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The Irish foreign minister has told kids not to worry: Santa is exempt from travel restrictions and won't need to quarantine.

"We regard Santa Claus's travel as essential travel for essential purposes."
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Native Americans are sharing videos of history lessons, facts, traditional dresses, and more in honor of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.
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This Palestinian writer wants people in the U.S. to understand how their tax dollars are making his family homeless.
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This doctor wants to show you what it feels like to be in an ICU with #COVID19.

His warning: wear a mask.
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More than 100 Confederate monuments, statues and symbols have been removed since police killed George Floyd in May.

But Confederate symbolism still lives on in state flags:
More than 100 Confederate monuments, statues and symbols have been removed since police killed George Floyd in May.

But Confederate symbolism still lives on in state flags:
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Laverne Cox and a friend were the targets of a transphobic attack in Los Angeles, the actor said in an Instagram post.

Both are unharmed and safe, but "shocked and triggered," she said.
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Japan reported 2,153 deaths by suicide in October, more than its total deaths from #COVID19.

Japan has one of the highest rates of suicide, and it rose sharply this year — especially among women. Some experts link it to unemployment and isolation caused by the pandemic.
Japan reported 2,153 deaths by suicide in October, more than its total deaths from #COVID19.

Japan has one of the highest rates of suicide, and it rose sharply this year — especially among women. Some experts link it to unemployment and isolation caused by the pandemic.
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Paris police beat a Black music producer in his studio, video showed. The officers have been detained & all 4 are under investigation.

Days earlier, France's lower house of Parliament approved a security bill that punishes publishing images of police intended to cause them harm.
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Vietnam has reported its first locally transmitted case of #COVID19 in 89 days.

The infected person is a relative of a flight attendant who flew back from Japan. Vietnam has reported 1,346 cases and 35 deaths total due to strict lockdown measures.
Vietnam has reported its first locally transmitted case of #COVID19 in 89 days.

The infected person is a relative of a flight attendant who flew back from Japan. Vietnam has reported 1,346 cases and 35 deaths total due to strict lockdown measures.
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Evictions have led to ~433,700 additional #COVID19 cases and nearly 11,000 deaths in the U.S. between March and early Sept, a new study says.

Lifting eviction bans has been associated with higher infection & death rates, especially in states that froze evictions at later stages.
Evictions have led to ~433,700 additional #COVID19 cases and nearly 11,000 deaths in the U.S. between March and early Sept, a new study says.

Lifting eviction bans has been associated with higher infection & death rates, especially in states that froze evictions at later stages.
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Indigenous leader Nemonte Nenquimo won an environmental prize for protecting 500,000 acres of rainforest from oil drilling.

The Waorani people sued the Ecuadorian govt for planning to sell their land without consent. Today, 80% of Waorani live on 1/10th of their ancestral land.
Indigenous leader Nemonte Nenquimo won an environmental prize for protecting 500,000 acres of rainforest from oil drilling.

The Waorani people sued the Ecuadorian govt for planning to sell their land without consent. Today, 80% of Waorani live on 1/10th of their ancestral land.
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Nike, Apple and Coca-Cola are lobbying against a bill that would ban importing goods made with forced labor in Xinjiang.

The companies say no forced labor is used. The Chinese govt has suppressed Muslim Uighurs in multiple ways, including forced relocation to work in factories.
Nike, Apple and Coca-Cola are lobbying against a bill that would ban importing goods made with forced labor in Xinjiang.

The companies say no forced labor is used. The Chinese govt has suppressed Muslim Uighurs in multiple ways, including forced relocation to work in factories.
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Michael Jordan donated $2 million of his earnings from the documentary “The Last Dance” to food banks.

The funds will go to food banks in Chicago and the Carolinas run by Feeding America, which reports a 60% increase in people seeking food assistance during the pandemic.
Michael Jordan donated $2 million of his earnings from the documentary “The Last Dance” to food banks.

The funds will go to food banks in Chicago and the Carolinas run by Feeding America, which reports a 60% increase in people seeking food assistance during the pandemic.
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Tennis champion Naomi Osaka has inspired a new Japanese manga character, co-developed by her sister: “The Unrivaled Naomi Tenka-ichi.”

Osaka, who is half Haitian, was previously whitewashed in a cartoon ad for noodle maker Nissin, depicting her with pale skin. The ad was pulled.
Tennis champion Naomi Osaka has inspired a new Japanese manga character, co-developed by her sister: “The Unrivaled Naomi Tenka-ichi.”

Osaka, who is half Haitian, was previously whitewashed in a cartoon ad for noodle maker Nissin, depicting her with pale skin. The ad was pulled.
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A white man in Ashland, OR, was charged with 2nd-degree murder for killing a Black 19-year-old who was allegedly playing loud music from his car.

The victim was identified as #AidanEllison. Local activists called the killing “another example of southern Oregon’s racist history.”
A white man in Ashland, OR, was charged with 2nd-degree murder for killing a Black 19-year-old who was allegedly playing loud music from his car.

The victim was identified as #AidanEllison. Local activists called the killing “another example of southern Oregon’s racist history.”
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Elephants in Sri Lanka are searching garbage for food because a dump was built in the middle of their habitat.

The elephants are eating plastic waste, slowly killing them, say officials. A record 361 died last year from causes like plastic in their food, poison or being shot.
Elephants in Sri Lanka are searching garbage for food because a dump was built in the middle of their habitat.

The elephants are eating plastic waste, slowly killing them, say officials. A record 361 died last year from causes like plastic in their food, poison or being shot.
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Israel's army raids 200+ Palestinian homes every month to "oppress and intimidate" Palestinian people, says a report by Israeli human rights groups.

In many cases:
- No warrants
- Raids done at night
- Cause long-term trauma
- Create "climate of fear" for families, children
Israel's army raids 200+ Palestinian homes every month to "oppress and intimidate" Palestinian people, says a report by Israeli human rights groups.

In many cases:
- No warrants
- Raids done at night
- Cause long-term trauma
- Create "climate of fear" for families, children
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A lonely elephant who spent years chained in a Pakistan zoo landed safely in Cambodia to start a new life at an elephant sanctuary. 🐘

Kaavan was transferred after a campaign by @Cher and wildlife activists. He ate about 400 lbs of snacks on the flight.
A lonely elephant who spent years chained in a Pakistan zoo landed safely in Cambodia to start a new life at an elephant sanctuary. 🐘

Kaavan was transferred after a campaign by @Cher and wildlife activists. He ate about 400 lbs of snacks on the flight.
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President-elect Joe Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris will receive their first classified intelligence briefing today — one of the first steps in the transfer of power.

President Trump blocked the briefings for weeks after losing the election.
President-elect Joe Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris will receive their first classified intelligence briefing today — one of the first steps in the transfer of power.

President Trump blocked the briefings for weeks after losing the election.
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Laverne Cox says she was harassed and her friend attacked in LA, by a man asking "guy or girl?"

"If you're trans, you're going to experience stuff like this."

Anti-trans hate crimes rose 20% last year, and at least 39 trans or gender-nonconforming people were killed in 2020.
Laverne Cox says she was harassed and her friend attacked in LA, by a man asking "guy or girl?"

"If you're trans, you're going to experience stuff like this."

Anti-trans hate crimes rose 20% last year, and at least 39 trans or gender-nonconforming people were killed in 2020.
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