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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies during a remote video hearing held by subcommittees of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee on “Social Media’s Role in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation” in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2021. U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee/Handout via Reuters

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hands reins to technology chief Agrawal

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey is stepping down from his role and Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal will now lead the company, the social networking site announced on Monday. The appointment of Agrawal, a 10-year veteran of Twitter, signaled a…

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Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida answers to reporters’ questions about a measure against the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, at his official residence in Tokyo Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Japan announced Monday it will suspend entry of all foreign visitors from around the world as a new coronavirus variant spreads. (Sadayuki Goto/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan bans entry of foreign visitors as omicron spreads

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Monday it will suspend entry of all foreign visitors from around the world as a new coronavirus variant spreads, prompting an increasing number of countries…

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Stocks, oil tumble on virus variant fears, safe havens gain

LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Global stocks tumbled on Friday and oil fell below $80 a barrel after news of a possibly vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant sent investors scurrying to the safety of bonds, the yen and the…

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A mother and her baby play on a slide at Wukesong shopping district in Beijing on May 11, 2021. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

China extends maternity leave to boost births

Several regions in China have extended maternity leave by at least 30 days, in the latest attempt to encourage child-rearing as the country faces a demographic crisis fuelled by a…

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The Tom Turkey float waits along Central Park West before the start of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Thanksgiving traditions return to U.S.: Football, family and parades

(Reuters) – Americans flocked to parades, packed football stadiums and gathered more freely for family feasts on Thursday, grateful to celebrate Thanksgiving Day traditions again after the pandemic kept many at home last year. The holiday dates to the early 17th…

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CDC via AP, File

South Africa detects new Covid variant with many mutations

Scientists in South Africa said Thursday they had detected a new Covid-19 variant with a large number of mutations, blaming it for a surge in infection numbers. The number of…

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US democracy summit is ‘pure politics’ – FM Don

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai on Thursday dismissed the “Summit for Democracy” to be hosted by the US and to which Thailand was not invited as “nothing more than pure politics.”…

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In this photo provided by An Khoun Sam Aun/Ministry of Information of Cambodia, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center, attends during an online opening session of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Hun Sen on Thursday welcomed leaders of Asian and European nations to the 13th biennial Asia-Europe Meeting, held virtually and postponed from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (An Khoun Sam Aun/Ministry of Information of Cambodia via AP)

Thai PM says multilateralism is key, as Cambodia hosts Asia-Europe Summit

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as ASEAN Coordinator, said at the 13th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Summit hosted by Cambodia today (Thursday) that Thailand believes that multilateralism is the…

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A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, England by the RNLI, following a small boat incident in the English Channel, Thursday Nov. 25, 2021. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

Channel deaths fuel UK-France tensions over migrant boats

LONDON (AP) — The deaths of at least 27 people in the English Channel is fueling tensions between the U.K. and France over how to stop migrants from crossing the world’s busiest…

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This handout from the Royal Thai Government taken and released on September 1, 2020 shows Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaking at a briefing on the Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case at the Government House in Bangkok.

Thailand not invited to US democracy summit

Thailand is not among the over 100 countries the Biden administration has invited to its “Summit for Democracy” next month, according to a list of participants published on Tuesday which…

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French police officers patrol on the beach in the searcher migrants in Wimereux, northern France, Wednesday, Nov.17, 2021. (AP Photo/Louis Witter, File)

Migrant boat capsizes in English Channel; at least 31 dead

CALAIS, France (AP) — At least 31 migrants bound for Britain died Wednesday when their boat sank in the English Channel, in what France’s interior minister called the biggest migration…

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Current Finance Minister and Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson is congratulated after being appointed as the country’s new Prime Minister following a voting at the Swedish Parliament Riksdagen in Stockholm, Sweden November 24, 2021. Erik Simander /TT News Agency/via REUTERS

New Swedish PM resigns on first day in job, hopes for swift return

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s first female prime minister, Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson, resigned on Wednesday after less than 12 hours in the top job after the Green Party quit their two-party coalition, stoking political uncertainty….

