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Russian peacekeepers to uphold Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire; Ethiopia military seizes Tigray airport; Saeb Erekat dies of COVID-19

A new Russian-brokered ceasefire to end six weeks of intense fighting between Armenian forces and Azerbaijan has begun, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he was not ignoring international warnings about the worsening Tigray conflict, and Saeb Erekat, the chief peace negotiator between the Palestinians and Israel, has died at a Jerusalem hospital.

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Biden moves quickly on the coronavirus; Pfizer announces encouraging vaccine results; Harris' ancestral village in India celebrates

President-elect Joe Biden is moving quickly to begin building his government and take on the most pressing issue of the day: the pandemic. And, Pfizer and German partner BioNTech announced Monday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective. Also, in Kamala Harris' ancestral village of Thulasendrapuram, in southern India, there were firecrackers and prayers of gratitude at the Hindu temple over the weekend.

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Biden narrowly seizes electoral edge; US daily new COVID-19 cases hits record; Myanmar voters set for election

Joe Biden, the former vice president and current Democratic presidential candidate, has narrowly eclipsed Republican President Donald Trump in vote counting for the closely contested states of Georgia and Pennsylvania. The number of daily new COVID-19 infections in the US hit a record high of more than 120,000 positive tests. And, voters in Myanmar prepared to cast their ballots Sunday.

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US presidential contest remains undecided as world looks on; Poland indefinitely delays abortion ruling; The president of Kosovo has resigned

Global opinion has been mixed on whether the American political system can successfully pass its electoral stress test. And, the right-wing government in Poland has announced an indefinite delay in the implementation of a high court ruling against abortion following two weeks of massive protests across the country. Also, the president of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, resigned Thursday as he faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at a special court in The Hague.

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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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Americans line up at polling stations; Vienna police search for suspects; Bobi Wine arrested in Uganda

Around the globe, people are watching with great anticipation as voters in the United States head to the polls in the 2020 presidential election. Austrian police in Vienna are still searching for suspects after a gunman killed four people in an overnight shooting rampage. And, in Uganda, police have again detained popular singer and politician Bobi Wine.

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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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French society confronts deadly religious tensions; France and Germany announce new lockdowns; China and US engage in crisis communication

Three people were killed in a knife attack in the southern French coastal city of Nice, France. And, France and Germany have both announced national lockdowns again, declaring that the coronavirus is out of control. Also, China’s Defense Ministry has said that Chinese and US military chiefs held video meetings this week about crisis communication.

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