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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.


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,...


Prince Charles 'resentful' of Prince Andrew securing special 'favour' from mother Queen

PRINCE CHARLES' relationship with his younger brother, Prince Andrew, may be more tense than first thought, according to a royal author who claims the Prince of Wales has built up a lot of "resentment" over the years.


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


Woman dies with Covid-19 on 25th birthday

Claudia Marsh died at the Royal University Hospital in Liverpool.


Global tally of Covid-19 cases surpasses 100 million as new strains emerge

More than 100 million Covid-19 cases have now been recorded worldwide, according to an AFP tally on Tuesday, as newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden pledged to ramp up the United States's struggling vaccine program. The number of cases, compiled from data provided by national health agencies, represents just a fraction of the real infections as the coronavirus has spread around the globe. The United States, which passed 25 million confirmed...


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...


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


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.


Priti Patel responds to questions about refugees in army barracks

Home Secretary Priti Patel responds to questions from South Coventry MP Zarah Sultana about refugees currently being housed in decomissioned army barracks, and reports of poor conditions at the barracks with multiple refugees contracting coronavirus.


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,”...


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


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.


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.


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...


What’s new with Joe Exotic and the Tiger King cast?


Elon Musk surpasses Bezos as ‘world's richest person'

Elon Musk has surpassed Jeff Bezos as the richest person in the world, being worth around $185billion.


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


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...


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...


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)...


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 shows signs of being a 'tyrant' king says expert

Prince Charles is showing signs of becoming a 'tyrant' king according to royal expert Clive Irving. He says Charles would make an 'echo chamber' of advisers.


Frexit: Expert fires warning about leaving euro

Popular Republican Union politician Charles-Henri Gallois says if France or Italy leave the euro it will be the 'end of the euro currency.'


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...


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...


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...


Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos go to war as HUGE SpaceX and Amazon satellite competition erupts

ELON MUSK and Jeff Bezos are facing off over their rival plans to launch huge numbers of satellites into space that would beam an internet connection down to Earth.


Macron faces ‘national humiliation' as French firm abandons coronavirus jab development

EMMANUEL MACRON has been dealt a massive blow after the nation's prestigious Pasteur Institute in Paris announced it had abandoned its development of a Covid jab.


‘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...


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


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.


More than 100 million Covid-19 cases recorded worldwide


'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...


‘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...


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...


Johnson 'deeply sorry' as UK exceeds 100,000 COVID deaths

Boris Johnson has told the country he is "deeply sorry for every life that has been lost" as the UK surpassed 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths.


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...


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.


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.


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


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

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


'Time has come to end the EU!' Anti-Brussels forces urged to form new Brexit-style party

WITH THE rise of euroscepticism across the bloc continues to use, anti-EU forces in France, Spain and Italy have been urged to form a new Brexit-style political party.


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

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


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...


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.