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Live updates: Several new vaccine developments raise hopes even as virus variants proliferate

New vaccines are hitting the market while drug makers are retooling the existing ones to combat the emerging, more virulent strains of the virus.

Blinken chooses Canada and Mexico for first ‘virtual trip’ abroad

The secretary of state will hold meetings with America’s key neighbors amid new challenges on immigration and energy.

India and Pakistan announce cease-fire for first time in nearly 20 years

The two countries regularly exchange artillery fire in the disputed region of Kashmir.

Tokyo Olympics chiefs say no cheering or shouting at torch relay

Spectators are told to curb their enthusiasm — and ideally, watch online — as the flame passes through Japan. Clapping is encouraged, though.

The good news about the global vaccine supply

With new developments for Covax and favorable signs from national rollouts, the global vaccine supply debate may be moving in a positive direction.

Moderna says new version of vaccine is tailored to quell infection by South Africa variant

It is the third-straight week that global deaths have fallen. The number of new cases is also down by 11 percent from the week before.

Biden squeezed on immigration policy, bracing for border crisis

Facing criticism from liberals and conservatives, Biden attempts to once again welcome immigrants and refugees as health and economic crises engulf the country.

First vaccine doses distributed by Covax land in West African nation of Ghana

Ghana was chosen after submitting a detailed proposal on how the shots would be distributed.

German court convicts Syrian ex-intelligence officer in historic torture trial

A court in Koblenz on Wednesday sentenced the former officer to four-and-a-half years in prison.

Israel doles out small batches of vaccine as diplomatic perks

Among the recipients of the “symbolic” donations were doctors and nurses in the West Bank.

Chinese court orders man to pay ex-wife $7,700 for her housework during marriage

A divorce court in China ordered the man to $7,700 for five years of work, sparking debate in China about the undervaluing of housework.

In a forgotten attic, a Moldovan photographer found 4,000 images of vanished village life

Victor Galușca, a Moldovan filmmaker and photographer, happened upon what he called a “treasure:” some 4,000 negatives documenting village life in the former Soviet republic from the 1950s through the 1970s by an unheralded Moldovan photographer.
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Myanmar’s coup is awkward for China

China may have a history of backing the junta, but it may not be that happy about the present state of affairs.

Congress holds moment of silence for 500,000 lives lost to coronavirus

More than 28 million cases have been reported and the Washington Post data shows nearly 500,000 deaths, but numbers of new fatalities and infections have been declining for weeks.

Trudeau conveys relief in meeting with Biden, but sticking points remain

Canada’s Justin Trudeau, who had a rough relationship with Trump, tells Biden in a virtual meeting, ‘U.S. leadership has been sorely missed over the past years.’ But several irritants still divide the longtime allies.

U.S. arrests wife of ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán on international drug-trafficking charge at Dulles Airport

Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, mother of young twins, emerged as a subject of fascination during the Sinaloa Cartel kingpin’s 2019 trial.

Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Saudi minister and symbol of ‘the new age of oil,’ dies at 90

He led the kingdom through the 1973 oil crisis and the nationalization of its state energy company.
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Global vaccine inequality runs deep. Some countries say intellectual property rights are part of the problem.

During the AIDS epidemic, countries in the World Trade Organization agreed to put aside differences and issue waivers to increase access to life-saving antivirals. But many people died before they did.

Lebanese lawmakers violate coronavirus vaccine rollout plan

The head of the country’s vaccine committee and the World Bank said the vaccination of lawmakers on Tuesday was in breach of the World Bank-supported national plan.

A Spanish rapper was arrested for tweets praising terrorists and mocking royals. Then the protests began.

Since Pablo Hasél's arrest a week ago, there have been protests every night in major Spanish cities.
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Watchdog says Libya fails to hold war criminals accountable

A leading rights group accuses Libyan authorities of failing to bring to justice those responsible for committing war crimes
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For Israel’s allies, road to vaccines runs through Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has acknowledged sharing coronavirus vaccines with a number of friendly countries that have given favors to Israel in the past
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Pakistani, Indian militaries agree to stop firing in Kashmir

Rival neighbors Pakistan and India have pledged to stop firing weapons across the border in disputed Kashmir, promising to adhere to a 2003 accord that has been largely ignored
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Secretive Israeli nuclear facility undergoes major project

A secretive Israeli nuclear facility at the center of the nation’s undeclared atomic weapons program is undergoing what appears to be its biggest construction project in decades
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New US envoy to UN gets red carpet welcome from Russia

Linda Thomas-Greenfield is taking up her post as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
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