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Moscow key workers register for jabs of Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine

By Maria Vasilyeva and Alexander Marrow
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Muscovites from high-risk groups such as healthcare workers started registering for a Russian COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, two days after President Vladimir Putin called for large-scale vaccinations.
Sputnik V, one of two Russian-made vacc...

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Microsoft aims to help businesses get handle on data with new tool

By Stephen Nellis
(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp announced a new cloud-based tool on Thursday that will help enterprise customers understand where data is distributed across their operations and whether they are complying with data protection regulations.
Once known for its Windows operating system a...

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5000-year-old whale skeleton unearthed in Thailand

A 5000 year old whale skeleton
Courtesy of the Natural Resources Department
is being excavated in Thailand
Location: Samut Sakhon
(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) GEOLOGIST FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF FOSSIL PROTECTION OF MINERAL RESOURCES, PANNIPA SAETIEN, SAYS: "This whale skeleton is currently considered the onl...

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When the Arecibo telescope collapsed, the world lost a powerful asteroid tracker and alien seeker

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico before its collapse. NAIC Arecibo Observatory / NSF
The Arecibo telescope collapsed on Tuesday: the 900-ton suspension platform crashed into the main shell.
In his 57 years of radio astronomy, Arecibo tracked potentially dangerous asteroids, discovered the f...

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Anthony Davis agrees to 5-year deal to return to Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anthony Davis signed a five-year contract worth up to $ 190 million to return to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.
A day after LeBron James agreed to a two-year contract extension of $ 85 million with the Lakers through 2022-23, Davis signed up with the Lakers through 2024-25...

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Trump’s top Justice Department liaison banned for reportedly seeking out alleged voter fraud evidence

President Donald Trump has the diplomacy of the Casa Blanca and the Acción de Gracias on November 26, 2020 in Washington, DC ((Getty Images)).
A top Justice Department ally was ordered to vacate the building and banned from its facilities after a new report tried to pressurize officials to provid...

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Japan's Suga defends boost for domestic tourism amid COVID-19

From Kiyoshi Takenaka and Ju-min Park
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday defended a travel subsidy campaign that has sparked a third wave of coronavirus cases according to some medical groups and experts, and said he would finalize the size of a stimulus package ne...

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Pfizer will only distribute half of promised Covid vaccines, reports say

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The worldwide rollout of the first Covid-19 vaccine was cut in half as unexpected delays affected production and sales
Pfizer and its partner BioNTech announce that they will ship 50 million doses by the end of 2020, after the UK originally became the first western country ...

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No. 4 Clemson looks for clincher at struggling Virginia Tech

Clemson is one win away from a sixth straight trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, and the No. 4 Tigers appear to be facing Virginia Tech at the right time.
The Hokies (4-5, 4-4) have lost three times in a row as their running game, which was once among the best in the country...

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Asia Has Beaten Back Each Wave of COVID-19. But This Surge Could Be Different

New restrictions with increasing Covid-19 infections
A couple wearing protective masks take a selfie at an observation deck on Victoria Peak on December 2, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Photo credit - Anthony Kwan / Getty Images
Dooseong Kang wants to be clear: He's not complaining about the new COVI...

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A QAnon harassment campaign led to a noose being left at the home of a young Dominion contractor, according to a Georgia official

A car with a flag supporting the QAnon passes as President Donald Trump supporters rally outside the governor's house on November 14, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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A QAnon harassment campaign based on a conspiracy theory led by President Trump resulted in death threats and a noose on the door...

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Georgia investigating man's possible steps to vote illegally

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Election officials are investigating the actions of a Florida attorney who they say tried to register for a Georgia runoff that will rule over control of the U.S. Senate. It is said that he was also caught on a video asking other Floridians to do the same.
Moving to Georgia j...

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He Wasn't Always a Sailor Man. Here's the Surprisingly Complicated Military Career of Popeye

Everyone who grew up on the television series Popeye sees him as a navy sailor. But here he didn't start in E.C. in 1929. Segar's original comic strip, and he made some surprising detours before joining the U.S. Navy.
It is the 40th anniversary of director Robert Altman's musical film "Popeye" wi...

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Erdogan says he hopes France will get rid of Macron 'burden' soon

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that he hoped France would get rid of President Emmanuel Macron soon, describing him as a burden on France going through dangerous times.
Relations between Turkey and France, both NATO members, have been particularly strained in rece...

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Pianist stages a musical protest in the woods

The protest against the extension of the A49 motorway, which will cut through the Dannenroeder forest, has been going on for more than a year and the felling of trees began on October 1st.
Dozens of police officers have been dispatched to the Dannenroeder forest north of Frankfurt to protect the ...

