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BBC News

US prisoners defraud the authorities of up to a billion dollars in pandemic employment relief

An anti-fraud taskforce in California says tens of thousands of prisoners have defrauded the authorities of up to a billion dollars in pandemic employment relief. Also, French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a slight easing of the country's s…

Sweden changes tack as restrictions are imposed

Swedish government bans public events with more than 8 people, also: Bishop who conducted the funeral of the head of Serbia's Orthodox Church - who died of Covid-19 - tests positive himself, and Qantas says future travellers will have to be vaccinate…

Latest Covid-19 vaccine proves highly effective

The Oxford University vaccine has shown to be up to 90% effective in large-scale trials. Also, Australia lifts travel restrictions as European countries bring in more measures, and the impact of the pandemic on our language.

California introduces night-time curfew

Thirty seven million residents will be affected by the new measure. Also, the Australian state of Victoria relaxes restrictions, and the unlikely award for Covid communication.

Pandemic to dominate G20

World leaders at the online summit are being asked to raise billions of dollars to fund vaccines worldwide. Also: Trials targeted at those who can't tolerate vaccines begin, and Amazon postpones Black Friday in France - after pressure from local book…

The Economist | Business

Bertelsmann snags Simon & Schuster

The merger will create a new biblio-behemoth…

Covid-19 and the business of crowds

How sports, music and exhibitions are managing in a time of social distancing…

How to play the board game

A useful guide to boardroom behaviour by a cultural veteran…

Airbnb’s stockmarket debut will be a hit

Never mind its murky long-term prospects…

The Economist | International

The pandemic has prompted questions about high-stakes exams

But other ways of assessing students create new problems…

Covid-19 has shone a light on racial disparities in health

Unpicking the causes of gaps in health outcomes requires better data than most countries currently collect…

Naval drills in the Indian Ocean give bite to the anti-China “Quad”

America, Australia, India and Japan are building a formidable diplomatic bloc…

What the world wants from Joe Biden

The president-elect will face a torrent of demands…

The Economist | U.S.

The Midwest is America’s covid-19 hotspot

The disease is killing more than 550 people there every day…

Joe Biden will embrace allies—and enlist them to take on China

The president-elect opts for dependability, loyalty and like-mindedness in his national-security picks…

Barack Obama’s new memoir will give his former deputy little comfort

The feverish obstructionism detailed in “A Promised Land” is likely to be repeated…

Why power companies and state-level corruption go together in America

Parallel political scandals embroil leading politicians in Ohio and Illinois…

The Guardian

South Australia records two new Covid cases while six Pakistan cricketers test positive in New Zealand – live news

School student among state’s new infections; Scott Morrison says Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s release from Iranian prison a ‘miracle’; Labor and Greens accuse Berejiklian over grants – follow updatesFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restric…

'We expected to go back in days': Karabakh truce means exile for some, homecoming for others

Many from the region’s Armenian population have become refugees, as previously displaced Azeris prepare to go homeWeeks of shelling could not force Irina Safaryan’s parents from their bunker in the southern Karabakh town of Hadrut. Only when Azer…

UK aid cuts 'unprincipled, unjustified and harmful', say experts and MPs

Cuts announced by Rishi Sunak will hit girls and women in poorest countries hardest, with charities predicting hundreds of thousands of deathsUK’s foreign aid budget to be reduced to 0.5% of gross national incomeSee all our coronavirus coverageThe…

More than 200 public tributes connected to slave trade found in Wales

Audit finds figures linked to colonial exploitation honoured in statues, buildings and street namesMore than 200 statues, street names and buildings in Wales have been identified as being connected to the slave trade, and many of the figures represen…

'You have stolen our forest': rights of Baka people in the Congo ignored

Indigenous group plead for help after being targeted by government ecoguards supported by the WWFJosi Emerson, president of the Baka pygmy village of Seh in the Congolese rainforest, was working in his field in June 2018 when he heard vehicles and sh…

New York Times

Ditching the Turkey: Thanksgiving Memories (and Misadventures) of Reporters Abroad

Some of our international journalists have gone to great lengths trying to bring a taste of home to their new locations. But it hasn’t always worked out.

