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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Groundbreaking biofuel rocket could be 'Uber for space'

Stardust 1.0 has become the first commercial launch of a rocket powered by bio-derived fuel.

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Huge snowstorm heads for US east coast

Wind gusts of up to 80km/h are forecast for several days, creating blinding, blowing snow.

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Collingwood: Australian Football League club 'guilty of systemic racism'

Collingwood - one of Australia's biggest sporting clubs - has overseen "profound" harm, a report finds.

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Now and then: Iceland's vanishing glaciers

See how much Iceland's Skaftafellsjokull glacier has retreated over the past 30 years.

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Saudi human rights under new spotlight in Biden era

After free reign under President Trump, will the kingdom now be held more to account?

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: What a blind man's death reveals

Asmelash Woldeselassie has given his eyesight, left arm and now his life to a succession of wars in Tigray.

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Three lives, one message: Stop killing Mexico's transgender women

In Mexico, the second most dangerous country to be transgender, trans women fight to be protected.

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Romania's young history fans battle to save imperial spa resort

Volunteers try to breathe new life into a Romanian resort once a playground for European elites.

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Impostor syndrome: 'I feel like I don't deserve my success'

An influencer and a corporate professional from India share their experiences of impostor syndrome.

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Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi 'detained by military', NLD party says

It comes amid tensions between the civilian government and the military, stoking fears of a coup.

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Saba Sahar: 'I survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban'

Afghan film director Saba Sahar is one of the few to survive from a recent wave of targeted killings.

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Life in a Day 2020: Kevin Macdonald says documentary 'reinforces everyone's similarities'

British director Kevin Macdonald's new documentary of personal videos from around the world giving a snapshot on 25 July 2020.

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Have US police departments become too militarised?

President Biden is reportedly looking to restrict local police from receiving surplus military gear.

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Covid: EU and AstraZeneca in 'step forward' on vaccines

The Commission chief announces a "step forward" after criticism over EU handling of vaccine plans.

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Somalia al-Shabab militants attack hotel in Mogadishu

Explosions and gunfire are heard at the scene of the Afrik Hotel in Mogadishu.

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Navalny protests: Hundreds detained by police in Moscow

Unauthorised protests take place to demand the release of the jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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Covid: Thousands attend Israel funeral for orthodox rabbi

Deputy Prime Minister Benny Gantz has criticised "unequal enforcement" of rules over the gathering.

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Covid: Israel to transfer 5,000 vaccine doses to Palestinians

It is the first such transfer, amid disagreement over who is responsible for inoculations.

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Tigray crisis: 'Genocidal war' waged in Ethiopia region, says ex-leader

Tigray's ousted leader accuses Ethiopian and Eritrean forces of committing atrocities.

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Lionel Messi: Barcelona deny leaking forward's contract

Barcelona say they will take "appropriate legal action" after Spanish newspaper El Mundo published details of Lionel Messi's contract.

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Covid: 'Lessons to be learnt' from NI vaccine row - Irish PM

We need to "calm down" after the EU reverses a plan to put checks on the Irish border, Micheál Martin says.

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Covid vaccination: Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium 'closed by protests'

Protests by anti-vaccine and far-right groups forced the closure of Dodger Stadium, local media report.

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UK applying to join Asia-Pacific free trade pact CPTPP

If successful, Britain will join a club including Japan and Australia and covering 500m people.

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Hilton Valentine, guitarist with the Animals, dies aged 77

The British musician's riff on The House of The Rising Sun is one of the most famous in pop history.

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Covid: Australian city of Perth goes into snap lockdown after guard tests positive

Schools, bars and gyms close in the Australian city after a guard at a quarantine hotel tests positive.

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Donald Trump 'parts with lawyers' before impeachment trial

Donald Trump has reportedly parted ways with lawyers representing him in his impeachment trial.

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Hong Kong residents now eligible for special UK visa

From Sunday, those eligible can apply for a special UK visa using a smartphone app.

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Russia braces for latest Navalny protests

Metro stations are closed and movement is restricted ahead of rallies in support of Alexei Navalny.

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Coronavirus in Algeria: 'No-one could travel to say goodbye to grandpa'

Algeria's coronavirus restrictions mean that people in the diaspora are unable to properly mourn.

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Covid: The pandemic's young widows and widowers

"The grief creeps up on you," says Pamela who is raising two children alone after losing her husband.

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Japan whale hunting: 'By-catch' rule highlighted after minke death

The death of a whale which got trapped in a net off Japan has once again exposed the hunting divide.

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Lebanon ambulance driver: 'Hospitals can't take our Covid patients'

Lebanon's hospitals are turning away patients as the country buckles under Covid and economic collapse.

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Could a vaccine get rid of malaria for good?

Seventeen-year-old Victoline explores progress to tackle the disease in her home country, Kenya.

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'They're coming for us' - right-wing media on Biden's week

After four years of cheerleading, conservative pundits have switched tack with Biden in their sights.

