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Welcome to SBS News in Easy English. I'm Biwa Kwan.


In the United States, law enforcement agency, the FBI, has warned of planned armed protests across the country, in the days before Joe Biden is sworn in as president.


Security officials say there will be no repeat of the breach seen on January 6th -- when supporters of president Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol building where politicians were voting to certify the election result.


Mr Biden says he fully intends to take the oath of office outside of the US Capitol.


"I'm not afraid of taking the oath outside. And we've been getting briefed, but I am, I think it's critically important that there be a real serious focus on holding those folks who engaged in sedition and threatened people's lives, that they be held accountable."


It comes as Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf became the latest senior Trump administration official to resign, following the attack on the US Capitol building.



Queensland has recorded three new COVID-19 cases, one of which is the partner of of the quarantine hotel worker with the UK variant reported yesterday .


The other two are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.


The state's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young says Queenslanders need to remain cautious as there is still a small risk of infection from the partner.


"So, I am asking people who went to any of the venues that he went to please immediately come forward and get tested. So, those two venues he went to on the 5th of January he went to the Bunnings Warehouse at Acacia Ridge between 2pm and 2.40pm. Then the next day on the 6th of January he went to the Sunnybank Cellars at Hellawell Road in Sunnybank Hills between 2.05 and 2.15pm."



The three-day lockdown for Greater Brisbane has ended, but certain restrictions will stay in place.


Masks must be worn in indoor spaces and carried at all times in the Greater Brisbane area.


Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says penalties will apply for people disobeying the rules.


"If people want to intersect with our police officers and not have any issues, but also do the right things please carry a mask at all times and where it when you should. So, the onus is on all of us as members of the community to understand what the requirements are about wearing the mask. Our police we continue to carry and offer masks to those persons that don't have them when they should. We will always give people the opportunity to comply with the directions. However, if people choose not to do that there are strict penalties that apply and up to a $1300 fine could be imposed. "



Health officials in New South Wales say they have only been able to identify the source of one of the five new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the state.


A woman connected to the western Sydney Berala outbreak was in isolation when she developed COVID-19.


Dr Jeremy McAnulty from NSW Health says teams are still trying to work out how a man and woman in their forties from the upper northern beaches acquired COVID-19.



For the sixth straight day Victoria has recorded zero COVID-19 cases acquired locally or interstate.


It comes as Victoria's border with regional New South Wales has re-opened, following the launch of a new permit system.


A Victorian government spokesperson has apologised for delays experienced by users trying to log onto the Services Victoria website on Monday night.



The leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia have signed a deal to develop economic relations and infrastructure to help the entire region.


Leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia have come together for the first time since a truce brokered in November ended a six-week conflict over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.


Russia's President Vladimir Putin says he is optimistic about future relations between the two nations.


"The pact that we signed today reveals our confidence as the cease-fire agreement also included removing obstacles in transportation. That will speed up the region's development and improve security."



I’m Biwa Kwan, this is SBS News in Easy English.