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Afghan Government And Taliban Reach Breakthrough To Proceed With Peace Talks

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| The two sides have agreed on a way forward for substantive negotiations aimed at ending decades of almost continuous war in the country, representatives said in near-twin tweets.

Putin Tells Russia To Begin Large-Scale Vaccination For Coronavirus

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Vaccination will be voluntary, the Kremlin says, and will begin with health care workers and people with chronic medical conditions. Russia's Sputnik V vaccine is still in clinical trials.

U.N. Commission Removes Cannabis From Its Most Strict Drug Control List

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The vote follows World Health Organization guidance saying that due to cannabis' therapeutic use and other factors, it "is not consistent with the criteria" for a Schedule IV drug.

Millions Face Bitter Winter If Congress Fails To Extend Relief Programs

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A bipartisan group of senators is proposing a nearly $908 billion compromise relief bill with millions of Americans about to fall off a cliff when benefits expire this month.

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California Dive Boat Captain Charged In Fire That Killed 34

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The Labor Day 2019 blaze aboard the Conception killed 33 passengers and one crew member. Prosecutors say the vessel's captain failed to follow safety rules.

The Ripple Effect Of One Rural Colorado Doctor Catching The Coronavirus

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Hospitals across the country are struggling as staffers get infected with the coronavirus. It's especially tough for small, rural hospitals, where even one doctor out sick can upend patient capacity.

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For China's Overburdened Delivery Workers, The Customer — And App — Is Always Right

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Delivery workers in Beijing tell NPR they work 12-hour days, six days a week, monitored by apps tracking how and when they deliver hundreds of packages every day. One misstep and their pay is slashed.

Gaza's Hamas Leader Gets Coronavirus As Palestinian Territories' Cases Surge

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Yahiya Sinwar has tested positive for the coronavirus as infections reach record levels in the Palestinian territories.

Coronavirus Was In U.S. Weeks Earlier Than Previously Known, Study Says

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The discovery, uncovered after analyzing blood donations from nine states, strengthens evidence that the coronavirus was quietly spreading around the world before health officials were aware.