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Friday 8 January 2021

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: Given the variables, infectious disease specialists have had a hard time determining the risks of flying. But a study published on Wednesday provides some clarity. After an 18-hour flight from Dubai landed in Auckland, New Zealand, in September, local health authorities discovered evidence of an outbreak that most likely occurred during the trip. Using seat maps and genetic analysis, the new study determined that one passenger initiated a chain of infection that spread to four others en route.
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Thursday 7 January 2021

Washington DC, USA
New York Times reporting: A mob of people loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol on Wednesday, halting Congress’ counting of the electoral votes to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory as the police evacuated lawmakers from the building in a scene of violence, chaos and disruption that shook the core of American democracy.
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Wednesday 30 December 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: Worldwide, COVID-19 has killed more than 1.5 million people, sickened millions more and short-circuited economies. Of all the industries reeling from its destructive impact, the travel industry was upended like no other. It’s unclear just which changes to the travel landscape will be in place a year from now — or 10 years on — but some answers are starting to come into focus.
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Wednesday 23 December 2020

Cambridge, England
New York Times reporting: On a recent evening, the 16 boys and 14 men of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, stood in the gothic chapel where they perform, spread out in the flickering candlelight. A few of the choristers gazed at the vaulted ceiling about 80 feet above them. Then Daniel Hyde, the choir’s music director, signaled that he was ready to begin, and all slipped off the masks they had been wearing to sing “I Saw Three Ships,” a sprightly carol that will be heard by about 100 million people Thursday.
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Monday 21 December 2020

New York, USA
Just as vaccines begin to offer hope for a path out of the pandemic, officials in Britain on Saturday sounded an urgent alarm about what they called a highly contagious new variant of the coronavirus circulating in England.
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Wednesday 16 December 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: While many poor nations may be able to vaccinate at most 20% of their populations in 2021, some of the world’s richest countries have reserved enough doses to immunize their own multiple times over. “The high-income countries have gotten to the front of the line and cleared the shelves,” said Andrea Taylor, a Duke researcher who is studying the coronavirus vaccines contracts. But the outlook for most of the developing world is dire. Because of manufacturing limits, it could take until 2024 for many low-income countries to obtain enough vaccines to fully immunize their populations.
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Wednesday 16 December 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: On December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will appear to be no more than a dime’s width apart in the night sky. The last time that could be seen was in 1226, making the event a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle for most adults.
Monday 14 December 2020

Bangkok, Thailand
The environmental roots of the COVID-19 pandemic need to be addressed to further protect people's health and the planet, the sixth session of the Committee on Environment and Development (UN-ESCAP) decided, because the destruction of the living world undermines our only support system and makes pandemics more likely.
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Tuesday 8 December 2020

New York, USA
Science Times: Walking for at least 11 minutes a day could reduce the undesirable health consequences of sitting for hours and hours, according to a helpful new study of the ways in which both inactivity and exercise influence how long we live. The study, which relied on objective data from tens of thousands of people about how they spent their days, found that those who were the most sedentary faced a high risk of dying young, but if people got up and moved, they slashed that threat substantially, even if they did not move much.
Monday 7 December 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: Unilever New Zealand said it would begin a one-year experiment to allow all 81 of its employees to earn their full salaries while working one day fewer per week, a move the company said might actually boost productivity and improve employees’ work-life balance. Some business and productivity experts say the concept may finally get a serious look amid a pandemic that has altered how billions live and work around the globe.
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Wednesday 2 December 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
The shock of COVID-19 has pushed the number of people who need humanitarian assistance worldwide to a record high – up by 40 per cent compared to the same time last year. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said yesterday that humanitarian aid budgets face dire shortfalls as the impact of the global pandemic continues to worsen and called for the world to mobilize resources and “stand in solidarity with people in their darkest hour of need." Multiple famines loom on the horizon for poor countries.
Monday 30 November 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
New York Times reporting: An unexpected contest over the 2021 presidency of the U.N. Human Rights Council is pitting some of the United Nations' most powerful member states against tiny Pacific Island nations and is playing out as U.N. members jockey for influence in anticipation of a new, more engaged U.S. administration.
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Monday 30 November 2020

San Francisco, USA
New York Times science reporting: Take a moment to marvel at the full moon. Do you notice anything different? It’s subtle, but on November 30 (Sunday night if you’re on the U.S. west coast) [Monday night in Tonga], the full moon should appear a bit darker than usual. That’s because you’re witnessing a penumbral lunar eclipse, a celestial occurrence in which the moon dips behind Earth’s faint, outer shadow, or penumbra.
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Friday 27 November 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: A day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to stay home for Thanksgiving, more than 1 million people in the United States got on planes, marking the second day that more than 1 million people have flown since March. Nearly 3 million additional people have flown in the days since. For some, the desire to see family is worth the risk of potentially getting the coronavirus while traveling.
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Thursday 26 November 2020

London, United Kingdom
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, revealed in a deeply personal essay in The New York Times Opinion section on Wednesday that she had miscarried her second child with Prince Harry in July, bringing light to an experience shared by many grieving families who often suffer in silence.
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Tuesday 24 November 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: Emily Murphy, the administrator of the US General Services Administration, on Monday formally designated Joe Biden as the apparent winner of the US presidential election, providing federal funds and resources to begin a transition and authorizing his advisers to begin coordinating with Trump administration officials.
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Monday 23 November 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: At the end of a tough year, spiritual leaders offer some ways to prepare yourself for whatever comes next. By Erik Vance.
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Thursday 19 November 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: The United States passed a grim milestone Wednesday, hitting 250,000 coronavirus-related deaths, with the number expected to keep climbing steeply as infections surge nationwide. Experts predict that the country could soon be reporting 2,000 deaths a day or more.
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Monday 16 November 2020

Beijing, China
New York Times reporting: After eight years of talks, China and 14 other nations from Japan to New Zealand to Myanmar on Sunday formally signed one of the world’s largest regional free trade agreements, a pact shaped by Beijing partly as a counterweight to U.S. influence in the region.
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Friday 13 November 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: The New York Times and other news media outlets have not anointed Biden the winner of the presidential election but have just done the math: the former vice president has won enough states by enough votes that Trump cannot overcome those deficits through legal challenges or recounts. Most states are set to certify their election results and declare winners by the end of November.
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