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Yoweri Museveni claims victory in Uganda

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/16/21, 10:26 am

Ugandan opposition candidate Bobi Wine accused the government of rigging Thursday’s presidential election. Incumbent President Yoweri Museveni pulled in 58 percent of the votes to win a sixth term over Wine’s 34 percent, the country’s electoral commission said on Saturday.

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Global deaths attributed to COVID-19 hit 2 million

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/15/21, 04:37 pm

About a quarter of the world’s COVID-19 deaths so far were in Iran, India, Mexico, or Brazil. The global death toll climbed past 2 million on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. New strains of the virus have surfaced in Britain, South Africa, and Brazil. Health officials have identified 76 cases of the U.K. variant across 12 U.S. states, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expect the more contagious strain to become the most common version in the country.

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Multiple U.S. agencies question Capitol riot response

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/15/21, 03:47 pm

The departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and the Interior have launched official inquiries about law enforcement’s preparedness for and response to last week’s breach of the U.S. Capitol. Inspectors general for those agencies said they plan to investigate whether the FBI adequately shared warnings about the violence ahead of time and if Capitol Police turned down an offer of help from the Pentagon in the days before the riots.

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