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Most outstanding events in the world 2020

From the deadly Covid-19 pandemic to a global movement for racial justice, the year 2020 has had world-changing events.

Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson is highest-earning male actor

Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson has been named the highest-paid male actor for a second year in a row, according to wealth magazine Forbes.


Coronavirus: Putin says vaccine has been approved for use

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said a locally developed vaccine for Covid-19 has been given regulatory approval after less than two months of testing on humans.


Beirut explosion: Donors pledge aid for Lebanon but want reform

World leaders promise an aid package after the huge Beirut blast, as clashes again erupt in the city.

Niger attack: French aid workers among eight killed by gunmen

The attack happened in a region which draws visitors to the last giraffe herds in West Africa.

Coronavirus: Australia records deadliest day but fewer new infections

An outbreak in Victoria has seen over 100 deaths in the past week, but new infections may be slowing.

Facebook founder sees wealth hit $100bn after TikTok rival launch

The social media giant's shares rose on Thursday after the launch of its new TikTok rival Instagram Reels.

TikTok threatens legal action against Trump US ban

The Chinese firm says it is "shocked" by an order for US companies to stop doing business with the app.

Tokyo 2020: Olympics and Paralympics may have 'limited spectators'

The Olympics and Paralympics could be held in front of “a limited number of spectators” because of Covid-19, says Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto.

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google face claims of 'harmful' power

The executives of the four US tech giants defend their records at a five-hour hearing in Congress.

Portland protests: Federal forces ready for phased pullout

Oregon's governor calls the officers "an occupying force", but the president says they saved the city.

Mystery of origin of Stonehenge megaliths solved

Archaeologists have pinpointed the source of the stones to an area 15 miles north of the site.

Cutting screen time lowers risk of death, study finds

Research from the University of Glasgow finds watching two hours or less of television a day could minimize health risks.

Canada court rules US 'not safe' for asylum seekers

The US violates the human rights of asylum seekers by imprisoning them, a Canadian judge rules.

China's Tianwen-1 Mars rover rockets away from Earth

The Asian country's first surface mission to the Red Planet heads out on a Long March 5 rocket.

China-US row: Fugitive researcher 'hiding in San Francisco consulate'

The researcher lied about her military background, the FBI says, amid a row over Chinese consulates.

Trump to send 'surge' of hundreds of federal agents to cities

Talking tough on crime with an election looming, Mr Trump vows to end the "bloodshed".

Hope probe: UAE launches historic first mission to Mars

The probe starts its 500-million-km journey after taking off from the remote Tanegashima spaceport.

Coronavirus: Are mutations making it more infectious?

While there have been thousands of changes to the virus only one is seen as possibly altering its behaviour.

Coronavirus: EU leaders start third day of recovery talks

As global cases rise by record numbers, EU leaders struggle to reach a deal on a recovery package.