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US to restart 'Remain in Mexico' policy
More than 60,000 asylum seekers were originally sent back to Mexico under the controversial programme. Also: Germany bars the unvaccinated from much of public life, and older drivers in Britain could avoid fines for careless driving under new proposals.
Scientists find trigger for rare AstraZeneca clots
Findings should help company make any necessary changes; Meghan Markle wins a major legal battle with a UK newspaper. How high school basketball players tried to message a friend, but ended up talking to Tom Brady.
WTA suspends China tournaments over Peng Shuai
The Women's Tennis Association announces the immediate suspension amid concern for the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. Also, the actor Alec Baldwin says he did not fire gun on film set, and rare access to the USS Carl Vinson off the coast of Japan.
Countries around the world step up Covid prevention measures
More travel bans and vaccine booster programmes as the Omicron variant is closely tracked. Also, the EU unveils a global infrastructure investment plan to rival China's Belt and Road initiative. And the sea goddess sculpture that is helping efforts to sustain coral reefs in the Caribbean.
Ex-Trump aide Mark Meadows to co-operate with 6 January investigations
The US congressional committee investigating the deadly assault on the Capitol building says Mark Meadows has agreed to appear before it 'soon'. Also, IS man is found guilty of genocide in Yazidi murder trial in Germany under the principle of Universal Jurisdiction, and the Arctic could see more rain than snow in thirty years.
Barbados becomes world's newest republic
The Caribbean island removes Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. Also: France's far right polemicist, Eric Zemmour announces his bid for the presidency, and Greece imposes fines for the over 60s if they don't get vaccinated against Covid-19.
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