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Armed conflicts and attacks

War in Afghanistan 2021 Afghanistan attacks Two judges are shot dead by gunmen while travelling to their office at the Supreme Court in Kabul . (BBC) War in Darfur Forty-eight people are killed during clashes between different ethnic groups in El Geneina , West Darfur , Sudan . The clashes started after a row in which a man was stabbed to death. (BBC)

Disasters and accidents

2021 Sulawesi earthquake More bodies are found under debris in Sulawesi , Indonesia , after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the island two days ago, bringing the death toll to 78. (Reuters) A Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter of the Philippine Air Force crashes in the Pantaron Mountain Range in Bukidnon , Philippines , killing all seven personnel onboard. ( The New York Times ) Six people have been killed due to floods and landslides that affected nine subdistricts and 33 neighborhoods in Manado , North Sulawesi , Indonesia . (Antara News)

Health and environment

COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19 pandemic in Asia COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia Indonesia reports a record 9,102 recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 736,460. (detikHealth) COVID-19 pandemic in Lebanon Lebanon signs a deal to receive two million doses of the Pfizer - BioNTech vaccine . (Arab News) COVID-19 pandemic in Oman Oman announces the closure of all land borders for at least one week, beginning tomorrow at 6:00 pm, as part of measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 . ( Times of Oman ) COVID-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates The United Arab Emirates reports a record 3,453 new confirmed cases in a single-day, bringing the nationwide total of confirmed cases to 253,261. ( The National ) COVID-19 pandemic in Africa COVID-19 pandemic in Guinea Guinean President Alpha Conde receives the first dose of Russia 's Sputnik V vaccine. (Africanews) COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa South Africa delays the reopening of schools due to the rapid increase in cases of the 501.V2 variant . (AP) COVID-19 pandemic in the United States COVID-19 pandemic in Massachusetts Massachusetts reports their first case of a more contagious variant of SARS-CoV-2 in a woman in her 20s from Boston who traveled to the United Kingdom and began experiencing symptoms the day after she returned. (WBZ-TV) COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil , COVID-19 vaccine The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa) grants emergency use authorization requests for the vaccines developed by Sinovac and Oxford - AstraZeneca . (G1) Minutes after Anvisa's announcement, a nurse from São Paulo becomes the first person in Brazil to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. (Reuters) COVID-19 pandemic in Austria Austria extends their nationwide lockdown until February 7 in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 amid fears about new SARS-CoV-2 variants . People will also be required to wear full protective masks beginning January 25. (DW)

Law and crime

Aftermath of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny Opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny is arrested upon landing in Moscow , according to a statement from the prison service. The prominent Putin critic was arrested on charges of parole violations and terms of a suspended prison sentence and will be held in custody until a court makes a decision in his case. (Politico) Central American migrant caravans A caravan of at least 6,000 Honduran migrants bound for the United States prompts the deployment of Guatemalan police and military troops to the Guatemala–Honduras border , where security forces fire tear gas and assault migrants attempting to cross the border. Health officials report several casualties. (AFP via IBTimes ) Current events of January 16, 2021 (2021-01-16) (Saturday) edit history watch

Armed conflicts and attacks

Boko Haram insurgency Hundreds of residents flee and government forces withdraw after the town of Marte in Borno State , Nigeria , is captured by Islamic State – West Africa Province militants . The military says it "tactically withdrew" troops, while confirming the town is under insurgent control. (Reuters)

Business and economy

Automotive manufacturers Fiat Chrysler and PSA finalize their 50–50 merger agreement, founding Stellantis . The new corporation becomes the world's fourth largest automobile manufacturer by volume . (AFP via RTL)

Disasters and accidents

Five people die of carbon monoxide poisoning at a nursing home in Lanuvio , Lazio , Italy . Seven other people are hospitalized in critical condition. ( Il Fatto Quotidiano )

