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The United States adopted Saturday a "new official" map of Morocco that includes the disputed territory of Western Sahara, the ambassador to Rabat said.

Immunity from liability versus Canada's vaccine injury coverage

The Canadian government now has a no-fault vaccine injury program for people receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. In the US, a COVID-19 stimulus bill has stalled due to an "immunity from liability" clause in the package. Are these two protections the same?

Karabakh ceasefire breached, says Russian army

The Russian army on Saturday reported a violation of the ceasefire that ended the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia in November in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Italy has Europe's worst virus death toll: AFP tally

Italy on Saturday became the European country with the highest pandemic toll, its new total of 64,036 deaths overtaking Britain, according to an AFP tally.

'Distrust' of Brazil stalling EU-Mercosur trade deal: official

Distrust in Europe of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's government is holding up ratification of a trade deal between the European Union and Mercosur, the EU ambassador to Brasilia said.

U.S.-Canada border closure extended until January 21, 2021

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has extended the border closure between the United States and Canada for non-essential travel until January 21, 2021.

Pfizer Covid vaccine will reach hospitals across US on Monday

The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine will reach hospitals and other sites across the United States by Monday morning, a top official said Saturday, ready to be injected into the arms of millions of the most vulnerable Americans.

French law on filming police triggers third weekend of protests

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in France Saturday for a third consecutive weekend of demonstrations over a controversial security bill that would limit filming of the police.

Pro-Trump rallies expected to draw thousands of supporters

Several hundred protesters who refuse to accept that President-elect Joe Biden won the presidential election began their “March for Trump” Saturday morning at the nation's Capitol.

Indian farmers and police in road showdowns as protests worsen

Indian police stopped farmers blocking major highways and taking over more roads into the capital on Saturday as a two-week campaign against market reform laws intensified.

Foreign aid convoy reaches capital of Ethiopia's scarred Tigray

The first international aid convoy arrived Saturday in the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region since fighting broke out more than a month ago, triggering a refugee crisis and humanitarian disaster.

Iran executes opposition figure Ruhollah Zam

Iran authorities on Saturday executed Ruhollah Zam, a former opposition figure who had lived in exile in France and was implicated in anti-government protests, days after his sentence was upheld.

US approves Pfizer vaccine as millions of doses begin shipping

The US green-lit the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine late Friday, paving the way for millions of vulnerable people to receive their shots in the world's hardest-hit country.

New exile for Eritrean refugees fleeing Ethiopia

Among the thousands of people fleeing the five-week-old conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region are a few dozen men, women and children from Eritrea, one of the world's most authoritarian states.

California to bring antitrust lawsuit against Google

California will join the US government and 11 other states in bringing lawsuits against Google for abusing its market dominance, the state's top prosecutor said Friday.

Iran executes opposition figure Ruhollah Zam

Iran on Saturday executed Ruhollah Zam, a former opposition figure who had lived in exile in France and was implicated in anti-government protests, state television said.

South Korea reports highest number of new coronavirus cases

South Korea on Saturday reported its highest daily number of coronavirus cases so far, with a surge centred on the capital region sparking fears the country could lose control of the spread.

Hong Kong media mogul appears in court on national security charge

Hong Kong media tycoon and Beijing critic Jimmy Lai appeared in court Saturday to face a charge under a sweeping new national security law that see him jailed for life.

One civilian killed in Kabul rocket attack

A series of rockets struck the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing one person and wounding two, the interior ministry said, the second such attack to rock Kabul in less than a month.

Brexit talks continue but UK navy on standby as deadline nears

Trade talks between Britain and EU continued into the night Saturday ahead of the latest make-or-break deadline, as the Royal Navy readied armed ships to patrol UK fishing waters in case of a "no-deal" Brexit.

Why are Indian farmers protesting, and what can Modi do?

As an army of resolute Indian farmers keeps up its blockade of New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces potentially the trickiest challenge yet to his authority and reform agenda.

Op-Ed: Trump’s last stand — Loses Texan lawsuit against states

The Supreme Court has rejected the suit by Texas to invalidate election results in four other states. The suit was dubious at best. Why and how would Texas have any say in elections in other states? Well, it doesn't.

