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President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden signs burst of virus orders, vows ‘Help is on the way’

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that America’s war on COVID-19 is under new command, promising an anxious nation progress to…

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Exploring in a Covid world

Isolation is a new big thing for the travel of tomorrow Health declaration forms and virus tests. Quarantine-on-arrival (and on return) required. Most aircraftgrounded. Infection rates that change by the…

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China imposes sanctions on 28 Trump-era officials including Pompeo

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Wednesday it wanted to cooperate with President Joe Biden’s new U.S. administration, while announcing sanctions against “lying and cheating” outgoing Secretary of State Mike…

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Biden rolls back Trump policies on wall, climate, health, Muslims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden signed 15 executive actions shortly after being sworn on Wednesday, undoing policies put in place by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, and making…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of January 20, 2021

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People wearing face masks attend a meeting by Thai government officials discussing the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the border area with Malaysia at Sungai Kolok town in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat on September 12, 2020 as the region’s livelihood relies on Malaysian tourists. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

Covid-19, economic impact are top global threats: WEF

Business and government leaders currently see the loss of life from Covid-19 and related economic effects as the world’s greatest short-term threats, said the World Economic Forum. The group which…

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This picture taken on February 13, 2019 shows a worker trimming leaves on a newly created dwarf palm oil tree at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) research station in Bukit Lawiang in southern Johor state. – Test tubes holding plants line shelves in a Malaysian laboratory, the heart of a breeding programme for dwarf palm oil trees which scientists hope will cut costs and limit environmental damage from the controversial industry. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Malaysia files WTO complaint over EU palm oil restrictions

Malaysia has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over European Union rules affecting the consumption of palm oil-based biofuels, according to a document published Tuesday. In the complaint, dated…

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U.S. President Donald Trump makes remarks on a television monitor from the White House Briefing Room during his last day in office, in Washington, D.C. U.S., January 19, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

In farewell address, Trump wishes luck to next administration without mentioning Biden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, in a farewell address released on Tuesday, touted his legacy and wished luck to the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden but without…

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Masks, robots and drones – Virus tech at CES gadget show

Singapore-based gaming hardware maker Razer showcased what they claimed to be the “world’s smartest mask”. Project Hazel, as it’s called, boasts ventilation, auto-sterilization with a built-in UV light, and a…

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Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated…

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A woman pulls a trolley with goods in the central business district (CBD) of Beijing on January 18, 2021. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP)

Most Asia stocks down after gains, China growth beats forecasts

Most markets fell Monday as investors took a breather following a recent rally, though Hong Kong and Shanghai enjoyed gains after data showed China’s economy grew more than expected last…

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during an online New Year news conference with local and foreign journalists at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, January 18, 2021. Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool via REUTERS

South Korea’s Moon urges Biden admin to follow up on Trump-Kim summit

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden should hold talks with North Korea to build on progress that President Donald Trump…

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FILE. US President Donald Trump / AFP

Trump administration takes final swipes at China and its companies

The Trump administration in its waning days took another swipe at China and its biggest firms on Thursday, imposing sanctions on officials and companies for alleged misdeeds in the South…

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Rescuers search for survivors at the Mitra Manakarra hospital in Mamuju city. / AFP

Powerful Indonesia quake kills at least 34, topples buildings

A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Sulawesi island early Friday, killing at least 34 people, levelling a hospital and severely damaging other buildings, authorities said. Hundreds more were injured when the…

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S. Korea’s top court upholds ex-president’s 20-year jail term

South Korea’s top court upheld a 20-year prison sentence for disgraced former president Park Geun-hye on Thursday, in the final ruling over the corruption scandal that brought her down. The decision brings to an…

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leads the final vote of the impeachment of President Donald Trump, for his role in inciting an angry mob to storm the Congress last week, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump impeached after Capitol riot in historic second charge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the…

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Pence says he opposes removing Trump with the 25th Amendment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday that he is opposed to invoking the 25th Amendment…

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(FILES) In this file combination of pictures shows US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and US President Donald Trump / AFP

Democrats forge ahead to impeach Trump, again

US Democrats said Sunday they would push to remove President Donald Trump from office during the final days of his administration after his supporters’ violent attack on the Capitol, with…

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the 8th Congress of the Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo supplied by North Korea’s Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 9, 2021. KCNA/via REUTERS

North Korea’s Kim calls U.S. ‘our biggest enemy’ in challenge to Biden

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more advanced nuclear weapons and said the United States is “our biggest enemy,” state media said on Saturday, presenting…