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Sweden’s Finance Minister and Social Democratic Party leader Magdalena Andersson looks on, during a vote in the Swedish parliament Riksdagen, in Stockhom, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. (Erik Simander/TT News Agency via AP)

Sweden’s parliament approves first female prime minister

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Sweden’s parliament on Wednesday approved Magdalena Andersson as the country’s first female prime minister, tapping the finance minister who recently became the new leader of the Social…

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A CH-47 Chinook helicopter carries a Taiwan flag during national day celebrations in Taipei on October 10, 2021. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

U.S. invites Taiwan to its democracy summit; China angered

WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – The Biden administration has invited Taiwan to its “Summit for Democracy” next month, according to a list of participants published on Tuesday, a move that infuriated China, which views the democratically governed…

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Chile Congress approves same-sex marriage, adoptions

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A measure to legalize marriage and adoption by same-sex couples was approved by the lower house of Chile’s Congress on Tuesday, moving it close to final…

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Hadia (Centre), 10, a 4th grade primary school student, leaves school after a class in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 25, 2021. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File Photo

Taliban release media guidelines, ban shows with female actors

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban administration has released a set of restrictions on Afghan media, including banning television dramas that included female actors and ordering women news presenters to wear “Islamic hijab”. Afghanistan’s Ministry of Vice and Virtue…

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People wait in line to shop on Black Friday in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, U.S., November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

‘Black Friday’ drags through November amid tight U.S. inventories

CHICAGO, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Facing scarce year-end inventories and a shortage of workers, retailers are turning “Black Friday” into a month-long event. Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, said on…

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The photo taken on October 21, 2021 shows Xu Wei holding his son Xu Haoyang, diagnosed with Menkes syndrome, after extracting urine from his bladder for testing at a hospital, at their home in Kunming in southwestern China’s Yunnan province.

The Chinese dad making medicine to treat his dying son

Two-year-old Haoyang has likely just months to live — but the only medicine that can help his rare genetic condition is not found anywhere in China and closed borders due…

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White House says Biden intends to run again in 2024

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Nov 22 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden intends to run for re-election in 2024, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday. Biden, 79, has suffered a dip in his job approval ratings…

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Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at district court on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Nantucket, Mass., to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Kevin Spacey ordered to pay $31M for ‘House of Cards’ losses

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Spacey and his production companies must pay the studio behind “House of Cards” more than $30 million because of losses brought on by his firing…

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BTS poses in the press room with the awards for favorite pop duo or group, favorite pop song for “Butter,” and artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Hitmakers BTS stamp their authority on American Music Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — South Korean superstars BTS were crowned artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Sunday, brushing aside challenges from Taylor Swift, Drake and The…

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Protestors attend a demonstration against the reinforced measures of the Belgium government to counter the latest spike of the coronavirus in Brussels, Belgium, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Tens of thousands protest Belgium’s tighter COVID-19 rules

BRUSSELS (AP) — Tens of thousands of people demonstrated through central Brussels on Sunday to protest reinforced COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Belgian government to counter the latest spike in coronavirus cases….

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Police canvass the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after a vehicle plowed into a Christmas parade hitting more than 20 people Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Police: ‘Some’ killed when SUV hits Christmas parade

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — An SUV sped through barricades and into a parade of Christmas marchers in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday, killing multiple people as it hit more than 20…

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A Rivercat ferry passes by the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins-class submarine HMAS Waller as it leaves Sydney Harbour on May 4, 2020. The Australian government has considered extending the life of the Collins class as it examines the fate of its next-generation sub program.

US, Australia, UK sign key deal in nuclear sub alliance

Sydney (AFP) – Australia formally embarked Monday on a hotly-contested programme to equip its navy with nuclear-powered submarines in a new defence alliance with Britain and the United States. Defence Minister…

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Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai signs large-sized tennis balls at the opening ceremony of Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Final in Beijing, China November 21, 2021, in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. TWITTER @QINGQINGPARIS via REUTERS

Chinese tennis star says she is safe in video call with Olympic official

BEIJING, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai had a video call on Sunday with the president of the International Olympic Committee and told him she was safe…

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Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai signs large-sized tennis balls at the opening ceremony of Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Final in Beijing, China November 21, 2021, in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. TWITTER @QINGQINGPARIS via REUTERS

Peng Shuai reappears in Beijing, WTA not reassured

BEIJING, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, whose whereabouts have been a matter of international concern for weeks, attended a tennis tournament in Beijing on Sunday, according…

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A Chinese flag-themed, heart-shaped string vibration dampener is pictured on the strings of China’s Peng Shuai as she plays against Romania’s Simona Halep during their women’s singles third round match on the fifth day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 7, 2017. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

UN wants proof of missing Chinese tennis star’s well-being

The United Nations said on Friday it wants proof of the whereabouts of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, missing ever since she made sexual assault allegations against a former vice-premier….

