MONDAY - December 21, 2020 – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's government approved a ninth consecutive rise in military spending on Monday, funding the development of an advanced stealth fighter and longer-range anti-ship missile to counter China's growing military power.
MONDAY - December 21, 2020 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented White House senior adviser Jared Kushner with a "certificate of appreciation" on Monday for "his historic contribution to the Abraham Accords" between Israel and Arab and Muslim nations.
MONDAY - December 21, 2020 – A German court has sentenced a man to life in prison for killing two people in a shooting attack near a synagogue in eastern Germany last year.
MONDAY - December 21, 2020 – Royal Dutch Shell on Monday said it will write down the value of oil and gas assets by $3.5 billion to $4.5 billion following a string of impairments this year as it adjusts to a weaker outlook.
MONDAY - December 21, 2020 – Fiat Chrysler and French rival PSA gained EU antitrust approval on Monday for their $38 billion merger to create the world's No.4 carmaker after pledging to boost Japanese rival Toyota Motor.
SUNDAY - December 20, 2020 – Australia's most populous city Sydney became further isolated from the rest of the country on Sunday after states closed borders and imposed quarantine measures on its residents as a coronavirus cluster in the city grew to around 70.
SUNDAY - December 20, 2020 – At least nine people were reported killed on Sunday by a car bomb attack in Kabul targeting an Afghan lawmaker.
SATURDAY - December 19, 2020 – At least nine people died a fire which broke out in a private hospital's COVID-19 intensive care unit in the southeastern Turkish province of Gaziantep, local authorities said on Saturday.
SATURDAY - December 19, 2020 – The former governor of the Mexican state of Jalisco was shot dead early on Friday (December 18) in a restaurant bathroom in the beach town of Puerto Vallarta, one of the most high profile political killings since Mexico embarked on its "War on Drugs" in 2006.
SATURDAY - December 19, 2020 – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday imposed tighter coronavirus curbs on millions of people in England and largely reversed plans to ease restrictions over Christmas, as the country battles a new more infectious strain of the virus.