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A thorn in Biden’s side or the butt of his jokes: Who is Fox reporter Peter Doocy?

There were so few press conferences during the Trump administration that at one point the podium in the press briefing room was literally gathering cobwebs. The Biden administration has resumed regular press briefings, and no journalist so far has made more of an impression in the Brady Briefing Room than Fox News’s Peter Doocy. He’s quickly developed a reputation for asking the president awkward questions — and occasionally provoking mildly...


Vietnam's Communist Party chief nominated for re-election: state media


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


This year, no one was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

There will be no new members of the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, as none of the players on the ballot received the votes necessary. There were 25 players on the Baseball Writers' Association of America's ballot, but none of them reached the 75 percent voting threshold needed for enshrinement. All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling came closest, but was still 16 votes shy. He has a long history of making inflammatory and offensive remarks, and he...


Dry ice, containers and overworked doctors: the hurdles for Japan's vaccine roll-out

Dry ice, containers and overworked doctors: the hurdles for Japan's vaccine roll-out


HS2 protesters to occupy tunnel network under central London park

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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


Sentencing hearing to take place for teenager who admitted harassing Ian Wright

Patrick O’Brien, 18, admitted to harassing the former Premier League star and sending him messages that were grossly offensive, obscene and menacing.


Anti-lockdown protests break out again on Holland streets

Violent anti-lockdown protests break out between protestors and police again on the streets of Hilversum, Holland.


Biden lays out plans to combat racism, says America is 'ready to change'

President Joe Biden on Tuesday issued a firm call to heal America's racial divide, taking several steps and promising more to confront racism and inequality that he said has plagued the United States for far too long. Racial tensions simmered during the turbulent four-year presidency of Donald Trump and Biden noted that the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol by Trump supporters was carried out by "thugs, insurrectionists, political extremists and white...


UN global climate poll: ‘People’s voice is clear – they want action’

The biggest ever opinion poll on climate change has found two-thirds of people think it is a “global emergency”. The survey shows people across the world support climate action and gives politicians a clear mandate to take the major action needed, according to the UN organisation that carried out the poll. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) questioned 1.2 million people in 50 countries, many of them young. While younger people showed the...


No new players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

No new players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time in 60 years years as Curt Schilling falls just 16 votes short and accused steroids cheats Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are also denied entry.


Japan PM apologises after lawmakers' night club outings

Japan PM apologises after lawmakers' night club outings


Are lockdown restrictions behind surge in home killings?

In 2020 there were 22 domestic homicides in the London, up from 16 in 2019. Twelve of the victims were children, including ten-year-old Dylan Freeman who was suffocated by his mother.


Biden news: 200m more Covid vaccine doses on order as only 5 GOP senators back Trump impeachment trial

Joe Biden has continued his week of executive action, addressing racial inequity on Tuesday by signing four executive orders relating to advancing fair housing, ending the use of private prisons, committing to Tribal sovereignty, and combatting xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. At the close of a lengthy White House press briefing relating to the executive orders, it was announced that the new president had spoken with his...


Tyrannosaur babies 'born ready' to hunt and kill

The babies of a ferocious group of meat-eating dinosaurs, that included T-rex, were huge, fully toothed and clawed and “born ready” to kill, according to analysis of recently uncovered embryonic remains.


Basketball fans in LA remember Kobe Bryant one year after deadly crash

Basketball fans gathered across Los Angeles on Tuesday to remember Kobe Bryant, one year to the day after the former NBA superstar perished in a helicopter crash with daughter Gianna and seven others. Fans laid flowers and Los Angeles Lakers memorabilia at a makeshift memorial outside the Staples Center, the arena where Bryant became a city icon during a two-decade playing career. Bryant, 41, his daughter and fellow passengers died on January 26...


Johnson strikes a different tone 12 months on from first UK Covid case

The UK has one of the highest coronavirus death tolls in the world but the vaccine programme offers hope.


Scottish Government to be told to focus on vaccine roll out, not independence

It's a plea from the Scottish Tories ahead of a debate in the Scottish Parliament


Joe Biden delivers scathing 'slap down' to reporter over Putin question - ‘So outraged!'

JOE BIDEN clapped back at a reporter asking about his first phone call with Vladimir Putin in a press conference, after the White House released details of the call ahead of the briefing.


China reports lowest daily rise in COVID-19 cases in more than two weeks

China reports lowest daily rise in COVID-19 cases in more than two weeks


Global COVID-19 cases surpass 100 million as nations tackle vaccine shortages

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 100 million as nations tackle vaccine shortages


California man arrested, accused of sending threatening messages to brother of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

On the same day a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol earlier this month, the brother of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) received threatening text messages from a person who told him the lawmaker was "putting your entire family at risk with his lies and other words," the congressman's office confirmed on Tuesday. The incident was included in a federal criminal complaint unsealed in Manhattan. According to the document, Jeffries' brother, Hasan...


Obsession with Northern Ireland’s constitutional position condemns people to a lifetime of crisis and tension

A letter from Gerard O’Boyle:


NI approach to pandemic should be less inward-looking, virologist says

The race between different countries to deliver vaccines should recognise that people will have to travel and trade, Dr Lindsay Broadbent added.


GWR marks Holocaust Memorial Day at Maidenhead railway station

Great Western Railway has lit up a statue of the man known as the ‘British Schindler’ to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.


Milestones in the rise of the UK’s Covid-19 death toll

There were 23 consecutive days in April 2020 when more than 1,000 deaths took place.