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People walk past an electronic board displaying message for seniors to take precaution against the COVID-19 coronavirus at Raffles Place financial business district in Singapore on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore jails woman for lying to coronavirus contact tracers

A Singaporean woman was sentenced to five months in prison on Friday for hiding her meetings with a male friend from coronavirus contact tracers as she did not want her…

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Twitter permanently suspends Trump’s account

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Friday that it has permanently suspended U.S. President Donald Trump’s account due to the risk of further incitement of violence. “After close review…

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Residents walk along a road submerged by floodwaters in Mentakab in Malaysia’s Pahang state on January 8, 2021, following heavy monsoon rains. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Six dead, nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia floods

At least six people have died and nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia after monsoon rains pounded the country’s east coast, authorities said Friday, causing what residents described as the worst flooding in…

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Trump acknowledges Biden will be next president in wake of Capitol chaos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -As the threat of a second impeachment loomed, President Donald Trump acknowledged on Thursday that Joe Biden will be the next U.S. president, a day after his supporters…

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U.S. Congress certifies Biden win hours after harrowing Capitol Hill assault

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Hours after hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a harrowing assault on American democracy, a shaken Congress on Thursday formally certified Democrat Joe…

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FILE PHOTO: Scott Morrison, Australia’s prime minister, removes his protective face mask after arriving for a signing ceremony with Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s prime minister at Suga’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan November 17, 2020. Kiyoshi Ota/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Australia says COVID-19 vaccinations likely to begin February

CANBERRA/SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia is on course to begin administering the first COVID-19 vaccines in February, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, as the country moves to accelerate its inoculation…

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China reports most COVID cases in five months as Hebei infections rise

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Authorities in the capital of China’s Hebei province strengthened travel restriction on Thursday to curb the spread of the coronavirus as the country reported the biggest rise…

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U.S. Vice President Pence condemns violent protests, world leaders’ response

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Mike Pence condemned the violent supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in an attempt to block certification of the…

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Pedestrians wearing protective masks, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walk underneath Japanese national flags at a shopping district in Tokyo, Japan, January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan calls for Tokyo state of emergency declaration as COVID-19 cases surge

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese government on Thursday proposed declaring a one-month state of emergency, beginning Friday, for Tokyo and three neighbouring prefectures in a bid to contain a surge…

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Twitter, Facebook freeze Trump accounts as tech giants respond to storming of U.S. capitol

(Reuters) -Twitter and Facebook Inc on Wednesday temporarily locked the accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, as tech giants scrambled to crack down on his baseless claims about the U.S….

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Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — A violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and forced lawmakers into hiding, in a stunning attempt to overturn America’s presidential…

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North Korea’s Kim admits mistakes as party congress opens: KCNA

(AFP) – North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un admitted the country’s economic development plan had fallen short in “almost all areas” as he opened a rare congress of the ruling…

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FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting on update on the coronavirus outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

WHO recommends two doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine within 21-28 days

GENEVA/ZURICH (Reuters) – People should get two doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine within 21-28 days, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, as many countries struggled to administer…

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FILE PHOTO: A logo of the electronic payment service Alipay that belongs to Ant Group Co Ltd is seen at a vending machine in Beijing, China December 30, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

Trump signs order banning transactions with eight Chinese apps including Alipay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese software applications, including Ant Group’s Alipay, the White House said, escalating tensions with…

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Mexican president offers Assange asylum after U.S. extradition bid thwarted

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday offered political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a move that could anger the United States, which is…

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he has his temperature checked during a visit to Chase Farm Hospital in north London, Monday Jan. 4, 2021. Johnson warned Sunday that more onerous lockdown restrictions in England are likely in the coming weeks as the country reels from a coronavirus variant that has pushed infection rates to their highest recorded levels. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool Photo via AP)

UK prime minister orders new virus lockdown for England

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday a new national lockdown for England until at least mid-February to combat a fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus, even…

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Momota positive for Covid-19, Japan to miss Thailand Open

Badminton world number one Kento Momota tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the withdrawal of all Japan’s players from this month’s Thailand Open, Japan’s Badminton Association said. “Momota has tested positive…

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FILE PHOTO: Year-end shoppers wearing protective face masks are reflected on mirrors at a shopping and amusement district, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan December 31, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan PM says government will consider state of emergency for Tokyo area

