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Some hospitals in crisis as US nears high for COVID-19 cases

Some hospitals in crisis as US nears high for COVID-19 cases

BOISE, Idaho — The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease’s grip on the nation, as states from Connecticut to the Rocky Mountain West reel under the surge.
Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognizing Israel

Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognizing Israel

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Friday that Sudan will start to normalize ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to do so as part of U.S.-brokered deals in the run-up to Election Day.
Nigeria says 51 civilians, 18 security forces dead in unrest

Nigeria says 51 civilians, 18 security forces dead in unrest

LAGOS, Nigeria — At least 51 civilians have been killed in Nigeria's unrest following days of peaceful protests over police abuses, the president said Friday, blaming “hooliganism” for the violence while asserting that security forces have used “extr
Libyan factions sign countrywide UN-brokered cease-fire

Libyan factions sign countrywide UN-brokered cease-fire

GENEVA — The rival sides in Libya’s conflict signed a permanent cease-fire Friday, a deal the United Nations billed as historic after years of fighting that has split the North African country in two.

Man wins $2M after mistakenly buying extra lottery ticket

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. — In what most people would consider a lucrative mistake, a Detroit-area man who accidentally bought an extra lottery ticket has won two $1 million jackpots.
France surpasses 1 million confirmed virus cases amid spike

France surpasses 1 million confirmed virus cases amid spike

PARIS — French health authorities say France has recorded over 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, becoming the second country in Western Europe after Spain to reach that number of known infections.
Fiasco over pope's cut civil union quote intensifies impact

Fiasco over pope's cut civil union quote intensifies impact

ROME — The world premiere of a documentary on Pope Francis was supposed to have been a bright spot for a papacy locked down by a pandemic and besieged by a corruption scandal, recalling Francis’ glory days travelling the world to bless the oppressed.

Berklee appoints first woman to lead music college

The Berklee College of Music has chosen Erica Muhl to serve as the school's next president, making her the first woman to lead the institution in its 75-year history, officials at the Boston school announced this week.
Trial of Russian in alleged bitcoin fraud to wrap in Paris

Trial of Russian in alleged bitcoin fraud to wrap in Paris

PARIS — French prosecutors requested on Friday a 10-year jail term and a fine of 750,000 euros ($888,634) against Alexander Vinnik, who is accused of being behind a 135 million-euro ($160 million) fraud campaign that used ransomware and the cryptocur
Veggie burgers are still burgers, EU lawmakers rule

Veggie burgers are still burgers, EU lawmakers rule

BRUSSELS — Plant-based products that do not contain meat can continue to be labeled “sausages” or “burgers,” European lawmakers said Friday, when they rejected a proposal back by the meat industry to ban the terms.