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House to send Trump impeachment charge Monday

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The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will deliver an impeachment charge against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, rejecting Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's request for a delay. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

Navalny has a plan to get out of jail... protests

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Russian authorities have arrested several close aides to opposition politician Alexei Navalny in the lead-up to mass protests expected for the weekend. One ally has now told Reuters that Navalny anticipated his own arrest, and planned the protests to force the Kremlin's hand. Matthew Larotonda reports.

Parler loses bid to be restored on Amazon

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A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected Parler's demand that Amazon restore web hosting services for the social media platform, which Amazon had cut off following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. Gloria Tso reports.

Buttigieg: It's time to 'transform' our infrastructure

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Pete Buttigieg, President Joe Biden's nominee to head the U.S. Transportation Department, made his case to a Senate panel on Thursday for why he should be confirmed and said the country must do more to improve its infrastructure. Colette Luke has more.

Pelosi weighs timing of Trump impeachment trial

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U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she will consult fellow Democrats about the Senate's readiness to begin former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on charges of inciting a riot at the U.S. Capitol. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Revenues at Trump properties sink during pandemic

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Some of former President Donald Trump's most high-profile hospitality properties took a large revenue hit last year as COVID-19 lockdowns hurt business, according to a financial disclosure filed on his final day in office. Conway G. Gittens reports.

Twitter suspends Chinese embassy over Uighur post

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Twitter has locked the account of China's U.S. embassy for a tweet that defended China's policy towards Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang, just a day after the outgoing Trump administration accused China of genocide in its final hours. Matthew Larotonda reports.

China sanctions Pompeo, 27 other Trump officials

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China said on Wednesday it wanted to cooperate with President Joe Biden's new U.S. administration, while announcing sanctions against "lying and cheating" outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and 27 other top officials under Donald Trump. Gloria Tso reports.

Democrats take narrow control of U.S. Senate

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Democrats now have majority of the U.S. Senate after Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three members on Wednesday to give the party a narrow grip on both houses of Congress as well as the White House for the first time in a decade. Bryan Wood reports.

‘I felt emotional’ -NY teacher gets COVID shot

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For Sari Rosenberg, a New York City teacher, receiving the first dose of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine left her “emotional, relieved and excited,” and one step closer to seeing her students again. This report produced by Emma Jehle.

Trump revokes ethics ban on aides before his exit

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In one of his last acts as president, Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a directive allowing his staff to immediately begin lobbying, reversing his own 2017 executive order aimed at stopping his aides from using their influence for personal gain. Colette Luke has more.

EU now has 'friend in White House'

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The European Union hailed Joe Biden's inauguration as U.S. president as a "new dawn" for Europe and the United States.

DOJ ends probe into Sen. Burr's stock trades

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U.S. Senator Richard Burr said on Tuesday the Justice Department had closed its investigation of stock trades he made last year before a market downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.

Trump bids farewell as he faces impeachment trial

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U.S. President Donald Trump urged prayers for the new administration in a farewell address, as he leaves office with nearly 400,000 Americans dead of the coronavirus whose risk he downplayed, an economy struggling from the pandemic, and relationships strained with key U.S. allies. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Biden bids Delaware emotional goodbye

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Describing himself as “a proud son of the state of Delaware,” U.S. President-elect Joe Biden bid a heartfelt goodbye on Tuesday to the state where he served as U.S. senator for 36 years and made his way to Washington, D.C., where he led a memorial service to remember the American lives lost to COVID, on the eve of his inauguration. Gavino Garay reports.

Dozen troops removed amid inauguration vetting

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A dozen members of the U.S. National Guard have been removed from duty helping secure the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden after vetting, which included screening for potential ties to right-wing extremism, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

Big pullback won't come soon: trader

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Vespula Capital's Jeff Tomasulo tells Reuters' Fred Katayama why he doesn't see a correction around the corner despite the equity markets' big run up in the last quarter.

Saudi crown prince MBS courts a wary Biden

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After staying out of the spotlight, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is retaking center stage with some high-profile diplomatic and economic steps. It's all about wooing the support of Joe Biden, who is expected to be less accommodating to Saudi on Iran and human rights than his predecessor. Lucy Fielder reports.

Goldman, BofA profits top estimates

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Goldman Sachs’ quarterly profit crushed Wall Street’s estimates, while Bank of America’s bottom line fell but breezed past analysts’ targets. Fred Katayama reports.

Tunisians protest after Arab Spring anniversary

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Hundreds of youths clashed with police in cities across Tunisia late on Monday, throwing stones and gasoline bombs in the capital as security forces used tear gas and water cannons to try to quell the unrest. Libby Hogan produced this report.

Canada scrambles to save Keystone XL pipeline

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's expected move to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline prompted Canada's main oil-producing province of Alberta on Monday to threaten to seek damages as Ottawa made efforts to save the troubled project. Bryan Wood reports.

Biden to block Trump's plan to lift travel bans

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to extend travel restrictions on most visitors who have recently been in much of Europe and Brazil, soon after President Donald Trump announced he would be lifting those requirements. Gloria Tso reports.

Field of flags for those absent at inauguration

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The U.S. National Mall lit up on Monday with a display of thousands of U.S. flags meant to represent Americans who are unable to attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Virginia pro-gun event fizzles on MLK Day

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Only a few dozen gun-rights activists converged on the Virginia state capital on Monday for an annual demonstration that was dampened by tensions in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Guatemala ups pressure on U.S.-bound migrant caravan

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Guatemalan security forces on Monday cleared a road of hundreds of people in a mostly Honduran migrant caravan that had camped out overnight when authorities barred it from advancing toward the United States. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

FBI probes if woman tried to sell Pelosi laptop

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U.S. law enforcement is investigating whether a woman took a laptop computer or hard drive from U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the siege of the Capitol and tried to sell the device to Russian intelligence, according to a court filing. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Navalny's wife tells supporters not to be afraid

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The wife of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny called on supporters not be afraid, minutes after Yulia Navalnaya saw her husband detained at border control checkpoint on Sunday.