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Monday the government would consider declaring a state of emergency for the Greater Tokyo metropolitan area as coronavirus cases climb…

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FILE PHOTO: Workers wearing protective gear disinfect an arrival gate as other workers check passengers from overseas upon their arrival at the Incheon International Airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Incheon, South Korea, December 28, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea expands ban on social gatherings nationwide

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea expanded a ban on private gatherings larger than four people to the whole country, and extended unprecedented social distancing rules in greater Seoul as the…

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President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Trump is returning to Washington after visiting his Mar-a-Lago resort. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump, on tape, presses Georgia official to ‘find’ him votes

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump pressured Georgia’s Republican secretary of state to “find” enough votes to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state’s presidential election, repeatedly citing disproven claims…

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Australia’s COVID-19 cases on the rise as masks made compulsory

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s most-populous state of New South Wales (NSW) reported eight new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, while neighbouring Victoria’s tally increased by three, as new measures to combat…

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India’s drugs experts approve AstraZeneca, local COVID vaccines

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Experts at India’s drugs regulator have recommended for emergency use two coronavirus vaccines, one developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and the other backed by a…

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FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective face mask walks in a shopping district, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo,​​ Japan, July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan to consider new COVID-19 emergency declaration

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will consider issuing a new emergency declaration after governors in the capital region urged action to tackle a record surge in COVID-19 cases, the head of…

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Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as New Year celebrations begin in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. One million people would usually crowd the Sydney Harbor to watch the annual fireworks that center on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. But this year authorities advised revelers to watch the fireworks on television as the two most populous states, New South Wales and Victoria battle to curb new COVID-19 outbreaks. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

New Year’s revelries muted by virus as curtain draws on 2020

This New Year’s Eve is being celebrated like no other in most of the world, with many bidding farewell to a year they’d prefer to forget. From the South Pacific…

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Chen Yufei (L) and Chen Long of China attend a press conference ahead of the Thomas and Uber Cups badminton tournament in Bangkok on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Thailand pledges ‘world’s safest’ badminton as China pull out

Thailand’s badminton chief pledged that next month’s restart tournaments will be the “safest in the world” after heavyweights China withdrew because of coronavirus restrictions. China’s pull-out blows a big hole…

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Police vehicles arrive to Yantian District People’s Court, where the trial for the 10 of the 12 Hong Kongers who were detained in Chinese waters while fleeing the city is expected to be held, in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China December 30, 2020. REUTERS/David Kirton

China sentences HK activists to up to 3 years in jail for border crossing

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) -A Chinese court sentenced 10 Hong Kong activists to between seven months and three years in jail on Wednesday for illegally crossing the border, in a case…

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Healthcare worker Sarah Lim receives her coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) in Singapore December 30, 2020. Lee Jia Wen/Ministry of Communications and Information/Handout via REUTERS

Singapore begins rollout of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine with healthcare workers

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A 46-year-old nurse became the first person in Singapore to receive Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, making the city-state among the first Asian countries to begin an…

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US President-elect Joe Biden speaks at the Queen Theater after a COVID-19 briefing in Wilmington, Delaware./ AFP

Biden says Trump vaccine plan falling ‘far behind’

US President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday vowed a relentless effort to fight Covid-19 the moment he takes office, as he warned that Donald Trump’s vaccination drive was falling dangerously short….

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Gig economy workers say they can no longer survive

Whether in Paris, Kuala Lumpur or California, gig economy workers fear they can no longer survive on meagre earnings from jobs that leave them increasingly vulnerable. The term “gig” stretches…

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Most Asian markets advance after Wall St sets new records

Asian markets mostly rose Tuesday following a record-breaking lead from Wall Street, as investors cheered the passage of a huge US stimulus bill which has helped temper fears about surging…

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FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians walk on the High Street, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Croydon, south London, Britain, September 27, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Britain reports record daily number of new coronavirus cases, topping 40,000

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain reported 41,385 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, a daily record, as a rapidly spreading variant of the coronavirus increases infection rates and the holiday weekend impacted…

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Police vehicles are seen outside Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court before the trial of citizen-journalist Zhang Zhan, who reported from Wuhan during the peak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, China December 28, 2020. REUTERS/Brenda Goh

China jails citizen-journalist for four years over Wuhan virus reporting

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A Chinese court on Monday handed down a four-year jail term to a citizen-journalist who reported from the central city of Wuhan at the peak of this…

