Boris Johnson has warned that Britain is “not out of the woods yet” in the fight against coronavirus, as he told people that Christmas will be the season to be “jolly careful”. It came hours after the team behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine said its jab is up to 90 per cent effective. Mr Johnson, who is self-isolating, spoke via video-link at a Downing Street press conference with chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and Oxford Vaccine Group director Professor Andrew Pollard.
In a new book, Pope Francis for the first time calls China's Muslim Uighurs a "persecuted" people, something human rights activists have been urging him to do for years. In the wide-ranging "Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future," Francis also says the COVID-19 pandemic should spur governments to consider permanently establishing a universal basic income. In the book, a 150-page collaboration with his English-language biographer, Austen Ivereigh, Francis speaks of economic, social and political changes he says are needed to address inequalities after the pandemic ends.
The CEO of the main trade group for global airlines will step down next March, and organization officials are supporting a former British Airways CEO to replace him. The International Air Transport Association said Monday that Alexandre de Juniac will leave as CEO and director general on March 31 after leading the organization since 2016. The group said de Juniac, 58, a former Air France-KLM chairman and CEO, indicated several months ago that he planned to step down.
Busy airports and serpentine queues at testing sites: many Americans plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with extended family Thursday despite authorities warning they risk exacerbating the coronavirus pandemic engulfing the country.
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The players who met the Pope were Anthony Tolliver, Kyle Korver, Sterling Brown, Jonathan Isaac and Marco Belinelli as well as National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) executive director Michele Roberts. "Today's meeting was an incredible experience," Tolliver, who plays power forward for the Memphis Grizzlies, was quoted as saying in an NBPA news release https://nbpa.com/news/nbpa-delegation-meets-with-pope-francis.
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Michaela Coel, Lenny Abrahamson's "Normal People" and "The Masked Singer" were among the winners of the U.K.'s Royal Television Society (RTS) Craft & Design Awards. Coel won the 2020 RTS special award for her groundbreaking BBC/HBO show "I May Destroy You." In presenting the award to Coel, the judges said: “This piece sits in the […]
Britain is considering pulling its judges out of Hong Kong's highest court, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Monday, in its latest response to what it considers China's breaches of its international obligations in the territory. Britain, which ruled Hong Kong for over 150 years until it handed it back to China in 1997, says a new security law imposed on the territory by Beijing in July was a breach of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration that paved the way for the handover. London has also objected to new rules imposed by mainland China to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong, and to what it describes as retribution by the territory's executive against political opposition and silencing of dissent.
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In Clea DuVall’s “Happiest Season,” Kristen Stewart plays Abby, an art history Ph.D. student whose girlfriend, Harper (Mackenzie Davis), has invited her home for Christmas. Though she’s at first reluctant to go, Abby then decides she’ll actually propose to Harper, assuming that meeting the family goes well — but Harper tells Abby she hasn’t yet come out to her parents, and they both have to pretend to be straight. It’s a romcom with […]
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An Egyptian court is to hear a case against prominent singer and actor Mohamed Ramadan after photos emerged of him posing with Israeli celebrities, local media said.
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An official at Saudi Arabia's ministry of energy said that a fire broke out in a fuel tank at a petroleum products distribution station in north Jeddah as a result of an attack with a projectile, Saudi state news agency (SPA) reported on Monday. The official said that firefighting teams managed to extinguish the fire and there were no injuries or casualties, SPA reported. He said that Saudi Aramco's supply of fuel to its customers was not affected, SPA said.
If you grew up with Frank Zappa, and he loomed large in your youth-cultural pop rebel sandbox (as he did in mine), he seemed to be many things at once. The outrageous hippie with the thick black T-shaped goatee who looked weird and threatening enough to represent something very far removed from peace and love. […]
Snow peppered the Omaha area on Monday, November 23, creating slushy road conditions in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.The unexpectedly large flakes came after rain was forecast by the National Weather Service.Authorities reminded drivers to be careful on roads at noon on Monday and said up to an inch of snow could accumulate in western Iowa.This video shows snow falling in Papillion, a suburb of Omaha. Credit: @samromshek via Storyful