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BBC News with Sue Montgomery. The chairman of the US Federal Reserve Jerome Powell says America's Central Bank will continue to support the economy as it struggles with the effects of COVID-19. But he said the government needed to do more. He was speaking as both parties in Congress edged closer to agreeing an economic stimulus package. Andrew Walker reports. The Federal Reserve decided to continue with its own stimulus policies put in place early in the pandemic. It kept its interest rates very close to zero and will continue buying financial assets, a program known as quantitative easing, which also helps keep borrowing costs low. Mr. Powell said that households and businesses facing lost incomes due to the spread of the virus also needs support from government spending and tax measures or fiscal policy. Mr. Powell also said that current data suggests that the recent surging infections is having an adverse impact on economic activity.
A Chinese space capsule containing the first moon rocks collected in over four decades has landed in the Inner Mongolia region. The Chang'e 5 probe took geological samples from the moon's oceans of storms, a vast lava plain. Scientists hope the new material will help them understand the formation structure and history of the moon.
A prominent critic of the Rwandan president who is in prison on terrorism charges says he is suing a Greek charter flight company for aiding his alleged kidnap. Paul Rusesabagina had been living in exile. He says when he boarded a private GainJet flight to Burundi, he was instead flown to Rwanda. Robert Hilliard is his lawyer. The pilots have an international responsibility to every single one of the people on the plane. They cannot be complicit with the kidnappers and say, go ahead and tie him up, go ahead and drug him and we'll get you to Rwanda where you can then pretend he's gonna get a fair trial. GainJet has not responded to the BBC's request for comment.
The Brazilian government says it will begin the mass vaccination program against COVID-19 in February. The country has reported a record number of daily infections and it's the second highest number of deaths in the world. Leonardo Rocha reports. More than 70,000 people tested positive for the virus in the past day. The number of deaths is also on the rise and hospitals across the country are operating close to capacity. President Jair Bolsonaro announced earlier, he had allocated $4 billion to buy millions of dollars' worth Brazil's health regulators gave their approval to one of the recently launched vaccines. Mr. Bolsonaro initially described the virus as a mild form of flu. But now on the huge political and economic pressure he's promised to act swiftly to protect the Brazilian population. World news from the BBC.
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