Pope derides anti-mask movements, backs racial justice campaign
Pope Francis took aim Monday at protests against coronavirus restrictions, contrasting them with the "healthy indignation" seen in the global demonstrations against racism after the killing of George Floyd in the United States.
UN Security Council to hold first meeting on Tigray - diplomats
UN chief Antonio Guterres last week called for the opening of humanitarian corridors to assist civilians caught in the fighting, noting that authorities had so far rejected attempts at mediation.
Trump finally agrees to Biden transition - but still not conceding
US President Donald Trump acknowledged it was time for the General Services Administration to 'do what needs to be done.'
WHO: Poorest must not be trampled in vaccines stampede
AstraZeneca and Oxford University said their prospective vaccine had proved on average 70% effective at stopping the virus after trying it on 23,000 people, days after tests of two other candidate vaccines suggested they had more than 90% effectiveness.
Barcelona coach Koeman rests Messi, De Jong for Dynamo Kiev clash
Barca travel to Ukraine on top of Group G with a perfect nine points after three games, three points ahead of second-placed Juventus, but they are a lowly 12th in La Liga after losing 1-0 to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
European stock markets 'shrug' at COVID vaccine news
British drugs group AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford said their jointly developed vaccine had shown an average 70-percent effectiveness in trials involving 23,000 people.
Biden taps Blinken for top diplomat, Kerry as climate envoy
President elect Joe Biden also nominated the first Latino ever, Cuba-born lawyer Alejandro Mayorkas, to lead the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees immigration.
DR Congo ex-warlord gets life term for war crimes
Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka was convicted of "murder, rape, sexual slavery, enlisting children under 15 years old" a decade ago, a military court ruled.
A 'vaccine for the world'? UK team seeks approval for virus jab
Nearly 200 million doses will be made before the end of the year and more than 700 million globally by the end of March next year.
Tigray leader tells Ethiopian PM his people 'ready to die'
The federal army says its forces are within 60 kilometres (37 miles) of Mekele, the Tigrayan capital and seat of the TPLF, ahead of a threatened all-out bombardment of the city of half a million people.
'Half-measure' virus vaccine intrigues experts
Andrew Pollard, the director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, described the findings from the Phase 3 clinical trial as "intriguing".
Greenhouse gas levels at new high, despite COVID-19 measures
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said lockdowns, border closures, flight groundings and other measures to rein in the coronavirus crisis had indeed cut emissions of many pollutants and greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.
African football chief Ahmad Ahmad handed five-year ban by Fifa
Ahmad, from Madagascar, has been president of the African Football Confederation (CAF) since March 2017 and was standing for re-election when Fifa banned him for 'governance issues'.
COVID-19 pandemic inflames violence against women
It is not the just the courts that are hobbled by the virus. The closure of businesses and schools, as well as cultural and athletic activities, have deprived victims already weakened by economic insecurity of ways to escape violence.
A decade on, Muammar Gaddafi's cousin sees Arab Spring as Western plot
Since the 2011 Nato-backed uprising that toppled the veteran dictator, Libya has been riven by conflict, with multiple militias filling the power vacuum and civilian authorities struggling to impose their authority.
AstraZeneca/Oxford say COVID-19 vaccine shows 70% efficacy
The results ranged between 62% and 90% efficacy depending on the vaccine dosage.
Hansen clinches Joburg Open for first European Tour title
Rock-solid Hansen did not drop a shot in the final round and parred the final two holes at Randpark Golf Club in suburban Johannesburg while Nienaber bogeyed both, giving the Dane a two-shot victory.
Crunch time for France's Sarkozy as graft trial opens
Charged with bribery and influence peddling, Nicolas Sarkozy risks a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a maximum fine of one million euros ($1.2 million).