Chinese tycoon Jack Ma has appeared in public for the first time in nearly three months – after speculation about his whereabouts following a clampdown by Beijing on his business empire.

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Italian designer Prada has cut ties with a popular Chinese actress engulfed in a surrogacy scandal.

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic has insisted he was not being “selfish, difficult and ungrateful” after making a list of requests for players in quarantine ahead of the Australian Open.

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The US State Department has declared that China is committing genocide and crimes against humanity in a campaign targeting Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. 

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A jittery United States still reeling from the attack on the Capitol Building is readying itself for a change of leadership, with Joe Biden’s inauguration just hours away.

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He may be behind bars, but the Kremlin has not succeeded in silencing Alexei Navalny.

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A British man has been killed in an avalanche while skiing in the Swiss Alps.

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A Thai ex-civil servant has been jailed for a “record-breaking” 43 years and 6 months for sharing audio clips on social media said to defame the country’s monarchy.

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A snowstorm caused a 134-car pile-up which killed one person and left a dozen others injured in Japan.

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A British pilot punched the air with delight as he was discharged from hospital in Texas after being treated for coronavirus for 243 days.

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Donald Trump will say he will “pray for the success” of Joe Biden’s administration in his farewell address later but that the political movement he created “is only just beginning”.

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A dozen US Army National Guard members have been removed from duty ahead of Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration – including some allegedly with ties to far-right militias.

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The first real-world analysis of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine suggests it is matching its performance in clinical trials, but raises serious questions about the UK’s decision to delay the second dose.

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First Lady Melania Trump has advised Americans that “violence is never the answer” in her White House farewell speech.

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas has told Sky News she is determined to get South Asian stories “influxed” into Hollywood.

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Snow has fallen in the Sahara desert after temperatures dropped to -3C (27F).

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A 36-year-old man lived undetected in a secure section of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for three months because he was “too scared” to go home due to COVID-19, US prosecutors say.

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Around 2,000 Honduran migrants are said to be camped out in eastern Guatemala after security forces used sticks and tear gas to stop their passage towards the US.

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Putin critic Alexei Navalny has urged Russians to “take to the streets” after a judge ordered that he be kept in custody for at least 30 days.

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There is a road north of the capital, Kampala, that few Ugandans wish to follow.

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