Health and environment

COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19 pandemic in North America COVID-19 pandemic in Canada Canada surpasses 700,000 cases of COVID-19. (Global News) COVID-19 pandemic in the United States COVID-19 pandemic in California Los Angeles County surpasses one million cases of COVID-19 , becoming the first county in the United States to do so. (NBC News) Los Angeles County reports their first case of the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in a man who traveled to the United Kingdom and is currently in quarantine in Oregon . (NBC Los Angeles) COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan Michigan reports their first case of the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in a woman from Washtenaw County who traveled to the United Kingdom. (WEYI-TV) COVID-19 pandemic in Louisiana Louisiana reports their first case of the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the Greater New Orleans area. (Office of the Governor of Louisiana) COVID-19 pandemic in Wyoming Wyoming reports their first case of the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in a man from Teton County with no known travel history. ( Casper Star Tribune ) COVID-19 pandemic in Asia COVID-19 pandemic in India Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the world's largest vaccination programme against COVID-19 in India , which plans to vaccinate more than 1.3 billion people. A sanitation worker is the first person to receive the vaccine . (BBC) COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia Indonesia reports a record 14,224 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total of confirmed cases to 896,642. (CNN Indonesia) COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia Malaysia reports a record 4,029 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total of confirmed cases to 155,095. ( New Straits Times ) COVID-19 pandemic in Pakistan The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan approves the AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use in the country. (Livemint) COVID-19 pandemic in Europe COVID-19 pandemic in Denmark Denmark reports their first case of the South African variant of SARS-CoV-2 in a person who travelled to Dubai . ( Politiken ) COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal Portugal reports records for both daily counts of new cases and deaths, with 10,947 new cases and 166 deaths, bringing the nationwide cumulative totals to 539,416 confirmed cases and 8,709 deaths. (DGS) (Reuters) COVID-19 pandemic in Serbia Serbia receives one million doses of Sinopharm's BBIBP-CorV vaccine. They are the first European country to receive a Chinese-made vaccine. (AFP via Barron's ) COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey Vice President Fuat Oktay receives the first dose of the CoronaVac vaccine at a hospital in Ankara . (Anadolu Agency) COVID-19 pandemic in South America COVID-19 pandemic in Argentina Argentina receives their second batch of Russia 's Sputnik V vaccine. ( U.S. News & World Report ) Argentina reports their first case of the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in a man who travelled from the United Kingdom in late December and later tested positive. (MedicalXpress) COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil , COVID-19 vaccine The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency announces that the country has returned documents from União Química seeking approval for Russia 's Sputnik V vaccine as it didn't meet the criteria. (Reuters)

International relations

Qatar–Saudi Arabia relations , Qatar diplomatic crisis Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud announces that Saudi Arabia will re-open its embassy in Qatar in the coming days, after a diplomatic crisis that saw the nations severing ties for three years. (Reuters)

Law and crime

Aftermath of the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol The Federal Bureau of Investigation announces that far-right activist Tim Gionet , commonly known as Baked Alaska, has been arrested in Houston for participating in the storming of the United States Capitol . ( New York Times ) Capital punishment in the United States The federal government carries out its final execution under the Trump administration , executing convicted murderer Dustin Higgs by lethal injection at USP Terre Haute in Indiana . (Reuters)

Politics and elections

2021 Christian Democratic Union of Germany leadership election North Rhine-Westphalia minister-president Armin Laschet is elected leader of the Christian Democratic Union , one of the ruling parties in the Bundestag and the party of incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel . Laschet's election makes him a front-runner to be the party's candidate in the federal election in September. (AFP via The Local ) 2021 Ugandan general election The Electoral Commission of Uganda declares incumbent President Yoweri Museveni the winner of the presidential election, winning about 59% of the vote, while opposition leader Bobi Wine received only 35% of the vote, according to the commission. (BBC) Current events of January 15, 2021 (2021-01-15) (Friday) edit history watch

Armed conflicts and attacks

War in Afghanistan Taliban insurgency ; 2021 Afghanistan attacks At least nine security personnel are killed in Kunduz , near the border with Tajikistan , when Taliban insurgents simultaneously attack two checkpoints . (Al Arabiya English) Central African Republic Civil War A Burundian UN peacekeeper is killed in a rebel ambush near Grimari in Ouaka , Central African Republic , acccording to MINUSCA . Two Bangladeshi peacekeepers are also wounded in the attack. (France 24)

Business and economy

Canadian convenience store chain Alimentation Couche-Tard withdraws its bid to take over the French retailer Carrefour , after the French government expressed its intent to veto the 16 billion ( US$ 19.5 billion) deal. (AFP via Bangkok Post )

Disasters and accidents

2021 Sulawesi earthquake A magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes the Majene Regency in West Sulawesi , Indonesia , killing at least 42 people and wounding more than 820 others. It was preceded by a foreshock measuring 5.7 a few hours before. (Reuters)

