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Merkel wants very fast action against virus after record deaths

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Chancellor Angela Merkel wants"very fast action" to counter the spread of COVID-19 mutations, she told a meeting of top officials from her party on Thursday after Germany recorded a record number of deaths from the coronavirus. Merkel also told the senior Christian Democrat officials that she wanted to bring forward… Read

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Trudeau urges unified front against China detentions; says all nations vulnerable

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged nations around the world to maintain a unified front against Chinese detentions of foreign citizens, saying every country was vulnerable. Trudeau made his remarks as China offered more consular access to two Canadian men it arrested in December 2018 and charged with spying. Canada… Read

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Doctor who backed Trump's health boasts dies at 73

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Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, the physician who once declared that Donald Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency," died Jan 8. He was 73. Bornstein's death was announced Thursday in a paid notice in The New York Times. The cause and location of his death were… Read

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Australia to kill pigeon that crossed Pacific from Oregon

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A racing pigeon has survived an extraordinary 13,000-kilometer (8,000-mile) Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to find a new home in Australia. Now authorities consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it. Kevin Celli-Bird said Thursday he discovered that the exhausted bird that arrived in his… Read

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WHO team arrives in Wuhan to search for pandemic origins

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A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. The 10-member team sent to Wuhan by the World Health Organization was… Read

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Hong Kong national security police make 11 new arrests

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Hong Kong's national security police arrested 11 people in dawn raids on Thursday, including a veteran human rights lawyer, on suspicion of helping a group of activists make a failed bid to flee the city by speedboat. "Eleven people were arrested by the national security department for 'conspiracy to assist… Read

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Australian state considers remote mining camps for coronavirus quarantine

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An Australian state premier said on Thursday she was considering the use of remote mining camps to quarantine international arrivals, aiming to break a cycle of coronavirus outbreaks around the country at city hotels used for isolation. Queensland's state capital of Brisbane emerged earlier this week from a snap three-day… Read

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Twitter chief says Trump ban admits 'dangerous' precedent

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Twitter chief Jack Dorsey backed the messaging platform's ban of U.S. President Donald Trump, but said Wednesday it sets a "dangerous" precedent and represents a failure to promote healthy conversation on the social network. "Having to ban an account has real and significant ramifications," Dorsey said in a string of… Read

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House impeaches Trump after U.S. Capitol siege; his fate in Senate hands

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday made Donald Trump the first U.S. president ever to be impeached twice, formally charging him with inciting an insurrection just a week after a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol. The vote in the Democratic-controlled House was 232-197 following a deadly assault… Read

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U.S. carries out its 1st execution of female inmate since 1953

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A Kansas woman was executed Wednesday for strangling an expectant mother in Missouri and cutting the baby from her womb, the first time in nearly seven decades that the U.S. government has put to death a female inmate. Lisa Montgomery, 52, was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. after receiving a… Read

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