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The United States has announced tougher rules to combat a sharp rise in coronavirus cases caused by the more infectious Delta variant. The Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, advises even vaccinated people to wear face masks in public indoor spaces. The announcement reverses advice issued in May. Peter Bowes has this report. The CDC says about 2/3 of counties have high transmission rates that warrant the wearing of masks with the Delta variant behind many of the surges. Some states, such as Florida and Missouri, have seen rapidly rising infection rates. The CDC's guidance is a reversal of its position 2 months ago and poses a dilemma for many local and state authorities with some highly reluctant to accept tougher measures.
The opening day of a US congressional inquiry into the deadly storming of the Capitol building in January by supporters of Donald Trump has heard harrowing testimony from policemen who came under attack. Four officers described how they were punched, kicked, stunned with a taser and racially abused as they tried to defend the building in Washington. One of only two Republicans on the committee, Adam Kinzinger, fought back tears as he praised the bravery of the police. "You guys may, like, individually feel a little broken. You guys all talk about the effects you have to deal with and, you know, you talk about the impact of that day. But you guys won. You guys held."
President Biden has been highly critical of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and the state of the Russian economy. In his speech to U.S. intelligence officials, Mr. Biden said Russia had nuclear weapons and oil wells and nothing else. He said, Mr. Putin knew he was in real trouble, and that made him more dangerous. Senior U.S. and Russian officials are due to hold nuclear talks in Geneva on Wednesday.
The president of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattarar and his ousted predecessor Laurent Gbagbo have embraced and held hands at their first meeting since the country's civil war a decade ago. More now from Will Ross. It was a sight that many Ivorians would have found hard to imagine. A car pulling up outside the presidential palace, out steps the former President Laurent Gbagbo, who's warmly embraced by his long time rival Alassane Ouattarar before the two men head off for talks. It's a decade since Mr. Gbagbo was arrested hiding in a bunker, a dramatic fall for a president whose refusal to admit electoral defeat led to war. In a country where the average age is just 18, the main political rivals are all in their 70s and 80s. So whilst Ivorians wait for signs of genuine reconciliation, many are saying it's time for younger leaders.
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