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Marseille v Rennes match called off after 300 fans attack training centre

Marseille's match at home to Rennes in France's Ligue 1 is postponed after violent scenes at their training ground on Saturday.

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India protests: Internet cut to hunger-striking farmers in Delhi

Tensions are rising in Delhi where thousands of farmers are demanding agriculture reforms be repealed.

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UAE to offer citizenship to 'talented' foreigners

The Gulf state relies on its immigrant population but does not usually grant citizenship rights.

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In Case 'Ewe' Missed It: The sheep, the steep and the ski city

Why did 3,000 sheep cross the road? That and more in our weekly video round-up: In Case "Ewe" Missed It.

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Turkey LGBT: Four students arrested over artwork

Officials say the artwork depicted rainbow symbols alongside the most sacred site in Islam.

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Poland abortion ban: Protesters take to Warsaw streets

Protests have been taking place in Polish cities for the third night in a row following the introduction of a near-total ban on abortion.

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Russian billionaire Arkady Rotenberg says 'Putin Palace' is his

Businessman Arkady Rotenberg says he owns the vast property at the centre of a Russian controversy.

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'Visionary' music producer Sophie dies aged 34

The Grammy-nominated artist died following "a sudden accident" in Athens, her manager said.

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Covid vaccines: Those that work - and the others to come

As two new jabs prove effective, where do we stand with vaccines and the fight back against Covid?

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Japanese woman 'kept mother's body in freezer for 10 years'

The Japanese woman reportedly hid the body a decade ago because she "didn't want to move out".

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Cuba helicopter crash: Five dead after aircraft left Holguín

The aircraft crashed after leaving eastern Holguín for a short trip to Guantánamo province.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene: Democrat to move to get away from controversial Republican

Cori Bush said Marjorie Taylor Greene targeted her "unmasked" in the House of Representatives.

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Brian Sicknick: Officer killed in Capitol riot to lie in honour

Brian Sicknick died after sustaining injuries during the pro-Trump violence at the US Capitol.

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Australian Open to allow up to 30,000 fans to attend per day

Up to 30,000 fans a day will be allowed to attend the Australian Open, Victoria's minister for sport has announced.

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Russian anti-Putin anger spreads: 'We have to protest'

Russia is seeing some of the biggest demonstrations for a decade over the imprisonment of Alexei Navalny.

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Amsterdam drugs: Tourists face ban from cannabis cafes

The mayor of Amsterdam has angered coffee shop owners, who fear that drug gangsters could step in.

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Jonas Gwangwa The South African jazz icon who stood up to apartheid

Remembering iconic trombonist and exiled anti-apartheid activist Jonas Gwangwa who has died aged 83.

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Coronavirus: What's behind Latin America's oxygen shortages?

Some Latin American countries struggle with insufficient oxygen as Covid-19 continues to spread.

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Black Lives Matter foundation wins Swedish human rights prize

Organisers of the Olof Palme prize praise the group for promoting "peaceful civil disobedience".

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Covid: Argentina imposes new tax on wealthiest

A one-off tax on Argentina's richest people will pay for medical supplies and help for businesses.

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The exiles: Hong Kong at a crossroads

Pro-democracy protesters face a tough decision over continuing to fight or fleeing to the UK.

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Surfing duck: Pet becomes local celebrity at Australian beach

The duck - called Duck - has become renowned locally for his daily forays into the sea.

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Court says Shell Nigeria responsible for Niger Delta oil spills

The oil giant's Nigerian subsidiary is ordered to pay compensation to farmers.

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Colombia Farc: Former rebels charged with war crimes

It is the first major result for a court set up after the 2016 deal that ended decades of conflict.

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Covid-19: Can travel bans work?

Faced with new variants of Covid-19 and increasing deaths, countries are introducing more travel restrictions.

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Israeli archaeologists find 'Biblical royal purple dye'

The rare purple was said to be worn by prestigious figures such as King David, Solomon and Jesus.

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Covid: New Zealand quarantine hotel worker sacked after ‘inappropriate encounter’

A quarantine hotel employee spent 20 minutes in a room with someone who should have been isolating.

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Covid: AstraZeneca contract must be published, says European Commission chief

Ursula von der Leyen's call follows a row over the firm's deal to supply its Covid jab to the EU.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Pioneering US actress Cicely Tyson dies aged 96

She was known for playing strong African-American characters during a career spanning seven decades.

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Coronavirus: Crowds torch government building as lockdown unrest continues

More than 100 people are reportedly injured in the city of Tripoli in a fourth night of protests.

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Indomie: Creator of cult favourite 'mi goreng' instant noodle dies

Nunuk Nuraini invented Indomie's "mi goreng" noodle, which has fans across the globe.

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China warns Taiwan independence 'means war' as US dismisses comments

The warning comes days after China stepped up military activities near the self-governed island.

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Australian Open tennis players begin to exit hotel quarantine

They have spent 14 days in isolation under anti-Covid measures that have drawn criticism and praise.

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Can striking oil turn Cambodia's economy around?

The country's first oil project has finally started pumping the black gold after 15 years of false starts.

