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  1. USA-BIDEN/

    The U.S. federal agency that must sign off on the presidential transition told president-elect Joe Biden on Monday that he can formally begin the transition process.

  2. NISSAN-GHOSN/LEBANON

    A panel of human rights experts working with the United Nations said Monday that former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn was wrongly detained in Japan and has urged "compensation" for him from the Japanese government.

  3. HONGKONG-SECURITY/JOSHUA WONG

    Prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and two other activists were taken into custody Monday after they pleaded guilty to charges related to a demonstration outside police headquarters during anti-government protests last year.

  4. USA-FED/YELLEN

    U.S. president-elect Joe Biden has chosen former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to serve as treasury secretary, a pivotal role in which she would help shape and direct his economic policies at a perilous time, according to a person familiar with the transition plans.

  5. FRANCE-SARKOZY/TRIAL

    The trial of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy for corruption and influence peddling was suspended Monday less than two hours after it started, to allow for a medical report on one of the defendants.