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North Korea's Kim thanks people in rare New Year's cards

North Korea's Kim thanks people in rare New Year's cards

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thanked the public for their trust and support “in the difficult times” and wished them happiness and good health in his first New Year’s Day cards sent to his people.
Quiet New Year gives breathing room after UK-EU Brexit split

Quiet New Year gives breathing room after UK-EU Brexit split

LONDON — A steady trickle of trucks rolled off ferries and trains on either side of the English Channel on Friday, a quiet New Year’s Day after a seismic overnight shift in relations between the European Union and Britain.
Report: Ethiopian forces killed scores in June-July unrest

Report: Ethiopian forces killed scores in June-July unrest

NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopian security forces killed more than 75 people and injured nearly 200 during deadly ethnic unrest in June and July following the killing of a popular singer, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said Friday.
Bomb-sniffing dogs? Check. Times Square crowd? Not this year

Bomb-sniffing dogs? Check. Times Square crowd? Not this year

NEW YORK — Gone were the revelry and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds that typify Times Square on New Year's Eve, replaced by empty streets and an eerie quiet as the final moments of 2020 ticked away. This was New Year's Eve in the age of COVID-19.
Last of singing McGuire Sisters dies in Vegas; Phyllis, 89

Last of singing McGuire Sisters dies in Vegas; Phyllis, 89

LAS VEGAS — Phyllis McGuire, the last surviving member of the three singing McGuire Sisters who topped the charts with several hits in the 1950s, has died. She was 89.
Trump extends visa ban; court clears health insurance rule

Trump extends visa ban; court clears health insurance rule

SAN DIEGO — President Donald Trump on Thursday extended pandemic-related bans on green cards and work visas to large groups of applicants through March 31, while a federal appeals court sided with him on a rule that requires new immigrants to have th
Japan's emperor acknowledges virus hardship in video message

Japan's emperor acknowledges virus hardship in video message

TOKYO — Japan's Emperor Naruhito expressed gratitude to medical professionals and acknowledged the hardship caused by the coronavirus in a New Year's Day message shared by video instead of the usual public speech in front of large crowds at the palac
Officials: Evidence of UK virus strain found in Florida man

Officials: Evidence of UK virus strain found in Florida man

MIAMI — Florida health authorities late Thursday reported finding evidence of the latest U.S. case of the new and apparently more contagious coronavirus strain first seen in England, saying it was detected in a man with no recent travel history.
Minneapolis police release officer video in fatal shooting

Minneapolis police release officer video in fatal shooting

MINNEAPOLIS — Police in Minneapolis on Thursday released body-camera video from a traffic stop one night earlier that ended with a man shot dead, an extraordinarily quick move aimed at stemming public anger over the city's first police-involved death
California hospitals at 'brink of catastrophe'; 25,000 dead

California hospitals at 'brink of catastrophe'; 25,000 dead

LOS ANGELES — California surpassed 25,000 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic, reporting the grim milestone Thursday as an ongoing surge swamps hospitals and pushes nurses and doctors to the breaking point as they brace for another lik
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