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  Story 1441 -   Sunday February 14, 2021
Germany Tightens Border Checks to Keep Out Virus Variants
BERLIN (AP) — GERMANY on Sunday implemented tighter border controls on its frontiers with the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol province in an effort to stem the spread of more contagious coronavirus variants. The new restrictions that took effect at midnight limit entry from those areas to German citizens and residents, truck drivers, transport and health service staff and a few others, who have to register online and show a negative coronav ...
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  Story 1440 -   Sunday February 14, 2021
European Union calls on China to revoke ban on BBC World News
The European Union on Saturday called on China to reverse its ban on the BBC World News television channel imposed in apparent retaliation for Britain’s pulling of the licence of state-owned Chinese broadcaster CGTN. The EU said in a statement that Beijing’s move further restricted “freedom of expression and access to information inside its borders,” and violated both the Chinese constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. T ...
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  Story 1439 -   Saturday February 13, 2021
Vaccinated COVID-19 Patients Appear Less Contagious; Arthritis Drug in Spotlight
Reuters) - The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. COVID-19 post-vaccination may be less contagious People who get a COVID-19 vaccine can still become infected with the novel coronavirus, although they are likely to be protected against severe illness, and a new study suggests they also may be les ...
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  Story 1438 -   Saturday February 13, 2021
Beijing smog casts gloom over China's Lunar New Year holiday
BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing was once again shrouded in smog on Saturday after several days of heavy pollution which have plagued China’s capital during the Lunar New Year national holiday. Visibility across Beijing was severely limited by the smog on the second day of Lunar New Year, with the tops of the city’s Beijing’s tallest group of buildings in the east of the city almost completely covered by the haze. The PM 2.5 level - which measur ...
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  Story 1437 -   Saturday February 13, 2021
Village at center of India glacier collapse warned of impending disaster for decades
(CNN) When contractors came to her Himalayan forest to cut down thousands of trees, Gaura Devi rallied the women of her village and marched into the woods. Armed with only their bare hands and fierce determination to save the forest upon which their livelihoods depended, Gaura Devi and the women put themselves between the trees and the contractors' chainsaws. The state government had hatched a plan to draw the men of the village away to anoth ...
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  Story 1436 -   Saturday February 13, 2021
Some Europeans get choosy about which vaccines they want
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Many Europeans are desperate for a coronavirus vaccine. But not just any vaccine. As AstraZeneca shots are rolling out to European Union nations this month, joining the Pfizer and Moderna doses already available, some people are balking at being offered a vaccine that they perceive — fairly or not — as second-best. Poland began vaccinating teachers Friday with the AstraZeneca vaccine, and some had misgivings about bein ...
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  Story 1435 -   Saturday February 13, 2021
Democrats pushing Biden's COVID-19 bill through House panels
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed half of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan through a House committee Thursday, advancing $1,400 payments for millions of Americans and other initiatives that Republicans call too costly, economically damaging and brazenly partisan. The Ways and Means Committee approved its $940 billion chunk of Biden’s proposal on a 25-18 party-line vote, highlighting a frenzied week that’s seeing a doze ...
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  Story 1434 -   Saturday February 6, 2021
Calls grow for US to rely on rapid tests to fight pandemic
WASHINGTON (AP) — When a Halloween party sparked a COVID-19 outbreak at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, school officials conducted rapid screening on more than 1,000 students in a week, including many who didn’t have symptoms. Although such asymptomatic screening isn’t approved by regulators and the 15-minute tests aren’t as sensitive as the genetic one that can take days to yield results, the testing director at th ...
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  Story 1433 -   Wednesday February 3, 2021
Myanmar charges Suu Kyi, giving legal basis to detain her
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police leveled their first formal charge against Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, members of her party said Wednesday, giving military authorities who staged a coup a legal reason to detain her at least through the middle of the month. The charge — that Suu Kyi was in possession of illegally imported walkie talkies — came to light two days after she was placed under house arrest and appeared to be an effort to l ...
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  Story 1432 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Denzel Washington: Little Things, Big Problems
To those of us for whom the phrase “Denzel Washington crime drama” is a happy place unto itself, The Little Things can be rather frustrating. The film is about as old-fashioned as it gets: It was reportedly first written in 1993, and over the years has had a number of heavy-hitter auteurs attached to it, including Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood (the latter of whom had collaborated at the time with screenwriter, now director, John Lee Hancock ...
