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A missile in a military parade in Tehran. Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

Earlier this year, Israel spies stole a stack of documents from Iran, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used as part of his push to lobby President Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

The latest: New details from those documents reveal that the Iranian government was using weapons-design information from a foreign source and was on the brink of mastering nuclear weapon development until it was ordered to stop 15 years ago, reports the Washington Post.

The bottom line: The Israeli government says the documents indicate that Iran was being dishonest about the fact that its uranium enrichment programs were for peaceful purposes — something the International Atomic Energy Agency long suspected.

  • The details: Retrieved in a 6.5 hour intelligence operation, the documents that Israel spies took include partial plans for a nuclear warhead "as well as advanced testing of equipment used to generate neutrons to start a nuclear chain reaction," per the Post.
  • Worth noting: "There is no way to independently confirm the authenticity of the documents, most of which were at least 15 years old ... The Israelis handpicked the documents shown to the reporters, meaning that exculpatory material could have been left out," according to the New York Times.

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The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.

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Health officials in the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany announced on Saturday that they've detected the first known cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Why it matters: The discoveries come as the world scrambles to respond to concerns over the new variant, discovered in South Africa earlier this week.

Black Friday in-store shopping up from 2020 but trails pre-pandemic levels

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More shoppers flocked to stores on Black Friday this year compared to last, but online shopping was lower than expected, according to data from Friday.

Driving the news: Online shopping was on the lower end of what was expected, largely because people had been ringing up their shopping carts earlier in the year in an effort to skirt potential supply chain issues, according to the Adobe Digital Economy Index.