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

Biden, Harris attend virtual prayer service at…

U.S. President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff participated in a virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service from the White House.

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...

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

Twitter suspends Chinese embassy over Uighur post

Twitter has locked the account of China's U.S. embassy for a tweet that defended China's policy towards Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang, just a day after the outgoing Trump administration accused China of genocide in its final hours. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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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Turkey launches charm offensive to ease tensions…

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

Bitcoin drops 10% as pullback continues

Bitcoin slumped 10% on Thursday to a 10-day low around $31,000 as the world's most popular cryptocurrency continued to retreat. Ciara Lee reports

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...

World leaders laud 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

Storm Christoph causes flood surge in UK

England's northwest was hit by heavy flooding on Thursday after Storm Christoph continued to cause chaos in the area, videos obtained from social media showed.

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...

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

A surprise lockdown winner: snow shoes

The world's biggest maker of snow shoes says demand is off the scale as closed ski resorts force winter sports fans to look for an alternative pursuit. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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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EU to hold video summit to assess new virus…

European Union leaders will hold a video summit amid worry that the new coronavirus variants could result in another surge of deaths across the 27-nation bloc and push hospitals to the verge of collapse

Police fire tear gas at protesters in Portland

People protesting against Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday scuffled with police in Portland, Oregon.

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...

5 killed in blaze at Indian producer of COVID-19…

At least five people have died in a fire that broke out at a building under construction at Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, but the company says it will not affect COVID-19 vaccine production

Syrian-Turkish border refugees suffer through cold

Heavy snowfall and extreme cold are making conditions increasingly dangerous for refugees on the Syrian-Turkish border. Damage to camps have also increased risk of catching diseases amongst those suffering through the harsh winter. Adam Reed reports.

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....

Biden's US revives support for WHO, reversing…

President Joe Biden’s top adviser on the pandemic says the United States will again fund the World Health Organization and join its consortium aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines fairly around the globe

Russia lifts legal ban on female train drivers

Muscovite Sofia Dorofeyeva had always been drawn to the trains travelling across the vast expanses of her native Russia but until this year she and her female compatriots had been barred from occupying the driver's seat.

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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Romania activist urges people to do something…

A gentle hero to many in Romania, Valeriu Nicolae says that, at heart, he is more like former NBA star Michael Jordan — highly competitive and eager to improve in what he does best

Cannabis farm found in London financial district

The first cannabis farm has been found in London’s historic financial district, where office buildings have been emptied because of lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19. Ciara Lee reports

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...