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Afghanistan's first female breakdancer sets sights on Paris Olympics

Afghanistan's first female breakdancer sets sights on Paris Olympics


UK’s Covid death toll could reach 150,000 before pandemic ‘burns out,’ Sage scientist warns after grim milestone

The UK could see another 50,000 deaths from coronavirus, a scientist advising the Government has warned after the grim milestone of 100,000 was reached. Boris Johnson insisted he takes “full responsibility” for the response to the pandemic and said “we did everything we could” to minimise suffering. Professor Calum Semple, who sits on the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), predicted there could be tens of thousands...


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


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.


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...


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


‘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...


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...


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.


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...


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.


Prime Minister ‘deeply sorry’ but expert warns UK could see 50,000 more deaths

The Prime Minister offered his ‘deepest condolences’ to those whose relatives have died from Covid-19.


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...


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


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


HS2 protesters to occupy tunnel network under central London park

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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.


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.


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...


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.


Japan PM apologises after lawmakers' night club outings

Japan PM apologises after lawmakers' night club outings


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

A letter from Gerard O’Boyle:


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.


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


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...


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.


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

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


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...


Rare maps charting England's defeat of Spanish Armada to remain in UK

The set of ten, dating back to 1589, are thought to be the earliest surviving representations of the battle and have not left the UK since they were drawn.


What the papers say – January 27

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


Sen. Patrick Leahy hospitalized after feeling unwell

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was taken to the hospital on Tuesday evening after saying he felt ill. In a statement, spokesman David Carle said Leahy, 80, was in his Capitol office "and was not feeling well. He was examined in the Capitol by the attending physician. Out of an abundance of caution, the attending physician recommended that he be taken to a local hospital for observation, where he is now, and where he is being evaluated." As president...


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

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


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.


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...


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


More than 100 million coronavirus cases have been reported globally

The global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 100 million on Tuesday. The actual number of cases is likely much higher, experts say, but cases have been underreported due to inadequate testing and contact tracing. More than 2 million people have died of the virus worldwide, including 420,000 Americans, but that number is also believed to be higher. There has been a sharp increase in cases since last summer — there were 25 million...


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.


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


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...


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...


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...


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.