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 2021-06-16 22:33 

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Survey: 1 in 3 US Election Workers Feels Unsafe...

Long after a contentious U.S....

 2021-06-16 22:22 

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Putin: Jailed Opposition Leader Navalny Got What He Deserved...

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny got what he deserved when he was sentenced to prison. Putin, speaking at a news conference in Geneva after his summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, said, without...

 2021-06-16 22:16 

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US Central Bank Signals Sooner-than-expected Interest Rate Increase...

The U.S. Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday a sooner-than-expected increase in interest rates as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to recede and inflation continues to rise. In a statement, the Fed said it would likely raise the short-term interest rate twi...

 2021-06-16 22:03 

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Biden Strikes Realistic Tone After Meeting With Putin...

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have ended their summit in Geneva, with Biden describing it as "good" and "positive." But he further described the summit in a realistic tone, saying the next several months w...

 2021-06-16 21:39 

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US Expands Migration Eligibility for Some Central American Minors...

The State Department and Department of Homeland Security announced this week that they are expanding eligibility for legal migration to the U.S. for some minors from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.The Central American Minors (CAM) program allows immi...

 2021-06-16 21:03 

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Rocky Mountain Forest Fires More Frequent Than Ever, Study Finds...

The current rate of forest fires burning through the Rocky Mountains in the United States is the highest it's been in the past 2,000 years, a recent study found.Studying burn scars on tree rings and charcoal in lake sediments, researchers found that t...

 2021-06-16 20:37 

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Germany Pulls Military Unit From Lithuania Amid Racism, Harassment Allegations...

Germany on Wednesday withdrew a platoon of its forces from Lithuania amid charges of serious misconduct.Allegations include sexual harassment, racially charged comments and "extremist" behavior....

 2021-06-16 20:30 

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US Ends Strict Trump-Era Asylum Rules for Violence Victims...

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 2021-06-16 18:47 

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NASA, ESA Astronauts Take Space Walk to Install Solar Panels on ISS...

Astronauts from both the U.S....

 2021-06-16 18:06 

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US Buys Another 200 Million Moderna COVID Vaccines...

The U.S.-based biotech firm Moderna said Wednesday the U.S. government has purchased another 200 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the total number of Moderna doses it has committed to 500 million. In a release Wednesday, the Massachusetts-b...

 2021-06-16 18:06 

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Did Soccer Superstar Ronaldo's Coca-Cola Snub Cost Company $4 Billion?...

Did a small gesture by soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo really cause Coca-Cola to lose $4 billion?It's hard to say. In a Monday press conference ahead of Portugal's Tuesday match with Hungary in the Euro 2020 tournament, the Portuguese striker s...

 2021-06-16 18:03 

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Spain's Leaders to Pardon Catalan Separatists, Despite Protests...

"There is no king in Catalonia!" cried the protesters as they burned pictures of King Felipe VI. As the monarch visited Barcelona Wednesday, the strength of feeling was apparent among separatists who want to rid the turbulent region of any trace o...

 2021-06-16 17:38 

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Putin Characterizes Summit with Biden as 'Constructive'...

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have ended their summit in Geneva, chosen as a location for the talks for its history of political neutrality. In a press conference after the summit, Putin, speaking through an interpreter, ...

 2021-06-16 16:42 

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What Does Success Look Like in Biden-Putin Summit?...

As U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in their highly anticipated summit Wednesday in Geneva, what does success look like for a meeting that both sides have downplayed from the start? Both sides have highlighted opport...

 2021-06-16 16:28 

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Syrian Refugees in Somalia Enrich Culture, Contribute to Economy...

Since the war in Syria broke out a decade ago, refugees have fled to countries in the Middle East and Europe as well as to countries in Africa that face instability, like Somalia. But now Somali officials say Syrian refugees are enriching the host nation ...

 2021-06-16 16:16 

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Zimbabwe Court Grants Bail to New York Freelancer After 3 Weeks in Prison...

Zimbabwean prison authorities released New York Times freelancer Jeffrey Moyo on Wednesday, one day after the High Court in Bulawayo granted him bail.Police arrested the 37-year-old in May, alleging he helped two of the U.S. newspaper's journalists il...

 2021-06-16 15:53 

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EU Recommends Member States Lift US Tourism Restrictions...

The European Union (EU) Wednesday announced it is recommending that member nations lift COVID-19 restrictions on tourists from the United States, potentially making it easier for U.S. tourists to travel to Europe.Nonessential travel from the U.S. and othe...

 2021-06-16 14:57 

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Senate Approves Bill to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday...

