Pandemic precautions still needed

                          COVID-19 vaccines reduce transmission of the dominant Delta variant by about 40 percent, the WHO said Wednesday, warning that people were falling into a false sense of security concerning jabs.

                          'No progress' in Iran talks: UN

                          The UN nuclear watchdog said Wednesday there had been “no progress” in talks with Tehran on disputes over the monitoring of Iran's atomic program, just days before talks restart on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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                          • Germany's new government prepares to legalize recreational cannabis

                            Amsterdam may soon have a rival as the European capital of cannabis, with Germany's next government planning to legalize recreational use of the drug.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/25 18:38:39
                          • Iraq water resources in danger: World Bank

                            Iraq could suffer a 20 percent drop in water resources by 2050 due to climate change, the World Bank said Wednesday, warning of repercussions on growth and jobs.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/25 18:33:40
                          • UAE crown prince puts aside rivalry, makes first Turkey visit in decade

                            The UAE announced a $10 billion fund for investments in Turkey on Wednesday during Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed's visit to Ankara, burying past rivalries.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/25 18:08:39
                          • Australia sends forces to Solomon Islands: report

                            Australia announced the snap deployment of a police and military peacekeeping force to the Solomon Islands Thursday, hoping to quell two days of riots that threaten to topple the government in Honiara.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/25 18:03:40
                          • New Swedish PM resigns on first day in job

                            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.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/25 17:48:40
                          • Germany's total COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000

                            Germany announced record coronavirus fatalities and infections Thursday as its total death toll passed 100,000, with its most severe virus wave yet breaking just as a new government prepares to take the reins.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/25 17:48:39
                          • 3 white men found guilty of killing black

                            Three white men were found guilty of murder Wednesday for shooting dead an African-American man after chasing him in their pickup trucks, following a racially charged trial in the southern US state of Georgia that gripped the nation.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/25 17:43:40
                          • Expanding digital world

                            The metaverse will soon be a place not only to just buy virtual goods and meet avatars, but also to get essential public services, as governments prepare to enter the rapidly expanding digital world despite concerns about privacy and other rights.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/25 17:38:39
                          • Europe likely to be hit more severely by COVID-19 in December, January

                            Hurling fireworks and setting fire to vehicles, thousands of people have taken to the streets in Europe recently to protest against reinforced COVID-19 measures as a new wave of the virus sweeps through the continent. Worse may yet be to come as winter and the Christmas festive season could boost infections, Chinese observers warned.

                            By Zhang Hui and Wan Hengyi | 2021/11/25 0:29:51
                          • Serbia's Vucic Says Without Russia Belgrade Would Have Paid Up to $1,000 for Gas

                            If not for its partnership with Russia, Serbia would have had to buy gas for 800-900 euros (about $900-$1,000) per 1,000 cubic meters, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said.

                            By sputniknews.com | 2021/11/24 18:35:26
                          • Google, Twitter, Facebook Face 8 More Legal Complaints in Russia, Court Says

                            Transnational IT giants Google, Twitter and Meta (formerly Facebook) received a total of eight new administrative protocols in Russia for failure to remove banned content from their platforms, a Moscow court said on Tuesday.

                            By sputniknews.com | 2021/11/24 18:32:33
                          • UN to evacuate families of staff in Ethiopia as Tigrayan rebels near Addis Ababa

                            International alarm mounted on Tuesday over the escalating war in Ethiopia as Tigrayan rebels claimed to be edging closer to the capital Addis Ababa and more foreign citizens were told to leave.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/24 17:38:39
                          • 4 killed in Israel strikes on Syria: war monitor

                            Two civilians were among four people killed by Israeli strikes on Wednesday that targeted a part of Syria where fighters loyal to Lebanon's Hezbollah are based, a monitor said.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/24 17:33:40
                          • Europe battles COVID-19 surge

                            Europe remains “in the firm grip” of COVID-19 and the continent's death toll could top 2.2 million in winter 2021 if current trends continue, the WHO warned on Tuesday.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/24 17:33:40
                          • Biden releases US strategic oil reserves

                            President Joe Biden tapped the US strategic oil reserves Tuesday in a bid to reassure Americans angry about inflation and goods shortages as they head off to Thanksgiving – and to buoy up his sinking poll ratings.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/24 17:19:07
                          • EU Parliament greenlights farm subsidies despite objections

                            The European Parliament gave its final green light on Tuesday to the EU's vast farm subsidy program despite the opposition of environmentalists, who denounced its terms as “greenwashing.”

