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Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use
Britain's medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the jab is safe to be rolled out. The first doses are already on their way to the UK, with 800,000 due in the coming days. Also: The US Department of Justice is investigating claims that lobbyists offered bribes in exchange for a presidential pardon, and two otters find love during lockdown
Covid-19: UK is first country to approve Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
Decision paves the way for mass-vaccination in Britain. Vaccine offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19. Also, Nigeria is epicentre of new cyber-crime networks, and Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher's son hopes to follow in his footsteps.
No evidence of widespread fraud in the US presidential poll says one of President Trump's closest allies
Attorney General has seen nothing that could have overturned Biden victory, Also: Chinese craft lands on the moon, and Belgian orgy that caused a Hungarian politician's downfall.
US cases soar but 'light at the end of the tunnel'
America's top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, says vaccines offer hope as the county hits its worst period of the pandemic. Also: controversy in France over a proposed charter aimed at integrating all groups of Muslims into society, and an extraordinary rescue at sea.
Biden picks Janet Yellen for US treasury secretary
She is on a diverse list of officials chosen for top economic roles in his administration. Also: France is to rewrite its police bill after protests, and the dramatic increase in Brazil's Amazon deforestation.
Iran buries assassinated nuclear scientist
State funeral held in Tehran for Mohsen Fakhrizadeh who was killed on Friday. Iran blames Israel for his death. Also, Australia demands apology from China for 'repugnant' fake image on Twitter, and a new film profiles colourful and contradictory singer-songwriter Shane McGowan.