Three cases linked to Australia Open carry highly virulent COVID-19 variant
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Three cases linked to Australia Open carry highly virulent COVID-19 variant

MELBOURNE – Three people in hotel quarantine associated with the Australian Open tennis tournament have tested positive for the highly transmissible coronavirus variant linked to the United Kingdom, officials said on Saturday. The three quarantined in Melbourne are not players, said the state agency responsible for quarantining overseas travellers. All have been in hard lockdown…

Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8, Schumer says
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Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8, Schumer says

The Senate will begin former President Trump’s impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor. The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday. Why it matters:…

Top Iran leader posts Trump-like image with drone, vows revenge
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Top Iran leader posts Trump-like image with drone, vows revenge

DUBAI – The website of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday carried the image of a golfer resembling former President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone alongside a threat of revenge over last year’s killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. drone attack. The image first appeared on a Persian-language Twitter feed…

Supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Navalny take to the streets despite warnings
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Supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Navalny take to the streets despite warnings

MOSCOW – Supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny took to the streets in Russia’s Far East on Saturday to demand his release on a day of nationwide protests that authorities have declared illegal and vowed to break up. Navalny called on his supporters to protest after being arrested last weekend when he returned to…

Newsmaker: Kamala Harris breaks barriers as America’s vice president
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Newsmaker: Kamala Harris breaks barriers as America’s vice president

WASHINGTON – Kamala Harris made history on Wednesday when she was sworn in as Joe Biden’s vice president, becoming the first woman, the first Black American and the first Asian American to hold the second highest U.S. office. Looking ahead, Harris, 56, is seen as an obvious contender for the Democratic Party’s 2024 presidential nomination…

Military wary that shakeup could upend its apolitical nature
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Military wary that shakeup could upend its apolitical nature

WASHINGTON (AP) — The words spoken by America’s top military officer carried a familiar ring, but in the midst of a chaotic week at the Pentagon, they were particularly poignant. “We are unique among militaries,” said Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “We do not take an oath to a…