                            By AFP | 2021/11/24 16:58:40
                          • Singapore to see moderate GDP growth

                            Singapore's economy is expected to grow about 7 percent in 2021, at the top of the official forecast range, and will expand at a slower pace in 2022 as an uneven recovery continues across sectors, the government said on Wednesday.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/24 16:58:39
                          • New Zealand to stay closed to foreigners

                            New Zealand said Wednesday it will not reopen to foreign travelers for at least another five months, as it slowly relaxes some of the world's toughest pandemic border restrictions.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/24 16:43:39
                          • Brooks case highlights complexity, sharpness of US society's deeply rooted contradictions

                            Disputes on racial issues arose again in the US after a black man drove a SUV into a Christmas parade in Wisconsin on Monday, leaving five dead and 48 injured. Following the Kyle Rittenhouse case which has sparked protests in multiple cities, racial antagonism has erupted in the US society, aggravating social split.

                            By GT staff reporters | 2021/11/24 1:43:13
                          • Not always reliable

                            Mbonagaija Nestoli knows how it feels to live in fear of the river.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/23 20:08:39
                          • Australian energy firm sparks outrage with new gas field project

                            Australian environmental groups on Tuesday vowed to scupper plans for a vast new gas project off the country's pristine northwest coast, saying it would critically undercut international climate efforts.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/23 20:03:40
                          • Lava flows threaten coastal towns in La Palma

                            Authorities on the Spanish island of La Palma ordered residents of three coastal towns to stay indoors on Monday after a new stream of lava crashed into the ocean, sending thick clouds of potentially toxic gases high into the sky.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/23 20:03:39
                          • Pandemic fallout to be felt for years

                            Beyond killing millions and ravaging economies and health systems, the coronavirus pandemic has taken a devastating socioeconomic toll with women and migrants among the most affected, the Red Cross said Monday.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/23 19:58:39
                          • Six Inuits seek compensation from Denmark

                            Six Inuits who were snatched from their families in Greenland and taken to Denmark 70 years ago are demanding compensation from Copenhagen for a lost childhood, their lawyer said Monday.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/23 18:38:39
                          • Two journalists released in Canada after arrest at protest

                            Two journalists whose arrests last week at an indigenous protest against a pipeline in Canada drew widespread condemnation were released on bail on Monday.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/23 18:28:40
                          • Violent COVID-19 unrest: Dutch PM

                            Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday condemned three nights of unrest over anti-COVID-19 measures as “pure violence” by “idiots” and vowed to prosecute those responsible.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/23 18:13:39
                          • At least 45 people dead in bus blaze in Bulgaria

                            At least 45 people, including a dozen minors, were killed after a bus caught fire south of the Bulgarian capital early Tuesday morning, officials said.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/23 18:03:40
                          • Armenian soldier killed in shootout with Azerbaijan despite cease-fire

                            Armenia said one of its soldiers was killed in a border shoot-out with Azerbaijan on Monday, the latest incident between the two arch-foes that fought a war over disputed territory in 2020.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/23 18:03:39
                          • Sudan needs 'economic gains'

                            Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Monday that maintaining the economic gains from the past two years was among the reasons he had decided to return to his post, under a deal with the military nearly a month after he was removed in a coup.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/23 17:58:39
                          • France's 5th COVID-19 wave sees rise in infections

                            Fifth-wave coronavirus infections in France are rising at an alarming rate, the government reported Sunday, with new daily COVID-19 cases close to doubling over the past week.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/22 18:48:39
                          • Australia to reopen borders to foreign students, workers

                            Australia announced on Monday that it will reopen to foreign students and skilled workers from December, easing some of the world's most stringent COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/22 18:48:39
                          • Two N.American hostages in Haiti freed

                            Two of the 17 North Americans who were abducted by a Haitian gang in mid-October have been freed, the church that they were affiliated with said Sunday, reporting that they were “in good spirits.”

