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Biden to set out his foreign policy in state dept speech – live updates

President has promised US will re-engage globally after isolationist Trump era

11.17am GMT

Jon Schuppe at NBC News has this today on the fall-out from attending Donald Trump’s 6 January Washington DC rally for one sheriff deputy in Kentucky:

The detective, a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy named Jeff Farmer, did not join those who attacked the Capitol and has not been charged with a crime. But his participation in Trump’s rally put fresh focus on his work in Franklin County, where Goodrich and his co-workers say Farmer was known for his zealous pursuit of drug offenders.

Farmer, who is white, was popular among law enforcement and residents who’d sought his help with drug activity in their neighborhoods. But Goodrich and a local civil rights group knew his name because some of those Farmer arrested in recent years, including about half a dozen clients of the public defender’s office, claimed in court filings that he had improperly searched them, used excessive force or targeted them because they were Black.

11.06am GMT

The national daily death figure from Covid nearly hit 4,000 again yesterday. The Johns Hopkins University reported that there were 121,469 new cases, and 3,912 Covid deaths.

That takes the total caseload for the US to 26,534,366, and deaths have now exceeded 450,000.

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