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  Story 1409 -   Thursday January 21, 2021
Biden faces a more confident China after US chaos
BEIJING (AP) — As a new U.S. president takes office, he faces a determined Chinese leadership that could be further emboldened by America’s troubles at home. The disarray in America, from the rampant COVID-19 pandemic to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, gives China’s ruling Communist Party a boost as it pursues its long-running quest for national “rejuvenation” — a bid to return the country to what it sees as its rightful place as a major natio ...
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  Story 1408 -   Thursday January 21, 2021
World hopes for renewed cooperation with US under Biden
MEXICO CITY (AP) — World leaders welcomed into their ranks the new U.S. President Joe Biden, noting their most pressing problems, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, require multilateral cooperation, an approach his predecessor Donald Trump ridiculed. Many expressed hope Biden would right U.S. democracy two weeks after rioters stormed the Capitol, shaking the faith of those fighting for democracy in their own countries. Gove ...
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  Story 1407 -   Wednesday January 20, 2021
Thailand demonstrates its inhumanity sentencing a woman to 43 years in prison for insulting  the Thai monarchy
Bangkok - On Tuesday, 65-year-old Anchan Preelert has been sentenced to 43-years in prison by a Thai court for insulting the monarchy. This sentence means she will die in prison and the sentence can be seen as a "warning shot" to protesters demanding reform in the kingdom. The sentence is believed to be the harshest ever given under Thailand's lese majeste laws and comes after months of youth-led protests last year openly calling for reform of ...
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  Story 1406 -   Saturday January 16, 2021
Global covid-19 deaths now more than 2 million
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday, crossing the threshold amid a vaccine rollout so immense but so uneven that in some countries there is real hope of vanquishing the outbreak, while in other, less-developed parts of the world, it seems a far-off dream. The numbing figure was reached just over a year after the coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The number of dead, compiled ...
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  Story 1405 -   Saturday January 16, 2021
Cambodia says China donates 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Friday that China will provide a million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to be used for inoculating 500,000 people. After 15 new cases on Friday, Hun Sen said the Chinese shots were needed despite his previous position that Cambodia would only use vaccines recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO). “Many countries are already using vaccines, including those of the People’s R ...
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  Story 1404 -   Saturday January 16, 2021
China says latest COVID-19 outbreak caused by imported cases
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the northeast have come from travelers entering the country or contaminated frozen food imports, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Saturday NHC Minister Ma Xiaowei made the comments at a government meeting, where he also said the virus was spreading to rural areas and that the handling of the recent situation had exposed how prevention and control measures had been relaxed. ...
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Speeding driver kills woman and left another woman disabled for live Lyndsey Green died and her friend Nicola Worrall so badly injured she needed to learn to walk again after they were hit be speeding driver Jason Lawlor in Liverpool A carer was killed and her disabled friend left "fighting to walk again" for the second time in her life after the pair were hit by a speeding driver. Tragic Lyndsey Green, 30, was sent spinning into the air after Jason Lawlor "lost concentration" and hit speeds of 50mph as he d ...

  Story 1402 -   Friday January 15, 2021
End of Merkel era begins as German CDU picks new party leader
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Christian Democrats elect a new chairman on Saturday, aiming to unite their conservative party behind a new leader who they hope can succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor when she steps down after federal elections in September. At stake is the leadership of Europe’s biggest economy in the era after Merkel, who has vowed not to run again after becoming Europe’s predominant leader since taking office in 2005 and pro ...
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  Story 1401 -   Friday January 15, 2021
Canada's Couche-Tard drops $20 billion Carrefour takeover plan after French government opposition, say sources
LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - Canada’s Alimentation Couche-Tard has dropped its 16.2 billion euro ($19.6 billion) bid to acquire European retailer Carrefour SA after the takeover plan ran into stiff opposition from the French government, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday. The decision to end merger talks came after a meeting on Friday between French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and Couche-Tard’s founder and chairman, Al ...
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  Story 1400 -   Friday January 15, 2021
Injury-hit India rally to restrict Australia to 369
(Reuters) - India’s makeshift attack bowled Australia out for 369 to leave the fourth test decider in Brisbane delicately poised at lunch on day two on Saturday. Australia resumed on 274 for five at the Gabba, having finished day one in a promising position courtesy of Marnus Labuschagne’s 108, his fifth test century. Their hopes of building a big total were thwarted, however, as India’s bowlers rallied superbly to remove captain Tim Paine ...