Health and environment

COVID-19 pandemic The number of COVID-19 deaths worldwide surpasses two million. (Al Jazeera) COVID-19 pandemic in North America COVID-19 pandemic in the United States COVID-19 vaccine COVID-19 pandemic in Maine Governor Janet Mills receives her first dose of the vaccine . ( Bangor Daily News ) President-elect Joe Biden is expected to deploy the United States National Guard and FEMA resources to distribute vaccines across the United States when he takes office. He also says that he will invoke the Defense Production Act to produce vaccines. ( The West Australian ) ( The Independent ) COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois , Variant of Concern 202012/01 Illinois reports their first case of a more contagious variant of SARS-CoV-2 in a person who traveled to the United Kingdom and the Middle East and was later diagnosed with COVID-19. ( Chicago Tribune ) COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon , Variant of Concern 202012/01 Oregon reports their first case of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 that originated from the United Kingdom in a man from Multnomah County with no travel history. (KGW-TV) COVID-19 pandemic in Utah , Variant of Concern 202012/01 Utah reports their first case of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 that originated from the United Kingdom in a man from Salt Lake County with no travel history who tested positive last month. ( The Standard-Examiner ) COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announces that the state will extend its mask mandate for 60 days. (WSAW-TV) COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico Mexico reports a record 21,366 new confirmed cases, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 1.61 million. (AP) COVID-19 pandemic in Asia COVID-19 pandemic in India COVID-19 pandemic in Uttarakhand , Variant of Concern 202012/01 Uttarakhand reports their first case of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 in a 44-year old man who was in close contact with people who travelled to the United Kingdom . (Hindustan Times) COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia Indonesia reports a record 12,818 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, including 3,095 in West Java , bringing the nationwide total of confirmed cases to 882,418. (detikHealth) COVID-19 pandemic in mainland China China reports 144 new cases, the majority in Hebei and Heilongjiang provinces . This is the highest number of daily cases in the past 10 months and brings the nationwide total of confirmed cases to 87,988. ( The Straits Times ) COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia Malaysia extends their movement control order to Kelantan beginning at midnight as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. (Free Malaysia Today) COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines The Philippines extends until January 31 its travel ban on more than 30 countries and territories where cases of SARS-CoV-2 variants have been reported. ( Arab News ) COVID-19 pandemic in Europe COVID-19 pandemic in Germany Germany surpasses two million cases of COVID-19 . (France 24) COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal Portugal reports a record 159 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 8,543. (PÚBLICO) COVID-19 pandemic in Spain Spain reports a record 40,197 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,252,164. ( El Mundo ) COVID-19 pandemic in Sweden King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (Kungahuset) COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom , Travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces the closure of all travel corridors beginning January 18 at 4:00 am GMT . He also announces that all travellers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test from the previous 72 hours and quarantine for 10 days upon arrival, unless they test negative after five days. (ITV) COVID-19 pandemic in South America COVID-19 pandemic in Chile The Chilean government reports 4,471 new cases, the highest daily total since June. A potential new lockdown in the Santiago Metropolitan Region is under evaluation according to the Ministry of Health. ( ADN Radio ) COVID-19 pandemic in Paraguay , COVID-19 vaccine Paraguay approves the emergency use of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine , becoming the fourth South American country to approve the use of the vaccine against COVID-19, after Argentina, Bolivia and Venezuela. Supply of the vaccine will be facilitated by the Russian Direct Investment Fund . (PRNewswire) COVID-19 pandemic in Tunisia Tunisia reports a record 4,170 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours as the country enters a four-day lockdown and also closes all schools until January 24 in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. (Reuters) 2020–21 H5N8 outbreak Authorities in Namibia suspend the importation and transit of poultry from European countries where an outbreak of the Avian influenza subtype H5N8 has been reported. (Xinhua)

International relations

Russia–United States relations Russia says that it will withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies , following the U.S. withdrawal from the treaty last year. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the U.S. withdrawal has "significantly upended the balance of interests of signatory states". (AP)

Law and crime

Pan Am Flight 103 The family of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi , the Lockerbie bomber, loses a posthumous appeal at a top Scottish court against his conviction. Al-Megrahi was the only person convicted for the terrorist attack, whereas his family say that he was the victim of a " miscarriage of justice ". (BBC)

