Covid-19 has infected more than 262M people and killed over 5.2M. Here are the virus-related developments for November 29:
Chancellor Angela Merkel takes responsibility, drops plans for a five-day shutdown in Germany over Easter that prompted confusion and criticism from the public and businesses.
Researchers in Germany and France have reached a sobering calculation that US closures saved lives – at a high cost to economy.
In a series of morning tweets, the US President bashed House of Representatives Speaker Pelosi and other Democrats for turning down an offer he made on Saturday, including for Dreamers, the undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.
The partial government shutdown was on track on Friday to become the longest closure in US history as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way out of the mess.
The Texas trip gives Trump yet another high-profile stage to push his wall plan, which is highly opposed by the Democrats who say the wall would not solve real US immigration problems.
Federal employees are struggling to pay bills and are worried about basic necessities as Trump's shutdown of the US government continues into a third week.
Chances of a government shutdown before Christmas have dramatically increased because President Donald Trump will not sign a stopgap spending bill, demanding the inclusion of a $5 billion fund to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.
The breakthrough came at midnight on Thursday the deadline for Congress to pass a stopgap spending measure - its fifth since October - or once again turn the lights out on the federal government.
In their bid to pressure Maduro into abandoning a weekend election for a super-congress, millions of Venezuelans are expected to take part in a nationwide strike from Wednesday.
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