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Uganda accuses Washington of subversion, after US envoy tries to visit ‘captive’ opposition candidate Bobi Wine - rt

Uganda accuses Washington of subversion, after US envoy tries to visit ‘captive’ opposition candidate Bobi Wine

The Ugandan government has accused the US of trying to “subvert” the country’s highly contested elections, after Washington’s envoy attempted to visit opposition leader Bobi Wine, who has been placed under house arrest.
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2 people in India die after receiving Covid jab as Bharat Biotech says vaccine too risky for some - rt

2 people in India die after receiving Covid jab as Bharat Biotech says vaccine too risky for some

Two people have died after being administered Covid-19 shots in India, but the government insists that the jabs are not to blame. Meanwhile, one drug manufacturer has advised some groups to forgo the vaccine.
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Pregnant Highland cow mauled to death by Rottweiler who escaped owners’ home - metro

Pregnant Highland cow mauled to death by Rottweiler who escaped owners’ home

The dog ripped the cow's tongue out.
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The UK now has the highest Covid death rate in the world - metro

The UK now has the highest Covid death rate in the world

Around 16 people in every million are dying from the virus, new data has revealed.
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'Global pandemic alert system not fit for purpose': WHO report critical of China's & its own responses to Covid crisis

China, other governments and the WHO itself didn't act fast and decisively enough against the novel coronavirus, allowing it to become a pandemic, an interim report by an independent WHO panel on the handling of the crisis states.
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Russia opposition activist Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days - channel 4

Russia opposition activist Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days

A Russian judge has imprisoned the opposition leader Alexei Navalny for 30 days. The hearing took place not in court, but a police station, with Navalny’s lawyer given barely any notice. The UK and other European countries are understood to be weighing possible further sanctions.
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How has Trump’s talk of ‘fake news’ undermined US democracy? - channel 4

How has Trump’s talk of ‘fake news’ undermined US democracy?

In just over 40 hours, on Wednesday early morning, President Trump will leave the White House to fly to West Palm Beach in Florida, skipping the inauguration ceremony of his successor – the first outgoing President to do so since Andrew Johnson in 1869.  If there has been an element of continuity in Trump’s presidency,…
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MPs vote to extend universal credit increase - channel 4

MPs vote to extend universal credit increase

In the last few minutes MPs have voted to support the extension of the temporary £20 a week increase in universal credit.
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Trump presidency ‘an aberration’ – Lewis Lukens, former US deputy chief of mission to UK - channel 4

Trump presidency ‘an aberration’ – Lewis Lukens, former US deputy chief of mission to UK

With a new incoming President in the White House, that is also going to mean a new US ambassador in the United Kingdom. Like Donald Trump, the man who’s been in charge of the embassy for the past three years has proved to be a controversial figure. The former deputy chief of mission at the…
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FBI investigates background of troops guarding Capitol ahead of Biden inauguration - channel 4

FBI investigates background of troops guarding Capitol ahead of Biden inauguration

There is a vaccine story in Washington too – 30 million doses delivered so far, but only 12 million have ended up in people’s arms. President-elect Biden intends to change that quickly. Today, he visited a food bank as Americans celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. King was assassinated and there are fears of similar…
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Over-70s and clinically extremely vulnerable offered Covid jabs in England - channel 4

Over-70s and clinically extremely vulnerable offered Covid jabs in England

ore than four million people have had a first dose and from today the over-70s in England are being offered jabs.
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Hospitals under intense pressure as vaccinations pass four million mark - channel 4

Hospitals under intense pressure as vaccinations pass four million mark

Although vaccination numbers are rising sharply, hospitals remain under intense pressure. The number of patients with coronavirus in UK hospitals is the highest that it's been throughout the pandemic.
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Guatemala police start clearing US-bound migrant caravan camp after violent clashes (VIDEOS) - rt

Guatemala police start clearing US-bound migrant caravan camp after violent clashes (VIDEOS)

Police in Guatemala have started breaking up a caravan of hundreds of mostly Honduran migrants who had camped on a street while trying to reach the US, after their journey was halted by officials, migration authorities have said.
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'Deepest concerns': South Africa Covid-19 variant binds more easily to human cells, making it more infectious, govt adviser says

The so-called South Africa Covid-19 variant binds more easily to human cells with a stronger mechanism, allowing it to spread more easily between its human hosts, the government's advising chief epidemiologist said on Monday.
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Most ancient supermassive black hole ever discovered powers distant quasar and sheds light on early universe - rt

Most ancient supermassive black hole ever discovered powers distant quasar and sheds light on early universe