Politics and elections

2021 Ugandan general election Opposition activist Bobi Wine claims victory in the presidential election, despite early results giving incumbent President Yoweri Museveni a wide lead, and calls the results "a joke". (France 24) Bobi Wine tweets that the military has "taken control" of his home and placed him under house arrest , just hours after claiming victory in the disputed election. (Al Jazeera) Presidential transition of Joe Biden United States Vice President Mike Pence congratulates incoming Vice President Kamala Harris , 73 days after the presidential election . (Politico) (AP) Netherlands child welfare fraud scandal The third Rutte cabinet of the Netherlands falls after negotiations regarding the childcare allowance scandal. (BBC) 2021 Palestinian general election President Mahmoud Abbas announces that the legislative elections will be held on May 22, while the presidential elections will be held on July 31. These are the first elections in the State of Palestine since 2006 . (AFP via Arab News ) The Lao People's Revolutionary Party elects Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith as its new General Secretary , replacing retiring chief Bounnhang Vorachit . Sisoulith was elected for a five-year term as leader of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party , the top post in the country, and part of the country's Politburo . (Reuters)

Sports

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on association football , COVID-19 pandemic in Spain FC Barcelona postpones its presidential election originally scheduled for January 24, following an increase in COVID-19 cases in Catalonia . ( The Washington Post ) Current events of January 14, 2021 (2021-01-14) (Thursday) edit history watch

Armed conflicts and attacks

Insurgency in the Maghreb A roadside bomb kills five civilians and wounds three others in Tebessa Province , Algeria . It is the deadliest attack on civilians in Algeria in recent years. In a separate incident, a militant is shot dead by the military in neighbouring Khenchela Province . (Al Jazeera)

Business and economy

Economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States President-elect Joe Biden unveils a $ 1.9 trillion relief package to bolster the United States economy . If passed in Congress , the relief package will increase the direct payments from $600 to $2,000, an increase of $1,400. The plan to increase the direct payments to $2,000 was endorsed by Biden himself, outgoing President Donald Trump , and Democrats . (Reuters) (BBC) Automotive manufacturer Toyota announces that it will pay a civil penalty of US$ 180 million minimum for violating United States vehicle emission standards by not reporting emissions defects to authorities. (AFP via News24)

Health and environment

COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19 pandemic in North America COVID-19 pandemic in the United States COVID-19 vaccine COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announces that the state will distribute the vaccine next week to teachers, people 75 or older, child care providers, residents of assisted living facilities, people in group homes, and high-risk inmates. ( The Baltimore Sun ) COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announces that the state will distribute the vaccine to seniors, including people aged 65 or older. ( The Washington Post ) COVID-19 pandemic in New York (state) The number of daily deaths in New York reaches 200 for the first time since May 12. (WNBC-TV) COVID-19 pandemic in Texas Texas surpasses two million cases of COVID-19, becoming the second state to do so after California . (AP) Texas reaches past 1 million vaccinations , becoming the first state to do so. ( Fort Worth Star-Telegram ) COVID-19 pandemic in Canada COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia British Columbia reports their first case of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 from South Africa . (Daily Hive) COVID-19 pandemic in Europe COVID-19 pandemic in France Prime Minister Jean Castex announces that the French government will impose a nationwide 6:00 pm curfew for at least 15 days beginning January 16 in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. (France 24) COVID-19 pandemic in Germany Germany reports a record 1,244 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute , bringing the nationwide death toll to 43,881. (Tagesschau) COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal Portugal reports a new record for the second consecutive day, of 10,698 new daily cases, bringing the nationwide cumulative total of confirmed cases to 517,806. (DGS) COVID-19 pandemic in Sweden Sweden reports a record 351 deaths in the past 24 hours and surpasses 10,000 deaths from COVID-19 . ( Expressen ) COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan receives the first dose of the CoronaVac vaccine in a hospital in Ankara as Turkey begins its nationwide vaccination campaign. (Anadolu Agency) COVID-19 pandemic in Asia COVID-19 pandemic in mainland China China reports 138 new cases in the past 24 hours, the biggest single-day increase in more than 10 months, bringing the total number of cases since the beginning of the outbreak to 87,844. In addition, the country also reports its first death from COVID-19 since April, bringing the nationwide death toll to 4,635. (ABC Australia) COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia Indonesia reports a record 11,557 new cases, bringing the nationwide total to 869,600 confirmed cases. ( Kompas ) COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia Malaysia reports a record 3,337 new cases, bringing the nationwide total of confirmed cases to 147,855. (The Edge Markets MY) COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines The Food and Drug Administration approves the Pfizer BioNTech tozinameran vaccine for emergency use in the country. (Rappler) COVID-19 pandemic in Africa COVID-19 pandemic in the Gambia The Gambia reports their first two cases of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 in a 34-year-old man who travelled to the United Kingdom and an 82-year-old woman who also tested positive. (Reuters) COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria The Federal Ministry of Education announces that schools in Nigeria will reopen on January 18. Parents have appealed to the ministry to rescind the decision following a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. (Xinhua)

