Germany: Merkel's party elects pragmatic Laschet…

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right party has elected the pragmatic governor of Germany’s most populous state, as its new leader

Thousands of migrants traveling north to U.S.

Small skirmishes broke out between Honduran security forces and migrants trying to cross the border into Guatemala on Friday night, with Guatemalan officials estimating around 6,500 people to be heading north to the United States. Olivia Chan reports.

Filipinas After Duterte Remarks: 'Which Cave…

Women in the Philippines aren't terribly happy with their president after remarks made on the possibility of a female leader one day taking his place. In short, Rodrigo Duterte doesn't think it's a good idea, and Filipinas are calling him out on sexism and misogyny for saying so. The South...

Trump's presidency not just a blip in US foreign…

President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to scrap President Donald Trump’s vision of “America First” in favor of “diplomacy first” will depend on whether he’s able to regain the trust of allies and convince them that Trumpism is just a blip in the annals of U.S. foreign policy

Military surround Uganda opposition candidate's…

Ugandan opposition candidate Bobi Wine said on Friday that his life was in danger after the government deployed armed security forces around his compound in Kampala, as the disputed vote count continues in the country's presidential election. Gloria Tso reports.

US Leg Band Is Pigeon's Saving Grace in Australia

A pigeon in Australia can coo in peace after his marking as an American almost got him killed . The emaciated pigeon, spotted Dec. 26 in Melbourne, was wearing a leg band that identified it as a racing pigeon who'd left Oregon in October. Australian authorities therefore assumed the pigeon—named...

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India starts world's largest COVID-19 vaccination…

India has started inoculating health workers in what is likely the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway

British cathedral turned into vaccination center

A cathedral in central England has been transformed from a place of worship into a makeshift centre for coronavirus vaccination.

Massive Mafia Trial Is 'One for the History Books'

It's the biggest Mafia trial Italy has seen in decades—with the added challenge of COVID-19 precautions. The "maxi-trial" of hundreds of members of the 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate began Wednesday in a fortified 1,000-capacity courtroom in Calabria, the heart of the group's territory, the Guardian reports. Many of the...

US calls Bahrain, UAE 'major security partners'

The United States has called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates “major security partners."

FBI questions dozens in Capitol police killing…

The FBI is questioning dozens of people in the killing of Brian Sicknick, a police officer who died a day after physically engaging with a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, and other assaults on law enforcement, the New York Times reported on Friday. Gloria Tso has more.

The Pride of Senegal Is Missing in Paris

French authorities are racing to find Diary Sow, a Senegalese student missing in Paris who is considered "the pride of a whole nation." Senegal President Macky Sall recently bestowed that compliment on Sow, a published author, whose name "is practically synonymous with achievement" in her home country, per the Washington...

In Mexico, women take the front lines as…

 In the birthplace of Mexico’s vigilante ’self-defense’ movement, a new group has emerged entirely made of women, who carry assault rifles and man roadblocks, to fend off what they say is a bloody incursion into the state of Michoacán by the violent Jalisco cartel

U.S. Health Secretary Azar resigns: CNN

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has resigned, citing last week's attack on the Capitol, CNN reported on Friday. Gloria Tso reports.

Chinese COVID Vaccine Results Fuel New Concerns

"It is not the best vaccine in the world." So said a Brazilian microbiologist of a vaccine created by China that the developing world had held high hopes on. Scientists with the Butantan Institute in Sao Paulo on Tuesday said late-stage trials established the efficacy rate of the CoronaVac vaccine...

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Mexico clears general, publishes US evidence…

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has accused the  U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of fabricating drug trafficking charges against the country’s former defense secretary

NRA files for bankruptcy, seeks to escape lawsuit

The National Rifle Association on Friday filed for bankruptcy, a sudden development that could help the gun rights group escape a lawsuit by New York's attorney general seeking its dissolution. Gloria Tso reports.

'Immersive Historical Saga' Coming Soon From…

An "immersive historical saga" with a lovestruck heroine is on its way to readers, and though the author is a rookie at writing romance novels—or any novels, for that matter—it's a name you'll recognize. Sky News reports the Duchess of York herself, Sarah Ferguson, has signed a book...

Damaged roads, lack of gear hinder Indonesia…

Damaged roads, power blackouts and lack of heavy equipment are hampering Indonesia’s rescuers after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake left at least 49 dead and hundreds injured on Sulawesi island

Biden says he feels safe ahead of inauguration

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said on Friday that he feels safe, after a reporter asked him if he felt comfortable despite intelligence briefings about Inauguration Day security threats. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Navalny Going Back to Dangerous Territory

Now almost fully recovered from Novichok poisoning, Alexei Navalny is ready to head home. The Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist said Wednesday that he had purchased a plane ticket that would see him return to his home country from Germany, where he's been recovering since August, on Sunday. Russian...

AP EXCLUSIVE: Maduro ally presses for dialogue…

A close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he’s hopeful the Biden administration will roll back a “cruel” sanctions policy and open the door to diplomacy

Rage and turmoil: Trump's final days in office

U.S. President Donald Trump’s last days in the White House have been marked by rage and turmoil, multiple sources said. No one in Trump’s orbit could convince him to explicitly acknowledge election defeat and use his remaining weeks in office to hold events to tout accomplishments that he and his aides are proud of. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

Kim Jong Un's Sister Gets in the Smack-Talk Game

North Korea's rare party congress meeting ended Tuesday , but not before leader Kim Jong Un's sister had some things to say about South Korea. Kim Yo Jong, who was apparently demoted during the meeting, spoke out after Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday that signs of a military parade...

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'This is not a game': Global virus death toll…

The global death toll from COVID-19 has topped 2 million

Bank earnings, Biden plan lead stocks lower

Wall Street's main indexes finished lower on Friday, weighed down by big U.S. banks after their earnings reports and concerns about the viability of President-elect Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion economic stimulus plan. Conway G. Gittens reports.

Homes for Unwed Mothers Had Death, 'Little…

Ireland has assessed the harm done by its Catholic Church-run homes for unmarried mothers over most of the 20th century and attempted to fix responsibility. About 9,000 children died in the homes, twice the nation's infant mortality rate, according to a government report released Tuesday. Their mothers were subjected...