Ghana heads to polls next week as democracy tested in region
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghanaians head to the polls for general elections Dec. 7 that many contend will be a close race between the current head of state and a former president who have faced off twice before in one of the continent’s most politically stable countries.
Moscow opens dozens of coronavirus vaccination centers
MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups have signed up for COVID-19 vaccinations in Moscow starting Saturday, a precursor to a sweeping Russia-wide immunization effort.
Kuwait votes for parliament amid economic, virus challenges
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait voted Saturday for its National Assembly, the first election since the death of its longtime ruling emir and as the oil-rich nation faces serious economic problems under the coronavirus pandemic.
UK and EU leaders to hold crunch talks on post-Brexit ties
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union's top official are set to discuss the state of play of post-Brexit trade discussions later Saturday after negotiators paused talks in light of their inability to bridge an array of differences.
Japan awaits capsule's return with asteroid soil samples
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully released a small capsule on Saturday and sent it toward Earth to deliver samples from a distant asteroid that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on our planet, the country's space agency said.
At least 18 Chinese coal miners killed by lethal gas
BEIJING (AP) — China's state TV says at least 18 coal miners have been killed by high levels of carbon monoxide in the country's southwest.
Swiss slopes buzz as those of neighbors sit idle in pandemic
GENEVA (AP) — Two weeks after beating COVID-19, Thierry Salamin huffs as his ski boots crunch through Swiss snow near the Matterhorn peak, readying for a downhill run with his mood as bright as his blue and fluorescent yellow ski getup and the sun overhead.
Bahrain now 2nd nation to grant Pfizer shot emergency use
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The island kingdom of Bahrain said it has become the second nation in the world to grant an emergency-use authorization for the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.
Trump orders most American troops to leave Somalia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Friday it is pulling most U.S. troops out of Somalia on President Donald Trump's orders, continuing a post-election push by Trump to shrink U.S.
Mexico City hospitals are filling up, but so are the streets
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Sometimes Latin American dance tunes on the radio — salsa, cumbia, ranchera — bring a little cheer into the emergency room of Mexico City’s Ajusco Medio hospital, which is operating well over normal capacity because of the coronavirus pandemic.
First Rohingya refugees arrive at isolated Bangladesh island
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh on Friday sent the first group of more than 1,500 Rohingya refugees to an isolated island despite calls by human rights groups for a halt to the process.
Bus plunges off bridge in Brazil, killing at least 10
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A bus careened off an overpass in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Friday, killing at least 10 people, according to the Twitter account of the federal highway police in that state.
Venezuela's Maduro seeks to tighten his grip via election
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — With the political opponents of President Nicolás Maduro boycotting Sunday's election for the National Assembly, his socialist party is expected to dominate the vote, giving him control of the last major institution in Venezuela outside his grasp.
AP PHOTOS: Peru's monuments mostly left alone in protests
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Attacked in other countries during social and political protests, historical monuments and statues in Peru's capital came out of recent street demonstrations practically intact.
Thousands killed in Ethiopia's conflict, Tigray side asserts
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Several thousand combatants have been killed in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, an official with the fugitive regional government is asserting, although claims remain difficult to verify after a month of fighting between Ethiopian and regional forces.
UK defends vaccine decision amid criticism it moved too fast
LONDON (AP) — U.K. regulators went on the offensive Friday to beat back criticism that they rushed their authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine, saying they rigorously analyzed data on safety and effectiveness in the shortest time possible without compromising the thoroughness of their review.
India's winter of discontent: Farmers rise up against Modi
NEW DELHI (AP) — A chilly breeze whirls through New Delhi in the mornings and the sun is partly obscured by toxic haze, a marker of another winter in the Indian capital.
Japan spacecraft approaches Earth to drop asteroid samples
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese space agency officials said Friday the Hayabusa2 spacecraft is on its intended trajectory as it approaches Earth to deliver a capsule containing samples from a distant asteroid that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.
UN rights chief laments worsening situation in Belarus
GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief lamented a deteriorating situation in Belarus and said Friday that reported beatings of protesters by security forces may in some cases amount to torture.
In southern Madagascar, 'nothing to feed our children'
ANKILIMAROVAHATSY, Madagascar (AP) — “It’s the hunger that killed him,” the grieving mother said. In this village in Madagascar’s extreme south, the 31-year-old Lasinatry lost her 3-year-old boy in June as hunger swept the region, more severe than in recent years.
Explosion at South Africa oil refinery, 7 hospitalized
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Seven people were hospitalized after an early-morning explosion and fire at an oil refinery near the harbor in the South African city of Durban on Friday, emergency services officials said.
Israel urges citizens to avoid Gulf, cites Iran threat
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government on Thursday urged its citizens to avoid travel to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, citing threats of Iranian attacks.
One Good Thing: Hong Kong restaurant trains the disabled
HONG KONG (AP) — Located smack in the middle of Hong Kong’s bustling Mong Kok neighborhood, Dignity Kitchen offers an array of mouthwatering Singaporean fare — from piping-hot laksa (noodles in a spicy coconut milk broth) to fragrant slices of chiffon cake flavored with the essence of pandan leaves.
Chinese spacecraft carrying lunar rocks lifts off from moon
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese spacecraft lifted off from the moon Thursday night with a load of lunar rocks, the first stage of its return to Earth, the government space agency reported.
Italians told to celebrate Christmas at home to fight virus
MILAN (AP) — Italy recorded a pandemic-high daily death toll Thursday, providing a grim backdrop for Premier Giuseppe Conte’s cheerless announcement of restrictions for the Christmas holidays that will make it difficult for extended families to celebrate together as is customary.