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Five Minute News 1/6/22: Donald Trump’s Persistent Election Lies, Omicron Severity, Violence In Kazakhstan

Five Minute News 1/6/22: Donald Trump’s Persistent Election Lies, Omicron Severity, Violence In Kazakhstan

The Five Minute News is a daily podcast provided by MeidasTouch and journalist Anthony Davis to fill a need for news that is fast and informative, not bogged down with opinions or side trips. Each day’s episode brings you a few of the top global news stories of the day in the areas of politics, inequality, health and climate, summing them up in less time than the average coffee break, so you can get informed and get on with your day.

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Friday’s episode addresses Donald Trump’s persistence in spouting false claims about the 2020 election, even a full year after the attempted coup by his supporters; the variance of Omicron severity across different groups, and the deaths of police officers and protestors in violence in Kazakhstan.

You can view the entire episode below, or find it on your preferred podcast app.

On the anniversary of the deadly attack on the Capitol, Trump lashed out at President Joe Biden, who had placed blame for the attack on Trump’s shoulders, Trump issued statements repeating his false and well-debunked claims that the election was ‘rigged.’

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World Health Organization officials say that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 does produce less severe symptoms in most sufferers than the Delta variant, but should not be categorized as ‘mild.’ The WHO Director-General warns of a of a “tsunami of cases” as Delta and Omicron push global infections to record levels.

Dozens of protestors and at least a dozen police officers have been killed in violence in Kazakhstan. Demonstrators said they started peacefully and violence only erupted with a heavy-handed government response.

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