On 2 December, the United Arab Emirates will mark 49 years since its establishment, with local authorities giving three days off to both private and public sector employees.
Ethnicity hasn't been mapped in Sweden since 2005 for ethical reasons. However, a record spike in robberies and a change of tune on immigration from the country's leadership has spurred the Swedish Crime Prevention Council to reverse its policy.
In October 2019, President Donald Trump announced that the US would be withdrawing its forces from Syria, but eventually backtracked, saying that a "small" American contingent would stay behind to allegedly "keep" the Syrian oil from being seized by Daesh*.
The election controversy has completely eclipsed the Hunter Biden story, which made the rounds on social media last month. Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel has explained what will happen to the Senate probe into the Bidens' alleged "pay-to-play" schemes and other inquiries into dynastic political families should Joe Biden take office.
Earlier in November, UK High Court Judge Andrew Nicol rejected Johnny Depp's claim that the newspaper The Sun committed libel when calling him a "wife-beater".
The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus is now over 1.4 million, while the global case tally is more than 60 million The most affected countries are the US (12.7 million infected, 262,000 deaths), India (9.2 million cases, 134,000 fatalities), and Brazil (6.1 million cases, and over 170,000 deaths).
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian military successfully has tested a new anti-ballistic missile. It was launched from the Sary-Shagan testing range in Kazakhstan and hit the simulated target, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer has died from an injury sustained during a mission in Somalia last weekend, The New York Times reported, citing a former senior US administration official familiar with the matter.