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Covid-19: Highest UK deaths as Scotland extends lockdown – (BBC News)
A further 1,610 people die with Covid in the UK as Scotland extends its lockdown to mid-February.

Pink seesaws at US-Mexico wall win design award – (BBC News)
The installation allowed children to play together from both sides of the US-Mexico border.

Duchess of Sussex's father says a letter she wrote 'criticised' him – (BBC News)
The Duchess of Sussex is suing the Mail on Sunday over publication of the letter to Thomas Markle.

Why is President Putin submerging himself in icy water? – (BBC News)
Orthodox Christians, Putin among them, take an icy dip to commemorate a special day.

Top US Republican says Trump ‘provoked’ Capitol mob – (Al Jazeera English)
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol were ‘fed lies’.

'Shameful': US virus deaths top 400K as Trump leaves office – (Associated Press)
As President Donald Trump entered the final year of his term last January, the U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Not to worry, Trump insisted, his administration had the virus...

US ‘terrorist’ designation of Yemen’s Houthis comes into effect – (Al Jazeera English)
US Treasury Department releases limited exemptions to designation, but aid group says measure is ‘not a panacea’.

Iran imposes sanctions on Trump, senior US officials – (Al Jazeera English)
The sanctions include a travel ban and a freeze of financial assets they may hold in Iran.

Homeless Montreal man dies in cold just yards from shelter – (BBC News)
Raphaël André was found in a portable toilet next to a shelter that was closed due to Covid-19.

Pillow talk: Brands cut ties with My Pillow CEO, a Trump loyalist – (Al Jazeera English)
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell has repeated baseless claims that the US 2020 election was fraudulent and Donald Trump won.

US soldier arrested in plot to blow up NYC 9/11 Memorial – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Army soldier was arrested Tuesday in Georgia on terrorism charges after he spoke online about plots to blow up New York City's 9/11 Memorial and other landmarks and attack...

Trump administration determines China committed Uighur ‘genocide’ – (Al Jazeera English)
The determination, issued on the last day of Trump’s term, has no immediate effects but likely to strain US-China ties.

SAT doing away with optional essay, subject tests – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — The College Board said Tuesday it will eliminate the optional essay from the SAT and do away with subject tests amid a changing college admissions landscape. “The pandemic...

12 Guard members removed from Biden inauguration – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups or...

Trump expected to issue flurry of pardons on last full day – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was expected to spend his last full day in office issuing a flurry of pardons and bidding farewell to the American public from a near-deserted White House...

Pompeo says China's policies on Muslims amount to 'genocide' – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — On his way out the door, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out anew at China on Tuesday by declaring that its policies on Muslims and ethnic minorities in the western...

Thai woman jailed for record 43 years for criticising monarchy – (BBC News)
The sentence is the country's harshest ever for insulting the monarchy.

McConnell: Trump 'provoked' Capitol siege, mob 'fed lies' – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday explicitly placed blame on President Donald Trump for the deadly riot at the Capitol, saying the mob was “fed lies” and that...

New COVID challenge: Mutations rise along with cases – (Al Jazeera English)
Coronavirus becoming more genetically diverse; officials say the high rate of new cases is the main reason.

Joe Biden to propose eight-year citizenship path for immigrants – (Al Jazeera English)
The legislation puts Biden on track to deliver on a campaign promise important to Latino and immigrant communities.


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Heineken to cut SA jobs by 7% amid ongoing liquor sales ban – (News24)
Heineken suspended a R6 billion expansion project in August 2020, and is now restructuring its South Africa operations.

R60m PowerBall winner dumped by lover before striking gold with Lady Luck – (News24)
According to Ithuba, the first multimillion-rand winner of the year - a man in his 30s - reported to the National Lottery operator offices on Tuesday to claim his fortune.

Broke Amathole Municipality will now pay salaries after govt intervenes – (News24)
The broke Amathole District Municipality will now pay its employees their salaries after intervention from national and local government.

Coronavirus NSW, Vic, Qld live: Miranda Kerr caught breaching quarantine rules – (News.com.au)
Aussie supermodel Miranda Kerr was slapped with an official warning after police caught the star breaching quarantine rules.

UK sees record deaths as virus variants deepen global concern – (News24)
The world received more frightening reminders of the pandemic's worsening danger as Britain's daily death toll reached a record, Germany looked set to tighten its partial lockdown and two Australian Open players tested positive.

Mkhize: Staff shortages at Steve Biko Covid-19 triage area resolved – (News24)
The staff shortage at Steve Biko Academic Hospital's triage area have been sorted out after 33 nurses were employed on an urgent basis.

Minecraft - Community Celebration: Bloom Trailer - IGN – (IGN)
Check out the trailer for the Bloom map, available in the Marketplace as part of Minecraft's community celebration. As the groundskeeper, players can build an interactive cabin, customize their garden with craftable 3D decorations, and discover over 30 mag…

16 Things That Are Apparently More Acceptable To Americans Than A $15 Minimum Wage – (Buzzfeed)
Makes sense to me!

Thomas to make Super Bowl history – (BBC Sport)
NFL referee Sarah Thomas will become the first woman to officiate in a Super Bowl in the 55th edition on 7 February.

15 People Who Performed At Trump's Inauguration That Show Just How Different Biden's Will Be – (Buzzfeed)
Which do you prefer?

