• Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $120 million damages in New York baby powder case
    NEW YORK, November 20 (Reuters): Johnson & Johnson has been ordered by a New York state judge to pay $120 million in damages to a Brooklyn woman and her husband, after she blamed her cancer on asbestos exposure from using the company's baby powder. Justice Gerald Lebovits of the state supreme court in Manhattan reduced the payout from the $325 million that a jury awarded Donna Olson, 67, and Robert Olson, 65, in May 2019 following a 14-week trial. While upholding the
  • WHO welcomes COVID-19 immunity study, gives hopes for vaccines
    GENEVA, November 20 (Reuters): A British study that found people who have had COVID-19 are unlikely to contract the disease again for at least six months is good news and also provides hope for vaccines, a World Health Organization (WHO) senior official said on Friday. "This is really good news to see that we are seeing sustained levels of immune response in humans so far," Mike Ryan, WHO's top emergency expert, told a news conference. "It also gives us
  • Aid agencies scramble to respond as Ethiopians flee to Sudan
    UM RAKUBA, Sudan, November 20 (Reuters): At the Um Rakuba settlement in Sudan, refugees queue for helpings of cornflour porridge and put up makeshift shelters under scrubland trees, their lives upended by fighting in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region. Aid agencies are racing to scale up the humanitarian response in remote areas of eastern Sudan, where more than 30,000 people fleeing the fighting have arrived in under two weeks. The United Nations is planning for as many
  • Vatican asks Instagram to investigate mysterious papal "like" of model
    VATICAN CITY, november 20 (Reuters): The Vatican said on Friday that it had asked Instagram to investigate how a "like" attributed to Pope Francis' official account ended up on a photo of a scantily clad Brazilian model. The "like" was discovered earlier this week by one of the 2.4 million people who follow Natalia Garibotto on the photo and video sharing site. A Vatican spokesman said Instagram was looking into the matter. A Vatican source said that,
  • U.N. approves ban on heavy ship fuel in Arctic
    LONDON, November 20 (Reuters): The United Nations shipping agency on Friday approved a ban on the use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic region in a move criticised by green groups which said loopholes will allow many vessels to keep sailing without enough regulatory control. Antarctic waters are protected by stringent regulations, including a ban on heavy oil fuel (HFO) adopted in 2011, even though no cargo moves through the turbulent southern waters. For the Arctic, the rules ha
  • Europe's COVID-19 cases surpass 15 million mark - Reuters tally
    Reuters The number of coronavirus cases in Europe surpassed the 15 million mark on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, as the region sees a surge in infections with the onset of winter, reporting a million new infections about every four days. Europe has so far witnessed at least 15,046,656 reported infections and 344,401 reported deaths caused by the novel coronavirus, accounting for a quarter of global infections and deaths reported. While it took the region nearly nine mo
  • To honor slave trade victims, a memorial in the depths of the Atlantic
    NEW YORK, November 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Tributes to victims of the transatlantic slave trade can be found in museums and through statues, but a new proposal is calling for a memorial that can neither be visited nor even seen. A virtual memorial of ribbons on maps of the Atlantic deep seabed could honor the estimated 1.8 million Africans who died at sea during the trans-oceanic slave trade, said a proposal published this month in the Journal of Marine Policy. &quo
  • Uganda's Bobi Wine released on bail as protest death toll rises to 37
    KAMPALA, November 20 (Reuters): Ugandan pop star and presidential candidate Bobi Wine, whose arrest this week triggered protests that led to at least 37 deaths, was released on bail on Friday after being charged with holding rallies likely to spread the coronavirus. Authorities have deployed the military across the capital Kampala and surrounding areas to help police forces disperse protesters. They have used live bullets, tear gas, water cannon and arrested hundreds. Wine,
  • Zimbabwe court frees journalist charged with obstructing justice
    HARARE, November 20 (Reuters): Zimbabwean journalist and government critic Hopewell Chin'ono was freed on bail on Friday after being arrested two weeks ago on charges of obstructing justice. Chin'ono's arrest and that of dozens of activists in the last four months has led to accusations that President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government was persecuting opponents, a charge the authorities deny. Chin'ono, who has criticised the government on social media, was f
  • 25 years after peace deal, Bosnia endures division and stagnation
    BRCKO, Bosnia, November 20 (Reuters): Mirsad Zahirovic is a university-educated journalist and activist who moonlights as a waiter because he is not a member of one of the ruling political parties, which is almost the only way to get a job in his native Bosnia. The 28-year-old belongs to "the children of Dayton", a generation named after the peace agreement signed 25 years ago at a U.S. air force base in Dayton, Ohio. The accord ended three-and-a-half years of ethnic
