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UK reports record Covid death toll for second day running

The government said a further 1,820 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 – the highest number of UK deaths reported on a single day since the outbreak began. The increase to the number of fatalities observed in official figures breaks a record set the previous day – with Tuesday’s numbers standing at 1,610. The Department of Health’s total figure for deaths attributed directly to the virus now stands at 93,290 since...


'We are bold, fearless and ambitious'

US Vice President Kamala Harris said that "a great experiment takes great determination" in a speech after her inauguration.


Biden rejoins Paris Agreement, reverses Trump immigration policies in first-day executive orders

President Joe Biden is moved swiftly to dismantle Donald Trump’s legacy on his first day in office, signing a series of executive actions that reverse course on immigration, climate change, racial equity and the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The new president signed the orders just hours after taking the oath of office at the Capitol, pivoting quickly from his pared-down inauguration ceremony to enacting his agenda. With the stroke of a...


China sanctions Pompeo, Trump officials over Xinjiang statements


Biden wastes no time undoing Trump's work, but it's how he handles the future that will count

Joe Biden spent his inaugural address preaching unity in a country riven with division.


Biden revokes KXL permit in blow to Canada's oil sector, Ottawa disappointed

Biden revokes KXL permit in blow to Canada's oil sector, Ottawa disappointed


‘No strong evidence’ of coronavirus levels decreasing in England, researchers say

Levels of Covid-19 in England may have risen over the first 10 days of the third lockdown, and there is no “strong evidence” of them decreasing, researchers have claimed. Swab testing of 143,000 people suggests that 1.58 per cent of people had coronavirus between January 6 and 15. London had the highest levels with 2.8 per cent. Imperial College London researchers said that there was little sign of these infection rates decreasing. It comes...


Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman reveals secret Hamilton references in Twitter exchange with Lin-Manuel Miranda

Los Angeles poet Amanda Gorman earned high praise from famed Hamilton actor Lin-Manuel Miranda after her historic reading at the swearing-in of President Joe Biden. “YES @TheAmandaGorman!!! -LMM,” the Hamilton creator tweeted to the inaugural poet. Gorman responded, "Thx @Lin_Manuel! Did you catch the 2 @HamiltonMusical references in the inaugural poem? I couldn’t help myself!" Thx @Lin_Manuel ! Did you catch the 2 @HamiltonMusical references in...


Pence moves out and Harris moves in: This is the official home of the Vice President

Mike Pence and his family have left the Vice President's residence at the Naval Observatory in Northwest Washington, DC and Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff are moving in – although not necessarily quite yet. Mr Pence's daughter Charlotte Pence Bond posted an image on Instagram of Mr Pence and wife Karen Pence leaving the residence. She wrote: "America, thank you for this privilege. I love you. I believe in you. Congratulations to our...


'Because of you democracy has prevailed'

President Joe Biden spoke at the Lincoln Memorial during "Celebrating America," a broadcast special to honour his inauguration.


Vaccines become latest frontline in China's campaign to win hearts of Taiwanese

Vaccines become latest frontline in China's campaign to win hearts of Taiwanese


Indonesia aims to start general public COVID-19 vaccinations late April to May

Indonesia aims to start general public COVID-19 vaccinations late April to May


New WH press secretary Psaki promises 'transparency and truth'

Jen Psaki, the new White House press secretary under President Joe Biden has promised 'transparency and truth' during her first briefing.


PM hits out at Cricket Australia over national day marketing

PM hits out at Cricket Australia over national day marketing


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Final tally of lies: Analysts say Trump told 30,000 mistruths – that’s 21 a day – during presidency

Donald Trump made more than 30,000 false or misleading statements during his four years as president of the United States, analysis suggests. The astounding figure, which roughly equates to 21 false statements per day (or 20.94 to be precise) of his tenure at the White House, comes after a tumultuous post election period in which he spent weeks falsely alleging that the 2020 election was “stolen”, in remarks that spurred on his supporters to...


Inauguration Day schedule: Full list of timings by hour

Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th president of the United States will take place on Wednesday, 20 January. Amid the ongoing pandemic and following the insurrection at the US Capitol, this year's celebrations will look starkly different from previous inaugurations. The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) has announced a flurry of events set to be broadcast on Inauguration Day that Americans can watch virtually after urging people to refrain...


A new generation greets Biden with poetry

National poet Amanda Gorman honours Joe Biden by highlighting America's struggles and redemption in a poem at his inauguration.