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FILE. US President Donald Trump / AFP

Trump signs pandemic aid and spending bill, averting government shutdown

PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday signed into law a $2.3 trillion pandemic aid and spending package, restoring unemployment benefits to millions of Americans and…

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FILE PHOTO: Chips are seen at Hawksmoor, Seven Dials on the opening day of “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain August 3, 2020. Picture taken August 3, 2020. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Britain to restrict promotion of unhealthy food from April 2022

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will ban “buy one get one free” promotions for food high in fat, sugar or salt and free refills of sugary soft drinks in restaurants from…

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FILE PHOTO: A medical staff attends to a COVID-19 patient at a special ward at Arwyp Medical Centre, as South Africa is about the reach a milestone of 1 million infections, in Kempton Park, South Africa, December 25, 2020. REUTERS/Shafiek Tassiem

South Africa’s total COVID-19 cases cross 1 million mark

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s total coronavirus infections since the first case in March crossed a million on Sunday, its Health Ministry said, just days after a new faster spreading…

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‘Parting is such sweet sorrow’: EU and UK clinch narrow Brexit accord

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -Britain clinched a narrow Brexit trade deal with the European Union on Thursday, just seven days before it exits one of the world’s biggest trading blocs in its…

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UK imposes more lockdowns as mutated COVID variant causes record cases

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government on Wednesday said huge swathes of England would be placed under its strictest COVID-19 restrictions as a highly infectious virus variant sweeps the country,…

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FILE PHOTO: Signs of Alibaba Group and Ant Group are seen during the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

China launches antitrust probe into tech giant Alibaba

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) – China has launched an antitrust investigation into Alibaba Group and will summon the tech giant’s Ant Group affiliate to meet in coming days, regulators said on…

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China building fence to stop Covid-19 spread from Myanmar

China is erecting a barbed-wire fence along its border with Myanmar to prevent unregistered migrants from spreading COVID-19 in what Myanmar authorities allege to be an encroachment of a neutral…

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Defying Congress, Trump vetoes defense bill, threatens government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump vetoed a bipartisan defense policy bill on Wednesday and raised the prospect that the United States could face a government shutdown during a…

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FILE. US President Donald Trump / AFP

Trump threatens to not sign COVID-19 bill, wants bigger stimulus checks

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday not to sign a $892-billion coronavirus relief bill that includes desperately needed money for individual Americans, saying it should be amended to increase…

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WHO says no need for major alarm over new coronavirus strain

GENEVA/ZURICH (Reuters) – The World Health Organization cautioned against major alarm over a new, highly infectious variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in Britain, saying this was a normal…

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Britain faces isolation as world tightens borders to keep out new coronavirus strain

DOVER, England (Reuters) – Countries across the globe shut their borders to Britain on Monday due to fears about a highly infectious new coronavirus strain, causing travel chaos and raising…

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Pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salutes during a demonstration at the Kaset Intersection, near Bangkok, on Oct. 19. A growing tide of protests called for the prime minister to resign. [Sakchai Lalit—AP via TIME]

Pictures of Thai protests among in TIME magazine’s Top 100 Photos of 2020

2020 has been filled with headlines, from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, bushfires, to street protests. Every year, TIME Magazine compiles photos, captured by news photographers around…

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Australian states impose border curbs as Sydney COVID-19 cluster grows

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian states and territories on Friday begun imposing border restrictions after 28 COVID-19 cases were detected from a cluster on Sydney’s northern beaches, with fears the number…

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Macron tests positive for COVID-19, European leaders rush for tests

PARIS (Reuters) -President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, prompting a track-and-trace effort across Europe following numerous meetings between the French leader and EU heads of government…

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Biden to get COVID-19 vaccine next week, Pence to receive it Friday

(Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden will get the coronavirus vaccine as soon as next week, transition officials said on Wednesday, as U.S. authorities try to build public confidence in a…

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FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol Building is reflected on a marble seating area following a rainstorm at the East Front on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 4, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo

Biden to be sworn into office in largely virtual event as COVID-19 rages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into office on Jan. 20 on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, but the inaugural festivities…

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‘Democracy prevailed,’ Biden says after U.S. Electoral College confirms his win

(Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden delivered a forceful rebuke on Monday to President Donald Trump’s attacks on the legitimacy of his victory, hours after winning the state-by-state Electoral College vote…

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Presidential electors are meeting across the United States Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, to formally choose Joe Biden as the nation’s next president./ AP