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India’s Modi backs down on farm reforms in surprise victory for protesters

GHAZIABAD, India (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday he would repeal three agriculture laws that farmers have been protesting against for more than a year, a significant climb-down for…

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People are seen at a busy market in a poor township on the outskirts of the capital Harare, Monday, Nov, 15, 2021./ AP

Scientists mystified, wary, as Africa avoids COVID disaster

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At a busy market in a poor township outside Harare this week, Nyasha Ndou kept his mask in his pocket, as hundreds of other people, mostly…

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Iraqi migrants, who voluntarily registered for an evacuation flight from Belarus, arrive at Baghdad International Airport, in Baghdad, Iraq, November 18, 2021. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Iraqis fly back home after failing to cross from Belarus to EU

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Hundreds of Iraqis who had camped for weeks at Belarus’ borders with the EU seeking to cross into the bloc flew back home on…

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China’s Peng Shuai serves the ball during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 13, 2019. William WEST / AFP

China silent on missing tennis star, despite global pressure

An email purportedly from a Chinese professional tennis player that a Chinese state media outlet posted on Twitter has increased concerns about her safety as the sport’s biggest stars and…

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Customer registers for the cup rental service on the smartphone. (Photo by NHK)

Starbucks Japan offers rental cups in Tokyo’s stores

Starbucks Japan is introducing rental cups on a trial basis to some stores in a bid to reduce waste. The company will begin the test next Monday at 10 stores…

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(AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Under pressure, Apple allows self-repairs to iPhones, Macs

Apple is letting some iPhone users fix their own phones, a sharp turnaround for a company that has long prohibited anyone but company-approved technicians from fiddling with its proprietary parts…

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Funeral house employees drag a coffin on a trolley as they arrive at the University Emergency Hospital morgue to take a COVID-19 victim for burial, in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

WHO: Europe is only region with increasing COVID deaths

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says coronavirus deaths in Europe rose 5% in the last week, making it the only region in the world where COVID-19 deaths increased….

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People in a boat travel across flooded farmland in Abbotsford, British Columbia on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

US Northwest, Canada devastated by flood, 1 death reported

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — As many parts of western Washington began drying out Tuesday after a storm that dumped rain for days, waters in some areas continued rising, more people…

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Commuters make their way amid heavy smog conditions pass an anti-smog gun (not pictured) spraying water to curb air pollution in New Delhi on November 16, 2021, as India’s capital air quality regularly plummets to the “severe” category in winter with levels of harmful particulates at dangerous levels. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)

Delhi schools shut indefinitely as smog worsens

New Delhi (AFP) – Delhi shut down schools until further notice, urged people to work from home and banned non-essential trucks from entering the Indian capital due to dangerous levels of…

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86-year-old Salina Steinfeld is crowned “Miss Holocaust Survivor” at the annual Holocaust survivors’ beauty pageant in Jerusalem November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Nir Elias

86-year-old crowned ‘Miss Holocaust Survivor’ in Israeli pageant

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An 86–year–old great-grandmother was crowned “Miss Holocaust Survivor” on Tuesday in an annual Israeli beauty pageant designed to honour women who endured the horrors of the Nazi genocide. Ten contestants – ranging in age from 79 to…

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File photo. A screen shows Chinese President Xi Jinping attending a virtual meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden via video link, at a restaurant in Beijing, China November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

Biden, Xi stick to their positions but turn down the heat in three-hour talk

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Nov 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden pressed his Chinese counterpart on human rights in a video call lasting more than three hours, while Xi Jinping warned that…

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US journalist Danny Fenster, who was imprisoned in Myanmar, arrives at Hamad International Airport in Qatar’s capital Doha on November 15, 2021. – A US journalist imprisoned in Myanmar since May was pardoned and deported, a day before he was due to face terror and sedition charges that could have jailed him for life. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP)

