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European Union chiefs to sign Brexit trade deal Wednesday

On December 24, the United Kingdom and the European Union have struck a provisional free-trade agreement that should avert New Year's chaos for cross-border commerce and bring a measure of certainty t...

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United Kingdom and the EU Sign Historic Brexit Agreement

United Kingdom and the EU Sign Historic Brexit Agreement

Both sides said the occasion was a chance to begin a new chapter in a relationship forged as Europe rebuilt from World War Two, but which has often seen Britain as a reluctant participant in ever-ti...

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Iran to 'urgently resume' gas shipments to Iraq following weeks of cutbacks

Iran to 'urgently resume' gas shipments to Iraq following weeks of cutbacks

Iraqi authorities had paid back an "appreciable portion" of the debt, Ardakanian told state news agency IRNA. Iraq's daily energy consumption during peak winter hours reaches around 19,000 megawatts w...

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China's Sinopharm seeks Covid vaccine approval at 79% effectiveness

Health experts warn that the differing results could undermine confidence in these vaccines. Its reported effectiveness rate is behind Pfizer Inc.'s vaccine at 95 per cent and Moderna Inc.'s at 94 p...

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Hundreds evacuated, up to 20 missing after Norway landslide

Hundreds evacuated, up to 20 missing after Norway landslide

The landslide took out a road through the village, leaving a deep ravine. Police, emergency services, the military and the Red Cross are assisting the rescue effort. "We will help in the search for mi...

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China reports 27 new COVID cases versus 21 a day earlier

China reports 27 new COVID cases versus 21 a day earlier

The Government and the Communist Party of China urged the population to remain in their places of residence, reduce unnecessary movements and avoid crowds during the holidays this period and the Spr...

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Argentina Senate approves abortion bill

Argentina Senate approves abortion bill

Senators voted in favour of the bill after a marathon session with 38 in favour, 29 against and one abstention. A change in the law was narrowly defeated in a Senate vote in 2018 after being approve...

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Fauci: Worst Yet to Come as COVID-19 Surges

Fauci: Worst Yet to Come as COVID-19 Surges

Herd immunity is a concept used in discussions about vaccination , and signifies the threshold needed for a population as a whole to be protected from a virus. Overall, the USA has reported the mo...

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Luke Letlow, Congressman-elect From Louisiana, Dies From COVID-19

Luke Letlow, Congressman-elect From Louisiana, Dies From COVID-19

Days later, Letlow posted that he was undergoing treatment at St. Francis Hospital in Monroe before a statement from his office on December 23 said he had been transferred to Ochsner LSU Heath Shrev...

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US Department of Justice declines to charge officers in Tamir Rice case

US Department of Justice declines to charge officers in Tamir Rice case

In a move that has already sparked controversy, the Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that they closed their investigation into the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by Cleveland police ....

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Concern rises as Sydney COVID-19 outbreak spreads beyond initial cluster

Concern rises as Sydney COVID-19 outbreak spreads beyond initial cluster

Sydneysiders are mostly banned from watching the city's famous New Year's Eve fireworks from the harbour on Thursday, with the foreshore fenced off. Nine are linked to the Avalon cluster but another...

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McConnell blocks initial Senate vote to approve $2,000 stimulus checks

McConnell blocks initial Senate vote to approve $2,000 stimulus checks

After a delay, however, Trump signed the $2.3 trillion spending bill, which included only $600 payments to Americans, into law Sunday night. But since President Trump seemed to be adamant in oppo...

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Former Spy Pollard Arrives in Israel, Reports Say

Former Spy Pollard Arrives in Israel, Reports Say

Pollard and his wife, Esther, flew to Israel on a private jet owned by Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino magnate and supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu . Pollard as a U.S. N...

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Blast rips through Yemen’s Aden airport as new cabinet members land

Blast rips through Yemen’s Aden airport as new cabinet members land

Smoke billows at the Aden Airport on 30 December 2020, after explosions rocked the Yemeni airport shortly after the arrival of a plane carrying members of a new unity government. The government of S...

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Turkey vows to retaliate against attack by Libya's Haftar forces

Turkey vows to retaliate against attack by Libya's Haftar forces

The delegation included senior officials from the general intelligence, foreign ministry and Egyptian committee tasked with following up on Libyan affairs. Besides Egypt, Haftar is also backed by Russ...

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Covid-19: Belarus, Argentina start vaccination with Sputnik V

Covid-19: Belarus, Argentina start vaccination with Sputnik V

Argentina on Tuesday launched a Covid-19 vaccination campaign with the controversial Sputnik V shots developed by Russian Federation, the government said. Argentina approved the shots two days later. ...

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Covid 19 coronavirus: NSW records 18 new cases, Sydney clusters spike

Presenting the major national and global news stories of today; sports, currency exchange rates and the weather forecast for tomorrow. Due to the Northern Beaches coronavirus cluster, the area will be...