Electors meeting to formally choose Biden as next president

Presidential electors are meeting across the United States on Monday to formally choose Joe Biden as the nation’s next president. Monday is the day set by law for the meeting…

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FILE PHOTO: Vice President of Logistics and Operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada Major General Dany Fortin attends a news conference, as efforts continue to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada December 7, 2020. REUTERS/Blair Gable/File Photo

First batch of Pfizer/BioNTEch COVID-19 vaccines arrives in Canada

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The first COVID-19 vaccines landed on Canadian soil on Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, and some Canadians are expected to roll up their sleeves for a…

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FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga looks on during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan December 4, 2020. Hiro Komae/Pool via REUTERS

Japan PM to decide on tourism campaign as approval rating plummets over virus

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga could further restrict a much-criticised travel subsidy programme in an effort to contain coronavirus infections, local media said on Sunday, as his…

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Historic U.S. COVID vaccine campaign launches with convoy of trucks

(Reuters) – Tractor trailers loaded with suitcase-sized containers of COVID-19 vaccine will leave Pfizer Inc’s manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Sunday morning – launching the largest and most complex…

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FILE PHOTO: Media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, founder of Apple Daily arrives at West Kowloon Courts to face charges related to an illegal vigil assembly for the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, in Hong Kong, China October 15, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai charged under national security law – local media

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong democracy activist and media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been charged under the city’s national security law on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces and…

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Former Vice President Joe Biden talks with Senator Kamala Harris after the conclusion of the 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Houston, Texas, U.S., September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris jointly named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were jointly named Time magazine’s 2020 “Person of the Year” on Thursday, chosen from a list of…

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Singapore ‘cruise-to-nowhere’ turns back after COVID-19 case aboard

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A passenger aboard a Royal Caribbean ‘cruise-to-nowhere’ from Singapore has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing around 2,000 guests to be quarantined in their cabins and the Quantum…

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Biden, introducing health teams, vows 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations in first 100 days

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday laid out his plan to fight the coronavirus pandemic during his first 100 days in office, saying his administration would vaccinate…

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FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan December 4, 2020. Hiro Komae/Pool via REUTERS

Japan’s PM announces $708 billion in fresh stimulus

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will compile a fresh economic stimulus package worth 73.6 trillion yen ($708 billion), Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday, signalling his resolve to pull the…

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Hong Kong arrests eight more activists as crackdown on opposition shows no sign of let-up

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police arrested eight more activists on Tuesday over anti-government protests last year, the latest move in a relentless crackdown on opposition forces in the…

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A remotely controlled arm from China’s Chang’e-5 lunar probe gathers a sample on the Moon. / AFP

Chinese probe leaves Moon for return to Earth

A Chinese space probe has lifted off from the surface of the Moon to return to Earth, an ambitious effort to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades….

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Pro-democracy activists Ivan Lam and Joshua Wong walk to a prison van to head to court on Wednesday, after pleading guilty to charges of organising and inciting an unauthorised assembly near the police headquarters during last year’s anti-government protests./ Reuters

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong jailed for thirteen-and-a-half months for anti-government protest

Joshua Wong, 24, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activists, was jailed on Wednesday for 13-1/2 months for his role in an unlawful anti-government rally in 2019, the toughest…

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a screen shows the landed Chang’e-5 spacecraft and a moon surface picture, below, taken by camera aboard Chang’e-5 spacecraft during its landing process, at Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) in Beijing on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020./ AP)

China spacecraft lands on moon to bring rocks back to Earth

A Chinese spacecraft landed on the moon to bring back lunar rocks to Earth for the first time since the 1970s, the government announced. The China National Space Administration said…

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Police officers at the city center, where a car crashed into pedestrians in Trier, Germany, December 1, 2020./ REUTERS

Five killed, including baby, as car ploughs into pedestrian zone in Germany

Five people including a nine-month-old baby were killed and up to 15 injured on Tuesday when a speeding car ploughed into a pedestrian area in the western German city of…

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State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki stands in on a meeting in Washington, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. / AP

Biden chooses an all-female senior White House press team

President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female senior communications team at his White House, reflecting his stated desire to build out a diverse White House team as well as what’s…

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A view shows the scene of the attack that killed Prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, outside Tehran, Iran, November 27, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Killing of suspected Iranian nuclear mastermind risks confrontation as Trump exits

