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WASHINGTON -- The impasse in U.S. Congress over renewal of the expiring programs that mitigated the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to undo the stimulus effect of the programs and exacerbate the economic damage from the lockdown, according to a newly released study.

The article, published Wednesday, was co-authored by Sherman Robinson, nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) and Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, executive director of UCLA's North American Integration and Development Center. (US-Relief Package-Economy)

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) notified Yale University on Thursday of its findings that the institution discriminated Asian American and white applicants in its admissions process.

The DOJ said in a press release that its findings "are the result of a two-year investigation in response to a complaint by Asian American groups concerning Yale's conduct," and that "Yale rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit." (US-DOJ-Yale)

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GENEVA -- A senior expert of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that it is currently in conversation with Russia to get additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine that Russia will start production soon.

Dr. Bruce Aylward, senior adviser to WHO's director-general, told a press conference that WHO does not have sufficient information at this point to make a judgment on the Russian vaccine. (WHO-COVID-19-outbreak)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday his country and the United Arab Emirates reached "a full and official peace deal."

In a broadcast press conference, Netanyahu said the move "opens a new era" of cooperation between the two countries and hailed it as "a historic breakthrough towards peace in the Middle East."

The agreement was announced following a telephone talk earlier on Thursday held by U.S. President Donald Trump, UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Netanyahu. (Israel-UAE-Ties) Enditem

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