Many Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities have reacted with shock to the US Capitol violence. Donald Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol and disrupted electoral count on January 7. Hollywood stars like Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and others have called out the lenient way police handled the rioters. Indian celebs such as Richa Chadha, Swara Bhasker and others have also been tweeting about it. The violence disrupted process of certification of Joe Biden as winner in November 3 election. The incident forced lawmakers to flee to safety and also left at least four people dead. Meanwhile, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have blocked Trump from posting on the platforms.
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Former FBI Director James Comey gave an interview to the Guardian. In the interview he eviscerated President Donald Trump, his supporters, and the Republican Party. He described the pro-Trump riot at the Capitol as the US's "Chernobyl." Comey said the riots were the result of a breakdown in the country's checks and balances caused by Trump. Comey has been forthright about the president in recent days.
A Punjab artist painted portraits of US President-elect Joe Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris on the eve of their inauguration. Jagjot Singh Rubal painted the portraits as a gift to the leaders on their swearing-in. The artist also expressed his wish to display his work in the White House. Rubal took 20 days to complete the portraits painted on joint canvas using acrylic colours. He had earlier received a letter of appreciation from PM Modi for his portrait. The artist from Amritsar currently holds as many as 10 world records. Biden-Harris' inauguration ceremony is scheduled to take place on January 20 at the US Capitol. The event is set to be a star-studded one with celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, others.
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After staying out of the spotlight, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is retaking center stage with some high-profile diplomatic and economic steps. It's all about wooing the support of Joe Biden, who is expected to be less accommodating to Saudi on Iran and human rights than his predecessor. Lucy Fielder reports.