Nov 22 2020 Countries Begin Planning COVID Vaccine Distribution

Countries are beginning to lay out plans to distribute vaccines against COVID-19 Sunday, with Germany and the United States preparing to vaccinate some populations as early as next month.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn told reporters Sunday that there “is reason to be optimistic” that a vaccine would be approved in Europe before the end of [...]


Nov 22 2020 Co-Founder of Viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Dies at 37

YONKERS, NEW YORK — A co-founder of the social media ALS ice bucket challenge, which has raised more than $200 million worldwide for Lou Gehrig’s disease research, died Sunday at the age of 37, according to the ALS Association.
Pat Quinn was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, in 2013, a [...]


Nov 22 2020 US Rhodes Scholars Chosen Virtually for 1st Time

The U.S. Rhodes Scholars for 2021 were elected virtually this year for the first time as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, though that didn’t extinguish enthusiasm among the 32 students who won scholarships to Oxford University.
The Rhodes Trust announced the winners early Sunday, which include 22 students of color. Ten are Black, which [...]


Nov 22 2020 French Ex-President Sarkozy Goes on Trial, Accused of Corruption

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial Monday accused of trying to bribe a judge and of influence-peddling, one of several criminal investigations that threaten to cast an ignominious pall over his decades-long political career.
Prosecutors allege Sarkozy offered to secure a plum job in Monaco for judge Gilbert Azibert in return for confidential information [...]


Nov 22 2020 Dayton Accords 25 Years Later: Bosnia Got Blueprint for Peace but not for Its Future

When leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Croatia gathered in the U.S. city of Dayton, Ohio, in November 1995, war in Bosnia had been raging for almost four years. It exacerbated deep ethnic tensions, drove almost 2 million people from their homes and claimed about 100,000 lives.  
A few months earlier, Serb forces had [...]


Nov 22 2020 Pompeo, Stoltenberg Talk China at Halifax Security Forum

Everyone had something to say about China at this year’s Halifax International Security Forum.
From U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, speakers at this national security conference speculated about China’s ambitions, strategies and how the world should respond.  
“The Chinese Communist Party has presented enormous risk to the systems, the [...]


Nov 22 2020 Top US Coronavirus Experts Endorse Prospective Vaccines

Two of the leading U.S. coronavirus experts said Sunday they personally would have no worry about receiving either of the vaccines that are under final review, but voiced concern about the continuing skepticism of the American public.
“These vaccines are highly effective,” Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientific adviser for Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. government’s effort [...]


Nov 22 2020 Ethiopia’s Abiy Gives Tigray Region 72-Hour Ultimatum

Ethiopia’s prime minister has issued an ultimatum to Tigrayan regional forces to surrender or face a military offensive on the state’s capital of Mekele.
“Your journey of destruction is coming to an end, and we urge you to surrender peacefully within the next 72 hours, recognizing you are at a point of no return,” Abiy Ahmed [...]


Nov 22 2020 Hundreds Detained in Ongoing Belarus Protests Against Longtime President 

More than 200 people have been arrested, a rights group said Sunday, as Belarusians continued to protest longtime President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk. 
Thousands of people took to the streets to demand Lukashenko’s resignation. According to rights watchdog Vesna-96, 205 people had been taken into custody, despite activists’ efforts to decentralize protests in hopes of evading [...]


Nov 22 2020 Biden to Name First Cabinet Members Tuesday 

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to name the first members of his Cabinet on Tuesday, a key aide said Sunday, even as President Donald Trump urged on Republicans to help him in his longshot legal effort to overturn his re-election defeat. 
Ron Klain, Biden’s incoming White House chief of staff, declined in an interview on ABC’s [...]