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Fears of ‘inside attack’ at Biden’s inauguration, defence officials warn
A security threat within the ranks will be a big risk for president-elect Joe Biden and other VIP attendees at the inauguration, according to defence officials 
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The Latest: Chinese province ups restrictions amid outbreak
A Chinese province grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases is reinstating tight restrictions on weddings, funerals and other family gatherings, threatening violators with criminal charges
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From Billie Eilish to Phoebe Bridgers: How ASMR crossed over into pop
Soft, spooky whispers have become a dominant force in everything from folk to hip-hop, and it’s only going to get bigger, writes Ed Power
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Anonymous $40 million gift funding 50 civil rights lawyers
The NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund is launching a scholarship program to create a new generation of civil rights lawyers
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Israel trades Pfizer doses for medical data in vaccine blitz
Israel is sprinting ahead in vaccinating its population against the coronavirus and it has struck a deal with Pfizer to secure doses in exchange for medical data
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Japan's PM vows Olympics will be proof of victory over virus
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is vowing to get the pandemic under control and hold the already postponed Olympics this summer with ample coronavirus protection
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Harris prepares for central role in Biden's White House
Kamala Harris will make history on Wednesday when she becomes the nation’s first female vice president — and the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office
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SKorean court gives Samsung scion prison term over bribery
Billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong is heading back to prison after a South Korean court sentenced him to two and a half years over his involvement in a 2016 corruption scandal
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What Biden can and can't get from an evenly divided Senate
So what does a 50-50 Senate get President-elect Joe Biden
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'Rooting hard for you': Will departure notes end with Trump?
As he was preparing to leave the White House in January 1989, President Ronald Reagan wanted to write a note to his successor, George H
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12 workers trapped week ago in China mine blast are alive
Chinese state media say 12 out of 22 workers trapped for a week after an explosion in a gold mine are alive
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Moon urges Biden to learn from Trump's N. Korea diplomacy
South Korea’s president has urged the incoming Biden administration to build upon the achievements and learn from the failures of President Donald Trump’s diplomatic engagement with North Korea
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Asia Today: Philippine cases hit 500K amid vaccine struggles
Coronavirus infections in the Philippines have surged past 500,000 in a new bleak milestone with the government facing criticism for failing to immediately launch a vaccination program amid a global scramble for COVID-19 vaccines
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Asian shares mostly lower, China gains on GDP rebound
Shares have fallen across most of Asia following a retreat on Wall Street, but benchmarks in Hong Kong and Shanghai rose after data showed the Chinese economy grew a solid 2.3% in 2020
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Toughest travel rules in a lifetime take effect for UK arrivals
Travellers must take a test 72 hours before departing and self-isolate on arrival
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Phil Spector's death resurrects mixed reaction from skeptics
Phil Spector was viewed as a man with two distinct personas: The late music producer was regarded as a rock ‘n’ roll genius who elevated the genre with his “Wall of Sound” style and creating hits for several big names from the Beatles to Tina Turner
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New Radicals will reunite for first time in 22 years for Biden Inauguration Parade
‘If there’s one thing on Earth that would possibly make us get the band together, if only for a day, it is the hope that our song could be even the tiniest beacon of light in such a dark time,’ frontman Gregg Alexander said in a statement
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FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack
U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration
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China economy grows in 2020 as rebound from virus gains
China reports its economy grew 2.3% in 2020 as a recovery from the coronavirus pandemic accelerated while the United States, Europe and Japan struggled with disease outbreaks
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‘We The People’ concert: Connie Britton reveals moving moment with Joe Biden
‘It is because of his commitment to hear every voice, it is for this reason that he is here now when unity is going to be the most important way forward. And he has spoken about that over and over and over again’
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The government’s rhetoric over statues and our history does us all a disservice
We need an open debate about where we have come from and where we are headed, writes Chris Stevenson
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Aid effort intensifies after Indonesia quake that killed 81
Aid was reaching the thousands of people left homeless and struggling after an earthquake that killed at least 81 people on an Indonesian island
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‘We’re filled with hope’: Bidens open inauguration events with message of positivity after Capitol violence
‘To those who have experienced loss over the last year, know that Joe and I carry you in our thoughts and prayers each day,’ said Dr Biden
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Vice President Pence thanks U.S. troops at Fort Drum
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife made their final official appearance together with a visit to Fort Drum, where they thanked the 10th Mountain Division and their families for their service
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Biden-Harris team releases 46-song inauguration playlist featuring Bruce Springsteen, Kendrick Lamar, and more
Featuring a mix of current hits and classics, the playlist 'represents the diversity of our nation, and our strength and resilience as we look forward to new leadership and a new era in America’
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Lord Sumption tells stage 4 cancer patient her life is ‘less valuable’
 ‘Who are you to put a value on life?’ woman responds during debate over cost of lockdown
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N. Korea's parliament rubber stamps new development plans
North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament has passed decisions made by a major ruling party meeting where leader Kim Jong Un vowed to bolster his nuclear deterrent and established plans to salvage a dismal economy
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Twitter suspends US congresswoman over election fraud claims
Twitter has temporarily suspended the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican U.S. Congresswoman from Georgia who has expressed racist views and support for QAnon conspiracy theories online
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Biden concert - live: Keegan-Michael Key and Debra Messing host virtual event ahead of inauguration
‘We The People’ concert is one in a series of events planned for Inauguration Week
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Cowboys for Trump leader arrested over US Capitol riot
A New Mexico county official who runs a group called Cowboys for Trump and who had vowed to return to Washington after last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol to place a flag on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk has been arrested by the FBI
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