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New Zealand dispenses record number of jabs at 'Vaxathon'

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New Zealand health care workers administered a record number of vaccine jabs Saturday as the nation held a festival aimed at getting more people inoculated against the coronavirus. Musicians, sports stars and celebrities pitched in for the “Vaxathon” event which was broadcast on television and online for eight hours straight.… Read

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Kerry says climate talks may miss target

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Crucial U.N. climate talks next month are likely to fall short of the global target for cutting coal, gas and oil emissions, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry says, after nearly a year of climate diplomacy that helped win deeper cuts from allies but has so far failed to move some of the… Read

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11 children drown, 10 rescued in Indonesian river cleanup

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Eleven students drowned and 10 others were rescued during a school outing for a river cleanup in Indonesia’s West Java Province, officials said Saturday. Local officials said 150 students from an Islamic junior high school were participating in the cleanup Friday along the banks of the Cileueur river bank when… Read

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Bali earthquake kills three, injures seven

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Three people were killed Saturday when an earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island Bali, the disaster agency said. The 4.8 magnitude quake struck at 4:18 a.m. at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers northeast of the town of Banjar Wanasari. Shallow quakes tend to do more damage than deep… Read

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Authorities call fatal stabbing of UK lawmaker terrorist act

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A long-serving member of Parliament was stabbed to death Friday during a meeting with constituents at a church in England, in what police said was a terrorist incident. A 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with the attack, which united Britain's fractious politicians in shock and sorrow. Counterterrorism officers were… Read

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Suicide attack on Shiite mosque in Afghanistan kills 47

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Suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 47 people and wounding 70, a Taliban official said. It was the deadliest day since the U.S. military withdrawal. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the carnage at the Fatimiya… Read

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U.S. cities, police unions clash as vaccine mandates take effect

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Police departments around the U.S. that are requiring officers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are running up against pockets of resistance that some fear could leave law enforcement shorthanded and undermine public safety. Police unions and officers are pushing back by filing lawsuits to block the mandates. In Chicago, the… Read

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Biden government to ask Supreme Court to block Texas abortion ban

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President Joe Biden's administration on Friday said it would ask the Supreme Court to block a ban on most abortions in Texas, in the latest stage of a national battle over reproductive rights. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court cited procedural issues when it decided by a 5-4 vote against… Read

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Jan 6 panel moving swiftly as it sets Bannon contempt vote

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A congressional committee investigating the Jan 6 Capitol insurrection has moved aggressively against close Trump adviser Steve Bannon, swiftly scheduling a vote to recommend criminal contempt charges against the former White House aide after he defied a subpoena. The chairman of the special committee, Rep Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, said the… Read

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U.S. to reopen borders to vaccinated travelers Nov 8

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The United States will reopen its land and air borders on November 8 to foreign visitors fully vaccinated against COVID-19, ending a more than 18-month ban on travel from much of the globe that separated families, hobbled tourism and strained diplomatic ties. The decision to ease restrictions was "guided by… Read

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