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Russia and the UK set for widespread COVID-19 vaccination rollout; Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro claims victory; Report finds microwave energy likely made US diplomats sick

Russia opened 70 vaccination facilities in Moscow on Saturday as the country begins its COVID-19 vaccination campaign to curb the spread of the coronavirus. And, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro will take control of the country’s National Assembly — the last major branch of government out of his grasp — after his political alliance claimed victory. Also, the National Academy of Sciences said in a report that “directed pulsed radio frequency energy” was likely the cause of illnesses among American diplomats in Cuba and China.

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China, Russia, Cuba elected to UN Human Rights Council; Eli Lilly COVID-19 study paused; Lebanon-Israel maritime talks begin

Notable violators were among the countries elected to the UN Human Rights Council, as Saudi Arabia failed in its bid to earn a three-year term starting Jan. 1. Independent monitors have paused new enrollment in an Eli Lilly study testing an experimental, antibody cocktail. Also, Lebanon and Israel have begun indirect talks mediated by the US over their disputed maritime border.

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