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Coronavirus case totals surge with colder temperatures; More foreign leaders call President-elect Biden; Typhoon Vamco strikes the Philippines

The number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continues to soar in the US, Europe and elsewhere, with death tolls expected to rise quickly as well. And, the leaders of Japan, South Korea and Australia had their first calls with US President-elect Joe Biden, reaffirming close relations. Also, the second typhoon in a week in a half has struck the Philippines.

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US presidential election remains nail-biter to 270; Washington pulls out of Paris climate pact; Ethiopia tensions mount in Tigray

As voting officials in the US continue to count millions of remaining ballots from Tuesday’s hotly contested presidential election, the rest of the world is holding its breath with the result too close to call. Irrespective of the outcome in the presidential race, the formal US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement took effect Wednesday. And, in Ethiopia, the federal government declared a state of emergency for the northern Tigray region.

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France grieves victims of Nice church knife attack; Greta moves protests online again; Taiwan military officers have same-sex wedding

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has said that the country is in a war against Islamists and can expect more militant attacks on its soil, climate activist Greta Thunberg announced Friday that she was taking her protests online once again as Sweden's COVID-19 cases surge, and in Taiwan, two women military officers made history by marrying their same-sex civilian partners in a mass wedding.

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