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A health care worker prepares coronavirus tests in a lab at a COVID drive-thru testing center at Bergen Community College, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Paramus, New Jersey, U.S., December 3, 2020.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RC2XFK9F4BOY
A health care worker prepares coronavirus tests in a lab at a COVID drive-thru testing center at Bergen Community College, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Paramus, New Jersey, U.S., December 3, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid – RC2XFK9F4BOY

Russia’s daily COVID-19 death toll at record high as vaccination programme stalls

MOSCOW,  (Reuters) – Russia reported a record 1,002 deaths from the coronavirus yesterday, the first time the daily number has passed the 1,000-mark since the start of the pandemic.

People gather at the scene after a bomb blast hits a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province on Friday.
People gather at the scene after a bomb blast hits a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province on Friday.

Blast at Shi’ite mosque in Afghan city of Kandahar kills dozens

KABUL,  (Reuters) – Suicide bombers attacked a Shi’ite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, killing at least 35 people, the second week in a row that militants bombed yesterday prayers and killed dozens of worshippers from the minority sect.

George Eustice

Britain calls for 800 foreign butchers to avoid pig cull

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Britain will offer six-month emergency visas to 800 foreign butchers to avoid a mass pig cull, it said yesterday, after farmers complained that an exodus of workers from abattoirs and meat processors had left the pork sector fighting for survival.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Mexico frets over WHO vaccine rules

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – Mexico’s president yesterday hailed a U.S. decision to open their shared border in November after more than 18 months of pandemic restrictions, though millions of Mexicans inoculated with Chinese and Russian vaccines face being shut out.

U.S. planning offshore wind farms from Maine to California

(Reuters) – The United States plans to hold up to seven offshore wind auctions in the next four years and will extend its ambitions to areas that have yet to be developed such as off the coast of California and in the Gulf of Mexico, a Biden administration official said yesterday.

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