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Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.
Five things you need to know
President-elect Joe Biden will reverse President Trump's travel bans, rejoin the Paris climate accord and mandate the wearing of masks on federal property when he takes power on Wednesday, it has been reported. He is also expected to extend nationwide restrictions on evictions and foreclosures due to COVID-19 and change policy on illegal immigration.
Joe Biden is planning a flurry of executive orders on his first day, according to a memo by his incoming chief of staff, including rejoining the Paris climate accord and extending pandemic-related limits on evictions and student loan payments. https://t.co/fNBSOYJ7fU— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 18, 2021
A man has been arrested at Chicago O'Hare airport after allegedly staying there for three months. Aditya Singh, 36, was reportedly too scared to leave the airport due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A judge heard he survived on handouts from generous passengers.
Homeless man lives at airport for THREE MONTHS, claiming 'he's too scared to fly home because of Covid' https://t.co/vALNCLNLyx— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) January 18, 2021
Vladimir Putin's most famous critic has returned to Russia after being poisoned with Novichok last year. Alexei Navalny, 44, has already been arrested and detained for 30 days after landing in Moscow. He had been recovering from the poisoning in Germany. Putin's government has denied poisoning Navalny, despite strong evidence to the contrary.
Russia's most prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days, after returning to Moscow for first time since poisoning https://t.co/qEE7R79NTh— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) January 18, 2021
The premier of the Australian state of Victoria has said tennis players will be given "no special treatment" as they quarantine after arriving in the country for the Australian Open. Daniel Andrews said the 72 players confined to hotel rooms in Melbourne for 14 days will not be allowed to leave early. "The virus doesn't treat you specially, so neither do we," he said.
HAVING A BALL: With no way out, tennis players in lockdown are figuring out ways to keep themselves fit within the confines of their Melbourne hotel rooms as they prepare for the Australian Open. https://t.co/RumejYecp2 pic.twitter.com/Djuy3CPh7t— ABC News (@ABC) January 18, 2021
Several thousand migrants heading to the US from Central America have been told not to make the journey by the incoming Biden administration. The caravan, estimated to be about 7,000-strong, has been blocked by police in Guatemala. They are in part motivated by President-elect Biden's commitment to loosen the US's border and migration policies.
Biden transition official to migrant caravan: "Now is not the time"https://t.co/hgTa7tMuGd— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 18, 2021