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‘We’re not going to control the pandemic’, says Donald Trump's aide

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‘We’re not going to control the pandemic’, says Donald Trump's aide

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, pressed to explain why the pandemic cannot be reined in, said, “Because it is a contagious virus just like the flu.”

Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognising Israel

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Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognising Israel

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok thanked Trump for signing the executive order to remove Sudan from the terrorism list and said in a statement that he hoped to complete the process in a “timely manner.”

Veggie burgers are still burgers, EU lawmakers rule

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Veggie burgers are still burgers, EU lawmakers rule

Europe’s largest farmers' association, Copa-Cogeca, had supported a ban, arguing that labelling vegetarian substitutes with designations bringing meat to mind was misleading for consumers.

Brazilian soccer great Pelé turns 80, isolated at home

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Brazilian soccer great Pelé turns 80, isolated at home

Fornos said Pelé isn't speaking publicly because he is still mourning his brother Jair, who died of cancer in March.

US hits Chinese media with new restrictions, upping tensions

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US hits Chinese media with new restrictions, upping tensions

As Trump, Pompeo and other officials have ramped up criticism of China for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the administration has also steadily increased pressure on Beijing's interests in the United States.

Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions in new documentary film

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Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions in new documentary film

While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages. However, he had never come out publicly in favour of civil unions as pope.

Deadline looms, but COVID-19 relief deal may be far off

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Deadline looms, but COVID-19 relief deal may be far off

Nancy Pelosi negotiated for nearly an hour on Monday with Trump’s top emissary, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and her office said they are continuing to narrow their differences.

Large earthquake off Alaska prompts tsunami fears, fleeing

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Large earthquake off Alaska prompts tsunami fears, fleeing

The quake was centered near Sand Point, a city of about 900 people off the Alaska Peninsula where wave levels late Monday topped 2 feet (0.61 meters), according to the National Tsunami Warning Center. The warning was downgraded to an advisory just over two hours after the quake hit.

COVID-19 vaccine storage issues could leave 3 billion people without access

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COVID-19 vaccine storage issues could leave 3 billion people without access

From factory to syringe, the world’s most promising coronavirus vaccine candidates need non-stop sterile refrigeration to stay potent and safe.

Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantines

BUSINESS

Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantines

One thing airlines believe could help is to have rapid virus tests of all passengers before departure.

All the action from India's first digital fashion week amid coronavirus

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All the action from India's first digital fashion week amid coronavirus

Phygital Edition is India’s first digital fashion week which live-streamed the spring-summer collections by more than 40 designers under the banner of Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week.

Champions League set to begin most challenging group stage

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Champions League set to begin most challenging group stage

Real Madrid has never failed to advance from the group stage and is looking to do it for the 24th straight season.

US retail sales grow for 5th month in a row

BUSINESS

US retail sales grow for 5th month in a row

Retail sales have been recovering since plunging in the spring as stores and malls were ordered closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

US industrial production fell a sharp 0.6% in September

BUSINESS

US industrial production fell a sharp 0.6% in September

The Federal Reserve reported Friday that industrial production suffered its first decline since a 12.7 percent drop in April during the spring lockdowns.

US Election 2020 | Avalanche of early votes transforming the polls this year

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US Election 2020 | Avalanche of early votes transforming the polls this year

Americans’ rush to vote is leading election experts to predict that a record 150 million votes may be cast and turnout rates could be higher than in any presidential election since 1908.

New Zealand to vote on legalising marijuana and euthanasia

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New Zealand to vote on legalising marijuana and euthanasia

A “yes” vote on both referendums would arguably make the nation of 5 million one of the more liberal countries in the world. Polls indicate the euthanasia referendum is likely to pass while the result of the marijuana measure remains uncertain.

London shifts into 2nd-highest coronavirus risk tier as cases rise

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London shifts into 2nd-highest coronavirus risk tier as cases rise

Khan has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeking details about what assistance would be provided to businesses and individuals affected by such a move.

Millions in England likely to move to tighter COVID-19 rules

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Millions in England likely to move to tighter COVID-19 rules

The move comes as millions of people in northern England are waiting to find out whether they will be placed under the government’s tightest COVID-19 restrictions.

Vision 2020: How soon will we know the US election outcome?

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Vision 2020: How soon will we know the US election outcome?

Election officials in some key battleground states have warned that it might take days to count the votes given what they expect will be a surge of ballots sent by mail.

NASA moon-landing tech hitches ride to space on Bezos rocket

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NASA moon-landing tech hitches ride to space on Bezos rocket

The capsule carried science experiments, including 1.2 million tomato seeds that will be distributed to schoolchildren around the US and Canada, and tens of thousands of children’s postcards with space-themed drawings that will be returned to the young senders.

US Election 2020 | Donald Trump vs Joe Biden: Where they stand on health, economy, more

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US Election 2020 | Donald Trump vs Joe Biden: Where they stand on health, economy, more

Here's a look at where the two rivals stand on key issues.

China’s trade growth accelerates in September; exports up 9.9%

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China’s trade growth accelerates in September; exports up 9.9%

Exports had a “comprehensive recovery” in the three months ending in September, said a spokesman for the customs agency, Li Kuiwen.

How long can I expect a COVID-19 illness to last?

CORONAVIRUS

How long can I expect a COVID-19 illness to last?

Most coronavirus patients have mild to moderate illness and recover quickly. Older, sicker patients tend to take longer to recover. That includes those who are obese, or have high blood pressure and other chronic diseases.

UK unveils 3-level COVID lockdown plan; Liverpool at highest risk

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UK unveils 3-level COVID lockdown plan; Liverpool at highest risk

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the three-tier national system was designed to “simplify and standardize” a confusing patchwork of local rules over what residents can and cannot do.

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