US President Barack Obama has set out his vision for the next four years after renewing his oath of office in Washington. He promised to fight for the rights of gay people and immigrants and said he would tackle debt.
Madagascar's new president has taken office. Hery Rajaonarimampianina’s inauguration was marred by an explosion afterward that killed one person and wounded dozens after the ceremony.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed an anti-homosexuality bill into law, defying protests from Western donors and US President Barack Obama.
The Sochi Winter Games officially get underway on Friday amid heightened security fears. With the opening ceremony just hours away, the US has banned all carry-on liquids and gels on direct flights to Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that his country's ban on gay "propaganda" does not target homosexuals. The law has sparked outrage in the West in the run up to the February Winter Olympics in Sochi.
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