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  Story 1431 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
The new use for abandoned oil rigs
As offshore oil and gas platforms come to the end of their working lives, the remarkable ecosystems beneath the waves come into their own. The grey steel girders of Platform Holly rise 235ft (72m) above the waters of the Pacific Ocean, just a couple of miles off the Santa Barbara coast. Above the water, this decommissioned oil rig is dull and lifeless, but the view below the surface is very different. Beneath the waves, colourful fish, crabs, ...
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  Story 1430 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Amsterdam drugs: Tourists face ban from cannabis cafes
When international visitors are eventually able to return to the canals that crisscross the medieval streets of Amsterdam, they may find one of the Dutch capital's famous tourist attractions off limits. Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema wants to ban foreign tourists from cannabis cafes to tackle anti-social behaviour and push the city upmarket. Owners of Amsterdam's fabled coffee shops are pushing back. They have told the BBC that if tourists a ...
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  Story 1429 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Austrian man leaves fortune' to village that saved family from Nazis
An Austrian man has left a bequest to a French village as a gesture of gratitude decades after residents took in his family during World War Two. Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, in south-east France, protected thousands of Jews and has a long-standing reputation for shielding people from persecution. Eric Schwam, who died last month at 90, arrived there with his family in 1943. The town's mayor says he left the village a "large amount" in his wil ...
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  Story 1428 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Japanese woman 'kept mother's body in freezer for 10 years'
Police in Japan have arrested a woman after the body of her dead mother was discovered in a freezer in her flat. Yumi Yoshino, 48, said that she found her mother dead and hid the body 10 years ago because she "didn't want to move out" of the Tokyo home they shared, local media reported, citing unnamed police sources. There were no visible wounds on the frozen body, police said. The authorities could not determine the time and cause of th ...
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  Story 1427 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
The real shock of the GameStop mania was that it didn't happen sooner
(CNN Business) This week, the investing world looked on with a mix of admiration and horror as members of a Reddit forum devoted to stock trading collectively sent shares of a seemingly moribund company through the roof. The struggling video game retailer GameStop soared as Reddit users egged each other on to buy, cleverly taking advantage of rules in a game that otherwise would have made a number of hedge funds very rich. Then the stock plumm ...
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  Story 1426 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
How North Korean millennials use makeup to rebel against the state
Aspiring actress Nara Kang puts on a coral red lipstick and gently rubs orange blush onto her cheeks, the white glitter swept under her eyes sparkling as she tilts her head in the light. Kang would never have been able to do this back home in Chongjin, North Hamgyong Province. "Putting on red lipstick is unimaginable in North Korea," she says. "The color red represents capitalism and that may be why North Korean society does not let you wear ...
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  Story 1425 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Botticelli painting sells for $92 million
ne of the last Sandro Botticelli portraits left in private hands sold at auction for more than $92 million at Sotheby's New York on Thursday. The 15th-century painting "Young Man Holding a Roundel" became the most expensive work by the Renaissance artist ever to appear at auction, and the most valuable Old Masters work ever sold at Sotheby's, the auction house announced. It was also the second work to top the $80 million mark since Sotheby' ...
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  Story 1424 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Concorde successor AS2 takes leap forward with vast new Florida HQ
(CNN) — The race is heating up to produce the first supersonic passenger aircraft to enter commercial service in more than 50 years. US planemaker Aerion, whose AS2 jet promises to fly New York to London in 4.5 hours, is building a massive new global headquarters in Florida ahead of production beginning on the supersonic craft in 2023. It's a big step forward for the company, which will use some of the $300 million it has attracted in capital ...
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  Story 1423 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Seven years after his daughter was abducted he got a call: 'Is this my daddy?'
Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Some of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram nearly seven years ago have finally escaped from their captors, a father of one of the girls told CNN. Halima Ali Maiyanga, one of more than 100 young women still missing, called her father to say she and others had managed to flee Boko Haram militants Thursday. "She asked me. Is this my daddy? Is this my daddy, and she started crying. The crying was [so] much and I c ...
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  Story 1422 -   Saturday January 30, 2021
Chinese millennials aren't getting married, and the government is worried
(CNN) Two years ago, Joanne Su was anxious about turning 30 years old. She worked for a foreign trade company in China's southern metropolis of Guangzhou, earned a decent income and spent her weekends hanging out with friends. But to Su and her parents, there was one problem -- she was single. "Back then, I felt like 30 years old was such an important threshold. When it loomed closer, I came under tremendous pressure to find the right perso ...
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