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Iran's supreme leader says trying to lift sanctions through talks ‘was fruitless’

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has dismissed the “path of negotiations” with Western states to lift sanctions. However, the government in Tehran says foreign companies are already preparing to return to the country.
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Homes of 9 German police officers RAIDED over extremist right-wing chat group - rt

Homes of 9 German police officers RAIDED over extremist right-wing chat group

More than 160 police officers in Germany have carried out searches at the homes of some of their colleagues after nine cops were accused of participating in right-wing and extremist WhatsApp groups.
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Trans woman ‘sexually assaulted 14 times after being made to stay in men’s prison’ - metro

Trans woman ‘sexually assaulted 14 times after being made to stay in men’s prison’

Ashley Diamond says the sex attacks she suffered in men's prisons left her suffering from PTSD, and drove her to attempt suicide
metro - 36 minutes ago
Police chief ‘caught having affair with officer’ after doorbell cam records them - metro

Police chief ‘caught having affair with officer’ after doorbell cam records them

Their conversation was overheard through the device.
metro - 1 hour ago
Trump’s QAnon Lawyer Inspired Even More George Soros Disinformation - vice

Trump’s QAnon Lawyer Inspired Even More George Soros Disinformation

Trump's allies aren't just boosting already existing disinformation, they're inspiring the creation of new narratives to poison the public discourse.
vice - 1 hour ago
Scientists detect ‘superbolt’ lightning strikes that hit with more power than entire US solar, wind energy capacity - rt

Scientists detect ‘superbolt’ lightning strikes that hit with more power than entire US solar, wind energy capacity

Scientists have confirmed the existence of ‘superbolts’ that can be up to 1,000 times brighter than the average lightning strike, producing more power than all solar panels and wind turbines in the US combined.
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Moderna to supply 160 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to EU - rt

Moderna to supply 160 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to EU

US biotech firm Moderna will become the sixth company to supply a coronavirus vaccine candidate to the EU after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said a deal for 160 million doses has been reached.
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Beijing wants a ‘sea of peace’ through cooperation with Japan but reiterates its sovereignty in East China Sea - rt

Beijing wants a ‘sea of peace’ through cooperation with Japan but reiterates its sovereignty in East China Sea

China has said it is committed to peace in the region and reducing hostilities in the East China Sea following high-level talks with Japan. Both nations say they want better and more stable relations.
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Beijing hits out at Pope, says remarks about “persecuted” Uighurs are groundless - rt

Beijing hits out at Pope, says remarks about “persecuted” Uighurs are groundless

The Chinese foreign ministry has attacked the Pope after he shared his thoughts on the persecuted peoples of this world, a list which included the Uighur people, who largely reside in Northwest China.
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EU drug regulator vows thorough examination of Covid-19 vaccines, says it could issue ruling on jabs by year end - rt

EU drug regulator vows thorough examination of Covid-19 vaccines, says it could issue ruling on jabs by year end

The EU organization tasked with screening drugs has promised to carefully study all available data on several Covid-19 vaccines before issuing opinions on the jabs, saying it could make a decision by the end of the year.
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France’s interior minister launches probe after ‘shocking images’ of police clearing migrant camp - rt

France’s interior minister launches probe after ‘shocking images’ of police clearing migrant camp

France is investigating images showing police dismantling a 450-strong migrant camp in central Paris, clashing with demonstrators, attacking journalists and using batons and tear gas against the crowd.
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EU warns Afghanistan any move to set up

EU warns Afghanistan any move to set up 'Islamic emirate' would affect financial support

The European Union's foreign policy chief called for an immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan on Tuesday, warning that the country may lose political and financial support from Brussels.
rt - 4 hours ago
Hundreds of flights canceled following coronavirus outbreak at Shanghai airport - rt

Hundreds of flights canceled following coronavirus outbreak at Shanghai airport

Shanghai's Pudong, one of the China's busiest airports, saw hundreds of flights canceled on Tuesday after the discovery of a coronavirus cluster linked to the its cargo workers. All airport staff have undergone Covid-19 tests.
rt - 4 hours ago
‘Women are animals... with rights’: Netanyahu pummeled for poorly-worded speech against domestic violence - rt

‘Women are animals... with rights’: Netanyahu pummeled for poorly-worded speech against domestic violence

Benjamin Netanyahu has subjected himself to a political thrashing after the Israeli prime minister issued a gaffe-riddled speech during an event raising awareness about violence against women.
rt - 4 hours ago
WATCH: Cops flee as citizens fight off attempted evictions in Barcelona - rt