International relations

Travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom , Lineage B.1.1.248 British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announces a ban on all travellers from South American countries, as well as Portugal , Panama and Cape Verde due to a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 that was identified in Brazil . The ban will come into effect tomorrow at 4:00 am GMT . (BBC) Nuclear program of Iran The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says that Iran has informed them that it has begun installing equipment for the production of uranium metal, another violation in kind in response to Western violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action . The IAEA says that Iran now has enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon , but still possesses less than it had before the deal was signed. ( The Independent )

Law and crime

Aftermath of the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia announces the arrest of Kevin Seefried, a Delaware man who was seen carrying the Confederate flag during the storming of the United States Capitol . His son, Hunter Seefried, is also arrested. (CBS News) The Department of Justice announces that Robert Sanford, a retired firefighter from Boothwyn , Pennsylvania , has been arrested for allegedly throwing a fire extinguisher at Capitol Police officers during the storming of the Capitol. ( USA Today ) Crime in Australia Domestic violence in Australia A mother and three children are found dead in a suspected murder–suicide in Tullamarine , Victoria , in the second case of suspected familicide in Victoria in the past week. (News.com.au) Corruption in South Korea The Supreme Court upholds former President Park Geun-hye 's 22-year prison sentence for corruption . (AP) Flint water crisis Eight more Michigan officials are charged along with former Governor Rick Snyder for their roles in the Flint water crisis. Former health director Nick Lyon and former state medical executive Eden Wells are also charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of nine people who contracted Legionnaires' disease during the crisis. (NBC News) (AP)

Politics and elections

2021 Ugandan general election Voters head to the polls to elect their next president and parliament . The two main presidential candidates are incumbent President Yoweri Museveni and opposition activist and musician Bobi Wine . The election has been widely criticized as being unfair, with both the United States and European Union cancelling their observations of the election. (BBC) Current events of January 13, 2021 (2021-01-13) (Wednesday) edit history watch

Armed conflicts and attacks

Syrian civil war Iran–Israel conflict during the Syrian Civil War Syria missile strikes (January 2021) Israel carries out a wave of airstrikes on Syria 's eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate , near its border with Iraq . The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that 57 people have been killed and 28 others wounded in at least 18 Israeli airstrikes, saying that several Iranian arms depots were hit. A senior U.S. intelligence official says that the air raids were carried out with "intelligence provided by the U.S. " ( Daily Sabah ) Central African Republic Civil War Pro- François Bozizé forces attack the Central African Republic capital of Bangui , with fighting reported on multiple fronts, according to Prime Minister Firmin Ngrébada . A Reuters witness reports explosions and helicopters circling over the city. The attack is successfully repelled by the Central African Armed Forces . (Reuters) A Rwanda Defence Force peacekeeper is killed in a rebel attack, according to MINUSCA officials. (Xinhuanet) Mali War Three Ivorian UN peacekeepers are killed and six others wounded in a jihadist ambush on their vehicle in central Mali . (France 24)

Business and economy

Aftermath of the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol Mayor Bill de Blasio announces that New York City will end all contracts with the Trump Organization claiming that President Donald Trump 's incitement of "an insurrection against the U.S. government clearly constitutes criminal activity." ( The New York Times ) George Floyd protests in Australia , List of name changes due to the George Floyd protests Dairy company Saputo announces that Coon cheese , its brand of cheddar cheese in Australia, will be rebranded as "Cheer" cheese, in response to a 20-year campaign by indigenous rights activist Stephen Hagan to remove the usage of the word "Coon", in reference to a racial slur . The new branding will be released in July. (AFP via Manila Standard ) Spanish telecommunications company Telefónica announces that it will sell its cell sites in Europe and Latin America, which are owned by its subsidiary Telxius , to American company American Tower for an estimated 7.7 billion ( US$ 9.4 billion). ( Buenos Aires Times )

