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At least 79 killed in prison riots in Ecuador as gangs battle for control, officials say

photoBlueIce/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and AICHA EL HAMMAR CASTANO, ABC News (LONDON and RIO DE JANEIRO) — At least 79 inmates have died in riots at four prisons across Ecuador, authorities said. Gen. Edmundo Moncayo, head of Ecuador’s prison system, known by its Spanish acronym SNAI, told reporters that the violence erupted Tuesday between rival drug gangs trying “to seize the …

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Moderna sends vaccine modified for South African variant to NIH for testing

Marco Ravagli/Barcroft Media via Getty ImagesBy ERIC M. STRAUSS and MARK OSBORNE, ABC News (LONDON) — Moderna, which produces one of two vaccines authorized for use in the U.S., said Wednesday it has shipped a vaccine modified to fight the so-called South African variant of the virus to the National Institutes of Health for testing. The company said the National …

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Ghana is first recipient of COVAX vaccine-sharing program

simon2579/iStockBy MAGGIE RULLI and ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News (ACCRA, Ghana) — The first shipment of vaccines touched down in Ghana’s capital Wednesday morning, marking a pivotal moment in the world’s fight against COVID-19. The 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that arrived by plane from India are the first vaccines distributed to low- and middle-income countries by COVAX, the global …

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Iran limits UN nuclear inspections while inching closer to talks with US, others

CGinspiration/iStockBy CONOR FINNEGAN, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — The U.S. and Iran are inching closer toward diplomatic talks over Tehran’s nuclear program, even as the Iranian government moved further outside the original nuclear deal on Tuesday by curtailing international inspections of its nuclear sites. The delicate dance between the two sides, along with the other world powers that remain party to …

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Prince Philip to remain hospitalized as family members speak out about 99-year-old’s health

Atlantic-Lens-Photography/iStockBy KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News (LONDON) — Prince Philip, who was hospitalized last week, is being treated for an infection, according to Buckingham Palace. The palace did not provide any further details about the infection or what type of treatment Philip is undergoing, saying only, “He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for …

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‘El Chapo’s’ wife arrested on drug trafficking charges, DOJ announces

BlakeDavidTaylor/iStockBy ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — The wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested Monday in Virginia at Dulles International Airport on international drug trafficking charges, with prosecutors accusing her of participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana for import into the U.S. Emma Coronel Aisupuro is also accused of conspiring with others to …

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Three service members’ families, 13 wounded sue Saudi Arabia over NAS Pensacola shooting

DNY59/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY, ABC News (NEW YORK) — The families of three U.S. service members killed and 13 others who were severely wounded at Naval Air Station Pensacola have sued Saudi Arabia over its role in the Dec. 6, 2019 attack. Saudi Air Force 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Al-Shamrani was a flight student enrolled in the Security Cooperation Education and …

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Italian ambassador killed in attack on UN convoy in Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say

omersukrugoksu/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, PHEOBE NATANSON and CLARK BENTSON, ABC News (LONDON and ROME) — Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, was killed Monday in an attack on a United Nations convoy during a field visit in the Central African nation, officials said. A member of the Carabinieri, the national gendarmerie of Italy, identified as Vittorio Iacovacci, …

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Italian ambassador killed in attack on UN convoy in Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say

omersukrugoksu/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, PHOEBE NATANSON and CLARK BENSON, ABC News (ROME) — Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, was killed Monday in an attack on a United Nations convoy during his visit to the Central African nation, officials said. A member of the Carabinieri, the national gendarmerie of Italy, and a driver of one of the …

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Italian ambassador killed in attack on UN convoy in Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say

omersukrugoksu/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, PHOEBE NATANSON and CLARK BENSON, ABC News (ROME) — Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, was killed Monday in an attack on a United Nations convoy during his visit to the Central African nation, officials said. A member of the Carabinieri, the national gendarmerie of Italy, and a driver of one of the …

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