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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Boris Johnson greet guests during a reception to mark the Global Investment Summit on Oct. 19. Photo: Alastair Grant/Pool/AFP via via Getty Images

Buckingham Palace said Thursday that Queen Elizabeth II stayed overnight at the private King Edward VII's Hospital for "preliminary investigations" before being released the next day, AP reports.

Why it matters: The queen, 95, is Britain's longest-lived and longest-serving monarch. She was last hospitalized in 2013 due to symptoms of gastroenteritis, according to the Washington Post.

What they're saying: "Following medical advice to rest for a few days, The Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement to the Post.

Worth noting: Queen Elizabeth lost her husband, Prince Phillip, 99, earlier this year.

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Dame Sandra Mason elected as first president of Barbados

Dame Sandra Mason. Photo: John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Dame Sandra Mason will be Barbados' very first president after she secured two-thirds of the vote in the country's two houses of Parliament this week.

Why it matters: Mason was elected as the first ever president of Barbados after the island announced in September 2020 that it would become a republic and Queen Elizabeth II would be removed as the island nation's head of state.

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.