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File---File picture taken Sept.1, 2020 shows Hong Kong activist Nathan Law, center, taking part in a protest during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Berlin, Germany,   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)

Hong Kong summons German consul in friction over asylum case

File---File picture taken Sept.1, 2020 shows Hong Kong activist Nathan Law, center, taking part in a protest during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Berlin, Germany,   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)

October 22, 2020, 8:58am Nation & World

BERLIN — Germany’s consul general to Hong Kong was brought in for talks, following reports Berlin had granted asylum to a student who faced prosecution for demonstrating against the city’s extradition law, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. Read story

Women's rights activists, wearing masks against the spread of the coronavirus, protest against a draft law tightening Poland's strict anti-abortion law near the parliament that was debating the draft law, in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

Poland’s top court rules out abortions for birth defects

Women's rights activists, wearing masks against the spread of the coronavirus, protest against a draft law tightening Poland's strict anti-abortion law near the parliament that was debating the draft law, in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

October 22, 2020, 8:57am Nation & World

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s top court has ruled that a law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional. Read story

Pro-democracy activists create a human chain to confront a police barricades during their march to the Government House, prime minister's office during a protest march in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Thailand's prime minister on Wednesday pleaded with his countrymen to resolve their political differences through Parliament, as student-led protests seeking to bring his government down continued for an eighth straight day.

Thailand cancels emergency decree in bid to calm protests

Pro-democracy activists create a human chain to confront a police barricades during their march to the Government House, prime minister's office during a protest march in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Thailand's prime minister on Wednesday pleaded with his countrymen to resolve their political differences through Parliament, as student-led protests seeking to bring his government down continued for an eighth straight day.

October 22, 2020, 8:56am Nation & World

BANGKOK — Thailand’s government on Thursday canceled a state of emergency it had declared last week for Bangkok in a gesture offered by the embattled prime minister to cool student-led protests seeking democracy reforms. Read story

A man wearing a face mask carries his dog across the medieval Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. In another desperate attempt to slow the rise of coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic, Health Minister Roman Prymula has announced a ban on free movement of people in the country and a closure of many stores, shopping malls and hotels. At the same time, state offices will limit their opening hours. Prime Minister Andrej Babis says those measures should prevent the collapse of the health system in early November.

Europeans face more curfews, restrictions, as virus surges

A man wearing a face mask carries his dog across the medieval Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. In another desperate attempt to slow the rise of coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic, Health Minister Roman Prymula has announced a ban on free movement of people in the country and a closure of many stores, shopping malls and hotels. At the same time, state offices will limit their opening hours. Prime Minister Andrej Babis says those measures should prevent the collapse of the health system in early November.

October 22, 2020, 8:56am Nation & World

ROME — Italy’s three largest cities face new curfews as regional authorities try to slow the spread of COVID-19 where it first struck hard in Europe, most of whose countries are now imposing, or mulling, new restrictions to cope with rapidly rising caseloads. Read story

FILE - In this May 5, 2020, file photo, then-Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, and now Director of National Intelligence testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Officials say Russia and Iran have obtained some voter registration data, aiming to interfere in the November election.

U.S. officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

FILE - In this May 5, 2020, file photo, then-Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, and now Director of National Intelligence testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Officials say Russia and Iran have obtained some voter registration data, aiming to interfere in the November election.

October 22, 2020, 8:53am Nation & World

WASHINGTON — ‎U.S. officials have accused Iran of being behind a flurry of threatening but fake emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states in a late-stage efforts to sway public opinion and interfere in the presidential election. Read story

A gunman with a weapon in hand, escorts three police officers, who surrendered themselves as hostages, out of the bank building in the town of Zugdidi in western Georgia, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Authorities in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia say an armed assailant has taken hostages at a bank. Local media reported that up to 19 hostages could be inside the bank. The Georgian Interior Ministry didn't immediately comment on how many people were taken hostage Wednesday in the western town of Zugdidi or what demands their captor had made.

Bank robber flees with $500,000 in ex-Soviet Georgia

A gunman with a weapon in hand, escorts three police officers, who surrendered themselves as hostages, out of the bank building in the town of Zugdidi in western Georgia, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Authorities in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia say an armed assailant has taken hostages at a bank. Local media reported that up to 19 hostages could be inside the bank. The Georgian Interior Ministry didn't immediately comment on how many people were taken hostage Wednesday in the western town of Zugdidi or what demands their captor had made.

October 22, 2020, 8:47am Nation & World

TBILISI, Georgia — Police in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia were looking Thursday for a bank robber who held over 40 people hostage for hours before releasing them and escaping with $500,000 given to him by authorities. Read story

Stand-ins participate in rehearsal tests ahead of the final presidential debate   Wednesday  in Nashville, Tenn. The debate will take place tonight at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University.

Trump, Biden to face off for final debate tonight

Stand-ins participate in rehearsal tests ahead of the final presidential debate   Wednesday  in Nashville, Tenn. The debate will take place tonight at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University.

October 22, 2020, 5:59am Latest News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, are set to square off in their final debate today, one of the last high-profile opportunities for the trailing incumbent to change the trajectory of an increasingly contentious campaign. Read story

In this video image provided by CMT, Carrie Underwood accepts the female of the year award for "Drinking Alone" during the Country Music Television awards airing on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.

Carrie Underwood named top artist at CMT Music Awards

In this video image provided by CMT, Carrie Underwood accepts the female of the year award for "Drinking Alone" during the Country Music Television awards airing on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.

October 21, 2020, 8:09pm Nation & World

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Carrie Underwood already had the most CMT Music Awards of any artist, but she’ll need to make more room on her shelf. The superstar picked up two more trophies for video of the year and female video of the year in a remotely shot awards show. Read story

FILE - In this Friday, June 29, 2007, file photo, James Randi talks to a reporter in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Magician Randi, whose daring escapes were later eclipsed by his work as the country'Aos foremost skeptic, has died. The Florida-based James Randi Educational Foundation announced its founder died Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, at 92.

James Randi, dazzling magician and skeptic, dies at 92

FILE - In this Friday, June 29, 2007, file photo, James Randi talks to a reporter in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Magician Randi, whose daring escapes were later eclipsed by his work as the country'Aos foremost skeptic, has died. The Florida-based James Randi Educational Foundation announced its founder died Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, at 92.

October 21, 2020, 7:22pm Entertainment

James Randi, a magician who later challenged spoon benders, mind readers and faith healers with such voracity that he became regarded as the country’s foremost skeptic, has died, his foundation announced. He was 92. Read story

FILE - In this May 5, 2020, file photo, then-Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, and now Director of National Intelligence testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Officials say Russia and Iran have obtained some voter registration data, aiming to interfere in the November election.

U.S. officials: Iran sent emails intimidating American voters

FILE - In this May 5, 2020, file photo, then-Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, and now Director of National Intelligence testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Officials say Russia and Iran have obtained some voter registration data, aiming to interfere in the November election.

October 21, 2020, 5:48pm Nation & World

BOSTON — Iran is responsible for emails meant to intimidate American voters and sow unrest in multiple states, and Tehran and Moscow have also obtained voter registration information with the goal of interfering in the election, U.S. officials said at a rare news conference Wednesday night just two weeks before the vote. Read story