  • COVID-19 reinfection unlikely for at least 6 months, study finds
    LONDON, November 20 (Reuters): People who've had COVID-19 are highly unlikely to contract it again for at least six months after their first infection, according to a British study of healthcare workers on the frontline of fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The findings should offer some reassurance for the more than 51 million people worldwide who have been infected with the pandemic disease, researchers at the University of Oxford said. "This is really good n
  • EU says Brexit trade deal still snagged on three issues - diplomats
    BRUSSELS, November 20 (Reuters): The European Union and Britain remain at odds in last-ditch trade talks over fishing rights, guarantees of fair competition and ways to solve future disputes, even though they are very close to agreement on other issues, EU diplomats said on Friday. The diplomats were briefed by a senior member of the bloc's executive European Commission, which is negotiating a new trade pact with Britain on behalf of the EU's 27 states, behind clos
  • U.S. puts convicted killer to death in eighth federal execution under Trump
    WASHINGTON, November 20 (Reuters): The U.S. government put convicted rapist and murderer Orlando Hall to death by lethal injection on Thursday, the eighth execution under the Trump administration since capital punishment was reinstated at the federal level over the summer. Hall, 49, was pronounced dead at 11:47 p.m. EST after officials at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons administered him a fatal dose of the barbiturate pentobarbital at the bureau's execution chamber in Terre Haut
  • WHO warns against remdesivir for Covid-19 treatment
    GENEVA, NOVEMBER 20 (IANS): The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday warned that the antiviral drug remdesivir should not be used to treat Covid-19 patients no matter how ill they are as there is no evidence it works. "The panel found a lack of evidence that remdesivir improved outcomes that matter to patients such as reduced mortality, need for mechanical ventilation, time to clinical improvement, and others," Xinhua news agency quoted the WHO's Guideline Develop
  • Patriarch of Serbian Orthodox Church dies of COVID-19
    BELGRADE, November 20 (Reuters): Patriarch Irinej, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, has died after contracting COVID-19, President Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday. Church bells tolled in Belgrade and many people flocked to the capital's main St Sava cathedral to mark his death at the age of 90, a decade after becoming Patriarch. A conservative who wielded considerable political influence, Irinej was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus on Nov. 4 and had been in a
  • Trump to host Michigan lawmakers as he presses dubious effort to overturn election
    (Reuters): President Donald Trump will meet with the Republican leaders of the Michigan state legislature on Friday at the White House, as his campaign pursues an increasingly desperate bid to overturn the Nov. 3 election amid a series of courtroom losses. Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with the Democratic leaders in Congress, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, after spending most of the week huddle
  • Georgia affirms Biden's victory as Trump attempts to undermine election
    DETROIT/WILMINGTON, Del., November 20 (Reuters): After a painstaking recount, Georgia officials confirmed on Thursday that President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in the battleground state on Nov. 3, further narrowing the president's dubious effort to overturn the election results. The result of the six-day hand recount of the state's 5 million ballots had been widely expected, despite baseless allegations from Trump and his allies that Georgia's v
  • UK's Queen Elizabeth and husband Philip celebrate 73rd wedding anniversary
    LONDON, November 20 (Reuters): Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary on Friday, an occasion they will be unable to share with their family as England is currently under a coronavirus lockdown. Elizabeth, 94, and Philip, 99, married in London’s Westminster Abbey on Nov. 20, 1947, just two years after the end of World War Two. To mark their anniversary, Buckingham Palace released a photograph of a smiling monarch and her
  • Global Covid-19 cases top 56.8mn: Johns Hopkins
    Washington, November 20 (IANS): The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 56.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.35 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Friday, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 56,817,667 and 1,358,489, respectively. The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of c
  • Post-Brexit UK announces largest military spending since Cold War
    LONDON, November 19 (Reuters): Britain announced its biggest military spending increase since the Cold War on Thursday, pledging to end the "era of retreat" as it seeks a post-Brexit role in a world Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned was more perilous than for decades. Johnson said the extra spending reflected the need to upgrade military capabilities even as the COVID-19 pandemic pummels the economy and strains public finances. He outlined plans for a new space comm