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The Kennedy Center Honors are back, along with New! 2021-12-06 08:54:46The Kennedy Center Honors return to tradition this year with a real-life gala and the presence of the president for the first time since 2016.

Today's Headlines: Democrats propose funding a massive shift New! 2021-12-06 08:00:31Democrats are proposing billions in funding for wildfire prevention as part of the social safety-net and climate bill.

Leaders of officially pacifist Japan want to expand New! 2021-12-06 07:55:20The Japanese military is mounting a major exercise on Hokkaido island in a display of might amid a recent increase in Chinese and Russian maneuvers.

A 101-year-old survivor returns to Pearl Harbor to New! 2021-12-06 07:21:27Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans are gathering in Hawaii to remember those killed in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack by imperial Japan.

China warns of retaliation against a U.S. diplomatic New! 2021-12-06 06:03:46China is threatening to take 'firm countermeasures' if the U.S. proceeds with a diplomatic boycott of February's Winter Games in Beijing.

As Mexican cumbia band tours U.S. South, every New! 2021-12-06 06:00:01Los Ángeles Azules have been making music for four decades. The Mexican band's songs bring people together.

Will actor Jussie Smollett testify at his trial? New! 2021-12-06 05:47:21Two brothers have spent hours telling a jury that actor Jussie Smollett paid them to carry out a fake attack on him. Will he take the stand himself?

Sentenced to 4 years, Aung San Suu Kyi New! 2021-12-06 04:33:31The four-year prison sentence given to the ousted Aung San Suu Kyi is just one element of a legal offensive against her by Myanmar's military junta.

Myanmar sentences Aung San Suu Kyi to four New! 2021-12-06 02:06:26The verdicts come in what is seen as a sham trial to silence a flawed but popular democracy leader amid growing chaos in the Southeast Asian nation.

Few parents charged when children use their guns 2021-12-04 14:54:39Experts say guns used in U.S. school shootings have often come from the homes of young perpetrators.

COVID-19 death toll 'so bitter because it is 2021-12-04 13:58:06Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel has made what is likely her final appeal before leaving office for Germans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Roe vs. Wade is 'settled' law? Justices' earlier 2021-12-04 13:44:19During his confirmation to the Supreme Court, Brett M. Kavanaugh assured Sen. Susan Collins a woman's right to an abortion was 'settled law.'

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Omicron clouds outlook for international travel that was 2021-12-02 09:05:08The U.S., U.K., and other nations have revived travel restrictions just as demand was recovering.

WTO chief 'very concerned' about the unequal distribution 2021-12-02 08:45:51Richer nations have hoarded the highest number of Covid shots, while many low-income nations have struggled to get their hands on the much-needed vacc

OPEC+ set to decide oil output policy amid 2021-12-02 07:51:40OPEC+ will convene to determine whether to stick with its plan to release more oil into the market or to restrain supply amid fears over the omicron v

This map shows where the Covid omicron variant 2021-12-02 07:47:09From the U.S. to Germany and Saudi Arabia to Australia, the omicron Covid-19 variant has spread to dozens of countries globally.

Barclays, RBS, HSBC, Credit Suisse and UBS fined 2021-12-02 06:40:32The European Commission probe found that traders occasionally coordinated trading plans via a chatroom called Sterling Lads.

OPEC to decide on oil output policy as 2021-12-02 05:45:27There is little sign OPEC+ intends to change course from its current output plan of a monthly hike of 400,000 barrels per day.

ECB faces calls to be clearer on inflation 2021-12-02 01:35:38Fed's Powell tweaked his tone about inflation. Now, economists in Europe say the European Central Bank needs to do the same.

WHO says omicron has been found in 23 2021-12-01 15:17:44The World Health Organization said 23 countries across the world have reported cases of the highly mutated omicron Covid-19 variant. 

Supply chain chaos to persist through to next 2021-12-01 09:20:14Supply chain chaos will likely persist through to the middle of next year, according to Jim Snabe, chairman of German conglomerate Siemens.

IEA says renewable power installations are set for 2021-12-01 05:10:27IEA executive director Fatih Birol says "a new global energy economy is emerging."

Greece imposes monthly fines of 100 euros on 2021-12-01 05:10:20Failure to get a first dose of a coronavirus shot by Jan. 16 for anyone aged 60 or over will result in a monthly fine of 100 euros ($114).

Facebook owner Meta told to sell Giphy as 2021-11-30 10:15:21Meta, Facebook's parent, has been told by the U.K.'s competition watchdog that it must sell GIF-sharing platform Giphy.

