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Fox News announced Monday that veteran anchor Bill Hemmer will take over for the network's 3pm hour beginning Jan. 20.

Why it matters: Hemmer is taking the reins after longtime Fox News anchor Shep Smith announced in October that he was stepping down from his position as anchor of "Shepard Smith Report." Smith was also Fox News' chief news anchor and managing editor of the network's breaking news unit.

Details: In a statement, Fox billed the show as a "hard news hour" and said the name of the show will be called "Bill Hemmer Reports."

  • "As a journalist, I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. 2020 will undoubtedly be a year of great significance," Hemmer said in a statement. "Leading our breaking news division with a signature hour has enormous value to me, personally, and to our audience."
  • Hemmer currently co-hosts "America's Newsroom," Fox News' three-hour morning news show. He has been with the network since 2005 and was an anchor with CNN prior to joining Fox.

The big picture: Hemmer's hiring is mostly being lauded as a well-deserved promotion, especially by colleagues at Fox News who have been congratulating him on Twitter.

Yes, but: Mediaite, which broke the story of Hemmer's promotion, noted that Hemmer may not take as much of a contrarian take towards the Trump administration as his predecessor Smith, who had a reputation for being a fair anchor and straight news reporter.

  • Smith reportedly exited the network in response to tension between the news and opinion divisions at Fox News.

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Skripal poisoning suspects linked to Czech blast, as country expels 18 Russians

Combined images released by British police in 2018 of Alexander Petrov (L) and Ruslan Boshirov, who are suspected of carrying out an attack in the in the southern English city of Salisbury using Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent, and also the2014 Czech depot explosion. Photo: Metropolitan Police via Getty Images

Czech police on Saturday connected two Russian men suspected of carrying out a poisoning attack in Salisbury, England, with a deadly ammunition depot explosion southeast of the capital, Prague, per Reuters.

Driving the news: Czech officials announced Saturday they're expelling 18 Russian diplomats they accuse of being involved in the blast in Vrbětice, AP notes. Czech police said later they're searching for two men carrying several passports — including two with the names Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.

Indianapolis mass shooting suspect legally bought 2 guns, police say

Marion County Forensic Services vehicles are parked at the site of a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday. Photo: Jeff Dean/AFP via Getty Images

The suspected gunman in this week's mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally purchased two "assault rifles" believed to have been used in the attack, police said late Saturday.

Of note: The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's statement that Brandon Scott Hole, 19, bought the rifles last July and September comes a day after the FBI told news outlets that a "shotgun was seized" from the suspect in March 2020 after his mother raised concerns about his mental health.

U.S. and China agree to take joint climate action

US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry waves as he arrives at the Elysee Presidential Palace on March 10, 2021 in Paris. Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images

Despite an increasingly tense relationship, the U.S. and China agreed Saturday to work together to tackle global climate change, including by "raising ambition" for emissions cuts during the 2020s — a key goal of the Biden administration.

Why it matters: The joint communique released Saturday evening commits the world's two largest emitters of greenhouse gases to work together to keep the most ambitious temperature target contained in the Paris Climate Agreement viable by potentially taking additional emissions cuts prior to 2030.