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    Purim celebrations threaten fresh virus outbreak in Israel

    Mass gatherings have taken place in Jerusalem as Israelis celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim in violation of coronavirus restrictions ByThe Associated Press February 28, 2021, 10:30 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article JERUSALEM — Mass gatherings took place in Jerusalem on Sunday as Israelis celebrated the Jewish holiday […] More

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    ‘Not a good idea:’ Experts concerned about pope trip to Iraq

    VATICAN CITY — Infectious disease experts are expressing concern about Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Iraq, given a sharp rise in coronavirus infections there, a fragile health care system and the unavoidable likelihood that Iraqis will crowd to see him. No one wants to tell Francis to call it off, and the Iraqi government has […] More

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    Ukraine records 50% spike in coronavirus cases

    Ukraine has recorded a 50% increase in the number of daily new COVID-19 infections, a day after authorities launched the country’s vaccination campaign By YURAS KARMANAU Associated Press February 25, 2021, 6:47 PM • 3 min read KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine recorded a 50% increase Thursday in daily new COVID-19 infections, a day after authorities […] More

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    Bahrain becomes 1st nation to grant J&J shot emergency use

    Bahrain has become the first nation to authorize Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine for emergency use ByThe Associated Press February 25, 2021, 5:18 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Bahrain became the first nation to authorize Johnson & Johnson’s new single-dose coronavirus vaccine for […] More

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    Cyprus eases lockdown but curfew, ban on gatherings remain

    Cyprus will reopen high schools, gyms, pools, dance academies and art galleries on March 1 in a further, incremental easing of the country’s second nationwide COVID-19 lockdown ByThe Associated Press February 25, 2021, 2:17 PM • 2 min read NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus will reopen high schools, gyms, pools, dance academies and art galleries on […] More

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    Israeli PM: Giving vaccines to allies buys goodwill

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has acknowledged sharing coronavirus vaccines with a number of friendly countries that have given favors to Israel in the past ByThe Associated Press February 24, 2021, 6:21 PM • 2 min read JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday acknowledged sharing coronavirus vaccines with a number of friendly countries […] More

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    Ghana is first nation in world to receive COVAX vaccines

    Ghana has become the first country in the world to receive vaccines acquired through the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative with a delivery Wednesday of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India By FRANCIS KOKUTSE and CARLEY PETESCH Associated Press February 24, 2021, 10:50 AM • 3 min read Share […] More

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    Diplomatic doses: Israel shares vaccines with allied nations

    JERUSALEM — After jumping out to a quick start in its vaccination campaign, Israel announced Tuesday that it has decided to share a small surplus of its coronavirus vaccines with several friendly countries. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to share the vaccines with his diplomatic partners comes at a time when Israel has come under […] More

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    Tanzania’s president admits country has COVID-19 problem

    Tanzania’s president is finally acknowledging that his country has a coronavirus problem after claiming for months that the disease had been defeated by prayer By Associated Press February 21, 2021, 4:51 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article NAIROBI, Kenya — Tanzania’s president is finally acknowledging that his country has […] More

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    Israel starts reopening economy after two-month lockdown

    Israel has started lifting its coronavirus restrictions and reopening its economy after a nearly two-month long lockdown ByThe Associated Press February 21, 2021, 8:33 AM • 2 min read JERUSALEM — Israel lifted many of its coronavirus restrictions and started reopening its economy Sunday as the country’s vaccination drive and third nationwide lockdown have started […] More

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    Italy: Pope, others hail health workers on COVID anniversary

    Pope Francis and Italy’s president have marked the nation’s first annual day to honor doctors, nurses and other health care workers, exactly a year after the nation’s first known native case of COVID-19 emerged By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press February 20, 2021, 9:30 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article […] More

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    Nicaragua creates Ministry of Extraterrestrial Space Affairs

    Nicaragua has created a new National Ministry for Extraterrestrial Space Affairs, The Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, which is drawing amused reactions on social media in a nation that has been struggling since anti-government protests in 2018 ByThe Associated Press February 18, 2021, 10:42 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this […] More

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