1. Twin runoff elections in the U.S. state of Georgia on Tuesday are set to determine whether President-elect Joe Biden’s Democratic Party will gain control of the Senate. Two seats are to be contested. If Democrats fail to secure both of them, Republicans will gain control of the Senate, as the party will secure 52 seats in the 100-member chamber.  Since the Democrats maintained control of the House of Representatives in the elections held in November, Biden’s administration will then have to contend with a divided Congress.                                                                                                     2. Ten former U.S. secretaries of defense have urged President Donald Trump to accept his Democratic rival Joe Biden’s victory in the country’s presidential election.                                                     3. The Japanese government is planning to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures as early as Thursday in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
January 5, Tuesday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki