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World carbon dioxide emissions drop 7% in pandemic-hit 2020

A locked-down pandemic-struck world cut its carbon dioxide emissions this year by 7%, the biggest drop ever, new preliminary figures show. The Global Carbon Project, an authoritative group of dozens of international scientists who track emissions, calculated that the world...

The Wan Chai connection: The Washington-accused drug lords, gun runners and dictators’ financiers tied to one Hong Kong district

The Hong Kong neighborhood of Wan Chai may be home to the most eclectic and densest concentration of US-sanctioned enterprises anywhere on the planet.

US officials concerned about movements of Iranian-backed militias amid heightened tensions

Iranian-backed militias in Iraq have moved to a "heightened level of preparation" in recent days, raising fresh concerns they could be preparing to attack US troops or US diplomatic sites in Iraq, according to defense officials familiar with the...

French Senate report says government failed to heed mask stockpile warnings

A new report from the French Senate alleges that the country's health policy authority failed to heed expert warnings about its stockpile of personal protective equipment, leaving it under-equipped for this year's outbreak of Covid-19.

Exposure feared after New Hampshire speaker dies of COVID-19

The speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives died of COVID-19, a medical examiner ruled Thursday a day after the Republican’s unexpected death, raising concerns that other members of one of the world’s largest legislative bodies might have...

‘Tis the pandemic season: White House parties on amid virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the season for holiday gatherings, both official and informal. But it’s also still very much pandemic season, and COVID-19 infection numbers are setting records in the nation’s capital. The District of Columbia government faces a...

Q&A: What’s next for Facebook in the antitrust case?

Could Facebook be forced to spin off WhatsApp and Instagram? That’s what the U.S. government is seeking in a long-awaited antitrust lawsuit filed Wednesday, the same day dozens of states sued the social media giant on similar grounds....

Biden’s transition contends with probe into son’s finances

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s historically challenging transition to power is suddenly becoming even more complicated. A federal investigation into the finances of Biden’s son, Hunter, threatens to embolden congressional Republicans, who have already shown little...

Texas-led election lawsuit becomes conservative litmus test

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate President-elect Joe Biden’s victory has quickly become a conservative litmus test, with many Republicans signing onto the case even as some have predicted it will fail. The...
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