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Magnitude 5.0 quake hits Croatia, damages some buildings

Magnitude 5.0 quake hits Croatia, damages some buildings

The quake was felt throughout the country on Tuesday , as well as in neighbouring Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and as far away as Graz in southern Austria. In Petrinja, cries could be heard from un...

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Colorado officials identify first case of COVID-19 variant seen in UK

Colorado officials identify first case of COVID-19 variant seen in UK

The European Union will buy an extra 100 million doses of Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine, bringing the total from the two firms to 300 million doses, European Commission President Ursula von d...

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United States condemns ‘sham’ conviction of Chinese citizen journalist

United States condemns ‘sham’ conviction of Chinese citizen journalist

Police attempt to stop journalists from recording footage outside the Shanghai Pudong New District People's Court, where the trial for Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan was held, December ...

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Covid-19: Army to support coronavirus testing in England secondary schools

Covid-19: Army to support coronavirus testing in England secondary schools

Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, the joint general secretaries of the National Education Union (NEU), have also written to Mr Williamson, along with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, reiterating calls for...

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Hong Kongers charged in China plead guilty, relatives told

Hong Kongers charged in China plead guilty, relatives told

Chung is the first public political figure prosecuted under the new security law, which Beijing described as a "sword" to return order and stability to Hong Kong after seven months of often violent ...

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Breonna Taylor Ceramic Statue Vandalized In Oakland, CA

Breonna Taylor Ceramic Statue Vandalized In Oakland, CA

The sculptor, Leo Carson , told reporters he believes this was not a random act and that he hopes to restore the bust and recast it in bronze. He wrote that the 'best way to prevent further damage ...

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Trump, Michelle Obama top Gallup's 2020 most admired lists

Trump, Michelle Obama top Gallup's 2020 most admired lists

No other figure got more than 2 percent of the Republican vote this year. Democrats, meanwhile, split their vote between Obama and other popular figures of 2020 including President-elect Joe Biden ...

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Kentucky man makes use of flamethrower to clear snow from his driveaway

Kentucky man makes use of flamethrower to clear snow from his driveaway

Timothy Browning dressed as Cousin Eddie from the iconic movie "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" as he used the incendiary device to torch piles of powder outside the residence, according t...

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Kamala Harris vaccinated on camera, urges public to trust process

Kamala Harris vaccinated on camera, urges public to trust process

Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on January 20, has said he will make the fight against the coronavirus , which has infected more than 19 million Americans and killed over 334,0...

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'Bumpy' period expected as United Kingdom adjusts to new European Union rules

'Bumpy' period expected as United Kingdom adjusts to new European Union rules

Admiral said proceeds from the sale, net of minority interests and transaction costs, will be around £450m and that it intends to return a majority of this to shareholders "in light of the strong sol...

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Japan bans foreign entry after new covid-19 variant cases detected

Japan bans foreign entry after new covid-19 variant cases detected

Aichi Prefecture, meanwhile, reported 122 new cases of the virus to bring its caseload to 15,804, while Saitama Prefecture saw 184 new infections to total 13,421. Suga said the new entry restrictions ...

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Boeing's 737 MAX Returns to US Skies

Boeing's 737 MAX Returns to US Skies

The plane was due to land in NY around 1730 GMT, the airline told AFP in an email Tuesday, from where the return flight back to Miami , with almost all the 172 seats sold, is scheduled to depart at 1...

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Bangladesh ‘set to move’ new group of Rohingya to remote island

Bangladesh ‘set to move’ new group of Rohingya to remote island

The rights groups have expressed concerns over the new site's vulnerability to storms. As a Bangladeshi naval ship anchored off a remote Bay of Bengal island, some of the Rohingya Muslim refugees ab...

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Many injured as natural disaster topples buildings in Croatia

Many injured as natural disaster topples buildings in Croatia

An natural disaster with a magnitude of 6.3 was recorded on Tuesday in Croatia according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre. Map locating an natural disaster which struck Croatia...

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Gohmert Sues Pence in Last-Ditch Attempt to Overturn Election Results

Gohmert Sues Pence in Last-Ditch Attempt to Overturn Election Results

The last-ditch legal effort, filed on Sunday, came from Representative Louie Gohmert , an eight-term congressman from Texas, along with 11 Arizona residents who had been nominated by that state's ...

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Biden accuses U.S. defence department of obstruction on transition

Biden accuses U.S. defence department of obstruction on transition

But Biden said his team while securing cooperation from some federal agencies had "encountered obstruction from the political leadership" at the Pentagon . The president-elect spoke about the challen...

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World Health Organization calls for variant hunt; United Kingdom sees 40k

World Health Organization calls for variant hunt; United Kingdom sees 40k

Head of the World Health Organization emergencies program, Dr Mark Ryan, said; "the likely scenario is the virus will become another endemic virus that will remain somewhat of a threat, but a very l...

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Officer who shot, killed Andre Hill fired from police department

Officer who shot, killed Andre Hill fired from police department

Columbus Safety Director Ned Pettus Jr. concluded a hearing to determine whether the actions taken by Officer Adam Coy in the moments before and after the fatal shooting of Andre Hill on Tuesday wer...

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