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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine within weeks, after UK regulators granted emergency approval and the world's first roll-out begins next week, reports late Saturday said.

Op-Ed: Romney condemns Trump's 'lack of leadership' as thousands die

Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Thursday night issued a scathing condemnation of President Donald Trump’s leadership during the coronavirus pandemic, calling the president's rhetoric a “great human tragedy.”

Op-Ed: US Embassy 'radiation weapon' attacks confirmed — Now what?

A war of sorts, in the form of attacks with radiation weapons on US Embassy staff, has been alleged for several years. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have now effectively confirmed this to be the case.

UN Women Australia — Carrying the heavy load for women Special

UN Women may have one of the hardest tasks in history – Saving women from global insanities. It’s a long list of atrocities, and this is the organization carrying the load.

Work set to resume on NordStream 2 pipeline despite US protest

Work looks set to resume on the controversial NordStream 2 pipeline that will bring Russian gas to Germany despite a fresh protest from the United States on Saturday.

Asteroid dust collected by Japan probe arrives on Earth

In a streak of light across the night sky, samples collected from a distant asteroid arrived on Earth on Sunday after being dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2.

Trump to appear in Georgia in gamble over control of US Senate

President Donald Trump ventures out of Washington on Saturday for his first political appearance since his election defeat to Joe Biden, campaigning in Georgia where two run-off races will decide the fate of the US Senate.

France charges suspect in deadly 1982 Paris attack

A suspect in a 1982 attack on a Jewish neighbourhood in Paris that killed six people was on Saturday charged and remanded in custody by French ities after his extradition from Norway, judicial sources said.

Saudi says allies 'on board' for resolution of Gulf crisis

A resolution of the Gulf diplomatic crisis is in sight, with all nations involved "on board" and final agreement expected soon, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said Saturday.

Johnson, EU chief agree more Brexit talks to try to break deadlock

Britain and the European Union will reconvene post-Brexit trade negotiations in Brussels on Sunday after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen held inconclusive talks, as time runs out to seal a deal.

French ex-president Giscard laid to rest in low-key ceremony

France's former president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, credited with leading social and technological reform of the country and placing it at the heart of Europe, was laid to rest Saturday in a low-key funeral attended only by family and his close circle....

Macron urged to press ally Sisi on rights in Paris visit

President Emmanuel Macron hosts Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from Sunday for a three-day state visit with France facing calls from activists that Egypt should not be "indulged" despite the close alliance between Cairo and Paris.

In Iraq's Mosul, wholesale market revives trade legacy

Mountains of kitchen supplies, back-to-back butchers: the historic wholesale market in Iraq's Mosul is battling the odds -- from extremists to epidemic -- to revive the city's reputation as a trading hub.

Moscow starts inoculating vulnerable workers against coronavirus

Moscow on Saturday began vaccinating workers at high risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus at newly opened clinics across the city.

'Millionaire's tax' for virus relief passes Argentina Senate

Argentina's Senate passed a tax on about 12,000 of the country's richest people on Friday, to pay for coronavirus measures including medical supplies and relief for the poor and small businesses.

WHO warns virus crisis not over as vaccine rollout starts

The World Health Organization warned that vaccines were no magic bullet for the coronavirus crisis, as Russia started vaccinating its high-risk workers Saturday and other countries geared up for similar programmes.

Brexit casts shadow over Gibraltar's future

With its traditional British red phone boxes, pubs serving fish-and-chips and tax-free shopping, Gibraltar has long drawn day-trippers from neighbouring Spain.

US ends China-funded exchange programs, calls them 'propaganda tools'

The US State Department said Friday it was terminating five Chinese-funded exchange programs with the United States, calling them propaganda tools for Beijing.

Mine collapse in Nicaragua traps at least 10

A mudslide in an unlicensed gold mine in Nicaragua trapped at least 10 workers Friday, state-run media reported.Crews began work to try to rescue the miners after the accident in the La Esperanza region of southern Nicaragua.

Peru repeals farm law after days of road blockades

Peru's Congress on Friday repealed a farming law that had triggered days of roadblocks and other protests by striking workers.