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Ford to start building electric Mustangs in China

The US carmaker wants to compete with the likes of Tesla and other Chinese electric carmakers.

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US-Mexico border: The gruesome attack that shocked a village

Families look for answers after 19 people were killed then set alight on the US-Mexico border.

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Africa's week in pictures: 21-28 January 2021

A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond.

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UK BNO visa: Can Hong Kong residents now live in the UK?

The government has granted millions of people in Hong Kong new opportunities to live and work in the UK.

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NY undercounted nursing home coronavirus deaths by thousands

The report directly undercuts Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has boasted about his pandemic response.

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Why roller skating is making a comeback

It's become so popular in the past year that there's now a worldwide shortage of skates.

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Navalny defiant as judge dismisses appeal

The prominent anti-Putin campaigner decried his detention as "illegal" in a video link hearing.

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Daniel Pearl: US 'outraged' after Pakistan's court acquits men accused of murder

The American journalist was abducted and beheaded while working on a story in Pakistan in 2002.

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Climate activists on Biden plans: 'We're celebrating key victories today'

Two young US campaigners react to the Biden administration's proposals on fighting climate change.

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The story behind the inauguration's sign language Pledge of Allegiance

Fire Captain Andrea Hall stole the show - and there is a personal story behind her unique pledge.

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Congresswoman confronts Parkland survivor

Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene confronts David Hogg over his gun control stance.

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Facebook to stop recommending civic and political groups

"People don't want politics," Mark Zuckerberg says, as he announces less civic content in the news feed.

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Coronavirus: Man killed at protest against Lebanon's total lockdown

Hundreds angry at the round-the-clock curfew and loss of livelihoods clashed with police in Tripoli.

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Australian man survives crocodile attack by 'prising jaws off his head'

Health officials say the man is expected to make a full recovery following the Queensland attack.

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Coronavirus: Germany facing '10 tough weeks' of vaccine shortages

The health minister says supply issues will continue amid a row between the EU and AstraZeneca.

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Daniel Pearl: Pakistan court acquits men accused of murder

The Wall Street Journal journalist was kidnapped and beheaded while working on a story in Pakistan.

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Singapore's ‘Lion King' cub Simba born from dead dad Mufasa’s semen

Baby lion Simba was born through artificial insemination - after his frail dad had to be put down.

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Koh Phangan: Police arrest 89 foreigners in bar raid

The group, from more than 10 countries including the UK, flouted Covid-19 restrictions at a party.

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Bridgerton: Netflix says drama is its biggest series ever

The streaming giant says 82 million households watched the show in its first 28 days online.

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Poland enforces controversial near-total abortion ban

Protests are under way and more are planned after the ban came into effect at midnight on Wednesday

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Covid: WHO probe team in China to come out of quarantine

A team of experts will begin interviewing people in the city where Covid-19 was first detected.

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'Bad words' lead to GameStop shares plunging

Private investors using online chatrooms have led to a trading frenzy in some unexpected shares.

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Coronavirus: EU and AstraZeneca seek to resolve vaccine supply crisis

Both sides pledge to work together after a reported 50 million-dose shortfall for the 27-member EU.

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Teen held for Christchurch-inspired mosque plot

The 16-year-old boy in Singapore planned to knife Muslims at mosques and livestream the attack.

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John Kerry: UK climate summit is world's 'last best chance'

The new US climate envoy says time is running out for the world to address the climate crisis.

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Covid Australia: Queensland to reopen to Sydney after outbreak contained

Travel bans ease across Australia after a Covid outbreak in its biggest city is brought under control.

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Chinese New Year: Clamping down on going home for the holidays

China is striving to curtail the world's biggest mass migration event when people go home to see family.

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Antony Blinken: Who is America's new top diplomat?

The 58-year-old is on home turf in the state department, vowing to restore trust after the Trump era.

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Sani Abacha - the hunt for the billions stolen by Nigeria's ex-leader

A phone call in the middle of the night led one Swiss lawyer to pursue Nigeria's stolen money.

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What tech can the US president use?

From the ObamaPad to Joe Biden's Apple Watch and Peloton, being president can be a tech challenge.

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Biden: 'Time to act' on climate crisis

President Joe Biden signs executive orders on climate change, saying the US has waited too long.

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Kristal and her students are fighting to eradicate ocean plastic

Kristal Ambrose set up the Bahamas Plastic Movement in 2013 in a bid to reduce pollution.

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Covid-19: US regulators issue warning over 'toxic' Mexico hand sanitisers

Dangerous levels of toxic ingredients are found in many alcohol-based sanitisers imported to the US.

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German Lübcke trial: Far-right defendant faces killing verdict

Stephan Ernst admits firing the shot that killed prominent pro-migrant politician Walter Lübcke.

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Biden to sign executive orders on environment

Oil and gas extraction will be paused and wind energy will expand under Joe Biden's climate plan.

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Boeing 737 Max cleared to fly in Europe after crashes

Regulators say the plane is safe to resume service after two fatal crashes led to its grounding.

