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US Congress passes bipartisan relief bill; Pfizer, Moderna test against variant; Lockerbie bombing suspect charged

After many months of fits and starts, the US Congress on Monday passed a bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill that is being celebrated by both parties as a carefully negotiated agreement. Pfizer and Moderna are both testing their COVID-19 vaccines against the new faster-spreading mutated variant in the United Kingdom. And, on the 32nd anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, the US has charged the bomber.

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Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine clears another hurdle; Facebook faces twin antitrust cases; Lebanon judge charges PM in port blast

Canadian health officials have approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, following its authorization by the United Kingdom last week. And, several dozen states and the US Federal Trade Commission sued Facebook on Wednesday in twin antitrust cases. Also, a judge in Lebanon investigating the Beirut port blast that killed 200 people and destroyed much of the city in August has charged caretaker prime minister, Hassan Diab, and three former ministers with negligence.

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Early Moderna data shows coronavirus vaccine 94.5% effective; Violence in Ethiopia threatening international conflict; 15 Asia-Pacific economies sign RCEP

Moderna's early data shows its coronavirus vaccine is 94.5% effective; And, the violence in Ethiopia’s north is threatening to become an international conflict; Also 15 Asia-Pacific economies, making up 30% of the world’s population and gross domestic product, signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade deal on Sunday.

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