Biden announces government's intention to increase total U.S. COVID-19 vaccine orders by 50 percent

President Biden announced Tuesday that his administration intends to order an additional 100 million doses of both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines. The extra 200 million doses, which Biden said should arrive by the summer, would boost the country's supply by about 50 percent to 600 million shots total, meaning that there would be enough shots available to inoculate 300 million people in the coming months without the Food and...

Rumoured 2024 GOP presidential hopeful Nikki Haley says Trump needs a ‘break’ and shouldn’t be impeached

Nikki Haley, the former US ambassador to the United Nations and a rumoured 2024 presidential hopeful, told Fox News on Monday that former president Donald Trump deserves a “break” and shouldn’t be impeached for his accused role in inciting the attack on the Capitol. Nikki Haley: I don’t even think there’s a basis for impeachment... Now they’re going to turn around and bring about impeachment yet they say they’re for unity... I mean at some point...

Prince Charles, football stars and celebrities urge people to remember Holocaust

The Prince of Wales is the patron of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

London headteacher sends letter advising ‘highly critical’ parents to retrain as teachers

A London primary school headteacher has told “highly critical” parents at his school to retrain as teachers. Pupils in schools and colleges in England, except children of key workers and vulnerable pupils, were told to learn remotely as part of the latest lockdown. Colin Dowland described how some parents of pupils at Woodridge Primary School in North Finchley had "taken advantage" of online learning platforms to send "highly critical messages...

Biden takes steps to narrow racial divide, saying America is 'ready to change'

U.S. President Joe Biden signed four executive orders on Tuesday (Jan. 26), including one to curb the U.S. government’s use of private prisons and another to bolster anti-discrimination enforcement in housing. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

Paramilitary killer behind gun and grenade attack at IRA funeral is released from prison

A notorious paramilitary killer who killed three people in a gun and grenade attack after an IRA funeral has been freed from prison.

Will Boris Johnson Come To Regret His ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’ Apology For 100,000 Deaths?

You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening. You know things are bad when Boris Johnson says the word ‘alas’. You know they’re truly awful when he doesn’t. And as the prime minister used his No.10 press briefing to mark the passing of 100,000 deaths from Covid, there was no disguising the magnitude of the moment or the scale of the loss. The tone was suitably sombre as he (finally)...

‘I’m trapped’: When a pandemic and a scandal combine

“It has put everything on hold. I can’t plan for the future. I can’t do simple things like plan to go on holiday next year when it’s safe again because I might be facing a £20,000 bill, maybe more,” says Emily Williams. “I don’t have the money for that.” “I can’t think about what my life will look like in the future. All my money is tied up in this flat.” Emily is 28 and works as a marketing manager for a software firm. After buying her...

Rare maps charting defeat of Spanish Armada saved from being sold

A set of rare maps which chart the defeat of the Spanish Armada have been saved from being sold overseas thanks to an urgent fundraising campaign by the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The maps, which date back to 1589, are thought to be the earliest surviving representations of the naval battles and have not left the United Kingdom since they were drawn.

Biden confronts Putin over his critic's arrest, in a phone call the Kremlin describes as 'frank'

Joe Biden has spoken to Vladimir Putin for the first time since taking office, with the US president raising concerns over the treatment of Alexei Navalny.

Woman dies with Covid-19 on 25th birthday

Claudia Marsh died at the Royal University Hospital in Liverpool.

Portugal urged to seek international help as COVID-19 deaths hit record

Portugal urged to seek international help as COVID-19 deaths hit record

Lockdown extended in Ireland until March 5

Ireland’s coronavirus lockdown is to be extended by a number of weeks until March 5. Irish premier Micheal Martin said lockdown restrictions are having a positive impact, forcing case numbers down. However, Mr Martin said that the country cannot give the virus or its variants any space.

Catholic at centre of life-support dispute has died, lawyers say

The man, who comes from Poland but lived in the West Country, fell into a coma late last year after suffering brain damage.

I took out a full-page ad in the New York Times today because mothers have been hit hardest by the pandemic

Today my organization, Girls Who Code, took out a full-page ad in the New York Times urging President Biden to implement a “Marshall Plan for Moms”. Why? Because I’m tired of waking up every morning to new headlines about the demise of women’s careers and hearing zilch about solutions. And I’m not alone. Our open letter was signed by 50 prominent women, from A-List celebrities to tech founders to labor leaders representing hundreds of thousands...

Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods chosen as best 2020 film by the National Board of Review

With three months to go until the big night, the race to the 2021 Oscars is starting to pick up. The National Board of Review on Tuesday selected Da 5 Bloods, Spike Lee's Netflix film about Vietnam War veterans, as Best Film, also giving Lee the award for Best Director. The film additionally was awarded Best Ensemble. The National Board of Review includes academics and filmmakers, and its best film pick is one of numerous honors to be handed out...

