New Zealand pledges carbon-neutral government by 2025, declares climate emergency

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New Zealand promised its public sector would become carbon neutral by 2025 as it declared a climate emergency on Wednesday, a symbolic move that critics said needed to be backed with greater actions to reduce emissions.

Former astronaut and gun control activist Mark Kelly sworn into U.S. Senate

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Arizona Democrat and former astronaut Mark Kelly was sworn into the Senate on Wednesday, narrowing Republican control of the chamber and underscoring his state's shift from red to blue.

Trump delivers 46-minute diatribe denying his election loss

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U.S. President Donald Trump stood before a White House lectern and delivered a 46-minute diatribe against the election results that produced a win for Democrat Joe Biden, unspooling one misstatement after another to back his baseless claim...

Fossil fuel production far exceeds climate targets, UN says

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The world's governments plan to produce more than double the amount of coal, oil and gas in 2030 than would be consistent with curbing global warming, the United Nations and research groups said on Wednesday in the...

CDC shortens quarantine recommendation for U.S., raising questions in Canada

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The recommended quarantine time for close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case is being reduced by up to a week in the United States, but while some of Canada's health experts say a similar approach could be...

WHO updates mask advice, recommending they be worn in indoor, poorly ventilated areas

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The World Health Organization tightened guidelines on wearing face masks, recommending that, where COVID-19 is spreading, masks should be worn by everyone in health-care facilities and for all interactions in poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail on fraud charge

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Outspoken Hong Kong pro-democracy advocate and media tycoon Jimmy Lai was refused bail on Thursday on a fraud charge amid a growing crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous city.

Health-care workers, nursing home residents should get vaccine first, U.S. government panel advises

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Health-care workers and nursing home residents should be at the front of the line when the first coronavirus vaccine shots become available, an influential U.S. government advisory panel said Tuesday.

Why the 1976 U.S. swine flu vaccinations may offer lessons for the COVID-19 pandemic

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The U.S. vaccination program of 1976, though it was cut short, may offer some lessons as governments around the world prepare to inoculate the public at large.

Canada-U.S. border rules: Why some travellers get to cross while others are shut out

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Although Canada and the U.S. mutually agreed to close their shared border to non-essential travel, they each crafted their own policies. That has sparked some confusion and frustration, as the rules vary — depending on which country...

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Pentagon $10B US cloud contract that snubbed Amazon was legal: watchdog

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The U.S. Defence Department inspector general found no evidence of White House interference in the contract award process that saw Amazon snubbed...

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