Biden to end Keystone pipeline early: source

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is planning to cancel the permit for the $9 billion Keystone XL pipeline project as one of his first acts in office, and perhaps as soon as his first day, according to a source familiar with his thinking. Bryan Wood reports.

Music producer Phil Spector, convicted of murder, dead at 81

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Rock producer Phil Spector, who changed the sound of pop music in the 1960s with his "Wall of Sound" recordings and was convicted of murder for the 2003 murder of a Hollywood actress, has died at age 81 of COVID-19, according to authorities and media reports. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

Divisions and doubt cloud Palestinian election

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Many Palestinians welcomed the announcement of the first national elections in 15 years, but scepticism remained over whether they will bring change - or even happen at all - in the split territory beset by political infighting and distrusts of institutions. Emily Wither reports.

Biden plans flurry of Day One executive actions

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The promised executive actions to be taken on Day One include policy changes on housing, student loans, climate change and immigration. This report produced by Jonah Green.

Germany's CDU picks new leader for post-Merkel era

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Centrist Armin Laschet positioned himself on Saturday as the man to heal divisions among Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats after they chose him to lead the party, putting him in pole position to succeed her as Germany's chancellor. Olivia Chan reports.

Uganda's Museveni declared election winner

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni won a decisive re-election victory on Saturday, elections officials said, but his main rival Bobi Wine alleged widespread fraud and said citizens should reject the result. Emily Wither reports.

Thousands of migrants traveling north to U.S.

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Small skirmishes broke out between Honduran security forces and migrants trying to cross the border into Guatemala on Friday night, with Guatemalan officials estimating around 6,500 people to be heading north to the United States. Olivia Chan reports.

U.S. Health Secretary Azar resigns: CNN

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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has resigned, citing last week's attack on the Capitol, CNN reported on Friday. Gloria Tso reports.

FBI questions dozens in Capitol police killing: NYT

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The FBI is questioning dozens of people in the killing of Brian Sicknick, a police officer who died a day after physically engaging with a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, and other assaults on law enforcement, the New York Times reported on Friday. Gloria Tso has more.

Biden says he feels safe ahead of inauguration

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said on Friday that he feels safe, after a reporter asked him if he felt comfortable despite intelligence briefings about Inauguration Day security threats. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Racing to inoculate, U.S. faces vaccine supply gap

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Scattered vaccine shortages cropped up on the front lines of the U.S. battle against the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, prompting at least one large healthcare system to cancel a slew of appointments of people hoping to be inoculated. This report produced by Emma Jehle.

Watchdog to probe DOJ response to Capitol riot

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The U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog will review how the FBI and other law enforcement agencies prepared and responded to the storming of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump's supporters, Inspector General Michael Horowitz said on Friday. This report produced by Colette Luke.

UK variant could dominate in U.S. by March, CDC

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A new, highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus first discovered in Britain could become the dominant variant in the United States by March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Friday. Freddie Joyner has more.

Buy bank stocks: advisor

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As JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo kick off earnings season Friday with better-than-expected profits, Mercadien Asset Management president Ken Kamen tells Reuters' Fred Katayama why investors should consider buying bank stocks even after their recent rally.

No playbook for Trump's second impeachment trial

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Now that U.S. President Donald Trump has been impeached for a second time, the Senate will hold a very different trial than the last one as it enters uncharted territory to consider whether to bar him from future office. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

U.S. says rioters aimed to 'capture and assassinate' officials

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Federal prosecutors offered an ominous new assessment of last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters on Thursday, saying in a court filing that rioters intended “to capture and assassinate elected officials.” This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

Dutch govt resigns over child subsidies scandal

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the resignation of his government on Friday, accepting responsibility for years of mismanagement of childcare subsidies, which wrongfully drove thousands of families to financial ruin. Emer McCarthy reports.

Biden's inauguration rehearsal postponed - Politico

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A rehearsal for U.S President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration scheduled for Sunday has been postponed because of security concerns, Politico reported late on Thursday, citing two people with knowledge of the decision. Libby Hogan reports.

Biden's inauguration postponed - Politico

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A rehearsal for U.S President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration scheduled for Sunday has been postponed because of security concerns, Politico reported late on Thursday, citing two people with knowledge of the decision. Libby Hogan reports.

Trump administration takes final swipes at China

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The Trump administration took another swipe at China and its biggest firms on Thursday, imposing sanctions on officials and companies for alleged misdeeds in the South China Sea. It also imposed an investment ban on nine more Chinese firms for their alleged ties to the military. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.

Biden picks Jaime Harrison to head DNC

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President-elect Joe Biden has picked former South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison to head the Democratic National Committee, Biden's office said in a statement on Thursday. Gloria Tso has more.

D.C. locks down, states on alert, for inauguration

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[NFA] U.S. security forces are mounting a national operation to thwart any violence before President-elect Joe Biden takes office - while Democrats warned of possible political violence even after the Jan. 20 swearing-in. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

‘We need to make New York anti-poverty’ -Yang

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[NFA] Former 2020 U.S. presidential contender Andrew Yang, who built a strong grassroots following on the promise of a universal basic income, is running for mayor of New York City with the same pledge. This report produced by Emma Jehle.