Music

Hope and mourning, in star-studded song, as D.C. celebrates Biden inauguration

From Lady Gaga to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bruce Springsteen to Katy Perry, top performers delivered musical messages of remembrance and possibility to cap off the inauguration proceedings. A full-throated, supremely confident Lady Gaga belted out the national anthem at President Joe Biden’s inauguration in a very Gaga way — with flamboyance, fashion and passion. The Grammy winner wore a huge dove-shaped brooch and an impressively billowing red...


Inauguration Day 2021: 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...


Biden signs executive order repealing Trump's 'Muslim ban'


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


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.”...


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...


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...


The star-packed inauguration special: a dull yet competent plea for unity

It goes without saying that Wednesday’s smooth, benignly star-studded inauguration for President Joe Biden was a startling change of pace for Washington – the stark, horrifying images of teargas and Maga rioters storming the nation’s Capitol two weeks ago replaced with masked celebrities, odes to American diversity, and earnest, if likely unreciprocated, calls for healing. Capping this secure (thanks to nearly 25,000 national guardsmen),...


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...


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


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

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


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.


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

Senator Romney is calling for reform after Donald Trump gave clemency to 143 people before leaving office. 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...


White House website mentions climate change again, reversing Trump’s info blackout

Admitting is the first step. The White House is officially acknowledging the existence of climate change on its website again under the Biden administration, after president Trump scrubbed any mention of greenhouse gas emissions on his first day in office four years ago. “President Biden will take swift action to tackle the climate emergency,” the site’s “Priorities” section reads. “The Biden Administration will ensure we meet the demands of...


3 former presidents echo Biden's call for unity

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton on Wednesday encouraged Americans to reach out to friends and family members who don't necessarily agree with their political beliefs, saying this is an important step in getting the country to heal. During a taped message that aired during the "Celebrating America" inaugural special, Bush said he thinks "the fact that the three of us are standing here talking about a peaceful...


What the papers say – January 21

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


Joe Biden says Donald Trump wrote him a ‘very generous’ letter that was left in Oval Office

US President Joe Biden has said Donald Trump wrote him a “very generous” letter that was left in the Oval Office ahead of the transfer of power . Despite breaking with tradition and not attending his successor’s inauguration, Mr Trump did decide to leave Mr Biden a letter in the historic Resolute desk. But Mr Biden, speaking to reporters in the Oval Office hours after being sworn in, said he would not publicly share its contents until he had a...


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...


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...


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...


PM hits out at Cricket Australia over national day marketing

PM hits out at Cricket Australia over national day marketing


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


Turkey's COVID-19 vaccinations may quicken after elderly are inoculated - coordinator

Turkey's COVID-19 vaccinations may quicken after elderly are inoculated - coordinator


A day of firsts: five key takeaways from Biden's historic inauguration

It was a day of historic firsts With her hand on two Bibles – one from the late Thurgood Marshall, the first Black supreme court justice, and one from family friend Regina Shelton – Kamala Harris became the first woman, and the first Black and South Asian American woman, to become the vice-president. She was sworn in by the supreme court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina on the nation’s highest court. It was an emotional moment for many...


World welcomes U.S. return to Paris climate accord, readies wish-list for Biden

World welcomes U.S. return to Paris climate accord, readies wish-list for Biden


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...


'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.


What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now


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.


Country diary: the power of water in the valley

The beat of a hydraulic ram reverberates along the deep ditch, running fast with spring water towards a little tributary originating from beneath Viverdon Down. The water joins other streams along the incised course through steep woods and pastures before meeting the tidal Tamar , more than two miles downstream. Last month’s exceptional run-off along this network of streams contributed to the destruction of the National Trust’s weir, which...


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....


China sanctions Pompeo, Trump officials over Xinjiang statements


Senate confirms Biden 1st Cabinet pick as Democrats control

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three new senators were sworn into office after President Joe Biden's inauguration, securing the majority for Democrats in the Senate and across a unified government to tackle the new president's agenda at a time of unprecedented national challenges. In a first vote, the Senate confirmed Biden's nominee for director of national intelligence, Avril Haines. Senators worked into the evening Wednesday and overcame some Republican...


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


Amanda Gorman: CNN’s Anderson Cooper left speechless in interview with inauguration poet

Anderson Cooper was left lost for words as he interviewed inauguration poet Amanda Gorman. The CNN host appeared giddy as the 22-year-old Los Angeles native wowed him in an interview. Ms Gorman became the youngest inaugural poet when she read “The Hill We Climb,” which she finished composing after the Capitol riot. She explained to the TV host how she used a personal mantra to prepare herself for reading during Joe Biden’s swearing in ceremony....


'Because of you democracy has prevailed'

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


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.


Anti-establishment group in Portland protest Biden inauguration

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


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


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


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

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


Storm Christoph: Major rivers burst banks as hundreds told to flee their homes

Leeds City Council issued an urgent message to people living near the River Aire after its banks burst, while Great Manchester has also been hit with bad flooding


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...


Senate approves Avril Haines for intelligence chief in first Biden confirmation

Shortly after Joe Biden officially took office, the Senate voted on Wednesday to seat Avril Haines as director of national intelligence, marking both the first Senate confirmation of a nominee from the incoming administration and the first time a woman has held the top post in US intelligence. She promised during her confirmation hearing the day before to “speak truth to power.” The final vote tally was 84-10 for Ms Haines, 51, who previously...


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

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


Here’s how the Bidens are already redecorating the White House

The incoming Biden administration isn’t just changing policy: it’s redecorating the White House too. It’s part pageantry, part politics, part personal — like everything about being president. During Wednesday’s inauguration ceremonies, the 90-person White House facilities staff began moving the Bidens in a process that reportedly took just five hours. While the Bidens planned to move in on 20 January, they reportedly won’t dive all the way into...


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.


Amanda Gorman’s books are now Amazon best-sellers: ‘Now more than ever, the United States needs an inaugural poem’

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman is now a best-selling author. “I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 & #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY!,” the 22-year-old National Youth Poet Laureate wrote on Twitter after reading her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden's swearing-in ceremony. “Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and my words. As Yeats put it: “For words alone are certain good: Sing, then,” she concluded. I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE...


Chinese rescuers hope to drill shaft to bring trapped miners out

Chinese rescuers hope to drill shaft to bring trapped miners out


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...