                            By AFP | 2021/11/22 18:43:39
                          • Stark choice ahead as Chileans head to polarized presidential poll

                            A far-right fiscal conservative and a left-wing former student activist will vie to become president of Chile in December, two years after anti-inequality protests that set the country on the path to constitutional change.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/22 17:53:39
                          • Return to norm for schools in South Korea

                            For the first time since South Korea began battling its coronavirus outbreak in early 2020, all schools across the country resumed full-time in-person classes on Monday.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/22 17:48:39
                          • US called 'backsliding' democracy

                            The US has joined an annual list of “backsliding” democracies for the first time, the International IDEA think tank said on Monday, pointing to a “visible deterioration” that it said began in 2019.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/22 17:38:39
                          • 40 wounded after SUV ploughs into Christmas crowd

                            Five people were killed and 40 others wounded after a vehicle plowed into a Christmas parade in the US state of Wisconsin on Sunday, police said.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/22 17:23:39
                          • Venezuelan polls seen as litmus test for Maduro govt

                            Venezuelan opposition parties participated in elections Sunday for the first time since 2017, voting for governors and mayors in a litmus test for President Nicolas Maduro's government amid international sanctions and economic crisis.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/22 17:18:39
                          • UN warns of 'colossal' impact if Afghan banking system collapses

                            The United Nations on Monday pushed for urgent action to prop up Afghanistan's banks, warning that a spike in people unable to repay loans, lower deposits and a cash liquidity crunch could cause the financial system to collapse within months.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/22 17:13:41
                          • Desperate to make a living

                            From leg amputations in Thailand to hijackings in Nigeria, millions of food delivery drivers around the world find themselves torn between the desperation to make a living and the fear that each ride may be their last.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/22 17:13:39
                          • Ousted Sudan PM to return to government

                            Sudan's top military leader and the prime minister ousted in October have reached a deal for the premier's return to government and the release of detained civilian leaders, mediators said Sunday.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/21 18:18:39
                          • Taliban begin paying salaries to govt employees, deny banking system paralyzed

                            Afghanistan's Taliban authorities said Saturday that they had begun paying government employees who had not received a paycheck since the Islamists seized power and triggered a major financial crisis.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/21 17:48:39
                          • 'Accidental' gun discharge causes panic at US airport

                            A gun that accidentally discharged after being discovered at an X-Ray checkpoint in Atlanta's busy international airport sent dozens of passengers scurrying for cover and briefly resulted in the facility's closure Saturday just days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/21 17:48:39
                          • Tens of thousands protest curbs

                            Tens of thousands took to the streets in cities across Europe Saturday as anger mounted over fresh COVID-19 restrictions imposed against a resurgent pandemic.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/21 17:33:39
                          • Death toll rises to four amid record flooding in western Canada: authorities

                            The death toll from record flooding in western Canada has risen to four, with a fifth person still missing, local authorities there said Saturday.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/21 17:18:39
                          • UK to probe 'systematic bias' found in medical tech

                            Britain's health secretary announced Sunday he has launched an independent review to examine if “systematic bias” exists in the development of medical devices, after COVID-19 brought the issue “to the fore.”

                            By AFP | 2021/11/21 17:08:40
                          • Looted artifacts return to Ethiopia

                            Ethiopia on Saturday hailed the return of precious artifacts looted by British soldiers more than 150 years ago, after a long campaign for their restitution.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/21 16:53:39
                          • Singapore-Australia bubble boon for students

                            A group of international university students arrived in Australia from Singapore on Sunday after nearly a two-year pandemic absence, as a travel bubble between the two countries came into effect.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/21 16:43:39
                          • France sends elite forces to Guadeloupe after night of looting

                            France sent dozens of elite police and counter-terrorism officers to its Caribbean island of Guadeloupe Saturday following looting and arson overnight in defiance of an overnight curfew.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/21 16:33:40
                          • Saving lives & minimizing losses

                            Giridhar Pegu shuddered as he remembered the day in July 2020 when raging floodwaters trapped him, alone, in his home in northeast India.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/21 16:28:39
                          • Thailand unveils APEC 2022 logo

                            Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai on Thursday unveiled a new logo for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group in 2022, further emphasizing the theme of "Open. Connect. Balance."

