'The worst day of the year': Why not turn Blue Monday into Brew Monday?

People are being encouraged to turn Blue Monday into Brew Monday

ANDREW PIERCE: Cap'n Hindsight lacks foresight on council tax

ANDREW PIERCE: There was a rare policy announcement last week from Captain Hindsight, aka Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who called for a block on council tax increases in April.

Into The Grey Zone: Political violence 'much more likely' when facts undermined

The risk of political violence increases when people are unable to agree on facts, a leading author on disinformation has warned, as the US braces for more protests from Donald Trump supporters ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration.

Wuhan, one year after coronavirus lockdown

Wuhan, one year after coronavirus lockdown

What Biden can and can't get from an evenly divided Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — So what does a 50-50 Senate get President-elect Joe Biden? Washington has barely had time to process the implications of Democratic control after two Georgia runoff elections that are delivering the Senate to Democrats. Hours after the races were decided, a mob of zealots ransacked the U.S. Capitol and reshaped the national and political landscape. The unexpected new balance of power giving Democrats only the barest control of...

Free fast broadband offered in UK to support home schooling

Thousands of families struggling with home learning are being offered free high-speed broadband following a partnership between internet provider Hyperoptic and dozens of local authorities across the UK. Families in 37 local authority areas, from Tower Hamlets in London to Newcastle and Leeds that are struggling with remote learning due to poor or no internet will be offered the chance to have a high speed connection installed with no usage...

COVID vaccine to be offered to over-70s this week as more mass vaccination centres open

People aged over 70 and those listed as clinically extremely vulnerable will be invited to receive coronavirus vaccinations starting this week.

Guatemalan security forces beat back caravan of Honduran migrants

Guatemalan police and soldiers launched tear gas and wielded batons and shields against a group of Honduran migrants that tried to push through their roadblock early Sunday. A group of about 2,000 migrants had stopped short of the roadblock the night before. The roadblock was strategically placed at a chokepoint on the two-lane highway to Chiquimula in an area known as Vado Hondo. It’s flanked by a tall mountainside and a wall leaving the...

May all right thinking Stormont politicians try to stop the evil of abortion, which is happening in Northern Ireland

A letter from David Wilson:

Police break up fight in London between 40 men involving knives and a sword

A brawl between 40 men using knives, bottles and a sword has been broken up by police in west London. Police initially reported that two swords had been used in the fight in Southall in the early hours of Sunday, but later corrected this to “at least one sword”. At 8pm on Sunday, police released a statement saying that they had been called at “around 0200hrs to a large group of males fighting with knives and at least one sword in the area of...

Rioters in Senate chamber look for evidence against 'these scumbags'

The New Yorker has released video of Donald Trump supporters that invaded the US Capitol inside the Senate chamber.

China enters 2021 on rebound after recording lowest economic growth in 40 years

China’s economy picked up speed in the fourth quarter, with growth beating expectations as it ended a rough coronavirus-striken 2020 in remarkably good shape and remained poised to expand further this year even as the global pandemic raged unabated. The world’s second-largest economy has surprised many with the speed of its recovery from the coronavirus jolt, especially as policymakers have also had to navigate tense U.S.-China relations on...

Uighur campaigners to target 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics sponsors

Campaigners fighting against the persecution of Uighur Muslims in China are to target private companies sponsoring the Beijing Winter Olympics in an attempt to persuade them to use their influence with the Chinese government ahead of the 2022 event. Uighur campaigners in 10 different countries are coming together to write to companies asking them to use their platforms to educate and inform the world of the persecution under way in Xinjiang...

DOI's Rufus Hound hailed for shaming government over school meals disgrace live on air

Comedian Rufus, 41, used Dancing On Ice tonight to blast Tory MPs over the school meals scandal

MPs condemn arrest of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Mr Navalny was detained on arrival in Russia after spending five months in Germany recovering from nerve agent poisoning.

Mass testing of regions to bring lockdown to an end by spring

Testing could be used to move the worst-hit areas of the UK down the tiers, which could be implemented as the third national shutdown comes to an end in March.

