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'Everybody determined' to get Tokyo Games going - Bach

- The entire Olympic movement is united in its determination to ensure the Tokyo Games happen in July and August, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said in a video message to mark the six-month countdown to the opening ceremony. Britain's Times reported...


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Trump impeachment trial to begin in Senate week of Feb. 8, Schumer says

By David Morgan and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON - Former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial will begin during the week of Feb. 8, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Friday, after the House of Representatives formally delivers the impeachment charge to the chamber o...


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Morgan Stanley CEO's annual pay rises by over 20%

By Matt Scuffham NEW YORK - Morgan Stanley Chief Executive James Gorman's annual pay rose by $6 million, or 22%, last year, according to a regulatory filing released on Friday. Gorman will receive $33 million for his work in 2020, compared with $27 million the year...


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Yellen nomination sails through Senate panel; final vote set for Monday

By David Lawder and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Friday unanimously approved Janet Yellen's nomination as the first woman Treasury secretary, indicating that she will easily win full Senate approval, but Republicans called for her to work with t...


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Panama detects first case of South Africa COVID-19 variant - health ministry

PANAMA CITY - Panama has registered its first case of a COVID-19 variant matching a strain of the virus detected in South Africa, the Central American country's health ministry said on Friday. The variant was detected in a 40-year-old native of Zimbabwe who entered Panama on Jan....


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North Korea sees talks as way to advance nuclear program, says U.S. intel official

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON - The top U.S. intelligence officer for North Korea warned on Friday the country sees diplomacy only as a means to advance its nuclear weapons development, even as the new Biden administration says it will look for ways to bring Pyongyang back to ta...


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Yellen wins unanimous U.S. Senate panel vote despite Republican tax, debt concerns

By David Lawder and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Friday unanimously approved Janet Yellen's nomination as the first woman Treasury secretary, indicating that she will easily win full Senate approval, but Republicans called for her to work with t...


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'I want to feel safe again': Americans lament slow pace of U.S. COVID-19 vaccine rollout

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Jerry Shapiro, a 78-year-old pharmacist from Los Angeles, is at the top of the list of Californians now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, but more than a month after the state began inoculations, he has yet to receive one. S...


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Biden administration will review deal with the Taliban -White House

WASHINGTON - The United States will review the peace agreement reached with the Taliban last year, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told his Afghan counterpart in a phone call on Friday, according to a White House statement. Under a February 2020 deal between t...


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More than 150 National Guard in Washington for inauguration test positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON - Between 150 and 200 National Guard deployed to Washington, D.C., to provide security for President Joe Biden's inauguration have tested positive for the coronavirus, a U.S. official said on Friday. The U.S. government imposed unprecedented security measures in the c...