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BBC News, I’m John Shea.

President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court Amy Coney Barrett has told the Senate confirmation hearing that she will approach the cases based on the law not on her personal values. Mrs. Barrett, a devout Roman catholic and staunch conservative tell the judiciary committee a judge must apply the law as it’s written. Democrats have argued that the appointment would threaten the Obama-era Affordable Care Act.

Facebook says it will ban any content that denies or distorts the holecaust in an update to its policy on hate speech. The head of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg said he’s struggled with the tension between free expression and the harm caused by holocaust denial.

A man has been shot dead by police in the Nigerian city of Lagos, as protests continue against police brutality in the country. The police are reporting that an officers are also killed.

There have been more protests in Belarus despite the government warning that police have been authorized to use lethal force if necessary. The depute Internal Minister said the anti-government protests have become radicalized.

The Czech Republic has announced the closure of all restaurants and bars from Wednesday to curb Europe’s highest coronavirus infection rate. Most schools will move online learning. The government has warned that without new measures, hospital capacity would run out.

Police in Pakistan said they’ve arrested a man suspect of high-profile gun rape, which led to wide-spread protest against sexual violence. They said the accused man has been hiding since the attack last month.

And the largest ever science expedition to the Arctic has completed its journey with the Polarstern research vessul arriving back to its home port in Germany. The trip spent a year in Poland North, drifting with the sea ice to study the changing arctic climate. Researchers say that ice sheet has completely disappeared even at the North Pole. On its return, the leader of the expedition Markus Rex warns that the sea ice was dying.

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