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Biden administration to restore aid to Palestinians

The new US president wants to "restore credible engagement" in efforts to find a two-state solution.

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Coronavirus: France's Sanofi to boost Pfizer vaccine supply amid EU shortages

Sanofi will produce doses of Pfizer/BioNTech which, along with AstraZeneca, has had supply problems.

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Nia Dennis: US gymnast's 'black excellence' routine goes viral

Nia Dennis says her floor routine was "a celebration of everything [black people] can do".

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Independent Spirit Awards: Michaela Coel, Carey Mulligan among nominees

Riz Ahmed, Michaela Coel, and Carey Mulligan are all recognised. Will Oscar nominations soon follow?

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Covid map: Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccinations by country

Key maps and charts explaining how the virus has spread around the world.

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Holocaust Memorial Day: 'British citizenship saved my mother'

On Holocaust Memorial Day, Lill Saether reflects on how being born in Newry saved her mother's life.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Climate change: Biggest global poll supports 'global emergency'

More than a million people in 50 countries take part in the biggest poll to date on climate change.

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Covid: US pharmacist in vaccine tampering guilty plea

Steven Brandenburg admits he believed inoculation could harm people, prosecutors in Wisconsin say.

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Joe Biden: The team he hopes can fix the US economy

The new US president has called on a team of Ivy League-trained economists and lawyers to "heal" the economy.

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Rescued Chinese miners 'feel reborn' after harrowing ordeal

Two Chinese miners have described how they survived while trapped underground for two weeks.

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US actress Jane Fonda to get Golden Globes' lifetime achievement award

The 83-year-old Hollywood royalty is also known as an active climate change campaigner.

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Goldman Sachs boss takes $10m pay cut for 1MDB

David Solomon is being punished for the bank's involvement in the fraudulent Malaysian investment fund.

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Elliot Page: Canada's Juno star to divorce Emma Portner

The Oscar-nominated actor and his choreographer wife describe as "difficult" their decision to split.

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Keystone XL: Why I fought for - or against - the pipeline

President Biden has cancelled the permit for the controversial US-Canada project.

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When your 'pandemic puppy' doesn't work out

Lockdown seemed like the perfect time to get a dog, but for some, the excitement turned into regret.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2021: 'It's sad when I sit there alone'

Already a difficult day, honouring those killed by the Nazis will be different this year, as the pandemic prevents survivors and their families being together.

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Coronavirus: AstraZeneca defends EU vaccine rollout plan

The pharmaceutical giant said the late signing of contracts limited time to sort out supply glitches.

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California’s Governor Newsom eases Covid restrictions - why now?

The governor has lifted the state’s stay-at-home order as test positivity rates have steadily fallen.

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The child environmentalist receiving death threats in Colombia

Francisco Vera, 11, was threatened after calling for better access to education during the pandemic.

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How women played a major role in Yemen's Arab Spring

Yemeni lawyer Ishraq al-Maqtari shares her memories of being one of the first women to take to the streets in Taiz city, which later became known as the 'cradle of the revolution'.

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Iraq killings: Who's behind a series of murders?

BBC News Arabic investigates a series of killings and the power of Shia militia groups in Iraq.

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Panorama: The Jihadis from my schooldays

Olivia Davies went to school and college with two brothers who later left Wales and became extremists in Syria.

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Harriet Tubman: Biden moves to put anti-slavery activist on $20 bill

A plan to put the anti-slavery activist on the banknote was delayed under ex-President Donald Trump.

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Scientists address myths over large-scale tree planting

Scientists propose 10 golden rules for restoring forests to maximise benefits for the planet.

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Twitter pilot to let users flag 'false' content

The company acknowledges its "Birdwatch" idea could be "messy", but says it is worth trying.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Tractor rally: India farmers clash with police in massive protest

Police in Delhi have used tear gas in some places to stop farmers from breaking barricades.

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Australia Day: Thousands defy Covid rules in 'Invasion Day' protests

Several are arrested in "Invasion Day" rallies protesting against the day marking British colonisation.

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Trump impeachment: When will he go on trial in the Senate?

The former US president was impeached, accused of inciting a mob. Here's a guide to the next steps.

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Coronavirus: Carlos Slim, Latin America's richest man, tests positive

The 80-year-old Mexican telecoms mogul shows mild symptoms and is doing "very well", his son says.

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House delivers impeachment charge against Trump

Leaders in the House have brought their article of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate.

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Coronavirus: Seafarers stuck at sea ‘a humanitarian crisis’

Crew are asking to be designated 'key workers' so they can go home without risking public health.

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Covid vaccines: Casino boss resigns after jumping queue

Rod Baker and his wife travelled to the Canadian Arctic and posed as local workers to get the jab.

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Coronavirus: EU to tighten vaccine exports amid row with AstraZeneca

The EU says it is unacceptable that AstraZeneca is cutting the number of pledged vaccine doses.

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Covid-19: Five days that shaped the outbreak

Before Wuhan was locked down in January 2020 officials said the outbreak was under control - but the virus had spread inside and outside the city.

