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Eric Risberg / AP

Twitter's CEO admits the company still has work to do: Speaking at the Goldman Technology Conference in San Francisco, CEO Jack Dorsey said Twitter still has "a long way to go" as far as making the service easier for its users. He added that in the U.S., the company is seeing patterns similar to those it saw during the Arab Spring in 2011 around political activism and discussion. The company disappointed investors last week with its earnings, proving that even Trump and politics aren't enough to energize the company's growth.

Elon Musks deletes critical immigration tweets: The entrepreneur, who still sits on Trump's economic advisory council, quickly posted and deleted tweets that called the president's immigration order "not right." He later said that these were "earlier drafts" of tweets and mirror what he's already said on the topic.

Why it matters: Musk, himself an immigrant, has so far defended his decision to remain on the council, arguing that it gives him an opportunity to influence Trump on such topics.

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New Zealand aims to create smoke-free generation with tobacco ban

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a December news conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand officials announced Thursday legislative plans to outlaw smoking by making it illegal to sell or supply tobacco products to the next generation as part of a lifetime ban.

Why it matters: "People aged 14 when the law comes into effect will never be able to legally purchase tobacco," Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said in a statement announcing the proposed law, part of the Smokefree 2025 Action Plan.

FDA approves AstraZeneca COVID drug for people with immune problems

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The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for an AstraZeneca COVID-19 antibody drug for people with compromised immune systems.

Why it matters: The drug, Evusheld, is the first antibody therapy authorized in the U.S. to prevent coronavirus symptoms before virus exposure.

Scoop: U.S. begins denying Afghan immigrants

Afghan refugees on a bus bound for temporary housing after arriving in Greece. Photo: Byron Smith/Getty Images

The Biden administration has begun issuing denials to Afghans seeking to emigrate to the United States through the humanitarian parole process, after a system that typically processes 2,000 applications annually has been flooded with more than 30,000.

Why it matters: Afghans face steeper odds and longer processes for escaping to the U.S., despite the earlier sweeping efforts by the Biden administration to assist its allies. Immigration lawyers and advocacy groups say the government has set untenable barriers to a safe haven in the U.S.