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  1. Putin

    Russia has become the first country to grant regulatory approval to a coronavirus vaccine, after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess. But the vaccine has yet to complete final trials, raising serious concerns among some experts.

  2. Uber protest

    A judge on Monday ordered ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, a shift that would guarantee benefits such as overtime, sick leave and expense reimbursement for workers who make up much of the freewheeling gig economy.

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    Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya says she fled to Lithuania for the sake of her children, after two nights of clashes following the contested re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.

  4. APTOPIX Hong Kong China

    Last year, people took to the streets of Hong Kong to demand full democracy, many encouraged by a tabloid newspaper critical of China's ruling Communist Party. On Tuesday, they lined up at newsstands to buy that same paper in a bid to help the Apple Daily — and press freedom — survive.

  5.  SPACE-EXPLORATION/CERES

    Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is an "ocean world" with a big reservoir of salty water under its frigid surface, scientists said in findings that raise interest in this dwarf planet as a possible outpost for life.