Six of the 10 unprovoked shark attack deaths last year were in Australia

Unprovoked shark bites killed 10 people around the world in 2020 with six of the deaths in Australian waters, according to international figures. The number of unprovoked shark bites and encounters in Australia was only slightly above average, with 18 incidents recorded by the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File (Isaf). The average over the last five years is 16. The 10 deaths from shark bites globally was higher than the...


No WAY Putin! Biden warns Russia against US election meddling in first call as President

JOE BIDEN issued a firm warning to President Vladimir Putin about his concerns over Russia during the leaders' first phone call, the White House has confirmed.


Australia Day reveller trying to flee police gets stuck in mud

A Victorian man trying to flee police after Australia Day celebrations in Cairns had to be rescued by officers instead after becoming stuck in the mud.


COVID-19 pandemic forces Chelsea Flower Show to move to autumn

The Chelsea Flower Show has become the latest event to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic.


Majority of Calais refugees believe Brexit will make getting UK asylum easier, poll shows

The majority of refugees living in Calais believe Brexit has made it easier to secure asylum in the UK, according to a poll. About 1,000 people are staying in makeshift camps along the French coast, with many intending to try to cross to Britain. A survey of migrants in Calais revealed that more than half (55 per cent) think they have a better chance of getting asylum since December 31. Only 18 per cent thinking they had a worse chance,...


Melania Trump and Nicola Sturgeon both savaged as 'outrageous' letters spark backlash

NICOLA STURGEON and Melania Trump have both sparked outrage after sending controversial thank you notes over the past few days.


Portugal's PM BANS private schools from remote teaching during closure

The Portuguese government ordered all schools closed for two weeks last Thursday to slow contagion rates as hospitals faced record numbers of Covid-19 patients.


What the papers say – January 27

A sombre statistic about the human toll of the pandemic dominates the front pages on Wednesday.


Farmers back at protest camp after deep challenge to PM Modi

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of farmers who stormed the historic Red Fort on India's Republic Day were again camped outside the capital Wednesday after the most volatile day of their two-month standoff left one protester dead and more than 80 police officers injured. The protests demanding the repeal of new agricultural laws have grown into a rebellion that is rattling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. On Tuesday, more than 10,000...


On eve of Auschwitz anniversary, survivor saddened by U.S. Capitol attack

On eve of Auschwitz anniversary, survivor saddened by U.S. Capitol attack


Coronavirus briefing: January 26 round-up as UK death toll exceeds 100,000


Another pandemic-causing ‘Disease X’ could be around the corner, scientist warns

Another pandemic-causing ‘Disease X’ could potentially be around the corner and it is a matter of when, not if, a leading scientist has warned. However, it is difficult to tell when such a disease may emerge, and the precise mechanism of how it comes out is always unpredictable. Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology, University of Edinburgh, said that while pandemic flu is at the top of the list for outbreaks to be...


100 jihadists killed in joint French-Malian offensive in central Mali, says army

A hundred jihadists were killed this month in a joint Franco-Malian offensive in the West African country's lawless centre, the Malian army said Tuesday. "One hundred terrorists were neutralised, about 20 captured and several motorbikes and war equipment were seized" during the operation with France's Barkhane force, which aims to eradicate jihadists in the Sahel region, the Malian army said on its website. Mali has been struggling with a...


Country diary: the camera captures a world curtained by fog

There is a vague hump shape, like a sleeping dinosaur under the trees and the camera is hunting for it. I catch the “tick-tick-tick” whirr of anguished electronics by my side as it struggles to find an edge on which to focus. My eyes learn from the camera about how we really see at a distance in freezing fog. Normally dark tree trunks are not dark at all but are filmed with a milky wash, and the spread of branches dissolves into the white of the...


Cambodia's cash-strapped cyclo drivers treated to pedal-in movie

Cambodia's cash-strapped cyclo drivers treated to pedal-in movie


Afghanistan's first female breakdancer sets sights on Paris Olympics

Afghanistan's first female breakdancer sets sights on Paris Olympics


Sen. Patrick Leahy at home following brief hospitalization

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is resting at home following a brief stint in the hospital. Leahy, 80, is president pro tempore of the Senate, and on Monday was sworn in to preside over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. In a statement, David Carle, a spokesman for Leahy, said the senator did not feel well on Tuesday evening, and went to George Washington University Hospital "out of an abundance of caution." Carle said Leahy was...


Information commissioner 'vaccine passports' concerns

Information commissioner Elizabeth Denham discusses questions they'd present to government over vaccine passports before whether or not they would back the idea.


Virus-plagued Italy in political turmoil after PM quits

Conte, a once obscure law professor, has already led two governments of different political shades since taking office after the 2018 general election.


Canterbury Cathedral windows are being reassembled

Experts discovered the blunder while preparing for a British Museum exhibition on Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was butchered by knights allied to his foe King Henry II.


Biden pledges 'wartime' effort to increase COVID vaccine supply

President Biden pledged a 'wartime' effort to increase the supply of COVID-19 vaccines for Americans.


Mexican president felt unwell before commercial flight, took COVID-19 test later - spokesman

Mexican president felt unwell before commercial flight, took COVID-19 test later - spokesman


Home secretary expected to announce mandatory hotel quarantine for some travellers

An announcement on mandatory hotel quarantine for some travellers is expected later today, a move that could deal a further blow to an already struggling tourism industry.