The first major study of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to be independently reviewed shows it's highly effective at preventing COVID-19, in a potentially landmark moment for countries desperate to end lockdowns.
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Asian shares jump after Powell nixes rate hike fears
Asian stocks jumped on Thursday after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reaffirmed interest rates would stay low for a long time, calming market fears that higher inflation might prompt the central bank to tighten the monetary spigot.
Australian media reforms pass parliament after last-ditch changes
The Australian parliament on Thursday passed a new law designed to force Alphabet Inc's Google and Facebook Inc to pay media companies for content used on their platforms in reforms that could be replicated in other countries.
Tokyo 2020 organisers warn against big gatherings during torch relay
The Tokyo Olympic Organising Committee said on Thursday they could suspend the upcoming torch relay should big gatherings raise coronavirus infection risks, asking spectators to support by clapping.
Ecuador raises death toll from prison riots to 79; police chief warns of new riot
Ecuador on Wednesday raised the death toll from riots in four jails to 79, including 18 prisoners who were found dismembered at one site, one of the bloodiest outbreaks of prison violence in the country's history.
China vows five-year plan dedicated to climate, but growth, security concerns weigh
China has promised to dedicate its new "five-year plan" to tackling climate change, but concerns about economic growth and energy security are expected to temper the country's green ambitions.
Biden revokes Trump ban on many green card applicants
U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked a proclamation from his predecessor that blocked many green card applicants from entering the United States.
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