Trump impeachment trial to begin week of 8 February
The newly announced schedule reflects a deal struck by Senate leaders to delay the substantive portion of the trial for two weeks so that the chamber may conduct other critical business including confirmation of President Joe Biden's cabinet nominees.
US Senate confirms Austin as first black chief of Pentagon
Lloyd Austin will be the first African American to lead the Department of Defense, and takes on the job as the Pentagon sees the need for greater efforts to root out racism in the ranks and give more opportunities for leadership positions to minorities.
Trump impeachment to be sent to Senate on Monday: top lawmakers
Donald Trump was impeached on a single charge of "incitement of insurrection" for his role in whipping up his supporters during a speech in Washington on 6 January, the day a pro-Trump mob stormed Congress with deadly consequences.
Rio scraps 2021 carnival over coronavirus woes
Brazil has been in the grips of a second wave of infections since November, with more than 1,000 daily deaths and an overall toll of more than 214,000 deaths.
DRC president hails local COVID 'products' as WHO sounds caution
Bottles of the over-the-counter concoction were on sale for $110 (90 euros) each - a fortune in a country where two-thirds of the population live on less than $2 per day.
Biden orders expanded aid to address growing hunger crisis
The decree, one of two executive orders the White House said he will sign on Friday, is modest and far short of the actions the president has called for from Congress.
Fear and frustration in Nigeria as millions at risk of phone suspension
The government of Africa's most populous country has ordered telecom operators to block the SIM cards of anyone who fails to register for a National Identity Number (NIN) by February 9.
Tunisia mothers decry wave of 'arbitrary' arrests after unrest
At least 1,000 people, including many minors, have been arrested, human rights and other non-government groups told a news conference on Thursday.
Google threatens to block Australians over media law
Google Australia managing director Mel Silva warned a Senate committee in Canberra that the world-first media law was "unworkable" and would undermine the functioning of the internet.
Japan says 'no truth' in Tokyo Olympics cancellation report
Deputy government spokesman Manabu Sakai there was "no truth" to the report in The Times, which quoted an unnamed ruling coalition source as saying "the consensus is that it's too difficult" to hold the Games.
One year after lockdown, Wuhan clubbers hit the dancefloor
As the rest of the world continues to grapple with lockdowns and soaring infections, young people in the city, once the epicentre of the novel coronavirus, are enjoying their hard-earned freedom.
Rescuers say at least two more weeks to free Chinese miners
The blast at the Hushan mine in Shandong province sealed 22 workers hundreds of metres underground on 10 January.
Uganda's opposition supporters nervously await next move
With their leader under house arrest, and soldiers still out in force, backers of presidential runner-up Bobi Wine have been waiting and watching in nervous limbo since the opposition decried the 14 January poll as a "sham."
Netflix renews Regency hit 'Bridgerton' for second season
From 'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rhimes, the series puts a modern twist on the books about an upper-class family in early 19th-century England, introducing colour-blind casting and strong feminist themes.
No computer, no heat: UK's poorest struggle with homeschooling
More than 93,000 people have died in Britain in the outbreak, and the country has been in a new lockdown since early this month, as a new variant of the virus has caused a worrying surge in cases.
Biden orders masks, travel clampdown in new war on Covid
Signing 10 executive orders in the White House, Biden told the nation that the COVID-19 death toll would likely rise from 400,000 to half a million next month - and that drastic action was needed.
Bond movie 'No Time To Die' delayed again by pandemic
The release of the 25th installment of the fictional British spy saga has already been pushed back multiple times. It was originally set for a London premiere last March, before that was pushed back to November by the global spread of COVID-19.
'Punch in the face': Klopp rocked as Burnley end Liverpool's Anfield run
Ashley Barnes clinched Burnley's first win at Liverpool since 1974 when he converted an 83rd-minute penalty after being fouled by Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker.