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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.

Biden to pick Jaime Harrison to head DNC -source

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President-elect Joe Biden is set to pick former U.S. Senate candidate in South Carolina Jaime Harrison to head the Democratic National Committee, a source told Reuters on Thursday. Colette Luke has more.

Wall Street ends lower after weak jobs data

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Wall Street closed lower Thursday as hopes for fresh fiscal stimulus ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s pandemic aid proposal were pitted against a weakening labor market. Fred Katayama reports.

Delta posts first annual loss in 11 years

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Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian expects 2021 to be “the year of recovery” after the coronavirus pandemic cut operating revenue by 64% and prompted its first annual loss in 11 years. Fred Katayama reports.

U.S. jobless claims jump to nearly 1 million

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The number of Americans filing first-time applications for unemployment benefits surged last week, confirming a weakening in labor market conditions as a worsening COVID-19 pandemic disrupts operations at restaurants and other businesses. Fred Katayama reports.

France's Le Maire talks sanctions, Carrefour, growth

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French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday that resolving transatlantic trade sanctions were his priority for dealings with the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden.

CEO says Parler may never return online

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Social media platform Parler, which has gone dark after being cut off by major service providers that accused the app of failing to police violent content, may never get back online, said its CEO John Matze. Bryan Wood reports.

House votes to impeach Trump again

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 232-197 to make Donald Trump the first U.S. president ever to be impeached twice, formally charging him with inciting an insurrection just a week after a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Target’s holiday sales jump 17%

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Target reported a 17.2% rise in comparable sales for the holiday season on Wednesday as online sales more than doubled, thanks to faster deliveries and higher demand for home goods, electronics and beauty products. Fred Katayama reports.

U.S. govt executes first woman in almost 70 years

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[NFA] The U.S. government executed convicted murderer Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, early on Wednesday, after the Supreme Court cleared the last hurdle for her execution by overturning a stay. Matthew Larotonda reports.

Poisoned critic will return to Russia, face risks

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Prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says he will fly back to Russia from Germany, where he has been recovering after being poisoned, shrugging off potential legal risks that could see him jailed. Emily Wither reports.

YouTube is suspending Trump's channel

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YouTube said on Tuesday it has suspended Donald Trump's channel as it violated policies for inciting violence after last week's assault on the U.S. Capitol by the president's supporters. Gloria Tso reports.

Pence refuses to remove Trump from office

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The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to urge Vice President Mike Pence to start the U.S. Constitution's 25th Amendment process of removing President Donald Trump from office, although the vice president already has said he will not do so. Gloria Tso reports.

U.S. to pursue criminal charges in Capitol riot

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The United States has opened criminal investigations of more than 170 people who stormed the Capitol last week and plans to charge some of the most serious offenders with assault and seditious conspiracy for their role in the violence, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday. Freddie Joyner has more.

Report details dark chapter in Ireland's history

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Thousands of infants died in Irish homes for unmarried mothers and their offspring run by the Catholic Church from the 1920s to the 1990s, an inquiry found on Tuesday, an "appalling" mortality rate that reflected brutal living conditions. Gavino Garay has more.

U.S. releases millions of COVID -19 vaccine doses

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[NFA] The Trump administration said on Tuesday it is releasing millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses it had been holding back for second shots and urged states to offer them to all Americans over age 65 or with chronic health conditions. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

Trump disavows any responsibility for Capitol attack

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday disavowed responsibility for his supporters' violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol last week and said his remarks before the siege were "totally appropriate."

Lawmakers COVID-positive after Capitol siege

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A third Democratic U.S. lawmaker says he has tested positive for COVID-19 days after being locked down for hours with other colleagues, including Republicans who did not wear face masks, to avoid the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol. This report produced by Emma Jehle.

Trump lashes out at big tech

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U.S. President Donald Trump, in his first remarks before the press since Dec. 8, slammed big tech companies Tuesday, saying they were doing a “horrible thing” to the country. Fred Katayama reports.

Brexit bites: Dutch border guards seize sandwiches

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Ham sandwiches - and their owners - have fallen foul of new import rules since Brexit. Dutch officials are seizing the offending items - and other forbidden foods - from bemused drivers at the border. Lucy Fielder reports.

'Please help us': Migrants endure Bosnia's winter

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Hundreds of migrants are taking shelter in abandoned buildings in and around the northwestern Bosnian town of Bihac, wrapping up as best they can against the snow and freezing weather and hoping eventually to reach EU member Croatia across the border. Olivia Chan reports.

Bill Belichick declines Medal of Freedom from Trump

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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on Monday he has decided not to accept the Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Donald Trump in the wake of last week's siege of the Capitol by the president's supporters. Gloria Tso reports.

Gorillas at zoo test positive for COVID-19

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As many as eight gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are presumed to have contracted COVID-19 from a human handler after one of the animals tested positive, marking the first known transmission of the virus to apes, zoo officials said on Monday.

Acting U.S. homeland security chief resigns

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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told his staff on Monday he was stepping down, a senior administration official told Reuters. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

'Even the president' not above our policies: Facebook COO

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Speaking during the Reuters Next conference on Monday, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said the social media giant has "no plans" to lift its “indefinite” ban on U.S. President Donald Trump’s accounts for violating its policies. Gavino Garay has more.

Cuba returns to U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism

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The Trump administration on Monday announced it was returning Cuba to the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, a move that could complicate any efforts by the incoming Biden administration to revive Obama-era detente with Havana. Freddie Joyner has more.

Professional golf shuns Trump after Capitol riot

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President Trump was handed a stinging rebuke by the world of professional golf, with the PGA of America and R&A, the sport's governing body, both announced they wold shun two courses owned by the President in the wake of the storming of the U.S. Capitol. Conway G. Gittens has the details.

U.N., aid agencies decry U.S. Yemen decision

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The outgoing U.S. administration is to designate Yemen's Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organization, a move the United Nations warned could have serious repercussions for peace talks and efforts to combat the world's largest humanitarian crisis. Mathew Larotonda reports

U.S. bank profits expected to drop again

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When the biggest U.S. banks begin reporting fourth quarter results on Friday, some of the headlines could show profits plunged by as much as 40% from a year earlier before the pandemic struck. Fred Katayama reports.