BBC news with Neil Nunes. Chancellor Angela Merkel has extended Germany's coronavirus lockdown until the end of January. She's also announced much tougher rules on social interactions, including restricting the number of house guests to one, and limiting travel from badly affected areas.
The World Health Oraganization has cautioned Britain against trying to extend the interval between giving the first and second doses of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine. It's said the interval should be three to four weeks, or six in emergency situations, not up to 12 as Britain has noted.
The head of the World Bank has appealed to richer countries not to halt coronavirus vaccines. David Malpass said they should free up stocks that they are not currently able to distribute for purchase or distribution in poorer nations.
Two crucial run-off elections are taking place in the southern American state of Georgia. Votes that will influence president-elect Biden's ability to enact his agenda. His democratic party must gain most senate seats from Republicans, if it's to control the Upper House.
There have been conflicting reports of an airstrike in central Mali. France says it killed dozens of terrorists. But villages say the dead were guests at a wedding, including children.
A court in Cape Verde has ruled that a Colombia businessman can be extradited to the United States. Alex Saab is facing money laundering charges for allegedly helping the government of president Nicolas Maduro transfer money out of Venezuela through the United States to overseas accounts.
Scotland's First Minister says Donald Trump should not travel to the country to play golf. Her comments follow speculation Mr.Trump might visit one of his Scottish golf resorts to avoid the inauguration of Joe Biden. But Ms.Sturgeon stressed that with Covid non-essential travel is not allowed. BBC news.