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French PM says 2nd virus wave is here, vastly extends curfew

French PM says 2nd virus wave is here, vastly extends curfew

PARIS — French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday a vast extension of the nightly curfew that is intended to curb the spiraling spread of the coronavirus, saying “the second wave is here.
Nagorno-Karabakh fighting raises threat of escalation

Nagorno-Karabakh fighting raises threat of escalation

YEREVAN, Armenia — Heavy fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh continued Thursday with Armenia and Azerbaijan trading blame for new attacks, hostilities that raised the threat of Turkey and Russia being drawn into the conflict.
Putin: Russia-China military alliance can't be ruled out

Putin: Russia-China military alliance can't be ruled out

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday there is no need for a Russia-China military alliance now, but noted it could be forged in the future.
Stars to honour students at GLSEN's reimagined 30th awards

Stars to honour students at GLSEN's reimagined 30th awards

LOS ANGELES — The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network will honour six students through celebrity-directed stories at its 30th annual reimagined ceremony.
Serb police block right-wing disruption of event with Kosovo

Serb police block right-wing disruption of event with Kosovo

BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbian riot police on Thursday prevented dozens of right-wing extremists from disrupting a youth cultural event with Kosovo after similar groups in previous weeks broke into two exhibitions and threatened artists in a theatre play
Jewish museum to honour magicians Houdini, David Copperfield

Jewish museum to honour magicians Houdini, David Copperfield

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia-based National Museum of American Jewish History will honour two men who entertained the world with their magic.
Santa Claus won't be coming to Macy's this year

Santa Claus won't be coming to Macy's this year

NEW YORK — Macy's said Santa Claus won't be greeting kids at its flagship New York store this year due to the coronavirus, interrupting a holiday tradition started nearly 160 years ago.

Vatican, China extend bishop agreement over US opposition

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican and China extended a controversial accord on bishop nominations Thursday over strong opposition from the White House and conservative Catholics given Beijing's crackdown on religious believers.
Carrie Underwood named top artist at CMT Music Awards

Carrie Underwood named top artist at CMT Music Awards

NASHVILLE — Carrie Underwood already had the most CMT Music Awards of any artist, but she'll need to make more room on her shelf.
Canadian-born James Randi, dazzling magician and skeptic, dies at 92

Canadian-born James Randi, dazzling magician and skeptic, dies at 92

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.