Psaki says 'all violence' is being reviewed by National Security

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that all political violence, including protest violence in Portland, Oregon, is being reviewed by the National Security team.

Ghislaine Maxwell demands judge drop ‘mishmash’ case against her, arguing grand jury pool was too white

Lawyers for socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, accused of sex-trafficking on behalf of the late Jeffrey Epstein, are asking for her case to be thrown out on the grounds that it is a vague “mishmash” and that the grand jury reviewing her case was not representative enough. Ms Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 having been accused of both providing Epstein with underage girls to abuse, as well as allegedly participating in the abuse. She is currently...

Iceland ranks worst for plastic use in new UK supermarket report

Iceland has been ranked bottom in a new environmental report on supermarket plastic use. The research by Greenpeace and the Environmental Investigation Agency ranked the 10 major UK supermarkets on a range of factors including reduction in their plastic footprint, how much recycled material they use, transparency on plastic use and their commitment to improving. According to the report, the 10 major supermarkets put 896,853 tonnes of plastic...

Tucker Carlson defends QAnon believers

Fox News host Tucker Carlson is once again courting controversy after he likened media criticism of the QAnon movement to government censorship of the mind. The entertainer made the comments during a recent broadcast of his show. After playing a montage of news clips that featured reporters arguing that QAnon is dangerous, Carlson railed against the idea of government censorship of people's minds. None of the journalists in the clips played by...

Baseball Hall gets no new members; Schilling 16 votes shy

NEW YORK (AP) — The baseball Hall of Fame won’t have any new players in the class of 2021 after voters decided no one had the merits — on-the-field or off — for enshrinement in Cooperstown on this year's ballot. Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were the closest in voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America released Tuesday, and the trio will have one more chance at election next year. It's the first time the...

Lebanese lawyers seek to halt liquidation of UK-registered firm possibly linked to Beirut blast

Lebanese lawyers seek to halt liquidation of UK-registered firm possibly linked to Beirut blast

Rare Elizabethan maps depicting defeat of the Spanish Armada to stay in Britain

The set of ten hand-drawn maps completed a year after the 1588 battle will no longer be sold abroad after £600,000 was raised by National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Guard commander for DC says Trump officials restricted his response to riots

The commander for Washington DC’s National Guard has said that Trump officials at the Pentagon restricted his ability to respond to the Capitol riots on 6 January. Major General William J. Walker told The Washington Post on Tuesday that his authority as a commander – which typically allows him to deploy National Guard troops in an emergency – was essentially removed prior to the riot carried out by the former president’s supporters. The Pentagon...

Campaigners challenge the Crown Prosecution Service over ‘shocking’ fall in rape convictions

The End Violence Against Women coalition claims the CPS changed the framework by which prosecutors consider alleged rape and sexual assault cases

Leahy hospitalized after being sworn in to preside over impeachment

Vermont Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy was hospitalized Tuesday just hours after being sworn in to preside over the second impeachment of President Donald Trump.

UK Covid deaths surpass Great Plague, Aids pandemic and every terror attack and war since 1945 combined

The number of Covid-19 deaths in the UK has surpassed the combined death toll of the Great Plague, the Aids pandemic and every single terror attack and war since 1945. The UK recorded a further 1,631 deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday, taking the official tally above 100,000. The actual number is expected to be much higher when all excess deaths since the pandemic began are taken into consideration. Follow the latest Covid news – live The...

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AstraZeneca Boss Predicts UK Will Vaccinate Around 30 Million People By March

The boss of AstraZeneca has predicted the UK will have vaccinated “maybe 28 or 30 million people” by March amid a row over the slow roll-out of the jab in the European Union. Pascal Soriot, chief executive of the drugmaker, which developed its shot with Oxford University, gave an optimistic prediction for the UK’s vaccination programme, adding that he expected the UK to hit the target to administer jabs to the top four priority groups by...

McConnell gives up on filibuster demand as Democrats take control

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell finally gave up his demand that the filibuster be protected, ending a week of gridlock and allowing Democrats to take full control of the chamber.

Biden orders 200m extra Covid vaccine doses in bid to vaccinate 300m Americans by end of summer

The Biden administration has purchased an additional 200 million coronavirus vaccine doses from Moderna and Pfizer in an effort to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of summer. “This is enough vaccine to fully vaccinate 300 [million] Americans by end of the summer, beginning of the fall,” President Joe Biden said on Tuesday when making the announcement. Already the federal government has received a commitment of 400 million doses between...

More than 100 million Covid-19 cases recorded worldwide

Emmerdale foreshadows Al Chapman murder twist with chilling death comment?

Emmerdale's Al Chapman could regret crossing Debbie Dingle and Priya Sharma, as the village turns against him

‘He is complicit’: Lincoln Project targets Josh Hawley in latest video

The Lincoln Project slammed Missouri Senator Josh Hawley in its latest ad, tweeting that he “knew what he was doing. He is complicit”. The accusation relates to his efforts to support former President Donald Trump in his attempt to overturn the election result by baselessly claiming that he lost because of widespread voter fraud. The ad focuses on the Capitol riots on 6 January which left five people dead. It opens up on Mr Trump saying: "Josh...

