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The Queen's dorgi Vulcan dies, leaving her with just one dog

Vulcan, a dorgi, is reported to have died at Windsor Castle, leaving the British monarch with just one remaining dog -- another dorgi, named Candy. A palace source told the newspaper that "clearly the loss of a loved pet is upsetting." In 2018, the Queen lost Willow, the last descendant of her original corgi, Susan, the dog she received on her 18th birthday in 1944. Last in Queen Elizabeth II's line of corgis dies, says British press She was reportedly so attached to Susan that she took the d
By Niamh Kennedy
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Soumitra Chatterjee, Indian acting legend, dies from Covid complications

(CNN) The legendary Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee, a famous protégé of Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray, has died at the age of 85 of health complications related to Covid-19. He died at Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata on Sunday after being there since October 6, the hospital's chief, Pradip Tondon, told CNN. He initially tested positive for coronavirus, and complications from the disease contributed to his death. Despite being in the care of a team of 15 of the best doctors in the state of W
By Niamh Kennedy
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Algerian president finishes Covid-19 treatment, state news agency says

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has finished treatment for Covid-19, state news agency Algerian Press Service (APS) reported Sunday. According to the APS, a statement from the medical staff caring for Tebboune at a specialised German hospital said that Tebboune “had completed the prescribed treatment and is currently undergoing post-treatment medical exams.” A statement from the 74-year-old president’s office on Nov. 3 said that he was receiving treatment for Covid-19 in the German hospital and that he was “responding to the treatment and his health condition is gradually improving.”
By Niamh Kennedy
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New NBA season set to begin December 22

Don't worry, basketball fans -- you're now just 47 days away from your next fix of hoops action. On Thursday, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) confirmed that the organization had "tentatively approved a start date of December 22" for the upcoming 2020-21 season. The NBPA also confirmed it had agreed to a reduced length 72-game regular season. The announcement has been an open secret for a while having been originally reported by the Athletic on October 22.
By Calum Trenaman
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Fact-checking Giuliani’s claims that food trucks hauled fraudulent Biden ballots in Detroit

Twitter launched its own version of disappearing posts this week, called Fleets, to some fanfare (and eye rolls). But it's had to pause the rollout as the feature has been plagued with glitches, calling into question whether the product was fully ready. Unlike typical tweets, Fleets do not receive retweets, likes or public replies, with Twitter hoping they will reduce the pressure many people feel on social media. But ephemeral content will bring fresh challenges for Twitter, such as how it wil
By Hyeyoon (Alyssa) Choi
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The NFL is confronting racism, but are Black quarterbacks continuing to be stereotyped?

To his frustration, they talked about Patrick Mahomes' arm rather than his decision making as if brawn somehow mattered more than brain. Despite monetary success and awards, Black quarterbacks, past and present, say they still face an uphill battle against prejudice, especially when entering the league. For quarterbacks who threw for more than 3,000 yards in 2019, three of the top four -- as ranked by passer rating -- were Black: Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson.
By Calum Trenaman
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Coronavirus-positive health workers asked to keep working in Belgium

Top health official have warned that Belgium could run out of intensive care beds in as little as two weeks and some hospitals are facing staff shortages. The country of 11.5 million people has reported on average more than 13,000 cases a day in the past week, according to the national public health institute Sciensano. The Covid-19 outbreak in Belgium is the second worst in Europe in terms of new cases per capita, after only the Czech Republic Yves Van Laethem, Belgium's spokesperson for the f
By Niamh Kennedy
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Four dead, including two children, after boat sinks off French coast

(CNN) Four people died, including two children, after a boat capsized in French waters while trying to reach the UK on Tuesday. The boat was carrying migrants from Dunkirk, in the Nord department on the coast of northern France near Calais, the French Regional Rescue and Surveillance Operational Center said in a statement on Tuesday. Gaëtan Genel, a communications officer for the Nord department authorities, told CNN on Wednesday that there were four victims: one adult man, one adult woman, an
By Niamh Kennedy
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How LeBron James stacks up against basketball's greats

