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MOSCOW -- The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Friday that it has detained a group of hackers for large-scale thefts, after Russian law enforcers were tipped off by U.S. counterparts.

The FSB in cooperation with the Russian Interior Ministry suppressed the illegal activities of the REvil criminal group in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other places, the agency said in a statement. (Russia-Hacker Group)

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BRUSSELS -- Excess mortality in the European Union (EU) reached 26.5 percent in November 2021, Eurostat, the EU's statistical agency, reported on Friday.

Excess mortality is calculated by comparing the total number of deaths with a baseline of average from 2016 to 2019. (EU-Excess Mortality)

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HONG KONG -- The Airport Authority Hong Kong said on Friday that Hong Kong will ban the transit of flight passengers from more than 100 countries and regions from Sunday until Feb. 15 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passengers who have stayed in high-risk Group A specified places in the past 21 days will be banned from transferring via the Hong Kong International Airport during the designated period, according to the authority. (Hong Kong-COVID-19-Transit Suspension)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Fed governor Lael Brainard said on Thursday that reducing high inflation is the central bank's "most important task".

"Inflation is too high and working people around the country are concerned about how far their paychecks will go," Brainard, President Joe Biden's nominee to serve as the central bank's vice chair, said at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee. (U.S.-Fed-Inflation) Enditem

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