World
December 8, 2020
Members of a Chinese surveying team headed for the summit of Mount Everest, also known locally as Mt. Qomolangma, in May 2020.

China, Nepal announce new official height for Mount Everest

China and Nepal jointly announced a new official height for Mount Everest on Tuesday, ending a discrepancy between the two nations.
Coronavirus
December 8, 2020
A volunteer at the at the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine in Oxford, England, is prepared for a vaccine booster during the Oxfor

UK starts virus campaign with a shot watched round the world

A nurse rolled up 90-year-old Margaret Keenan's sleeve and administered a shot watched round the world -– the first jab in the U.K.'s COVID-19 vaccination program kicking off an unprecedented global effort to try to end a pandemic that has killed 1.5 million people.
World
December 8, 2020

Amid virus surge, life goes on at Mexico City's main market

As the coronavirus slams Mexico City, it was business as usual Tuesday at the city's central wholesale food market — the scene of one of the capital's biggest outbreaks in the spring.
World
December 8, 2020

Mexico to launch COVID-19 vaccinations this month

Mexico plans to begin vaccinating its people against COVID-19 at the end of the third week of December, starting with health workers, the government announced Tuesday.
World
December 8, 2020

Pressure mounts on Hungary, Poland to unlock EU stimulus

The German presidency of the EU said Tuesday that further delaying the European Union's landmark 1.82 trillion-euro ($2.21 trillion) long-term budget and coronavirus recovery package would be "irresponsible" as diplomats envisage a solution without Poland and Hungary, the two EU states holding up the measure.
World
December 8, 2020

German states tighten virus rules as pandemic battle falters

Several German states moved closer to a "hard lockdown" Tuesday as officials warned that continued high coronavirus infections could overwhelm hospitals and that too many people were ignoring existing pandemic restrictions.
World
December 8, 2020

Pope makes surprise early morning prayer visit in rainy Rome

Pope Francis on Tuesday made a surprise early morning visit to the Spanish Steps in Rome to pray for people worldwide struggling in the pandemic.
World
December 8, 2020

French prosecutors seek jail in Sarkozy corruption trial

French prosecutors on Tuesday requested two years of prison and a two-year suspended sentence for former President Nicolas Sarkozy in a landmark corruption and influence peddling trial in Paris.
World
December 8, 2020

Switzerland-Italy train travel to be suspended amid pandemic

The Swiss national rail operator says nearly all train travel between Italy and Switzerland will be suspended indefinitely starting Thursday because of COVID-19 control measures that have been required by Italian authorities.
World
December 8, 2020

Netanyahu rival bolts party to launch leadership challenge

Gideon Saar, the leading rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inside the ruling Likud party, announced on Tuesday that he was breaking away to form a new political party ahead of elections expected early next year.
World
December 8, 2020

Protesters demonstrate against el-Sissi's visit to France

French protesters and human rights activists demonstrated outside the National Assembly in Paris on Tuesday in opposition to the state visit of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi even though he wasn't inside.
World
December 8, 2020

Morocco to use Chinese vaccine to kick off mass vaccinations

Morocco is gearing up for an ambitious COVID-19 vaccination program, aiming to vaccinate 80% of its adults in an operation starting this month that's relying initially on a Chinese vaccine that has not yet completed advanced trials to prove it is safe and effective.
World
December 8, 2020

Russia to establish navy base in Sudan for at least 25 years

Russia has signed an agreement with Sudan to establish a navy base in the African nation for at least a quarter century, part of Moscow's efforts to expand its global reach.
World
December 8, 2020

AP Interview: EU regulator hopes for 'multiple' vaccines

The executive director of the European Medicines Agency said Tuesday she hopes there might be "multiple" vaccines to help stop the coronavirus pandemic by the end of next year.
World
December 8, 2020

Dutch PM dashes hopes of larger gatherings for Christmas

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte dashed hopes Tuesday of large gatherings of family and friends to celebrate Christmas, saying rising coronavirus infections mean that existing restrictions of a maximum of three visitors per day to people's homes will stay in place over the holidays.
World
December 8, 2020

Ethiopia's forces shoot at, detain UN staffers in Tigray

Ethiopia's security forces shot at and detained United Nations staffers as they tried to reach part of the embattled Tigray region, a senior official said Tuesday, and he blamed the U.N. staffers for trying to reach areas where "they were not supposed to go."
World
December 8, 2020

Apple to tighten app privacy, remove apps that don't comply

Apple is stepping up privacy for app users, forcing developers to be more transparent about data collection and warning they could be removed if they don't comply with a new anti-tracking measure, a company executive and regulators said Tuesday.
World
December 8, 2020

UK, EU leaders to meet Wednesday amid Brexit no-deal signals

The leaders of Britain and the European Commission will make a last-minute push for a post-Brexit U.K.-EU trade deal over dinner on Wednesday, with both sides warning that the chance of reaching agreement by a year-end deadline is slipping away.
World
December 8, 2020

Top Saudi diplomat on 1st Sudan visit since al-Bashir ouster

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday, Sudan's state-run news agency reported, the first visit by the kingdom's top diplomat since Sudan's military overthrew former autocratic President Omar al-Bashir last year.
World
December 8, 2020

Libya's east-based forces seize Turkish-owned vessel

Forces of a Libyan commander who rules the eastern half of the country and who was behind a year-long military attempt to capture the capital, Tripoli, have seized a Turkish vessel heading to the western town of Misrata.