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  1. World mulls next step as US backs IP waiver on vaccines

    World mulls next step as US backs IP waiver on vaccines

    GENEVA (AP) — Activists cheered, Big Pharma complained and government leaders assessed next steps on Thursday after the Biden administration’s blockbuster move to support an easing of patent and other protections on COVID-19 vaccines that many hope will help poorer countries get more doses and speed the end of the pandemic...

  2. India hits another grim virus record as oxygen demand jumps

    India hits another grim virus record as oxygen demand jumps

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Infections in India hit another grim daily record on Thursday as demand for medical oxygen jumped sevenfold and the government denied reports that it was slow in distributing life-saving supplies from abroad...

  3. Biden to push his big infrastructure plan in GOP stronghold

    Biden to push his big infrastructure plan in GOP stronghold

    President Joe Biden will push the case for his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan in the reliably Republican state of Louisiana — directly challenging GOP lawmakers who say that low taxes for corporations and the wealthy will fuel economic growth...

  4. Ramadan in China: Faithful dwindle under limits on religion

    Ramadan in China: Faithful dwindle under limits on religion

    KASHGAR, China (AP) — Tursunjan Mamat, a practicing Muslim in western China’s Xinjiang region, said he's fasting for Ramadan but his daughters, ages 8 and 10, are not. Religious activity including fasting is not permitted for minors, he explained...

  5. Facebook's oversight board: Watchdog or distraction?

    Facebook's oversight board: Watchdog or distraction?

    Facebook’s oversight board, which on Wednesday upheld the company’s ban of former President Donald Trump, also had some harsh words for its corporate sponsor: Facebook...

  6. Republicans promote pandemic relief they voted against

    Republicans promote pandemic relief they voted against

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., said it pained her to vote against the $1...

  7. Biden hits schools goal even as many students learn remotely

    Biden hits schools goal even as many students learn remotely

    President Joe Biden has met his goal of having most elementary and middle schools open for full, in-person learning in his first 100 days, according to new survey data, but the share of students choosing to return has continued to lag far behind...

  8. On the ground and afar, diaspora boosts India's virus fight

    On the ground and afar, diaspora boosts India's virus fight

    India's large diaspora — long a boon to India's economy — is tapping its wealth, political clout and expertise to help its home country combat the catastrophic coronavirus surge that has left people to die outside overwhelmed hospitals...

  9. On social media, memories pop up from a pandemic still going

    On social media, memories pop up from a pandemic still going

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When the pandemic passed the one-year mark, Lisa Phillips wasn't exactly eager to walk down memory lane. She had developed symptoms and quarantined with a suspected case of COVID-19 last spring, lost her mother to the disease in July and been hospitalized in November from what she describes as a nervous breakdown fueled by grief and isolation...

  10. Netflix series signals racial breakthrough in Italian TV

    Netflix series signals racial breakthrough in Italian TV

    MILAN (AP) — The Netflix series “Zero,” which premiered globally last month, is the first Italian TV production to feature a predominantly Black cast, a bright spot in an otherwise bleak Italian television landscape where the persistent use of racist language and imagery is sparking new protests...