                            By Xinhua | 2021/11/19 9:24:23
                          • India, China should strengthen cooperation on carbon neutrality

                            A potential lockdown in India in response to worrying air pollution levels shows that the country should pay more attention to environmental governance amid its continuous efforts to compete with China as a world-class power, experts said.

                            By Qi Xijia and Zhang Hongpei | 2021/11/19 1:06:21
                          • 34,000 protest in Greece on anniversary of student revolt

                            Tens of thousands of people joined protests in Greece's two largest cities on Wednesday, marking the anniversary of a 1973 student revolt against a US-backed junta, an annual event that often sparks violence.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/18 17:38:39
                          • At least 15 people shot dead in anti-coup demonstrations in Sudan, medics say

                            Security forces shot dead at least 15 people and wounded dozens as thousands of Sudanese took to the streets on Wednesday on the deadliest day in a month of demonstrations against military rule, medics said.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/18 17:33:39
                          • New restrictions imposed as COVID-19 surged in Europe

                            Germans and Austrians are rushing to get vaccinated against coronavirus as infections soar across Europe and governments impose restrictions on the unvaccinated, figures showed on Wednesday.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/18 17:28:40
                          • Technology breaks bias

                            Is it because she is a mother? Or perhaps she is perceived as lacking ambition, or leadership qualities?

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/18 17:18:39
                          • Canada death toll set to rise as floods ravage Pacific coast

                            Canada is sending the military to help evacuate and support communities hit by “catastrophic” flooding with the death toll expected to rise after record rainfall on the Pacific coast triggered a state of emergency Wednesday.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/18 17:03:40
                          • Sweden to get vaccination pass on Dec 1

                            Sweden will introduce a COVID-19 vaccination pass on December 1 for public indoor events of more than 100 people, as cases rise in much of Europe, the government said Wednesday.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/18 17:03:39
                          • Hush in S.Korea as students sit tough exam

                            A hush fell over South Korea Thursday as more than half a million students sat the grueling, high-stakes national university entrance exam, with authorities taking extraordinary measures to minimize distractions.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/18 16:58:40
                          • 'Differences' between Japan and South Korea derail US press conference

                            A joint press conference in Washington between the deputy foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea was canceled at the last minute because of “differences” between the two US allies, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who had been due to host the event, said on Wednesday.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/18 16:53:39
                          • Aboriginal heritage law falls short: investor body

                            New Western Australian legislation to better protect Aboriginal heritage fell short of international standards, an investor body said on Thursday, after the proposed changes came under fire from Indigenous groups.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/18 16:48:39
                          • Stiff sentence for Jacob Chansley

                            The self-proclaimed “shaman” whose bare chest and horned fur headgear made him the face of the January 6 assault on the US Capitol was sentenced Wednesday to 41 months in prison.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/18 16:43:40
                          • New COVID-19 wave in France may accelerate in coming weeks: health advisor

                            France will face the acceleration of the fifth wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the coming weeks, Jean-Francois Delfraissy, head of the scientific council that advises the government on COVID-19, warned on Wednesday.

                            By Xinhua | 2021/11/18 11:51:57
                          • Lawsuit filed over music festival stampede claiming 10 lives in US Houston

                            Attorney Tony Buzbee in Houston, the largest city in southern U.S. state of Texas, on Wednesday filed a lawsuit on behalf of up to 125 clients seeking more than 750 million U.S. dollars for the loss of mental and physical health, and human life following the Astroworld music festival stampede leaving 10 people dead.