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Trump Announced a Major Vaccine Summit but Forgot to Tell Key Figures

Photo illustration by Sarah Rogers / The Daily Beast / Photos via Getty
When the White House announced on Tuesday that President Donald Trump would hold a summit to highlight progress at a COVID-19 vaccine summit, it was news to many of the stakeholders involved in the vaccine production process....

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Worlds align this winter solstice: Look for Jupiter, Saturn in skies this December

This year's winter solstice brings a rare sight to our night sky - just in time for the holidays.
For Earth observers, Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer together on December 21st than since the Middle Ages. If you can peer into the southwestern horizon at the right time, the two gas giants lo...

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Daughter of jailed CITGO exec on dad’s conviction: If Trump can help, now’s the time

Six American oil managers were reportedly held hostage in Venezuela for three years on corruption charges. The daughter of one of the imprisoned CITGO 6 members, Cristina Vadell, speaks out.

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Serge Ibaka surprised but comfortable with his move to Clippers

The Toronto Raptors Center Serge Ibaka will shoot Brad Wanamaker, the Boston Celtics security guard (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press) in the first half on September 9 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Serge Ibaka never intended his 12th NBA season to begin by sitting in front of a Clippers banner at t...

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Alyssa Farah: White House communications director resigns in first apparent nod to Trump’s defeat

(REUTERS)
White House communications director Alyssa Farah resigned Thursday. This was the first apparent recognition of the president's loss by his senior officers since the election.
In her resignation letter, Ms. Farah, referring to the past tense government, wrote that she "is deeply proud of...

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Biden calls on Trump to attend inauguration: ‘It is important in only one sense’

Joe Biden is due to be sworn in on January 20th
(AFP via Getty Images)
President-elect Joe Biden is confident that Donald Trump will attend his inauguration next month to demonstrate a peaceful transfer of power, adding that his predecessor's presence would have "no personal consequence" to him.
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Ex-Hong Kong lawmaker goes into exile, plans to travel to UK

COPENHAGEN (AP) - A pro-democracy activist and former Hong Kong lawmaker visiting Denmark said Thursday he was going into exile and would soon be moving to the UK.
"I hereby announce that I will go into exile and withdraw my membership of the Hong Kong Democratic Party in order to leave Hong Kong...

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Trump praised QAnon followers in a White House meeting, calling them people who 'believe in good government,' report says

A person wears a QAnon sweatshirt during a pro-Trump rally on October 3, 2020 in Staten Island, New York City. Stephanie Keith / Getty Images
President Donald Trump praised the Washington Post's far-right QAnon conspiracy theory in a White House meeting with aide and Senator Mitch McConnell.
The ...

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China's Chang'e-5 mission leaves Moon's surface

On the way back into lunar orbit with the valuable samples
China has carried out the next stage of its Chang'e-5 lunar mission and blasted into orbit samples collected on the lunar surface.
Punctually at 3:10 pm GMT, an ascent vehicle lit its engine to get to a service module that brings the rock...

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Criticism of UK's vaccine approval is because other regulators are playing catch-up, Jonathan Van Tam says

Jonathan Van Tam
Claims that Britain moved too quickly to approve the coronavirus vaccine are an attempt by other regulators to deviate from their own shortcomings, England's deputy chief medical officer said.
After America's top medical advisor, along with the European Medicines Agency, challeng...

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Fishing holds key to Brexit trade deal as talks drag on

BRUSSELS (AP) - As the Brexit talks move into their crucial final days, there is still one major catch: the fishing industry. It is halting the trade agreement between the European Union and the country that recently left the UK, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of euros...

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Justice Department probing potential bribery, lobbying scheme for pardon

The Justice Department is investigating whether there was a secret scheme to enlist White House officials for a pardon, as well as a related conspiracy to make a hefty political contribution in exchange for pardon, according to a court document unsealed Tuesday.
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No. 11 Georgia faces winless Vandy, Fuller in home finale

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Seniors Day is full of uncertainty for Georgia # 11 as it prepares for the final 2020 home game. On the other hand, the big question for the winless Vanderbilt: will Sarah Fuller get a chance? make some points?
Saturday might or might not be the goodbye for recipient Demetris R...

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Ethiopia says war ending, with most Tigray leaders dead or caught

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia said it had captured or killed most commanders of a rebellious northern force while Tigray's volatile local leader countered on Friday that civilians protested against looting by occupation soldiers.
Neither side provided evidence to support their claims about the...

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Steelers, Chiefs, Saints closing in on playoff spots

The undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers and defending champions Kansas City Chiefs are approaching their respective divisions in Week 13.
The Steelers, who are 11-0, can wrap up AFC North with a win against Washington on Monday night and a loss for the Browns to Tennessee on Sunday. The Steelers can s...

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