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US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell slightly to 787,000, evidence of a job market stumbling in the face of the viral pandemic and the damage it has inflicted on the economy for nearly 10 months.
In Kashmir, empty grave for teenager killed by Indian forces

In Kashmir, empty grave for teenager killed by Indian forces

BELLOW, India — On a recent chilly winter day in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Mushtaq Ahmed shovelled the earth, laboriously digging a grave for his teenage son. There was, however, no body to be lowered inside.
Dems' Georgia alliance is diverse and broad. Is it durable?

Dems' Georgia alliance is diverse and broad. Is it durable?

ATLANTA — President Donald Trump came to the north Georgia mountains Monday night to gin up turnout in conservative strongholds and stave off the Democratic challengers who threatened the GOP’s Senate majority in two runoff elections. It didn't work.
Asia Today: Virus restrictions heightened in China province

Asia Today: Virus restrictions heightened in China province

BEIJING — Lockdown measures were being imposed in a northern Chinese province where coronavirus cases more than doubled in the region near Beijing that's due to host some events in next year's Winter Olympics.
Officials: Attacks around Afghanistan kill at least 23

Officials: Attacks around Afghanistan kill at least 23

KABUL — Attacks in Afghanistan left at least 23 civilians and security forces dead, officials said Thursday, even as Afghan negotiators were in Qatar to resume talks with the Taliban aimed at finding an end to decades of conflict.
Pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol in bid to overturn election

Pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol in bid to overturn election

WASHINGTON — A violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S.
The Latest: Trump promises 'orderly transition' on Jan. 20

The Latest: Trump promises 'orderly transition' on Jan. 20

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Congress’ tally of the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden (all times local): 3:55 a.m.
Pence defies Trump, affirms Biden's win

Pence defies Trump, affirms Biden's win

WASHINGTON — Vice-President Mike Pence defied President Donald Trump early Thursday morning as he affirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s November victory, putting an end to Trump’s futile efforts to subvert American democracy and overturn the results o
Somber Senate unites to reject election challenges

Somber Senate unites to reject election challenges

WASHINGTON — A sober, shaken Senate returned to its hallowed chamber Wednesday night to slap away a frivolous election challenge, but its secondary purpose seemed to be to rise from the wreckage of a shocking day in which they were forced to flee the

Japan declares state of emergency for Tokyo area over virus

TOKYO — Japan has declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic for Tokyo and three nearby areas as cases continued to surge, hitting a daily record of 2,447 in the capital.