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U.N. mulls U.S. proposal to streamline, lengthen North Korea aid exemptions

A United Nations Security Council sanctions committee is considering a U.S. proposal to streamline and lengthen exemptions from U.N. sanctions on North Korea for humanitarian aid groups working in the isolated Asian state. The updates to an implementation assistance note... See full article

Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation that saw Flynn twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI and then reverse himself before the Department of Justice stepped... See full article

VIRUS TODAY: Americans travel as Biden addresses nation

— Millions of Americans are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday despite warnings from health officials that family gatherings could make a bad situation worse. — More people are applying for unemployment benefits as the economy remains burdened by the coronavirus.... See full article

Train gunman tells French court his target only US soldiers

The gunman charged over a foiled 2015 train attack told a French court Wednesday that he had targeted only American soldiers, after refusing instructions from an Islamic State ringleader to kill members of the European Commission he was falsely told... See full article

A New Political Force Emerges in Georgia: Asian American Voters

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Four years ago, Maliha Javed, an immigrant from Pakistan, was not paying attention to politics. A community college student in suburban Atlanta, she was busy paying for books and studying for classes. She did not vote that... See full article

Congress Pays $850,000 to Muslim Aides Targeted in Inquiry Stoked by Trump

The House of Representatives quietly paid $850,000 this year to settle wrongful termination claims by five Pakistani-American technology specialists, after a set of routine workplace allegations against them morphed into fodder for right-wing conspiracy theories amplified by President Donald Trump.Together,... See full article

Leading Saudi women's activist referred to terrorism court

A leading Saudi women’s rights activist who’s been imprisoned for 2 1/2 years and drawn attention to the kingdom’s hard limits on dissent will be tried by a court established to oversee terrorism cases, her family said Wednesday. The referral... See full article

US visitors from developing nations to pay thousands in visa bonds

The United States will temporarily require visitors from Iran, Myanmar and a number of African nations to pay up to $15,000 in visa bonds in a new hardline immigration measure enacted late in Donald Trump's presidency. See full article

European Research Group warns it will vote against UK-EU deal if sovereignty is not preserved

This was first published in The Telegraph's Brexit Bulletin newsletter. For more analysis from The Telegraph's unrivalled Brexit team, sign up to the Brexit Bulletin here and we'll post it to your inbox every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The European... See full article

Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their... See full article

Tweet on spare change generates big money for virus aid

Andy Larsen is a sports writer, but with so many games scratched during the pandemic he has spent a lot of time digging into coronavirus data and its sobering implications. Then on Monday, while he was sorting his spare change... See full article

Suspect in Swiss knife attack had tried to travel to Syria

Swiss federal police said Wednesday a woman suspected of carrying out a knife attack that injured two other women and is being investigated as possible terrorism had formed a relationship online with a jihadi in Syria, and had attempted to... See full article

Iran frees Australian academic in prisoner swap

Australian-British academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been freed in Iran after more than two years in jail for spying, in what the Islamic republic said Wednesday was a swap for three Iranian prisoners. See full article

UN agency: Israel's Gaza blockade has devastated economy

Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and sent poverty and unemployment skyrocketing, a U.N. report said Wednesday, as it called on Israel to lift the closure.... See full article

Unemployment to rise to worst level since financial crash by mid-2021

Unemployment is set to rise to its highest level since the financial crisis by the middle of 2021, official forecasters have predicted. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said 2.6 million people, or 7.5 per cent of the workforce, would... See full article

European officials expect Biden to pressure Merkel into killing her prized key gas pipeline project from Russia

US officials believe the Nord Stream 2 pipeline connecting Russia to northern Germany is an irresponsible reward for President Vladimir Putin. See full article

Why European powers won't pressure Biden to re-enter Iran deal

President-elect Joe Biden will not receive pressure from his European counterparts to rush back into the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, The Wall Street Journal reports.Officials from France, Germany, and the United Kingdom told the Journal that their countries are still... See full article

Israeli forces kill Palestinian suspected in car attack

Israeli forces Wednesday shot and killed a Palestinian motorist who police say tried to carry out a car-ramming attack at a West Bank checkpoint. In a statement, police said the man presented false documents at the checkpoint, and when he... See full article

Wiping down groceries? Experts say keep risk in perspective

Cleaning wipes are harder to find on store shelves, and businesses are reassuring customers with stepped up sanitation measures. In New York, the subway system is shut down nightly for disinfecting. “It’s important to clean surfaces, but not to obsess... See full article

Joe Biden wants Brexit deal done quickly as he aims to rebuild 'coalition of the West'

Allies of Joe Biden have made clear that he expects to see a Brexit trade deal concluded swiftly as he seeks to rebuild a "coalition of the West" to respond to the growing spectre of China. The Telegraph understands that... See full article

Money promised to combat US overdose crisis sits unused

When it filed for bankruptcy last year, Purdue Pharma agreed to an innovative plan: It would make $200 million available immediately to help those those harmed by its signature painkiller, OxyContin, and ease the effects of the opioid crisis. “The... See full article

The Latest: Biden urges Americans to forgo big Thanksgiving

A big Biden family Thanksgiving is off the table for President-elect Joe Biden because of the pandemic. In remarks billed as a Thanksgiving address to the nation, the Democrat urged Americans to “hang on” and not “surrender to the fatigue”... See full article

White House considers lifting European travel restrictions

The White House is considering rescinding entry bans for most non-US citizens who recently were in Brazil, Britain, Ireland and 26 other European countries, five US and airline officials told Reuters. The Trump administration imposed the bans in a bid... See full article

Congress braces for Biden's national coronavirus strategy

Congress is bracing for President-elect Joe Biden to move beyond the Trump administration’s state-by-state approach to the COVID-19 crisis and build out a national strategy to fight the pandemic and distribute the eventual vaccine. The incoming administration’s approach reflects Democrats’... See full article

Iran swaps jailed British-Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert with Iranians jailed abroad, say reports

Iran freed jailed British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert on Wednesday after more than two years imprisonment on contested spying charges, in an exchange for three Iranian prisoners held abroad, Iranian media reported. Melbourne University lecturer Dr Moore-Gilbert was held for 804... See full article