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China congratulates Biden; UN issues warning on Tigray; Ghana's Jerry Rawlings passes away

China has congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden, becoming one of the last major countries to do so. The UN warned Friday that fighting between the Ethiopian government and rebel leaders in the northern province of Tigray could spiral out of control. And, Jerry John Rawlings, who ruled Ghana for 20 years after taking control in two coups, died Thursday at an Accra hospital.

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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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Turkish-backed Syrian rebels killed in Russian airstrike; Polish pro-choice protests continue; China plans next 5 years

Russian airstrikes killed dozens of Turkish-backed rebel soldiers in northwestern Syria, the deadliest surge of violence since a truce was reached seven months ago. A group of Polish women disrupted a Catholic church service to protest Poland’s new near-total abortion ban. And, Chinese leaders are meeting this week to formulate a five-year plan for economic and social priorities through 2025.

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