Kerry laments 'wasted years' in climate fight…

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry is lamenting what he calls “wasted years” under the Trump administration to slow climate change

Revenues at Trump properties sink during pandemic

Some of former President Donald Trump's most high-profile hospitality properties took a large revenue hit last year as COVID-19 lockdowns hurt business, according to a financial disclosure filed on his final day in office. Conway G. Gittens reports.

A Once-Common Scourge Returns to Baghdad

Maybe Baghdad residents would have been more wary a few years ago. Authorities say a suicide bomber drew a crowd around him at a busy marketplace Thursday morning by pretending to be ill, then detonated his explosives, reports CNN . Soon after, a second suicide bomber struck nearby. The AP puts...

Portugal shuts schools, blames variant for…

Portugal’s government has ordered the closure of the country’s schools for two weeks amid a surge in COVID-19 infections

Biden vows to get vaccine 'out the door' ASAP

Signing executive orders to tackle the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, U.S. President Joe Biden said the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus will probably top 500,000 next month but vowed once again to move "heaven and earth" to get the "vaccine out the door as soon as possible" and inoculate 100 million Americans in 100 days.

China Has 2 Biting Words for the Departing…

On Donald Trump's final day as president, China stopped biting its tongue. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the country's top officials and leading state-media outlets largely refrained from directly criticizing Trump as relations between the two countries soured over trade and the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, the government-run Xinhua...

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French doctor who made Down discovery closer to…

The French doctor who discovered the genetic basis of Down syndrome but spent his career advocating against abortion as a result of prenatal diagnosis has taken his first major step to possible sainthood

Bitcoin dive could signal drop for stocks: analyst

Thomson Reuters Stocks Buzz analyst Terence Gabriel tells Reuters' Fred Katayama he sees a correlation in the movements between bitcoin and U.S. equities.

Jack Ma Vanished in October, Suddenly Reappears

Everyone worried about Jack Ma can breathe (a little) easier. The Chinese billionaire hadn't been seen or heard from—not even via social media—since the end of October, when he gave a scathing speech against Chinese regulators that enraged President Xi Jinping. Now, however, an encouraging update: "Jack Ma...

Virus scuttles Glastonbury Festival for second…

Britain’s Glastonbury music festival has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic for the second year in a row

Two Belgian friends take on 'social distancing…

Two Belgian men left unemployed by the coronavirus pandemic have reinvented themselves as the "COVID boys", disinfecting public surfaces and patrolling Brussels to encourage social distancing and mask wearing.

Jailed Dissident Exposes $1B 'Putin Palace'

A jailed Alexei Navalny is still a thorn in Vladimir Putin's side. Less than 24 hours after the Russian opposition activist flew home and was immediately arrested Sunday, his team published a trove of documents about a secret palace the Russian president has built for himself near the Black Sea...

UK, EU in spat over diplomatic status of bloc's…

Britain has sparked a post-Brexit spat with the European Union by declining to grant the bloc’s first-ever ambassador to the country full diplomatic status

Iraqis venture back to public steam baths

Iraqis are returning to public steam baths to get a scrub and relax.

Miners Trapped for 9 Days Request Pickles…

A dozen miners who have been trapped 1,700 feet beneath the surface since Jan. 10 are ready to eat more than nutritional liquids while they wait to be rescued. Using a telephone line that has been newly delivered to the No. 6 chamber of the gold mine, where all...

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Turkey launches charm offensive to ease tensions…

Turkey is launching a new effort to improve strained ties with the European Union

Biden inherits a struggling labor market

The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits decreased modestly last week as the COVID-19 pandemic tears through the nation, raising the risk that the economy shed jobs for a second straight month in January. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

This Woman Can't Convince the Government She's…

It may sound like the punchline to a Monty Python skit , but the problem is all too real for a woman in France. Jeanne Pouchain has been struggling to convince the government that she's not dead for three years now, reports the Guardian . The mistake arose during a convoluted legal...

World leaders cheer US return to climate fight…

World leaders have breathed an audible sigh of relief that the United States under President Joe Biden is rejoining the global effort to curb climate change, a cause that his predecessor had shunned

Trump had no plan to distribute vaccines -Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday slammed the Trump administration for their plan to distribute vaccines -- or lack thereof.

Art Installation Up for Just Minutes Wins Design…

The best design of 2020 was in place for less than 20 minutes, reports CNN , which shows just how impactful it was. "Teeter-Totter Wall," erected on the border fence separating El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, has been named the best design of the year by London's Design Museum....

EXPLAINER: What's next for WHO after US takes…

The Biden administration is taking quick steps to keep the United States in the World Health Organization, part of his ambition to launch a full-throttle effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic

Liz Cheney to remain GOP conference chair…

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said during a news briefing on Thursday that Liz Cheney will remain House GOP conference chair, despite some calls for her resignation from the position.

Players in Strict Quarantine Before Aussie Open…

A "growing controversy" is brewing Down Under as the tennis world gears up for the Australian Open. The BBC reports three people have tested positive for COVID—two players and a "nonplaying participant," per Victoria state health officials—and quarantine protocols are frustrating players, while locals are spooked by having...

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Dutch lawmakers back coronavirus curfew despite…

A majority of Dutch lawmakers has backed the government’s planned curfew, despite fierce criticism from some opposition legislators

No 'get out of jail card' for Trump -Pelosi

When asked on Thursday if an impeachment trial of former U.S. president Donald Trump would undercut a message of unity, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said ignoring all that he did would be "harmful to unity".

Student Fails University Exam for Not Wearing…

A student who failed to wear their mask properly failed their university entrance exam in Japan. Authorities say the student, one of more than 535,000 who took the standardized exam at 681 locations across Japan Saturday, was disqualified because they didn't wear their mask over their nose and repeatedly...