Freed US journalist says he thought Myanmar jail ordeal would never end

Doha, Qatar (AFP) – An American journalist jailed for six months by Myanmar’s military rulers said after his shock release that he battled to stay sane and feared his ordeal would not end,…

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In this image from video provided by NASA, the International Space Station is seen as astronauts in the SpaceX Dragon capsule undock on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, (NASA via AP)

US slams Russia for ‘irresponsible’ space missile test

Washington (AFP) – The United States denounced Russia on Monday for conducting a “dangerous and irresponsible” missile strike that blew up one of its own satellites, creating a debris cloud that…

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President Joe Biden meets virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden and Xi meet virtually as US-China chasm widens

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden opened his virtual meeting with China’s XI Jinping on Monday by saying their goal is to ensure competition “does not veer into conflict.” The…

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An armed police officer holds a breaching shotgun, used to blast the hinges off a door, at an address in Rutland Avenue in Sefton Park, after an explosion at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital in Liverpool, England, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. British police arrested three men under terrorism laws Sunday after a car exploded outside the hospital, killing one man and injuring another. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

UK police: Blast outside hospital was terrorist incident

LONDON (AP) — A blast in a taxi outside a hospital in England that killed a man was caused by an improvised explosive device and is being treated as a…

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(FILE) Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and Vice President Joe Biden hold T-shirts students gave them at the International Studies Learning Center in South Gate, Calif., Feb. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

A complicated relationship: Biden and Xi prepare for meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping have slurped noodles together in Beijing. They’ve shared deep thoughts about the meaning of America during an exchange on the Tibetan…

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk, pictured March 2019, asked his Twitter followers if he should sell 10 percent of his Tesla stock Frederic J. BROWN AFP/File

Elon Musk sells $6.9bn in Tesla shares after Twitter poll

New York (AFP) – Tesla CEO Elon Musk sold more than $6.9 billion worth of shares in the electric carmaker this week, according to regulatory filings released Friday. The 50-year-old South…

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FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with US Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/Pool//File Photo

Biden, Xi to hold virtual summit next week

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden will hold a virtual meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Monday (Nov 15), the White House said, talks Washington hopes will create some stability amid…

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Supporters of singer Britney Spears gather outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on the day of her conservatorship case hearing, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Britney Spears calls end of conservatorship ‘best day ever’

LOS ANGELES, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Calling it her “best day ever,” pop star Britney Spears regained freedom over her life and finances on Friday when a Los Angeles judge…

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A delegate bearing a message on his back “1.5C is life” attends the People’s Plenary during the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow on November 12, 2021. – A draft statement of the COP26 summit called on nations to ease their reliance on fossil fuels as talks entered their final hours without any sign of delivering the emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to 1.5C. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Countries urged to curb fossil fuels on COP26 final day

A draft statement of the COP26 summit Friday called on nations to ease their reliance on fossil fuels as talks entered their final hours without any sign of delivering the…

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Manfred Steiner, who earned his Ph.D. in physics from Brown University at the age of 89, is photographed in his home office in East Providence, R.I., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Man earns Ph.D., fulfills dream of being physicist — at 89

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An 89-year-old Rhode Island man has achieved a goal he spent two decades working toward and nearly a lifetime thinking about — earning his Ph.D….

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A migrant receives medical attention in a camp on the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region on November 11, 2021. (Photo by Ramil NASIBULIN / BELTA / AFP) / Belarus OUT

Western countries slam Belarus over ‘destabilizing’ migrant crisis

United Nations, United States (AFP) – European countries and the US condemned Belarus Thursday over a crisis that has seen hundreds of migrants trapped on its border with Poland, after an emergency…

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A picture taken on November 10, 2021 shows Poland’s servicemen behind a barbed wire fence on the Belarusian-Polish border as they watch migrants camping on the Belarusian side in the Grodno region. Hundreds of desperate migrants are trapped in freezing temperatures on the border and the presence of troops from both sides has raised fears of a confrontation.

Neighbours of Belarus say migrant crisis risks military clash

Countries bordering Belarus expressed concern on Thursday that a crisis over growing numbers of migrants trying to break through its frontiers into the European Union could escalate into a military…

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In this file photo taken on March 14, 2019 Tesla CEO Elon Musk reacts during the unveiling of the new Tesla Model Y in Hawthorne, California.

