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World 17 Jan 2021 | 1:28 AM

UK records lowest daily rise of COVID cases this year

LONDON, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Britain's daily increase of coronavirus infections dropped to its lowest level since Dec. 27, 2020, but the country recorded the third highest daily death toll from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to official figures released Saturday.

World 16 Jan 2021 | 7:16 PM

Explainer: Can Trump pardon himself? Would the courts reject the move?

(Reuters) - As he prepares to end a tumultuous four years as U.S. president facing potential legal jeopardy, Donald Trump has discussed the possibility of pardoning himself, according to a source familiar with the matter. But there are questions about whether a president's broad executive clemency powers under the U.S. Constitution would permit such action.

World 16 Jan 2021 | 2:10 AM

2nd LD Writethru: UK to close all travel corridors to keep out new COVID variants

LONDON, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Friday that Britain will close all travel corridors to the country from 0400 GMT on Monday in a bid to keep out new coronavirus variants.

World 16 Jan 2021 | 12:46 AM

UK records another 55,761 coronavirus cases, 1,280 deaths

LONDON, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Another 55,761 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 3,316,019, according to official figures released Friday.

World 16 Jan 2021 | 12:15 AM

UK's infection rate estimated at between 1.2 and 1.3

LONDON, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Britain's coronavirus reproduction number, also known as the R number, is estimated at between 1.2 and 1.3, compared with last week's one and 1.4, the British government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) said Friday.

World 15 Jan 2021 | 1:22 AM

Use of COVID-19 vaccines follows strict requirements, procedures: HKSAR gov't

HONG KONG, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- A spokesman for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said on Thursday that COVID-19 vaccines used in Hong Kong must satisfy the relevant requirements and procedures, and obtain emergency use approval in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Use of Vaccines) Regulation, with a view to ensuring the safety, efficacy and quality of the vaccines.

Singapore 15 Jan 2021 | 7:00 AM

Two in five workers say they have been sexually harassed

Two in five workers here, polled in the first nationally representative survey on workplace sexual harassment, said they have been victims of such unwelcome sexual advances or remarks in the office in the past five years.