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make Juneteenth, or June 19th, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.The bill would lead to Juneteenth becoming the 12th federal holiday. It is expected to easily pass the House...

 2021-06-16 14:50 

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Greenpeace Protest Gone Awry Injures 2 at UEFA Soccer Match...

German police say they are investigating a protest by the environmental group Greenpeace at a soccer match in Munich Tuesday that apparently went wrong, injuring at least two people.Before the start of a Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) game...

 2021-06-16 14:42 

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India Reopens Taj Mahal as Pandemic's Second Wave Ebbs...

India's iconic Taj Mahal monument reopened Wednesday as a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic begins to ebb, prompting authorities to ease restrictions. A steep decline in new infections this month has encouraged major cities such as N...

 2021-06-16 14:37 

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ICC Swears in Top Global Defense Lawyer as Prosecutor...

The International Criminal Court has sworn in a top international defense lawyer as its new prosecutor. British lawyer Karim Khan inherits investigations from outgoing prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in unsettled areas, such as the Palestinian territories, Myan...

 2021-06-16 13:23 

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Nearly 25% of Patients in US Experience 'Long COVID' Symptoms, Study Finds...

A new study in the United States reveals that nearly 25% of COVID-19 patients experienced new health problems well after their initial diagnosis.The non-profit group FAIR Health analyzed the health insurance claims of nearly two million people between Feb...

 2021-06-16 13:19 

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New Zealand Researchers Aim to Recycle COVID-19 Masks, Gowns...

Researchers in New Zealand are testing new techniques to find out whether masks and gowns used by health workers as protection against COVID-19 can be decontaminated and safely used again. Researchers want to reduce the "mountain" of personal prot...

 2021-06-16 13:14 

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UN Calls for Better Remittance Services at Lower Cost...

The United Nations is urging reforms that make it easier for migrants to send money back to their home countries, as it observes its annual International Day of Family Remittances. "Migrants have shown their continued commitment to their families and ...

 2021-06-16 12:48 

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Native Americans to Feds: Own Up to America's Indian School History...

In late October 1912, 15-year-old Agnes White, left her home on the St. Regis Mohawk reservation in northern New York to begin five years of vocational training at the Carlisle Industrial Indian School in Pennsylvania. She would never see home again.Recor...

 2021-06-16 12:15 

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Delta COVID-19 Variant Most Worrisome Yet, But Vaccines Still Effective...

The delta variant of the COVID-19 virus is more infectious and more virulent than the alpha variant first identified in the United Kingdom, according to new research. The good news is that vaccines still work against it, though somewhat less well, the stu...

 2021-06-16 11:50 

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Biden, Putin Begin Highly-anticipated Summit in Geneva...

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have begun their highly anticipated summit in Geneva, the Swiss capital chosen as a location for the summit for its history of political neutrality. Both sides have been underscoring opportunit...

 2021-06-16 11:50 

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Biden, Putin Begin Highly-anticipated Summit...

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have begun their highly anticipated summit in Geneva, the Swiss capital chosen as a location for the summit for its history of political neutrality. The leaders thanked each other during the br...

 2021-06-16 09:45 

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CENTCOM Commander Iran's Russian Satellite Interest 'Not Particularly Concerning' to US Security in MidEast...

Iran's reported desire to purchase a Russian advanced satellite system is not "particularly concerning" to U.S. security in the region, according to the commander who oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East. In an interview with V...

 2021-06-16 07:48 

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Israel Carries Out Airstrikes in Gaza...

Israel's military carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in what it said was a response to the launching of incendiary balloons from the Palestinian territory. The strikes targeted sites linked to the militant group Hamas and were th...

 2021-06-16 07:41 

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More Than Two Dozen Chinese Warplanes Enter Taiwan's Airspace...

Taiwan's defense ministry said China flew 28 warplanes within its airspace Tuesday. The formation of several fighter jets and bombers entered the southwestern part of Taiwan's air defense identification zone, the ministry added. Taiwan's air f...

 2021-06-16 07:17 

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N. Korea Hints at 'Prolonged' Covid Lockdown...

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned of "prolonged" anti-coronavirus measures, the latest indication his country's strict lockdown will not end anytime soon. During a meeting of ruling party leaders, Kim discussed the need to maintain a "...

 2021-06-16 06:29 

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China to Launch First Crew to New Permanent Space Station...

China will launch the first crew of its new permanent space station into orbit on Thursday. An official with the China Manned Space Agency announced Wednesday that veteran astronauts Nie Haisheng and Liu Boming and rookie Tang Hongbo will blast off from t...

