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Ukrainian president rejects prime minister's resignation over leaked audio recording
Ukrainian president rejects prime minister's resignation over leaked audio recording

On Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declined Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk's offer to resign after the leak of an audio recording in which someone, seemingly Honcharuk, audibly says Zelensky "has a very primitive understanding of economic processes."

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Iran admits downing Ukrainian jet, cites 'human error'
Iran admits downing Ukrainian jet, cites 'human error'

On Saturday morning, representatives from Iran acknowledged their government had "unintentionally" shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet near Tehran, blaming "human error" and the fear of aggression from the United States. The 176 people on board were all killed.

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Study: people infected by new coronavirus 'likely' hundreds more than confirmed
Study: people infected by new coronavirus 'likely' hundreds more than confirmed

On Friday, researchers at Imperial College London posted findings estimating the number of people infected with a new coronavirus may considerably exceed 1000. The virus first appeared in December in Wuhan, China. As of Monday, there were over 200 confirmed cases in Wuhan and three dead, and reported cases in Thailand, South Korea, and Japan.

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Sultan Qaboos of Oman dies
Sultan Qaboos of Oman dies

Qaboos bin Said, the long-serving Sultan of Oman, died aged 79. He had recently had health problems, reportedly colon cancer.

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Seismic activity continues to shake Puerto Rico with 5.2 quake
Seismic activity continues to shake Puerto Rico with 5.2 quake

On Wednesday morning, a magnitude 5.2 earthquake hit the already rattled United States commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has experienced dozens of earthquakes over magnitude 4.5 since late December, including a 6.4 quake that hit on January 7 and caused an island-wide blackout.

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