• National Guard troops head home after helping secure Biden inauguration
    USA TODAY

    National Guard troops head home after helping secure Biden inauguration

    Meanwhile, The Washington Post and Politico reported that hundreds of Guard troops were relocated to a nearby garage. Photos of the troops in the garage drew outrage from lawmakers.

  • Associated Press

    German virus death toll tops 50,000 even as infections sink

    The death toll from the coronavirus in Germany has passed 50,000, a number that has risen swiftly over recent weeks even as infection figures are finally declining. The country’s disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, said Friday that another 859 deaths were recorded over the past 24 hours, taking the total so far to 50,642. Germany had a comparatively small number of deaths in the pandemic’s first phase and was able to lift many restrictions quickly.

  • Navalny, anticipating arrest, planned protests to force Kremlin to release him, ally says
    Reuters

    Navalny, anticipating arrest, planned protests to force Kremlin to release him, ally says

    Before he returned to Russia, opposition politician Alexei Navalny and his supporters had anticipated he would be arrested and planned to force the Kremlin to release him by staging repeated protests, a close ally has said. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic, was detained on Sunday after flying home for the first time since being poisoned with what the West says was a military-grade nerve agent that Navalny says was applied to his underpants by state security agents. The 44-year-old lawyer, now in a notorious Moscow prison pending the outcome of four legal matters he says are all trumped up, accuses Putin of ordering his attempted murder.