Coronavirus: U.S. Supreme Court rules against New York limits on religious services – National

The U.S. Supreme Court late on Wednesday backed Christian and Jewish houses of worship challenging New York state’s latest restrictions in novel coronavirus hot spots. The court on a 5-4 vote granted requests made by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and two Orthodox Jewish congregations to bar the state from enforcing attendance limits […]

Over phone, Trump tells Pennsylvania hearing U.S. election must be ‘turned around’ – National

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday baselessly claimed anew that he had won the election and uttered repeated falsehoods when he called into an event held by Pennsylvania Republicans to investigate unproven allegations of voter fraud. “This was an election that we won easily. We won it by a lot,” Trump declared to the group gathered […]

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 […]

Secret Jewish wedding in New York drew thousands of unmasked guests – National

Thousands of unmasked ultra-Orthodox Jews packed into a massive synagogue in Brooklyn earlier this month, deliberately skirting coronavirus rules to attend a secret wedding that may have become a super-spreader event. A recently-leaked video from the wedding shows thousands of people standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the Yetev Lev D’Satmar synagogue in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood. The […]

French Senate urges Paris to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as independent republic – National

The French Senate voted Wednesday to urge the government to recognize the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent republic. The symbolic resolution does not mean the French government will recognize a sovereign Nagorno-Karabakh, but sends a message of support to France’s large Armenian community. No country recognizes the region, which Armenia and […]

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 […]