UN agency removes cannabis from strictest drug…

The U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs has voted to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs, which could impact the global medical marijuana industry

'If you can loot... you can also go to a…

When asked by a reporter on Wednesday if the White House was setting a good example by holding in-person holiday parties during a pandemic, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said "if you can loot businesses, burn down buildings, engage in protest, you can also go to a Christmas party."

Spike Seen in Those Rebuffing Queen's Honors

Turning down a British honor isn't uncommon. In fact, it's enough of a thing that Wikipedia has an entire page dedicated to it, and several notable names who've done it, including Roald Dahl and Aldous Huxley . But the number of those who've rebuffed the queen is on the upswing, more...

Putin orders 'large-scale' COVID-19 vaccination…

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a “large-scale” COVID-19 immunization campaign to start by late next week

Winter to be 'most difficult time' ever for…

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield on Tuesday said December, January and February will be "the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation" and encouraged Americans to wear masks to slow COVID-19 spread.

5 Dead in Germany Vehicle Rampage

In what authorities are calling a rampage—but with no apparent connection to terrorist groups—a man drove into pedestrians in the city of Trier in western Germany Tuesday, killing five people and injuring many others. Authorities say the 51-year-old was arrested after driving an SUV into a pedestrian zone...

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Who, when and how? A look at the UK's vaccination…

British regulators have become the first to authorize the COVID-19 vaccine developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech for emergency use

Brazil's Santas are out of work

Christmas will be a little less jolly this year in Brazil as many of the people who play Santa Claus find themselves out of work. Rosanna Philpott reports.

How Worst Serial Killer in US Got Away With It…

America's most prolific serial killer operated for more than 30 years, targeting vulnerable, usually Black women, under the watch of an "indifferent" criminal justice system. That's according to part one of an in-depth investigation by the Washington Post , which interviewed experts and reviewed thousands of pages of legal documents to...

US lawmakers unveil anti-slavery constitutional…

Democrats in the House and Senate introduced a joint resolution Wednesday aimed at amending the 13th Amendment’s ban on chattel enslavement

Who is Hong Kong’s ‘goddess of democracy' Agnes…

Agnes Chow, 23, a prominent Hong Kong democracy activist, was jailed on Wednesday for 10 months on charges related to unlawful assembly. Megan Revell explains what we know about the activist.

Experts: Report on Kim a Sign That Virus Is…

His country's attempts to hack pharmaceutical companies apparently failed , but Kim Jong Un got a coronavirus vaccine anyway. That's according to US analyst Harry Kazianis, who reports that the North Korean leader, his family members, and several senior government officials were vaccinated "within the last two to three weeks" with...

Austria to allow Christmas skiing but many…

Austrian officials say they will allow skiing to start on Dec. 24, but will limit the capacity of ski lifts and keep restaurants, bars and hotels largely closed until early January

Rachel Brosnahah on 'big push' for diversity

The female directed and driving film ''I'm Your Woman" may have the Time's Up and #MeToo movement to thank for it being produced, says star Rachel Brosnahan.

That Cloud Hanging Over BTS? South Korea Just…

Friday marks Kim Seok-jin's 28th birthday. It could've also marked the splintering of K-pop sensation BTS, of which Kim (stage name Jin) is the oldest member, since able-bodied men in South Korea must submit to military service by age 28. But no matter—South Korea has changed its law to...

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Israeli parliament takes step toward new national…

Israel has taken a major step toward plunging into its fourth national election in under two years

Time to be 'speaking the truth' -GA sec of state

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said Wednesday that Democrat Joe Biden "will be carrying Georgia, he is our president-elect," noting there were no substantial changes after the state's second recount demanded by Republican President Donald Trump's campaign, and calling out Trump's repeated claims of voter fraud.

Another Mysterious Monolith Appears

Days after Utah's mysterious monolith disappeared , a very similar one has appeared elsewhere. This hollow, triangular, 13-foot monolith, which Sky News reports "bear[s] a close resemblance" to the one found in Utah, was found on Batca Doamnei Hill in the city of Piatra Neamt, facing a mountain known locally as...

Report: Climate change damaging more World…

A leading conservation agency is warning that climate change is increasingly damaging the U.N.’s most cherished heritage sites

Joy as UK Care home residents get to hug family

Residents of Britain's care homes shared their first precious hugs and kisses with relatives since March, after homes were able to give visitors rapid tests for COVID-19 which give results in 30 minutes.

Charges Filed in Deaths of Tourists After Eruption

"Those who went to the island, did so with the reasonable expectation that there were appropriate systems in place to ensure they made it home healthy and safe," a New Zealand government agency said Monday. Instead, 22 of the 47 people who were on White Island when a volcano erupted...

UN calls on humanity to end 'war on nature,' go…

The head of the United Nations is calling on countries to end what he calls a war on nature and instead embrace a future without carbon pollution triggering global warming

McConnell chokes up as Sen. Alexander retires

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave an emotional tribute to his longtime friend and colleague Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who then gave a farewell speech on the Senate floor after 18 years of service.

Things Aren't Looking Great for Princess Mako's…

It looks like Princess Mako's long-delayed wedding isn't imminent. The Japanese princess, who became engaged to Kei Komuro in 2017, had first planned to marry him a year later but that date was pushed off, with the couple saying the wedding would happen in 2020. In early November, however, the...

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EU looks forward to Biden resetting…

The European Union is grasping the imminent arrival of the Biden administration as a key moment to reset relations with the United States after four years of trans-Atlantic acrimony

Afghan govt, Taliban reach breakthrough deal

Afghan government and Taliban representatives said on Wednesday they had reached a preliminary deal to press on with peace talks, their first written agreement in 19 years of war and welcomed by the United Nations and Washington. Emer McCarthy reports.

Australia Horrified by China's 'Repugnant' Tweet

The report was shocking, but one response to it was "repugnant." So says Australia, which earlier this month released a military report that found "credible information" evidence that elite Australian troops murdered 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers, and civilians. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao on Monday tweeted a fabricated image...