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  • Reuters

    Ukrainian volunteers step in to battle oxygen shortage in hospitals

    Lesya Lytvynova's phone never stops ringing. With one hand she soothes her three-month-old baby, with the other she answers calls from relatives of coronavirus patients desperate to get an oxygen generator. Lytvynova runs a Kyiv-based charity called 'Ours' that gives free generators to patients suffering respiratory distress, plugging a shortage in Ukraine's healthcare system as COVID-19 cases spike to record levels.

  • Associated Press

    Music festivals offer to help Belgium's vaccination campaign

    With nothing on their agendas for months to come, music festival organizers in Belgium want to use their know-how to help the country's coronavirus vaccination campaign. The Belgian government has set a goal of vaccinating about 70% of the country's population, about 8 million people, when approved COVID-19 vaccination shots become available. As the vaccines are expected to arrive in multi-dose vials for shots to be administered all on the same day, Belgium health authorities are planning to vaccinate people in groups as much as possible.

  • Associated Press

    Pakistan arrests hundreds in opposition ahead of rally

    Pakistani police arrested hundreds of supporters of opposition parties ahead of a planned rally Monday calling for the country's prime minister to resign, a move the government defended as necessary to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Police acknowledged arresting over 370 people, while opposition groups put the number at more than 1,800 in Multan, a city in central Pakistan where authorities had switched off the area's mobile phone network. Security forces placed shipping containers on major roads Sunday night to block off the path to a public park where the opposition planned to protest against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

  • Associated Press

    UK doctor can't exclude sex assault of dead teen in Malaysia

    A British pathologist said Monday there was no positive evidence that a French-Irish teenager found dead last year near a Malaysian jungle resort was sexually assaulted, but he couldn't fully rule it out due to severe body decomposition. Nathaniel Cary, a forensic pathologist who performed a second autopsy on the body of Nora Anne Quorin in the United Kingdom, said he agreed with Malaysia’s findings that the teen died of intestinal bleeding due to starvation and stress. “I think we can exclude very serious trauma to the genitalia ... but I won’t be able to exclude minimal trauma because of the decomposition obscuring things,” Cary said from the U.K. “The difficulty here is because of the decomposition, the forensic evidence would be disadvantaged to an extent."

  • Reuters

    Mortgage boom risks coming home to roost for Brazil's banks

    Owning their first home on the outskirts of Sao Paulo felt like a distant dream when tattoo artist Fernando do Prado and pharmacist Jenifer Ferreira got engaged in January. They soon realized, however, that it was within reach if they used their savings as a deposit, with mortgage payments for a similar sized apartment on the edge of South America's biggest city costing less than half the equivalent monthly rent. A dramatic drop in interest rates has sparked a mortgage boom in Brazil, making home ownership feasible for thousands like Jenifer and Fernando and tempting others to trade-up or splash out on a house in the country or by the beach.

  • Reuters

    Taiwan to curb flow of Indonesian workers after COVID-19 spike

    Taiwan will restrict the number of Indonesian workers coming to the island from this week, following a spike in the number of coronavirus infections among migrant workers arriving from the southeast Asian country, the government said on Monday. Taiwan is home to more than 250,000 migrant workers from Indonesia, which has the highest tally of virus infections and deaths in southeast Asia. While early and effective prevention measures have helped the island keep the pandemic well under control, with no local transmission for more than 200 days, it has grappled with a steady increase in the number of imported cases.

  • Reuters

    FTSE 100 set for best month ever on vaccine, recovery hopes

    The blue-chip FTSE 100 recovered early declines to trade up 0.3% by 0856 GMT, extending a rally of more than 14% this month. LLoyds Banking Group gained 1.5% after appointing Charlie Nunn, currently head of wealth and personal banking at HSBC, as its next chief executive officer. The domestically-focussed FTSE 250, considered a barometer for Brexit sentiment, added 0.4%, tracking its best month since the global financial crisis in 2009.

  • Reuters

    UK business confidence at four-month low but signs of vaccine boost - Lloyds

    Confidence among British businesses fell to its lowest level in November since July as companies faced new COVID-19 restrictions but firms turned less pessimistic after news of a breakthrough in developing a vaccine, a survey showed on Monday. Lloyds Bank's business barometer sank by 3 points to -21 for the month as a whole, hit by nervousness about Britain's chances of a post-Brexit trade deal as well as the pandemic measures. But responses in the second week of the survey saw confidence rise by three points to -15, coinciding with the Nov. 9 announcement by Pfizer Inc about the effectiveness of a coronavirus vaccine developed with German partner BioNTech.