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2021's 'Doomsday Clock' stuck at 100 seconds to midnight, scientists say
Daniel Heighton/iStock By JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- We may not be any closer to the apocalypse this year, but things aren't looking up either, according to scientists.The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said its 2021 "Doomsday Clock" remains at 100 seconds to midnight.This year, COVID-19 is to blame for humanity remaining scarily close to a global meltdown, according to the group, which is comprised of world leaders and Nobel Laureates."The pandemic revealed just how unprepared and unwilling countries and the international system are to handle global emergencies properly," scientists said in a statement. "In this time of genuine...
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UK vaccine plant evacuated after 'suspicious package' found
MarsBars/iStock By GUY DAVIES, ABC News(LONDON) -- A key plant in the U.K.'s vaccine supply chain was forced to evacuate on Wednesday after receiving a "suspicious package," which authorities have recovered and now are analyzing.The plant in the Wrexham Industrial Estate in north Wales is owned by the Indian pharmaceutical company Wockhardt, which has a partnership with AstraZeneca to manufacture vaccines in the U.K."Wockhardt UK in Wrexham this morning received a suspicious package to site," the company said in a statement to ABC News. "All relevant authorities were immediately notified and engaged. Upon expert advice we have partially evacuated the...
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What's at stake in the EU, AstraZeneca vaccine supply dispute
Kunal Mahto/iStock By GUY DAVIES and ZOE MAGEE, ABC News(LONDON) -- Top EU officials have expressed "deep dissatisfaction" and mulled legal action against the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, after reports emerged over the weekend that the vaccine supplier would provide 60% less doses in the first quarter of 2021 to the 27-state bloc.The vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford, has not yet been approved by the European Medicines Agency.EU Health Commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, said in a press statement on Monday that the "new schedule is not acceptable to the European Union.""Last Friday, the company AstraZeneca surprisingly informed the Commission...
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Rock bears striking resemblance to Cookie Monster from 'Sesame Street'
Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images By GMA TEAM, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A viral photo showing the inside of a rock that undeniably resembles Cookie Monster from Sesame Street.The discovery was apparently made by a geologist in Brazil, who noticed that the formation looks just like the beloved blue Muppet.A video of the rock was first posted onto Facebook by a man named Mike Bowers, who referred to it as an agate, a common formation consisting of quartz and other gemstones. My kind of news day:"Geologist Finds Rare Formation Inside Rock That Looks Exactly Like Cookie Monster...
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Yemen, on brink of collapse, may suffer further after Trump decision on Ansar Allah
Eissa Alragehi/ABC News BY: GUY DAVIES, ANGUS HINES AND IAN PANNELL, ABC NEWS (LONDON) — At 4 months old, all Hussain Al-Kholani has ever known is war and want -- he weighs just 4 1/2 pounds, less than a third of the average American baby at that age. "Hussain's suffered from malnutrition since he was born," Ali Hussein Al-Kholani, the boy's father, told ABC News. "They tell me to take him to the malnutrition clinic in [Yemen's capital of] Sanaa, but I don't have any way to get him there." Ali Hussein can't work and is forced to feed his...
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Tens of thousands protest across Russia in support of poisoned Putin critic Navalny
macky_ch/iStock By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(MOSCOW) -- Tens of thousands of people have joined protests across dozens of cities in Russia, demanding the release of Alexey Navalny, the Kremlin critic who was jailed last week after he returned to the country for the first time since recovering from a poisoning with a nerve agent.The protests were one of the largest displays of popular opposition to the rule of president Vladimir Putin in years, mushrooming in almost every large city across Russia and attracting unusually big crowds. Almost everywhere, the protesters were confronted by heavily armored riot police who moved to...
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Prince Harry denies report he and Meghan are quitting social media for good
Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images By KATIE KINDELANVIA(LOS ANGELES) -- Prince Harry is doubling down on his calls to reform social media two weeks after an angry mob staged a deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.Many who laid siege to the Capitol did so on the erroneous belief that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump, a conspiracy theory that spread quickly on social media, experts say."We have seen time and again what happens when the real-world cost of misinformation is disregarded. There is no way to downplay this," Harry said in a new interview with Fast Company. "There...
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UK cruise liner will require all passengers be 'fully vaccinated against COVID-19'
nicepix4u/iStock By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Saga Cruises, a U.K.-based cruise operator, announced it was requiring all passengers to have received the COVID-19 vaccine before embarking on a trip.The cruise industry as a whole has grappled with multiple deadly outbreaks of the virus aboard ships since February 2020, and many cruise liners were forced to halt operations entirely amid the pandemic.Saga Cruises' vaccine requirement appears to be a first for major cruise operators. The company said it is moving the restart date for its cruises to May to allow time for more people to receive the vaccine."The health...
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World leaders react to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration day
Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images By GUY DAVIES, ABC News (LONDON) -- World leaders have reacted to a "new dawn" in U.S. politics after Joe Biden was sworn is as the 46th president of the United States.Historic allies in the EU and U.K. have struck the most upbeat tone, with Ursurla von der Leyen, president of the EU Commission, saying there's a "friend in the White House" after four years where transatlantic relations often were strained."This is a historical achievement, and this also makes this day very special," she said. "This new dawn in America is the moment...
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'Pharmacy of the World will deliver': India begins COVID-19 vaccine exports
nevodka/iStock By ZOE MAGEE, ABC News (LONDON) -- India has begun exporting Covid-19 vaccines to neighboring countries with the first batches being shipped Wednesday to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles, the foreign ministry said.“First consignment takes off for Bhutan!” was the first of a flurry of tweets from the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Anurag Srivastava, as he posted pictures of batches leaving and arriving at different destinations. “Indian vaccines reach Maldives, reflects our special friendship,” he tweeted.“India is deeply honoured to be a long-trusted partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the global community,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted...
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US calls China's abuses of Muslim minorities 'genocide' and 'crimes against humanity'
Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks By CONOR FINNEGAN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With less than 24 hours left in office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday issued a determination that the Chinese government has committed "genocide" and "crimes against humanity" against Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities.The determination is a final parting shot that will complicate U.S.-Chinese relations long after President Donald Trump and Pompeo leave office -- but one that President-elect Joe Biden's campaign called for months ago."This genocide is ongoing, and ... we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uyghurs by the Chinese party-state," Pompeo...
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French culinary first: Vegan restaurant earns Michelin star
JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images By IBTISSEM GUENFOUD, ABC News(PARIS) -- It's a culinary first in France: A vegan restaurant in southwest France has been awarded a coveted Michelin star, the first plant-based restaurant in the country to receive the distinction. ONA, which stands for "Origine Non-Animale" ("animal-free origin") in the town of Arès, near Bordeaux, is run by chef Claire Vallée.The Michelin guide published its annual French edition Jan.18 and included ONA, a remarkable achievment for the establishment opened by Vallée in 2016 through a crowdfunding campaign. ONA raised 10,000 euros (about $12,131) and over 80 volunteers helped work...
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