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Parliament Panel To Probe Government's Response To COVID-19 - The Armenian Mirror-Spectator

YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — The pro-government majority in the National Assembly has given the green light to a parliamentary inquiry into the Armenian government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic demanded by the opposition. The two parliamentary opposition parties, Prosperous Armenia (BHK) and Bright Armenia (LHK), called for an inquiry in June as they accused the government […]

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Egypt and Qatar agree on resuming diplomatic relations - Cairo - Yahoo News

Egypt and Qatar have agreed to resume diplomatic relations, the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The move follows an agreement between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt earlier this month to end their boycott of Qatar - which began in 2017 over allegations it supported terrorism, a charge that Doha denies. "The Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Qatar exchanged, today, January 20, 2021, two official memoranda, in virtue of which the two countries agreed to resume diplomatic relations," a foreign ministry statement said.

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Senate begins confirmation hearings for Biden's Cabinet picks - Yahoo News

Senate confirmation hearings began Tuesday for five of President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet nominees. Lawmakers questioned his picks for Secretary of State, Treasury, Defense and Homeland Security — as well as Mr. Biden's pick for director of national intelligence. CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes reports on the latest from Capitol Hill, then joins CBSN's Elaine Quijano to discuss the day's hearings.

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Save 30% on a Pair of Amazon Echo Bud Earphones - Yahoo News

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonIf there’s one thing that’s an absolute necessity while working from home, it’s earbuds. Not only are they great for taking Zoom calls, they’re great for listening to music, podcasts, and workouts, too. Right now, Amazon is discounting their Echo Buds by 30%, so if you’re looking for a new pair, now’s the time.Buy on Amazon, $90The Echo Buds don’t just sound great, they come packed with an array of great features, too. They have Bose’s Active Noise Reduction Technology so you can actually hear what you’re listening to, work with Alexa so you can do everything hands free, and boast a 20 hour battery life. The fit is customizable so they’re sure to be comfy, and they are sweat proof, too.Scouted selects products independently and prices reflect what was available at the time of publish. Sign up for our newsletter for more recommendations and deals. Curious about a specific product or brand? Let us know! If you buy something from our posts, we may earn a small commission.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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Russians dip into ice-cold water for Epiphany - Yahoo News

With the temperatures around minus 20 Celsius (minus 4 Farenheit) participants plunged into the ice-cold lake which was lightened with colorful lights and covered with mist. The age-old ritual commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River, or the Epiphany, which the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates on January 19, in the middle of the Russian winter. Worshippers believe their sins are symbolically washed away through the ritual and one participant, Alexander, said he felt "reborn" afterwards.

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What to know before getting COVID-19 vaccine - Yahoo News

As California works to add more COVID-19 vaccination sites and encourages more people to get the vaccine, there is growing concern about allergic reactions to one batch of the Moderna vaccine. A small number of people needed medical attention after getting the first dose at a mass vaccination clinic in San Diego. KCRA 3 talked to Dr. Vanessa Walker of Pulmonary Medicine Associates about what everyone should know before getting the shot.

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Four Colombia players ruled out of match against the US - Yahoo News

Four Colombians have ruled out of Monday's match against the U.S. women's soccer team because of coronavirus protocols. The U.S. Soccer Federation said a Colombia team staff member tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Florida and after contract tracing three players were isolated. A fourth player had inconclusive test results and was ruled out of the match.

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UK reports record 1,820 new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday - Yahoo News

Britain reported a record number of deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, with 1,820 people dying within 28 days of positive coronavirus test, surpassing the previous peak set a day earlier, government data showed. The number was up from the 1,610 deaths reported on Tuesday.

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Smaller counties received much less in coronavirus relief, state audit shows - Yahoo News

In March 2020, the state of California received billions in federal coronavirus relief, but some counties received much less money per person than larger counties, according to a state audit. About $15.3 billion of CARES funding was allocated for California. Of that, $5.8 billion was sent directly to counties and cities with populations over 500,000, while the rest went to the state. However, even though the state’s 16 largest counties were already given money directly, the California Finance Department also directed half of the remaining dollars sent to the state to those large counties. See more in the video above.

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Driver fatally trapped between car, parking garage machine - Yahoo News

A motorist was killed when her head became trapped between her vehicle and a payment machine at a parking garage in Ohio's capital city. Columbus police responded to the garage around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday after a security guard found the woman, whose name was not released. A review of security camera footage showed the incident had occurred around 11:30 p.m. Monday, as the woman was leaving the garage.

