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A house destroyed by the December 10 tornado that ravaged Mayfield, Ky., Houses a statue of the Virgin Mary, placed there by an unknown person. The Associated Press

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New York

New Years Eve in Times Square is still underway

NEW YORK – Party-goers will still be ringing in the New Year in Times Square in New York next week, there just won’t be as many as usual due to new restrictions announced Thursday as the city grapples with a peak of COVID-19 cases.

Viewing areas that normally accommodate around 58,000 people will be limited to around 15,000 to allow for greater distance, and all in attendance must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

California

Teenager Accidentally Killed By Police

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Police on Thursday shot dead a 14-year-old girl in the locker room of a clothing store as she shot a suspect who assaulted a woman earlier, authorities said.

Police also killed the male suspect, authorities said. He and the girl have not been named. The woman who was assaulted was taken to hospital with moderate to severe injuries.

District of Colombia

100 children reunited as a family

WASHINGTON – An effort by the Biden administration to reunite children and parents who have been separated under former President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance border policy has made increasing progress as the end of his first year.

The Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that 100 children, mostly from Central America, are back with their families and about 350 more reunions are underway.

Iran

Iraq calls for direct nuclear talks

TEHRAN – Iraqi Foreign Minister on Thursday called for direct talks between Iran and the United States, Iranian media reported, a rare call just days before world powers resume talks on the deal nuclear in Vienna.

Fuad Hussein spoke at a press conference after meeting his Iranian counterpart in Tehran, stressing that the heightened tension between Iran and the United States – the two powerful allies of Baghdad – directly affects the stability of his country. country.

China

A city of 13 million placed in containment

BEIJING – China on Thursday threw a city of 13 million people into lockdown to eradicate an increase in coronavirus infections, as the country doubles its “zero tolerance” politics just a few weeks before the organization of the Winter Olympics.

Restrictions in the northeastern city of Xi’an went into effect at midnight on Wednesday. They are among the toughest since China last year imposed a strict lockdown on more than 11 million people in and around the city of Wuhan.

Kenya

UN: 22 million Ethiopians will need help

NAIROBI – An estimated 22 million Ethiopians will need humanitarian assistance in 2022, according to a United Nations report.

Ethiopia’s already high humanitarian needs are expected to increase over the coming year due to ongoing conflict, drought, flooding, epidemics and locust infestations, the UN Coordination Office said. humanitarian affairs.

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