Your Thursday Briefing

Americans prepare for a challenging Thanksgiving.

Your Tuesday Briefing

The transition to Biden’s administration begins.

Your Thursday Briefing

The U.S., breaking virus records, heads into busiest travel season.

A Feared Law to Protect the Monarchy Returns Amid Thailand’s Protests

The country’s lèse-majesté law, which makes insulting the king punishable by years in prison, is being used against the protesters’ leadership for the first time.

South China Morning Post

China-Australia relations: Scott Morrison’s speech ‘confusing’ but ‘well-crafted’, offers hope for thawing ties

Toned-down comments from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison about relations with China earlier this week were “confusing,” observers and analysts said, but could indicate the start of a turnaround in frayed relations between the two countri…

South Korean sex ring leader gets 40 years in prison for blackmailing 74 women

A South Korean court on Thursday sentenced the leader of an online sexual blackmail ring to 40 years in prison, the Yonhap news agency reported.Cho Ju-bin, 24, was found guilty of running an online network that blackmailed at least 74 women, includin…

Coronavirus: Hong Kong faces 82 more cases, day after Carrie Lam unveiled ‘zero infections’ target

Hong Kong is expected to log 82 new coronavirus cases, a day after the city leader unveiled an ambitious “zero infections” target in her annual policy address.If the medical source’s figure is made official on Thursday, it will be the third str…

Coronavirus: US records 2,400 deaths in 24 hours, a six-month high

The United States on Wednesday registered more than 2,400 deaths from Covid-19 in 24 hours, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally – the highest daily toll in six months as the Thanksgiving holiday began.The country has recorded more than…

Hong Kong district councillor arrested over claims he had earlier been detained and denied access to lawyer

An opposition district councillor in Hong Kong has been arrested for allegedly wasting police time after claiming in an online post that he had earlier been detained and denied the chance to meet his lawyer.Cary Lo Chun-yu, 38, of the Democratic Part…

The Straits Times

Paris train gunman tells trial he was looking for US soldiers

November 26, 2020 1:45 PMAyoub El Khazzani is charged with "attempted terrorist murder"…

Britain to detail post-lockdown restrictions in England

November 26, 2020 12:31 PMMonth-long lockdown was imposed after Covid-19 cases and deaths started to rise…

Pennsylvania slams judge's 'overreach' in certification ruling

November 26, 2020 12:30 PMThe state officials said the order should not be allowed to stand, "even for a short time"…

Saudi judge sends prominent women's rights activist to terrorism court

November 26, 2020 12:20 PMLoujain al-Hathloul, 31, has been detained since spring 2018.

In Brazil, Pfizer begins process to register Covid-19 vaccine

November 26, 2020 12:05 PMBrazil, with a population of 212 million, has the highest Covid-19 death rate in the world after the United States.

Sydney Morning Herald

'He had everything to live for': Young tradie killed in stabbing outside Seaford train station

A teenager has now been arrested after the stabbing death of a 26-year-old carpenter last night in Seaford.

APRA flags tougher stance to get boards to take security seriously

Almost 18 months after the introduction of new cyber security standards, banks, insurers and super funds are still failing to adequately protect their systems.

Six Pakistan players test positive for COVID-19 in New Zealand

All six players have been moved into quarantine and the team's exemption to train while in isolation in Christchurch has been revoked.

Nobel laureate Abiy Ahmed rejects international 'interference' in war

The international community should “stand by” until asked for assistance, his office said as government forces positioned tanks outside the regional capital.

Deporting terror cell leader Benbrika 'won't make the world safer'

The first Australian convicted of leading a terrorist group is facing deportation, but experts say deporting him won't make Australians safer and could lead to a High Court challenge.

