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The French energy firm Total suspended operations at a gas liquification plant in what AFRICAN COUNTRY after several Islamic State attacks on a town near the plant? The $20 billion plant is the largest foreign investment in Africa.
The US Commerce Department announced that the results of the 2020 Census found that there are over 331 million people living in the US, and based on state population counts what US STATE would gain two seats in Congress, the only state to gain more than one seat?
Name EITHER OF THE CENTRAL ASIAN COUNTRIES, both former Soviet republics, who traded artillery fire in a skirmish over a water source on an undefined section of their border?
The US Food and Drug Administration announced it would make a ruling next year on whether or not to ban what FLAVORING in cigarettes and other tobacco products? The announcement came on the day it was originally set to rule on the issue.
President Biden gave a speech to a joint session of Congress that did not require a member of the Cabinet to act in what ROLE, as there were enough members watching remotely to remove the need for formally assigning someone to the role?
Federal law enforcement raided the New York City home and office of what PERSONAL LAWYER OF DONALD TRUMP, looking for evidence in support of an investigation into his business dealings in Ukraine?
What FESTIVAL announced it would cancel its 2021 event planned for Nevada's Black Rock desert due to uncertainties around Covid-19?
Members of what ITALIAN LEFT WING TERROR ORGANIZATION were among those arrested in France to finally face charges in the 1980 murder of a Carabinieri general and the kidnapping of a judge?
At least 45 people were killed and over 150 wounded in what COUNTRY due to a stampede during the festival of Lag BaOmer?
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson came under greater scrutiny for the refurbishment of the residence at WHAT LONODON ADDRESS, with allegations that political donations were used for the work?
What US AIRLINE became the last domestic carrier to stop blocking center seats on its planes, noting that it expects a high percentage of its future passengers will be fully vaccinated when they fly?
SpaceX returned four astronauts to Earth with a nighttime splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico, the first crewed US nighttime splashdown since which APOLLO MISSION, the first to leave low-Earth orbit and orbit the moon?