                            By Xinhua | 2021/11/18 8:51:33
                          • NZ to ease Auckland domestic border curbs

                            Domestic borders around New Zealand's largest city Auckland will reopen from December 15 for fully vaccinated people and those with negative COVID-19 test results, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/17 18:23:39
                          • Parthenon Marbles feud should not strain ties: the UK

                            Britain said Tuesday it had agreed with Greece that a long-running dispute between the two countries over the Parthenon Marbles “in no way affects the strength of the UK-Greece partnership.”

                            By AFP | 2021/11/17 18:13:39
                          • Bolsonaro govt accused of censoring exams

                            Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro brushed off controversy over allegations that his government censored questions on Brazil's high school exit exam, saying he was proud the test was now starting to “resemble this administration.”

                            By AFP | 2021/11/17 18:08:40
                          • France boosts space surveillance capabilities with military satellite launch

                            France on Tuesday boosted its space surveillance capabilities with the launch of three electromagnetic-monitoring military satellites, one of only four nations known to operate this kind of technology.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/17 17:58:40
                          • Smog chokes residents in Pakistani city of Lahore

                            The Pakistani city of Lahore was declared the most polluted city in the world by an air quality monitor on Wednesday, as residents choking in acrid smog pleaded with officials to take action.

                            By Agencies | 2021/11/17 17:58:39
                          • Mudslides turn deadly in Canada

                            Canadian police said Tuesday at least one person has died in torrential rains that trapped motorists in mudslides, forced thousands to evacuate their homes and cut off Vancouver from the rest of Canada.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/17 17:53:39
                          • Armenia, Azerbaijan agree Moscow-brokered cease-fire after border clash

                            Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on Tuesday to a cease-fire at their border, the Armenian defense ministry said, after Russia urged them to step back from confrontation following the deadliest clash since a war in 2020.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/17 17:43:40
                          • Mexico gives migrants in 'caravan' right to work

                            More than 1,500 members of a migrant caravan that set off toward the US border from southern Mexico in October have been issued documents to regularize their stay in Mexico, the migration authority said on Tuesday.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/17 17:43:39
                          • Biden marks infrastructure bill

                            US President Joe Biden flew Tuesday to a creaky bridge in New Hampshire to tout his rare victory in passing a bipartisan infrastructure package, hoping the $1 trillion measure will also put his own presidency back on the road.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/17 17:38:39
                          • Vicious circle

                            Valentina Ramirez was about to finish her studies when she got pregnant at the age of 18 – an accident that shattered the Colombian teenager's dreams of earning a technical degree and becoming a flight attendant.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/17 17:28:39
                          • Russia Begins Supplying S-400 Air Defense Systems to India - Government

                            Russia has started delivering the S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems to India, the deliveries are going as planned, Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Dmitry Shugaev told Sputnik ahead of the Dubai Airshow.

                            By Sputnik | 2021/11/17 10:43:01
                          • Assange's Father: Would Be 'Honorable' for France to Offer Asylum to WikiLeaks Founder

                            As extradition proceedings continue, WikiLeaks founder and activist Julian Assange was recently granted an allowance by the UK's Belmarsh Prison to marry longtime fiancée Stella Moris, the mother of two of Assange's children. Assange, if extradited to the US, could face up to 175 years behind bars.

                            By Sputnik | 2021/11/17 10:40:50
                          • Indoor mask mandate to be lifted for US capital

                            The indoor mask mandate will be lifted for Washington, D.C., the US capital city, beginning Nov. 22, the city's mayor announced Tuesday.

                            By Xinhua | 2021/11/17 8:28:59
                          • 'Scary and chilling'

                            When the sheriff in Suffolk County, New York, requested $700,000 from the US government for an artificial intelligence system to eavesdrop on prison phone conversations, his office called it a key tool in fighting gang-related and violent crime.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/16 18:43:39
                          • No US return to the moon before 2026: government audit

                            The return of the US to the moon, already postponed last week by NASA from 2024 to 2025, will actually take place in 2026 “at the earliest,” according to a government audit published on Monday.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/16 17:58:40
                          • Poor nations left behind by big pharma

