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21
JAN
5pm

UK counts record number of COVID deaths

British hospital workers are exhausted as wards fill with COVID-19 patients. Meanwhile, controversy surrounds the government's decision to offer single vaccine doses. We hear from the medical frontline, and from an eminent immunologist.

Also in the programme: new US president Joe Biden launches his pandemic policy; and how can people look after their mental health during lockdown?

(Picture: vaccination in the Northeast of England. Credit: PA)
20
JAN
5pm

Joe Biden takes office with call for unity

Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th US president, ending one of the most dramatic political transitions in American history. Kamala Harris became the first woman - and the first person of colour - to be made vice president.

Also in the programme: Leaders from around the world have congratulated President Biden; and China has imposed sanctions on more than twenty members of the outgoing Trump administration.

(Photo: Father Leo O' Donovan talks to President-elect Joe Biden during the inauguration of Joe Biden as US President in Washington. Credit: EPA).
20
JAN
10am

Trump leaves White House ahead of Biden inauguration

Joe Biden's team have said he will issue a flurry of executive orders immediately after he is sworn in as the new US president, as he seeks to undo much of Donald Trump's legacy. Mr Trump has left the White House for Florida, after declining to attend the inauguration of his successor.

With Razia Iqbal in Washington, our whole programme is devoted to this signature political event. We will hear from two people who will be performing at the inauguration. One of them, twenty-two year old Amanda Gorman, who will recite The Hill We Climb at Joe Biden’s swearing-in ceremony, following in the footsteps of Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.

(Photo credit: EPA)
19
JAN
5pm

President Trump releases farewell video

President Trump has bid farewell to the American people in a brief video message where he also asked the US to pray for the incoming administration of Joe Biden, while the US Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, accused Trump of provoking the assault on the Capitol by his supporters two weeks ago.

Also in the programme: We asked a spokesman for the Ugandan government why the US ambassador was prevented from visiting the opposition leader Bobi Wine; and the US State Department amounts what China is doing with his Muslim population in Xinjiang as “genocide”.

(Photo: U.S. President Donald Trump departs after speaking about the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Credit: Reuters).
19
JAN
10am

President Trump’s final full day in office begins

Donald Trump is beginning his final full day as President of the United States before Joe Biden is sworn into office tomorrow. We’ll reflect on his legacy including in foreign policy.

Also on the programme: The latest from China as efforts continue to rescue over twenty miners; and we’ll learn about a multi-million pound donation that’s been made towards crucial antibiotic research.

(Picture: Donald Trump Credit: Getty Images)
18
JAN
5pm

Navalny detained for 30 days in Russia

Alexei Navalny has been detained after returning to Moscow for the first time since he was poisoned last year in a nerve agent attack he blames on the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. A judge in Moscow has ruled he must stay in custody for at least thirty days and another hearing next week will determine if he should complete a prison sentence for alleged embezzlement. The US and European Union have led calls for Mr Navalny to be freed.

Also in the programme: worries about the availability of food in the Tigray region of Ethiopia; and how will Somalia manage the battle against jihadists after US troops withdraw?

Picture: Alexei Navalny escorted out of a police station near Moscow; Credit: EPA
18
JAN
10am

Alexei Navalny: World leaders demand release of Putin critic

Western nations have voiced concern over the arrest of Putin critic Alexei Navalny following his return to Russia. The police want to hold him until a hearing next week, when a court could invoke a three-and a half year prison sentence that was suspended in 2014.

Also on the programme: We’ll talk about the intense security in place in Washington D.C. ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration; and a look at how Somalia is likely to manage the battle against jihadists now that US troops have withdrawn.

(Picture: Alexei Navalny, Credit: Reuters)
17
JAN
5pm

Poisoned Kremlin critic Navalny detained in Russia

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been detained by police at passport control after flying back to Russia - five months after he was almost killed in a nerve agent attack. We hear the latest on events in Moscow.

Also on the programme: Dissecting the complex legacy of American music producer Phil Spector, who has died aged 81 while serving a prison sentence for murder. And do cloth masks offer as much protection against Covid-19 as we think?

(Photo: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is seen on board a plane before the departure for the Russian capital Moscow at an airport in Berlin, Germany January 17, 2021. REUTERS/Polina Ivanova)
17
JAN
9am

How big a threat does America face from far-right groups?

As the US capital becomes Fortress Washington ahead of Wednesday's presidential inauguration - how big a threat does America face from far-right groups?

Also in the programme: Five months after he was poisoned, Alexei Navalny is flying back to Russia - so how will the authorities react to the return of the Kremlin's highest profile opponent? and we look at the changing, more youthful face of coronavirus patients in Britain's hospitals.

(Photo: Barricades are being assembled around the US Capitol ahead of the 20 January inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Credit: EPA)
16
JAN
5pm

Uganda election: Museveni rejects rigging claims

Uganda’s veteran leader Yoweri Museveni has declared himself the winner of the presidential election and called it the most fraud-free vote in the country’s history. But rival candidate Bobi Wine tells Newshour he believes the contest to be “the most fraudulent election in the history of Uganda”.

Also in the programme: As Germany’s governing party elects a new leader - seen by some as Chancellor Angela Merkel's likely successor - what does the future hold for Germany’s place in Europe and the world in the post-Merkel era?

And how a team of Nepalese climbers have made history by becoming the first to reach the summit of K2 in winter.

(Image: A supporter of incumbent Ugandan Presdent Yoveri Museveni and Uganda’s National Resistance Movement (NRM) celebrates in the streets of Kampala, Uganda, 16 January 2021. Credit: EPA/STR)
16
JAN
9am

Museveni declared winner of Uganda election

Uganda's election commission has declared the veteran leader Yoweri Museveni winner of the presidential election. But his main challenger Bobi Wine has called it the most fraudulent election in Ugandan history, vowing to present the evidence once the internet is restored.

Also on the programme: Germany's governing CDU party elects a new leader - another step closer to the end of the Angela Merkel era; and Signal is overwhelmed - why are so many people suddenly joining the messaging app?

(Photo: A voter casts a ballot in the presidential elections in Kampala, Uganda, January 14, 2021. Credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

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