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Live updates: Biden administration to deliver 25 million free cloth masks to low-income Americans; worldwide coronavirus deaths decline

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.

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.

Georgian opposition leader arrested, deepening the political crisis in the South Caucasus country

Nika Melia was dragged from his party headquarters early Tuesday, less than a week after Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia suddenly resigned over the plans to arrest him.

China uses patriotism test to sweep aside last outlet for Hong Kong democracy

Local-level officials face disqualification as Beijing reshapes the electoral system and requires candidates to swear allegiance to the Communist Party.

Biden-Trudeau meeting: Canadians glad to get beyond Trump, but new administration brings new friction

Relations between the leaders are likely to be more harmonious, but they differ on pipeline projects, Biden's "Buy American" policies and, possibly, vaccine cooperation.

What comes after ‘maximum pressure’ on Iran

There’s no clear timeline, but a pathway toward a diplomatic entente has now opened.

As covid-19 death toll nears 500,000, Biden urges Americans to ‘fight this together’

The U.K. lockdown exit strategy will begin March 8 with the reopening of schools, the resumption of care home visits and fewer socializing rules.

First real-world coronavirus vaccine data in Britain show decline in infections, hospitalizations after first dose

Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined next steps in lifting the country’s third national lockdown, an “exit road map” intended to be “cautious but also irreversible.”
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Lawyer: French tourist detained in Iran on security charges

The lawyer of a French detainee in Iran says his client has been detained for nine months, the latest in a series of detentions of foreigners in the country at a time of heightened tensions between Iran and the West
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UN: Yemen faces world’s worst famine and needs $3.85 billion

The U.N. humanitarian chief is warning that Yemen “is falling off a cliff” and will face the worst famine the world has seen for decades unless donors contribute generously to this year’s $3.85 billion U.N. humanitarian appeal
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Sanctions prompt Venezuela to expel head of EU delegation

Venezuela’s government has ordered the expulsion of the head of the European Union delegation in the South American nation following the bloc’s decision to impose sanctions on several Venezuelan officials accused of undermining democracy or violating human rights
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Australian bid put on IOC fast track to host 2032 Olympics

The Australian state of Queensland is now strongly favored to host the 2032 Olympics
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Brazil’s Bolsonaro visits Amazon jungle state hit by floods

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is visiting the northern state of Acre, in the Amazon rainforest, where several cities have been hit by floods
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