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WHO to provide 120mn COVID-19 rapid tests for poorer countries

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased to more than 33.22 million worldwide, with the death toll over one million. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday (Sept. 28) that it would provide 120 million rapid tests for the virus to low-and-middle-income countries around the world through global partnership.

Lawyer for Huawei CFO says US evidence misleading

Lawyers for a senior executive for Chinese technology giant Huawei Technologies argued in a Canadian courtroom Monday that U.S. authorities used a misleading summary that "cherry picks" evidence in requesting her extradition.

UN Security Council to meet Tuesday on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

The UN Security Council will hold emergency talks Tuesday (Sept. 29) behind closed doors on the ethnic Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh, where fierce fighting has raged since the weekend, diplomats told AFP. The meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. (2100 GMT).

Global coronavirus deaths surpass one million

More than 1 million people have died of COVID-19 around the world as of Tuesday (Sept. 29), according to a Reuters tally, with the pace of fatalities picking up as infections again surge in several countries.

Japan's 117-year-old Kane Tanaka becomes third-oldest person ever

Kane Tanaka, the oldest person in Japan, has reached a grand old age despite a penchant for fizzy drinks.

G20 Leaders' Summit to be held virtually in Nov

The 2020 G20 Leaders' Summit will be held virtually from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, according to the statement from Saudi Arabia's G20 presidency early Monday (Sept. 28).

Trump paid no income tax in 10 of last 15 years: NY Times

President Donald Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years, according to a report on Sunday in The New York Times.

Remains of 117 Chinese soldiers killed in Korean War returned

The remains of 117 Chinese soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War were returned to China on Sunday from the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Asian shares stutter ahead of US presidential debate while oil dips

Asian shares were on the defensive, while oil prices edged lower on Monday (Sept. 28) as investors were cautious ahead of a U.S. Presidential debate and as coronavirus cases spike again in a blow to global economic recovery hopes.

US judge blocks Trump administration TikTok app store ban

A U.S. judge in Washington late on Sunday (Sept. 27) temporarily blocked a Trump administration order that was set to bar Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google from offering Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok for download at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

Trump picks Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

US President Donald Trump on Saturday (Sept. 26) announced conservative appellate judge Amy Coney Barrett as his third US Supreme Court appointment, setting off a scramble in the Republican-led Senate to confirm her before Election Day in 5-1/2 weeks.

First person cured of HIV 'dying from blood cancer'

Timothy Ray Brown, the American once known as "the Berlin patient" who in 2008 became the first person to be cured of HIV, is terminally ill with cancer, according to his partner.

Johnson looks to appoint BBC critics for media roles

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to appoint two Brexit-backing critics of the BBC to important roles in the media, including one as chairman of the publicly owned broadcaster itself, the Times reported on Saturday (Sept. 26).

China rejects Western accusation at UN rights forum on Hong Kong, Xinjiang

China's Mission to the UN office at Geneva on Friday denied accusations of harming human rights in Hong Kong and Xinjiang after the West rebuked China at the UN Human Rights Council.

Powerful Vatican Cardinal Becciu resigns amid scandal

The powerful head of the Vatican's saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, resigned suddenly Thursday (Sept. 24) from the post and renounced his rights as a cardinal amid a financial scandal that has reportedly implicated him indirectly.
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