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Indian sand artist sends good wishes to Biden and Harris - Yahoo News

Pattnaik mounted the sand art in India's eastern Puri beach depicting Biden and Harris' faces with a congratulatory message. Democrat Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris will be taking as the president and vice-president respectively on Wednesday (January 20). Harris will be the first woman, the first Black American, and the first American of Asian descent to serve as vice president, the country's No. 2 office.

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Philippines to buy 20 million Moderna vaccine doses as COVID-19 cases rise - Yahoo News

The Philippines will buy 20 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said on Tuesday, adding to deals for a total of 72 million doses from AstraZeneca, Novavax and Sinovac. With more than 504,000 COVID-19 cases and nearly 10,000 deaths, as of Tuesday, the Philippines has the second highest level of infections in Southeast Asia. President Rodrigo Duterte has said he preferred that the Philippines sources its COVID-19 vaccines from either China or Russia and on Tuesday Food and Drug Administration chief Rolando Enrique Domingo told state-owned PTV network that late-stage clinical trial applications from Sinovac and Clover Biopharmaceuticals have been approved.

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Anne Arundel County calls on National Guard for help with COVID-19 vaccine rollout - Yahoo News

As Maryland's COVID vaccine distribution opens up, the National Guard is putting boots on the ground to boost staff at clinics. Just over a quarter of a million shots have already been given to Maryland residents. Phase 1b opened up and the state is hoping to increase the pace of vaccinations.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says hospitals that vaccinate more quickly will get more doses - Yahoo News

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the state will give its next allotment of COVID-19 vaccine doses to hospitals that have administered the greatest proportion of what they were given earlier. The governor and state officials discussed the state's efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic in a briefing that also touched on the new variants of the virus and the state's efforts to procure more of the vaccine. Watch a portion of their remarks.

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'Fed lies!': Juror McConnell pins MAGA riots on Trump, with a catch - Yahoo News

Self-described "Grim Reaper" Mitch McConnell is now saying Trump "provoked" the insurrection that occurred at the Capitol, possibly providing new signs of how Trump's trial will go. MNSBC's Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber points out that while McConnell went farther than most elected Republicans to blame Trump, he carefully used the word "provoke" instead of "incite." NYU law processor Melissa Murray and Dr. Jason Johnson both join to discuss the implications of this distinction.

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Biden and Harris honor COVID-19 victims on eve of inauguration - Yahoo News

The Biden Inaugural Committee held a memorial service Tuesday at the Lincoln Memorial to honor the 400,000 Americans who have died of COVD-19. "To heal, we must remember. It's hard, sometimes, to remember. But that's how we heal. It's important to do that as a nation," Mr. Biden said. Watch the memorial.

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Spain's COVID-19 incidence hits new high as third wave of infection rages - Yahoo News

Spain's incidence of the coronavirus as measured over the past 14 days reached a new high of 714 cases per 100,000 people on Tuesday after 689 cases the previous day, Health Ministry data showed, as a rampant third wave of infection grips the country. Spain's overall death toll from the virus rose by 404 to 54,173, the data showed.

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U.S. exempts aid groups from blacklisting of Yemen's Houthis - Yahoo News

The United States has exempted various aid groups, including the United Nations and the Red Cross, from Yemen-related sanctions, according to a notice posted to the U.S. Department of Treasury website on Tuesday. The exemptions to the blacklisting of Yemen's Houthis aim to allow aid groups to support humanitarian projects, democracy building, education and environmental protection, according to the notice.

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COVID-19 variant found in 12 CA counties, officials say - Yahoo News

California public health officials are keeping a close eye on another COVID-19 virus variant. Known as L452R, this new variant has been detected in 12 counties. One of the reported outbreaks includes Kaiser San Jose last month after an air-powered costume spread the virus to 92 patients and staff. See more in the video above.

via news.yahoo01/18/2021

Pandemic pushes some people back into substance abuse problems - Yahoo News

A treatment center that recently opened in Harford County aims to help people beat drug addiction, but the coronavirus pandemic has caused some big problems for people who are reaching out for help. Counselors at Evergreen Treatment Services, a substance abuse treatment center that opened in October in Havre de Grace, said their clients are not only worried about the COVID-19 virus, but they're also relapsing into substance abuse problems because of the pandemic. The counselors quickly adapted to new health protocols because of the pandemic.