Mystery of the coronavirus origin: Experts still seeking answers – National

China or Italy? Bats or pangolins? More than 11 months since the first cluster of coronavirus cases were reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan, there are still questions about the exact origins of the virus and how it jumped from animals to humans. Experts believe the zoonotic COVID-19 disease came from a Chinese […]

Trump pardons former national security adviser Michael Flynn – National

Donald Trump has pardoned his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, the outgoing president said it is his “Great Honor” to pardon Flynn. Read more: Trump, aides have discussed plans to pardon Michael Flynn: reports “Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family,” he wrote. “I know you will now have a […]

Push to end domestic violence — worsened by coronavirus — draws rallies around the world – National

In a global push to end violence against women, activists held rallies Wednesday and world leaders called for action to stop the abuse, which has worsened because of the coronavirus pandemic this year. Protests from France to Ukraine were held on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to draw attention […]

Israel’s Gaza blockade has devastated Hamas-ruled territory’s economy, UN agency says – National

Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and sent poverty and unemployment skyrocketing, a U.N. report said Wednesday, as it called on Israel to lift the closure. The report by the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development echoed calls by numerous […]

American Thanksgiving feared to become coronavirus superspreader event – National

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spiral out of control in the U.S., with the nation averaging 172,000 new cases per day, hospitalizations reaching all-time highs and the death rate totalling more than a quarter-million people. And as cases continue to climb the day before the American Thanksgiving holiday many say the large amounts of […]

Azerbaijani leader promises ‘life will return’ to region ceded by Armenia – National

Azerbaijan’s president vowed Wednesday to rebuild and revive the Kalbajar region, the latest territory that Armenian forces have ceded in a truce that ended six weeks of intense fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. “We will restore Kalbajar, let no one have doubts about that, and life will return there,” President Ilham Aliyev said in an address […]

‘Majority’ of U.K.’s vulnerable population could get coronavirus vaccine by April: PM – National

With major COVID-19 vaccines showing high levels of protection, British officials are cautiously — and they stress cautiously — optimistic that life may start returning to normal by early April. Even before regulators have approved a single vaccine, the U.K. and countries across Europe are moving quickly to organize the distribution and delivery systems […]

Meghan Markle reveals she had a miscarriage in the summer – National

The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she had a miscarriage in July, giving a personal account of the traumatic experience in hope of helping others. Meghan described the miscarriage in an opinion piece in the New York Times on Wednesday, writing that “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was […]

Azerbaijani forces move into further territory ceded by Armenia in brokered truce – National

The Azerbaijani army has entered the Kalbajar region, one more territory ceded by Armenian forces in a truce that ended deadly fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry said Wednesday. The cease-fire, brokered by Russia two weeks ago, stipulated that Armenia hand over control to Azerbaijan of some areas its holds […]

Hong Kong leader says Chinese security law has been ‘effective in restoring stability’ – National

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Wednesday that the city’s new national security law has been “remarkably effective in restoring stability” after months of political unrest, and that bringing normalcy back to the political system is an urgent priority. Lam made the comments in her annual policy address, more than a month after it […]