Disasters and accidents

A Sudanese Air Force helicopter crashes shortly after taking off in Sudan 's Al Qadarif state, near the border with Ethiopia , with the three-person crew surviving the crash, according to officials. (TRT World)

Health and environment

COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19 pandemic in Asia COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia President Joko Widodo receives the first dose of the vaccine candidate developed by Sinovac Biotech . (CNA) Indonesia reports a record 11,278 new cases and 306 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 858,043 confirmed cases and 24,951 deaths. (CNN Indonesia) COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi imposes travel and entry bans on 20 countries reported to have new variants of SARS-CoV-2 . (Xinhua) COVID-19 pandemic in Japan The government expands the state of emergency to seven prefectures , including Aichi , Osaka , Fukuoka , and Kyoto , as the country surpasses 300,000 cases of COVID-19 . (ABC News) Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announces the suspension of business travel agreements with 11 countries and regions and also restricts entry for all non-resident foreign nationals beginning tomorrow in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19 . (Nikkei Asia) COVID-19 pandemic in Jordan Jordan begins a vaccination campaign, with priority given to healthcare workers , people with chronic illnesses, and those over the age of 60. ( Arab News ) COVID-19 pandemic in mainland China China reports 115 new cases in the past 24 hours, the largest single-day total in more than five months, bringing the nationwide number of confirmed cases to 87,706. ( The Straits Times ) COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines , Variant of Concern 202012/01 The Philippines reports their first case of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 from the United Kingdom in a person who travelled from the United Arab Emirates to Quezon City on January 7 and later tested positive. (ABS-CBN News) COVID-19 pandemic in Taiwan , 501.V2 variant Taiwan reports their first case of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 from South Africa in a Swazi man in his 30s who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on January 1. (Taiwan News) COVID-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates The United Arab Emirates reports a record 3,362 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total of confirmed cases to 239,587. ( The National ) COVID-19 pandemic in Europe COVID-19 pandemic in Belgium , 501.V2 variant Belgium reports their first case of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 from South Africa in a person from West Flanders with no travel history. (VRT) COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal Portugal reports records for both daily counts of new cases and deaths, with 10,556 new cases and 156 deaths, bringing the nationwide cumulative totals to 507,108 confirmed cases and 8,236 deaths. (DGS) Prime Minister António Costa announces that stricter lockdown measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 will begin on January 15. There will be more exceptions to the new restrictions than there were during the first national lockdown in March and April 2020. ( Expresso ) COVID-19 pandemic in Spain Spain reports a record 38,869 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total of confirmed cases to 2,176,089. ( El Mundo ) COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey Turkey approves the emergency use of the vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech . (AP) COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom The United Kingdom reports a record 1,564 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 84,767. (BBC) COVID-19 pandemic in Vatican City Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI receive their firsts doses of COVID-19 vaccine on the first day of the vaccination campaign in the Vatican City . (Fox News) COVID-19 pandemic in the United States COVID-19 pandemic in Mississippi , COVID-19 vaccine Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves receives the vaccine live on Facebook . (AP) COVID-19 pandemic in New Mexico , Variant of Concern 202012/01 New Mexico reports their first case of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 in a man in his 60s who traveled to the United Kingdom in December and later tested positive for COVID-19. (KUTV-TV) COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin , Variant of Concern 202012/01 Wisconsin reports their first case of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 that originated in the United Kingdom . (WDJT-TV) The U.S. surpasses 23 million cases of COVID-19, just four days after surpassing 22 million cases. (CNN)

International relations

North Korea–South Korea relations Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un 's sister, Kim Yo-jong , criticizes South Korea over their tracking of a military parade that will be held in Pyongyang during the weekend, defining South Korean officials as a "weird group, hard to understand" and the "idiot and top of the world's list in misbehaviour". South Korean President Moon Jae-in says his position to establish talks with North Korea remains unchanged. (NDTV)