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Harvey Weinstein: Court agrees $17m payout for accusers

The money comes from the liquidation of a firm co-founded by the disgraced film director.

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Biden adds South Africa to Covid travel bans

The restrictions come as Minnesota records the first US case of the Brazil Covid variant.

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Coronavirus in Zimbabwe: 'We need vaccines now'

Zimbabwean doctor Dixon Chibanda explains why it's so vital that Zimbabwe gets vaccines urgently.

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Randy Rainbow made his name satirising Trump - now what?

Why the show's not over for Randy Rainbow who used Broadway tunes to make fun of Donald Trump.

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Shyamala Gopalan: The woman who inspired Kamala Harris

The tale of her rise is rooted in an audacious journey Shyamala Gopalan made more than 60 years ago.

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Like a good deal? Maybe a hagglebot can help

Artificial intelligence is getting better at negotiating and research promises systems that could help you.

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Covid vaccines: Why some countries will have to wait until 2022

How are Covid-19 vaccines being distributed across the world? As some countries start vaccinating their populations, others are being left behind.

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Covid: The migrant helping Australia with modified masks

When Manmeet Kaur began giving away masks, she realised many people would relish a different design.

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Hope and fear as Somalia’s civil war turns 30

Thirty years since Somalia plunged into civil war, BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding has returned to Mogadishu to see what hopes people have for peace.

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Yellen to be first female US Treasury secretary

Janet Yellen confirmed as first female US Treasury secretary in Senate vote

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Keira Knightley rules out sex scenes directed by men

The actress explains why she has a "no nudity clause" written into her movie contracts.

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Malka Leifer: Israel extradites ex-principal accused of child sex abuse in Australia

Malka Leifer is being flown to Australia, where she is accused of sexually assaulting schoolgirls.

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Earnings of wealthiest 10 men during pandemic 'could buy vaccines for all'

Billionaires' wealth has soared while the pandemic has plunged millions into poverty, Oxfam says.

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Asia Argento accuses Fast and Furious director Rob Cohen of sexual assault

The actress says Cohen assaulted her while filming 2002 movie xXx but he denies the claim.

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China mine rescue: Nine found dead during rescue in Shandong province

The discovery comes a day after 11 miners were rescued after two weeks trapped under ground.

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Flaming Lips stage unique 'space bubble' concert in Oklahoma

Both the band and their audience were inside individual inflatable bubbles.

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Uganda ordered to end Bobi Wine's house arrest

Soldiers prevented him leaving his house in case he organised protests against disputed elections.

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Protecting the last wild lions in Africa

Photographer George Logan highlights the decline of wild lions using conceptual images.

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Chinese and Indian troops 'in new border clash'

Several were hurt in the incident three days ago at the Naku La pass in Sikkim, Indian media say.

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North Korea diplomat 'defects to South Korea': Reports

South Korean reports say that Run Hyun-woo - an acting ambassador - fled to South Korea in September.

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China takes new foreign investment top spot from US

The top ranking highlights China's growing influence on the world economic stage.

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Heatwave sweeps Australian cities and raises bushfire danger

A bushfire casts smoke over Adelaide as other parts of Australia face their worst fire risk in a year.

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Covid-19: Mexican President López Obrador tests positive

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, 67, announces he is receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus.

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Covid-19: Top advisor warns France at 'emergency' virus moment

The head of France's scientific council suggests a third lockdown is needed amid spread of variants.

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Boeing 737 Max cleared to fly again 'too early'

A former Boeing manager says more investigations are needed on the plane, grounded after two crashes.

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Covid-19: Why the US hasn't hit vaccine targets so far

Biden says the vaccine rollout has been a failure, as he pledges 100 million shots in his first 100 days.

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Lebanon's Coronavirus lockdown: 'We can't leave our homes day or night'

People in Lebanon describe the impact of being confined to their homes for 24 hours a day.

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Yang Li: The 'punchline queen' who offended Chinese men

A female comedian's joke on national television has sparked debate on comedy and feminism in China.

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Zuckerberg's Biden problem

President Biden's open dislike of Facebook could spell problems for the social network.

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Ethiopia's Tigray conflict: 'My wife died giving birth to twins while we hid'

A father tells the BBC his tragic story of fleeing the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region.

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Covid-19: Vaccine divides in the Middle East

Israel is vaccinating its population against Covid-19 at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world, while most Palestinians are still waiting.

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Detective Jane Mugo: Meet Kenya's 'spy queen'

BBC Africa Eye looks at the inside story of Detective Jane Mugo, the woman they call Kenya’s "spy queen".

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Egypt's dreams of democracy still alive?

It's been ten years since Egyptians took to the streets to unseat their longest-serving President, Hosni Mubarak.

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Covid: Israel vaccinates 16 to 18-year-olds ahead of exams

Israel has vaccinated more than a quarter of its population and now high school students are eligible.

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Covid-19: US tops 25 million coronavirus cases

President Joe Biden has warned things will "continue to get worse before they get better".

