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Constable involved with Huawei CFO's arrest says he didn't ask border agents for phone passcodes

Sarah Berman, Reuters  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 12:57pm

A police officer involved in the arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou two years ago in relation to her U.S. extradition case testified on Monday he did not plan to obtain passcodes or search her electronic devices.

Decades of work, and half a dose of fortune, drove Oxford vaccine success

Alistair Smout, Kate Kelland and Ludwig Burger, Reuters  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 12:03pm

It took Oxford University's brightest minds decades of work to give them the expertise to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. In the end, it was a momentary error — and a dose of good fortune — that carried them over the line.

Tweet: Jordan's king expresses to U.S. President-elect Biden keenness to continue strategic partnership

Reuters  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 11:59am

Jordan's King Abdulllah expressed in a phone call on Monday with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden "keenness to continue bolstering the strategic partnership between the two countries to expand cooperation, in service of mutual interests and regional security and stability," the Jordanian royal court said on Twitter.

Head of Egyptian rights group held in solitary confinement, lawyers say

Reuters  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 11:48am

The director of a prominent Egyptian rights group was held in solitary confinement and inhumane conditions for three days after his arrest last week, his lawyers and the group's founder said on Monday.

New temporary Trump rule may require some African tourists to pay up to $15,000 in bonds

Ted Hesson, Reuters  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 11:08am

The outgoing administration of U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday issued a new temporary rule that could require tourist and business travelers from two dozen countries, most in Africa, to pay a bond of as much as $15,000 to visit the United States.

Teen who left UK to join IS should not be allowed back, Supreme Court told

Reuters  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 10:44am

A British-born woman who went to Syria as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State should not be allowed to return to Britain to challenge the government taking away her citizenship because she poses a security risk, the UK's top court heard on Monday.

Pakistan's lonely elephant serenaded one last time at farewell party

Reuters  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 10:33am

Officials and well-wishers gathered at Islamabad Zoo on Monday for a farewell party for Pakistan's lonely elephant Kaavan before he sets off for a new life in Cambodia this week.

G20 to discuss post-pandemic world, back debt relief

Jan Strupczewski, Reuters  |  Posted Nov 21st - 11:18am

Leaders of the 20 biggest world economies (G20) will debate this weekend how to deal with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic that has caused a global recession and how to manage the recovery once the coronavirus is under control.

Over 500 fishermen hit by mysterious skin disease in Senegal

Reuters  |  Posted Nov 19th - 10:02am

More than five hundred fishermen in Senegal have contracted a mysterious skin disease after returning from sea, a senior government health official said on Thursday.

Death toll from Iota slowly rises in Central America amid ongoing rescue efforts

Gustavo Palencia and Ismael Lopez, Reuters  |  Updated Nov 19th - 10:02am

The death toll from storm Iota is slowly rising in Central America as authorities on Thursday said they'd recovered more bodies buried in landslides triggered by catastrophic flooding that swept through the already waterlogged region earlier this week.

Ethiopia moves on Tigray capital, denounces WHO boss Tedros

Giulia Paravicini, Reuters  |  Updated Nov 19th - 9:55am

Ethiopia said on Thursday it was bearing down on the capital of Tigray region in a two-week-old war, and tore into the World Health Organization (WHO) head with accusations of diplomatic lobbying for the rebels.

As COVID toll among Kenyan doctors jumps, one widow shares her grief

Baz Ratner and Maggie Fick, Reuters  |  Posted Nov 19th - 9:54am

When Daniel Alushula began gasping for air after contracting COVID-19 last month, all the intensive care beds in his home town hospital were taken and he had to travel around 50 km (30 miles) to secure one.

Young Afghan woman opens art gallery to create jobs, and hope, in pandemic

Orooj Hakimi, Reuters  |  Updated Nov 19th - 6:54am

In a small art gallery in the Afghan capital, Marzia Panahi watches as one of the young artists she has just employed applies paint to a framed felt canvas propped up against a easel.

Mother-of-five steers new course as Gaza's first woman taxi driver

Nidal Al-mughrabi, Reuters  |  Updated Nov 19th - 6:12am

For Naela Abu Jibba, a mother of five who lives and works in the Gaza Strip, taking the road less travelled has become a way of life.

Duchess Meghan sought advice from senior royals before writing letter to father

Michael Holden, Reuters  |  Updated Nov 18th - 11:40am

Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, sought advice from two senior members of the royal family before writing a letter to her father which is at the centre of a privacy lawsuit against a tabloid newspaper, court documents show.

Canada names China, Russia as main cyber-crime threats; sees risk to power supply

David Ljunggren, Reuters  |  Posted Nov 18th - 11:05am

Canada on Wednesday identified state-sponsored programs in China, Russia, Iran and North Korea as major cyber crime threats for the first time, and said it feared foreign actors could try to disrupt power supplies.

World stocks advance on vaccine bump, dollar lower for fifth straight session

Chuck Mikolajczak, Reuters  |  Updated Nov 18th - 9:12am

A gauge of global shares gained and was just shy of a record while the dollar moved off earlier lows on Wednesday as further positive COVID-19 vaccine news helped temper concerns about rising infection rates and related economic damage.

German police clash with protesters angry at Merkel's coronavirus law

Reuters  |  Updated Nov 18th - 9:08am

German police unleashed water cannon and pepper spray in an effort to scatter thousands of protesters angry about a new legal framework for enforcing coronavirus restrictions passed by parliament on Wednesday.

Portugal sets up taskforce to prepare COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Reuters  |  Updated Nov 18th - 9:01am

Portugal has set up a taskforce to come up with a COVID-19 vaccination strategy and hopes to be prepared to start distributing shots as early as January, Health Minister Marta Temido said on Wednesday.