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Joe Biden cries in emotional speech before heading to Washington DC for inauguration

In a deeply personal and at times emotional speech, President-elect Joe Biden delivered a final goodbye to his home state of Delaware on Tuesday before departing for the White House, thanking his supporters and the state he said helped raise him, The Independent reports.

Pentagon nominee hopes US-Russia cooperation in the Arctic region will continue

Nominee for appointment to be Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that he hoped cooperation of the US and Russia in the Arctic region could continue.

Iran nuclear deal: Rouhani says 'ball in U.S. court now'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged US President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday to return to a 2015 nuclear deal and lift crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic, Reuters reports.

Russia reports over 21,000 daily COVID-19 cases

Russia confirmed 21,152 COVID-19 cases in the past day, a new low since November 18, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Biden’s nominee for secretary of state says Turkey not acting like an ally

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for secretary of state on Tuesday accused NATO member Turkey of not acting like an ally and said Washington would review if further sanctions are required on Ankara over its acquisition of a Russian air defense system, Reuters reports.

Germany warns of border closures amid fear of coronavirus mutations

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Germany may need to consider border crossing curbs if other European countries do not act to halt the spread of the coronavirus, particularly its new, more transmissible variants, Reuters reported.

Lavrov, head of UN Alliance of Civilizations discuss upcoming conference in Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Angel Moratinos have discussed preparations for holding in Russia a world conference of the heads of state, parliamentarians and leaders of world religions on inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday following the meeting that took place on January 18, TASS reports.

Turkey ratifies free trade deal with Azerbaijan

Turkey ratified the free trade agreement with Azerbaijan on Tuesday, according to a notice issued in the Official Gazette, Anadolu news agency reported. The deal was signed on Feb. 25, 2020 in Azerbaijan's capital Baku.

Russia records 21,734 daily coronavirus cases

Russia recorded 21,734 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the lowest number since November 18, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis. Russia's case tally has hit 3,612,800.

Trump to depart Washington, DC, at 8 a.m. on Biden’s Inauguration Day

Outgoing US President Donald Trump will leave Washington early Wednesday with a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews before President-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office, one guest told The New York Post, the latter reported.

Donald Trump balloon: Baby blimp acquired by Museum of London

The Donald Trump baby blimp, which flew over Parliament Square during the US president's visit to the UK, has found a new home.

Biden fills out state department team with Obama administration veterans

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is filling out his State Department team with a group of former career diplomats and veterans of the Obama administration, signaling his desire to return to a more traditional foreign policy after four years of uncertainty and unpredictability under President Donald Trump, VOA News reported.

Russia announces withdrawal from Treaty on Open Skies

Russia is launching domestic procedures to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, reports TASS.

Iran, Azerbaijan discuss expansion of military cooperation

Iran and Azerbaijan have discussed the expansion and expansion of military cooperation.

Russia's COVID-19 cases pass 3,500,000

Russia’s coronavirus cases rose by 24,715 to 3,520,531 in the past 24 hours, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Bezos' Blue Origin aims to fly first space passengers by April

Billionaire Jeff Bezos-owned space company Blue Origin aims to carry the first passengers on its New Shepard space vehicle as early as April, CNBC reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Russia reports 24,763 daily COVID-19 cases

Russia confirmed 24,763 new coronavirus cases in the past day, bringing the total caseload to 3,495,816, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Trump lashes out at ‘assault on free speech’ after ban on Twitter account

Donald Trump has lashed out at social media companies for what he called an "assault on free speech", after he and his supporters have been banned from online platforms in the wake of the Washington riots last week, Daily Express reports.

US House impeaches Trump over Capitol riot

The US House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump for "incitement of insurrection" at last week's Capitol riot, BBC News reports.

Georgia adds 1,618 new COVID-19 cases

Georgia reported 1,618 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing its total to 243,255, Xinhua said, citing the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health.