UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in world first

Britain on Wednesday became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for use and said that it will be rolled out from early next week.A vaccine is seen as the best chance for the world to get back to some semblance of normality amid a global pandemic which has killed nearly 1.5 million people and upended the global economy.“The government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to…

UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in world first
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Former Hong Kong lawmaker Ted Hui denies being in Denmark to seek political asylum, after he flew to country for meetings on climate change

Former Hong Kong lawmaker Ted Hui denies being in Denmark to seek political asylum, after he flew to country for meetings on climate change
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As China's economy powers up, what's the growth outlook for 2021?

As China's economy powers up, what's the growth outlook for 2021?
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Donald Trump threatens US defence bill veto over ‘unfair' social media protections

Donald Trump threatens US defence bill veto over ‘unfair' social media protections
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US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would veto the US$740 billion National ...

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Coronavirus: South Korean students face double dread in Suneung college entrance exam and pandemic

Coronavirus: South Korean students face double dread in Suneung college entrance exam and pandemic
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Seoul student Lee Yeo-jin, 20, has spent the past weeks worrying about the annual ...

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US accuses China of violating North Korea sanctions, undermining denuclearisation efforts

US accuses China of violating North Korea sanctions, undermining denuclearisation efforts
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A senior US official has accused China of violating United Nations sanctions against North ...

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Hong Kong to raise fine for breaking social-distancing rules to HK$10,000, as city faces 103 new coronavirus cases

Hong Kong to raise fine for breaking social-distancing rules to HK$10,000, as city faces 103 new coronavirus cases
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Hong Kong is to raise the fine for people who break its social-distancing rules ...

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Morgues overflow as US averages ‘one Covid-19 death per minute'

Morgues overflow as US averages ‘one Covid-19 death per minute'
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Top US health officials announced plans to begin vaccinating Americans against the coronavirus as ...

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Coronavirus: Japan to make vaccines free of charge as deadly infection wave threatens elderly

Coronavirus: Japan to make vaccines free of charge as deadly infection wave threatens elderly
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Japanese lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday to provide coronavirus vaccinations free of charge, ...

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Massive Arecibo radio telescope featured in James Bond movie collapses

Massive Arecibo radio telescope featured in James Bond movie collapses
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A massive radio telescope at Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory – one of the world's ...

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New clues after mystery metal monolith disappears from US desert

New clues after mystery metal monolith disappears from US desert
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The mystery of how a metal monolith appeared in the Utah desert remains, but ...

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Australia PM hits back on WeChat over China official's war crimes tweet

Australia PM hits back on WeChat over China official's war crimes tweet
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Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has used Chinese social media platform WeChat to criticise ...

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Hong Kong national security law: Legco exodus, loyalty oaths, liberal studies overhaul mark legislation's fifth month

Hong Kong national security law: Legco exodus, loyalty oaths, liberal studies overhaul mark legislation's fifth month
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Now five months old, the sweeping national security law Beijing imposed on Hong Kong ...

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Hong Kong Disneyland's Christmas charity efforts undimmed by park's Covid-19 closures

Hong Kong Disneyland's Christmas charity efforts undimmed by park's Covid-19 closures
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Despite having faced two months-long closures due to the pandemic earlier this year, executives ...

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As Thai king's consort Sineenat returns, so do rumours of a plot to oust her

As Thai king's consort Sineenat returns, so do rumours of a plot to oust her
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When Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn last month greeted thousands of supporters at a pro-monarchy ...

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Singapore approves sale of meat made in a laboratory, becoming first country to do so

Singapore approves sale of meat made in a laboratory, becoming first country to do so
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Eat Just Inc., a maker of meat and egg substitutes, has been approved to ...

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Hawk or super hawk? The choice for American China watchers

Hawk or super hawk? The choice for American China watchers
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Four years ago, Donald Trump swept into the White House, riding a global surge ...

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Hong Kong fourth wave: former city leader Tung Chee-hwa urges administration to ‘just do it' – mandatory, citywide Covid-19 testing

Hong Kong fourth wave: former city leader Tung Chee-hwa urges administration to ‘just do it' – mandatory, citywide Covid-19 testing
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Hong Kong's first chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, has urged the local government to move ...

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Coronavirus: could empty offices help fix Asia's housing shortages?

Coronavirus: could empty offices help fix Asia's housing shortages?
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The coronavirus pandemic has increased pressure on governments to address shortages in housing and ...

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Chinese researcher Zheng Zaosong to plead guilty in Harvard cancer-cell case

Chinese researcher Zheng Zaosong to plead guilty in Harvard cancer-cell case
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A Harvard-sponsored Chinese researcher accused by US officials of trying to smuggle 21 vials ...

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Ongoing current affairs not suitable for teaching in revamped liberal studies, Hong Kong education chief says

Ongoing current affairs not suitable for teaching in revamped liberal studies, Hong Kong education chief says
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Ongoing current affairs should not be taught under a revamped liberal studies subject for ...

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Joe Biden should repair US alliances before meeting with Xi Jinping, China analysts say

Joe Biden should repair US alliances before meeting with Xi Jinping, China analysts say
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US President-elect Joe Biden should avoid any summit meetings with Chinese leader Xi Jinping ...

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To deal with China, Australia should learn from Japan and ‘put away the megaphone': former PM Kevin Rudd

To deal with China, Australia should learn from Japan and ‘put away the megaphone': former PM Kevin Rudd
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“Put away the megaphone” and take a leaf out of Japan's diplomatic playbook – ...

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Why Australia is on its own in its trade conflict with China

Why Australia is on its own in its trade conflict with China
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As China piles on the trade pressure, the reality of Australia's economic place in ...

