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Israel deploys ground troops to Gaza border as conflict escalates

Top of The World: Israeli military officials said ground forces have bombarded Gaza with artillery — but have not entered the territory. And, IT systems for the Irish Health Service have been shut down because of a “significant ransomware attack." Also, Colombia’s human rights ombudsman said Tuesday that 168 people have been reported missing

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Biden administration levels stiff new sanctions against Russia

Top of The World: The White House has announced sanctions against Russia and the expulsion of Russian diplomats in response to Moscow's interference in US elections and the "SolarWinds" cyber breach. And the hardest hit areas of India by surge of the coronavirus are facing tighter restrictions for 15 days to control infections. South Africa has paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine leaving the country without any shots for its vaccination effort.

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Biden taps trusted figures to lead US climate fight; FDA says Moderna vaccine is highly protective; SolarWinds hack fallout spreads

US President-elect Joe Biden’s climate team is set to be announced this week, with key picks for energy, environment and transportation roles already named. The Food and Drug Administration released new data on Tuesday showing that the Moderna coronavirus vaccine is highly effective. And, a worldwide hacking campaign with links to Russia has caused data breaches at multiple federal agencies.

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US agencies hacked in monthslong global cyberspying campaign

Hackers broke into the networks of the Treasury and Commerce departments as part of a monthslong global cyberespionage campaign revealed Sunday, just days after the prominent cybersecurity firm FireEye said it had been breached in an attack that industry experts said bore the hallmarks of Russian tradecraft.

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Treasury, Commerce departments hacked; Canada receives first COVID-19 vaccine shipment; Hong Kong court denied bail for Jimmy Lai

Hackers have broken into the networks of the US Treasury and Commerce departments and experts suggest the attacks bore the hallmarks of Russian cyberespionage. And, Canada has received its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech. Also, a court in Hong Kong has denied bail for Jimmy Lai, the 73-year-old media tycoon and pro-democracy advocate.

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Cyberespionage hits the vaccine refrigeration process; Iran moves to expand uranium enrichment; US tightens visa rules for Chinese Communist Party

Hackers have been targeting the COVID-19 vaccine supply “cold chain,” in an act of cyberespionage according to experts at IBM. Also, Iran has moved to expand uranium enrichment levels closer to weapons-grade fuel in response to the assassination of the country’s top nuclear scientist. And, the US has tightened visa rules for members of the Chinese Communist Party and their families

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