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AP Top Extended International Headlines at 11:17 p.m. EST

February 16, 2021 GMT

An Associated Press investigation, conducted in collaboration with the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, found that powerful political figures and allied media in China, the U.S., Russia and Iran flooded the globe with disinformation about the origins of the COVID pandemic

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The World Health Organization has granted an emergency authorization to the coronavirus vaccine made by AstraZeneca and Oxford University

It’s nearly launch time for COVAX, the United Nations’ unprecedented program to deploy COVID-19 vaccines for hundreds of millions in need around the globe

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Two Hong Kong democracy activists have pleaded guilty to organizing or participating in an illegal assembly during massive anti-government protests in 2019

The 164 countries of the World Trade Organization on Monday approved Nigerian economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the body’s new head

Security forces in Myanmar have pointed guns toward anti-coup protesters and attacked them with sticks, seeking to quell large-scale demonstrations calling for the military junta that seized power this month to reinstate the elected government

Iraqi and U.S. security officials say rockets have struck outside Irbil international airport near where U.S. forces are based in northern Iraq

Scores of people have demonstrated in two Indian cities after a climate activist was arrested for circulating a document supporting months of massive protests by farmers

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine on Monday released a list of 243 people who have allegedly been abducted by the security forces, piling pressure on authorities to find the missing people after the country’s leader suggested only dozens were in detention over criminal offenses

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has laid into the United States, accusing it of supporting Kurdish militants