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Fauci: 'Need to assume' UK variant is more deadly

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said on Sunday that the United States is closely watching the more infectious UK variant of COVID-19 after British officials warned that it may also be more deadly, and he maintained that vaccination is the "best protection against this evolution."

Israel includes teens in vaccination drive

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Israel expanded its COVID-19 vaccination drive on Sunday to include 16- to 18-year-olds in what the government described as an effort to enable their attendance at school exams. Emer McCarthy reports.

Dutch police arrest "most wanted" drug kingpin

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Dutch police say they have arrested one of the world's most wanted fugitives, the alleged leader of an Asian drug syndicate who has been compared to Mexico's "El Chapo". Lucy Fielder reports.

US police car charges crowd watching street race

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A police vehicle in Tacoma, Washington state plowed through a crowd on Saturday (January 23) after responding to street racers in the city, according to video obtained by Reuters.

New Zealand probes likely local COVID-19 case

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New Zealand health officials said on Sunday they were investigating what they said was probably the country's first community coronavirus case in months, in a woman who recently returned from overseas. Bryan Wood reports.

Russia detains thousands of Navalny supporters

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Thousands of people were detained across Russia on Saturday (January 23), as protests swept the nation to demand the release of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Jayson Albano reports.

Cuomo on COVID fatigue, 'This is a fight.'

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Fewer than half of the nearly 38 million vaccine doses shipped to date by the federal government have actually made it into the arms of Americans, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Thursday.

U.S. to reverse 'draconian' immigration policies

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The United States plans to reverse the Trump administration's "draconian" immigration approach while working on policies addressing the causes of migration, President Joe Biden told his Mexican counterpart, the White House said on Saturday. Colette Luke has more.

TV host Larry King dies at age 87

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Larry King, who quizzed thousands of world leaders, politicians and entertainers for CNN and other news outlets in a career spanning more than six decades, has died aged 87, his media company said in a statement on Saturday. Colette Luke has more.

More than 150 National Guard in D.C. COVID-19 positive

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Between 150 and 200 National Guard deployed to Washington, D.C., to provide security for the inauguration have tested positive for the coronavirus, a U.S. official said on Friday. This report produced by Jonah Green.

Cyclone Eloise hits central Mozambique

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Cyclone Eloise made landfall in central Mozambique on Saturday morning (January 23), hitting an area already submerged by floodwaters and still recovering from Cyclone Idai less than two years ago.

Portugal to vote for president as infections rise

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Portuguese voters - largely confined to their homes due to a strict COVID-19 lockdown - will pick a new president on Sunday (January 24), but some fear going to the polls could worsen a surge in coronavirus cases. Edward Baran reports.

Biden seeks to speed delivery of COVID aid

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White House national economic council director Brian Deese told reporters Friday, “Now’s not the time to wait and see, now’s the time to act,” ahead of President Biden’s signing of two executive orders to speed the delivery of coronavirus stimulus checks and food aid. This report produced by Emma Jehle.

Biden orders assessment of U.S. domestic terrorism risk

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U.S. President Joe Biden has tasked his administration with completing a full assessment of the risk of domestic terrorism in the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, the White House said on Friday. Colette Luke has more.

Shortage of oxygen exacerbates crisis in Mexico

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A shortage of oxygen tanks combined with runaway prices for the life-saving gas are compounding the COVID-19 crisis in Mexico City. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

First lady thanks National Guard troops with cookies

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First Lady Jill Biden offered thanks on Friday in the form of cookies homemade at the White House to National Guard members who helped secure the U.S. Capitol during the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

Yellen nears history again after Senate panel vote

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The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved Janet Yellen's nomination as the first woman Treasury secretary, indicating that she will easily win full Senate approval, but Republicans called for her to work with them in developing economic policies. Conway G. Gittens reports.

Senate confirms Austin as defense secretary

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The U.S. Senate on Friday voted overwhelmingly to confirm retired Army General Lloyd Austin as President Joe Biden's defense secretary, making him the first Black American to serve in the role. Colette Luke has more.

