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'Alarming rates of transmission' return to Europe; Diack sentenced to prison for corruption; US restoring Iran sanctions

The European director for the World Health Organization has warned countries not to reduce the 14-day quarantine period for people possibly exposed to the coronavirus, the former head of the world athletics’ governing body was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison, and the US plans to declare on Saturday that all international sanctions on Iran have been restored.

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Beirut tries to bounce back after tragedy; Malaysia withdraws charges against Goldman Sachs; The Lancet praises Russian vaccine

In Beirut, rescuers were still digging through the rubble of collapsed buildings Friday after finding “signs of life, Malaysia’s Bernama state news agency has reported that prosecutors in Kuala Lumpur withdrew criminal charges against three Goldman Sachs units, and The Lancet medical journal has published early-stage trial results showing that Russia’s “Sputnik-V” vaccine for the coronavirus produced a legitimate antibody response.

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