Russia claims world's first COVID-19 vaccine but skepticism abounds

President Vladimir Putin announces approval of Russia's coronavirus vaccine but scientists warn it may be unsafe.

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  • Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday that a COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in Russia.
  • Scientists around the world are worried that the vaccine is unsafe and that Russia fast-tracked the vaccine without performing the necessary phase 3 trials.
  • To date, Russia has had nearly 900,000 registered cases of coronavirus.
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    Russian company accidentally spills 20,000 tons of oil into Arctic river

    It's one of the nation's worst oil spills on record.

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    • The accident occurred in the Siberian city of Norilsk.
    • The company said thawing permafrost caused a fuel tank to collapse.
    • Thawing permafrost poses a major threat to Russia's oil industry, which is the world's third largest.
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    Archaeologists solve the enigma of Ice Age mammoth bone circles

    Strange bone circles made from mammoths revealed clues about how ancient communities survived Europe's last ice age.

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    • Archaeologists found new clues to the purpose of the bone circles in Russia and Ukraine from the last Ice Age.
    • The previous theories assumed they were used for dwellings.
    • The new finds indicate they were used partially for fuel and had remains of different plants.
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    Fallout suggests a nuclear reactor blew up in Russia, experts say

    New findings show that Russian explosion was from a nuclear reactor.

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    • Nuclear experts confirm that the Russian explosion that occurred earlier in August was likely from a nuclear reactor.
    • Rapidly decaying radioactive isotopes were found in the surrounding area.
    • A number of independent researchers confirmed the findings.
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    Russia sends humanoid robot to space, fails to dock with ISS

    The Russian-built FEDOR was launched on a mission to help ISS astronauts.

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    • Russia launched a spacecraft carrying FEDOR, a humanoid robot.
    • Its mission is to help astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
    • Such androids can eventually help with dangerous missions likes spacewalks.
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