Swiss slopes buzz as those of neighbors sit idle…

While the COVID-19 pandemic has led France, Italy and Austria to shut or severely restrict access to their ski stations this holiday season, Switzerland is keeping its slopes open, a move that has driven a wedge among European leaders and fanned grumbling and envy among many business owners

U.S. government ordered to fully reinstate DACA

A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. government to fully reinstate a program that shields hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants from deportation. Gloria Tso reports.

Trump: Pull US Troops Out of This Nation by…

Last month, US officials announced President Trump would be pulling a significant number of US troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq by January. Now, another country joins the list, in a different part of the world. The Pentagon said Friday that nearly all of the 700 American troops in Somalia...

Kuwait votes for parliament amid economic, virus…

Kuwait is voting for its National Assembly, the first election since the death of its longtime ruling emir, and as the oil-rich nation faces serious economic problems under the coronavirus pandemic

Biden urges broad action on coronavirus aid

[NFA] President-elect Joe Biden said Friday's "grim" jobs report shows the economic recovery is stalling, and urged the U.S. Congress to pass a coronavirus relief bill immediately. Freddie Joyner has more.

British Doctors, Nurses Lose Spots in Line

Britain took delivery of its first shipment of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine on Thursday night, and all systems are go for the two-shot vaccinations to begin Tuesday. Many doctors and nurses, having been told they'd be in the first group to get the shots, had made their appointments. Then the government...

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Japan awaits capsule's return with asteroid soil…

Japan’s space agency says the country's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has successfully released a small capsule and sent it toward Earth to deliver samples from a distant asteroid that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on our planet

Record Wall Street highs despite dismal jobs data

Wall Street's main indexes rose to all-time highs on Friday as data showing the slowest U.S. jobs growth in six months raised investors' expectations for a new fiscal relief bill to help revive the coronavirus-hit economy. Conway G. Gittens reports.

'Con Queen of Hollywood' Suspect Is Arrested

Hollywood loves a good con artist story, but this one might hit a little too close to home. In this case, the victims were aspiring stars who were allegedly duped by a man impersonating top female Hollywood execs over the phone. The FBI has just announced the arrest of a...

At least 18 Chinese coal miners killed by lethal…

China state TV reports at least 18 miners have died due to high levels of carbon monoxide in the country's southwest

COVID-19 vaccine should not be mandatory: Biden

President-elect Joe Biden on Friday said that he didn't think that it should be mandatory for people to take the COVID-19 vaccine once it's available, but said he will ask Americans to commit to wearing masks for 100 days when he is president to slow the spread of the virus.

Insults Fly Between GOP Senator, Chinese…

John Ratcliffe isn't the only Republican going after China these days. The Hill lays out the chronology of a tiff this week between Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn and a Chinese journalist, starting with Blackburn's Thursday morning tweet thanking President Trump for banning cotton produced by forced Uighur labor. "The US...

Trump orders most American troops to leave Somalia

The Pentagon says President Donald Trump has ordered most of the approximately 700 troops in Somalia to leave the country

Amid 'dire' jobs report, Biden urges quick action…

President-elect Joe Biden said Friday's "dire" jobs report shows the economic recovery is stalling, urging the U.S. Congress to pass a coronavirus relief bill immediately and follow up with "hundreds of billions of dollars" in more aid in January.

America's Spy Chief Slammed China. China Now…

In an "exceedingly rare" accusation on Thursday, the US director of national intelligence called China "the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since World War II." China is now responding to John Ratcliffe's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal , and it isn't...

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States submit vaccine orders as coronavirus death…

States are facing a deadline on Friday to place orders for the coronavirus vaccine as many reported record infections, hospitalizations and deaths

U.S. House votes to decriminalize marijuana

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, but the legislation is not expected to advance further as long as the Senate remains in Republican hands. This report produced by Emma Jehle.

Belgium: Designate 1 Bathroom User This Christmas

With Belgium having more coronavirus-related deaths per capita than any nation in the world, Christmas there is not just a celebration but an issue. The nation already is under a four-person limit for gatherings, the Washington Post reports, and they must be held outdoors. Those rules will hold for the...

Mexico City hospitals are filling up, but so are…

Salsa music on the radio brings a little cheer sometimes into the emergency room of Mexico City’s Ajusco Medio hospital, which is operating well over normal capacity because of COVID-19

Stimulus talk trade: value over growth -investor

Investors should tweak their portfolios in favor of value stocks over growth stocks, with the movement towards a stimulus package in Washington likely to improve the prospects for economically-sensitive sectors, Victory Shares and Solutions President Mannik Dhillon told Reuters Business Correspondent Conway G. Gittens.

Fauci: Britain Was a Little Too Quick With Vaccine

We need coronavirus vaccines quickly, but not before their time. Dr. Anthony Fauci was critical Thursday of Britain's quick green light for a vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, Politico reports. "They really rushed through that approval," Fauci said. Britain became the first Western nation to OK a drug, but...

Venezuela's Maduro seeks to tighten his grip via…

Venezuela holds an election for its National Assembly on Sunday, and the outcome is likely to be dominated by President Nicolás Maduro’s socialist party

Pelosi cites momentum on COVID relief bill talks

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday there was momentum behind talks on a coronavirus relief bill and that a bipartisan COVID-19 proposal could be the basis for relief negotiations.

Nation's Spy Chief Just Unloaded on China

The nation's top intelligence official just unloaded on China in unusual fashion. "The People’s Republic of China poses the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since World War II," writes director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe in a Wall Street Journal op-ed....

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Montenegro's parliament approves new, pro-Serb…

Montenegro’s parliament has voted to approve a new conservative, pro-Serb coalition government, which will succeed a pro-Western party that has ruled the small Balkan nation for almost three decades

Trump has raised $207 million since Election Day

[NFA] President Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee have raised $207.5 million since Election Day, according to a statement on Thursday, gathering donations to pay for challenges to Democrat Joe Biden's win in the Nov. 3 vote. Colette Luke has more.

He Was Taking Off on Suicide Mission When the War…

He's a 93-year-old former fighter pilot for Japan, but Kazuo Odachi has one more highly unusual entry on his military resume. He was a kamikaze pilot and thus not supposed to survive World War II. But as the New York Times explains, Odachi did indeed survive and has begun telling...