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Top eight stories for today including social media platform Parler will remain offline for now; Texas’ ban on a common abortion procedure came before the full Fifth Circuit; Europe’s top rights court found Russia committed several human rights violations during its brief 2008 war with the former Soviet republic of Georgia, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including social media platform Parler will remain offline for now; Texas’ ban on a common abortion procedure came before the full Fifth Circuit; Europe’s top rights court found Russia committed several human rights violations during its brief 2008 war with the former Soviet republic of Georgia, and more.

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National

1.) Parler — the social media platform favored by conservatives and many in the insurrectionist mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol — will remain offline for now, after a federal judge ruled Amazon was under no obligation to continue to host the social media app after it let users post violent content leading up to and during the Jan. 6 riot.

The website of the social media platform Parler is displayed in Berlin in January 2021. The platform's logo is on a screen in the background. (Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP)

2.) The House has yet to send the article of impeachment against the 45th president to the Senate, now also controlled by Democrats, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it only a matter of time Thursday.

In this image from video, Vice President Kamala Harris swears in Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., and Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., on the floor of the Senate Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Senate Television via AP)

3.) President Joe Biden’s administration told global leaders Thursday that the United States will rescind the Trump administration’s attempted withdrawal from the United Nations health agency.

The logo of the World Health Organization is seen at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

4.) With the congressional stamp of approval imminent, Pete Buttigieg could soon oversee the new administration’s ambitious $1.9 trillion infrastructure plan as transportation secretary.

Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, testifies Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at a Senate confirmation hearing on his nomination by President Joe Biden to serve as transportation secretary. (Image via Courthouse News)

Regional

5.) Texas’ ban on the most common abortion procedure during the second trimester came before the full 14-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit on Thursday, with arguments invoking gruesome images of fetal dismemberment.

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 23, 2017 file photo, activists dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale" chant in the Texas Capitol Rotunda as they protest SB8, a bill that would require health care facilities, including hospitals and abortion clinics, to bury or cremate any fetal remains whether from abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth, and they would be banned from donating aborted fetal tissue to medical researchers in Austin. Tissue left over from elective abortions has been used in scientific research for decades, and is credited with leading to lifesaving vaccines and other advances. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

6.) A federal judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a massive settlement for Flint residents who were poisoned by contaminated water.

In this March 21, 2016, file photo, the Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

International

7.) Russia committed several human rights violations during its brief 2008 war with the former Soviet republic of Georgia, Europe’s top rights court held Thursday.

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008 file photo, a wounded Georgian woman lies with other people in front of an apartment building, damaged by a Russian airstrike, in the northern Georgian town of Gori. The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 that Russia was responsible for a swathe of violations in Georgia's breakaway regions after the 2008 Russia-Georgia war.(AP Photo/George Abdaladze, File)

8.) On the seventh anniversary of the violent and historic Maidan uprising in Ukraine, Europe’s human rights court on Thursday ruled that Ukrainian police and authorities committed widespread abuses against protesters.

An aerial photo of the thousand-year-old Monastery of Caves, also known as Kiev Pechersk Lavra, the holiest site of Eastern Orthodox Christians is taken through morning fog during sunrise in Kiev, Ukraine, on Nov. 10, 2018. The Ukrainian intelligence agency is searching the home of the father superior of Kiev's biggest and oldest monastery which is part of the Russian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, File)

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