US President Donald Trump's last day in office is January 19, with President-elect Joe Biden set to officially be inaugurated as 46th president of the United States on January 20. Kamala Harris on Wednesday will also become the first female vice president in American history.
During his presidential election campaign, Joe Biden attacked Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, saying that the kingdom should be regarded as "a pariah". The US administration is expected to cut the selling of arms to Saudi Arabia, but more targeted steps against the crown prince may also be taken, including financial sanctions.
Lil Wayne pleaded guilty last month, confessing to illegally possessing a loaded golden handgun on board a jet when it landed in Miami, Florida, and now faces up to 10 years behind bars, while Kodak Black was imprisoned in 2019 for illegal weapons possession and sentenced to a four-year term.
The European Union previously criticised the Venezuelan parliamentary elections, while the US and countries of the Lima Group refused to recognise the outcome of the vote, citing alleged electoral violations.
The Russian diplomatic mission stated earlier in the day that the United States had cut off the telephone lines in the Russian Consulate in New York on January 18. It said the US linked the interruption to technical problems.
India, a country with more than 1.3 billion people, kicked off the world's largest COVID vaccination drive on Saturday. The government aims to vaccinate 30 million frontline staff, including health workers, during the first phase of this drive.
The number of infected worldwide has now surpassed 96,000,000, while the global COVID-19 death toll is over 2 million people, according to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also accused the Chinese Communist Party of “crimes against humanity against the predominantly Muslim Uighurs and other members of ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang." The alleged crimes date back to March 2017.