 2021-06-16 06:15 

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Biden, Putin Set for Geneva Talks...

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to meet Wednesday in Geneva with both sides expressing low expectations for any major agreements. U.S. and Russian officials said there would likely be four to five hours of talks. The ...

 2021-06-16 01:28 

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UN: Deaths From Starvation Reported in Ethiopia's Tigray...

The United Nations humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that the 1984 famine that killed more than 1 million Ethiopians could occur again if aid access to that country's northern Tigray region is not quickly improved, scaled up and properly funded....

 2021-06-16 01:07 

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Saudi Man Accused of Participating in Rebellion Is Executed...

Saudi Arabia executed a young man Tuesday who was convicted on charges stemming from his alleged participation in an anti-government rebellion by minority Shiites. A leading rights group said his trial, however, was...

 2021-06-16 01:06 

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Federal Judge Blocks Biden's Pause on New Oil, Gas Leases...

The Biden administration's suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Louisiana, who ordered plans be resumed for lease sales that were delayed for the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.U.S. Distri...

 2021-06-16 00:53 

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Biden, Putin Brace for Possible Fight Over Ransomware...

As President Joe Biden prepares for his first meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Geneva, the White House says the threat of ransomware will be a...

 2021-06-16 00:44 

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Study: Half of US Cosmetics Contain Toxic Chemicals...

More than half the cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada are awash with a toxic industrial compound associated with serious health conditions, including cancer and reduced birth weight, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of N...

 2021-06-16 00:34 

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Rita Moreno Discusses Finding Self-Worth and Never Giving Up...

Rita Moreno emigrated with her mother from Puerto Rico at age five. By six, she was dancing at Greenwich Village nightclubs. By 16, she was working full time....

 2021-06-16 00:26 

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People Hurt by Parachuting Protester at Euro 2020 Game...

Several spectators were treated in the hospital for injuries caused by a protester who parachuted into the stadium before France played Germany at the European Championship, UEFA said Tuesday.Debris fell on the field and main grandstand, narrowly missing ...

 2021-06-16 00:04 

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Many Young People in China 'Lie Flat' as Good Life Seems Unattainable...

Fed up with a culture of overwork, through-the-roof housing prices and skyrocketing living costs, many Chinese youth are...

 2021-06-15 23:56 

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MacKenzie Scott Donates $2.7 Billion to 'Underfunded and Overlooked' Causes...

Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced Tuesday that she has donated $2.7 billion to communities...

 2021-06-15 23:35 

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Military Defends January 6 Response as House Steps Up Probes...

A top Army leader defended the Pentagon's response to the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, telling a House panel Tuesday that the National Guard was delayed for hours because they had to properly prepare for the deployment and that senior m...

 2021-06-15 22:56 

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Biden Picks Israel, Mexico, NATO Ambassadors...

President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his nominees to be ambassadors to Israel, Mexico and NATO, as he moves to strengthen U.S. alliances in tough regions. Among a slate of names announced by the White House on Tuesday were Thomas Nides, a Morgan Stanl...

 2021-06-15 22:40 

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Iraq Finds Remains of 123 People in IS Mass Grave...

Iraq announced over the weekend that it had excavated a mass grave containing the remains of more than 100 people killed by the Islamic State (IS) terrorists in a facility located in the northwest of Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul.Officials believe...

 2021-06-15 22:36 

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Biden Administration Announces Plan to Admit More Central American Minors...

The Biden administration said Tuesday it is expanding a program that will allow Central American minors to come to the United States legally, possibly making tens of thousands of young people newly eligible to enter the country, according to the Wall Stre...

 2021-06-15 22:19 

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Slovakia Orders Retrial of Businessman Accused of Ordering Jan Kuciak Murder...

Slovakia ordered a retrial Tuesday in the case of a prominent businessman who was acquitted of masterminding the 2018 murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak.A lower court last year acquitted businessman Marian Kocner, citing lack of evidence. But S...

 2021-06-15 22:03 

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US Surpasses 600,000 Deaths from COVID, Leading the World...

The United States has surpassed 600,000 dead from COVID-19, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported Tuesday. The count spans from the beginning of the pandemic 15 months ago. While the numbers of new COVID-19 cases and daily deaths in the U...

 2021-06-15 21:33 

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UN Envoy Urges Yemen's Houthis to Accept Cease-fire Deal...

The U.N. special envoy for Yemen said Tuesday that "time is not on Yemen's side" and urged Houthi rebels to come to the negotiating table to discuss a cease-fire and political settlement to the more than six-year-old conflict."Ending a war...

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