Two men extradited from Australia face U.S. charges for $50 million text messaging fraud

Two men extradited from Australia face U.S. charges for $50 million text messaging fraud

Christopher Biggins plans to hold huge wake for Dame Barbara Windsor

The comedian, 72, told how they ordinarily would have been able to 'fill Wembley Stadium' with mourners attending a wake for the Carry On star.

Covid vaccine supply issues could see Dutch violence repeated in rest of EU

In recent nights, rioters have poured on to the streets of 10 Dutch cities in what has been the closest Europe has come to open revolt against the coronavirus restrictions imposed across the continent. The violence, the worst in four decades, might be put down to the liberty-loving culture of the country but, perhaps not coincidentally, the Netherlands is also the very last EU member state to start vaccinating the public and offer some hope that...

Prince Charles urges people to remember Holocaust

The Prince of Wales has joined famous faces from the worlds of sport and showbiz in urging people to remember Holocaust Memorial Day. Charles, patron of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, urged people to ensure survivors’ stories are remembered forever amid the dwindling number of people able to bear first-hand witness to the horrors of the genocide, which saw millions of Jews and other minorities executed during the Second World War at the hands of the Nazis.

Boris Johnson appeals to EU not to restrict vaccine movements in row over supplies of AstraZeneca jab

Boris Johnson has appealed for the world to avoid restrictions to vaccine movements across borders.

David Attenborough warns planet is on the verge of another mass extinction event

In the latest episode of A Perfect Planet, Sir David Attenborough warns that the planet is 'collapsing' in a terrifying message

Blind guinea pig and her carer sister looking for new home

A blind guinea pig and her sister who helps guide her are looking for a new home. Ami, a six-year-old black guinea pig, is given guidance by her grey sister, Yuki, because she is completely blind. The pair were taken in by RSPCA Danaher Animal Home, Essex, in early January after their owner could no longer care for them – and the charity is now seeking a new home for them. “Poor Ami also has a little head tilt caused by a previous ear problem,”...

Labour proposal to cut jury sizes to tackle court backlog sparks backlash

Labour has been accused of undermining the “ancient and fundamental right” of jury trial with proposals to cut the number of jurors to combat a growing backlog of court cases. David Lammy, the shadow justice secretary, called for the government to temporarily allow panels of seven people, rather than the current 12, to decide innocence or guilt in trials. The Lord Chief Justice has previously voiced support for the move, as more than 54,000...

HSBC accused of abetting China's attack on democracy: Protesters see Hong Kong accounts frozen

Appearing before MPs on the Foreign Affairs Committee, bosses were quizzed about why bank accounts of pro-democracy protesters in the former British colony were frozen.

Students and teachers protest in Paris over Covid pandemic

Students and teachers took to the streets in Paris and Nantes on Tuesday to criticise the French government's handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

Most poor nations 'will take until 2024 to achieve mass Covid-19 immunisation'

Most poor countries will not achieve mass Covid-19 immunisation until at least 2024 and some may never get there, according to a new forecast, which maps a starkly divided world over the next few years in which a handful of developed countries are fully vaccinated while others race to catch up. Countries such as the UK, US, Israel and those in the EU will probably achieve “widespread vaccination coverage” – meaning priority and vulnerable...

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla record special message to open Holocaust Memorial Day

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have recorded a special message to open the 2021 virtual Holocaust Memorial Day event on Wednesday

PM hopes to present roadmap out of lockdown to nation in mid-February

The chief executive of AstraZeneca (pictured), which manufactures the Oxford jab, said he was confident the UK rollout would accelerate.

Josh Hawley accuses Democrats who filed ethics complaint of conspiring with Lincoln Project

Republican Senator Josh Hawley has accused Democrats who filed an ethics complaint against him of working with the anti-Trump Lincoln Project. Seven Democratic senators have called for an investigation into Mr Hawley and Ted Cruz. in the wake of the deadly Capitol riot that left five people dead. Both senators have faced widespread criticism and calls for them to resign for their role in trying to challenge Joe Biden’s election victory. Me...

'Impossible to work': readers on potential impact of hotel quarantining

The government is expected to announce new travel restrictions this week, including a possible quarantine period in a hotel for those arriving in the UK. Ten-day stays are likely to cost the traveller more than £1,000. Three people have spoken about their reasons for flying abroad, and how they feel about new UK travel restrictions that may come into place. ‘It’s going to be impossible for me to work’ For Iain, who is 47 and lives in Brighton, a...

NHS chief says police and teachers should be bumped up vaccine list

NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens says police and teachers should be bumped up vaccine priority list after the initial wave of vulnerable people are vaccinated.