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Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese warplanes for second day

China's moves coincide with the start of the Biden administration, which has shown support for Taiwan.

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US police vehicle ploughs into crowd watching 'burnouts'

Footage shows a police car apparently driving through a group at a street race in Washington state.

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UK firms told 'set up in EU to avoid trade disruption'

Firms say they have been advised by officials to set up EU hubs, but the government says it is not policy.

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Mesut Ozil: Arsenal midfielder joins Fenerbahce on free transfer

Mesut Ozil says he will be a "Gunner for life" after completing his free transfer from Arsenal to Fenerbahce.

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Australia man missing for 18 days 'survived on mushrooms'

Search efforts had been called off for Robert Weber, but he was reportedly found by a local MP.

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Cyclone Eloise brings floods to Mozambique's second city Beira

Officials are assessing the scale of the damage and trying to restore power in parts of Beira.

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Covid: New Zealand reports first case in the community in months

The woman, who recently returned from Europe, had completed two weeks in isolation.

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JoJo Siwa: YouTube star 'never been this happy' after coming out

The teenage YouTube star is supported by fans and celebrities as she talks about her sexuality.

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McGregor v Poirier 2: Irishman shocked in UFC rematch at Fight Island

Conor McGregor is left stunned on his return to the UFC as Dustin Poirier wins their rematch at UFC 257 by technical knockout.

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

China mine rescue: First survivor brought to surface, say state media

A miner trapped in the collapsed Hushan mine was brought to the surface on Sunday, state media say.

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In pictures: Tens of thousands gather for pro-Navalny protests

Tens of thousands brave a police crackdown to show support for jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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Tse Chi Lop: Alleged Asian drug lord arrested in Amsterdam

Australia believes Tse Chi Lop's syndicate controls up to 70% of narcotics entering the country.

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The homeless drug addict who became a history professor

Jesse Thistle, a high school dropout, overcame addiction and homelessness to pursue an academic career.

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Tunisians question whether life is better after Arab Spring

Ten years after ousting their strongman leader, some say the new system isn't working.

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Letter from Africa: The continent no longer needs lectures from the US

President Joe Biden will need to renew the relationship with the continent, writes Waihiga Mwaura.

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Coronavirus: How the pandemic has changed the world economy

Key maps and charts explain how the virus has impacted markets and businesses around the world.

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Is this Russian cult leader a fraud?

A mysterious Russian cult leader is accused of embezzling followers' funds and abusing them.

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Nazi Ravensbrück camp: How ordinary women became SS torturers

Female SS guards enjoyed home comforts at a camp where they tortured thousands of inmates.

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A wristband that tells your boss if you are unhappy

Technology to help our mental wellbeing has grown in popularity during the coronavirus lockdowns.

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Olivier Duhamel: French incest allegations prompt victims to speak out

A sex abuse case involving a well-known intellectual sparked a deluge of testimonies by victims of abuse.

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Why Iran’s nuclear facilities are still vulnerable to attack

Putting sites underground does not mean they're beyond the reach of those who want them scuppered.

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Covid: Italian PM brands vaccine delay 'unacceptable'

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has warned he will take legal action against Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

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Krystina Arielle: Star Wars supports High Republic host after racist abuse

Krystina Arielle, the host of Star Wars: The High Republic Show, was attacked online.

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Navalny protests: Hundreds arrested in string of protests across Russia

The arrest of the Kremlin's fiercest critic sparks a string of protests across Russia.

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Larry King: Veteran US talk show host dies aged 87

The US host conducted an estimated 50,000 interviews, including with top politicians and celebrities.

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Sri Lanka Minister who promoted 'Covid syrup' tests positive

Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Sri Lanka's health minister, tested positive for Covid on Friday.

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Larry King: US TV legend who hosted 50,000 interviews

Larry King - who has died aged 87 - was one of the giants of US broadcasting.

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Loyal dog's six-day wait for poorly owner outside Turkish hospital

Boncuk waited outside a hospital in Turkey every day while her owner was being treated.

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Alexei Navalny: Dozens detained in protests in eastern Russia

Russian authorities crack down on protests in support of jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny.

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Back inside the Wuhan market where Covid-19 was first traced

BBC China correspondent Robin Brant has visited the building housing Wuhan's famous 'wet' market.

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Trudeau conveys Keystone pipeline 'disappointment' to Biden

Despite the revoking of the Keystone XL permit, the Canadian PM hails "a new era" in bilateral ties.

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Afghan war: Biden administration to review Trump's Taliban deal

Officials say they want to check the group are "living up to its commitments" as violence continues.

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National Guard: President Biden apologises over troops sleeping in car park

Photographs of hundreds of National Guard members sheltering underground sparked anger among lawmakers.

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What next for Trump - and Trumpism?

Stripped of presidential powers and silenced online, can Trump still make a political comeback?

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Wuhan marks its anniversary with triumph and denial

In the city where the virus first emerged there is now an insistence that it came from elsewhere.

