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Former presidential hopeful Andrew Yang to run for New York mayor

New York - Former US presidential hopeful and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang has announced he will run for mayor of New York City in an election this year that he is an early favourite to win.

English fishing boats forced to remain in port during virus border closures

Scarborough - Fishing boats in the north of England were forced to remain in port on Monday because of the disruption to supply chains caused by French border closures following the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in the UK.

Canada will share any excess vaccine doses, Trudeau says

Montr - Canada, which has placed orders and options on more than 400 million doses of coronavirus vaccine, will share any excess doses with other countries once its population is inoculated, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

US hospital converts nearby parking lot into Covid care facility

Reno - To cope with an influx of coronavirus patients, a hospital in Reno in the western US state of Nevada has transformed two floors of a nearby parking garage into a care unit dealing with patients experiencing less severe symptoms.

Wealth of US billionaires soars during pandemic

New York - America's billionaires have seen their wealth rise by more than $1 trillion since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study Wednesday, fueling a debate about higher taxes on the rich.

In US, vaccine operation soon to be put to the test

Washington - Trucks and cargo planes are at the ready to distribute millions of doses of coronavirus vaccine across the United States, a complex task led by a four-star general that will ultimately proceed more slowly than initially expected.

First in line for Covid vaccine? Some US health care workers say no

New York - They can move to front of the line for a Covid-19 vaccine if they want, but some US health care workers are skeptical about taking a vaccine that was developed in record time -- even as the pandemic rages on.

Americans defy virus guidelines for high-risk Thanksgiving

New York - Busy airports and serpentine queues at testing sites: many Americans plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with extended family Thursday despite authorities warning they risk exacerbating the coronavirus pandemic engulfing the country.

Greek protesters clash with police after defying virus ban

Athens - Greek police used tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon in Athens on Tuesday to break up a demonstration to commemorate a 1973 student uprising against the military junta that was banned because of the pandemic.

US hospitals again under pressure with Covid on the rise

Washington - After several weeks of rapidly rising coronavirus cases, hospitals around the United States are once again overwhelmed, forcing local authorities to take new measures to cope with the pandemic.

Spain hit by anti-government car protests called by far-right

Madrid - Hundreds of cars and motorbikes paraded Monday in Madrid and other Spanish cities in protests called by the far-right to demand Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his government resign.

UN chief appeals for 'responsible' pandemic leadership

New York - The secretary-general of the UN, Antonio Guterres, called Tuesday for "responsible leadership" in a message released to mark the stunning one million deaths globally from Covid-19.

The UN marks 75th anniversary facing world split by Covid-19

New York - The United Nations will mark its 75th anniversary Monday, celebrating the mantra that "multilateralism is not an option but a necessity," even as the coronavirus underscores the fragility of international cooperation.

Moderna shares Covid-19 vaccine trial blueprints, Pfizer follows

Washington - US biotech firm Moderna, one of nine companies in the late stages of clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine, became the first to publish the complete blueprints of its study following calls for greater transparency.

New York to mark 9/11 anniversary amid virus gloom

New York - With crime on the rise, shops and apartments increasingly vacant and homeless people on the sidewalks, New York on Friday will mark the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and a bitter fight with...

New Yorkers celebrate Met's reopening as a sign life is returning

New York - With visitors raising their arms in a sign of victory, clapping and lining up eagerly at ticket windows, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art reopened its doors to the public on Saturday in a festive atmosphere -- a sign for many that the largest US ...

US authorizes plasma treatment against virus

Washington - American authorities announced on Sunday an emergency authorization for doctors to use blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients as a treatment against the disease that has killed over 176,000 in the US.

Future of famous Mexican dance hall threatened by pandemic

Mexico - Mexico City's famous "Los Angeles" dance hall was once frequented by Soviet revolutionary Leon Trotsky and Mexican artist Diego Rivera.

Behind in the polls, Trump unloads on Biden at White House press event

Washington - He started with announcements on China and Hong Kong, but quickly switched to the real reason for holding a press event -- his election opponent Joe Biden.

Trump fuels, then downplays, tensions with virus expert Fauci

Washington - President Donald Trump said Monday he has a "very good" working relationship with America's top infectious disease specialist, despite repeatedly undercutting the respected scientist amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Foreign students fear deportation over Trump visa threat

New York - Pakistani student Taimoor Ahmed is one of hundreds of thousands of foreigners enrolled in American universities now fearing for their future after Donald Trump's administration threatened to revoke their visas.

Dominican Republic vote goes ahead despite virus threat

Santo Domingo - Voters in the Dominican Republic are set to defy rising coronavirus infections on Sunday to choose a new president in an election that could end 16 years of unbroken rule by the center-left Dominican Liberation Party.

Amid US virus struggle, Trump visits Rushmore and bemoans racial protests

Keystone - US President Donald Trump bemoaned protests demanding racial justice as "violent mayhem" Friday, but said little about an alarming resurgence of coronavirus cases as he attended a crowded, fireworks-studded Independence Day celebration beneath majestic...

Virus sours July 4 celebrations in US as Mexico cases soar

Washington - A surge in coronavirus cases sapped the fun out of July 4 celebrations in the United States as the pandemic also accelerated through neighboring Mexico, the rest of Latin America and South Africa.

As US struggles with virus, Trump heads to Rushmore for fireworks

Washington - Under fire for his silence in the face of America's spiralling coronavirus caseload, President Donald Trump heads to Mount Rushmore on Friday for a night of fireworks that he hopes will soothe a nation he has struggled to unite.

US under siege as pandemic accelerates, Britain eases quarantine

Miami - The United States posted a record 53,000 new coronavirus cases as the deadly pandemic accelerated across the Americas, but its slowdown in Europe led Britain to announce Friday the first exemptions to its quarantine rules.

Coronavirus complicates Quebec moving season

Montr - Moving house is a palaver at the best of times, but in the Canadian province of Quebec it is even more testing as the majority of leases end on the same day.

US buys up COVID drug, as some countries say well-stocked

Washington - Britain and Germany said Wednesday they had sufficient stocks of remdesivir, the first drug to be shown to be relatively effective in treating COVID-19, and of which the United States has bought almost all supply.

British and German remdesivir stocks 'sufficient' as US buys up supply

Washington - Britain and Germany said Wednesday they had sufficient stocks of remdesivir, the first drug to be shown to be relatively effective in treating COVID-19, and of which the United States has bought almost all supply.

BioNTech, Pfizer report progress in coronavirus vaccine trial

Washington - BioNTech of Germany and the US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported positive preliminary results on Wednesday from a joint project to develop a coronavirus vaccine.
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