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Harris prepares for central role in Biden's White House

Harris prepares for central role in Biden's White House

WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris will make history on Wednesday when she becomes the nation’s first female vice-president — and the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office.
IIHF pulls hockey worlds from Belarus, seeks new host

IIHF pulls hockey worlds from Belarus, seeks new host

ZURICH — The hockey world championships were pulled from Belarus on Monday following pressure from opposition groups and a threatened boycott by sponsors.
China economy grows in 2020 as rebound from virus gains

China economy grows in 2020 as rebound from virus gains

BEIJING — China eked out 2.
Michelin France stars awarded in virtual ceremony

Michelin France stars awarded in virtual ceremony

PARIS — France's Michelin Guide, which has long served as a bible for foodies, is adapting its awards ceremony in Paris for the year that was like no other - 2020.

Facebook bows to Turkish demand to name local representative

ISTANBUL — Facebook announced Monday it has begun the process of assigning a legal entity in Turkey to comply with a controversial law governing social media companies.

Carmaker Stellantis shares jump in Milan, Paris on first day

MILAN — Stellantis, the car company combining PSA Peugeot and Fiat Chrysler, was launched Monday on the Milan and Paris stock exchanges, giving life to the fourth-largest auto company in the world. Stellantis shares rallied 7.6% in Milan to 13.
Japan urges South Korea to drop wartime compensation demands

Japan urges South Korea to drop wartime compensation demands

TOKYO — Japan's foreign minister accused South Korea on Monday of worsening already strained ties by making “illegal” demands for compensation for the sexual abuse of Korean women and use of forced labourers during World War II.
Israel moves to rein in rights group over 'apartheid' use

Israel moves to rein in rights group over 'apartheid' use

TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel's education minister says he is banning groups that call Israel an “apartheid state” from lecturing at schools — a move that targets one of the country's leading human rights groups after it began describing both Israel and
Asia Today: Philippine cases hit 500K amid vaccine struggles

Asia Today: Philippine cases hit 500K amid vaccine struggles

MANILA, Philippines — Coronavirus infections in the Philippines have surged past 500,000 in a new bleak milestone with the government facing criticism for failing to immediately launch a vaccination program amid a global scramble for COVID-19 vaccine
What Biden can and can't get from an evenly divided Senate

What Biden can and can't get from an evenly divided Senate

WASHINGTON — So what does a 50-50 Senate get President-elect Joe Biden? Washington has barely had time to process the implications of Democratic control after two Georgia runoff elections that are delivering the Senate to Democrats.