It's the perennial question. Who is better, Wilt Chamberlain or Bill Russell? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Larry Bird? Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan ? Where to begin? Arguably not enough is said of James' remarkable consistency, given he's made the NBA Finals in nine of the last 10 seasons, and 10 of the last 13. True, if you'd ask anyone whether they'd take Michael Jordan's six NBA titles in six Finals or James' four in 10, they would take the Chicago Bulls star's record. Yet there is something seriously impressive about James' record in itself.
By Calum Trenaman
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Dozens of people launch 'violent attack' on Paris police station

French authorities decried the attack, which took place in Champigny-sur-Marne, a suburb located roughly 12.5 kilometers (7.8 miles) to the south east of the city center. In a tweet on Saturday, authorities confirmed that the unknown attackers had launched a variety of projectiles in a "violent attack" against the the building, and tried to storm the building. The motive for the attack was not immediately clear. Police said no one was injured and an investigation to identify the perpetrators i
By Niamh Kennedy
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Azerbaijan and Armenia accuse each other of breaking ceasefire

Azerbaijani authorities said Sunday four women were among at least nine people killed when a residential building compound was hit during an Armenian bombardment of Ganja, Azerbaijan's second largest city. The attack most likely came from the ethnic Armenian enclave in Nagorno-Karabakh, according to Hikmet Hajiyev, an adviser to Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev. Armenia described allegations that its forces had attacked Ganja and caused civilian casualties as "absolute lies" and asserted th
By Niamh Kennedy
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Europe tops global charts for new Covid-19 cases

Hong Kong reported 18 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday -- the highest single-day increase in cases since mid-August. The new cases come after Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan revealed that the government is studying “the legality of mandatory testing,” saying that it is not desirable when people are not willing to take coronavirus tests. Chan added that “testing can help us identify transmission chains and silent carriers in the community, and the more tests we do the better we wi
By Niamh Kennedy
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Europe tops global charts for new Covid-19 cases

The world recorded its highest number of daily Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began on Thursday, according to the World Health Organization, and a second wave of the virus in Europe is fueling the surge. As a region, Europe is now reporting more daily infections than the United States, Brazil, and India -- the countries that have been driving the global case count for months. The continent recorded 97,800 new cases on Thursday, according to WHO. Widening outbreaks in European countries such as France, Austria, Romania and the Czech Republic are contributing to the spike.
By Niamh Kennedy
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UK government launches investigation into technical issue with Covid-19 reporting

Coronavirus has infected about 10% of the world’s population, Dr. Mike Ryan, director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, said Monday. It varies from region to region, Ryan said at a WHO Executive Board meeting. "Our current best estimates tell us that about 10% of the global population may have been infected by this virus," Ryan said. "This varies depending on country, it varies from urban to rural, it varies between different groups. But what it does mean is that
By Niamh Kennedy
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EU calls for investigation into death of Russian journalist who set herself on fire

Moscow (CNN) The European Union has called for a thorough investigation into the death of a Russian journalist who set herself on fire last week. The EU's lead spokesperson for foreign affairs and security policy, Peter Stano, said in a tweet Monday that the EU was "shocked about the tragic death of journalist Irina Slavina." Slavina, whose real name was Irina Murakhtaeva, set herself on fire on Friday in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, 400 kilometers east of Moscow, according to a statement from
By Niamh Kennedy
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NBA Finals: Barack Obama makes surprise virtual appearance as LA Lakers blowout Miami Heat in Game 1

Barack Obama is a huge hoops fan and there he was in the virtual crowd for Game 1 of the NBA Finals as the Los Angeles Lakers dominated an injury-plagued Miami Heat to take victory by a margin of 116-98. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there have been no supporters at games inside the NBA 'Bubble,' but fans have been invited by the the league to watch matches on the Disney campus in real time and have their live reactions streamed and it's become quite a phenomenon on social media.
By Calum Trenaman
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NBA Finals: LeBron James finding new ways to define greatness