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Uganda's Yoweri Museveni overcomes Bobi Wine challenge - for now

President Yoweri Museveni sees off another challenger despite the expectation surrounding Bobi Wine.

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Rémy Julienne: Stunt king to the stars who fell to Covid

Rémy Julienne was one of the world's top stunt artists, devising crashes and collisions in 1,400 films.

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Covid hand-outs: How different countries pay if you are sick

As the UK rejects £500 Covid pay outs, how are others countries getting people to stick to the rules?

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Islamic State tries to shore up relevance with Iraq carnage

Despite their territorial defeat, the extremists are striving to prove they still matter.

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Week in pictures: 16-22 January 2021

A selection of striking images taken around the world this week.

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How Joe Biden's ancestral Irish home is celebrating

Celebrations broke out across Ballina when Biden's presidential victory was declared - and for the young people of the town, it meant that anything was possible.

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Margaret Court's Order of Australia award sparks anger

The tennis player, now a pastor, has faced widespread condemnation for her LGBT views.

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Honduran abortion law: Congress moves to set total ban 'in stone'

Critics say requiring 75% of Congress to alter the total ban would make a change almost impossible.

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Trump 'prank-called by Piers Morgan impersonator'

The TV presenter says Mr Trump went on with the conversation, believing it to be Morgan.

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Central African Republic declares emergency as rebels surround Bangui

Central African Republic, two-thirds controlled by rebels, is "at grave risk" the UN envoy says.

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Japan insists Olympics are on track as doubts grow

Tokyo 2020 organisers are hopeful a successful Covid vaccine rollout will allow them to host the Games, as a report casts further doubt on their staging.

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Diary Sow: Talented Senegal student 'sorry' after disappearing in France

Diary Sow, who raised concern by failing to return to school in Paris, had been "on a little break".

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Indonesia plane crash probe focusses on autothrottle

It's still unclear why Sriwijaya Air SJ182 crashed, but it previously had issues with the autothrottle.

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China falling short of US trade deal targets

The country agreed to buy $200bn worth of US goods in a trade agreement signed one year ago.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Chinese miners to remain trapped at least two more weeks

The rescue of the surviving workers in a collapsed Chinese mine will take at least two more weeks.

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Trump impeachment: Republicans seek delay until February

Members of the ex-president's party say he deserves "a full and fair process that respects his rights".

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Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia

The tech giant says it will remove its main search function from Australia if it passes a new law.

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Julie Payette: Canada governor general quits amid bullying claims

The Queen's representative says she is sorry for the lack of a healthy work environment at her office.

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Paula Badosa: Australian Open player 'sorry' after revealing she has Covid

Paula Badosa reveals she has the virus and apologises for making complaints about quarantine rules.

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Steinmetz trial: Swiss verdict for tycoon in Guinea mine corruption trial

The trial of Israeli businessman Beny Steinmetz is seen as the biggest corruption case in mining.

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Manaus: Brazil's city on the Amazon river buckles under second Covid wave

Doctors in the Amazon's biggest city, Manaus, are struggling to control rising numbers of deaths and cases.

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Iraq bombing: IS says it was behind deadly suicide attacks in Baghdad

The jihadists said the biggest bombing in Iraq's capital for three years was aimed at Shia Muslims.

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Wuhan anniversary: How China tackled its Covid pandemic

The world's first coronavirus lockdown began in Wuhan a year ago - how has China changed since then?

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Facebook's Oversight Board to rule on Trump ban

The new board will decide whether the former president can use Facebook and Instagram again.

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Africa's long wait for the Covid-19 vaccine

Africa will have to wait "weeks if not months" before getting WHO-approved vaccines, officials say.

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President Biden and unity: Can the next generation unify America?

Democrat Ala'a and Republican Caleb, both 16, on whether President Biden's call for unity can be achieved.

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The vehicle that got a village smiling

When her friends died in childbirth, a Nigerian woman hatched a plan to make a difference.

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Bridgerton second series 'exciting', says writer

The author behind the book speaks exclusively to the BBC about the news of a second series.

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Covid-19: Caring for five younger siblings at age 25

Vanessa Pérez, 25, and her siblings lost their mother to Covid. She's now the primary caregiver.

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What is the Paris climate agreement and why is the US rejoining?

One of US President Joe Biden's first acts in office will be to rejoin the global climate accord.

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Serum Institute: Fire at world's largest vaccine producer kills five

The company says production of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine has not been affected.

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Ghana 'baby-harvesting syndicate' arrested

Doctors, nurses, mothers and social workers are apprehended after babies were sold for $5,000.

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Biden inauguration leaves QAnon believers in disarray

Followers of the baseless conspiracy theory are split over failed inauguration day predictions.

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Biden inauguration: Katy's anthem, Bernie's mittens and other offbeat moments

A poet laureate, a fist bump and lots of winter clothing - all the things you might have missed.

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Biden to sign 10 executive orders to tackle Covid

He will order increased vaccinations, more testing and expanded production of essential equipment.

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Inside Biden's new-look Oval Office

Busts of influential civil rights leaders sit alongside portraits of famous presidents.