Praise, criticism as S. Koreans react to death of director Kim Ki-duk

There were mixed reactions Saturday in South Korea to the death of acclaimed director Kim Ki-duk, whose cinematic legacy was tarnished by allegations of sexual assault.

McAvoy's road to redemption: from prison cell to Ironman

Former armed robber John McAvoy is acutely aware he could have become just another statistic -- a criminal shot dead by police on the streets of London after a failed heist in 2005.

Global summit to present 'ambitious' climate change goals

Global leaders were due to announce more ambitious plans to combat global warming on Saturday, on the fifth anniversary of the signing of the landmark Paris Agreement.

End of an era? Hague trials rock Kosovo's rebel-led politics

After more than a decade at the helm, Kosovo's former guerillas may have finally met their match -- not at home but in The Hague, where they are on trial for war crimes.

Swiss deny China deal posed threat to dissidents

The Swiss strongly rejected accusations this week that a deal allowing Chinese officials to enter Switzerland and interrogate Chinese nationals, which only recently came to light, put dissidents at risk.

ICC prosecutor wants full probe into Ukraine war crimes

International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said on Friday that a "broad range" of war crimes were committed in the Ukraine since 2014, as she pushed for a full investigation.

Brazil's Covid-19 death toll surpasses 180,000

Brazil passed the grim milestone of 180,000 deaths from Covid-19 Friday, as experts warned the country was undergoing a second wave of infections despite President Jair Bolsonaro's insistence the crisis was at the "tail end.

Mexico's 'tower of skulls' yields more ancient remains

Mexican archaeologists said Friday they had found remains of 119 more people, including women and several children, in a centuries-old Aztec "tower of skulls" in the heart of the capital.

Syria declarations on chemical arms lacking: UN, watchdog

UN officials and a global watchdog on Friday criticized incomplete declarations from Syria on chemical weapons while its ally Russia sought to push back against the accusations.

Work resumes on controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline: statement

Construction work resumed Friday on the disputed Nord Stream 2 pipeline which is to bring Russian gas to Germany, the project's managers said, despite protests from the United States.

Trial over deadly Paris jihadist attacks to begin late 2021

The trial of 20 people charged over the November 13, 2015 jihadist attacks in Paris that were France's deadliest peacetime atrocity will get underway in late 2021, sources close to the case and prosecutors said on Friday.

Cuba to increase minimum salary fivefold

Cuba will increase its minimum wage fivefold as part of reforms due to come into effect on January 1 as it unifies its two official currencies, the official gazette said on Friday.

ICC prosecutor wants full probe into Nigeria violence

The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said Friday she had enough evidence to open a full probe into ongoing violence in Nigeria by both Islamist insurgents and security forces.

UN Climate Summit — Respecting nature and 'fixing the future'

On the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Saturday, a U.N. climate summit will test how far political leaders are willing to go in pursuit of its goals. Climate change impacts are intensifying, and it is time we make peace with nature.

Iconic Brazil bossa nova bar is latest victim of virus

The year was 1956, and two of the founding fathers of bossa nova, Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, had just met at a Rio de Janeiro bar called the Casa Villarino.

Brazil police charge six in black man's killing that sparked protests

Brazilian police recommended Friday that prosecutors charge six people over the killing of a black man beaten by security guards at a supermarket, a case that shocked the country and triggered protests.

White House reportedly tells US regulator to approve vaccine or quit

US President Donald Trump's White House reportedly told the head of the country's drug regulator to approve Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid vaccine by the end of Friday or resign, after indications the first immunizations were imminent.

Former Hong Kong lawmaker seeks asylum in US

Former Hong Kong lawmaker and pro-independence activist Sixtus Leung said Friday he had left the city and was in the United States to seek asylum.

Turkey rejects EU sanctions plan as Erdogan seeks calm

Turkey on Friday dismissed as "unlawful" a European Union plan for sanctions over its maritime disputes with Greece and Cyprus, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged calm.
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