WATCH: Cops flee as citizens fight off attempted evictions in Barcelona

Protesters faced off against heavily armed and armored police in the Catalonian capital Barcelona to resist ongoing evictions as the coronavirus pandemic pushes many vulnerable residents to the brink of homelessness.
rt - 5 hours ago

'Dangerous' US creating chaos in Asia, says China's embassy in Philippines

China's Manila mission on Tuesday accused the United States of "creating chaos" in Asia, releasing a harsh statement after the US national security adviser backed countries in the region that have disputes with Beijing.
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‘Covid-19 passport’: Global airline lobby working on mobile app for international travel - rt

‘Covid-19 passport’: Global airline lobby working on mobile app for international travel

A lobby group that represents airlines worldwide has said that it is creating a mobile app to help passengers show they are Covid-free, as coronavirus vaccinations are expected to become mandatory for international travel.
rt - 6 hours ago
Weekly coronavirus deaths hit highest level in six months - metro

Weekly coronavirus deaths hit highest level in six months

New figures show there were 2,466 deaths involving coronavirus registered in the week ending November 13.
metro - 6 hours ago
Saudi Aramco confirms Houthi attack on ‘critical’ oil facility, reports no casualties - rt

Saudi Aramco confirms Houthi attack on ‘critical’ oil facility, reports no casualties

An official from Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil company has confirmed that Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeted one of its facilities in Jeddah, but said the attack did not halt the plant’s output.
rt - 7 hours ago
Pope Francis hosts delegation of NBA players and their union leaders at the Vatican for MASKLESS meeting about social justice - rt

Pope Francis hosts delegation of NBA players and their union leaders at the Vatican for MASKLESS meeting about social justice

Pope Francis has hosted a delegation of NBA players and union officials at the Vatican, to discuss the issues of social justice and racial equality, without anyone wearing a mask to protect against the spread of Covid-19.
rt - 12 hours ago
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Trump's Rush for a COVID Vaccine Is Making People Less Likely to Take It

vice - 1 month ago

The number of Americans who say they’ll get a vaccine for COVID-19 as soon as one becomes available has plummeted since August, a new poll by STAT and Harris found

Fifty-eight percent of the more than 2,000 people surveyed said that they would get vaccinated as soon as a vaccine is ready, down from nearly seven in 10 who said the same thing in mid-August. The drop was most notable among Black respondents; while 59% of white people polled said they would get vaccinated immediately, down 11 points from 70 percent in August, just 43% of Black people surveyed said the same thing—a 22-point drop from August.

“When we’re looking at the intersection of vaccine and politics, everything is exaggerated,” Harris poll managing director Rob Jekielek told STAT.

“Black [individuals] are disproportionately less likely to be within 60 minutes of a primary care physician, which also means they’re less likely to get useful information and instead use a hospital emergency room as a primary mechanism for care,” he added. “They’re also less likely to have insurance.”

The share of people who said they’d get vaccinated immediately is much more than the 60% who said they wouldn’t in another poll last month. But the precipitous drop between August and October—respondents were polled after President Donald Trump was hospitalized earlier this month—is more evidence that the overtly political nature of the Trump administration’s vaccine development is damaging public confidence in a vaccine.

Along with consistently downplaying the virus, Trump claimed a vaccine could drop around the time of the election, although only Pfizer claimed it could meet that deadline—and they walked that back last week. In September, in an attempt to shore up public confidence, nine large drug companies racing to find a vaccine signed a pact pledging to push out only a safe and scientifically sound vaccine.

Trump indicated he was prepared to overrule new Food and Drug Administration regulations that set higher safety standards for emergency use of a vaccine than the standards used for hydroxychloroquine treatment, which was later found to be ineffective. The White House ultimately approved the guidelines, but Trump still called them a “political hit job” in a tweet slamming the FDA. 

The Trump administration’s politicization of FDA and CDC, which have historically been viewed as nonpartisan agencies, is now under investigation. The federal General Accountability Office said it would investigate whether “scientific integrity and communications policies have been violated and whether those policies are being implemented as intended to assure scientific integrity," according to a letter released Monday by Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Despite the president’s best efforts, it appears that his hospitalization has resulted in more people taking coronavirus safety precautions seriously, the STAT poll found. While a slim plurality of respondents (41%) said their opinion on whether or not to get a vaccines was unchanged by Trump’s hospitalization, 57% of those surveyed said they were at least somewhat more likely to wear a mask while 54% said they were somewhat or much more likely to practice social distancing. 

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