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  1. USA-TRUMP/

    Markets boosted by tax cuts and years of low interest rates have made the rich richer and the U.S. more divided than ever, something the Biden presidency will have trouble reversing.

  2. RUSSIA-POLITICS/NAVALNY

    A Russian judge remanded Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in pre-trial detention for 30 days on Monday for violating the terms of a suspended jail sentence, ignoring calls from Western countries to free the opposition politician immediately.

  3. Virgin Orbit

    Billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reached space for the first time on Sunday with a successful test of its air-launched rocket, delivering 10 NASA satellites to orbit and achieving a key milestone after aborting the rocket's first test launch last year.

  4. Capitol Breach

    U.S. defence officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing president-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.

  5. Italy Politics

    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday acknowledged errors in fighting the unprecedented pandemic, but in a speech aimed at preserving his second mandate, he told lawmakers his government can "hold its head high."