and rescue operation Friday following a distress call from a vessel carrying dozens of migrants, which was caught in a powerful storm that lashed western Greece with hurricane-force winds and heavy rain, causing power outages and flooding. ...

Emergency services at the scene, during high winds, in Ruissalo Turku, southwest of Finland, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The storm called Aila, which first hit along the west coast on Wednesday evening was moving towards the southeast on Thursday morning as winds intensified in the southwest and western inland areas. (Roni Lehti/Lehtikuva via AP)

Fierce storm hits Finland, 80,000 homes without electricity

Sep. 17, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A fierce fall storm has battered Finland, leaving more than 80,000 households without electricity, disrupting ferry traffic on the northern part of the Baltic Sea and prompting authorities to issue a warning for citizens to stay inside. The storm, dubbed “Aila,” first...

Tel Aviv City Hall is lit up with the words for peace in Hebrew, Arabic and English in honor of the recognition agreements Israel will be signing with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the White House, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

DP World, Israeli firm to bid for Haifa port privatization

Sep. 16, 2020 6:11 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai-based port operator DP World said Wednesday it would partner with an Israeli firm in a bid to take over the country's Haifa port, the largest shipping hub for the nation. DP World said in a statement it signed memorandums of understanding with DoverTower, a company...