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The scientists who say the lab-leak hypothesis for SARS-CoV-2 shouldn't be ruled out
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For many scientists, challenging the idea that SARS-CoV-2 has natural origins is seen as career suicide. But some say the idea it came from the Wuhan lab should still be discussed.

Credit Suisse Takes $4.7 Billion Hit on Archegos Meltdown
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The Swiss bank slashed its dividend and said its investment banking and risk chiefs would leave in the wake of crises at Archegos and Greensill that have struck the lender.

New Zealand raises minimum wage and increases taxes on the rich
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Jacinda Ardern says the changes to wages and benefits will help support the most vulnerable

The World Is Facing a Coffee Deficit in Supply Chain ‘Nightmare’
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While cargo disruptions have played havoc the global food trade, problems in the coffee market show inflation may be exacerbated.

Covid: Rich states 'block' vaccine plans for developing nations
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Vaccine production proposals are being stalled, WHO documents leaked to BBC Newsnight show.

German police clash with protesters at Kassel demonstration against Covid-19 restrictions (VIDEO)
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Multiple scuffles broke out on the streets of Kassel, Germany as Covid-19 lockdown skeptics and counterprotesters gathered, and police deployed mace and batons to contain the demonstration.

Why Ghana will no longer sell cocoa to Switzerland
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Ghana says it will not sell cocoa to Switzerland any much longer after the West Africans decided to process their own cocoa beans

Norwegian experts say deadly blood clots were caused by the AstraZeneca covid vaccine
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“Our theory that this is a powerful immune response most likely triggered by the vaccine, has been confirmed”, says professor and chief physician Pål Andre Holme. Three Norwegian health workers under the age of 50 have been hospitalized. One is dead.

Germany pauses AstraZeneca COVID shots as a 'precaution'
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Germany has suspended use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Monday, making it the latest of several European countries to hit pause following reports of blood coagulation disorders in recipients.

Telegram App Is Booming, but Needs Advertisers—and $700 Million Soon
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The messaging tool is selling more than $1 billion of debt to fund operations and repay existing creditors, as it races to attract ads.

Hospitals lift curtain on prices, revealing giant swings for hips, knees and more
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As of Jan. 1, hospitals must publicly reveal the negotiated rates reached with insurers for services, a landmark shift in the sector notoriously opaque when it comes to pricing. The data offer a peek behind the curtain, exposing prices long kept a secret.

Denmark halts AstraZeneca vaccine due to serious cases of blood clots
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Denmark has temporarily suspended AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine shots after reports of cases of blood clots forming, including one in Denmark, Danish authorities said on Thursday.

Hackers Break Into Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals
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A group of hackers say they breached a massive trove of security-camera data collected by Silicon Valley startup Verkada Inc., gaining access to live feeds of 150,000 surveillance cameras inside hospitals, companies, police departments, prisons and schools.

New EU ‘right to repair’ laws require technology to last for a decade
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New devices will also have to come with repair manuals and be made in such a way that they can be dismantled using conventional tools

Engine Explosion Spurs Boeing 777 Groundings in U.S., Asia
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An explosive engine failure that showered debris over a Denver suburb prompted airlines in Japan and South Korea to halt flights using Boeing Co. 777 aircraft and spurred U.S. regulators to order emergency inspections of the engine’s fan blades.

Regulators probe engine blow-outs as older Boeing 777s suspended
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Showers of jet engine parts over residential areas on both sides of the Atlantic have caught regulators' attention and prompted the suspension of some older Boeing planes from service.

CZECH CASTINGS - Manipulated Women With Promises of Modeling Contracts to Coerce Sex From Them
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...after the police raided their offices and arrested the ten employees inside, the truth has finally come out...

China bans BBC World News from broadcasting
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China has criticised the BBC for its reports on coronavirus and persecution of the Uighurs.