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  • Former US presidents, Biden ready to publicly receive Covid-19 vaccine

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    Former US presidents, Biden ready to publicly receive Covid-19 vaccine

    WASHINGTON, Dec 4 — Former US presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton as well as President-elect Joe Biden are volunteering to take a coronavirus vaccine on...

  • Trump running out of time to solidify immigration agenda after US election loss

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    Trump running out of time to solidify immigration agenda after US election loss

    WASHINGTON, Dec 4 — President Donald Trump's administration is pushing to finalise new immigration restrictions before his term ends in January, according to three senior...

  • UK's Covid-19 death toll surpasses 60,000

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    UK's Covid-19 death toll surpasses 60,000

    LONDON, Dec 4 — The United Kingdom's total death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 60,000 yesterday, by the government's preferred measure of deaths within 28 days of a positive...

  • US in talks with Huawei CFO Meng on resolving criminal charges, says source

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    US in talks with Huawei CFO Meng on resolving criminal charges, says source

    WASHINGTON, Dec 4 — The US Justice Department is discussing a deal with Huawei's finance chief, Meng Wanzhou, that would allow her to return to China from Canada, in exchange...

  • US military families in South Korea? Top US general wants a rethink

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    US military families in South Korea? Top US general wants a rethink

    WASHINGTON, Dec 4 — The top US general yesterday suggested he favoured an overhaul of a longstanding military policy that sends thousands of family members to live with forces...

  • Brazil gets Chinese Covid-19 vaccine doses, Senate OK's British vaccine funding

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    Brazil gets Chinese Covid-19 vaccine doses, Senate OK's British vaccine funding

    SAO PAULO, Dec 4 — Sao Paulo's Butantan Institute biomedical centre yesterday received one million doses of a Chinese Covid-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech Ltd that is...

  • US expert Fauci apologises for casting doubt over UK's approval of Pfizer vaccine

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    US expert Fauci apologises for casting doubt over UK's approval of Pfizer vaccine

    LONDON, Dec 4 — Top US infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci apologised yesterday for casting doubt on the rigour of the British regulators who approved the Pfizer Inc...

  • France targets mosques in crackdown on radical Islam

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    France targets mosques in crackdown on radical Islam

    PARIS, Dec 4 — French authorities will inspect dozens of mosques and prayer halls suspected of radical teachings starting yesterday as part of a crackdown on Islamist extremists...

  • What's in a name? 'Adolf Hitler' wins vote in Namibia

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    What's in a name? 'Adolf Hitler' wins vote in Namibia

    WINDHOEK, Dec 4 — While many Namibians have names originating from the ex-colonial power Germany, a newly-elected municipal councillor has overnight romped to prominence not...

  • Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon denied bail on fraud charge

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    Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon denied bail on fraud charge

    HONG KONG, Dec 3 — Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was remanded into custody on today after being charged with fraud, the latest in a string of prosecutions brought against...

  • Multiple casualties in blast at English water recycling centre

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    Multiple casualties in blast at English water recycling centre

    BRISTOL, Dec 3 — A large blast at a water treatment site near Bristol in England today has caused multiple casualties, with police declaring it a major incident. Emergency...

  • Thai protest leader faces contempt charge over PM court ruling

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    Thai protest leader faces contempt charge over PM court ruling

    BANGKOK, Dec 3 — Thai authorities filed fresh legal action today against a pro-democracy protest leader after he criticised a court ruling that kept the prime minister in...

  • France mourns ‘great European’ Giscard after Covid death

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    France mourns ‘great European’ Giscard after Covid death

    PARIS, Dec 3 — Tributes poured in today after the death of former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing from Covid-19 aged 94, with French and European leaders hailing him...

  • Iran postpones execution of Iranian-Swedish academic, says wife

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    Iran postpones execution of Iranian-Swedish academic, says wife

    STOCKHOLM, Dec 3 — The planned execution of Iranian-Swedish academic Ahmadreza Djalali, who was sentenced to death in Iran three years ago for spying, has been postponed, his...

  • Family of South Korean dictator’s assassin seek treason acquittal

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    Family of South Korean dictator’s assassin seek treason acquittal

    PAJU (South Korea), Dec 3 — Forty years after South Korea’s spy chief was executed for shooting dead his boss, dictator Park Chung-hee, the assassin’s sister is seeking to...

  • Japan prosecutors seek to query former PM Abe in political funding case

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    Japan prosecutors seek to query former PM Abe in political funding case

    TOKYO, Dec 3 — Prosecutors have asked Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to report for voluntary questioning in a case they are building against his secretary over...

  • S.Korea reaches deal to buy AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate

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    S.Korea reaches deal to buy AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate

    SEOUL, Dec 3 — South Korea has reached a deal with AstraZeneca PLC to purchase its coronavirus vaccine candidate as it seeks to secure supplies amid a resurgence of outbreaks,...

