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Biden and Putin hold first call as counterparts; Sanofi to support rival vaccine production; Linda Thomas-Greenfield faces confirmation hearing

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held their first conversation as counterparts on Tuesday. And, Sanofi announced plans help manufacture more than 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech. Also, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, President Joe Biden's nominee to US ambassador to the United Nations, faces lawmakers for her Senate confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill .

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Poisoned opposition leader Navalny arrested in Moscow; Migrants stopped in Guatemala; Bobi Wine's opposition party rejects Museveni win

A judge in Russia has ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny be jailed for 30 days. And, a large group of migrants from Honduras headed to the US were violently met with tear gas and batons early Sunday as they tried to make their way through Guatemala. Also, Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine and his party have dismissed the elections results as “fraud.”

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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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Biden taps trusted figures to lead US climate fight; FDA says Moderna vaccine is highly protective; SolarWinds hack fallout spreads

US President-elect Joe Biden’s climate team is set to be announced this week, with key picks for energy, environment and transportation roles already named. The Food and Drug Administration released new data on Tuesday showing that the Moderna coronavirus vaccine is highly effective. And, a worldwide hacking campaign with links to Russia has caused data breaches at multiple federal agencies.

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