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Former Trump aide, rapper Lil Wayne among 73 pardoned by outgoing President

Outgoing US President Donald Trump has pardoned his former adviser Steve Bannon, who is facing fraud charges. The announcement came just hours before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Mr Trump also granted clemency to more...

Twelve National Guard members removed from inauguration

A dozen members of the US National Guard have been removed from security efforts to protect Wednesday's inauguration, according to US media reports. The Associated Press news agency, which initially reported the number, said that...

Biden to reverse Trump’s Covid rule change

US President-elect Joe Biden is to undo one of Donald Trump's last actions in office by blocking his decree lifting Covid travel bans on visitors from much of Europe and Brazil. Mr Biden's spokeswoman...

Rwanda puts capital under 15-day lockdown to slow virus

Rwanda has imposed a 15-day lock down on its capital, Kigali, as the country battles a second wave of coronavirus cases that has resulted in "unprecedented deaths and transmission rates". This is the capital's second...

A special robot for Nuclear Power Plants tested in Russia

A unique robot assigned with the task of performing diagnostics and repair of the wall lining and bottom of the cooling ponds of VVER-1200 reactor-enabled units was tested at the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant. The...

Hundreds arrested as Tunisia protests continue

Police in Tunisia say they have arrested more than 600 people as a fourth night of violent protests saw protesters return to the streets. On Monday, crowds of mainly young demonstrators again gathered in the...

Mexico urges US to make major immigration reforms

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has urged the US to make major reforms to its immigration policy as thousands of migrants were blocked by police in neighbouring Guatemala. Mr Lopez Obrador said he was...

Biden inauguration rehearsal paused amid US Capitol lockdown

The Capitol complex in Washington DC was briefly locked down after a security alert, two days before Joe Biden is inaugurated as US president. Police say they acted out of an abundance of caution after...

Badly-hit Brazil begins Covid vaccine roll-out

A nurse has received the first vaccine dose of Brazil's Covid-19 immunisation programme after health regulators gave emergency approval to two jabs. Regulator Anvisa gave the green light to vaccines from Oxford-AstraZeneca and China's Sinovac,...

US-bound migrant caravan beaten back in Guatemala

A caravan of US-bound Central American migrants has been met with truncheons and tear gas in Guatemala, where security forces blocked their path. Thousands of people were intercepted on a road near the border with...
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