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US mortgage rates stay at record low 2.72% for 30 years

U.S. long-term mortgage rates remained at record lows this week as the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten the economy

Maine fishing community mourns loss of 4 fishermen at sea

Maine’s commercial fishing community is mourning the loss of four fishermen who went missing when an 82-foot fishing vessel sank off Provincetown, Massachusetts

Consumers’ lawyer seeks refunds as FirstEnergy ratings fall

The lawyer for FirstEnergy’s 1.8 million residential electric customers in Ohio stepped in Wednesday to try to assure they get refunds should legislators or the courts halt charges the company was expecting from a now-tainted nuclear bailout bill

Hospitals can care for Medicare patients at home in pandemic

Hospitals will be allowed to care for Medicare patients in their own homes during the pandemic under a new program to help hospitals deal with the latest surge

Germany extends partial shutdown to curb virus spread

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors have agreed to extend a partial shutdown well into December in an effort to further reduce the rate of coronavirus infections ahead of the Christmas period

The Latest: Oklahoma schools may offer in-school quarantine

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Wednesday that public schools will be allowed to offer in-school quarantines for students exposed to the virus

Asia Breaking News

China’s Xi Jinping congratulates US President-elect Joe Biden, hopes for ‘win-win’ ties

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday (Nov 25) and expressed hope for a “win-win cooperation” amid conflicts over trade, technology and security. China became one of the last major governments to congratulate Biden. There was no explanation …

Commentary: China’s decision to halt Ant Group’s giant IPO has bigger implications

China is a battleground in which the vested interests of the old economy spar with those of the new, says the Financial Times’ Henny Sender.

Commentary: Is it too late for the US to join the CPTPP?

Joe Biden faces an uphill climb in joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership because free trade agreements are a harder sell at home, says Christian La Miere.

Europe Breaking News

Europe migrant crisis: Rescuers find owners of wedding rings lost at sea

The team had feared the owners of the rings, inscribed with the names Ahmed and Doudou, were dead.

Iran rejects Sweden’s appeal over doctor sentenced to death

Sweden urged Iranian authorities not to execute Ahmadreza Djalali, a Swedish-Iranian dual national.

Coronavirus: How Europeans are preparing for Christmas and New Year

Measures designed to contain the coronavirus pandemic will change how millions of people celebrate.

Africa Breaking News

UN Warns of ‘Shadow Pandemic’ as Domestic Violence Increases Globally

Women are more likely to be trapped at home with violent partners, less likely to have access to help as pandemic continues 

Millions of Americans Travel for Thanksgiving Despite COVID-19 Warnings

Travelers dismiss warnings despite surge in COVID-19 deaths

Syrians Face Growing Hunger as Winter Approaches 

Bread prices have doubled, leaving millions of Syrians face escalating hunger crisis

Tech News

Home Depot agrees to $17.5m settlement in 2014 data breach

Home Depot has reached a $17.5 million settlement with the attorney generals of most U.S. states over a 2014 data breach in which the payment card information of some 40 million customers was exposed

EXPLAINER: China’s claims of coronavirus on frozen foods

China’s has stirred controversy with claims to have detected the coronavirus on packages of imported frozen food

EU plans new rules giving Europeans more control of data

The EU is laying out new standards for data giving Europeans more control.

Canada Breaking News

Saskatoon Food Bank remains closed after staff members test positive for COVID-19

It will be Friday at the earliest before the Saskatoon Food Bank reopens to the public.

Okanagan College’s culinary classes creating snacks for kids

The team-up between the registered charity and college culinary students sees donated apples produced into healthy snacks for students in School District No. 23.

Airbnb cracks down on Alberta party houses, takes action against 44 properties

Airbnb is cracking down on party houses in Alberta’s two biggest cities.

UK Breaking News

London black cab advert ‘exaggerated safety from Covid’

An advert inflated the extent using a black cab could protect users from Covid, a watchdog says.

Should London be split into different Covid restriction tiers?

Some MPs are calling for London to be be split into smaller regions with separate lockdown restrictions.

Ecclestone burglary trial: Accused ‘went on Harrods spending spree’

Maria Mester and her son spent more than £3,000 in the luxury department store, jurors hear.

Australia Breaking News

Renewed calls to bring back international students as figures reveal their massive economic contribution

New figures have revealed how the $10 billion contribution of overseas student fees last year prevented Australian universities from incurring massive losses.

‘There’s a lot of fear within the community’

The Australian government is facing growing calls to evacuate citizens stranded in northern Ethiopia amid an escalating conflict.

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