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S. Korea Extends Britain Flight Ban After Positive Tests of Virus Variant

South Korea announced Monday that it will extend a ban on direct flights from Britain until January 7 after three people who recently entered the country tested positive for the COVID-19 variant that was first identified in Britain.The Korea Disease Co...
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COVID-19 Dominates Rough Year for Universities

Higher education did not escape the reaches of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. U.S. colleges and universities struggled with decisions in the spring to send students home, and then whether to open campuses in the fall, all with an eye to trying to li...
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Where Are We in COVID-19 Vaccine Race?

European Union gave approval on Dec. 21 for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, the latest regulatory go-ahead for the shot, while the United States authorised Moderna Inc's vaccine on Dec. 19, the second for the country and t...
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South Africa Confirms Topping 1 Million COVID Cases

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's COVID-19 spike has taken the country to more than 1 million confirmed cases on Sunday and President Cyril Ramaphosa called an emergency meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council.The country's new variant of the c...
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South Korea, Japan, Indonesia Record Highest Daily Increases in COVID Cases

South Korea, Japan, and Indonesia recorded the highest daily increase in coronavirus cases Friday as a third wave of COVID-19 hit the countries.In South Korea 70% of the more than 1,200 new cases were in the greater Seoul area, where?half?the country's...
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British Army Helps Clear Backlog of Virus-stranded Drivers

LONDON - About 1,000 British soldiers were spending Christmas Day trying to clear a huge backlog of truck drivers stuck in southeast England after France briefly closed its border to Britain, then demanded coronavirus tests from all amid fears of a new...
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Mexico First Latin American Country With COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Mexico became the first Latin American country Thursday to launch a COVID-19 vaccination initiative, offering hope to a nation that has lost more than 120,000 people to the pandemic.A 59-year-old head nurse at the intensive care unit at Mexico City’s R...
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Suspected Russian Hackers Used Microsoft Vendors to Breach Customers

WASHINGTON - The suspected Russian hackers behind the worst U.S. cyberattack in years used reseller access to Microsoft Corp. services to penetrate targets that had no compromised network software from SolarWinds Corp., investigators said.Updates to So...
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803K File for Unemployment Benefits, Keeping US Claims Historically High

Some 803,000 U.S. workers filed for unemployment compensation last week, a historically high level but 89,000 fewer than the previous week, the U.S. Labor Department reported Wednesday, as the coronavirus crisis continues to weaken the American labor m...
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