Law and crime

Aftermath of the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol American Olympic gold-medal swimmer Klete Keller is charged with participating in the storming of the United States Capitol . (CBS News) Robert Keith Packer, a Virginian known for wearing a "Camp Auschwitz" sweatshirt, is arrested for storming the Capitol. Additionally, former Rocky Mount, Virginia police officers Thomas Robertson and Jacob Fracker are also arrested. ( The Washington Post ) Proud Boys supporter Eduard Florea is arrested in New York for threatening to lead an armed caravan to Washington, D.C . Additionally, Florea also threatened the life of Senator-elect Raphael Warnock . (WNBC-TV) (Fox News) ( The New York Daily News ) Capital punishment in the United States Shortly after midnight, the federal government executes Lisa Marie Montgomery by lethal injection for the 2004 murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnett , after the Supreme Court vacated the last stay on her execution. Montgomery is the first woman to be executed by the federal government since 1953. (Reuters) Aftermath of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny Opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny announces that he will return to Russia on Sunday, despite risks of being incarcerated upon his return. Navalny says that the charges against him are "fabricated". (Reuters) Flint water crisis Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty in connection with the Flint water crisis, which left residents with contaminated water and a Legionnaires outbreak. (AP) (Business Insider) Rioting erupts overnight in the Belgian capital Brussels following the death of a 23-year-old black man in police custody, who was reportedly arrested for violating local COVID-19 restrictions. A police station was set on fire in north of the city, and King Philippe 's vehicle was attacked while travelling through the area. (BBC) (Euronews)

Politics and elections

Second impeachment of Donald Trump The U.S. House of Representatives impeaches President Donald Trump for " incitement of insurrection ". (BBC) After being impeached, Trump releases a video statement from the White House condemning the rioters who stormed the United States Capitol . (Bloomberg) Corruption in Estonia Prime Minister Jüri Ratas announces his resignation after the Prosecutor General suspected his Estonian Centre Party of "criminal involvement" in an influence peddling scandal involving businessman Hillar Teder . ( Daily Sabah ) List of Speakers of the Illinois House of Representatives The Illinois House of Representatives elects Democrat Emanuel "Chris" Welch as the first African American Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives , ending the era of Democrat Michael Madigan as the 67th and 69th Illinois Speaker, having served 18 terms as Speaker for all but two years since 1983, the longest serving legislative leader in United States history. ( Politico ) ( The Hill )

Science and technology

Donald Trump on social media , Censorship by Google Google -owned YouTube says that it has suspended U.S. President Donald Trump 's account from uploading new videos or live streaming content for the next seven days, and may extend the suspension, saying that the channel had violated its rules over incitement to violence . (BBC)

Sports

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sports , COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka , Variant of Concern 202012/01 English cricketer and all-rounder Moeen Ali , who tested positive for COVID-19 ten days ago, confirmed that he was infected with a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 , which makes this the first case of the UK variant in Sri Lanka . ( The Times of India ) Current events of January 12, 2021 (2021-01-12) (Tuesday) edit history watch

Disasters and accidents

Eight people die in an apartment building fire in Yekaterinburg , Russia . Investigators say that the preliminary cause of death is carbon monoxide poisoning . (Znak) A barge travelling from Kisangani to the town of Basoko in Tshopo , Democratic Republic of the Congo , sinks in the Congo River . Local authorities report that at least six people were killed and 19 others are missing. (AFP via Business Recorder )

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COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19 pandemic in North America COVID-19 pandemic in Canada COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces a second state of emergency and stay-at-home order for Ontario as the number of cases continues to increase. (Global News) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces that the country will double its order of the Pfizer - BioNTech vaccine from 20 million to 40 million doses. (Reuters) COVID-19 pandemic in the United States COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland , Variant of Concern 202012/01 Maryland reports their first two cases of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 in a married couple from Anne Arundel County , one of whom had travelled to the United Kingdom . (WJZ-TV) COVID-19 vaccine The outgoing Trump administration announces that they will make changes to their vaccine distributions in an effort to speed up the rollout. (NPR) The CDC announces that they will expand their order to require travelers from the United Kingdom to test negative for COVID-19 . (U.S. News & World Report) The United States reports a record 4,197 new deaths in the past 24 hours. (CNN) COVID-19 pandemic in Asia COVID-19 pandemic in mainland China Chinese authorities place 4.9 million people in Langfang under lockdown for the next seven days and also subject them to mass testing in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19 . (Swiss Info) COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia Indonesia reports a record 302 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 24,645. (detikHealth) The government receives 15 million doses of the half-finished vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech for final production and distribution by Bio Farma . (Jakarta Globe) COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia Malaysian Yang di-Pertuan Agong Abdullah of Pahang declares a state of emergency in the country until August 1 amid an increase in COVID-19 cases, suspending parliament for the first time since 1969 for the remainder of the pandemic . (Bloomberg) Malaysia reports a record 3,309 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours ahead of the return of movement control orders in parts of the country, bringing the nationwide total of confirmed cases to 141,553. ( The Straits Times ) COVID-19 pandemic in Japan Japan plans to extend the ongoing state of emergency to locations outside of the Greater Tokyo Area . (Insidethegames) COVID-19 pandemic in Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan receives documents for Pfizer 's vaccine . (Trend) COVID-19 pandemic in Europe COVID-19 pandemic in Germany Bavarian Ministers-President Markus Söder announces that starting from next Monday, people will be required to wear FFP2 masks while travelling on public transport and when in retail shops in order to improve safety on these areas. ( The Local Germany ) Baden-Württemberg reports Germany 's first case of new variant of SARS-CoV-2 in a family that travelled from South Africa . (DW) COVID-19 pandemic in the Netherlands The Netherlands extends its nationwide lockdown until February 9 despite the number of new cases falling. (Government of the Netherlands) COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal Portugal reports a record 155 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 8,080. (DGS) COVID-19 pandemic in Spain Spain receives their first shipment of the Moderna vaccine . (ANI) COVID-19 pandemic in Switzerland Swissmedic grants authorization for use of the Moderna vaccine in Switzerland , making it the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in the country. (Swissmedic) COVID-19 pandemic in Bolivia Former President Evo Morales tested positive for COVID-19. (G1)

International relations

Egypt–Qatar relations , Qatar diplomatic crisis Egypt reopens its airspace to Qatari aircraft, and will allow the resumption of direct flights between the countries, which have been suspended since 2017. (Reuters) Moldova–Ukraine relations Moldovan President Maia Sandu arrives in Ukraine for her first foreign visit as president. Both countries said that they are willing to join the Three Seas Initiative and European Union . (UAWire.org) (Ukrinform) (Republic TV)

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Aftermath of the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol 2021 efforts to remove Donald Trump from office President Donald Trump warns that successfully impeaching him from office for his conduct regarding the riot at the United States Capitol Building would represent a "tremendous danger" to the nation. Trump refused to clarify his statement any further, instead stating that his comments vis-à-vis inciting the incident were "totally appropriate". (CNBC) Vice President Mike Pence tells House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he won't invoke the 25th amendment . ( Chicago Tribune ) 2021 Ugandan general election Ahead of Thursday's election, Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine says that soldiers raided his home and arrested his security guards without providing any explanation. Wine has previously been accused by incumbent Yoweri Museveni of being "an agent of foreign interests". (DW) In retaliation against Facebook for blocking pro-government accounts, the government of Uganda blocks all social media, including Facebook and WhatsApp until further notice. (Reuters) Aftermath of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny Authorities in Russia ask a judge to jail opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny for allegedly breaking a suspended sentence dating back to 2014 and for evading the supervision of Russia's criminal inspection authority. Navalny had previously been asked to return to Russia to report himself to the federal authorities but continues to remain in Germany . He has vowed to return to Russia ahead of the next parliamentary election. (Reuters) The Jordanian State Security Court sentences a man to death for perpetrating a stabbing attack on eight people in Jerash in November 2019. The court alleges that the man "had been in contact with one of the members of the Islamic State ", although the organization never claimed responsibility formally. (AFP via RFI) The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka sentences former member of parliament Ranjan Ramanayake , who is affiliated with the opposition United National Party , to a four-year "rigorous imprisonment" over his remarks claiming that most judges in the country were " corrupt ". (AFP via The Times of India )

Politics and elections

Presidential transition of Joe Biden Vice President Mike Pence acknowledges that the Trump presidency is coming to an end, and said that the administration is working with President-elect Joe Biden 's transition team. ( The Hill ) The Joint Chiefs of Staff condemn the storming of the United States Capitol , and acknowledge Biden's victory. (CNBC) Presidency of Donald Trump Donald Trump visits Alamo, Texas , giving a speech at the Wall separating the United States–Mexico border . ( Dallas Morning News )

Sports

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sports , 2021 Formula One World Championship Formula One postpones the Australian and Chinese Grand Prix due to COVID-19 -related restrictions. The Australian Grand Prix will take place in November instead of March, while the discussion over a new date for the Chinese Grand Prix is ongoing. (BBC) More January 2021 events... Time: 02:46 UTC |Day: 18 January
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