Biden inauguration concert - live: Katy Perry, John Legend and more perform at celebration hosted by Tom Hanks

Joe Biden is officially America’s 46th president, with a host of famous faces helping to welcome him to the White House. Inauguration Day began 11.30am ET (4.30pm GMT) with Lady Gaga’s performance of the US national anthem. This was followed by a traditional invocation, delivered by Reverend Father Leo Jeremiah O'Donovan. Jennifer Lopez then sang “This Land is Your Land”, and 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman gave a moving recitation of her poem...


Trump reportedly extended 24-hour Secret Service protection to his 4 adult children

One of former President Donald Trump's last acts in office was issuing a directive extending free Secret Service protection to his four adult children and two of their spouses for the next six months, three people with knowledge of the matter told The Washington Post. It's not just his adult children benefiting — Trump also directed that former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and former National...


Anas Mezenner: Two arrested over fatal stabbing of 17-year-old boy near Turnpike Lane station

Two teenagers have been arrested over the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old boy in north London. The 16-year-old boys are suspected of murdering Anas Mezenner at Duckett’s Green on Tuesday night, and detectives are appealing for witnesses. Police and paramedics were called to the scene at the West Green Road, near Turnpike Lane station, just after 9pm. The victim was taken to hospital suffering from a stab wound but was pronounced dead in the...


Biden administration calls China sanctions on Trump officials 'unproductive and cynical'

Biden administration calls China sanctions on Trump officials 'unproductive and cynical'


Pair jailed for terror crimes could have minimum terms increased

Appeal judges are due to rule after Attorney General Suella Braverman said Fatah Abdullah and Safiyya Shaikh had been given lenient sentences.


Trailblazer Kamala Harris: America's first woman vice president

Harris, 56, enters the post having already forged a unique path, as California's first Black attorney general and the first woman of South Asian heritage elected to the US Senate.


Tom Hanks addresses ‘our American ideal’ while hosting Inauguration Day special

Tom Hanks hosted the “Celebrating America” primetime special that wrapped up a busy day of Biden-Harris inauguration events. Standing in front if the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, Hanks, 64, told viewers, “In the last few weeks, and the last few years, we've witnessed deep divisions and a troubling rancour in our land." "But tonight," the A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood actor said, “we ponder the United States of America, the practice...


Biden administration will pause some U.S. deportations for 100 days - DHS

Biden administration will pause some U.S. deportations for 100 days - DHS


Anti-establishment group in Portland protest Biden inauguration

An anti-establishment group marched in Portland protesting the Joe Biden inauguration. Several people were arrested.


Joe Biden gives Al Roker a fist bump on Parade Across America route

Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden broke from his Parade Across America route to give a fist bump to NBC anchor Al Roker on his way to the White House. “Mr President! Dr Biden! How are you feeling?” Roker called from the media area, prompting President Biden to run over and give a fist bump to the NBC anchor. “It feels great,” Biden responded. "Well, got a fist bump! There you go!" Roker said afterward. “It's a pretty nice feeling,” he told...


Biden offers a message of resilience in America's 'winter of peril'

Once a dashing young senator, now a lion in winter, Joe Biden walked up the presidential lectern he could finally call his own after half a century of striving. The message that the 46th US president wanted to send a pained nation was the one that has defined his own life in the face of incalculable personal and political loss: resilience. “We will press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril and...


AOC spends inauguration day in Costco buying supplies for NYC strikers

Instead of participating in the pomp and circumstance of Joe Biden’s inauguration in DC, congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spent her afternoon at Costco, buying supplies for hundreds of striking New York City grocery workers. “Hundreds are on strike at Hunts Point Market in the Bronx for a $1 raise,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez, a former food worker herself, wrote on Twitter “They need our support! Check out their story & thank a food worker today.”...


Inauguration Day 2021 - live: Obama, Bush and Clinton give message to Biden as Oval Office gets a revamp

Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton spoke in a taped message during the Celebrating America concert. “Joe, I'm proud of you,” said Mr Biden’s former boss, Barack Obama. Mr Biden called for American unity as he spoke at the Lincoln Memorial during a celebration concert. “It is humbling to stand here in this place in front of these sacred words. Humbling out of respect to President Lincoln and the office we now share and humbling because...


