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Posted in: UK authorizes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use; 1st in the world See in context

British officials authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use on Wednesday, green-lighting the world’s first shot against the virus that’s backed by rigorous science and taking a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.

https://worldabcnews.com/u-k-approves-pfizer-coronavirus-vaccine-for-emergency-use/

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Posted in: Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers resign en masse as Beijing moves to quash opposition See in context

The disqualification came after the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, which held meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, passed a resolution stating that those who support the city’s independence or refuse to acknowledge China’s sovereignty over the city, as well as commit acts that threaten national security or ask external forces to interfere in the city’s affairs should be disqualified, according to the state-owned Xinhua News Agency.

https://worldabcnews.com/hong-kong-ousts-4-pro-democracy-legislators-amid-national-security-crackdown/

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Posted in: New Zealand's Ardern credits virus response for election win See in context

New Zealand’s Prime Minister addressed the nation after her Labour Party secured a landslide victory in the 2019 election. The Labour Party won the election, which was originally set for September but was delayed by a month due to the coronavirus pandemic, with a majority of 49 percent.

https://worldabcnews.com/jacinda-ardern-calls-for-unity-after-winning-second-term-as-new-zealand-prime-minister-world-news/

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Posted in: Negligence probed in deadly Beirut blast amid public anger See in context

The cause of the blast is yet to be confirmed – but it has been linked to a warehouse at the city’s port, close to populated areas, which was storing extremely dangerous explosive material. Lebanense officials are investigating exactly how the disaster happened, with the country’s prime minister vowing that those responsible for an explosion at a “dangerous” warehouse would “pay the price”. Hassan Diab said: “I promise you that this catastrophe will not pass without accountability. Those responsible will pay the price.

https://worldabcnews.com/beirut-explosion-terrifying-impact-of-lebanon-blast-laid-bare-in-chilling-london-map-world-news/

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Posted in: Shootout at Chicago funeral leaves 14 wounded See in context

Better watch out - Lightfoot may send out some guidance counselors - that should fix it - yeah that's the ticket - more counselors - that's what the shooters need. This is the kind of thing that happens when you elect a knucklehead for your mayor. How's it going Chicago? Feeling safe yet? How's she working out for you so far?

https://worldabcnews.com/chicago-funeral-home-shooting-was-gang-related-police-say/

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Posted in: Johnson offers visas for millions in Hong Kong See in context

This is an interesting reversal for the UK. In 1997, one of the conditions of the hand-over is that England would not grant access for Hong Kong residents by default, as they were afraid at that time that there would be a mass influx from Hong Kong into England. More than 20 years later, they've apparently done an about face.

https://worldabcnews.com/boris-johnson-says-u-k-ready-to-open-door-to-hong-kong-citizens-if-needed/

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Posted in: Hong Kong police fire volleys of tear gas at protesters See in context

So China thinks HK already belongs to them...strength to the protesters

https://worldabcnews.com/hong-kong-protests-police-fight-protestors-as-china-warns-it-will-not-tolerate-dissent-world-news/

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Posted in: SoftBank Group reports ¥961.58 billion annual net loss See in context

The disastrous 1.9 trillion yen ($18 billion) operating shortfall at the Saudi-backed Vision Fund, including losses of almost $10 billion at office-sharing firm WeWork and ride- hailing app Uber Technologies Inc alone, left SoftBank with its worst annual loss of 1.4 trillion yen.

https://worldabcnews.com/softbanks-vision-fund-tumbles-to-18-billion-loss-in-valley-of-coronavirus/

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Posted in: Moon, Abe hold 'friendly' talks on ASEAN sidelines See in context

ASEAN leaders are expected to issue a joint statement at the end of the three day meeting, which will most likely include a section on the South China Sea.

https://worldabcnews.com/south-china-sea-news-beijing-claims-progress-in-asean-summit-talks-to-achieve-peace-world-news/

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