The US remains the worst-hit nation regarding the continuing coronavirus pandemic, with almost 24 million people infected, and more than 397,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
On Sunday evening, Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport upon his arrival from Germany over probation violations.
China's economy is expected to sharply rise in 2021 despite the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, but will still face persistent challenges, figures from the country's statistics bureau revealed. The news comes as strict lockdown measures proved effective in the mainland but troubles continue to affect Europe and North America markets.
Statehouses across the US have beefed up security in a bid to prevent a scenario of possible civil unrest as the clock ticks down to the 20 January inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley earlier faced a major backlash over his decision to oppose the certification of the presidential election results, siding with President Donald Trump in his election fraud allegations.
President Trump's eldest daughter and senior White House aide Ivanka, who has been dealing with social and employment policy issues, was earlier reported to have weighed attending Joe Biden's swearing-in despite her father's rage. She purportedly has concerns about the future of her political career and is doing everything to save her reputation.
Despite the World Health Organisation releasing a statement saying the infectious disease is of animal origin, wild conspiracy theories continue to circulate online. The most popular ones claim the outbreak of COVID-19 was designed to control the world's population.
The global coronavirus tally is now over 95,000,000, while the death toll has surpassed 2 million people worldwide, according to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University.