Rishi Sunak has called this Covid crisis wrong time and again, Labour says

Labour is to launch an attack on Rishi Sunak’s handling of the economy during the pandemic, saying his policies have cost jobs and left the UK with Europe’s highest death toll. Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds will accuse her Tory opposite number of repeatedly taking the wrong policy options, with the Government setting up a “false choice” between protecting public health and the economy. “The Chancellor has called this crisis wrong time and...


Wanted: Communist Party leadership to keep Vietnam in sweet spot amid U.S.-China tensions

Wanted: Communist Party leadership to keep Vietnam in sweet spot amid U.S.-China tensions


Amir Khan's mother diagnosed with cancer as boxer posts heartwrenching message

Amir Khan posted the heavyhearted message to his Twitter page, opening up over his mother's pancreatic cancer diagnosis and asking fans to send their prayers


Chinese rescuers hope to drill shaft to bring trapped miners out

Chinese rescuers hope to drill shaft to bring trapped miners out


Trump never understood what made America great — and Biden’s inauguration proved that

In the moments after Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, my thoughts went back to a conversation I had months before with Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar. It was September, and Donald Trump’s demagogic re-election campaign was in full swing. A not insignificant number of serious people believed he might succeed in stealing the election, or in bringing the country down with him. Omar disagreed. She believed...


'Will we meet the moment?' Biden speaks before Inaugural Ball

President Joe Biden spoke at the Lincoln Memorial, just before the Inaugural Ball.


Tokyo Games may be too big a gamble, disease expert says

UK-OLYMPICS-2020-CORONAVIRUS-EXPERTS:Tokyo Games may be too big a gamble, disease expert says


'Democracy has prevailed': Biden enters the White House

Biden, who has vowed a major escalation in the nation's Covid vaccination drive, warned that the "toughest and deadliest period" was still ahead.


The Bidens watch inauguration fireworks display from WH balcony

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden watch inauguration fireworks display from the White House balcony.


Trump news - live: Romney attacks former president as children get secret service protection

Donald Trump arrived in Palm Beach, Florida, on Air Force One shortly to resume civilian life at Mar-a-Lago after departing the White House for the final time on Wednesday morning. "It was a privelege to be your president," he told the small his farewell event at Joint Base Andrews before boarding Air Force One with wife Melania for the last time. Before his term came to an official end, Trump slipped in a last-minute pardon for the husband of...


India's Bharat Biotech seeks emergency use approval for vaccine in Philippines

India's Bharat Biotech seeks emergency use approval for vaccine in Philippines


Spectacular fireworks display over D.C. closes out Inauguration Day

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris' inauguration celebrations ended with a bang. WATCH: Fireworks shower Washington, D.C., at the conclusion of #InaugurationDay. pic.twitter.com/LnvyPwuwHT — NBC News (@NBCNews) January 21, 2021 To cap off the 90-minute Celebrating America inaugural special on Wednesday night, Katy Perry sang her hit "Firework," as pyrotechnics exploded behind her, lighting up Washington, D.C. Biden, first lady Dr....


Biden tells Americans he believes 'there isn't anything we can't do it if we do it together'

President Biden addressed the nation during the Celebrating America inaugural special Wednesday night, saying that to "overcome the challenges in front of us," the country must find "the most elusive of all things in a democracy: Unity." Speaking from the Lincoln Memorial, Biden said the United States has learned "democracy is precious, and because of you, democracy has prevailed." Americans are "good people," Biden said, and he called on the...


Third of kids in relative poverty by 2024 without action, warns children's tsar

Children's Commissioner for England Anne Longfield issues the warning to ministers in a statement


What the papers say – January 21

The nation’s front pages are wholly dedicated to Joe Biden’s inauguration.


Overhaul of skills and vocational education to focus on employability

The government is to publish its long-promised overhaul of skills and vocational education in England, which will give employers a direct role in designing new qualifications but without any commitments over long-term funding for the further education sector. The white paper will seek to align courses with the needs of employers, and encourage the growth of new higher-level vocational and technical qualifications sitting between school leaving...


Australia posts zero virus cases, state chief calls for 'Pacific bubble'

Australia posts zero virus cases, state chief calls for 'Pacific bubble'


Herculean challenges of COVID, the economy and division face Biden on his first day in office

President Joe Biden starts his first full day in office pledging to unify the country and heal divisions after four turbulent years.


The Oval Office makeover: Biden adds personal touch to his new office

The president revealed the new décor Wednesday as he invited reporters into his new office. A bust of labor leader Cesar Chavez is nestled among an array of family photos displayed on a desk, pictured.