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BBC news, I'm John Shane.

Several European countries have reported sporadic cases of the new coronavirus variant that was first detected in southeast England. Three cases have been confirmed in Switzerland where ski slopes remained open over Christmas, attracting thousands of tourists. Spain, Sweden and France have also reported cases of the strain following on from Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany.

The European Union has said that Covid-19 inoculation campaigns will start across the region from Sunday.

And Japan is to ban most foreigners from entering the country until the end of January after the authorities confirmed five cases of new virus strain among people returning from Britain.

Uganda's electoral commission has suspended campaigning for next month's presidential election in some urban centers, including Kampala. It cited coronavirus risks, but critics say the real reason is that the opposition is popular in these areas.

The U.S president-elect Joe Biden has warned that there will be devastating consequences if President Trump continues to delay signing a Covid-19 economic relief bill, which's been overwhelmingly passed by Congress. Millions of Americans face going without unemployment benefits after Saturday, because of the standoff between Mr. Trump and Congress over a $900 billion dollars stimulus bill.

Local businesses in Nashville, Tennessee have offered more than 300,000 dollars to help catch those responsible for a camper van blast on Christmas Day. The explosion injured three people.

At least eight climbers in Iran have died in mountains north of Tehran after heavy snowfall and blizzard. The Alborz mountain range rises above Tehran and hosts several ski resorts.

And President Putin has paid tribute to the notorious cold war spy George Blake, who has died aged 98. He was a Soviet double agent working in the British secret service.

BBC news.
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