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BioNTech scientist: Vaccine could halve virus transmission

BioNTech scientist: Vaccine could halve virus transmission

LONDON — One of the scientists behind the experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer said Sunday that he was confident that it could halve the transmission of the virus, resulting in a “dramatic” curb of the virus’ spread.
Nobel UN food agency warns 2021 will be worse than 2020

Nobel UN food agency warns 2021 will be worse than 2020

TANZANIA, Tanzania — The head of the World Food Program says the Nobel Peace Prize has given the U.N.
Bound despite Brexit: Prince Charles hails UK-Germany ties

Bound despite Brexit: Prince Charles hails UK-Germany ties

BERLIN — Prince Charles called Sunday for Britain and Germany to remember their long and close ties, reaffirmed by the nations' reconciliation after two world wars, as the U.K.
Rebel leaders who inked deal with government return to Sudan

Rebel leaders who inked deal with government return to Sudan

CAIRO — Sudan’s rebel leaders returned to the capital, Khartoum on Sunday, signalling the first major steps toward implementing a peace agreement with the government that aims to end the country’s decades-long civil war. Gen.
Azerbaijan delays takeover, denounces fleeing Armenians

Azerbaijan delays takeover, denounces fleeing Armenians

MOSCOW — Azerbaijan on Sunday postponed taking control of a territory ceded by Armenian forces in a cease-fire agreement, but denounced civilians leaving the area for burning houses and committing what it called “ecological terror.
Israel advances plans in sensitive east Jerusalem settlement

Israel advances plans in sensitive east Jerusalem settlement

JERUSALEM — A settlement watchdog group said Sunday Israel is moving ahead with new construction of hundreds of homes in a strategic east Jerusalem settlement that threatens to cut off parts of the city claimed by Palestinians from the West Bank.
Fire damages historic mosque on Istanbul's Bosporus Strait

Fire damages historic mosque on Istanbul's Bosporus Strait

ISTANBUL — A historic wooden mosque in Istanbul caught on fire Sunday and Turkish firefighters put out the blaze, working from both land and sea.
ASEAN, China, other partners sign world's biggest trade pact

ASEAN, China, other partners sign world's biggest trade pact

China and 14 other countries agreed Sunday to set up the world’s largest trading bloc, encompassing nearly a third of all economic activity, in a deal many in Asia are hoping will help hasten a recovery from the shocks of the pandemic.
Moldova's presidential runoff sees big Russia-West divide

Moldova's presidential runoff sees big Russia-West divide

CHISINAU, Moldova — Mouldovans returned to the polls Sunday for a presidential runoff, facing a stark choice between the staunchly pro-Russian incumbent and his popular challenger, a pro-Western former World Bank economist.
Israeli military strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after rockets

Israeli military strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after rockets

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said it struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Sunday after militants fired two rockets from the Palestinian territory.