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Sean Connery, the 'original' James Bond, dies at 90

LONDON (AP) - Sean Connery, the charismatic Scottish actor who rose to international superstardom as the suave secret agent James Bond and then abandoned the role to carve out an Oscar-winning career in other rugged roles, has died. He was 90.


England to enter new lockdown; UK virus cases pass 1 million

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday announced a new month-long lockdown for England after being warned that without tough action a resurgent coronavirus outbreak will overwhelm hospitals in weeks.


Orthodox priest shot at church in France, motive unknown

LYON, France (AP) - A Greek Orthodox priest was shot Saturday while he was closing his church in the French city of Lyon, and authorities locked down part of the city to hunt for the assailant, authorities said.


Death toll reaches 39 in quake that hit Turkey, Greek island

IZMIR, Turkey (AP) - Three young children and their mother were rescued alive from the rubble of a collapsed building in western Turkey on Saturday, some 23 hours after a powerful earthquake in the Aegean Sea killed at least 39 people and injured more than 800 others. One of the children died soon after being rescued, while a fourth child was still trapped.


Georgia's ruling party claims victory in parliamentary vote

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) - Georgia's governing party claimed victory in a tightly contested parliamentary election Saturday, but an opposition alliance around an ex-president who has spent years in self-imposed exile refused to concede defeat and aspired to form a new coalition government in the ex-Soviet nation.


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Abortion rights protest held for 10th day in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Demonstrators held anti-government protests across Poland for the 10th straight day Saturday in response to the tightening of one of Europe's strictest abortion laws.


Austria announces 4-week partial lockdown starting Tuesday

VIENNA (AP) - Austria on Saturday announced a partial shutdown that will see restaurants and bars closed for four weeks, cultural, sports and leisure activities canceled, and residents asked to stay home after 8 p.m. as the government tries to stem a sharp rise in coronavirus infections.


A Greek Orthodox priest has been shot outside a church in the French city of Lyon, and police are looking for a suspect

PARIS (AP) - A Greek Orthodox priest has been shot outside a church in the French city of Lyon, and police are looking for a suspect.


New Berlin airport opens 9 years late with little ceremony

BERLIN (AP) - Nine years late and far above its original budget, Berlin's new airport finally opened on Saturday with little fanfare as the aviation industry struggles with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.


Nearly 3 months after vote, Belarus protests still go strong

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - Nearly three months after Belarus' authoritarian president's re-election to a sixth term in a vote widely seen as rigged, demonstrators keep swarming the streets of Belarusian cities to demand his resignation in the most massive and sustained wave of protests the ex-Soviet nation has ever seen.


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France church attack: Assailant's family seeks answers

SFAX, Tunisia (AP) - A third suspect is in French custody Saturday in connection with an Islamic extremist knife attack that killed three people in a Nice church, as the distraught family of the suspected Tunisian assailant asked to see video footage of what happened.


AP Explains: Why France incites such anger in Muslim world

PARIS (AP) - Many countries, especially in the democratic West, champion freedom of expression and allow publications that lampoon Islam's prophet. So why is France singled out for protests and calls for boycotts across the Muslim world, and so often the target of deadly violence from the extremist margins?


BBC says Scottish actor Sean Connery, who played James Bond in seven movies, has died at the age of 90

LONDON (AP) - BBC says Scottish actor Sean Connery, who played James Bond in seven movies, has died at the age of 90.


Youths kick furniture at Austrian church, no one hurt

VIENNA (AP) - A group of 30 to 50 youths gathered in a Vienna church earlier this week, kicking furniture but then dispersing after police were called, authorities said Saturday.


Armenia asks Moscow for help amid Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) - Armenia's leader urged Russia Saturday to consider providing security assistance to end the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, the biggest escalation in the decades-long conflict between his country and Azerbaijan.


Dutch PM Mark Rutte confirms he will seek 4th term in office

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants another term in office.


Quake strikes Turkish coast and Greek island, killing 19

ISTANBUL (AP) - A strong earthquake struck Friday in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, killing at least 19 people and injuring over 700 amid collapsed buildings and flooding, officials said.


Armenia, Azerbaijan vow to avoid targeting residential areas

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) - Armenia and Azerbaijan promised Friday to avoid shelling residential areas amid the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, a pledge that follows a day of talks in Geneva even as Azerbaijani troops pushed deeper into the separatist territory.


Poland: Tens of thousands hold new protest over abortion ban

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Tens of thousands of people marched Friday through downtown Warsaw to the house of Poland's ruling party leader in what women's rights activists planned as the largest demonstration in nine days of protests against a near-total ban on abortions in Poland.


Armenia, Azerbaijan pledge to avoid targeting residential areas amid fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh after Geneva talks

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) - Armenia, Azerbaijan pledge to avoid targeting residential areas amid fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh after Geneva talks.


North Carolina voter rally ends with pepper spray, arrests
Gospel star Bishop Rance Allen dead at 71
Halloween in the pandemic: Costumes and candy, at a distance

Snow falls on masked skeletons ready to bury the year 2020, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, on a lawn in North Andover, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Miss America 1993 Leanza Cornett dies after fall at 49
Teen told police where to find gun used in Kenosha shootings

Kyle Rittenhouse sits while listening during an extradition hearing in Lake County court Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, Pool)

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Thousands protest in Jerusalem against Israeli PM
Sudan says deal with US blocks further compensation claims

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks during a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan. On Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, the Sudanese news agency said Hamdok's senior advisor, Al-Sheikh Khedr, his office manager, Ali Bakheet, and the governor of the Central Bank Mohamed Alfatih Zain Alabdeen have tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo, File)

Iraq clears sit-in square, a year after mass protests began

Security forces remove protesters' tents in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Iraqi security forces reopened Saturday Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the long-running anti-government protest movement and Al-Jumhuriyah Bridge, which was sealed off by protesters since the protests began in October last year. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Sudan deal plunges migrants in Israel into new uncertainty

Sudanese migrant Attom Alialdom 56, poses for a photo as he holds a photo of his old restaurant decorated with Sudanese and Israeli flags, outside his house in south Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. After Israel and Sudan agreed this month to normalize ties, some 6,000 Sudanese migrants in Israel are again fearing for their fate. Israel has long grappled with how to deal with its tens of thousands of African migrants. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Saudi man crashes car into gates of Mecca's Grand Mosque
Some Thai students choose protest option at graduation

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn waves from his limousine after officiating a graduation ceremony at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Thailand's king has presided over a university graduation ceremony at a stronghold of a protest movement seeking to reduce the monarchy's powers, after activists issued a call for students to boycott the event.  (AP Photo/Sunti Teapia)

Asia Today: Australia to spend on vaccines for wider region

A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus carries a child and walks past a graffiti in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

Huge crowd joins LGBT march in Taiwan, where COVID is at bay

Participants march through a street during a pride parade in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Indonesian leader condemns France attacks, Macron's comments

Indonesian Muslims pray during an anti-France rally outside Al Mashun Great Mosque in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Muslims around the world have been calling for both protests and a boycott of French goods in response to France's stance on caricatures of Islam's most revered prophet. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Kashmir shuts down to protest India's new land laws

Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard at a closed market area during a strike called by separatists in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Kashmir's main separatist grouping called the strike to protest new land laws that India enacted on Tuesday, allowing any of its nationals to buy land in the region. Pro-India politicians in Kashmir have also criticized the laws and accused India of putting Kashmir's land up for sale. The move exacerbates concerns of Kashmiris and rights groups who see such measures as a settler-colonial project to change the Muslim-majority region's demography. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

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