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  Story 1399 -   Wednesday January 13, 2021
TikTok Users Under Age 16 account set to Private
TikTok users aged under 16 will have their accounts automatically set to private, as the app introduces a series of measures to improve child safety. Approved followers only can comment on videos from these accounts. Users will also be prevented from downloading any videos created by under-16s. TikTok said it hoped the changes would encourage young users to “actively engage in their online privacy journey”. “We hope to inspire them to ...
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  Story 1398 -   Wednesday January 13, 2021
Photos of victims of the Indonesia Sriwijaya Air crash
Family members wait in anguish as search for crash victims continues 02:21 Pontianak, Indonesia (CNN)Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency team was continuing a search operation for the 62 people aboard Sriwijaya Air Flight 182, which crashed into the ocean shortly after takeoff Saturday. The Boeing 737-500 plane was heading from Jakarta to the city of Pontianak, on the Indonesian side of Borneo, when it lost contact at 2:40 p.m. loca ...
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  Story 1397 -   Wednesday January 13, 2021
New episodes of TV Series 'DEXTER' to return on Showtime
Showtime just ordered a new one serie revival which will see protagonist once again Michael C. Hall for 10 episodes. Showrunner Clyde Phillips will also return aboard this sort of ninth season whose production will begin next winter with a release scheduled for fall 2021. Filming for the revival will begin in Massachusetts next month with Dexter's original executive producer Clyde Phillips back as showrunner. Michael C. Hall is also returnin ...
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  Story 1396 -   Wednesday January 13, 2021
Indonesia suspends dive search for crashed jet's cockpit recorder
AKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia on Wednesday temporarily suspended a search by divers for the cockpit voice recorder of a Sriwijaya Air that crashed with 62 people on board shortly after takeoff. The search in the Java Sea had to be halted due to bad weather that whipped up waves of up to 2.5 metres (8.2 feet) in height, officials said. Earlier on Wednesday, divers retrieved more debris and a damaged Identity card of one of the victims, Navy o ...
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  Story 1395 -   Monday January 11, 2021
Israel announces new settlements, risking Biden’s anger
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Monday advanced plans to build 800 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a move that could strain ties with the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced the move, saying it would include 100 homes in a settlement where an Israeli woman was killed last month in an attack allegedly carried out by a Palestinian assailant. The announcement will b ...
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  Story 1394 -   Monday January 11, 2021
U.S. Capitol siege a 'wake-up call' for democracies, top EU diplomat says
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s top diplomat said on Sunday that last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol exposed the dangers of allowing the degradation of democratic values to go unchecked and disinformation to spread on social media. “What we saw on Wednesday was only the climax of very worrying developments happening globally in recent years. It must be a wake-up call for all democracy advocates,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borre ...
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New coronavirus variant found in travellers from Brazil: Japan government TOKYO (Reuters) -- A new coronavirus variant has been detected in four travellers from Brazil’s Amazonas state, Japan’s Health Ministry said on Sunday, in the latest instance the pandemic virus is evolving. A ministry official said studies were underway into the efficacy of vaccines against the new variant, which differs from highly-infectious variants first found in Britain and South Africa that have driven a surge in cases. “At the moment ...

  Story 1392 -   Sunday January 10, 2021
Scarce doses and empty vaccination centres: Germany's vaccine rollout headache
BERLIN/DILLENBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Proud of their national reputation for efficiency, Germans are growing increasingly frustrated by the slow rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine its scientists helped develop. Scarce vaccine supply, cumbersome paperwork, a lack of healthcare staff and an aged and immobile population are hampering efforts to get early doses of a vaccine made by U.S.-based Pfizer and German partner BioNTech into the arms of the ...
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Spain paralysed by snowstorm, sends out vaccine, food convoys
MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government will send convoys carrying the COVID-19 vaccine and food supplies on Sunday to areas cut off by Storm Filomena which brought the heaviest snowfall in decades across central Spain and killed four people. The Spanish government will send convoys carrying the COVID-19 vaccine and food supplies on Sunday to areas cut off by Storm Filomena which brought the heaviest snowfall in decades across central Spain ...
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  Story 1390 -   Sunday January 10, 2021
Indonesia locates black boxes of crashed jet as body parts recovered
AKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian authorities on Sunday located the black boxes of the Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea soon after taking off from the capital Jakarta, as human body parts and pieces of the plane were retrieved. The Boeing 737-500 with 62 passengers and crew was headed on a domestic flight to Pontianak in West Kalimantan on Saturday before it disappeared from radar screens four minutes after take-off. Indonesia Nation ...
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