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UK greenlights Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine; Pompeo harshly criticizes Turkey; Biden signals patience on China trade

The UK has approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, with the first shots expected to roll out next week. During a virtual meeting Tuesday of NATO foreign ministers, outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo harshly criticized Turkey. And, US President-elect Joe Biden told The New York Times that he would not quickly scrap the phase one trade agreement reached by outgoing President Donald Trump with China.

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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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