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Discussion: The latest on coronavirus variants and rapid testing

With several vaccines approved, health authorities around the world are racing to inoculate populations before new, potentially more dangerous variants of the coronavirus spread. What are the implications of the COVID-19 variants? As part of The World's regular series of conversations on the pandemic, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Harvard epidemiologist Michael Mina.

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French lawmakers passed a bill that could punish anyone sharing images or videos of police officers with the intent to cause "psychological or physical" harm. And, Russian dissident Alexei Navalny has been taken to a prison hospital following a three-week hunger strike and deteriorating health. Can the US intervene? Also, the long-awaited travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand is now open, allowing Aussies to travel to New Zealand without a required two-week quarantine.

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Top of The World: A series of deadly shootings in Atlanta on Tuesday evening is raising fears among Asian American communities after learning that six of the eight victims were women of Asian descent. And, a newly declassified US intelligence report found that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized influence operations to help Donald Trump during the recent presidential election.

Along the US-Mexico border, the number of migrants trying to enter the United States is increasing dramatically. Most are being turned away by the US in the name of COVID-19 health precautions. At the same time, the Biden administration is allowing unaccompanied children to enter the United States. Host Marco Werman speaks with Enrique Valenzuela, who works for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, near the Texas border.

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