VIRUS TODAY: 3rd vaccine shows promise, death…

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca says late-stage trials showed its vaccine was up to 90% effective as it becomes the third major drug company to report late-stage results for a potential coronavirus vaccine

Biden transition gets green light from GSA

[NFA] President-elect Biden was formally given the go-ahead by a key federal agency to begin his transition to the White House, shortly after Michigan certified him as the state's winner. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Airline Boss Says Vaccination Will Be Required to…

Qantas has become the first major airline to confirm that it won't be allowing unvaccinated passengers on board after coronavirus vaccines become widely available. Alan Joyce, the Australian airline's chief executive, says vaccines will be a "necessity" for international travelers when air travel starts to return to normal, the Financial...

Beppe Modenese, creator of Milan fashion system…

Beppe Modenese, the force behind the coalescence of Italian ready-to-wear fashion in the northern city of Milan, has died

Stocks rally on vaccine news, Yellen speculation

U.S. stocks started the week on an upswing after another drug company posted positive clinical trial results for a COVID-19 vaccine and reports surfaced that President-Elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen to be the next Treasury secretary. Conway G. Gittens reports.

Secret Lockerbie Documents Will Remain Sealed

The family of the only person convicted in the deadliest terror attack in British history say documents held by the UK government could clear his name—but the government is refusing to unseal them. Scotland's most senior judges have ruled to uphold the secrecy order for documents connected to the...

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Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new…

Haircuts, shopping trips and visits to the pub will be back on the agenda for millions of people when a four-week lockdown in England comes to an end next week

Students toast to higher ed with custom wine

Students at Western Michigan University created 'Bronconess' wine brand a year ago as a project. Now, in partnership with the largest winery in Michigan, they’re launching a new sparkling wine to continue raising money for student scholarships. This report produced by Emma Jehle.

Reports: Israeli PM Met Secretly With Saudi Crown…

A secret rendezvous between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also in attendance, reportedly took place Sunday, Israeli sources say. Axios reports that flight data showed a private jet leaving Tel Aviv Sunday evening, arriving in the...

Photojournalist detained at Poland's latest…

Police detained several people, including a photojournalist, as women-led protests over abortion rights flared up again in Warsaw and elsewhere in Poland

Beware of Bitcoin bonanza

Bitcoin appears to be back in vogue, hovering near three-year highs, but Hilary Kramer of Kramer Capital Research warns investors against chasing the cryptocurrency, which has proven it can fall just as fast as it rises. She spoke to Reuters Business Correspondent Conway G. Gittens.

'I'm Not a Rotten Person': Sarkozy Fights to…

Nicolas Sarkozy led France as president from 2007 to 2012. Now, however, his post-presidential life is consumed with fighting corruption charges and avoiding prison. The 65-year-old went on trial Monday, earning the unwanted distinction of becoming the first former French president in modern times who must appear in court, reports...

Belarus pensioners march demanding leader's…

Hundreds of retirees have protested in the Belarusian capital to demand the resignation of the country’s authoritarian leader who won his sixth term in office in a disputed election

First lady welcomes White House Christmas tree

First lady Melania Trump was on hand for the delivery of the White House Christmas Tree on Monday, after it arrived by horse-drawn carriage.

Not Yet, Putin Says of Congratulating Biden

Don't read anything into Russia's reluctance to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin said Sunday. That process is just a formality, the Russian leader said on state TV, Bloomberg reports. But he specified that his recognition does have prerequisites. "We will work with anyone who has the confidence of the...

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Virus deaths of senior Serb religious leaders…

After the two top Serbian Orthodox Church leaders died within a month after testing positive with the coronavirus, health experts and even hardcore believers are starting to worry

Millions travel for Thanksgiving despite warnings

[NFA] The U.S. Transportation Security Administration screened over 3 million passengers this weekend ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, its busiest weekend since mid-March, as people ignored a call from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) not to travel. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

Doctor Suspected of Killing COVID Patients in ICU

A senior doctor in Germany is being held on suspicion of killing two coronavirus patients by injection. The patients—men 47 and 50—had severe cases, police in Essen said, and were in intensive care, Reuters reports. Police said the 44-year-old doctor, who began working at University Hospital around the...

EU, UK still have 'fundamental' differences in…

With the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in quarantine, trade talks with the United Kingdom continued by videoconference this week

Taylor Swift wins sixth AMA Artist of Year

Taylor Swift was named artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Sunday (November 22) and won two other trophies in a ceremony held live in Los Angeles amid tight coronavirus curbs.

US Exits Open Skies Treaty With Russia

After Sunday, the United States and Russia will have only one major treaty between them, reports Fox News , as the US followed through on its vow six months ago to pull out of the Open Skies treaty over what it blamed on Moscow's repeated violations of the pact. The 1992...

Pope book backs George Floyd protests, blasts…

Pope Francis is supporting demands for racial justice in the wake of the U.S. police killing of George Floyd and is blasting COVID-19 skeptics and the media that spread their conspiracies

Honor essential workers this Thanksgiving -NY's…

"This is not a normal Thanksgiving," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters on Monday, urging residents to give thanks to essential workers instead of dwelling on social distancing from family members.

Australia's Deadly Shark Streak Continues

Australia is having a run deadly enough to make one think twice about going to the beach, with a 55-year-old man becoming the eighth shark fatality of the year in an attack Sunday at Cable Beach, on the Indian Ocean coast. The man was attacked by an unknown species of...

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Greece faces renewed lockdown as pressure on…

Greece's health minister says the government is set to extend its lockdown measures beyond the end of November given the spread of COVID-19 and the pressure on hospitals

Dutch children meet St. Nicholas via drive-in

Saint Nicholas and his helpers distributed presents to excited children at a drive-in in the Dutch city of Appeldoorn on Sunday (November 22).

Trump Tees Off After Brief G20 Appearance

President Trump hit the links Saturday as G20 leaders grappled with the pandemic and America logged a record 198,500 new daily infections, the Guardian reports. The G20 summit's online "Pandemic Preparedness" event featured leaders such as French President Emmanuel Macron, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and South Korean President...