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Iran, Russia accused of 2020 US presidential election meddling; Hariri asked to form a government again; Poland court ruling on abortion law

US officials accused Iran on Wednesday of sending out fake but menacing emails to voters in swing states in an effort to influence public opinion just before the presidential election. And, former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been asked to form a government again. Also, Poland’s high court ruled that a 1993 law permitting pregnancy terminations for fetal defects was unconstitutional.

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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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DHS faces whistleblower claims; new fire at Beirut's port; second blaze rips through Moria camp

An official from the US Department of Homeland Security, Brian Murphy, said in a whistleblower complaint that senior officials pressured him to suppress facts in intelligence reports. Barely a month after a massive blast tore through Beirut’s port, a large fire has engulfed the area once again. And little remains of Greece's overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos after a second fire overnight destroyed almost everything that had survived the initial blaze.

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Beirut tries to bounce back after tragedy; Malaysia withdraws charges against Goldman Sachs; The Lancet praises Russian vaccine

In Beirut, rescuers were still digging through the rubble of collapsed buildings Friday after finding “signs of life, Malaysia’s Bernama state news agency has reported that prosecutors in Kuala Lumpur withdrew criminal charges against three Goldman Sachs units, and The Lancet medical journal has published early-stage trial results showing that Russia’s “Sputnik-V” vaccine for the coronavirus produced a legitimate antibody response.

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Direct Israel-UAE flight makes historic first; Lebanon picks new PM; India-China tensions escalate

The first-ever direct commercial passenger flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates landed on Monday in Abu Dhabi, Lebanon’s prime minister-designate, Mustapha Adib, was appointed by the country’s president to form a new government, and India’s defense ministry has said its soldiers had thwarted movements by the Chinese military in a sensitive part of the Ladakh region.

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Using Food to Tell the Story of War

Annia Ciezadlo explores the relationship between food and war in her new book, "Day of Honey: a Memoir of Food, Love, and War." A correspondent in Iraq and Lebanon for seven years, Annia Ciezadlo says that preparing meals helped her report.

Bomb attack in Beirut

Ben Gilbert reports on a bomb attack in Beirut today that targeted a US embassy car; the explosion killed at least 3 people, and none of the victims were Americans.

Lebanese film open in US

The Lebanese film "Caramel," is a story about five women who meet regularly at a local beauty salon; it's been a number one hit in Lebanon and now it's coming to the United States, as Beth Accomando reports.

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is 21. As in -- there are 21 countries that boast a Mediterranean coastline. Reporter Ben Gilbert is along the coast in southern Lebanon, where two women are helping to protect the Mediterranean's endangered sea turtles.

Working the system in Lebanon

The World's Aaron Schachter sends us an audio postcard from Lebanon, where a weekend winter storm gives a glimpse of the magical and illogical aspects of the country he now calls home.

Car bombs kills top Hezbollah member

The World's Aaron Schachter reports on reaction to a car bombing in Syria today that killed Imad Mughniyeh, a senior member of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Lifestyle & Belief

Two memorial ceremonies in Lebanon

Lebanon mourned two very different leaders today: some Lebanese were remembering former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was killed in a car bombing in Beirut three years ago today; others attended a funeral for a Hezbollah senior commander

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The man who wanted to save the world

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Samantha Power about her new book, "Chasing The Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World;� the book was inspired by the life and tragic death of the man who led the UN mission in Iraq in 2003.