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Joe Biden scores first legislative win as House passes $1.9T COVID-19 relief package
News/World: The House of Representatives passed Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion U.S. coronavirus relief package early Saturday, though Democrats faced challenges to using the bill to raise the minimum wage.
Myanmar police launch most extensive crackdown; one woman dead, media say
News/World: Police in Myanmar launched their most sweeping crackdown in three weeks of protests against military rule on Saturday in towns and cities across the country, with media reports of a woman shot dead and dozens of people detained.
German radio station apologizes after host compares K-pop band BTS to coronavirus
News/Entertainment: A Bavarian radio station apologized Friday for a host's comments comparing popular South Korean K-pop band BTS to the coronavirus, saying his choice of words had gone too far but was in no way meant to be "hurtful or racist."
Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine endorsed by U.S. advisers
News/Health: U.S. health advisers endorsed a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson on Friday, putting the country on the cusp of adding an easier-to-use option to fight the pandemic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to quickly approve it for emergency use.
Saudi crown prince approved murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi: U.S. intelligence report
News/World: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved "and likely ordered" the 2018 murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a U.S. intelligence report released on Friday.
Prince Harry gives 1st interview since being stripped of royal duties
News/World: During an appearance on The Late, Late Show with James Corden that aired early Friday, Prince Harry said he decided to step away from his work as a front-line member of the royal family to protect his wife and son, as well as his own mental health.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Friday
News/World: South Korea administered its first coronavirus vaccines Friday to people at long-term care facilities, launching a mass immunization campaign amid controversy over the government's decision to delay inoculating people older than 65.
Countries' new carbon-cutting pledges are nowhere near enough, UN says
News/Technology & Science: The newest pledges by countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions are falling far short of what's needed to limit global warming to what the Paris climate accord seeks, a new United Nations report finds.
Conservatives authorized Chinese police-owned company to run visa centre: Blair
News/Politics: Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says he assumes security authorities signed off on an arrangement to allow a company owned by a Chinese police force to run Canada's visa application centre in Beijing.
Black scientists around the world are calling for action, equality and representation
Radio/Quirks & Quarks: After a woman walking in Central Park falsely accused a Black man of assaulting her, social media erupted in support of the scientist who was simply birdwatching causing anger, outrage — and action. Now, Black scientists from around the world are taking part, promoting their work and calling for change.
Biden's trade pick says she's focused on helping U.S. workers, holding back China
News/Politics: Some cabinet confirmations turn into partisan wrestling matches. By the end of her appearance at the Senate Finance committee Thursday, the confirmation of Katherine Tai as the next United States Trade Representative felt more like a collective laying on of hands.
U.S. airstrikes target facilities in Syria
News/World: The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month.
International community should 'banish' Saudi prince over Khashoggi's killing: UN rapporteur
News/Politics: A leading UN expert says the international community needs to take steps against Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince, who is reported to be implemented in an impending United States intelligence report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to Larry Nassar dies by suicide after charges
Sports/Olympics/Summer Sports/Gymnastics: Prosecutors in Michigan filed charges Thursday against a former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar. Hours later, the coach was dead.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Thursday
News/World: The director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning it would be a "fatal mistake" if the developed world takes the attitude of "we'll vaccinate our people, and people in other parts of the world can take care of their own."
Drunk and reckless driving charges dropped against Bruce Springsteen
News/Entertainment: The U.S. government dropped drunk driving and reckless driving charges against Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday stemming from an incident in November, admitting that the rocker's blood-alcohol level was so low that it didn't warrant the charges.
The WHO needs more power and autonomy from member states, says former New Zealand PM
News/Politics: The World Health Organization should be given the power and independence it needs to report the facts about global health threats without being influenced by its member states, says New Zealand’s former prime minister Helen Clark.