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Covid-19: The road back to Wuhan

BBC China Correspondent Stephen McDonell has taken a road trip back to the Chinese city of Wuhan, as it nears the anniversary on 23 January of the world’s first Covid-19 lockdown. The virus was first detected in Wuhan in late 2019 before it spiralled into a global pandemic and turned the city into a ghost […]

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Biden inauguration: Fortified US statehouses see scattered protests

Getty Images Small groups of protesters – some of them armed – have gathered at statehouses in the US, where tensions are high after the deadly riots at the Capitol in Washington. Protests are being held outside capitol buildings in Texas, Oregon, Michigan, Ohio and elsewhere. But many other statehouses were quiet on Sunday, amid […]

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Uganda election: Bobi Wine ‘fearful for life’ after Museveni win

Getty Images Uganda’s main opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine says his life is being threatened following Thursday’s election which saw Yoweri Museveni win a sixth elected term. The singer-turned-politician told the BBC that he rejected the results “with the contempt they deserve”. He alleged there had been a lot of irregularities but Mr Museveni called […]

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Biden inauguration: Executive orders to reverse Trump policies

Reuters Details are emerging of a raft of executive orders planned by US president-elect Joe Biden as soon as he takes office this week. Mr Biden will issue decrees to reverse President Trump’s travel bans and re-join the Paris climate accord on his first day, US media reports. The president-elect is also expected to focus […]

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Russia Navalny: Poisoned opposition leader due to fly home

Reuters Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is due back in Moscow later on Sunday for the first time since he was nearly killed last year by a nerve agent attack. He says the authorities were behind the attempt on his life, an allegation backed up by investigative journalists but denied by the Russian government. Mr Navalny, […]

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Biden inauguration: All 50 US states on alert for armed protests

All 50 US states and the District of Columbia (DC) are on alert for possible violent protests this weekend, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. National Guard troops have been sent to Washington DC, to deter any repeat of last week’s deadly riots. The FBI has warned of possible armed marches by pro-Trump […]

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SLS: Nasa’s ‘megarocket’ engine test ends early

A critical engine test for Nasa’s new “megarocket” – the Space Launch System (SLS) – has ended early. Shortly before 22:30 GMT (17:30 EST), the four engines ignited with a flash, burning for more than a minute before the test was aborted. The core stage of the SLS was being tested at Stennis Space Center, […]

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Uganda: Veteran leader Yoweri Museveni declared election winner

AFP Uganda’s long-time President Yoweri Museveni has been re-elected, electoral officials say, amid accusations of vote rigging by his main rival Bobi Wine. Mr Museveni won almost 59% of the vote, with Mr Wine trailing with about 35%, the Electoral Commission said. Mr Wine, a former pop star, earlier vowed to provide evidence of fraud. […]

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Covid: UK variant could drive ‘rapid growth’ in US cases, CDC warns

Reuters A highly contagious coronavirus variant first detected in the UK could become the dominant strain in the US by March, health officials have said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned of “rapid growth” of the variant in coming weeks. It said such a spike could further threaten health systems already strained […]

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Tennis stars’ arrival angers stranded Australians

Reuters The sight of some of the world’s biggest tennis stars touching down for the upcoming Australian Open tournament has frustrated many Australians unable to return home due to the pandemic. Australia currently has a cap on the number of international arrivals, with people having to undergo quarantine in a designated facility. There are roughly […]