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A snow leopard at a zoo in the US has become the first of its species to test positive for COVID-19. Neecee, Kimti and Meru at Louisville Zoo in Kentucky all experienced COVID-19-like symptoms, including a “dry cough” and a “wheeze”, despite staff taking precautions around them. Samples were sent to vets for tests, which
President-elect Joe Biden is poised to nominate retired four-star army general Lloyd J Austin to be secretary of defence – making him the first black leader of the Pentagon. Mr Biden has selected General Austin over long-time front-running candidate Michele Flournoy, sources have said. Ms Flournoy is a former senior Pentagon official and supporter of