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Coronavirus: Hungary first in EU to approve Russian vaccine

Its health authorities give preliminary approval to the Russian-developed Sputnik V coronavirus jab.

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Italian coastguard recover huge whale carcass

They were led to the dead mammal by a young whale calf in distress.

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Iraq attack: Rare suicide bombing in central Baghdad kills six

The attacker detonated an explosive belt at a clothing market in Tayaran Square, local media say.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

China's telecom giants ask for Wall Street relisting

The New York Stock Exchange has already changed its mind several times about delisting the companies.

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Australia Day row: PM Morrison criticises Cricket Australia over words' removal

Scott Morrison criticises Cricket Australia for dumping references to the controversial holiday.

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Star-studded concert marks Joe Biden's inauguration

Foo Fighters, John Legend, Demi Lovato and Katy Perry all play the Celebrating America concert.

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Manila police chief faces sack over rape probe

Was Christine Dacera raped and murdered? Differing accounts in the Philippines have caused outrage.

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The story of Trump's last day and Biden's inauguration

A look back at the moments that defined a historic day in the US capital.

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Kamala Harris: 'Believe in what we can do together'

The new US vice-president speaks of the values President Joe Biden wants to "summon" in America.

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Elephants counted from space for conservation

Satellite imagery is being used to count elephants in a breakthrough that could aid conservation.

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Coronavirus: How President Biden plans to tackle the pandemic

America's new president has promised to spend $1.9tn on combatting Covid-19, with a pledge to vaccinate 100 million people in his first 100 days.

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Covid: Israel vaccine fears 'out of context and inaccurate'

Israel is likely to be the first country to see an impact from vaccination - but it is still too early.

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Race in South Africa: 'We haven't learnt we are human beings first'

A teacher was charged with fraud for describing himself as "African".

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Do you 'Zoom lunch' with home-working colleagues?

Some firms are encouraging staff who are working from home to take their lunch breaks together.

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Biden inauguration: Global media consider 'colossal challenge'

The US's allies - and enemies - have been setting out their hopes for the new administration.

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Yellow: K-pop artist Lim Kim bites back against stereotypes

Lim Kim says her music challenges prejudices about Asian women and attacks Orientalism.

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Kamala Harris becomes first female, first black and first Asian-American VP

Kamala Harris makes history as she is sworn in as US vice-president.

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Kamala Harris sworn in as vice-president

Kamala Harris is sworn in as US's first female, Black and south Asian vice-president.

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Trump: 'I wish new administration great luck and success'

Outgoing US President tells his supporters that "we will be back in some form".

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Madrid explosion leaves two dead

At least two people have died in a suspected gas blast that destroyed four floors of a building.

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Tunisia youths warned over riots amid Covid curfew

Protests continued for a fifth night over high unemployment and an economic crisis.

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Biden inauguration: New president to be sworn in amid Trump snub

Joe Biden's inauguration as 46th US president will mark a new chapter from Donald Trump's legacy.

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South Africa 'Dr Death' row: Clinics defend Basson's right to practise

The cardiologist, who works in Cape Town, once headed the apartheid-era secret germ warfare programme.

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Trump leaves Washington, snubbing inauguration

Donald Trump and his wife Melania depart on Marine One hours ahead of his successor Joe Biden's inauguration.

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Navalny video: Putin palace claims reach millions for jailed critic

The jailed opposition figure alleges the property was paid for "with the largest bribe in history".

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Sibusiso Moyo: Zimbabwe foreign minister dies from Covid-19

The southern African state has recorded a surge in cases since the end of the festive season.

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Prada drops Chinese actress over alleged surrogacy row

The actress has been accused of abandoning children she had through a surrogate.

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Jack Ma makes first appearance since October

Fears had grown over the Alibaba founder's whereabouts because of pressure from Chinese authorities.

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Natural wonder: Wing 'clap' solves mystery of butterfly flight

The cupped clap of a butterfly's wings may be the key to their flying abilities and their survival.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Biden inauguration: Democrat to be sworn in as Trump leaves office

The new president will take the oath of office in a Washington DC fortified against any civil unrest.

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Trump pardons Bannon in final acts of clemency

His ex-adviser faces fraud charges over a fundraising campaign to build a wall on the Mexican border.

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Audi to make electric cars with China's oldest carmaker FAW

FAW counts Red Flag limousines, used by China's communist party leaders, among its products.

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SLS: Nasa finds cause of 'megarocket' test shutdown

An issue with hydraulic systems led to the early shutdown of a test for Nasa's new "megarocket".

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Coronavirus: Why South Africa has yet to roll out vaccines

South Africa is the worst-hit country in Africa, but has not yet started doing Covid-19 vaccinations.

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Coronavirus: French students highlight pandemic's mental health toll

Student protests around the country are set to highlight the mental health impacts of the pandemic.

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Greece #Metoo: Women ending silence of sport abuse shake Greece

The decision by ex-champion Sofia Bekatorou to describe how she was assaulted leads to a #Metoo moment.

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