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China says its active caseload exceeds 1,000, and more news from around the world.

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China’s National Health Commission said on Friday that more than 1,000 people nationwide were being treated for Covid-19, a day after the country reported its first coronavirus death on the mainland since May.The commission said that 144 new cases had been recorded on Thursday, the highest daily figure since a series of new outbreaks began at the end of...

Undeterred by the pandemic, Hindu pilgrims gather in India.

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As India prepares to begin an ambitious coronavirus vaccination program this weekend, more than 700,000 Hindu pilgrims gathered to take a dip in the Ganges River on Thursday, the start of the Kumbh Mela, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.The faithful who traveled to Haridwar, the holy town at the foothills of the Himalayas that is...

Abbas Announces Palestinian Elections After Years of Paralysis

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JERUSALEM — Sixteen years after he was elected for what was meant to be a four-year term, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority announced on Friday that presidential and parliamentary elections would be held in the spring and summer.The announcement appeared to be part of an effort to get the divided Palestinian house in order and project at...

Mexico Frees a General, and Wounds Its Alliance With the U.S.

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By Natalie Kitroeff, Alan Feuer and Oscar LopezMEXICO CITY — When U.S. officials agreed to hand back over to Mexico a former defense minister whom they had accused of being on a drug cartel’s payroll, they did it in hopes of salvaging the badly fraying security cooperation between the two countries.But on Friday that relationship lay in ruins after...

Impeachment Briefing: Waiting to Transmit

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This is the Impeachment Briefing, The Times’s newsletter about the impeachment investigation. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. By Noah WeilandWhat happened todayAt a news conference, Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to tell reporters when House Democrats might take the lone impeachment article against President Trump to the Senate, calling into question when a trial might begin.In...

New Warnings of Violence as Security Tightens for Inauguration

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WASHINGTON — Law enforcement officials are vetting hundreds of potential airplane passengers and beefing up airport security as officials amplify warnings of violence before the presidential inauguration from extremists emboldened by the Capitol attack last week.The Transportation Security Administration is increasing the number of federal marshals on flights and explosive-detection dogs at airports. Screening officers will be deployed to...

A Second Economic Crisis for Biden, but a Different First Response

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Mr. Biden has stressed that such aid will support increased consumer spending, but he and his team cast the goal of distributing the money in more human terms: to ensure as many Americans as possible avoid the scarring damage of homelessness, hunger and the virus itself.The Biden team and its allies are confident that, if they succeed, the economy...

Biden picks a former F.D.A. chief to lead federal vaccine efforts, which will drop the name Operation Warp Speed.

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President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is phasing out the Trump administration program known as Operation Warp Speed and has asked Dr. David Kessler — a former head of the Food and Drug Administration — to oversee the effort to accelerate the development, manufacture and distribution of coronavirus vaccines, Mr. Biden’s spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said Friday.“OWS is the Trump team’s...

Hospitals in England struggle as the virus maintains its deadly grip.

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Hospitals across England are stretched to the brink with Covid-19 patients, medical workers are at their breaking point, and the death toll is soaring.Decisions about who dies and who is given a chance at survival through intensive care grow more challenging by the day. The amount of oxygen being given to severely ill patients has been reduced in a...

‘The very health of our nation is at stake’: Biden proposes a $1.9 trillion virus package.

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President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday proposed a $1.9 trillion rescue package to address the economic downturn and the coronavirus, outlining the type of sweeping aid that Democrats have demanded for months and signaling a shift in the federal government’s pandemic response as Mr. Biden prepares to take office.The package includes more than $400 billion to respond to...