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Biden inauguration: Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem – BBC News

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Singing with a gold microphone and a large gold dove pinned to her chest, Lady Gaga belted out the US national anthem.

In a high-neck black dress with a prominent red skirt, she sang the anthem to the poignant display of US flags instead of the traditional inauguration audience.

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US journalist Evan Gershkovich jailed in Russia | BBC News

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US journalist Evan Gershkovich has been found guilty of spying by a Russian court and sentenced to 16 years in a high-security prison, after a secretive trial labelled a “sham” by his employer, his family and the White House.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter was arrested by security services in March 2023 while working as a reporter in the city of Yekaterinburg, about 1,600km (1,000 miles) east of Moscow.

Russia accuses him of working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), accusations that Gershkovich, the WSJ and the US strongly deny.

He’s the first US journalist to be convicted for espionage in Russia since the Cold War ended more than 30 years ago.

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Donald Trump has held his first rally since an attempt was made on his life – and the first with his new running mate JD Vance.

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US military ends Gaza floating aid pier mission | BBC News

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The US military has ended its mission to operate a temporary floating pier to deliver more aid to the Gaza Strip. Supplies from …

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UN top court says Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories is illegal | BBC News

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The UN’s top court has said Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories is against international law, in a landmark opinion.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) said Israel should stop settlement activity in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza and end its “illegal” occupation of those areas as soon as possible.

The court’s advisory opinion is not legally binding but still carries significant political weight. It marks the first time the ICJ has delivered a position on the legality of the 57-year occupation.

The ICJ, based at The Hague in the Netherlands, has been examining the issue since the beginning of last year, at the request of the UN General Assembly.

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