LeBron James has many things on his mind, but right now his focus is on helping his Los Angeles Lakers team win a championship in the year it lost its most beloved former player Kobe Bryant. Win this title and the Lakers equal the Boston Celtics' record 17 NBA rings. Win this title and James secures his fourth NBA ring with his third team. Win this title and James cements his legacy as one of the NBA's greatest.
By Calum Trenaman
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Trump announces plan to deploy 150 million Covid rapid tests previously touted

US President Donald Trump formally announced a plan on Monday to disperse the 150 million rapid coronavirus tests first promoted by the White House in August. The White House originally billed the deal to obtain tests, which are made by Abbott Laboratories, as a potential game-changer to battle the coronavirus pandemic. But without detailed federal guidance on how to distribute the tests, states and cities remained divided, and some of them stifled, on how to best to use those types of rapid te
By Niamh Kennedy
CNN

UK students locked down in university dorms as coronavirus cases rise

London (CNN) Thousands of students across the UK have been forced into isolation within weeks of arriving for the start of the academic year after mass coronavirus outbreaks were confirmed at university campuses . Officials linked the hundreds of confirmed cases to illicit parties, but students said it was unfair to blame them when they had received little support from their schools or the government. Students in Scotland were banned from visiting pubs, bars and restaurants over the weekend an
By Amy Cassidy
CNN

UK students locked down in university dorms as coronavirus cases rise

London (CNN) Thousands of students across the UK have been forced into isolation within weeks of arriving for the start of the academic year after mass coronavirus outbreaks were confirmed at university campuses . Officials linked the hundreds of confirmed cases to illicit parties, but students said it was unfair to blame them when they had received little support from their schools or the government. Students in Scotland were banned from visiting pubs, bars and restaurants over the weekend an
By Niamh Kennedy
CNN

1,700 students told to self-isolate for 2 weeks at UK university after 127 Covid cases are confirmed

About 1,700 students have been told to self-isolate at Manchester Metropolitan University in northern England or risk facing “disciplinary action,” after 127 Covid-19 cases were confirmed on campus, according to the university and local authorities. Students living in two main dorms were asked via email on Friday night to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days regardless of whether or not they have symptoms. A statement from Manchester City Council on Friday said a joint decision had
By Niamh Kennedy
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Two injured in Paris knife attack near Charlie Hebdo's former office

Paris (CNN) Two people were seriously injured in a knife attack Friday near the former offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the site of a 2015 terrorist attack, the Paris police told CNN. The two victims are in a serious condition but their lives are not in danger, according to the police spokesperson. Police had previously said there were four people wounded in the attack Not long after the attack, a suspect was arrested near Place de la Bastille, in Paris's 11th district, but
By Niamh Kennedy
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The strange story of Mexico's presidential plane lottery

(CNN) Sixteen immaculately dressed children walked onstage Tuesday in Mexico's National Lottery building, a few yelling the day's winning numbers in a distinct staccato. The Shouting Children of the National Lottery are a tradition in Mexico. But this was a lottery like nothing the country has ever seen -- the short story behind it involves nearly a decade's worth of allegations of corruption, a $218 million plane, a politician who tries and fails to sell that plane, and of course...
By Karol Suarez
CNN

Parents lean into quality time with kids, as learning moves to the home

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — When the lockdown hit Manila back in March, Xhi Tabalan, a fitness coach and mother of two children, was instantly thrown in the deep end. The gym where she worked, Primal Ape CrossFit, closed down; and all the coaches lost their jobs. She struggled to create programs safe for her former clients to do alone at home, as the nature of her job was innately physical
By Nicole Soriano
CNN

Terence Conran, British designer and businessman, dies at 88

British designer and businessman Terence Conran has died at the age of 88. "He was a visionary who enjoyed an extraordinary life and career that revolutionised the way we live in Britain," the statement said. "In his private life he was adored by his family and friends and we will miss him dearly," it added. The Design Museum also paid tribute to Conran, saying he "had a greater impact than any other designer of his generation" through "a series of parallel careers." After studying textile d
By Niamh Kennedy
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