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China clamps down in hidden hunt for coronavirus origins

MOJIANG, China — Deep in the lush valleys of southern China lies the entrance to a mine shaft that once harboured bats with the closest known relative to COVID-19.

Mob led by Islamists demolishes Hindu temple in NW Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A mob led by members of Pakistan's radical Islamist party demolished a Hindu temple Wednesday after setting it on fire in a deeply conservative northwestern town, a senior police official said.

UK is first to authorize easy-to-handle AstraZeneca vaccine

LONDON — Britain became the first country to authorize AstraZeneca’s inexpensive, easy-to-handle COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, gaining another weapon against the virus amid a resurgence so severe that the government extended lockdowns to three-quarters
Being Judy Garland won Zellweger an Oscar. Is a Grammy next?

Being Judy Garland won Zellweger an Oscar. Is a Grammy next?

NEW YORK — Renée Zellweger is known for acting but you could easily write a thesis about her love for music.
A low-key Memphis guitar legend builds on musical legacy

A low-key Memphis guitar legend builds on musical legacy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s 1966 and a thunderstorm illuminates the night sky in Memphis, Tennessee.

State media: Attack on bus in southern Syria kills 28

DAMASCUS, Syria — An attack on a passenger bus in southern Syria on Wednesday killed 28 civilians and injured others, according to the Syrian state news agency.
UK is first to authorize easy-to-handle AstraZeneca vaccine

UK is first to authorize easy-to-handle AstraZeneca vaccine

LONDON — Britain became the first country to authorize AstraZeneca’s inexpensive, easy-to-handle COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, gaining another weapon against the virus amid a resurgence so severe that the government extended lockdowns to three-quarters
A low-key Memphis guitar legend builds on a musical legacy

A low-key Memphis guitar legend builds on a musical legacy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s 1966 and a thunderstorm illuminates the night sky in Memphis, Tennessee.
Study of virus screening at concert reports zero infections

Study of virus screening at concert reports zero infections

BARCELONA, Spain — The organizers of an indoor music festival in Barcelona to test the effectiveness of same-day coronavirus screening said Wednesday that preliminary results indicate there was zero transmission inside the venue.
US home contract signings at record levels in November

US home contract signings at record levels in November

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes declined last month, but was still a record high for November when a seasonal slowdown traditionally seeps into the real estate market.