National Guard members unload weapons and supplies outside of the U.S. Capitol building on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. After last week

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, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.

Biden outlines 'Day One' agenda of executive actions

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President-elect Joe Biden plans to take executive action to roll back some of the most controversial decisions of his predecessor and to address the r
In his first hours as president, Joe Biden plans to take executive action to roll back some of the most controversial decisions of his predecessor and to address the raging coronavirus pandemic, his incoming chief of staff said Saturday.

Freshman Rep. Fischbach faces challenges as a loyal Trump ally

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U.S. Rep. Michelle Fischbach swept into office riding a wave of support for President Donald Trump, toppling longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Pete
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Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold.
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Weary migrants wait at Guatemala roadblock as caravan stalls

Guatemalan police and soldiers on Monday broke up a group of hundreds of migrants who had spent two nights stuck at a roadblock on a rural highway.
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Biden picks Chopra, Gensler for financial oversight roles

President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Rohit Chopra to be the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tapping a progressive ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren to helm the agency whose creation she championed.
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Census Bureau director to resign amid criticism over data

Facing criticism over efforts to produce citizenship data to comply with an order from President Donald Trump, U.S. Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham said Monday that he planned to resign with the change in presidential administrations.
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Venezuela's Maduro sends oxygen to Brazil amid virus spike

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has authorized the dispatch of oxygen to Brazil to help its South American neighbor treat people sickened amid another wave of the coronavirus, despite frosty relations between the two governments and Venezuela's own lack of hospital supplies.
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Xi, Modi expected for 'virtual' Davos in era of pandemic

World Economic Forum organizers are expecting leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for a virtual gathering next week — after the COVID-19 pandemic doused plans for the annual in-person event in Davos, Switzerland.
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High level security officials make a survey of the East Front of the Capitol after an announcement of security problems during a rehearsal for the 59t

Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire in homeless camp

The U.S. Capitol complex temporarily locked down Monday during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration after a fire in a homeless encampment roughly a mile away sent a plume of smoke into the air and caused security concerns in an already jittery city.
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Far-right party accepts that migrants can be German citizens

The far-right Alternative for Germany says it accepts that people can be German citizens "regardless of their ethno-cultural background," an about-face for a party whose leading figures have in the past questioned whether immigrants from outside Europe can be integrated.
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Canada urges Biden not to cancel oil pipeline on first day

Top officials in Canada want a chance to make the case for a long disputed oil pipeline to be built amid reports President-elect Joe Biden will cancel Keystone XL on his first day.
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Italy: Conte clears hurdle to retain power, bigger one ahead

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte won a crucial vote in Parliament's lower house Monday night after a coalition defector's lawmakers abstained in the balloting, but he must clear a much tougher hurdle less than 24 hours later in the Senate to hold on to power.
FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2021, file photo, vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are placed next to a loaded syringe in Throop, Pa. On Sunday, Jan. 17,

California urges stop to 300K vaccines after some fall ill

California's state epidemiologist is urging a halt to more than 300,000 coronavirus vaccinations using a Moderna vaccine version because some people received medical treatment for possible severe allergic reactions.

Biden, Harris take break from inaugural prep to mark MLK day

Two days from the inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris pitched in on Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects as a militarized and jittery Washington prepared for a swearing-in that will play out under extraordinary security.

NY gov explores buying virus vaccine directly from maker

Frustrated by the flow of coronavirus vaccine from the federal government, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday floated the idea of buying shots for New Yorkers directly from one of the vaccine makers, Pfizer.

Pakistan PM angry over reports TV anchor knew about strike

Pakistan's prime minister reacted angrily Monday to media reports of a text exchange between an Indian TV anchor and a former media industry executive that suggests a 2019 Indian airstrike inside Pakistan was designed to boost Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's chances for re-election.

Uganda police surround Bobi Wine's opposition party offices

The opposition party of Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine said on Monday that police have prevented top officials from going to their headquarters in the capital, Kampala, as they prepare to launch a legal challenge to free Wine from house arrest.
In this image taken from video released by Navalny Life youtube channel, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks as he waits for a court heari

Kremlin foe Navalny jailed for 30 days; allies plan protests

A Russian judge on Monday ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days, after the leading Kremlin critic returned to Russia from Germany where he was recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on President Vladimir Putin's government.

The Latest: U.K. virus variant detected in Czech Republic

PRAGUE — The fast-spreading coronavirus variant first identified in the U.K. has been found in the Czech Republic, a health official said Monday.

Garth Brooks joins lineup of entertainers at Biden inaugural

Add Garth Brooks to the lineup of entertainers at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Portugal tightens lockdown as pandemic surge breaks records

Stricter lockdown rules are being enacted in Portugal, the government announced Monday, as a surging COVID-19 pandemic sets grim records and pushes hospitals to the limit of their capacity.

IIHF pulls hockey worlds from Belarus, seeks new host

The hockey world championships were pulled from Belarus on Monday following pressure from opposition groups and a threatened boycott by sponsors.