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— New York Daily News Prosecutors ask Minnesota Court of Appeals to intervene in George Floyd case MINNEAPOLIS — Prosecutors in the George Floyd case took the unusual step Thursday of asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals to intervene after a lower court judge twice refused their request to hold one trial for all four ex-Minneapolis police officers in the summer.

The request from Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office accused Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill of violating state law and abusing his power when he ordered that one trial would start in March and the second would start five months later.

— Star Tribune WHO team begins hunt for COVID-19 origins in China after quarantine BEIJING — The quarantine came to an end on Thursday for a team of World Health Organization (WHO) researchers in China hoping to learn more about the origins of COVID-19, meaning they can get down to work.

— dpa, Berlin Half of Pakistanis may refuse COVID-19 vaccine, survey finds ISLAMABAD — Nearly half of Pakistanis do not want to get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new survey that came out as authorities announced a roll-out plan from next week.

Mian Asif, a businessman from the northwestern city of Peshawar, was convinced vaccines provide a safeguard against COVID-19, but said would not opt for the Chinese one.

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