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A federal appeals court unanimously affirmed the validity of special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment on Tuesday, rejecting a challenge brought by former Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller.

Background: Miller was ordered by the special counsel to appear before a grand jury last year, but defied the subpoena and alleged that Mueller's appointment was unconstitutional. The court dismissed the argument that the special counsel should have to be confirmed by the Senate, writing that Mueller "effectively serves at the pleasure of an Executive Branch officer who was appointed with the advice and consent of the Senate."

Miller is considering taking the case to the Supreme Court.

Go deeper: Timeline: Every big move in the Mueller investigation

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Palestinian Authority announces new COVID restrictions as cases surge

A nurse administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Photo: Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty Images

The Palestinian Authority on Saturday announced fresh coronavirus restrictions, including a partial lockdown, for the occupied West Bank as COVID-19 cases surge.

The big picture: The new measures come as Israel, which leads the world in vaccinations, faces increased pressure to ensure Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip have equal access to vaccines.

Myanmar military fires UN ambassador after anti-coup speech

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Myanmar's military regime on Saturday fired the country's Ambassador to the United Nations, Kyaw Moe Tun, a day after he gave a pro-democracy speech asking UN member nations to publicly condemn the Feb. 1 coup, The New York Times reports.

Details: State television said the ambassador had "betrayed the country and spoken for an unofficial organization which doesn’t represent the country and had abused the power and responsibilities of an ambassador."