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The British Royal Air Force released photos of iceberg A68a on Friday. The massive floe is currently heading in the direction of the island of South Georgia. British Royal Air Force hide caption

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A U.S. Army soldier, seen at an unidentified location in Somalia earlier this year. The Trump administration announced Friday that most U.S. troops stationed in the country will be pulled out in early 2021. Staff Sgt. Shawn White/Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa via AP hide caption

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This computer-generated image shows the Hayabusa2 spacecraft above the asteroid Ryugu. This weekend, the sample collected by the spacecraft arrived on Earth after a six-year mission. ISAS/JAXA via AP hide caption

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Rescuers adjust an emergency generator at the Diaoshuidong coal mine in southwest China on Saturday after a carbon monoxide leak at the facility left 18 dead. Rescue efforts were underway to reach five others still trapped underground. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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President Bill Clinton applauds Air Force pilot Scott O'Grady, who was shot down in Bosnia and survived six days in the woods, in 1995. Now a Trump supporter and tapped for a top Pentagon job, O'Grady has been endorsing baseless conspiracy theories related to the election. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Dr. Amir Khalil, a veterinarian from the international animal welfare organization Four Paws International, comforts Kaavan during his examination at the zoo in Islamabad, before leaving for Cambodia. Anjum Naveed/AP hide caption

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'He Will Be A Happier Elephant': Vet Describes What It Was Like To Rescue Kaavan

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Diosdado Cabello (left), a candidate in Venezuela's upcoming National Assembly elections, bumps fists with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro during a closing campaign rally in Caracas, Venezuela, on Thursday. Venezuelans will vote for a new National Assembly on Sunday. Ariana Cubillos/AP hide caption

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Alice Marie Johnson, who had her sentence commuted by President Trump. NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: The Truth About Pardons

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Vice President Pence speaks Friday during a briefing on COVID-19 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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Signs promoting the 2020 census hang on a fence in Reading, Pa., in September. The Census Bureau has found irregularities in this year's census responses that could affect the counting of millions of people. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images hide caption

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People demonstrate in June in Los Angeles in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Immigrant rights advocates hailed a Friday court ruling allowing new applications as a "huge victory for people who have been waiting to apply for DACA for the first time." Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appears in Phoenix in October. On Friday, the Education Department announced an extension of pandemic relief measures for federal student loan borrowers. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Education Department Extends Student Loan Payment Freeze Through January

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A simulated image of the Chang'e-5 spacecraft blasting off from the moon. The Chinese National Space Administration placed China's first real flag on the lunar surface Thursday. Xinhua News Agency via AP hide caption

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Environmentalists warn that exploratory drilling, like that set to begin later this month, can be as or more dangerous that actaul extraction. Arvind Vallabh /Getty Images hide caption

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Offshore Drilling Set To Begin Off Florida Alarms Environmentalists

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