OPEC, Russia to nudge up oil output after hit…

OPEC and a group of allied countries including Russia have agreed to increase their oil production by 500,000 barrels per day from January

Trump won't say if he has confidence in AG Barr

[NFA] U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday declined to say whether he still had confidence in U.S. Attorney General William Barr after the Department of Justice chief this week said there was no sign of major fraud in last month's presidential election. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Fauci: Britain Was a Little Too Quick With Vaccine

We need coronavirus vaccines quickly, but not before their time. Dr. Anthony Fauci was critical Thursday of Britain's quick green light for a vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, Politico reports. "They really rushed through that approval," Fauci said. Britain became the first Western nation to OK a drug, but...

Ethiopian forces said to block refugees from…

Sudanese forces say Ethiopian forces have blocked people fleeing Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region from crossing into Sudan at the busiest border crossing point for refugees

COVID vaccine a 'Christmas miracle': Trump at…

In a video released Thursay of the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C., U.S. President Donald Trump thanked all those who helped develop a coronavirus vaccine, describing it as a "Christmas miracle."

Nation's Spy Chief Just Unloaded on China

The nation's top intelligence official just unloaded on China in unusual fashion. "The People’s Republic of China poses the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom world-wide since World War II," writes director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe in a Wall Street Journal op-ed....

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Chinese spacecraft carrying lunar rocks lifts off…

China's space agency says its spacecraft has lifted off from the moon with a load of lunar rocks

Pressure rises on U.S. Congress to pass COVID bill

[NFA] U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the phone Thursday and agreed that a COVID-19 relief package and a government funding bill should pass “as soon as possible." Colette Luke has more.

He Was Taking Off on Suicide Mission When the War…

He's a 93-year-old former fighter pilot for Japan, but Kazuo Odachi has one more highly unusual entry on his military resume. He was a kamikaze pilot and thus not supposed to survive World War II. But as the New York Times explains, Odachi did indeed survive and has begun telling...

Facebook to remove COVID-19 vaccine-related…

Facebook says it will start removing false claims about COVID-19 vaccines, in its latest move to counter a tide of coronavirus-related online misinformation

NY gov. details ins & outs of vaccine packaging

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday demonstrated, with a sample dry ice-packed box of 5,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses, how the specific packaging is important for Pfizer's vaccine.

Man's Purchase of PS5 Gets 'Really Sad, Really…

A Taiwanese gamer got the deal of the year on a fairly new Sony PlayStation 5, and he can thank a couple's marital discord for it. Taiwan News reports that the gamer, who lists himself as Jin Wu, purchased a PS5 for resale on Nov. 20, though when he called...

Survivors remember Pearl Harbor at home this year…

The coronavirus pandemic is preventing Pearl Harbor survivors from attending an annual ceremony to remember those killed in the 1941 attack

Stocks face 'rough and choppy waters' -strategist

The long-term outlook for U.S. stocks remains favorable but investors will have to overcome 'rough and choppy waters ahead' in the short-term, Arian Vojdani of MV Financial told Reuters Business Correspondent Conway G. Gittens.

Iran to Step Up Enrichment After Scientist's…

Less than a week after the assassination of its top nuclear scientist, Iran on Wednesday passed a law requiring the government to increase the enrichment of uranium far beyond the maximum level established under a 2015 nuclear deal struck by the Obama administration, the New York Times reports. Scientist Mohsen...

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Brexit broken record: Trade deal close but big…

European Union officials say that remaining differences  in post-Brexit trade talks can't be bridged in “a matter of hours” despite rumors of an imminent decisive breakthrough

A festive drive-through celebration for Dodgers…

When the L.A. Dodgers won the World Series title in October, the coronavirus pandemic meant there was no official street parade. Now, six weeks later, fans have the chance to belatedly celebrate the team's victory and the holiday season in one place, with a drive-through interactive display at Dodger Stadium. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

Spike Seen in Those Rebuffing Queen's Honors

Turning down a British honor isn't uncommon. In fact, it's enough of a thing that Wikipedia has an entire page dedicated to it, and several notable names who've done it, including Roald Dahl and Aldous Huxley . But the number of those who've rebuffed the queen is on the upswing, more...

Bangladesh begins relocating Rohingya refugees to…

Authorities in Bangladesh have begun relocating thousands of Rohingya refugees to an isolated island despite calls by human rights groups for a halt to the process

Boeing gets largest 737 MAX order since crashes

[NFA] Budget airline Ryanair on Thursday ordered 75 Boeing 737 MAX jets with a list price of $9 billion, throwing a commercial lifeline to the embattled U.S. planemaker after regulators lifted a 20-month safety ban. Conway G. Gittens has the details.

5 Dead in Germany Vehicle Rampage

In what authorities are calling a rampage—but with no apparent connection to terrorist groups—a man drove into pedestrians in the city of Trier in western Germany Tuesday, killing five people and injuring many others. Authorities say the 51-year-old was arrested after driving an SUV into a pedestrian zone...

Police: 4 die after explosion at UK wastewater…

British police say four people have died following an explosion in a silo that holds treated biosolids at a wastewater treatment plant near the southwest England city of Bristol

Ivanka Trump deposed in civil lawsuit

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, was questioned under oath this week as part of a civil lawsuit alleging misuse of nonprofit funds for Donald Trump’s inauguration four years ago. This report produced by Emma Jehle.

How Worst Serial Killer in US Got Away With It…

America's most prolific serial killer operated for more than 30 years, targeting vulnerable, usually Black women, under the watch of an "indifferent" criminal justice system. That's according to part one of an in-depth investigation by the Washington Post , which interviewed experts and reviewed thousands of pages of legal documents to...

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Azerbaijan says 2,783 troops killed over…

Azerbaijan says it lost 2,783 soldiers in 44 days of fighting with Armenian forces over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh

Confidence in Barr? Trump declines to say

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday declined to say whether he still had confidence in U.S. Attorney General William Barr after the Department of Justice chief this week said there was no sign of major fraud in last month's presidential election.

Experts: Report on Kim a Sign That Virus Is…

His country's attempts to hack pharmaceutical companies apparently failed , but Kim Jong Un got a coronavirus vaccine anyway. That's according to US analyst Harry Kazianis, who reports that the North Korean leader, his family members, and several senior government officials were vaccinated "within the last two to three weeks" with...