1. President Joe Biden is making moves to tackle racial inequality in the U.S. Biden signed four executive actions on Tuesday aimed at addressing what he described as “systematic racism that has plagued our nation for far, far too long.”
  2.  Antony Blinken has become the new U.S. secretary of state, after winning approval by the Senate.  The 58-year-old assumed the post in a swearing-in-ceremony at the State Department on Tuesday.
  3.  Japanese officials say the government may have to extend its state of emergency, if no major improvement is seen in coronavirus infections in Tokyo and elsewhere.  A state of emergency is currently in effect for 11 prefectures, including Tokyo, till February 7.
January 27, Wednesday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline