Pentagon fears inside attack at Biden’s inauguration, all National Guard troops to be vetted by FBI

US defence officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event. The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly January 6 insurrection […]

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New Zealanders have to wait their turn for vaccination, says Chris Hipkins

By RNZ Covid-19 vaccinations should be available to the public by the middle of the year, according to Covid-19 Recovery Minister Chris Hipkins. Read More Covid-19: Race on to complete NZ’s new vaccination register – and what happens if the deadline’s blown Hipkins told Morning Report it was hoped the first batches of vaccines would arrive by March, but countries […]

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A question hidden in the platypus genome: Are we the weird ones?

When British zoologist George Shaw first encountered a platypus specimen in 1799, he was so befuddled that he checked for stitches, thinking someone might be trying to trick him with a Frankencreature. It is hard to blame him: What other animal has a rubbery bill, ankle spikes full of venom, luxurious fur that glows under black light and a tendency […]

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Brazil authorises emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca vaccines

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO (REUTERS) – Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Sunday (Jan 17) approved emergency use of Covid-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd and Britain’s AstraZeneca, clearing the way for immunisations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave. Minutes after Anvisa’s board voted unanimously to approve both vaccines, Monica Calazans, a 54-year-old nurse in Sao Paulo, became the […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Public health expert calls for pre-flight hotel quarantine, shift MIQ out of Auckland

A top public health expert is calling for tougher measures to keep New Zealand Covid free, including a five-day hotel quarantine before travellers board international flights. Otago University public health professor Nick Wilson is also calling for quarantine facilities to be moved out of Auckland, saying it is putting the largest city at risk of yet another outbreak. Wilson today […]

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Kim Jong-un calls for North Korean nuclear expansion that ‘could target USA’

Kim Jong-un has called for the expansion of North Korea's nuclear programme during celebration of the Workers' Party congress in Pyongyang's Mansu Hill. North Koreans rallied around their leader as he pledged to "fulfil their responsibility and duty" to carry out decisions made during congress. Discussions ended on Tuesday 12th January after eight-days of meetings with the country’s top politicians. […]

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Cops rush to huge street brawl of 40 people fighting with ‘swords and bottles’

Swords and bottles were used as weapons in a massive 40-man fight broken up by police on Sunday morning. Officers responding to the carnage in Southall, West London chased down two sword-wielding thugs before handcuffing them for violent disorder and affray. Ealing Police branch of the London Met reported the shocking incident on Twitter, My London reports. Together with a […]

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Donald Trump’s press secretary Kayleigh McEnany leaves the White House

Donald Trump’s press secretary has officially packed up her office and left the White House. Kayleigh McEnany decided not to stick around until the end of term, leaving the nation’s capital just days before president-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office. However, despite her exit from Washington D.C, she will continue to hold her role remotely, working from her hometown […]

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