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Meghan Markle reveals miscarriage of second child

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has miscarried her second child with Prince Harry in July, said the Duchess in a detailed essay to the New York Times on Wednesday. The Duchess wrote that she "felt a sharp cramp" while getting her one-year-old son Archie ready one morning, and...

Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 11:44am

UK economy to see worst contraction in 300 years

The UK economy is set to contract by 11.3 per cent in 2020, the worst in 300 years, Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed on Tuesday as he presented the country’s spending plan to the parliament. The gross domestic product slump will be worse than the recession of 1921,...

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 4:43pm

Donald Trump agrees to begin formal transition to Biden presidency

Donald Trump, outgoing U.S President has accepted that a formal US transition should begin for President-elect Joe Biden to take office. The development was announced by Trump on Tuesday, November 24, according to media reports. The General Services Administration (GSA) has also...

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 2:42pm

AstraZeneca, Oxford Covid-19 vaccine shows 90% effectiveness

A Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca was proven to be 90 per cent effective in treating infections with no serious side effects, the company said on Monday. AstraZeneca said no hospitalisations or severe cases of the disease were reported in participants...

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 2:23pm

Probe after Pope's Instagram account 'likes' model

The Vatican has said it is investigating after the Pope's official Instagram account "liked" a photo of a scantily clad Brazilian model. It is unclear when the account "liked" the image of Natalia Garibotto, who was dressed up in a school uniform outfit. News outlets...

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 9:18am

Oxford Covid-19 vaccine shows promising results in old population

The Oxford coronavirus vaccine has shown a strong immune response in adults in their 60s and 70s, raising hopes that it can protect age groups most at risk of illness from the virus. Researchers say the Lancet phase two findings, based on 560 healthy adult volunteers, are "encouraging...

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 11:22am

Trump fires election security official who contradicted him

Donald Trump says he has fired a top election official who contradicted the US president's claims of voter fraud. President Trump said he "terminated" Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (Cisa) chief Chris Krebs for his "highly inaccurate" remarks on vote...

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 12:26pm

Delivery of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to be piloted in four US states

US pharmaceutical firm, Pfizer Inc. has launched a pilot delivery programme for its experimental Covid-19 vaccine in four U.S. states, as the drugmaker seeks to address distribution challenges facing its ultra-cold storage requirements. Pfizer’s vaccine, which was shown to be more than 90...

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 10:24am

Moderna's coronavirus vaccine is 94.5% effective - company data

The Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective against coronavirus, according to early data released Monday by the company, making it the second vaccine in the United States to have a stunningly high success rate. "These are obviously very exciting results," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation...

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 3:34pm

Peruvian president resigns amid widespread protests

Peruvian President Manuel Merino presented his resignation on Sunday amid protests that broke out across the country after he assumed the presidency on Tuesday, following the removal of former President Martin Vizcarra. "I want to inform the entire country that I presented my irrevocable...

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 12:49pm

Major trial for Covid-19 vaccine begins in UK

A major trial of a vaccine to protect against Covid-19 has launched in the UK - the third such trial in the country, according to agencies. The jab that is designed by the Belgian company Janssen, uses a genetically modified common cold virus to train the immune system. It comes a week after...

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 12:45pm

Syria's veteran top diplomat dies

Syria’s top diplomat and long-time foreign minister Walid al-Moalem, a staunch defender of Syrian President Bashar al Assad's crackdown on peaceful protesters that sparked a decade old conflict, died on Monday, the government said. There were no details on the cause of death, but the...

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 11:12am

U.S. Commerce Department delays to enforce TikTok ban

The U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday that it will not enforce an order to ban popular video-sharing app TikTok "pending further legal developments," citing a recent ruling by a federal district court. The department's last-minute announcement would delay the implementation of...

Friday, November 13, 2020 - 11:50am

EU orders for 300m doses of Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer

The European Commission said on Wednesday it had sealed a deal with Pfizer and BioNTech for the supply of up to 300 million doses of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate. The move follows Pfizer’s announcement on Monday that its experimental vaccine developed with BioNTech was more than 90%...

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 4:17pm

Bahrain’s PM Sheikh Khalifa dies at 84 years old

Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, the Prime Minister of Bahrain, has died aged 84, the royal palace of Bahrain announced on the morning of Wednesday, November 11. Al-Khalifa was the country’s head of government since 1970, being the first Prime Minister in the world to hold the docket...

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 1:07pm

Pfizer, BioNTech announce Covid-19 vaccine candidate over 90% effective

American drugmaker Pfizer and German pharmaceutical company BioNTech announced on Monday data analysis shows their Covid-19 vaccine candidate is more than 90 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19 in participants without evidence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection. The results came from the first...

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 11:08am

Australia begins production of Oxford-developed Covid-19 vaccine

Australia commenced locally manufacturing a Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by the University of Oxford from Monday, with roughly 30 million doses planned to be made. Despite still undergoing clinical trials, the vaccine, which was co-developed by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, is...

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 10:50am

Decision on new WTO boss postponed to "further notice"

The World Trade Organisation has cancelled a key meeting that was supposed to be held today, November 9, during which Africa’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala would be appointed as the body’s next director-general. The special meeting of the trade body’s general council had been convened...

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 10:22am

Biden projected to be winner of 2020 election, Trump vows legal moves

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was projected Saturday by multiple U.S. media outlets to be the winner of the 2020 election. Sitting President Donald Trump said the election is "far from over," vowing to take legal actions. The projections came after media outlets called...

Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 3:29pm

Joe Biden wins US presidential election

Democratic challenger Joe Biden has won the US presidential election. The BBC projects that he has reached 273 electoral college votes, meaning that he’ll become the president in January, pending the outcome of any legal challenges. America, I’m honored that you have chosen me...

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 7:04pm

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