  • Rights groups urge Bangladesh not to ship Rohingya to island

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    Rights groups urge Bangladesh not to ship Rohingya to island

    DHAKA, Dec 3 — Human rights groups urged Bangladesh today to stop its plan to ship thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote island as officials said the first group of 400...

  • Cyclone hits Sri Lanka as southern India hunkers down

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    Cyclone hits Sri Lanka as southern India hunkers down

    COLOMBO, Dec 3 — Cyclone Burevi hit Sri Lanka overnight, rattling the island nation but leaving it relatively unscathed on its way to southern India, officials said today....

  • China orders inspections to prevent Covid-19 spread via cold chain

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    China orders inspections to prevent Covid-19 spread via cold chain

    BEIJING, Dec 4 — China is carrying out sweeping inspections on food importers, supermarkets, e-commerce platforms and restaurants to prevent the spread of coronavirus through...

  • Biden promises help to US workers hit by pandemic, Trump hints at 2024 run

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    Biden promises help to US workers hit by pandemic, Trump hints at 2024 run

    WILMINGTON, Dec 3 — President-elect Joe Biden yesterday promised a group of workers hit by the raging Covid-19 pandemic that more aid would be on the way, while President Donald...

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    Six missing, homes destroyed in Alaska after rain triggers landslides

    ANCHORAGE (Alaska), Dec 3 — Six people were missing in Haines, Alaska, yesterday after record rains triggered landslides that destroyed four homes in the mountainous southeast,...

  • Australia approves tough new veto powers over foreign agreements amid China row

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    Australia approves tough new veto powers over foreign agreements amid China row

    SYDNEY, Dec 3 — Australia’s parliament today passed legislation giving the federal government power to veto any agreement struck with foreign states, a move likely to anger...

  • Japan set to ban sales of new petrol cars in mid-2030s, say reports

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    Japan set to ban sales of new petrol cars in mid-2030s, say reports

    TOKYO, Dec 3 — Japan wants to ban sales of new petrol cars in around 15 years’ time as part of efforts to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, reports said today. The new policy...

  • Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon remanded into custody on fraud charge

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    Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon remanded into custody on fraud charge

    HONG KONG, Dec 3 — Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was remanded into custody today after being charged with fraud, the latest in a string of prosecutions brought against...

  • Australia aims to complete review of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine by Jan 2021

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    Australia aims to complete review of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine by Jan 2021

    SYDNEY, Dec 3 — Australia’s pharmaceutical regulator said today it is on course to review Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine by January 2021, with the country sticking to a March...

  • First in line for Covid vaccine? Some US health care workers say no

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    First in line for Covid vaccine? Some US health care workers say no

    NEW YORK, Dec 3 — They can move to front of the line for a Covid-19 vaccine if they want, but some US health care workers are skeptical about taking a vaccine that was developed...

  • US Republicans balk as Trump uses defence bill for leverage on Big Tech

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    US Republicans balk as Trump uses defence bill for leverage on Big Tech

    WASHINGTON, Dec 3 — President Donald Trump’s threat to veto a defence bill if it does not repeal legal protections for social media companies faced stiff bipartisan opposition...

  • Ivanka Trump questioned under oath in lawsuit over use of inauguration funds

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    Ivanka Trump questioned under oath in lawsuit over use of inauguration funds

    WASHINGTON, Dec 3 — Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, was questioned under oath this week as part of a civil lawsuit alleging misuse of non-profit funds for...

  • Australia says international borders to stay shut for ‘some time’ despite vaccine progress

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    Australia says international borders to stay shut for ‘some time’ despite vaccine progress

    SYDNEY, Dec 3 — Australia’s borders will likely stay closed for “some time”, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today, despite progress in rolling out Covid-19 vaccines....

  • Canada asks court to throw out expert affidavit in Huawei CFO’s US extradition case

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    Canada asks court to throw out expert affidavit in Huawei CFO’s US extradition case

    TORONTO, Dec 3 — Canadian prosecutors will ask a court to disregard a former US government lawyer’s affidavit submitted by Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s...

  • Mainland China reports 16 new Covid-19 cases vs 9 a day earlier

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    Mainland China reports 16 new Covid-19 cases vs 9 a day earlier

    SHANGHAI, Dec 3 — Mainland China reported 16 new Covid-19 cases on December 2, up from nine cases a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said today. The...

  • US CDC chief warns Americans face ‘rough times’ from Covid-19 through winter

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    US CDC chief warns Americans face ‘rough times’ from Covid-19 through winter

    NEW YORK, Dec 3 — The head of the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention warned yesterday the Covid-19 pandemic, raging with unprecedented fury nationwide, will...