After Twitter poll, CEO Musk sells off $5B in Tesla shares

DETROIT (AP) — After making a promise on Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has sold about 4.5 million shares of the electric car maker’s stock, raising over $5 billion. The…

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ASEAN-China special summit set for November 22

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Chinese President Xi Jinping will co-chair the special ASEAN-China summit, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their bilateral relations, on November 22nd. It will be their…

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit via video, from Beijing on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021 / AP

China’s leader Xi warns against ‘Cold War’ in Asia-Pacific

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Thursday against letting tensions in the Asian-Pacific region cause a relapse into a Cold War mentality. His remarks on the…

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In this file photo taken on June 22, 2021 US actor Alec Baldwin attends DreamWorks Animation’s “The Boss Baby: Family Business” premiere at SVA Theatre in New York City. – (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Baldwin sued over fatal ‘Rust’ shooting

Los Angeles (AFP) – US actor Alec Baldwin is being sued by a “Rust” crew member over the fatal on-set shooting of a cinematographer last month, lawyers said Wednesday. The negligence…

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FILE – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak during the Global Citizen festival, Sept. 25, 2021 in New York. Britain’s Prince Harry says he warned the chief executive of Twitter ahead of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots that the social media site was being used to stage political unrest in the U.S. capital. Harry made the comments Tuesday, Nov. 9 during a panel on misinformation in California. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah, file)

Harry says he warned Twitter CEO of U.S. Capitol riot

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Harry said he warned the chief executive of Twitter ahead of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots that the social media site was being used to…

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Google loses appeal against EU’s 2.4-billion-euro anti-trust fine

Google lost an appeal on Wednesday against a 2.4-billion-euro ($2.8-billion) fine imposed by the European Union for abusing its search engine dominance — a big win for the bloc’s anti-trust tussle with the tech titan. The ruling by the Luxembourg-based General…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a welcoming ceremony for Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos outside the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee//File Photo

Xi says China is ready to work with U.S. to manage differences

BEIJING, Nov 10 (Reuters) – China is ready to properly manage differences with the United States, President Xi Jinping has said, ahead of a virtual meeting with U.S. President Joe…

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US congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack at the Capitol meet to vote on criminal contempt charges for Steve Bannon, one of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies at the Cannon Office Building on October 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)

Trump cannot block congressional probe of attack on U.S. Capitol, judge rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol can access former President Donald Trump’s White House records, a federal judge ruled…

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (Photo by Christophe PETIT TESSON / POOL / AFP)

Nobel Prize winning activist Malala gets married

London (AFP) – Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Pakistani Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education, got married on Tuesday in a small ceremony in Birmingham,…

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A replica of the COP26 summit’s main UN negotiation stage, carrying activists dressed as world leaders, is half-sunk in the Clyde Canal during the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland Tuesday Nov. 9, 2021. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

Climate talks struggle with gap between rich, poor nations

GLASGOW (AP) — Large rifts remain as United Nations climate talks tick down to a Friday deadline. A lot of the divide comes down to money, which nations have it…

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In this photo provided by NASA, from left to right, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide gesture inside the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft onboard the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. The astronauts returned to Earth on Monday to end a 200-day space station mission that began last spring. (Aubrey Gemignani/NASA via AP)

SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth, ending 200-day flight

Four astronauts returned to Earth on Monday, riding home with SpaceX to end a 200-day space station mission that began last spring. Their capsule streaked through the late night sky…

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Protesters attend a Freedom and Rights Coalition demonstration to demand an end to Covid-19 restrictions and mandatory vaccination outside the Parliament House building in Wellington on November 9, 2021. Neil SANDS / AFP

Thousands protest in New Zealand against COVID-19 rules

New Zealand beefed up security measures at its parliament on Tuesday as thousands of people gathered to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and government lockdowns aimed at controlling the pandemic….

