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US government ascertains Biden victory; IATA announces 'digital passport' app; Tensions rise in Syria's Daraa

The General Services Administration has formally alerted the winner of the Nov. 3 election that outgoing President Donald Trump is handing over the reins. The International Air Transport Association is developing a mobile app containing a “digital passport” to show vaccination certificates and COVID-19 test results. And, the southwestern Syrian city of Daraa faces increased clashes.

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Biden picks top diplomatic advisers; AstraZeneca vaccine is 90% effective; Saudi and Israeli leaders meet in Neom

US President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate a slate of career diplomats and foreign policy experts to key posts in his administration. British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has said its vaccine, developed with Oxford University, is up to 90% effective. And, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew Sunday to the Red Sea future city of Neom for talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Pfizer vaccine trial shows 95% success rate; US to cut troop levels in Afghanistan, Iraq; FAA clears 737 Max to fly

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has ended its COVID-19 vaccine trial with a 95% success rate. Acting US Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced that President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to reduce the troop presence in Afghanistan and Iraq by Jan. 15. And, the Federal Aviation Administration cleared Boeing’s 737 Max jet to fly again.

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