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Russian President Vladimir Putin called for "trade peace" and lamented the lack of consistency on international agreements from successive U.S. administrations at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, per Bloomberg.

The trend: It wasn't just Putin. Interestingly, French President Emmanuel Macron attended the forum, and said he wanted to rebuild trust with Russia. He criticized Trump's Jerusalem embassy move, suggested Trump only left the Iran deal because it was negotiated by his predecessor, and noted that no one had followed the U.S. out the door in the Paris climate deal. IMF chief Christine Lagarde pushed for a return to multilateralism, while Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan suggested the world needs to fight against protectionism and stop politicizing trade issues.

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1 min ago - World

European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

46 mins ago - Health

Africa CDC: Vaccines likely won't be available until Q2 of 2021

Africa CDC director Dr. John Nkengasong. Photo: Mohammed Abdu Abdulbaqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Africa may have to wait until the second quarter of 2021 to roll out vaccines, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: “I have seen how Africa is neglected when drugs are available,” Nkengasong said.

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3 hours ago - Economy & Business

The winners and losers of the pandemic holiday season

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The pandemic has upended Thanksgiving and the shopping season that the holiday kicks off, creating a new crop of economic winners and losers.

The big picture: Just as it has exacerbated inequality in every other facet of American life, the coronavirus pandemic is deepening inequities in the business world, with the biggest and most powerful companies rapidly outpacing the smaller players.