Inauguration security around US Capitol tightens as hunt for DC pipe bomb suspect continues – (Fox News)
Security officials across local and federal agencies are on heightened alert a day before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, and the hunt for a bombmaker and new IEDs in the DC area is a top priority, the FBI said Tuesday.

Raise your hand if a gaming PC is currently heating your home – (The Verge)
The Wall Street Journal writes that heating your home with a gaming PC may be a trend trend, with some even growing tomatoes and heating a chicken coop during the pandemic. Are you heating your home with a GPU?

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town - Here's What Comes in Each Edition - IGN – (IGN)
Everything you need to know to preorder your copy of Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town for Nintendo Switch.

Hawley delays quick confirmation of Biden's DHS nominee | TheHill – (The Hill)
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced on Tuesday he would place a hold on Alejandro Mayorkas, Presid...

Dry, warm weather fuels unusual January fires in Northern California – (MSNBC)
Dry, warm weather fuels unusual January fires in Northern California

Americans see democracy under threat — CBS News poll – (CBS News)
Biden takes office amid concerns about pandemic and more violence.

Doctors locked out from Houston hospital, treat patients in parking lot – (CBS News)
The locks on Heights Hospital were changed overnight. A notice from a lawyer cited more than $1 million in back rent.

Maryland boy to be featured at inauguration special for helping those in need during pandemic – (CBS News)
At just 8-years-old, Cavanaugh Bell from Maryland will be among those featured during the presidential inauguration's primetime special, "Celebrating America." Throughout the pandemic, he's been delivering supplies and building mobile pantries for communities…

Premier League investigating Robert Snodgrass transfer after Sam Allardyce revealed West Brom agreed to leave – (TalkSport)

BlackBerry jumps 20% after settling patent dispute with Facebook – (Business Insider)
BlackBerry sued Facebook for patent infringement in 2018, claiming the company was profiting from its innovative messaging technology.


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All about Trump

15 People Who Performed At Trump's Inauguration That Show Just How Different Biden's Will Be – (Buzzfeed)
Which do you prefer?

1/19: CBSN AM – (CBS News)
President Trump expected to grant up to 100 pardons and communications; talking with kids about Wednesday's unusual inauguration

U.S. surpasses 400,000 coronavirus deaths on Trump's final full day in office – (Axios)
That's over 100,000 fatalities in 36 days.

‘Genocide’: Trump administration’s brutal final call on China – (News.com.au)
‘Genocide’: Trump administration’s brutal final call on China

Pence, McConnell To Skip Trump Departure Ceremony For Biden Inauguration Events – (The Huffington Post)
Republican leaders in Congress will reportedly attend church with Biden instead of witnessing Trump's formal send-off at Joint Base Andrews.

McConnell says Trump 'provoked' the Capitol riot as Senate weighs another impeachment trial – (Fox News)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., placed blame on President Trump for the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 that left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer.

After Trump 'onslaught': What LGBTQ advocates want from Biden's first 100 days – (MSNBC)
Advocates say Trump's "attacks" on the LGBTQ community were unprecedented. Here's what they want President-Elect Biden to do in the first 100 days.

US coronavirus death toll tops 400,000 during Donald Trump's final hours in office – (ABC News (AU))
The US death toll from COVID-19 eclipses 400,000 in the waning hours of Donald Trump's presidency.

Top US Republican says Trump ‘provoked’ Capitol mob – (Al Jazeera English)
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol were ‘fed lies’.

'Shameful': US virus deaths top 400K as Trump leaves office – (Associated Press)
As President Donald Trump entered the final year of his term last January, the U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Not to worry, Trump insisted, his administration had the virus...

Hill probes, Trump's recent actions test Biden's approach to investigations – (MSNBC)
Trump's final weeks in office could complicate Biden's desire to avoid having investigations of his predecessor overshadow the start of his administration.

Report: Pence, McConnell, and McCarthy will Skip Trump's Send-Off Ceremony – (Breitbart News)
Vice President Mike Pence, along with other top Republican lawmakers, will not attend a formal send off ceremony for President Donald Trump scheduled ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday, according to a report.

Mitch McConnell says Capitol riot 'provoked by the president and other powerful people' | CBC News – (CBC News)
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is explicitly pointing his finger at U.S. President Donald Trump for helping to spur the attack on the Capitol by the outgoing president's supporters earlier this month.

Iran imposes sanctions on Trump, senior US officials – (Al Jazeera English)
The sanctions include a travel ban and a freeze of financial assets they may hold in Iran.

US politics live updates: Donald Trump 'provoked' the 'mob' that attacked the US Capitol, according to top Republican Mitch McConnell – (Google News (Australia))
For the first time, US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell explicitly blames President Donald Trump for provoking the early January attacks on the US Capitol. Follow live.

The American republic’s near-death experience – (Financial Times)
Donald Trump was just a symptom and the US is still in danger from those who peddle lies in place of truth

Pillow talk: Brands cut ties with My Pillow CEO, a Trump loyalist – (Al Jazeera English)
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell has repeated baseless claims that the US 2020 election was fraudulent and Donald Trump won.

Trump administration determines China committed Uighur ‘genocide’ – (Al Jazeera English)
The determination, issued on the last day of Trump’s term, has no immediate effects but likely to strain US-China ties.

Pence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send off | TheHill – (The Hill)
Vice President Pence is not expected to attend a send off for President Trump at Joint Base Andre...

Pompeo says China’s repression of Uighurs is ‘genocide’ – (Financial Times)
Last-minute claims by Trump administration increases pressure on incoming president


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