John Lennon: rockers' troubled muse, 40 years on

John Lennon's career was cut short 40 years ago when he was shot dead in New York -- but he lives on in the songs and attitudes of other artists.Many sing his tunes, some mention him in their lyrics, while others question his legacy or even admit...

Imagine: John Lennon shot on his doorstep 40 years ago

Late on a mild December evening in 1980, a young man with a revolver shot John Lennon four times in the back as the singer arrived 扑克王游戏下载home from a recording studio with his wife, Yoko Ono.

Kuwait parliamentary race kicks off under shadow of pandemic

Kuwait is holding parliamentary elections Saturday under the shadow of Covid-19, with facilities laid on for citizens infected with the disease to vote in special polling stations.

Cuba talks on freedom of expression break down after rare protest

Dialogue over freedom of expression between Cuba's government and artists who organized a rare protest last week hit an impasse Friday as communist ities accused some of them of being financed by the United States.

'Que pasa, New York?': John Lennon and the city that set him free

On December 8, 1980 the filigree gates of New York's Dakota residence across from Central Park went down in history as the spot John Lennon was shot dead.

Palestinian teen killed in clashes with Israeli army: govt

A Palestinian teenager was killed on Friday in clashes with the Israeli army on the sidelines of a protest in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.

After troop cuts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Trump orders pullout from Somalia

President Donald Trump has ordered the removal of most US military and security personnel from Somalia, where they have been conducting operations against the Al-Shabaab militant group, the Pentagon said Friday.

What happens if the President-elect dies before being sworn in? Special

With the coronavirus pandemic rapidly spreading across the U.S., and both President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden both being in their seventies, harsh questions need to be asked - such as, who becomes president if Biden withdraws or dies?

Palestinian teen killed in West Bank clashes with Israeli army: health ministry

A Palestinian teenager was killed on Friday in clashes with the Israeli army on the sidelines of a protest in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.

UN chief urges Karabakh talks under international format

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for renewed negotiations over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region under a long-established international process after a ceasefire halted recent fighting there.

WHO warns vaccines 'do not equal zero Covid'

The roll-out of vaccines to fight the Covid-19 pandemic will not by itself eliminate the deadly coronavirus, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

US House backs decriminalizing cannabis in historic vote

US House legislators voted for the first time Friday to decriminalize cannabis, a key step towards bringing federal laws in line with states and other countries that have freed up use of the drug.

Erdogan hopes France will 'get rid of Macron' as soon as possible

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he hopes France will get rid of Emmanuel Macron as soon as possible, the latest salvo in an escalating war of words between the two leaders.

Divers find Nazis' Enigma code machine in Baltic Sea

German divers who recently fished an Enigma encryption machine out of the Baltic Sea, used by the Nazis to send coded messages during World War II, handed their rare find over to a museum for restoration on Friday.

Macron attacks 'big lie' that France is eroding freedoms

President Emmanuel Macron on Friday denied claims that freedoms are being eroded in France under his rule as a "big lie", with controversy intensifying over a new security law.

WHO chief warns poor could be 'trampled' in vaccine push

The head of the World Health Organization warned Friday that the poor risk being "trampled" as wealthy nations roll out Covid-19 vaccines, which he said should be a public good.

Hungary-Poland axis shows strain over EU budget veto

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday that he would continue to block the EU's budget and coronavirus recovery fund over rule-of-law criteria, although his veto ally Poland signalled a possible compromise.

Chipping forecast: Ireland fears Brexit blight on spud supply

In Dublin's oldest chip shop, a pile of British potatoes plunges into a scalding vat of amber oil and under its roiling surface, everyday alchemy creates a cherished deep-fried treat.

Austrian ex-finance minister gets 8 years in jail for corruption

A Vienna court on Friday sentenced a flamboyant, jet-setting former Austrian finance minister to eight years in prison in the country's biggest corruption trial since World War II.

Erdogan hopes France will 'get rid of Macron' as soon as possible

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday he hopes France will get rid of Emmanuel Macron as soon as possible, the latest salvo in an escalating war of words between the two leaders.

Nations plan for vaccine as global virus cases top 65 million

Global coronavirus infections surged past 65 million on Friday even as countries doubled down on restrictions and plans to roll out vaccines gathered pace.
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