                            Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna are making combined profits of $65,000 every minute from their highly successful COVID-19 vaccines while the world's poorest countries remain largely unvaccinated, according to a new analysis.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/16 17:58:39
                          • Heavy rain forces evacuations in Canada

                            Relentless rain battered Canada's Pacific coast on Monday, forcing a town's evacuation and trapping motorists as mudslides, rocks and debris were washed across major highways.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/16 17:48:39
                          • Police name dead suspect in Liverpool blast as UK raises terror threat level

                            Britain raised its terrorism threat level Monday, hours after an improvised explosion outside a hospital in Liverpool, as police named the suspect believed to have made the homemade device before dying in the blast.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/16 17:38:40
                          • Ecuador jail, military heads resign after prison violence

                            Ecuador is “seriously threatened” by drug trafficking mafias who want to “take control of all the country's prisons,” President Guillermo Lasso said Monday, after the heads of the armed forces and the prison service quit following jail riots that left 68 people dead.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/16 17:38:39
                          • Austria locks down unvaccinated

                            Austria on Monday became the first country in the European Union to impose a lockdown on the unvaccinated and start inoculating children as young as five after coronavirus cases surged across the continent.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/16 17:33:39
                          • Solution to post-Brexit Northern Ireland trade row 'still possible': PM

                            Britain's prime minister said Monday that finding a solution with the European Union (EU) to Brexit agreement problems regarding Northern Ireland “still seems possible,” but reiterated he was ready to trigger a suspension clause in the deal.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/16 17:28:40
                          • Indian Hindu hardliners attack Muslim ex-FM's home

                            Hindu militants attacked and set fire to the home of a former Indian foreign minister, police said, in the latest incident of religious violence that critics say has been inflamed under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to a report by AFP on Tuesday.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/16 17:28:39
                          • New bill gives Biden rare win

                            Battered by critics and dire opinion polls, President Joe Biden signed into law the biggest US infrastructure revamp in more than half a century at a rare bipartisan celebration in the White House on Monday.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/16 17:18:40
                          • Support for Australian PM hits 18-month low

                            Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's personal approval rating has fallen to its lowest level in 18 months, a widely watched poll showed on Monday.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/15 18:33:39
                          • British police arrest three men after deadly car explosion

                            British police announced the arrest of three men after a car exploded in front of Liverpool Women's Hospital, in the city center, killing one man and injuring another Sunday morning.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/15 18:28:39
                          • Japan's economy shrinks exponentially

                            Japan's economy contracted much faster than expected in the third quarter as global supply disruptions hit exports and business spending plans and fresh COVID-19 cases soured the consumer mood.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/15 18:13:40
                          • 'Grasp the urgency'

                            Billowing smoke from wildfires was so thick over the summer that it blocked out mountain views in the western US and prompted health warnings for vulnerable people – even those far from the deadly blazes – to stay indoors.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/15 18:08:39
                          • UN releases funds for Ethiopia aid

                            The United Nations said Monday it had released emergency funds to help provide life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection to civilians caught up in Ethiopia's spiralling conflict.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/15 17:53:39
                          • Taliban put on show of strength with parade of American-made weapons

                            Taliban forces held a military parade in Kabul on Sunday using captured American-made armored vehicles and Russian helicopters in a display that showed their ongoing transformation from an insurgent force to a regular standing army.

                            By Reuters | 2021/11/15 17:48:39
                          • US military defends airstrike

                            The US Central Command said Sunday that a 2019 airstrike that killed civilians in Syria was “legitimate,” after a New York Times investigation said the military had concealed the death of dozens of non-combatants.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/15 17:43:40
                          • 'Sprained back' waylays UK's Queen Elizabeth II

                            Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday missed the annual Remembrance service at the Cenotaph with a “sprained back,” further stoking fears for her health after she was forced to cancel a series of engagements on medical advice.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/15 17:28:39
                          • Cambodia reopens to fully vaccinated foreign travelers to boost tourism

                            Cambodia has announced that fully vaccinated foreign travelers can visit the kingdom without quarantine from Monday, giving a boost to the pandemic-hobbled tourism industry.

                            By AFP | 2021/11/15 17:28:39
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