Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal prison system will be among the first government agencies to receive the coronavirus vaccine, though initial allotments of the vaccine will be given to staff and not to i...

Ethiopia warns civilians of 'no mercy' in Tigray offensive

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s military is warning civilians in the besieged Tigray regional capital that there will be “no mercy” if they don’t “save themselves&...

Indonesia's confirmed coronavirus cases exceed half million

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases breached half a million on Monday as the government of the world’s fourth most populous nation scrambled to procure vaccines to help it w...

Men in India's matrilineal Khasi society demand more rights

In India's northeastern Meghalaya state, the Khasis have been considered the best example of a society where women call the shots. In a state of around 3 million people, the Khasis constitute near...

Artists sing social anthems for United Nations anniversary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For Grammy-winning international star Angelique Kidjo, her artistry and her activism inform each other because music has the power to connect beyond skin color, language or cou...

Taiwan to celebrate International Migrants Day on Dec. 5

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The National Immigration Agency (NIA) has teamed up with the Keelung City Government to host a number of activities at the National Museum of Marine Science & Technolo...

New Taipei reports highest number of rape cases in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — New Taipei City had the highest number of reported sexual assaults last year, according to an annual report released by the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) on Friday...

Ethiopia civilians warns of 'no mercy' in Tigray offensive

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s military is warning civilians in the besieged Tigray regional capital that there will be “no mercy” if they don’t “save themselves” before a final offensive to flush o...

Syria's Assad names new FM to replace late diplomat

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s President Bashar Assad named a new foreign minister on Sunday, appointing Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad to replace a longtime diplomat who passed away last week ...

Business owners upbeat about vaccine, wary as virus spreads

NEW YORK (AP) — Promising news about a coronavirus vaccine has small business owners feeling more upbeat despite cases of the virus surging in many parts of the U.S. Owners hope cons...

Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh left upended by peace deal

Vachagan Melkumyan's apartment no longer has any windows. Only a few shards of glass remain. He's using a knife to remove them, working diligently, before carefully taping sheets of plastic to...

Serbia: Mourners ignore COVID precautions at patriarch's coronavirus funeral

People crowded the streets of Belgrade on Sunday at the funeral of Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej, who died after testing positive for COVID-19. Mourners were seen kissing the glass shield ...

Coronavirus: WHO warns of COVID-19 third wave, says Europe failed to learn from Asia

The World Health Organization's special COVID-19 envoy David Nabarro told the Solothurner Zeitung in Switzerland that Europe was likely to see a third wave of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic in early...

Black man killed by security guards is buried in Brazil

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A Black man who died while being beaten by supermarket security guards was buried on Saturday following protests that echoed those of the racial justice movement in the United ...

Carson says he's 'out of the woods' after battling COVID-19

STERLING, Va. (AP) — Housing Secretary Ben Carson is crediting unapproved, experimental treatments with saving his life after he became “desperately ill” following his infection with the coronavirus. ...