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Huge religious festival of Kumbh Mela goes ahead despite coronavirus pandemic

By GUY DAVIES, ABC News (LONDON) -- Hindu pilgrims in India have begun gathering along the Ganges River on the first day of Kumbh Mela, despite coronavirus restrictions in what is often described as the largest religious festival in the world.Images from the northern town of Haridwar which is host…... Read More

Tower of London’s 'Queen Raven’ is missing and presumed dead

By GUY DAVIES, ABC News (LONDON) -- The Tower of London’s ‘Queen raven,’ Merlina, is missing and presumed dead after not being seen for several weeks, Historic Royal Palaces said.Legend has it that if there are less than six ravens at the Tower of London the “kingdom will fall,” but…... Read More

Turkish authorities rebuff UN inquiry into murder of Syrian-American journalist

By PETE MADDEN, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Turkish authorities have rebuffed a request from the United Nations for more information on the murders of Syrian-American journalist Halla Barakat and her mother, Orouba Barakat.In a letter dated Oct. 7, published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for…... Read More

Air quality improvement during COVID-19 lockdowns less drastic than previously thought: Study

By JULIA JACOBO, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A potential silver lining of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, a drop in greenhouse gas emissions because of the massive reduction in ground and air travel during lockdowns, may not be as drastic as previously thought, new research shows.Researchers in the U.K. from…... Read More

Irish state makes landmark apology for church-run homes, where thousands of infants died

By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(DUBLIN) -- Ireland’s prime minister on Wednesday made a solemn state apology to the women and children that suffered in church-run homes for unmarried mothers and their babies, as the country confronts a landmark report documenting decades of abuse at the institutions, where thousands of infants…... Read More

US bans all cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang over slave labor

By VICTOR ORDONEZ, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday it will detain all cotton and tomato products produced in China’s Xinjiang province.The Withhold Release Order (WRO) issued by CBP is based on information that “reasonably indicates” the use of forced labor within China’s so-called “re-education” camps.…... Read More

Poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny says he will return to Russia despite jail threats

By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News (MOSCOW) -- The Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has said he will return to Russia this week for what could be a dramatic homecoming following his poisoning with a nerve agent this summer.Navalny has been in Germany since August where he was treated for the…... Read More

Artists collective 'AnonyMouse' installing miniature stores into streets of Sweden

By GUY DAVIES, ABC News (LONDON) -- Over the past few years a highly secretive network working out of Sweden has been opening our eyes to a world we had not given much thought too before. But no, this isn’t Wikileaks or the hackers’ group Anonymous. This is "AnonyMouse," an…... Read More

Pompeo cancels last overseas trip as secretary of state amid torrent of criticism of Trump

By CONOR FINNEGAN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hours before he was expected to depart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled his final overseas trip amid a torrent of global criticism against President Donald Trump, including by the U.S. allies that Pompeo was expected to meet.The top U.S. diplomat was scheduled to…... Read More

Pop star-turned-politician Bobi Wine challenges Uganda's strongman in presidential election

By MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(LONDON) -- Bobi Wine says he has been jailed, detained, beaten and shot at more times than he can count.But the 38-year-old pop star-turned-politician, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, told Kenyan radio station Hot 96 FM that it's all "worth it.""We are not allowed…... Read More

Fury over Trump's 11th-hour Yemen, Cuba sanctions

By CONOR FINNEGAN, ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- With a little over a week left in the Trump administration, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced new sanctions Monday on Cuba's government and the Houthi rebels in Yemen, sparking a barrage of criticism against the latest 11th-hour moves to change U.S. foreign…... Read More

Inhaling away the virus: Is the next generation of COVID vaccines on its way?

By ZOE MAGEE, ABC News(LONDON) -- Trials have begun in London for the next generation of COVID-19 vaccines with the first dose for a new nasal vaccine being developed by the U.S. company Codagenix having been administered at a quarantine facility in London, it was announced Monday morning.“This vaccine is…... Read More

Boeing plane goes missing in Indonesia with 62 on board, debris found

BY: ROSA SANCHEZ, SAM SWEENEY, IVAN PERIERA, MINA KAJI, AND JON HAWORTH ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — A passenger airplane crashed in the Java Sea in Indonesia on Saturday and search and rescue teams have said they found some of the debris. "Sriwijaya Air flight #SJ182 lost more than 10.000…... Read More

South Korea's waiting game with the COVID-19 vaccine

By HALEY HYUNJOO YANG, ABC News(SEOUL, South Korea) -- South Korea has widely been praised for its relatively successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to its rigorous contact tracing, mass testing capacity, and high degree of compliance in wearing masks. The nation of 51.80 million has had 67,358 cases…... Read More