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US jobless claims rise to 419,000 from a pandemic low

US jobless claims rise to 419,000 from a pandemic low

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week from the lowest point of the pandemic, even as the job market appears to be rebounding on the strength of a reopened economy.
ECB says low rates to stay until the job is done

ECB says low rates to stay until the job is done

FRANKFURT — Facing unease over the spread of a more-contagious variant of the coronavirus, the European Central Bank said it would maintain its stimulus in the form of ultra-low interest rates until inflation “durably” reaches its 2% target.
China rebuffs WHO's terms for further COVID-19 origins study

China rebuffs WHO's terms for further COVID-19 origins study

BEIJING — China cannot accept the World Health Organization's plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official said Thursday.

Spanish judge questions Twitter hack suspect wanted by US

MADRID (AP) — A British man charged in the United States in connection with a Twitter hack last year that compromised dozens of influential accounts is set to appear before a Spanish judge Thursday.
No. 2 US diplomat Sherman to visit China as tensions soar

No. 2 US diplomat Sherman to visit China as tensions soar

WASHINGTON — Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will travel to China this weekend on a visit that comes as tensions between Washington and Beijing soar on multiple fronts, the State Department said Wednesday.
Pelosi bars Trump allies from Jan. 6 probe; GOP vows boycott

Pelosi bars Trump allies from Jan. 6 probe; GOP vows boycott

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two Republicans tapped by House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on a committee investigating the Jan.
Federal judges block transgender restrictions in 2 states

Federal judges block transgender restrictions in 2 states

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As cases surge, New Orleans 'strongly recommends' masks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With the daily average of new COVID-19 cases surging to numbers not seen in months, New Orleans officials issued an advisory Wednesday “strongly recommending” people resume wearing masks indoors, hoping to avoid the kind of virus-r

Powerful magnitude-6.8 quake shakes Panama and Costa Rica

PANAMA CITY — A powerful magnitude-6.8 earthquake shook Panama and Costa Rica on Wednesday afternoon, but it was relatively far from the largest population centres and there were no immediate reports of damage. The U.S.
Russia launches lab module to International Space Station

Russia launches lab module to International Space Station

MOSCOW — Russia on Wednesday successfully launched a long-delayed lab module for the International Space Station that is intended to provide more room for scientific experiments and space for the crew.