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Brazil begins distributing AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

Brazil on Saturday began distributing the 2 million doses of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine that arrived from India on Friday, Reuters reports. Why it matters: According to Johns Hopkins University data, Brazil has the third highest number of cases of COVID-19 in the world. The 2 million doses “only scrape the surface of the deficit,” Brazilian public health experts told the …

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Bolsonaro could face The Hague due to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest

Brazil’s original leaders and human rights groups are calling on an international court to prosecute the country’s president for crimes against humanity in order to remove environmental protection in the Amazon rainforest. William Bourdon, a lawyer in Paris, submitted a request for an initial investigation by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, according to …

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One dead, two injured in collision with the Denver Fire vehicle

One person is dead and two were injured in a crash between a vehicle owned by Denver Fire and a private vehicle Saturday afternoon. A Denver police spokesman said all three injured were in the private vehicle. The two wounded were transported to a hospital. The Denver Fire Department tweeted later Saturday afternoon that a firefighter was being checked for …

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New Zealand reports 1st Society Case for months

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – New Zealand has been reporting its first case of coronavirus outside a quarantine facility for more than two months, although there was no immediate evidence that the virus was spreading in the community. Health Director General Ashley Bloomfield said on Sunday that the case was a 56-year-old woman who had recently returned from Europe. Like …

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Argentina’s abortion law comes into force under the watchful eye

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Argentina’s groundbreaking abortion law comes into force on Sunday under the watchful eye of women’s groups and government officials hoping to ensure full implementation despite opposition from some conservative and church groups. Argentina became the largest nation in Latin America to legalize voluntary abortion after the Senate passed a law on December 30 that guaranteed …

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Police are searching for suspects in violent gun battle in Astoria

ASTORIA, QUEENS (WABC) – Police are searching for the suspects involved in a dramatic and violent gun battle in Queens. The shooting happened on 37th Avenue in Astoria early on New Year’s Day. Police say a person behind the van fired several shots at a group. One of the bullets hit a 19-year-old man in the stomach. One of the …

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The first of 22 Chinese miners trapped in the gold mine rescued

He was lifted to safety at. 11:13 local time in the city of Qixia, Shandong province, and was in an “extremely weak state”, according to Xinhua State News. State broadcaster CCTV said he was sent to the hospital. 22 miners were believed to be inside the mine when an explosion blocked their exit on January 10th. A miner is believed …

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1 dead, 2 injured after crashing with Denver Fire vehicle

DENVER – A person was killed after a crash with a Denver fire department vehicle. No firefighters were injured, police said. The crash occurred Saturday afternoon on North Broadway at East 7th Avenue / Speer Boulevard. Two other people were injured and transported to the hospital. Their condition is unknown. The crash involved a DFD engine and a gray sedan. …

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