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WHO team rules out lab leak as origin of the coronavirus

Top of The World: A team from the WHO said Tuesday that it is extremely unlikely the coronavirus leaked from a Chinese lab and is more likely to have jumped from animals to humans. And, mass protests challenging a military coup that removed the democratically elected government in Myanmar continue to escalate. Also, Colombia will grant nearly 1 million Venezuelan migrants living in the country temporary protected status for 10 years

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Political science of the periphery: Part I

Critical State, our foreign policy newsletter, takes a deep dive this week into a new paper by Oxford political scientists Annette Idler and Markus Hochmüller, that examines how borderlands have affected the course of the pandemic on Colombia's periphery.

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Russia and the UK set for widespread COVID-19 vaccination rollout; Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro claims victory; Report finds microwave energy likely made US diplomats sick

Russia opened 70 vaccination facilities in Moscow on Saturday as the country begins its COVID-19 vaccination campaign to curb the spread of the coronavirus. And, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro will take control of the country’s National Assembly — the last major branch of government out of his grasp — after his political alliance claimed victory. Also, the National Academy of Sciences said in a report that “directed pulsed radio frequency energy” was likely the cause of illnesses among American diplomats in Cuba and China.

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Getting at the vote: Part II

Incumbent regimes often act to restrict media access for their opponents in the same way that they restrict access to the vote itself. This week, Critical State looks into Kyong Mazzaro's new research on where and when Venezuela restricted media during election periods.

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