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A Pakistani fan cheers for her team during a 2017 match between India and Pakistan in England [File: Rui Vieira/AP Photo]

Pakistan Cricket Board gets its first female director

November 10 (Al Jazeera) - Alia Zafar has been named as one of the independent directors on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), becoming the first female to have been appointed to the post in the cricket-crazy South Asian nation. Zafar, a human resources executive, was included among four new PCB directors. The others are finance executive Javed Kurieshi, economist Asim...

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World wide web inventor launches privacy platform for enterprises; NHS and BBC sign up

London, November 9 (CNBC) — Tim Berners-Lee, the English computer scientist best known as the inventor of the world wide web, has revealed that his latest start-up has launched a privacy platform for enterprises. The U.K.’s National Health Service, the BBC, NatWest Bank and the Flanders Government are among its early adopters. Inrupt, founded by Berners-Lee and CEO John Bruce...

A health worker holds blood samples during clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine at Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Eva Marie Uzcategui | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Pfizer, BioNTech say Covid vaccine is more than 90% effective—‘great day for science and humanity’

November 9 (CNBC) - U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech announced Monday their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 among those without evidence of prior infection, hailing the development as “a great day for science and humanity.” “I think we can see light at the end of the tunnel,” Pfizer Chairman and CEO Dr. Albert Bourla...

A Bell Ambulance speeds through the Bronzeville neighborhood on the North Side of Milwaukee, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Wisconsin, U.S., November 6, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan

United States becomes the first nation to cross 10 million COVID-19 cases as third wave of infections surges

November 9 (Reuters) - The United States became the first nation worldwide since the pandemic began to surpass 10 million coronavirus infections, according to a Reuters tally on Sunday, as the third wave of the COVID-19 virus surges across the nation. The grim milestone came on the same day as global coronavirus cases exceeded 50 million. The United States has...

U.S Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks about election results in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 6, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States

Washington, November 7 (Reuters) - Democrat Joe Biden captured the U.S. presidency on Saturday, several major television networks said, as voters narrowly rebuffed Republican incumbent Donald Trump’s tumultuous leadership and embraced Biden’s promise to fight the coronavirus pandemic and fix the economy in a divided nation. Loud cheers erupted in the halls of the hotel where Biden aides were staying...

Mount Merapi's last major eruption in 2010 killed 347 people and caused the evacuation of 20,000 villagers [File: Bay Ismoyo/AFP]

Hundreds evacuated as Indonesia’s most active volcano rumbles

November 7 (Al Jazeera) Indonesian authorities have evacuated hundreds of people living on the volatile Mount Merapi volcano’s fertile slopes on Java island following an increase in volcanic activity. The head of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center, Hanik Humaida, on Friday warned Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano, could erupt at any time, possibly sending hot gas clouds down...

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