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New Study Suggests Pfizer Vaccine Works Against New COVID-19 Variant

Medical research suggests that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can still work against the mutation which emerged in two new variants of COVID-19 discovered in Britain and South Africa.

Lifestyle News

Disney World’s Skyliner gondola closed after apparent malfunction strands riders for hours

Disney World's new Skyliner gondola had what the company called "unexpected downtime" after some of its cars reportedly smashed together late Saturday night. Several users were stranded for hours but no injuries were reported in the incident.

Ryanair Buys 75 Boeing MAX Jets for $9 Billion

Ryanair ordered 75 Boeing 737 MAX jets on Thursday afternoon with a list price of $9 billion, throwing a commercial lifeline to the US planemaker after regulators lifted a safety ban.

Southwest Airlines warns of 6,800 impending layoffs

Southwest Airlines announced that 6,800 employees may be furloughed by spring due to an alleged "lack of meaningful progress" in cost-cutting negotiations with labor unions.

China Strikes Out at US After Report of New Visa Restrictions

China has accused critics in the US government of "an escalation of political suppression" against Beijing due to the new visa restrictions of China's ruling Communist Party along with their immediate family members.

Singapore Cruise Ship Passenger Now Tested Negative for Covid-19, After Retests

Singapore's Ministry of Health has said that the passenger who tested positive for Covid-19 aboard Royal Caribbean's cruise ship has now tested negative for the virus after his sample was retested.

Bomb Threat Reported on Russian Plane at JFK Airport

Police have conducted an investigation into a bomb threat on a plane from Moscow, Russia which landed at the John F. Kennedy International Airport.


Science & Tech

Climate change created today’s large crocodiles

Paleontologists created an evolutionary map of how croc body size changed over the last 200 million years - with some interesting implications for today's species.
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Conflicts & War

Religion & Belief

Ecuador’s Highest Court Approves Same-Sex Marriage

Five of nine judges in Ecuador's highest court ruled on Wednesday in favor of two gay couples.

Ex-Nissan Boss Carlos Ghosn will pay $1 million to settle illicit compensation claims

Carlos Ghosn, who was chairman of Nissan and chairman and CEO of its alliance partner Renault, agreed to pay $1 million to the US Securities and Exchange Commission in order to settle claims that he concealed compensation received from the Japanese automaker.

Former Salvadoran President gets two more years in jail for bribery

An El Salvador court has sentenced Salvadoran former President Elias Antonio Saca with other two years in jail for bribery. Saca is currently serving a 10-year prison term for corruption.

Human Interest

Gorillas at San Diego Zoo Test Positive for COVID-19

At least two gorillas tested positive for COVID-19 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the zoo announced on Jan. 11.

Eswatini Prime Minister Dies from COVID-19 Complications

Eswatini Prime Minister, Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini has died one month after contracting COVID-19.

World Food Programme Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

The World Food Programme has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2020, on Thursday.

Spain’s Former King Paid $820,000 to Settle New Probe

Former King of Spain Juan Carlos paid about $820,000 in back taxes to settle a new investigation by Spanish authorities into whether he and other members of the royal family used bank accounts in other people's names to hide assets from the tax authorities.

Bangkok Police and Demonstrators Stand-Off Over Imperial Defamation Law

Protesters have gathered at the October 14 Memorial, on Constitution Day to call for the repeal of Section 112 of the criminal code or the lèse majesté law.
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Hurricane Dorian has stalled over the Bahamas Monday, tearing up homes and tumbling cars with winds of about 165 mph in what could be a day-long pounding at the northern islands.


Uber will now offer helicopter taxis from JFK airport

Uber announced that customers with low income will soon be able to book helicopter flights to the John F. Kennedy International airport through the app.

Skin-Lightening Cream Put A Woman Into A Coma. It Could Happen Again.

A Sacramento woman is in a coma after using a face cream from Mexico. It is the nation's first case of methylmercury poisoning from a cosmetic, and public health officials can do almost nothing to prevent other contaminated cosmetics from hitting the shelves.

Walmart To Give Workers Financial Incentives To Use Higher-Quality Doctors

The program, which will roll out next year in three parts of the country, seeks to encourage workers on the company's health plan to choose doctors that have been identified as providing "appropriate, effective and cost-efficient care."


Thailand to Give Temporary Work Permits to Undocumented Migrants Amid New COVID-19 Outbreak

The Thai Cabinet approved a resolution on Dec. 29 to legalize undocumented migrant workers from three Southeast Asian countries for two years as an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Kia’s Union Approves Labor Agreement

A spokesman from Kia Motors' South Korean union said both parties agreed on Tuesday morning to a freeze in base salary for the first time in nearly 12 years under a preliminary agreement with the company, following 16 rounds of negotiations.

US Jobless Claims Increased Last Week

The number of Americans filing first-time for jobless benefits increased last week as a significant rise in new COVID-19 infections all across the country hobbled business operations.

Social Issues


Gorillas at San Diego Zoo Test Positive for COVID-19

At least two gorillas tested positive for COVID-19 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the zoo announced on Jan. 11.

Portuguese President Tests Positive for COVID-19

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has tested positive for COVID-19 but has not shown any symptoms, his office announced in a statement on Jan. 11.

Saudi Arabia Reopens Commercial Air Travel with Qatar

Flights between Saudi and Qatar have resumed, after its flag carriers announced commercial flights over the weekend.

New York State Bar Association Moves to Disbar Rudy Giuliani

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) said that they are considering removing Donald Trump's Personal Attorney , Rudy Giuliani, from their ranks for his alleged role in the Capitol riots.

House of Representatives Introduces Articles of Impeachment for Trump

The US House of Representatives has released its resolution to impeach President Donald Trump and charged him with "incitement of insurrection."

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