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AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine up to 90% effective and easily transportable, company says


The coronavirus vaccine will likely be cheaper and easier to store than the others being developed. [...]

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Daniel Cordier, French Resistance hero, dies at 100


He was an indefatigable assistant to legendary resistance leader Jean Moulin. [...]

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Biden picks Alejandro Mayorkas, a son of Jewish Cuban refugees, to lead the Department of Homeland Security


Mayorkas was second-in-command at DHS under President Barack Obama. He would be the first immigrant and first Hispanic American to lead the department. [...]

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What’s reopened and what’s still restricted in 16 cities around the world


Post correspondents and contributors check on the progress of reopening from lockdowns in cities across Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. [...]

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China launches moon mission, seeking to be first country in decades to collect lunar rocks


Only the United States and the Soviet Union have successfully brought lunar material back to Earth. [...]

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Israeli prime minister makes historic visit to Saudi Arabia, intelligence official confirms


Netanyahu met with the Saudi crown prince during the secret visit, first reported by Israeli media. [...]

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Yemeni rebels claim missile attack on Saudi oil facility as G-20 summit ends


The attack on a Saudi Aramco oil storage facility did not bring an immediate response from Saudi officials. [...]

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Pope Francis hosts NBA players after season defined by social justice activism


The meeting provides an indication of the pontiff’s priorities — and of the reach of athlete activism in the United States. [...]

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Cyclone Gati hits Somalia as country’s strongest storm on record after explosive intensification


The system’s winds increased by nearly 70 mph in just 12 hours. [...]

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What is behind the conflict in Ethiopia?


Violence is escalating in Ethiopia, where Abiy Ahmed, a leader once lauded internationally for his reform agenda, faces the specter of civil war. [...]

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Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh mourn a lost war but doubt that peace will last


For the Armenian soldiers who survived Nagorno-Karabakh’s brief and brutal war, peace is as bitter as fighting on. [...]

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Panic grips Shanghai airport after employees are sealed in for coronavirus testing


More than 17,000 cargo workers were tested for the virus on Sunday after a cluster of seven cases. [...]

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Trump’s lonely G-20 marks a fitting end


President Trump’s turn on the world stage ends not with a bang or a whimper, but the closing of a browser window. [...]

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Soumitra Chatterjee, celebrated Indian actor and ‘one-man stock company’ for Satyajit Ray, dies at 85


He starred in 14 feature films by Ray, one of India’s most acclaimed directors, including “The World of Apu,” “Charulata” and “Days and Nights in the Forest.” [...]

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G-20 leaders close Riyadh summit with calls for coordinated response to coronavirus pandemic


Leaders at the two-day gathering represented nations topping the world in infection rates. [...]

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In South America, the coronavirus will limit travel to 2020′s top astronomical event


Many stargazers will miss December’s total solar eclipse amid the Geminids meteor shower because of travel restrictions imposed by Chile and Argentina. [...]

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Italy is again seeing one of the world’s highest coronavirus death tolls, but it no longer registers as a national tragedy


Many people are desensitized, fatigued and preoccupied with economic survival. [...]

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Group of 20 leaders call for global coronavirus vaccine access as U.S. labs near approval


The opening day of the virtual G-20 summit drew contrasts with Trump’s go-it-alone approach. [...]

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The Taliban is on the offensive. Keeping the militants at bay: U.S. airstrikes, even as bases close and troops leave.


Afghan officials fear the reduced troop numbers and base closures could mean less U.S. support in future battles against an emboldened Taliban. [...]

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What each G-20 leader has said about Trump — and Biden


This year, the summit, hosted by Riyadh, has gone digital. [...]

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Rocket attack strikes downtown Kabul, killing 8


The rocket attack, the largest Kabul has seen in years, comes as security is deteriorating in the Afghan capital. [...]

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Cubans receive last of remittances via Western Union


Western Union has closed its 407 locations across Cuba, a sanctions-driven move that will leave thousands bereft of remittances on an island that depends heavily on them — or force them to use less reliable ways to bring in money [...]

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Biden’s choice for UN envoy signals return to US engagement


President-elect Joe Biden’s pick of Linda Thomas-Greenfield as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations reflects his intent to return to a more traditional role at the world body as well as offer an olive branch to a beleaguered diplomatic corps [...]

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US agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin


The General Services Administration has ascertained that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election [...]

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Greece faces renewed lockdown as pressure on hospitals rises


Greece’s health minister says the government is set to extend its lockdown measures beyond the end of November given the spread of COVID-19 and the pressure on hospitals [...]

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South Africa judge files criminal complaint against ex-prez


A South African judge said he will file a criminal complaint against former South African president Jacob Zuma after he staged a dramatic walkout while attending a commission of inquiry looking into corruption during his tenure from 2009 to 2018 [...]

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