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Asia Today: Sydney beach suburbs in lockdown as cases rise

Asia Today: Sydney beach suburbs in lockdown as cases rise

SYDNEY, Australia — Sydney’s northern beaches will enter a lockdown similar to the one imposed during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March as a cluster of cases in the area increased to 41.

Documentary on U of Illinois missing scholar now available

URBANA, Ill. — A documentary about a University of Illinois scholar from China who was abducted and killed two years ago is now playing in virtual theatres .
Rockets hit US base in Afghanistan, no casualties reported

Rockets hit US base in Afghanistan, no casualties reported

KABUL — Five rockets were fired at a major U.S. base in Afghanistan on Saturday, but there were no casualties, NATO and provincial officials said.
Hospital fire kills 9 COVID-19 patients at ICU in Turkey

Hospital fire kills 9 COVID-19 patients at ICU in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — A fire broke out Saturday at an intensive care unit treating COVID-19 patients in southern Turkey after an oxygen cylinder exploded, killing nine people, the health minister said.
Russia to give icon that sparked controversy back to Bosnia

Russia to give icon that sparked controversy back to Bosnia

MOSCOW — Russia said Saturday it will return an Orthodox icon presented to the Russian foreign minister in Bosnia, a gift that has triggered a protest from Ukraine.
Biden transition team criticizes co-operation from Pentagon

Biden transition team criticizes co-operation from Pentagon

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Epstein-linked modeling agent charged with rape of minors

Epstein-linked modeling agent charged with rape of minors

PARIS — A modeling agent associated with disgraced U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein has been charged in France with sexual harassment and the rape of minors over 15 years old.
India’s virus cases cross 10 million as new infections dip

India’s virus cases cross 10 million as new infections dip

NEW DELHI — India’s confirmed coronavirus cases have crossed 10 million with new infections dipping to their lowest levels in three months, as the country prepares for a massive COVID-19 vaccination in the new year.
Illegal winery busted at Alabama town's sewage plant

Illegal winery busted at Alabama town's sewage plant

RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Sheriff’s officials say they've busted an illegal winery that was operating at a municipal sewage plant in a small north Alabama town.
Freed Nigerian schoolboys welcomed; calls for more security

Freed Nigerian schoolboys welcomed; calls for more security

KATSINA, Nigeria — Bleary, barefoot, apparently numbed by a week of captivity, more than 300 Nigerian schoolboys, freed after being kidnapped in an attack on their school, were welcomed by the governor of Katsina state and Nigeria’s president on Frid
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