New variant may carry higher risk of death -UK's Johnson

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday the new English variant of COVID-19 may be associated with a higher level of mortality although he said evidence showed that both vaccines being used in the country are effective against it.

Legendary slugger Hank Aaron dies at age 86

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[NFA] Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, the quiet, unassuming slugger who broke Babe Ruth's supposedly unbreakable record for most home runs in a career and battled racism in the process, died on Friday at 86 years-old. Freddie Joyner has more.

Chinese film marks one year since Wuhan lockdown

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China premiered a patriotic documentary to mark the one-year anniversary of Wuhan's lockdown, part of a broader effort by authorities to cast the government's early response in a positive light.

'Utterly unacceptable': National Guard sent to garage

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U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell responded Friday to the discovery that hundreds of National Guard members were sent to rest in a parking garage Thursday afternoon. The Guard members later returned to the Capitol.

Alphabet shuts internet balloon company

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Alphabet is shutting down Loon after concluding the business, which offers balloons as an alternative to cell towers, is not commercially viable, Google’s parent company said on Thursday. Fred Katayama reports.

Athletics head keeps 'cast-iron' Olympic hope

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The head of World Athletics Sebastian Coe explains to Reuters the two key reasons why he believes the Tokyo Olympics will happen this year. Adam Reed reports.

Volkswagen's profit halves, deliveries recovering

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Volkswagen reported a nearly 50% drop in its 2020 adjusted operating profit on Friday, but said car deliveries had recovered strongly in the fourth quarter, lifting its shares. Ciara Lee reports

Dog waits for owner outside Turkish hospital

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A faithful dog waited for her owner outside a hospital in Turkey for almost a week until he was released after undergoing treatment for a brain condition.

Euro zone activity shrank in Jan, services hit

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Economic activity in the euro zone shrank markedly in January as lockdown restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic hit the bloc's dominant service industry hard, a survey showed. Ciara Lee reports

Pfizer to join WHO co-led vaccine scheme: sources

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Pfizer and BioNTech have agreed to supply their COVID-19 vaccine to the World Health Organization co-led COVAX vaccine access scheme, two sources familiar with the deal said, the latest in a series of shots to be included in the project aimed at lower-income countries. Gloria Tso reports.

Parler loses bid to be restored on Amazon

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A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected Parler's demand that Amazon restore web hosting services for the social media platform, which Amazon had cut off following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. Gloria Tso reports.

Ford to recall 3 million vehicles

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Ford said on Thursday it will recall 3 million vehicles for air bag inflators that could rupture, at a cost of $610 million. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.

Parler loses bid calling on Amazon to restore it

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A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected Parler's demand that Amazon restore web hosting services for the social media platform, which Amazon had cut off following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. Gloria Tso reports.

Fox News asks why Biden wasn't wearing mask 'at all times'

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Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday why the Biden family wasn't "wearing masks at all times" during an Inauguration Day photo shoot at the Lincoln Memorial.

S&P 500, Nasdaq log record closing highs

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The S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at record highs on Thursday, propelled by optimism about more pandemic relief under the Biden administration to support the economy after data showed a tepid labor market recovery. Conway G. Gittens reports.

Revenues at Trump properties sink during pandemic

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Some of former President Donald Trump's most high-profile hospitality properties took a large revenue hit last year as COVID-19 lockdowns hurt business, according to a financial disclosure filed on his final day in office. Conway G. Gittens reports.

Biden vows to get vaccine 'out the door' ASAP

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Signing executive orders to tackle the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, U.S. President Joe Biden said the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus will probably top 500,000 next month but vowed once again to move "heaven and earth" to get the "vaccine out the door as soon as possible" and inoculate 100 million Americans in 100 days.

Two Belgian friends take on 'social distancing' patrol

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Two Belgian men left unemployed by the coronavirus pandemic have reinvented themselves as the "COVID boys", disinfecting public surfaces and patrolling Brussels to encourage social distancing and mask wearing.

Biden inherits a struggling labor market

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The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits decreased modestly last week as the COVID-19 pandemic tears through the nation, raising the risk that the economy shed jobs for a second straight month in January. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.