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UK Foreign Secretary Truss says she fully supports PM Johnson – (Reuters)
UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss voiced on Friday her full support for embattled Prime Minister Boris Johnson, saying he was doing a fantastic job and there was no contest for the leadership.

COVID disrupts aid flight to tsunami-hit Tonga – (Reuters)
As aid trickles into the South Pacific nation of Tonga, devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami, an Australian aid flight was forced to return to base due to a positive COVID-19 case onboard, a defence official said on Friday.

Georgia prosecutor requests special grand jury in Trump election probe – (Reuters)
The prosecutor for Georgia's biggest county on Thursday requested a special grand jury with subpoena power to aid her investigation into then-President Donald Trump's efforts to influence the U.S. state's 2020 election results.

Penn pledges to work with NCAA, support transgender swimmer – (Associated Press)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The University of Pennsylvania said it will work with the NCAA under its newly adopted standards for transgender athletes.Swimmer Lia Thomas, who competed for the men's team at Penn before transitioning, has qualified to compete in March a…

Democrats eye new strategy after failure of voting bill – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats were picking up the pieces Thursday following the collapse of their top-priority voting rights legislation, with some shifting their focus to a narrower bipartisan effort to repair laws Donald Trump exploited in his bid to overturn…

Year 2: Biden plans more public outreach, less legislating – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden launched into his second year in office Thursday with a new focus on making fatigued Americans believe they’re better off under his leadership as he embraces a pared-back agenda before the midterm elections.

Florida man charged after 4 found dead at Canada-US border – (Associated Press)
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — A Florida man was charged Thursday with human smuggling after the bodies of four people, including a baby and a teen, were found in Canada near the U.S. border in what authorities believe was a failed crossing attempt during a freezi…

US charges Belarus with air piracy in reporter's arrest – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors charged four Belarusian government officials on Thursday with aircraft piracy for diverting a Ryanair flight last year to arrest an opposition journalist, using a ruse that there was a bomb threat.

Supreme Court won't speed challenge to Texas abortion limits – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the latest setback for abortion rights in Texas, the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to speed up the ongoing court case over the state's ban on most abortions.Over dissents from the three liberal justices, the court declined to order a …

Fed kicks off debate on issuing its own digital currency with new white paper – (Reuters)
Creating an official digital version of the U.S. dollar could give Americans more, and speedier, payment options, but it would also present financial stability risks and privacy concerns, the U.S. Federal Reserve said in a long-awaited discussion paper releas…

Bipartisan U.S. Senate group discusses scaled-back elections bill – (Reuters)
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is discussing a scaled-back law focused on safeguarding election results and protecting election officials from harassment following Democrats' <a href="https://www.reuters.com/world/us/voting-rights-brawl-takes-center-stag…

Jan. 6 committee requests interview with Ivanka Trump – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection is asking Ivanka Trump, daughter of former President Donald Trump, to voluntarily cooperate as lawmakers make their first public attempt to arrange an interview with a Trump fam…

US sanctions Ukrainian officials accused of helping Russia – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department levied new sanctions Thursday against four Ukrainian officials, including two current members of parliament who administration officials say are part of a Russian influence effort to set the pretext for further i…

Aiming to make CDC nimble, agency director has rankled many – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the top U.S. public health agency has been criticized as too slow to collect and act on new information.Now, increasingly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also being criticized for…

Jury in federal trial in Floyd killing appears mostly white – (Associated Press)
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury of 18 people who appeared mostly white was picked Thursday for the federal trial of three Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing, a case that the judge told potential jurors has “absolutely nothing” to do w…


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