Montenegro's parliament approves new, pro-Serb…

Montenegro’s parliament has voted to approve a new conservative, pro-Serb coalition government, which will succeed a pro-Western party that has ruled the small Balkan nation for almost three decades

U.S. House votes to decriminalize marijuana

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, but the legislation is not expected to advance further as long as the Senate remains in Republican hands. This report produced by Emma Jehle.

'Con Queen of Hollywood' Suspect Is Arrested

Hollywood loves a good con artist story, but this one might hit a little too close to home. In this case, the victims were aspiring stars who were allegedly duped by a man impersonating top female Hollywood execs over the phone. The FBI has just announced the arrest of a...

Macron calls racial profiling 'unbearable…

France plans to launch a government-monitored online tool in January that is designed  to identify and root out discrimination by police

Stimulus talk trade: value over growth -investor

Investors should tweak their portfolios in favor of value stocks over growth stocks, with the movement towards a stimulus package in Washington likely to improve the prospects for economically-sensitive sectors, Victory Shares and Solutions President Mannik Dhillon told Reuters Business Correspondent Conway G. Gittens.

Insults Fly Between GOP Senator, Chinese…

John Ratcliffe isn't the only Republican going after China these days. The Hill lays out the chronology of a tiff this week between Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn and a Chinese journalist, starting with Blackburn's Thursday morning tweet thanking President Trump for banning cotton produced by forced Uighur labor. "The US...

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As hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge, cyber…

A Vermont hospital network is still recovering from a massive digital disruption in October, signaling the dangers of cyberattacks on the nation's health care system during a surge of COVID-19

Pelosi cites momentum on COVID relief bill talks

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday there was momentum behind talks on a coronavirus relief bill and that a bipartisan COVID-19 proposal could be the basis for relief negotiations.

America's Spy Chief Slammed China. China Now…

In an "exceedingly rare" accusation on Thursday, the US director of national intelligence called China "the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since World War II." China is now responding to John Ratcliffe's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal , and it isn't...

Germany readies vaccine centers amid security…

Officials in Germany say they are taking the potential for attacks on mass vaccination centers into consideration as they set up sites to be used once European Union regulators approve the first coronavirus vaccines

Trump has raised $207 million since Election Day

[NFA] President Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee have raised $207.5 million since Election Day, according to a statement on Thursday, gathering donations to pay for challenges to Democrat Joe Biden's win in the Nov. 3 vote. Colette Luke has more.

Belgium: Designate 1 Bathroom User This Christmas

With Belgium having more coronavirus-related deaths per capita than any nation in the world, Christmas there is not just a celebration but an issue. The nation already is under a four-person limit for gatherings, the Washington Post reports, and they must be held outdoors. Those rules will hold for the...

Japan spacecraft approaches Earth to drop…

Japanese space agency officials say their Hayabusa2 spacecraft is on its intended trajectory as it approaches Earth to deliver a capsule containing samples from a distant asteroid that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth

Record U.S. deaths prompt pleas for mask-wearing

U.S. leaders urgently called on Americans to wear masks as deaths from the coronavirus set a single-day record with 2,861 deaths reported on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally of official data. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Fauci: Britain Was a Little Too Quick With Vaccine

We need coronavirus vaccines quickly, but not before their time. Dr. Anthony Fauci was critical Thursday of Britain's quick green light for a vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, Politico reports. "They really rushed through that approval," Fauci said. Britain became the first Western nation to OK a drug, but...

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UN rights chief laments worsening situation in…

The United Nations’ human rights chief is lamenting a deteriorating situation in Belarus and says that reported beatings of protesters by security forces may in some cases amount to torture

Plane made emergency landing on Minnesota highway

Highway cameras captured the moment a small plane made an emergency landing on a highway in Minnesota, striking a car as motorists slammed on their brakes.

Nation's Spy Chief Just Unloaded on China

The nation's top intelligence official just unloaded on China in unusual fashion. "The People’s Republic of China poses the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since World War II," writes director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe in a Wall Street Journal op-ed....

In southern Madagascar, 'nothing to feed our…

“It’s the hunger that killed him,” the grieving mother says

U.S. hiring hits six-month low as pandemic rages

The U.S. economy added the fewest workers in six months in November, hindered by a resurgence in new COVID-19 cases that, together with a lack of more government relief money, threatens the recovery from the pandemic recession. Conway G. Gittens reports.

He Was Taking Off on Suicide Mission When the War…

He's a 93-year-old former fighter pilot for Japan, but Kazuo Odachi has one more highly unusual entry on his military resume. He was a kamikaze pilot and thus not supposed to survive World War II. But as the New York Times explains, Odachi did indeed survive and has begun telling...

Thousands killed in Ethiopia's conflict, Tigray…

A senior official with the fugitive leadership of Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region says several thousand combatants have been killed in a month of fighting, although claims remain difficult to verify in the conflict between Ethiopian and regional forces

Olympics delay set to cost organizers $2.8bln

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games until next year will cost Japanese organizers an additional $2.8 billion, the organising committee said on Friday. Adam Reed reports.

Man's Purchase of PS5 Gets 'Really Sad, Really…

A Taiwanese gamer got the deal of the year on a fairly new Sony PlayStation 5, and he can thank a couple's marital discord for it. Taiwan News reports that the gamer, who lists himself as Jin Wu, purchased a PS5 for resale on Nov. 20, though when he called...

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The Latest: Northern California under new stay-at…

The health officers in six San Francisco Bay Area regions issued a new stay-at-home order Friday as the number of virus cases surge and hospitals fill

Great Barrier Reef's status now 'critical'

The health of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's most extensive and spectacular coral reef ecosystem, is in a critical state and deteriorating as climate change warms up the waters in which it lies, an international conservation group said. Emer McCarthy reports.

Iran to Step Up Enrichment After Scientist's…

Less than a week after the assassination of its top nuclear scientist, Iran on Wednesday passed a law requiring the government to increase the enrichment of uranium far beyond the maximum level established under a 2015 nuclear deal struck by the Obama administration, the New York Times reports. Scientist Mohsen...