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Members of the Erebara family embrace after being separated before arriving on a flight from the UK, following the easing of pandemic travel restrictions at JFK international airport in New York on November 8, 2021. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Tears, relief, long lines as US reopens borders after 20 months

New York (AFP) – Eager travelers and their relatives rejoiced, wept and breathed sighs of relief Monday as the United States reopened to vaccinated visitors, ending 20 months of Covid-19 restrictions…

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Travelers arrive at a nearly empty security check-in at Newark International Airport on November 21, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. Current US numbers — more than a quarter of a million deaths have been reported — have alarmed authorities enough to advise that people stay home for the November 26 Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans usually travel to be with their families. Kena Betancur / AFP

International travellers head to the United States as flights reopen

Travelers across the world prepared on Monday to be reunited with loved ones in the United States for the first time in nearly two years, as restrictions were lifted to…

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk, pictured March 2019, asked his Twitter followers if he should sell 10 percent of his Tesla stock Frederic J. BROWN AFP/File

Twitter votes Elon Musk should sell 10 percent of Tesla stock

New York (AFP) – Twitter has spoken — after Elon Musk polled his more than 62 million followers on whether he should sell 10 percent of his Tesla shares, by…

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An ambulance is seen in the crowd during the Astroworld music festiwal in Houston, Texas, U.S., November 5, 2021 in this still image obtained from a social media video on November 6, 2021. Courtesy of Twitter @ONACASELLA /via REUTERS

Multiple probes launched into deadly stampede at Houston rap festival

HOUSTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – At least two investigations, one of them criminal, were underway on Sunday into the deadly stampede during rap star Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival that…

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Medical workers wearing personal protective equipment carry a patient on a stretcher, as she arrives on an ambulance at the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ward of the Ippokrateio General Hospital in Thessaloniki, Greece, November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis/File Photo

Global COVID-19 cases near 250 million as Delta surge eases

Nov 7 (Reuters) – Worldwide cases due to COVID-19 were approaching 250 million on Sunday as the surge from the Delta variant eases and more normal trade and tourism resume,…

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A protester holds a placard as youth activists march against climate inaction on the sidelines of the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow on November 5, 2021. – Two days of demonstrations are planned to highlight the disconnect between the glacial pace of emissions reductions and the climate emergency already swamping countries across the world. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Youth groups protest lack of action at climate summit

Thousands of youth descended on the Scottish city of Glasgow on Friday to protest what they say is a dangerous lack of action by leaders at the COP26 climate summit….

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Zhang Zhan

Chinese journalist jailed over Covid reports ‘close to death’

A citizen journalist jailed for her coverage of China’s initial response to Covid in Wuhan is close to death after going on hunger strike, her family said, prompting renewed calls…

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An ethnic Tamil woman prays holding a tray of oil lamps during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Diwali marked in Asia with celebrations, prayers

NEW DELHI (AP) — Millions of people across Asia are celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali, which symbolizes new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over…

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Britain approves Merck’s COVID-19 pill in world first

Britain on Thursday became the first country in the world to approve a potentially game-changing COVID-19 antiviral pill jointly developed by Merck (MRK.N) and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, in a boost to…

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Global CO2 emissions set to rebound this year to pre-Covid levels

Glasgow (AFP) – Global CO2 emissions mainly caused by burning fossil fuels are set to rebound in 2021 to levels seen before the Covid pandemic, according to an assessment published Thursday that…

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Raphael Glucksmann, leader of the opposition Parti Socialiste and Place Publique (Socialist Party and Public Place) list for the European elections, attends a rally in Lyon, France May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

‘You are not alone’: EU Parliament delegation tells Taiwan on first official visit

TAIPEI, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The European Parliament’s first official delegation to Taiwan said on Thursday the diplomatically isolated island is not alone and called for bolder actions to strengthen…

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Visitors take a selfie at the exhibition stand of the Maldives at the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB) in Berlin, Germany, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

Asia tourism reopens with big-spending Chinese stuck at home

(Reuters) – Asia’s gradual easing of international travel curbs is proving a welcome relief for the region’s hard-hit tourism operators slowly opening up to visitors from around the world – with one giant…

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Death toll climbs to 22 in Lagos high-rise collapse

Two more bodies were pulled out early Wednesday from the debris of a collapsed Lagos high-rise building, bringing the death toll to 22 people, the emergency services said. The 21-storey…

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FILE / China is the world’s largest emitter of the greenhouse gases responsible for climate change/ AFP

