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Rock bears striking resemblance to Cookie Monster from 'Sesame Street'

By GMA TEAM, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A viral photo showing the inside of a rock that undeniably resembles Cookie Monster from Sesame Street.The discovery was apparently made by a geologist in Brazil, who noticed that the formation looks just like the beloved blue Muppet.A video of the rock was…... Read More

UK cruise liner will require all passengers be 'fully vaccinated against COVID-19'

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Saga Cruises, a U.K.-based cruise operator, announced it was requiring all passengers to have received the COVID-19 vaccine before embarking on a trip.The cruise industry as a whole has grappled with multiple deadly outbreaks of the virus aboard ships since February 2020, and…... Read More

World leaders react to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration day

By GUY DAVIES, ABC News (LONDON) -- World leaders have reacted to a "new dawn" in U.S. politics after Joe Biden was sworn is as the 46th president of the United States.Historic allies in the EU and U.K. have struck the most upbeat tone, with Ursurla von der Leyen, president…... Read More

'Pharmacy of the World will deliver': India begins COVID-19 vaccine exports

By ZOE MAGEE, ABC News (LONDON) -- India has begun exporting Covid-19 vaccines to neighboring countries with the first batches being shipped Wednesday to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles, the foreign ministry said.“First consignment takes off for Bhutan!” was the first of a flurry of tweets from the…... Read More

US calls China's abuses of Muslim minorities 'genocide' and 'crimes against humanity'

By CONOR FINNEGAN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With less than 24 hours left in office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday issued a determination that the Chinese government has committed "genocide" and "crimes against humanity" against Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities.The determination is a final parting shot that will…... Read More

French culinary first: Vegan restaurant earns Michelin star

By IBTISSEM GUENFOUD, ABC News(PARIS) -- It's a culinary first in France: A vegan restaurant in southwest France has been awarded a coveted Michelin star, the first plant-based restaurant in the country to receive the distinction. ONA, which stands for "Origine Non-Animale" ("animal-free origin") in the town of Arès, near…... Read More

WHO experts tweet from Wuhan quarantine ahead of much-anticipated mission into virus origins

By BRITT CLENNETT, ABC News (HONG KONG) -- It’s a question that has generated year-long discord between China and the West: how did this virus that plunged the world into crisis begin in the first place?Last Thursday, a team of World Health Organization experts touched down in the central Chinese…... Read More

How COVID-19 vaccinations are going, on a global scale

By ZOE MAGEE, ABC News (LONDON) -- "The world is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure," World Health Organization Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday at the opening of the WHO's annual executive board meeting. "The price for this failure will be paid for with lives and livelihoods…... Read More

Egypt unlocks more secrets in Saqqara with discovery of temple, sarcophagi

BY: HATEM MAHER, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — Egypt uncovered a funerary temple and the oldest coffins ever found in Saqqara, unlocking more secrets in the ancient burial site and marking another major discovery in the vast necropolis south of Cairo. The country said a mission headed by prominent Egyptologist…... Read More

Russia extends Navalny's detention as outcry over his arrest grows

By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(MOSCOW) -- Russian authorities have extended the detention of opposition leader Alexey Navalny in a hastily organized court hearing on Monday despite growing international condemnation over his arrest a day earlier at a Russian airport.Navalny was detained by police at passport control at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport…... Read More

Migrants from Honduras moving through Guatemala, hoping to reach US

By CHRISTINE THEODOROU and JOSHUA HOYOS, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Thousands of migrants from Honduras fleeing violence, devastation caused in the aftermath of two devastating hurricanes and economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic are in Guatemala and moving towards Mexico, hoping to ultimately reach the U.S.Calls were made…... Read More