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India's Agni 5 ballistic missile in 2013. Photo: Pallava Bagla / Corbis via Getty Images

India tested a long-range ballistic missile on Thursday morning, which traveled 3,000 miles over about 19 minutes and “successfully met" all objectives, according to India's Defense Ministry.

Why it matters: Most of China is in range. An independent national security analyst in New Delhi, Nitin A. Gokhale, told the NYT that if there were "hostilities... then India has something which can deter China or at least make China think twice."

  • The missile, called Agni 5, is capable of transporting a nuclear weapon. Once India incorporates the missile into its Strategic Forces Command, it will join China, Russia, and the U.S. as countries that have access to nuclear-ready ICBMs.

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  1. Health: Coronavirus cases rose 10% in the week before Thanksgiving.
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions.
  3. World: Expert says COVID vaccine likely won't be available in Africa until Q2 of 2021 — Europeans extend lockdowns.
  4. Economy: The winners and losers of the COVID holiday season.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.
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Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

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European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.