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Fed and Treasury urge Congress to approve more virus relief

Fed and Treasury urge Congress to approve more virus relief

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged Congress to approve COVID-19 relief funds without further delay, though Democrats continued to attack a decision by Mnuchin to allow five Fed lending prog
Australia bounces out of recession as economy grows 3.3%

Australia bounces out of recession as economy grows 3.3%

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Australia's economy grew by 3.3% in the third quarter, rebounding from its first recession in nearly three decades as it recovered from pandemic-related shocks, according to figures released Wednesday.
Horde of Brazilian bank robbers attack another city, kill 1

Horde of Brazilian bank robbers attack another city, kill 1

RIO DE JANEIRO — A large gang of heavily armed bank robbers invaded the Brazilian city of Cameta just one day after a similar force struck another mid-sized city on the opposite side of the country, taking residents hostage as they looted a bank.
'Big Sky' producers recognize Native American criticism

'Big Sky' producers recognize Native American criticism

LOS ANGELES — Native American tribes and advocates are condemning “Big Sky,” a Montana-set ABC drama, for ignoring the history of violence inflicted on Indigenous women and instead making whites the crime victims.
UN, Ethiopia sign deal for aid access to embattled Tigray

UN, Ethiopia sign deal for aid access to embattled Tigray

NAIROBI, Kenya — In a breakthrough a month after deadly conflict cut off Ethiopia’s Tigray region from the world, the United Nations on Wednesday said it and the Ethiopian government have signed a deal to allow “unimpeded” humanitarian access, at lea
People magazine reveals its '2020 People of the Year'

People magazine reveals its '2020 People of the Year'

LOS ANGELES — People magazine has named George Clooney, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Selena Gomez and Regina King as the “2020 People of the Year.” The magazine revealed its list Wednesday morning as part of a year-end double issue with four covers.
18 indicted, including rapper, in gang-related activity

18 indicted, including rapper, in gang-related activity

NEW YORK — Authorities on Tuesday announced the indictment of 18 people, including New York City rapper Casanova, in connection to a litany of gang-related crimes including racketeering, murder, drugs, firearms, and fraud offences . Acting U.S.
Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow jailed

Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow jailed

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam have been sentenced to jail on charges related to an unauthorized anti-government protest last year at the city’s police headquarters.
Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud

Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud

WASHINGTON — Disputing President Donald Trump’s persistent, baseless claims, Attorney General William Barr declared the U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election.
Trump threatens defence veto over social media protections

Trump threatens defence veto over social media protections

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is threatening to veto a defence policy bill unless it ends protections for internet companies that shield them from being held liable for material posted by their users.