January 15th, 2021

World News

Prosecutor: Wisconsin pharmacist thought vaccine was unsafe

By The Associated Press on January 4th, 2021

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. – A Wisconsin pharmacist told police he tried to ruin hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine because he felt the medicine wasn’t safe, a prosecutor said Monday. Police in Grafton, about 20 miles (32 kilometres) north of Milwaukee, arrested the Advocate Aurora Health pharmacist last week following an investigation into the 57 ... Read More »

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Saudi Arabia to lift Qatar embargo, open airspace and border

By The Associated Press on January 4th, 2021

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Kuwait’s foreign ministry on Monday announced that Saudi Arabia will lift a years-long embargo on Qatar, opening its air and land borders in the first steps toward ending the Gulf crisis. The state-run Kuwait News Agency reported the announcement, saying that Saudi Arabia would open its airspace, land and sea ... Read More »

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Trump pressures Georgia elections chief: ‘Find 11,780 votes’

By Jeff Amy, Darlene Superville And Kate Brumback, The Associated Press on January 4th, 2021

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump pressured Georgia’s Republican secretary of state to “find” enough votes to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state’s presidential election, repeatedly citing disproven claims of fraud and raising the prospect of a “criminal offence” if officials did not change the vote count, according to a recording of the conversation. The ... Read More »

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UK first in world to start using Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

By Danica Kirka, The Associated Press on January 4th, 2021

LONDON – The U.K. on Monday became the first nation in the world to start using the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and drugmaker AstraZeneca, ramping up a nationwide inoculation program as rising infection rates are putting an unprecedented strain on British hospitals. Brian Pinker, an 82-year-old dialysis patient, received the first shot at ... Read More »

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UK judge refuses US extradition of WikiLeaks founder Assange

By Jill Lawless, The Associated Press on January 4th, 2021

LONDON – A British judge on Monday rejected the United States’ request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges, saying he was likely to kill himself if held under harsh U.S. prison conditions. In a mixed ruling for Assange and his supporters, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected defence arguments that the 49-year-old ... Read More »

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Malaysia coroner: No foul play in death of French-Irish teen

By Eileen Ng, The Associated Press on January 4th, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Malaysian coroner ruled Monday that the death of a French-Irish teenager whose body was found near a Malaysian jungle resort where she vanished while on vacation was most likely a misadventure that didn’t involve other people. Coroner Maimoonah Aid ruled out homicide, natural death and suicide and said Nora Anne ... Read More »

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UK judge refuses extradition of WikiLeaks founder Assange

By Jill Lawless, The Associated Press on January 4th, 2021

LONDON – A British judge has rejected the United States’ request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges, saying it would be “oppressive” because of his mental health. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said Monday Assange was likely to commit suicide if sent to the U.S. The U.S. government said it would appeal ... Read More »

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Iran starts 20% uranium enrichment as tanker feared seized

By Jon Gambrell And Isabel Debre, The Associated Press on January 4th, 2021

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Iran on Monday began enriching uranium up to 20% at an underground facility, a short technical step from weapons-grade levels, as fears mounted that a South Korean-flagged oil tanker had been seized by Tehran. The announcement of enrichment at Fordo came at the same time Western officials said they feared ... Read More »

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South Korean-flagged tanker in Iranian waters, feared seized

By The Associated Press on January 4th, 2021

TEHRAN, Iran – A South Korean-flagged tanker bound for the United Arab Emirates has instead gone into Iranian territorial waters, with a security firm fearing the vessel has been seized. Satellite data from MarineTraffic.com showed the MT Hankuk Chemi off Bandar Abbas on Monday afternoon without explanation. It had been travelling from Saudi Arabia to ... Read More »

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Iran says it begins 20% uranium enrichment amid US tensions

By The Associated Press on January 4th, 2021

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran said on Monday it has begun enriching uranium up to 20% at an underground nuclear facility, a short, technical step to weapons-grade levels of 90% amid escalating tensions with the U.S. Iranian state television quoted spokesman Ali Rabiei as saying that President Hassan Rouhani has given the order for the move ... Read More »

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