China hits back after Biden criticises Xi’s COP26 no-show

China hit back Wednesday against criticism by US President Joe Biden, who had accused Beijing of not showing leadership after President Xi Jinping skipped the make-or-break COP26 United Nations summit…

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A Taliban fighter, who was injured during a blast, is pictured at the entrance of the hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan November 2, 2021. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

25 dead in IS suicide attack on Kabul military hospital

At least 25 people were killed and more than 50 wounded when gunmen attacked the hospital after two heavy explosions at the site in central Kabul, officials said. The attack was…

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This undated handout photo received on November 3, 2021 from the Western Australian Police Force shows police searching through rubbish collected during their search for four-year-old Cleo Smith, who disappeared from her family’s tent in Western Australia during the early hours of October 16, sparking an extensive air, sea and ground search. (Photo by HANDOUT / WESTERN AUSTRALIAN POLICE FORCE / AFP)

Four-year-old Australian girl found after 18-day hunt

Perth (AFP) – A four-year-old Australian girl abducted from a campsite 18 days ago was found “alive and well” in a locked house Wednesday, telling elated police officers: “My name is…

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Facebook will shut down facial recognition system

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc announced on Tuesday it is shutting down its facial recognition system, which automatically identifies users in photos and videos, citing growing societal concerns about the use of such technology. “Regulators are…

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Yahoo, Fortnite exit China as tech crackdown bites

US internet services company Yahoo said on Tuesday it has pulled out of mainland China, becoming the latest tech firm to withdraw as a crackdown by Beijing on the industry gathers pace. The move comes just days…

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres greet Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha as they arrive to attend the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021. Christopher Furlong / POOL / AFP

Over 100 global leaders pledge to end deforestation by 2030

GLASGOW (Reuters) – More than 100 global leaders have pledged to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by the end of the decade, underpinned by $19 billion in public and private funds to invest in protecting and restoring…

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Vietnam becomes UK’s biggest trade partner in ASEAN

Vietnam and the United Kingdom have signed 26 cooperation deals, covering areas from trade, agriculture, education, and training to energy and environmental protection. This potentially makes Vietnam the UK’s biggest…

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People stand to look at the rubble of a 21-storey building under construction that collapsed in the Ikoyi district of Lagos, on November 1, 2021. – Several people have been trapped while unspecified number of people mostly construction workers were feared dead as a 21-storey building suddenly collapsed in the Ikoyi district of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Up to 100 missing in collapsed Nigerian high-rise

LAGOS (Reuters) – Up to 100 people were missing after a luxury residential highrise under construction in Nigeria‘s commercial capital Lagos collapsed on Monday, trapping construction workers under a pile of concrete rubble, witnesses said….

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Attendees watch a video message from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II during an evening reception to mark the opening day of COP26 on the sidelines of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021. – COP26, running from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow will be the biggest climate conference since the 2015 Paris summit and is seen as crucial in setting worldwide emission targets to slow global warming, as well as firming up other key commitments. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali / POOL / AFP)

‘Time for action’, Queen Elizabeth tells climate change summit

GLASGOW (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth told the United Nations climate change summit on Monday that “the time for words has now moved to the time for action”, as she urged world leaders…

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Pool

“One minute to midnight” says Johnson as climate conference opens

GLASGOW, Nov 1 (Reuters) – A U.N. conference critical to averting the most disastrous effects of climate change kicked off on Monday, its task made even more daunting by the failure of…

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In this file photo taken on May 06, 2021 French fishing boats protest in front of the port of Saint Helier off the British island of Jersey to draw attention to what they see as unfair restrictions on their ability to fish in UK waters after Brexit, on May 6, 2021. France is ready to hold talks with Britain to resolve on ongoing row over fishing rights as long as London meets its obligations under post-Brexit agreements, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on October 28, 2021. – (Photo by Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP)

UK vows action if French ‘don’t back down’ in fishing row

London (AFP) – Britain on Monday warned France it will take action if Paris does not withdraw “unreasonable” threats to impose trade measures in an increasingly acrimonious row over post-Brexit fishing…

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Delegates attend the First Plenary Meeting of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on October 31, 2021, on the first day of the conference.

