Short of medics as virus surges, central Europe…

With coronavirus cases surging in many central European countries, soldiers, firefighters, students and retired doctors are being asked to help shore up buckling health care systems

French lawmakers observe silence for Nice victims

French lawmakers observed a minute of silence for the victims of the Nice knife attack on Thursday.

France Is Putting a 'Brutal Brake' on Virus

France's President Emmanuel Macron says the time has come to put a "brutal brake" on transmission of the coronavirus before the country's hospitals are completely overwhelmed. Macron announced Wednesday that a full national lockdown will begin Friday and last until at least Dec. 1, the Guardian reports. Daily deaths in...

Myanmar leader Suu Kyi casts her vote in November…

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has cast her ballot in advance voting for general elections during a surge of coronavirus illnesses

Samsung's profits soar but outlook is weak

Samsung Electronics said on Thursday it expects fourth-quarter profit to fall due to weak server chip demand and rising smartphone competition. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.

Suspect Nabbed in Kidnap of US Journalist

An alleged former Taliban commander accused of kidnapping an American journalist in Afghanistan 12 years ago has been arrested and brought to the US. According to an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court Wednesday, 42-year-old Haji Najibullah faces charges including hostage taking, conspiracy, and kidnapping, and could get a life...

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The Latest: UK govt rejects re-imposing a…

The British government is insisting that a national lockdown would not be the right approach to deal with the resurgence of the coronavirus even as other countries in Europe are choosing variations on that route

Zeta weakens to a tropical storm

Hurricane Zeta, the third storm of its size to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast, is now a tropical storm. Bryan Wood reports.

Trudeau: 'This Sucks. It Really, Really Does'

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau summed up 2020 in a single sentence in a press briefing Tuesday: "We are in the middle of an unprecedented global pandemic that really sucks," he said. In some parts of the country, new case numbers are now higher than they were during the first...

Pompeo, in Indonesia, renews China attacks as US…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Indonesia renewing the Trump administration's rhetorical onslaught against China as the American presidential election looms

Skyscraper-sized reef discovered in Australia

Australian scientists said they have discovered a detached coral reef on the Great Barrier Reef that exceeds even the height of iconic buildings like the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower. Libby Hogan reports.

One of the World's Most Punishing Lockdowns Is…

In July, Melbourne, Australia, was recording upward of 700 new coronavirus infections daily. On Monday, that number was zero, triggering a Wednesday end to what the New York Times calls "one of the world’s longest and most severe lockdowns." For 111 days, the country's second-largest city was essentially frozen: 6,...

S. Korea's top court upholds ex-leader's 17-year…

South Korea’s top court has upheld a 17-year prison sentence on former President Lee Myung-bak for a range of corruption crimes in a final ruling that will send him back to prison soon

More lives claimed in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of killing civilians by shelling cities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh on Wednesday, in an escalation of a month-long conflict over the mountain enclave that has defied three ceasefires.

Australia: Women From 10 Flights Had 'Invasive…

A baby was born and abandoned at an airport in Doha, Qatar, and now officials are apologizing over their controversial attempt to find the mother amid the revelation that there may have been more women involved than initially reported. After a newborn girl was found Oct. 2 in a trash...

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Typhoon, landslides leave 35 dead, 59 missing in…

Vietnam’s state media say landslides set off by Typhoon Molave have killed at least 19 people and left 45 others missing in the country’s central region

Philadelphia sets citywide curfew to quell unrest

Philadelphia officials imposed a citywide after-dark curfew on Wednesday, seeking to avert a third night of violence amid protests over the fatal police shooting of a Black man wielding a knife and described by family as undergoing a nervous breakdown. Libby Hogan reports.

Kazakhstan Not So Sour on Borat These Days

When the first Borat movie was released in 2006, the government of Kazakhstan, outraged by the portrayal of the country as an impoverished, anti-Semitic backwater, banned it and threatened to sue Sacha Baron Cohen. This time around, they've decided that there's no such thing as bad publicity. The Guardian reports...

Asia Today: Virus arrives in once-clear Marshall…

The Marshall Islands has reported its first cases of the coronavirus after two people who flew from Hawaii to a U.S. military base tested positive

Trump sticks to rallies as COVID-19 roars back

[NFA] With less than a week of voting left, President Donald Trump pushed ahead on Wednesday with mass rallies despite a U.S. surge in COVID-19 cases and mounting criticism that he is prioritizing his re-election above the health of his supporters. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

A New Princess Meets With Her Father

After years of courtroom battles , the relationship between Delphine Boel and the former king who long denied being her father has moved to the palace. Belgium's Albert II and the woman now recognized as Princess Delphine sat down together Sunday, the Guardian reports. The royal palace announced the reunion Tuesday...

Australia's pandemic travel ban brings family…

Australia has sought to prevent new coronavirus cases from reaching its shores by banning most of its residents from leaving in the first place

New lockdowns in France, Germany as cases surge

Germany announced plans to shut down large swathes of public life for a month on Wednesday while France prepared to tighten controls further as COVID surged across Europe and financial markets tumbled at the likely cost of a second lockdown. Gavino Garay reports.

In One Nation, Infected Doctors Are Asked to Keep…

A sign of how bad things are in Belgium in regard to COVID-19: Doctors and nurses who've tested positive but have no symptoms are being asked to continue working in some overwhelmed hospitals, reports the Washington Post . "The situation is catastrophic," says an ICU doctor in the hard-hit city of...

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Indian agency raids home of journalist, activists…

India’s National Investigation Agency has raided the offices of the leading newspaper in Indian-controlled Kashmir and the offices and residences of a journalist and two prominent activists in the disputed region

On the campaign trail: Harris' husband Doug Emhoff

Doug Emhoff, lawyer and husband of vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris has recently made multiple appearances on the campaign trail on behalf of the Biden campaign.

Saddam's 'Red Devil' Is Reportedly Dead

Saddam Hussein's former right-hand man and one of the most wanted men in the world has been reported dead. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the former vice chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council who was promoted to head of the Ba'ath Party after Hussein's execution and evaded capture even as his family...