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A woman walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Asian markets are mixed after the U.S. benchmark S&P 500 set another record. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Asian shares mixed after S&P 500 sets fresh record high

Dec. 1, 2020 10:45 PM EST

Asian shares advanced Wednesday after Wall Street kicked off December with more milestones, as a broad rally pushed the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite to new highs. Australia reported its economy expanded 3.3% in the July-September quarter as the country recovered from pandemic lockdowns. That lifted the...

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Brothers write a love letter to a food we all love — pizza

Dec. 1, 2020 6:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Let Thanksgiving have the turkey. Let Christmas have fruitcake. Every other day, it's got to be pizza. So argue Thom and James Elliot, brothers and pizza makers from England who have written a book celebrating the worldwide phenomenon of roundish dough cooked with toppings. In the 270-page...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to attend Parliament in London, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Members of Parliament will vote later Tuesday on the proposed tier system as the country prepares to come out of lockdown. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK leader touts local virus rules but pubs are in distress

Dec. 1, 2020 2:50 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers voted Tuesday to approve new coronavirus restrictions in England to take effect within hours, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced substantial opposition from within his Conservative Party over the measures' economic impact. England’s current four-week national...

Queen, Prince Philip to spend Christmas at Windsor Castle

Dec. 1, 2020 2:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, will spend Christmas at Windsor Castle instead of their Sandringham estate for the first time in decades. Buckingham Palace officials said Tuesday that the monarch and her husband may see some members of their family briefly in accordance...

FILE - This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. The German pharmaceutical company BioNTech and its U.S. partner Pfizer say they have submitted an application for conditional approval of their coronavirus vaccine with the European Medicines Agency. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)

EU eyes Dec 29 approval for 1st virus vaccine, later than US

Dec. 1, 2020 1:47 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union drug agency said Tuesday it may need four more weeks to approve its first coronavirus vaccine, even as authorities in the United States and Britain continue to aim for a green light before Christmas. The European Medicines Agency plans to convene a meeting by Dec. 29 to...

Keira Bell speaks to the media outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Britain’s High Court has ruled that children under 16 years old who are considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be able to give informed consent to medical treatment involving drugs that delay puberty. The case was brought by two claimants against a National Health Service trust that runs the U.K.’s public gender identity development service for children. Bell, one of the claimants, who was prescribed hormone blockers at 16, argued that the clinic should have challenged her more over her decision to transition to a male. (Sam Tobin/PA via AP)

UK court rules against clinic in puberty blocking drugs case

Dec. 1, 2020 12:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s High Court ruled Tuesday that children under 16 years old who are considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be able to give informed consent to medical treatment involving drugs that delay puberty. The ruling said that because of the experimental nature of the drugs,...

European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier walks from his hotel to the Conference Centre in London, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. With less than two months to go before the U.K. exits the EU's economic orbit, trade deal talks resume in London. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

With a month until split, Brexit trade deal hangs in balance

Dec. 1, 2020 10:33 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government told businesses on Tuesday to make sure they are ready for big changes when the U.K. makes its final Brexit break from the European Union in exactly a month. But with negotiations on a free-trade deal with the bloc stuck, firms say they still don't know key details of...

A woman wearing a face mask walks past the Debenhams flagship department store on Oxford Street, during England's second coronavirus lockdown in London, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. In another dark day for the British retailing industry, Debenhams said Tuesday it will start liquidating its business after a potential buyer of the company pulled out, a move that looks like it will cost 12,000 workers their jobs. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

In dark day for UK retailing, 242-year-old Debenhams to shut

Dec. 1, 2020 10:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The future of around 25,000 retailing jobs in Britain hangs in the balance after the failure of two long-established companies laid bare the fragility of much of the sector during the coronavirus pandemic. Long-suffering Debenhams, the 242-year-old department store chain, said Tuesday that...

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Review: Hitman hiding out in England stars in 'Eddie's Boy'

Dec. 1, 2020 10:05 AM EST

“Eddie’s Boy,” by Thomas Perry (Mysterious Press) The hitman known as the butcher’s boy is back, forced out of retirement at age 61 to confront an implacable old enemy who wants him dead. Thomas Perry first introduced him 38 years ago in his Edgar Award-winning debut novel, “The...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus ride mopeds in Hanoi, Vietnam on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Vietnamese health official said on Thursday the COVID-19 outbreak would peak in the coming ten days as the country reported another death and a score of new infections. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

The Latest: Vietnam has 1st local transmission in 89 days

Nov. 30, 2020 11:52 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnamese authorities are conducting intensive contact tracing after the country’s first confirmed local transmission of the coronavirus in 89 days. State media said Tuesday that a 32-year-old man in Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday after visiting a flight...