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France Records More Than 50,000 Daily COVID-19Cases 2021-12-04 15:44:37France on Saturday said more than 50,000 people had tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours, as COVID-19 cases rocketed despite millions

Kremlin Says Biden and Putin to Discuss Ukraine 2021-12-04 12:16:10U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to discuss rising tensions Tuesday along the Russian-Ukranian border, where a Ru

Thousands Block Roads Across Serbia in anti-Government Protest 2021-12-04 11:07:19Thousands of people blocked roads across Serbia in an anti-government demonstration targeting two new laws that environmentalists say will let foreign

Pope Francis Warns Political Populists Threaten Democracy in 2021-12-04 09:50:01Pope Francis warned Saturday that democracy in Europe and elsewhere is being threatened by populist politicians, who appeal to disgruntled citizens wi

Populist Leaders Meet in Warsaw to Discuss European 2021-12-04 09:35:10The leaders of right-wing populist parties gathered Saturday in Warsaw to discuss how they can work together to bring change to the European Union, wh

France's Macron Defends Saudi Visit After Khashoggi Murder 2021-12-04 00:48:35French President Emmanuel Macron insisted Friday he hadn't forgotten the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as he defended his decision to vi

Belarus Labels RFE/RL's Telegram, YouTube Channels 'Extremist' 2021-12-03 20:30:55A Belarusian court has designated the official Telegram channel of RFE/RL's Belarus Service and some of the broadcaster's social media accounts as e

China Deepens Informal Alliance With Russia 2021-12-03 16:12:56China and Russia have strengthened their political, economic and military relations this year, despite their uneasy history in the past, as both count

Biden Says He has a Plan to Protect 2021-12-03 15:26:51U.S. President Joe Biden told reporters Friday he has been developing a set of initiatives that will make it “very, very difficult” for Ru

German Minister Warns Omicron Could Make Bad Situation 2021-12-03 14:48:54Top German health officials Friday warned that the omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was likely to worsen the fourth wave of inf

Austria's Ruling Party Names New Chancellor 2021-12-03 07:15:39Austria's ruling party on Friday named Interior Minister Karl Nehammer to lead the conservative camp and the country after the shock resignation of f

Blinken Dismisses Russian Claims It Is Threatened by 2021-12-02 21:45:00U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with both the Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers in Stockholm on Thursday, amid concerns over troops a

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Fighting breaks out as French far-right candidate Zemmour 2021-12-05 12:40:45French far-right candidate Eric Zemmour launched his presidential campaign in front of thousands of cheering supporters waving the tricolore on Sunday

Denmark reports 'concerning' spike in Omicron variant as 2021-12-05 10:24:46Denmark's health authorities said Sunday the country had seen a worrisome increase to 183 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Pope Francis calls neglect of migrants the 'shipwreck 2021-12-05 06:44:26Pope Francis on Sunday returned to the island of Lesbos, the migration flashpoint he first visited in 2016, calling the neglect of migrants the "ship

French climber shares in treasure trove of precious 2021-12-04 15:50:53A treasure trove of emeralds, rubies and sapphires buried for decades on a glacier off France's Mont Blanc has finally been shared between the climbe

Pécresse wins Les Républicains nomination for French 2022 2021-12-04 14:21:28Valérie Pécresse has won the conservative Les Républicains party nomination for France's 2022 presidential election. FRANCE 24 s

Pope Francis hits out at EU migration divisions 2021-12-04 13:16:40Pope Francis on Saturday blamed the EU's nationalist divisions for a lack of coordination on migration as he began a landmark trip to Greece, aiming

France’s Les Républicains choose Pécresse as 2022 presidential 2021-12-04 08:28:23France's conservative party on Saturday chose Valérie Pécresse, the moderate chief of the Paris region, to challenge Presiden

Austria names new chancellor after Kurz's shock resignation 2021-12-03 13:55:50Austria's ruling party on Friday named Interior Minister Karl Nehammer to lead the conservative camp and the country after the shock resignation of f

EU needs to drastically increase vaccine delivery in 2021-12-03 13:20:37FRANCE 24 spoke to the EU's Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton about several issues, including the threat of the omicron Covid-19

'If the opposition does not unite, we have 2021-12-03 12:43:47He's a relative political novice, but Péter Márki-Zay believes he can unseat one of Europe's longest-serving leaders: Viktor Orba

Pope denounces 'gulag' living conditions of migrants during 2021-12-03 12:02:07Pope Francis, at an emotional meeting with migrants, said on Friday he had a responsibility to tell the hard truth about the suffering of refugees, ma

With its ‘Global Gateway’, EU tries to compete 2021-12-03 10:57:35The EU unveiled its "Global Gateway" project this week, which is seen as a European alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

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