DUBAI (Reuters) – An Iranian scientist long suspected by the West of masterminding a secret nuclear bomb programme was killed in an ambush near Tehran on Friday that could provoke…

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In this frame grab from Iranian state television video aired Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, / Iranian State Television via AP)

Thailand approves transfer of 3 Iranians as Australian freed

Thai officials said Thursday they approved the transfer back to Tehran of three Iranians who were involved in a botched 2012 bomb plot, as Iran released a 33-year-old Australian academic…

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World’s top surgical glove maker in Malaysia shuts factories due to coronavirus

Malaysia’s Top Glove Corp, the world’s biggest manufacturer of surgical gloves, closes over half of its surgical glove factories after a surge in coronavirus cases among workers. More than 1,000…

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China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi / REUTERS

China foreign minister to meet Japan’s Suga; Beijing’s first high-level contact with new PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday, marking Beijing’s first high-level contact with Japan’s new leader. Wang met his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi…

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US President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a cabinet announcement event in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 24, 2020 / AFP

Saying ‘America is back,’ Biden presents security and foreign policy team

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced a slate of veteran diplomats and policy-makers who will make up his national security and foreign policy team, saying: “America is back, ready to…

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Trump finally agrees to Biden transition – but still not conceding

President Donald Trump came his closest yet to admitting election defeat Monday after the government agency meant to ease Joe Biden’s transition into the White House said it was finally…

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Pro-democracy activists Ivan Lam, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow arrive at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts to face charges related to illegal assembly stemming from 2019, in Hong Kong, China November 23, 2020. / REUTERS

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong pleads guilty to illegal assembly

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong on Monday pleaded guilty to charges of organising and taking part in an unauthorised assembly near the police headquarters during last year’s anti-government protests….

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Monitors showing the opening leaders attending the first virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit, hosted by Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

APEC leaders, including Trump, agree on free trade

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, including U.S. President Donald Trump, pledged Friday to work toward free, open and non-discriminatory trade and investment to…

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FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump watches as Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a campaign event at the Kenosha Regional Airport in Kenosha, Wis. A spokesman says President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has been infected with the coronavirus. The spokesman says the younger Trump learned his diagnosis earlier this week, has no symptoms and has been quarantining. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Trump’s eldest son tests positive for coronavirus – spokesman

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of President Donald Trump, was quarantining Friday after learning he has been infected with the coronavirus, a spokesperson said. The younger…

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping pose for a photo ahead of their bilateral meeting during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

Trump, Xi to meet at virtual Asia Pacific forum as trade spat endures

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will attend a virtual summit of Asia Pacific leaders on Friday to discuss the coronavirus and…

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President-elect Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaks at The Queen theater, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden wins Georgia, ending long losing streak for Democrats

ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Biden has won Georgia, scoring a rare win in a Southern state that hadn’t backed a Democrat for president in nearly 30 years. The Associated Press…

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks via video conference during a hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law on “Online Platforms and Market Power”, in the Rayburn House office Building on Capitol Hill, in Washington, U.S., July 29, 2020 / REUTERS

Facebook offers up first-ever estimate of hate speech prevalence on its platform

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc for the first time on Thursday disclosed numbers on the prevalence of hate speech on its platform, saying that out of every 10,000 content views in…

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Trump fires US election security official who rejected fraud claims

Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the government’s top election security official, who had rejected the president’s unsubstantiated claims of “massive” fraud in the vote he lost to Joe Biden.  Trump…

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FILE – In this May 8, 2020, file photo, then pan-democratic legislator Ray Chan is taken away by security guards during a Legislative Council’s House Committee meeting in Hong Kong. / AP

3 former pro-democracy lawmakers arrested in Hong Kong

Hong Kong police arrested three former opposition lawmakers Wednesday for disrupting legislative meetings several months ago, as concerns grow over a crackdown on the city’s pro-democracy camp. Posts on the…

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US adds 1 million Covid cases in less than a week

The US surpassed 11 million coronavirus cases Sunday, adding one million new cases in less than a week, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The dizzying rise came…

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President Donald Trump arrives to speak in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington. / AP

Trump seems to acknowledge Biden win, but he won’t concede

President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to acknowledge for the first time that Joe Biden won the White House, but made clear he would not concede and would keep trying…

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson / REUTERS

British PM Johnson self-isolating after COVID-19 contact

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, a fresh setback after infighting among his top advisers plunged Downing Street…

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