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5 things you need to know this morning: Dec. 7, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. China condemns US boycott of Beijing Olympics

China has condemned the US for announcing it is planning a diplomatic boycott of the 2020 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The US said it was going ahead with the snub because of the Chinese state's repressive behaviour.

2. Wealth inequality surged during COVID-19 pandemic, study says

Wealth inequality has surged around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, a major study has claimed. The World Inequality Report said 2020 was the year in which the wealth of billionaires increased the most on record.

3. Dozens of medics catch COVID-19 after party in Spain

Dozens of doctors and nurses working at an intensive care unit in Spain have tested positive for COVID-19 following a Christmas party. The 68 staff members are not seriously ill, authorities said, but added that medics need to remain on their guard.

4. Ghislaine Maxwell asked woman to find 'cute' girls for Epstein, court told

Ghislaine Maxwell asked a woman to find "cute, young, pretty" girls for child rapist Jeffrey Epstein to exploit, a court has heard. Maxwell is on trial in New York for allegedly procuring girls for Epstein to abuse.

5. Facebook sued for $150B over posts promoting violence

Facebook is being sued for US$150 billion by refugees who say the controversial media giant hosted content that promoted violence to spread. The group are from the Rohingya minority, which rights groups and others say has been brutally persecuted by Burma.

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