In a milestone breakthrough, astronomers have discovered the oldest supermassive black hole ever seen. The extraordinary find dates back to the early days of the universe and fuels the most distant quasar yet known.
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China's Hebei province to reexamine Covid-19 test results after lab caught out over positive cases

Health officials in the Chinese province of Hebei will review hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 tests carried out by third-party agencies after it was revealed that one laboratory allegedly hid positive cases of the disease.
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The FBI Is Vetting 25,000 Inauguration Troops Over Fears of an Inside Attack - vice

The FBI Is Vetting 25,000 Inauguration Troops Over Fears of an Inside Attack

The FBI is reportedly concerned about National Guard troops with far-right and extremist views and affiliations.
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Canada to allow return of Boeing 737 MAX service by lifting flight ban imposed after devastating crashes - rt

Canada to allow return of Boeing 737 MAX service by lifting flight ban imposed after devastating crashes

The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is set to return to service in Canada following a flight ban of almost two years, which was imposed after crashes that killed hundreds of people, the country's transport regulator said on Monday.
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Indian TV anchor’s texts spark cries for security leak inquiry after he discussed Pakistan airstrikes before they happened - rt

Indian TV anchor’s texts spark cries for security leak inquiry after he discussed Pakistan airstrikes before they happened

Opposition politicians in India have called for an investigation into a potential national security leak after a TV anchor’s messages showed he had prior knowledge of airstrikes launched against Pakistan in February 2019.
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Top Iranian commander mocks Washington as US armed forces on alert for American attackers during Biden’s inauguration - rt

Top Iranian commander mocks Washington as US armed forces on alert for American attackers during Biden’s inauguration

Iran’s most senior general has ridiculed the US after American armed forces and the national guard were brought in to protect Washington from any further violence during the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration as president.
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Leader of the Pro-Black ‘NFAC’ Militia Arrested and Charged by Feds

Leader of the Pro-Black ‘NFAC’ Militia Arrested and Charged by Feds

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A former DJ-turned-founder of an all-Black armed activist group is facing federal charges for allegedly pointing a rifle at law enforcement officers.

John Fitzgerald Johnson, known to many as influential producer and rapper “Grand Master Jay,” was arrested at his home and charged by federal agents Thursday, according to the Department of Justice. The 57-year-old National Guard and Army vet is accused of pointing his gun at law enforcement officers who were deployed on rooftops at a September protest in Louisville, Kentucky.

Johnson is the founder of the “Not Fucking Around Coalition,” (NFAC) a paramilitary group focused on the protection and eventual liberation of Black Americans. Over the summer, he gained notoriety after leading protests of hundreds of armed Black men and women in Kentucky and Georgia.

A federal complaint filed against him alleges Johnson pointed an AR platform rifle at and “forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated and interfered federally deputized task force officers while they were engaged in or on account of the performance of official duties” 

The alleged incident occurred during an NFAC rally at Jefferson Square Park held in honor of Breonna Taylor, according to the complaint. 

Three members of the Louisville Metro Police Department and two federal officers, were deployed to the roof of the nearby Jefferson County Grand Jury Building to keep an eye on the rally. Three officers were allegedly blinded by a light which they determined “was a flashlight mounted to the rifle being aimed at them by Johnson,” according to the federal complaint. The officers identified the man with the rifle as Johnson and were concerned that he would either intentionally or accidentally fire on them. 

Screenshots of surveillance video showing Johnson aiming his weapon skyward are included in the complaint.

“The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights,” FBI Louisville Division agent Robert Brown said in a press release. “Accordingly, we are committed to investigating violent behavior and those who are exploiting legitimate, peaceful protests and engaging in violations of federal law.”

Johnson faces up to 20 years in federal prison if found guilty of pointing his gun in the direction of the officers, according to the Department of Justice. The charges are part of the Justice Department’s new Task Force dedicated entirely to identifying groups who incite violence in the name of what it calls “anti-government ideology.

In October, Johnson told VICE News that the NFAC had been founded in 2017 following the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. He said that the group hoped to eventually be instrumental in forming a self-sustaining “ethnostate” of Black Americans.

“NFAC would be the backbone and framework of the military of that country,” Johnson told VICE News at the time.

Since its inception, the NFAC has held rallies in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and Louisville, Kentucky, to demand justice for the police killing of Breonna Taylor as well as Ahmaud Arbury, who was murdered while jogging in his own neighborhood by two white men with ties to law enforcement. 

The NFAC rallies were well attended, with one in Louisville reaching around 3,000 Americans, many of whom were armed.

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