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Ski resorts in France reopen. Vaccine passes and masks are required

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An public safety message from the government of South Africa. The country announced on Thursday that it was past the peak of its latest coronavirus surge. South African Government/Twitter hide caption

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Health care workers administer COVID-19 tests at a drive-through clinic in Sydney, Friday, Dec. 31. Australian health authorities have reported a record 32,000 new virus cases, many of them in Sydney. Bianca De Marchi/AP hide caption

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Members of a China-centered Asian trade bloc that takes effect Jan. 1 are hoping the initiative, encompassing about a third of world trade and business, will help drive their recoveries from the pandemic. Hau Dinh/AP hide caption

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In this image provided by the White House, President Biden speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone from his private residence in Wilmington, Del., on Thursday. Adam Schultz/The White House via AP hide caption

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Biden again calls on Putin to de-escalate tensions along Ukraine border

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The Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Sunrise ship is seen in the port of Miami on Dec. 23, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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President Biden speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin as Ukraine tensions rise

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Patrick Lam, an editor at Stand News, is escorted into a van by police officers after they searched for evidence at his office in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. Vincent Yu/AP hide caption

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In this aerial photo released by the Chin Human Rights Organization, fires destroy numerous buildings in the town of Thantlang in Chin State in northwest Myanmar, on Dec. 4, 2021. AP hide caption

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Tens of thousands are displaced in Brazil after weeks of flooding in Bahia state

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