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International - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

Zoom announces new security features to target ‘Zoombombing’

The video conferencing app has unveiled new ways to prevent meeting disruptions.

British diplomat praised for rescuing drowning student in China

Chongqing consul general Stephen Ellison swam the young woman to safety after she slipped on rocks and fell into the water.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Three suspects arrested over spectacular Dresden museum jewellery heist

Items stolen included a sword whose hilt is encrusted with nine large and 770 smaller diamonds.

Hurricane Iota batters Nicaragua coast just 12 days after destructive Hurricane Eta

The region was hit by Hurricane Eta less than two weeks ago.

Trump asked aides about striking Iran nuke site in coming weeks: report

According to the New York Times, senior officials “dissuaded the president from moving ahead with a military strike”.

Mouthwash can kill coronavirus within 30 seconds in laboratory tests, study finds

Professor David Thomas said although the study is very encouraging, more clinical research is now needed.

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SpaceX capsule with four astronauts successfully reaches International Space Station

The four astronauts aboard the Dragon capsule will remain at the ISS for six months.

International - Monday 16 November, 2020

Joe Biden warns 'more people may die' from Covid-19 if Trump refuses to concede US election

Trump continues to insist that he has won the US election.

UK demands 'more realism' from European Union as Brexit talks tick towards deadline in Brussels

Chief British negotiator David Frost says he and his team are working hard for an agreement.

Here's What Happened Today: Monday

Here’s your round-up of what made the news today.

Trial begins over French train attack foiled by 'brave intervention' of three American tourists

The incident inspired a Hollywood film; the first day of the trial was spent discussing whether its director Clint Eastwood needed to be present.

Covid-19: EU to sign contract with German pharmaceutical company for fifth potential vaccine

Ursula von der Leyen confirmed the deal would be signed in a video message today.

The 5 at 5: Monday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

French broadcaster apologises for 'killing off' Queen Elizabeth and Clint Eastwood

The station said a “technical problem” caused the notices to be released.

'Don't have parties. Cancel': Sweden limits public gatherings to 8 people

Sweden has taken a loose approach to restrictions up until now. But it’s introducing “unprecedented” restrictions from this week.

Coronavirus: Vaccine from US company Moderna 94.5% effective, according to early data

Its clinical trial involves 30,000 participants.

Obama warns of ‘dangerous path’ amid Trump’s refusal to accept election result

The former president said he is troubled that Republican officials are humouring Donald Trump.

Hurricane Iota set to become dangerous Category 4 as it nears Central America

The area is still recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Eta.

Covid-19: US virus numbers surge as Australian authorities suspend flights into Adelaide

South Australia reports its first significant outbreak since April

Manuel Merino resigns as Peru president after just five days in power

Thousands have taken to the streets in days of protests against Merino.

SpaceX launches four astronauts to International Space Station

The flight to the space station – 27.5 hours door to door – should be entirely automated.

New Irish consulate covering north of England to open in Manchester

Ireland already has an embassy in London and consulates general in Edinburgh and Cardiff.

Boris Johnson goes into self-isolation just as he tries to relaunch premiership

The situation comes as the Prime Minister wants to move forward on Covid, education, and environmental issues.

International - Sunday 15 November, 2020

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Top-ranked Dustin Johnson captures Masters in record-breaking fashion

Rory McIlroy finished fifth with South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli.

Belgian racing pigeon sells for more than €1.6 million in auction

Three-year-old New Kim was the focus of a two-week bidding war.

Human rights group says over 500 arrested following Belarus protests

In the capital Minsk, police wielded clubs and used tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of demonstrators.

Trump appears to acknowledge Biden victory for first time with ‘he won’ tweet

The president’s message came as he repeated several baseless claims about the presidential vote.

TV star Des O’Connor dies after suffering fall at home

The entertainer died in hospital yesterday, his longtime agent and family friend said.

CNN's John King wants to return to Ireland to 'retrace roots'

The CNN team could anticipate by Friday of election week that Joe Biden would win the presidency, says John King.

Armenian opposition politician arrested over alleged prime minister assassination plot

The leader of an opposition party in Armenia was arrested yesterday after being summoned to the headquarters of the country’s security forces.

Peru president faces calls to resign after three protesters killed

Seven ministers of Peru’s cabinet resigned last night.

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Fifteen countries agree world’s biggest trade pact in ‘landmark achievement’

The accord is not expected to go as far as the European Union in integrating member economies.

Ten die after fire hits Covid-19 intensive care unit in Romania

A blaze spread through the intensive care ward designated for people with Covid-19 at the public hospital in the northern city of Piatra Neamt.

International - Saturday 14 November, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Here’s what made the headlines today.

Over 1 billion Indians celebrate Diwali amid pandemic and pollution fears

The Hindu festival is usually celebrated by socialising and exchanging gifts, but the coronavirus has cast a shadow over festivities.

Trump loyalists gather in Washington claiming election fraud

Trump yesterday broke his silence after a week without on-camera comments.

Belgium announces measures for avian flu outbreak

The risk to humans from the subtype of the flu is considered very low.

There have now been over 1.3 million deaths from Covid-19 worldwide

Over 53 million have so far been infected.