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'I don't know what prime minister meant': Israel's virus czar shoots down Netanyahu's suggestion country is through pandemic

Israeli coronavirus response chief, Nachman Ash, doesn't share PM Benjamin Netanyahu's optimism regarding the Covid situation in the country, warning that it could well go into a fourth lockdown due to a rising transmission rate.
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National Trust says heritage sites at risk from climate change - channel 4

National Trust says heritage sites at risk from climate change

The National Trust outlined a 'hazard map' which shows how 30% of their heritage sites are at risk from the impacts of climate change like flooding.
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Ampleforth College faces questions over pupil safeguarding

In November the school was banned by the government from accepting new pupils, after it failed to show inspectors that it could keep them safe.
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20 killed in Somali capital after suicide car bomb detonates outside restaurant - rt

20 killed in Somali capital after suicide car bomb detonates outside restaurant

At least 20 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a suicide car bombing in Mogadishu. The incident occured on the same day Somali Islamist militants stormed a jail in the semi-atonomus Puntland state.
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Pope’s visit shows ‘Iraq is not forgotten’, says priest Joseph Cassar - channel 4

Pope’s visit shows ‘Iraq is not forgotten’, says priest Joseph Cassar

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Pope Francis becomes first pontiff to visit Iraq - channel 4

Pope Francis becomes first pontiff to visit Iraq

The Pope has arrived in Iraq for an historic three-day visit to the country, surrounded by tight security.
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Mental health charity advocates call for more support for school children

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UK’s ‘security and prosperity will be affected’ if aid is cut – Tory MP Tobias Ellwood

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Revealed: plans for huge cuts in UK overseas aid - channel 4

Revealed: plans for huge cuts in UK overseas aid

Among the proposals under discussion are slashing funds for Syria by 67%, and giving 60% less to Somalia and Congo.
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The Filipino NHS staff battling Covid and seeking proper recognition - channel 4

The Filipino NHS staff battling Covid and seeking proper recognition

We've heard of some wards in London hospitals where around 70% of nurses are Filipino, and yet a lot of people from the community feel they're not being represented.
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Nursing union prepares to strike over 1% pay increase - channel 4

Nursing union prepares to strike over 1% pay increase

The Royal College of Nursing has set up a £35 million fund to prepare for strike action, amid growing anger at the proposal to give most NHS staff in England a 1% pay rise.
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Arrests over clashes in Lyon as locals blame French police for teenager's scooter crash that left him in coma (VIDEOS)

Twelve people have been arrested after violence broke out in Lyon, France, where protesters burned cars and launched fireworks in response to the alleged role of police in a local teenager's serious scooter crash on Wednesday.
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A Cop Accused of Arranging 2 Murders Was Allowed to Stay on the Job - vice

A Cop Accused of Arranging 2 Murders Was Allowed to Stay on the Job

Dallas Police Officer Bryan Riser was arrested Thursday — nearly two years after he allegedly orchestrated the killings of two people.
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Lebanon’s central bank chief says he’s suing Bloomberg for report claiming US mulling sanctions on him over corruption

Lebanon’s central bank governor said he will file legal action against Bloomberg and one of its journalists over a story it published claiming that the US was considering sanctions against him as part of a wider corruption probe.
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While addressing an official anti-communist taskforce on Friday, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte defended himself against claims of corruption – but said he’s working on his other faults, including “extrajudicial killings.”
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San Francisco Police Commissioner Doesn’t Want to Arm Teens

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A Former Trump Staffer at the Capitol Riot Allegedly Attacked Police With a Riot Shield

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Mystery person infected with Brazilian variant ‘finally found’ in England

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German intelligence blocked from spying on right-wing AfD party after designation as ‘suspected’ extremists

The BfV, Germany’s domestic intelligence service, cannot spy on the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party under the authority they have to fight extremism, a court has said in an emergency injunction.
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The FBI Is Vetting 25,000 Inauguration Troops Over Fears of an Inside Attack

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

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With tens of thousands of National Guard members heading to D.C. for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, the FBI and Department of Defense are reportedly digging into their backgrounds in order to head off a potential attack or disaster similar to the overrunning of the Capitol on Jan. 6.

There will be 25,000 troops stationed in D.C., a beefed up presence from the more than 10,000 members who were on duty for President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, and roughly 7,400 for President Donald Trump’s inauguration four years ago. The FBI will vet all of them in an attempt to root out potential threats to the inauguration, the Associated Press reported Monday

Biden’s inauguration will see the largest deployment of American troops in the nation’s capital since the Civil War. 

The move follows the pro-Trump riots at the Capitol earlier this month, which has so far resulted in over a hundred arrests and five deaths, including one Capitol Police officer. Virginia National Guard infantryman Jacob Fracker, who is also a police officer in Rocky Mount, Virginia, was arrested for his alleged involvement in the riot, and is one of dozens of police officers either under internal or criminal investigation.

During the riot, Gov. Ralph Northam deployed the National Guard to assist Capitol police, and Northam later extended the deployment through Biden’s inauguration.

Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, an Army reservist and Naval contractor from New Jersey who’s allegedly a white supremacist and neo-Nazi sympathizer, was arrested Sunday and charged with multiple counts related to the Jan. 6 riot. Hale-Cusanelli is allegedly “an avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer” and has a “secret” security clearance at Naval Weapons Station Earle in New Jersey, where he “has access to a variety of munitions,” according to a sworn affadavit signed by a Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) agent. 

So far, there’s not much indication of major protests during Biden’s inauguration, as the National Park Service has only approved one permit so far for a pro-Trump rally that organizers expected to draw 300 participants, the Washingtonian reported last week. The National Park Service announced last week that it would close the National Mall through Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration. 

”We’re continually going through the process, and taking second, third looks at every one of the individuals assigned to this operation,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told the AP. “We need to be conscious of it and we need to put all of the mechanisms in place to thoroughly vet these men and women who would support any operations like this.”

The Secret Service declined to say what methods they would use to vet the National Guard troops, though former FBI national security supervisor David Gomez told the AP that the process would likely involve using databases and watchlists to find red flags.

“In order to maintain critical operational security surrounding the 59th Presidential Inauguration, the U.S. Secret Service and our law enforcement partners will not be commenting on the means and methods used to conduct the agency mission, inclusive of protective intelligence matters,” the Secret Service told VICE News in a statement. 

National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Daniel Hokanson told the AP that “if there’s any indication that any of our soldiers or airmen are expressing things that are extremist views, it’s either handed over to law enforcement or dealt with the chain of command immediately.”

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