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Congressional Democrats want the head of the General Services Administration to tell them why she is holding up the transition to President-elect Joe Biden.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 14:46

The General Services Administration is offering a briefing for congressional leaders behind closed doors next week.

An American Airlines plane is seen at a gate at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., on May 12, 2020.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 14:42

American Airlines reversed a recent policy that banned wheelchairs weighing more than 300 pounds, which includes many power wheelchairs, from some of its regional jets following an NPR report.

Gasser Abdel Razek, executive director of Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, in a photo from the organization's website. Abdel Razek was arrested with two other officials of the civil rights organization after the met with European ambassadors.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 14:06

Three prominent figures in the country's embattled human rights movement were arrested after meeting with European ambassadors. The Egyptian government is accusing them of being terrorists.

Catherine Coleman Flowers is the founding director of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 13:40

In 2017, a study reported one in three people in one rural Alabama county had been exposed to hookworm. Catherine Coleman Flowers says the study reveals big gaps in sanitation in rural America.

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Avril Haines, seen here before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in January, as director of national intelligence in his administration. If confirmed, she'd be the first woman in the role.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:43

The president-elect's history-making picks include the first Latino nominated to head the Department of Homeland Security and the first woman to lead the intelligence community.

Leila Khaled, an activist and prominent member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, speaks during an event in February 2018.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:42

The videoconferencing app banned a Palestinian activist who is a member of a U.S.-designated terrorist group. Now, the company's policies are being questioned.

Protestors gather in support of President Trump on Nov. 14 in Lansing, Mich. Trump and his allies have baselessly alleged widespread voter fraud was to blame for the president's election loss.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:37

The certification vote follows weeks of attempts by President Trump to overturn his opponent's victory. Three members voted in favor of certification, and one abstained.

The eldest sister of Shamima Begum holds her sister's photo in 2015. Begum, who left London to join the Islamic State organization as a teenager, is now trying to return to the U.K. to argue that her British citizenship should not have been revoked.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:14

Shamima Begum, now 21, left London with two other schoolgirls in 2015 to join the terrorist organization and is now in a detention camp in Syria. The U.K. revoked her citizenship last year.

A poll watcher monitors the counting of ballots at the Allegheny County elections warehouse on Nov. 6 in Pittsburgh.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:45

Ultimately, minor delays in a handful of counties fully certifying their results shouldn't affect the overall certification process statewide.

Joe Biden speaks to union members in Erie, Pa., on Oct. 10. The president-elect flipped Erie County back into Democrats' column.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 10:26

Joe Biden's supporters in the swing county of Erie talk about their hopes and their expectations of the incoming president.

A man wearing a face mask walks past a banner showing precautions against the coronavirus in Seoul on Monday.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 09:18

Previous spikes in South Korea were linked to outbreaks at churches and protests. Health officials say the current wave appears to have no links to any major groups or events.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, shown here earlier this month, has reportedly visited Saudi Arabia.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 07:33

It is the first such meeting between Israeli and Saudi leaders to be reported widely in Israeli media. Netanyahu reportedly met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Joe Biden speaks about climate change and wildfires affecting Western states during a speech in Wilmington, Del., on Sept. 14. Although the president-elect has promised an ambitious agenda to tackle climate change, few expect a death knell for the oil industry.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 06:42

President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to tackle the climate crisis. Nonetheless, the oil and gas industry is reacting with a surprising amount of optimism.

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 06:01

When Kansas issued a mask mandate, 81 counties opted out. Researchers found coronavirus infection rates rose sharply in the opt-out counties, while falling in those that required masks.

AstraZeneca, along with Oxford University, announced early Monday its vaccine trial was shown to be "highly effective" in preventing COVID-19.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 04:28

The pharmaceutical company made the announcement on Monday, saying that one dosing regimen showed the vaccine was 90% effective in preventing infection.

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