TechCrunch

Rockstar programmer: Rivers Cuomo finds meaning in coding

“Hi, I’m Rivers from the band, Weezer,” Rivers Cuomo says with a slight smile and a wave. He turns away from the camera for a bit, before launching into his best infomercial pitch. “Imagine you’re on tour, and you’re sitting in your dress…

Daily Crunch: Amazon Web Services stumble

An Amazon Web Services outage has a wide effect, Salesforce might be buying Slack and Pinterest tests new support for virtual events. This is your Daily Crunch for November 25, 2020. And for those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving: Enjoy! There will…

Gift Guide: 5 solid tech gifts to help decrease stress and increase sleep

Even in a normal year, the holidays can be an anxiety-inducing hellscape. In 2020, though — honestly, it’s hard to say what manner of climactic finale this historically rough year might have on tap. In honor of the one of the most epically rotten…

Enterprise investor Jason Green on SPAC hopefuls versus startups bound for traditional IPOs

Jason Green has a pretty solid reputation as venture capitalists go. The enterprise-focused firm he co-founded 17 years ago, Emergence Capital, has backed Saleforce, Box and Zoom, among many other companies, and even while every firm is now investing…

Flexible expressions could lift 3D-generated faces out of the uncanny valley

3D-rendered faces are a big part of any major movie or game now, but the task of capturing and animating them in a natural way can be a tough one. Disney Research is working on ways to smooth out this process, among them a machine learning tool that…

Wall Street Journal

James D. Wolfensohn, Ex-World Bank Chief, Dies at Age 86

The Australian-born investment banker helped rescue Chrysler and played the cello with Yo-Yo Ma.

Maradona's Death Prompts Outpouring of Grief in Argentina, World

Argentina declared three days of mourning as soccer fans across the nation poured into the streets to remember their fallen hero, the star striker Diego Maradona, after his death from a heart attack.

Ethiopian Forces Surround Tigray's Capital as a Decisive Battle Looms

Government forces vowed to finish their military operation in the rebellious region, a crucial battlefield moment that has sparked calls from the U.S. and United Nations to halt the fighting in the strategically important Horn of Africa nation.

Saudi Women's Rights Activist Championed in the West to Face Terrorism Charges

Saudi Arabia transferred the case of women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to a terrorism court, raising fears among supporters that she could remain in prison longer despite international pressure to release her.

China Drugmakers Face Pressure to Prove Their Covid-19 Vaccines Work

Pressure is mounting on Chinese drugmakers to show clinical evidence that their leading Covid-19 vaccines work, after early data on three Western-developed shots showed promising effectiveness against the disease.

Wired

The Best Black Friday Deals on Kindle, Fire, and Echo Devices

Get your Prime on with our favorite deals on Amazon’s ebook readers, tablets, speakers, and more.

Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices

Google has discounted its new Pixel phones this weekend, along with Nest speakers and other Google smart home devices.

A 4K OLED TV for $900? This Vizio Deal Is a Steal

Vizio has finally broken the $1,000 mark with its gorgeous new 55 incher. This is the best Black Friday TV markdown around.

Stay In and Get Cozy With These Black Friday Video Game Deals

We need to stay indoors and not travel for the rest of the year. Why not stockpile on Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox titles?

Does the AstraZeneca Vaccine Also Stop Covid Transmission?

Vaccines can prevent symptoms, but some can also keep people from spreading infection. That’s critical, and no one knows if the new vaccines do it.

World Health Organization

Yellow fever – Nigeria

Reports of a cluster of deaths from an undiagnosed disease were notified on 1 November 2020 through Event Based Surveillance in two states, Delta and Enugu, located in southern Nigeria.

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

On 18 November 2020, the Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared the end of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur Province.

Avian Influenza A(H5N1)- Lao People's Democratic Republic

The Ministry of Health in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) reported a human case of infection with an avian influenza A(H5N1) virus. The case is a one-year-old female who developed symptoms of fever, productive cough, difficulty breathing and r…

Rift Valley Fever – Mauritania

The Ministry of Health (MoH) notified WHO that between 13 September and 1 October 2020, eight cases of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) including seven deaths were confirmed in animal breeders. Districts affected include Tidjikja and Moudjéria (Tagant region…

SARS-CoV-2 mink-associated variant strain – Denmark

Since June 2020, 214 human cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Denmark with SARS-CoV-2 variants associated with farmed minks, including 12 cases with a unique variant, reported on 5 November.

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