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Trump to hit Biden's family ties in last debate

US President Donald Trump is expected to come out swinging in Thursday's (Oct. 22) final presidential debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden to try to close a gap in opinion polls before an election 12 days away.

Fears grow in South Korea over suspected flu shot deaths

Nine people have died after getting flu shots in South Korea in the past week, raising concerns over the vaccine's safety just as the seasonal inoculation program is expanded to head off potential COVID-19 complications.

Obama blasts Trump's tweets, track record in 2020 campaign trail debut

Former U.S. President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail on Wednesday (Oct. 21) with a blistering attack on Donald Trump with less than two weeks to go before the Republican president's Election Day face-off with Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday (Oct. 21), sparking cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives, given the Vatican's official teaching on the issue.

Russia ready to freeze nuclear warheads along with US to extend arms treaty

Russia is ready to freeze the existing number of nuclear warheads along with the United States to extend the bilateral New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) by one year, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday (Oct. 20).

US first lady cancels campaign trip due to 'lingering cough'

U.S. first lady Melania Trump on Tuesday (Oct. 20) canceled her scheduled campaign trip to key swing state Pennsylvania since she is still sick with "lingering cough", according to her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.

World Young Scientists Summit hears of China's virus control success

The two-day World Young Scientists Summit ended in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province on Monday (Oct.19), under the theme of "Gathering Talents from All Over the World, Creating a Better Future." Due to the impact of the coronavirus epidemic, the summit was conducted both online and offline.

China hopes Japan to deeply weigh impact of releasing Fukushima water

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday (Oct.19) commented on recent reports of the Japanese government's plan to release treated water containing radioactive substances from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the sea.

US stocks retreat at close as stimulus hopes fade

Wall Street ended lower on Monday (Oct. 19), erasing early gains amid signs of rising coronavirus infections and dwindling hope of a stimulus deal for the US economy.

Nationwide rallies held in France to pay tribute to beheaded teacher

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Paris and cities across France on Sunday (Oct.18) in solidarity with a history teacher beheaded by a suspected Islamist on Friday.

Coronavirus | France reports another 29,837 new cases

The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in France rose by 29,837 on Sunday (Oct.18), lower than Saturday's record figure of 32,427, according to the Public Health Agency.

New Zealand's Ardern to form government within three weeks after historic election win

After a thumping election win, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Sunday (Oct.18) that she would form a government within three weeks but declined to say whether she would rule alone or form a coalition. 

Paris under curfew as Europe reels from Covid spike

Millions of Europeans faced tough new coronavirus restrictions on Saturday (Oct.17) as governments stepped up efforts to slow the surge in infections, after the World Health Organization reported a "very concerning" 44-percent rise in European cases over one week.

Moody's downgrades UK as COVID-19 and Brexit hit debt outlook

Ratings agency Moody's cut the United Kingdom's debt rating on Friday (Oct.16) over the huge economic hit from the coronavirus crisis, Brexit and the lack of clear budget plans from Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government.

Coronavirus | US coronavirus cases surpass eight million as infections spike nationwide

U.S. cases of the novel coronavirus crossed 8 million on Thursday (Oct. 15), rising by 1 million in less than a month, as another surge in cases hits the nation at the onset of cooler weather.
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