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Officials fear mutated coronavirus from UK; Moderna vaccine ships out; Navalny poisoning details revealed

Additional countries have closed their borders to the United Kingdom, as officials try to stop a highly infectious new strain of the coronavirus from spreading. The first shipments of a second COVID-19 vaccine approved in the US were shipped out of a distribution center. And, in Russia, the government agent sent to follow dissident leader Alexei Navalny has revealed that he planted the lethal nerve agent Novichok in the politician’s underwear.

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European leaders approve stimulus package; Argentina moves to legalize abortion; SCOTUS rules on no-fly list

European Parliament lawmakers have finally approved a coronavirus stimulus package in a compromise that allows EU funds to be made conditional on respect for European values. Argentina moved toward legalizing abortion, a step closer to honoring a promise made by President Alberto Fernández. And the US Supreme Court ruled Muslim Americans included on the no-fly list after refusing to become informants can sue federal officials.

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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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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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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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Moderna, NIH coronavirus vaccine study underway; Vietnam back on high alert over coronavirus; UK blindsides travelers from Spain

The world’s biggest vaccine study for the coronavirus got underway today in the US. And, Vietnam is back on high alert after the first locally transmitted case in three months was detected in the central city of Da Nang, forcing the evacuation of 80,000 tourists. Also, UK health authorities said all travelers to the UK from Spain will now have to quarantine themselves for 14 days, blindsiding many travelers from Britain who are on vacation in Spain

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WHO releases new guidelines, sends team to China; Elections in Singapore and Poland; Turkish court annuls Hagia Sophia decree

The WHO released new guidelines on Thursday acknowledging some reports of airborne transmission of the coronavirus. And, the WHO sent a team to China today to lay the groundwork for an investigation on the origins of the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, several countries are making additional moves to reopen. The UK government announced that starting Friday, visitors arriving in England from 58 selected countries will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

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