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What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

- Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: FILE PHOTO: Co-director of the intensive care unit at CommonSpirit's Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Zafia Anklesaria, 35, who...

South Korean unification minister offers to step down, Yonhap says

FILE PHOTO: Kim Yeon-chul, a nominee for South Korean Unification MInister, attends a confirmation hearing for the post of Unification Minister at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kim...

North Korea rejects South’s offer of envoys, vows to redeploy troops to border

SEOUL - North Korea on Wednesday rejected South Korea’s offer to send special envoys to ease escalating tensions over defector activity and stalled reconciliation efforts and vowed to redeploy troops to border areas....

How a vaccine made of mosquito spit could help stop the next epidemic

- Five years ago, in an office complex with a giant sculpture of a mosquito just northwest of Phnom Penh, Jessica Manning struck on a novel idea. Rather than spend more years in...

Exclusive: Bottlenecks? Glass vial makers prepare for COVID-19 vaccine

FRANKFURT/PARIS - Drugmakers are warning of a potential shortage of vials to bottle future COVID-19 vaccines, but their rush to secure supplies risks making matters worse, some major medical equipment manufacturers warn. A...

Philippine protesters rally over controversial anti-terror bill

A protestor wears a mask with the face of President Rodrigo Duterte and a clown wig during a rally against the anti-terrorism bill on Independence Day, in University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Metro...

Transgender couple in limbo as Hungary bans changes to identity papers

POLGARDI, Hungary - For Hungarian transgender couple Tamara Csillag and Elvira Angyal life is on hold, their wedding postponed, and they are angry. Hungary last month banned people from changing their gender on...

Britain unveils plans to impose EU border checks in stages

LONDON - Britain will introduce border checks with the European Union in stages from Jan. 1, reversing an original plan so it can now give companies struggling with the coronavirus crisis more time...

Lebanese protesters shut down roadways with fires as currency collapses

Demonstrators ride on motorbikes during a protest against fall in Lebanese pound currency and mounting economic hardship, in Beirut, Lebanon June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir BEIRUT - Lebanese cut roadways with burning tyres and...

U.N. regrets Trump move against ICC, says court must be protected

GENEVA - The U.N. human rights office on Friday regretted the impact that U.S. sanctions authorised by President Donald Trump may have on trials and investigations under way at the International Criminal Court...

Four killed, eight wounded in blast at Kabul mosque during Friday prayers

Men inspect the site of a blast inside a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan June 12, 2020.REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail KABUL - A blast in a Kabul mosque during Friday prayers killed at least four people and...

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

- Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: A water park employee looks on in Yongin, South Korea, as measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)...

Scotland, Wales call for extension to EU status quo transition

LONDON - The leaders of Scotland and Wales called on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday to extend the transition period with the European Union, saying the coronavirus crisis had made meeting...

Russian nuclear-powered sub enters service amid arms control fears

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the troops during the military parade during the Navy Day celebration in St.Petersburg, Russia, July 28, 2019. Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool via REUTERS MOSCOW - Russia’s most-advanced new nuclear-powered...

Turkey arrests journalist for revealing state secrets: lawyer

ANKARA - A Turkish court jailed a prominent opposition journalist from an online news outlet pending trial on accusations that she revealed state secrets in two articles about Ankara’s military involvement in Libya,...

‘Stop buying social peace at our expense’, French police tell government

PARIS - French police marched in protest along Paris’ Champs Elysees boulevard to the interior ministry on Friday, accusing the government of scapegoating law enforcement agencies as public anger over race discrimination swells....

Malaysia PM paves way for year-end snap poll: report

FILE PHOTO: Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin speaks during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is preparing for snap election...

Governor of Japan’s capital and rival to PM to seek new term

TOKYO - Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, whose support has surged with her efforts against the coronavirus, said on Friday she would run for a second term as governor of the Japanese capital, raising...

In rare appeal to Israeli public, UAE warns against annexation

JERUSALEM - Israel cannot expect to normalise relations with the Arab world if it annexes land in the occupied West Bank, a United Arab Emirates envoy wrote in Israel’s top newspaper on Friday....

Churchill statue boarded up ahead of expected UK protests on Saturday

LONDON - Statues of historical figures including Winston Churchill have been boarded up ahead of more expected protests on Saturday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was “shameful” that the monument to...

Churchill statue and war memorial boarded up before London protests

LONDON - A statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill opposite parliament and the Cenotaph war memorial in central London were boarded up on Friday for protection before three days of demonstrations...

Risk of new lockdowns rises with fear of second COVID-19 wave

LONDON/BRUSSELS - Fears of a second wave of COVID-19 infections shut six major food markets in Beijing on Friday, while India, which opened up this week, recorded a record daily increase and half...

Iraq, U.S. affirm commitment to U.S. troop reduction: statement

FILE PHOTO: Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi is pictured at the prime minister's office in Baghdad, Iraq, June 4, 2020. Iraqi Prime Minister Media Office/Handout via REUTERS CAIRO - Iraq and the United...

Taiwan opposition seeks distance from China after poll defeat

TAIPEI - Taiwan’s main opposition party moved to distance itself from China after one of its most senior officials lost a highly charged recall election, as attitudes harden towards Beijing on the democratic...

Taiwan to further ease coronavirus restrictions

TAIPEI - Taiwan will further ease its restrictions related to control of the coronavirus, the government said on Sunday, as the island has kept the pandemic well in hand with only 6 active...

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