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Coronavirus: Joe Biden pledges ‘help is on the way' as he introduces economic team

Coronavirus: Joe Biden pledges ‘help is on the way' as he introduces economic team
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US President-elect Joe Biden presented his economic team on Tuesday and pledged that they ...

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Nato report says China could pose military threat to Europe and US

Nato report says China could pose military threat to Europe and US
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In a critical assessment by Nato, China has been portrayed as a potential military ...

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No evidence of fraud that would change election outcome, says US Attorney General William Barr

No evidence of fraud that would change election outcome, says US Attorney General William Barr
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US Attorney General William Barr said on Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered ...

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China's Africa loans ‘underestimated risk, like those of US, Japan in past'

China's Africa loans ‘underestimated risk, like those of US, Japan in past'
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Juno star Elliot Page comes out as transgender

Juno star Elliot Page comes out as transgender
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The Oscar-nominated star of Juno has come out as transgender, introducing himself as Elliot ...

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Why the People's Bank of China is unlikely to raise interest rates next year

Why the People's Bank of China is unlikely to raise interest rates next year
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With China's economic recovery gaining more traction, the market has started to speculate that ...

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Donald Trump raises US$170 million after US election defeat

Donald Trump raises US$170 million after US election defeat
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US President Donald Trump has raised roughly US$170 million since his election day defeat, ...

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Rudy Giuliani denies report that he discussed pardon with Donald Trump

Rudy Giuliani denies report that he discussed pardon with Donald Trump
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This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported ...

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Queen Elizabeth to skip family Christmas over coronavirus fears

Queen Elizabeth to skip family Christmas over coronavirus fears
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Queen Elizabeth, who has spent much of the coronavirus outbreak in self-isolation because of ...

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Coronavirus: Hungarian MEP resigns after ‘sex party' that broke lockdown rules

Coronavirus: Hungarian MEP resigns after ‘sex party' that broke lockdown rules
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A conservative Hungarian MEP and close ally of Prime Minister Viktor Orban apologised Tuesday ...

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The bold ambitions behind China's Chang'e 5 moon mission

The bold ambitions behind China's Chang'e 5 moon mission
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China's latest mission to collect samples from the lunar surface is a milestone for ...

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US lawmakers urged to put ‘reciprocity' at heart of China relationship

US lawmakers urged to put ‘reciprocity' at heart of China relationship
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United States lawmakers should place the principle of “reciprocity” at the heart of all ...

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China's moon mission makes a lunar touchdown, ready for Chang'e 5 to collect rocks and soil

China's moon mission makes a lunar touchdown, ready for Chang'e 5 to collect rocks and soil
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China achieved a major milestone in its ambitious mission to bring home moon rocks, ...

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US-China relations: ex-Australia PM Rudd sees re-engagement but no return to ‘status quo ante'

US-China relations: ex-Australia PM Rudd sees re-engagement but no return to ‘status quo ante'
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A return to stability in US-China ties is possible if both sides acknowledge that ...

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Car drives into pedestrians in Germany, causing deaths and multiple injuries

Car drives into pedestrians in Germany, causing deaths and multiple injuries
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At least two people were killed and up to 15 injured on Tuesday when ...

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American study finds signs of coronavirus in US before China outbreak

American study finds signs of coronavirus in US before China outbreak
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The US has added to research from Italy and France that indicates the coronavirus ...

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India plans Brahmaputra dam, after China unveils Tibet hydropower project

India plans Brahmaputra dam, after China unveils Tibet hydropower project
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In Indonesia, ‘call to jihad' videos by hardline cleric's fans show threat of rising fundamentalism

In Indonesia, ‘call to jihad' videos by hardline cleric's fans show threat of rising fundamentalism
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Fans of a controversial Indonesian hardline cleric have made videos that changed a verse ...

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China's trade pivot from US could be a boon for South Korea, Japan and Taiwan

China's trade pivot from US could be a boon for South Korea, Japan and Taiwan
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China's effort to cut its reliance on US imports – especially for advanced technologies ...

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Mother in Sweden arrested for locking up son for at least 28 years

Mother in Sweden arrested for locking up son for at least 28 years
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A mother in Sweden has been arrested on suspicion of locking her son inside ...

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Coronavirus India: can bull semen transport network be used for vaccine distribution?

Coronavirus India: can bull semen transport network be used for vaccine distribution?
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Australia and US to take on China and Russia in game-changing hypersonic missiles

Australia and US to take on China and Russia in game-changing hypersonic missiles
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Australia will jointly develop hypersonic cruise missiles with the United States in a bid ...

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Thailand protests: why a royalist went from haircuts featuring king to the three-finger salute

Thailand protests: why a royalist went from haircuts featuring king to the three-finger salute
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Corpse-carrying female soldiers break taboos to help tackle Nepal's coronavirus crisis

Corpse-carrying female soldiers break taboos to help tackle Nepal's coronavirus crisis
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Four women wearing protective gear lift the body of a coronavirus victim at the ...

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Hong Kong blackmailer jailed for threatening to slay dog if owner did not pay HK$40,000 ransom

Hong Kong blackmailer jailed for threatening to slay dog if owner did not pay HK$40,000 ransom
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‘I feel like a bird': extreme sports like wingsuit jumping are starting to take off in China

‘I feel like a bird': extreme sports like wingsuit jumping are starting to take off in China
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Zhang Shupeng appears untroubled as he surveys the jagged mountains of a national park ...

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Fox News host Sean Hannity suggests Donald Trump should pardon himself and his family

Fox News host Sean Hannity suggests Donald Trump should pardon himself and his family
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Fox News opinion host Sean Hannity called for US President Donald Trump to pardon ...

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National University of Singapore professor fired for sexual misconduct after sexting, harassment investigation

National University of Singapore professor fired for sexual misconduct after sexting, harassment investigation
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A member of academic staff at the National University of Singapore was dismissed on ...

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