Global climate talks open to ever more daunting challenge

GLASGOW (Reuters) – World leaders began arriving on Monday at a U.N. conference critical to averting the most disastrous effects of climate change, their challenge made even more daunting by the failure…

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A family leave to board a plane at Sydney’s International Airport on November 1, 2021, as Australia’s international border reopens almost 600 days after a pandemic closure began. (Photo by Saeed Khan / AFP)

Flowers, cheers and tears as Australia’s border reopens

Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s international border reopened on Monday almost 600 days after a pandemic closure began, sparking emotional scenes at Sydney airport as loved ones reunited. Shortly after dawn, bleary-eyed…

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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the G20 summit in Rome, Italy, October 31, 2021. Picture taken through glass. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

France’s Macron says Australia PM lied to him on submarine deal

SYDNEY (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lied to him over the cancellation of a submarine building contract in September, and indicated more was needed to be…

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Climate activists arrive at Glasgow Central Station ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain October 30, 2021. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Climate-friendly travel plans to COP summit hit by UK weather chaos

MILTON KEYNES, England, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Delegates, campaigners and journalists travelling by train to the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow fell victim to a weather-related delay on Sunday –…

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Taliban supreme leader makes first public appearance

Taliban supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada addressed supporters in the southern city of Kandahar, officials announced Sunday, his first public appearance since taking control of the group in 2016.   Akhundzada…

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South Korea to ease COVID-19 restrictions on November 1st

From November 1st, South Korea will be implementing the first phase of a gradual, post COVID-19 return to normal. Private gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed in…

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Facebook rebrands as Meta. Courtesy Facebook/via REUTERS

Facebook changes name to Meta as it refocuses on virtual reality

Oct 28 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) is now called Meta, the company said on Thursday, in a rebrand that focuses on building the “metaverse,” a shared virtual environment that…

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France seizes British fishing boat in deepening post-Brexit row

LE HAVRE, France, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Britain on Thursday condemned France’s “disproportionate” seizure of a British fishing boat in French waters, marking a sharp deterioration in a row over…

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Founder and inventor of Wondaleaf Unisex Condom John Tang Ing Ching inspects the unisex condom at his factory in Sibu, Malaysia October 19, 2021. Twin Catalyst/Handout via REUTERS

Malaysian gynaecologist creates ‘world’s first unisex condom’

SIBU, Malaysia, Oct 28 (Reuters) – A Malaysian gynaecologist has created what he says is the world’s first unisex condom that can be worn by females or males and is…

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This handout photo released by the host broadcast, ASEAN Summit 2021, on October 26, 2021 shows US President Joe Biden (C) taking part in the ASEAN-US Summit on the sidelines of the 2021 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits held online on a live video conference in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. (Photo by Handout / ASEAN Summit 2021 / AFP)

Biden vows to stand with Asia on freedom, hits at China on Taiwan

WASHINGTON/BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Reuters) – President Joe Biden told Southeast Asian nations on Wednesday the United States would stand with them in defending freedom of the seas and democracy and called China‘s actions towards Taiwan “coercive” and a threat to…

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EU court fines Poland 1 mn euros daily in judiciary row

The EU’s top court on Wednesday ordered Poland to pay one million euros a day for not suspending a controversial “disciplinary chamber” at the heart of a bitter feud between…

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People walk by the harbour in the wake of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) regulations easing, following an extended lockdown to curb an outbreak, in Sydney, Australia, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Australia prepares to reopen borders for first time during pandemic

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will start lifting its outbound travel ban for fully vaccinated residents from Nov. 1 amid a strong uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, as Sydney and Melbourne, its biggest cities,…

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Communist Party Secretary of Beijing, Cai Qi, lights the cauldron during the Olympic flame welcoming ceremony ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, in the lobby of the Olympic Tower in Beijing on October 20, 2021. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

Beijing marks 100 days to Winter Olympics amid COVID, rights concerns

BEIJING, Oct 27 (Reuters) – With 100 days until the start of the Winter Olympics, Beijing is promising a “simple and safe” 2022 Games – although preparations are anything but…

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U.S. President Joe Biden participates virtually with the ASEAN summit from an auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 26, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Biden joins U.S.-ASEAN summit Trump skipped after 2017

WASHINGTON/BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden joined Southeast Asian leaders for a virtual summit on Tuesday, the first time in four years that Washington has engaged at the top level with a…

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