Vegan entrepreneur sparks planning row after applying to build pool

Ophelia Froud, a former BBC TV producer, and her husband Jolyon submitted plans to build a pool on the boundary with their neighbours' gardens at their home in Dorset.

US state capitals largely quiet after bracing for violent protests

Law enforcement officers far outnumbered protesters at state capitol grounds on Sunday, as few Trump supporters who believe the president’s false claim that he won the 2020 election turned out for what authorities feared could be violent demonstrations. More than a dozen states activated National Guard troops to help secure their capitol buildings following an FBI warning of armed demonstrations, with right-wing extremists emboldened by the...

Public Domain review – social-media musical swipes at Facebook

A computer cursor clicks on the instruction “Add as friend”, and our screens open up to a theatre set where two millennials sing: “We came here to find friends, and just like that we felt a little less alone.” Facebook’s digital motifs – thumbs up symbols and love hearts – float around them to give the impression they are inside the social media website. This staged musical concert, streamed by Southwark Playhouse, takes Facebook’s mission to...

When will lockdown end - and when will I get the vaccine? All the pledges this year

Here is your pocket guide to the dates when we've been promised things will happen this year by the Tory Government as the vaccine programme continues to ramp up

Preparations continue in DC for inauguration of Joe Biden

Preparations are continuing in Washington DC for the inauguration of Joe Biden as president and Kamala harris as Vice-president after Donald Trump leaves the White House.

BREAKING NEWS: Trump will leave the White House at '8am Wednesday'

Donald Trump is reportedly planning to leave the White House at 8am on Wednesday - the morning of Joe Biden's inauguration.

Everyone arriving in UK must now self-isolate as travel corridors close

Everyone arriving in the UK from abroad must now self-isolate as the government order shutting all travel corridors comes into effect.

Japan PM Suga: Will exhaust all means to protect pandemic-hit medical system

Japan PM Suga: Will exhaust all means to protect pandemic-hit medical system

Egyptian archeological mission discover Queen Neari in funerary temple

An Egyptian archeological mission discovered a funerary temple in Saqqara Necropolis, Eygypt, on Saturday 16th January dating back over 4,000 years, belonging to Queen Nearit, wife of King Teti. The expedition began in 2007.

Japan PM vows to press ahead with Olympics amid virus surge

UK-OLYMPICS-2020-SUGA:Japan PM vows to press ahead with Olympics amid virus surge

Death toll of Indonesian earthquake rises to 78 as more bodies found

Indonesian rescuers on Sunday retrieved more bodies from the rubble of homes and buildings toppled by a strong earthquake, raising the death toll to 78, while military engineers managed to reopen ruptured roads to clear access for relief goods. More heavy equipment reached the hardest-hit city of Mamuju and the neighboring district of Majene on Sulawesi island, where the magnitude 6.2 quake struck early Friday, said Raditya Jati, the National...

Lord Sumption tells stage 4 cancer patient her life is ‘less valuable’

A former Supreme Court judge has been criticised after telling a woman with stage 4 bowel cancer her life was “less valuable” than others during an on-screen discussion on the price of coronavirus lockdowns. Jonathan Sumption, a prominent anti-lockdown campaigner, made the comments during a BBC One programme on Sunday while responding to a question posed by host Nicky Campbell on whether lockdown was “punishing too many for the greater good”....

Proud Boys and Black Lives Matter supporters clash at Utah rally

As pro-Trump extremists, which President-elect Joe Biden later would label “domestic terrorists”, laid siege to the Capitol building on Wednesday, similar “Save America” gatherings erupted across several US cities, from Atlanta, GA, to Topeka, KS — albeit on a less grand scale. Some 2,000 miles away from DC, Utah’s sleepy capital city — which as of late only pierces the national dialogue bubble when Mitt Romney or Real Housewives-related news...

‘We The People’ concert: Connie Britton reveals moving moment with Joe Biden

In a moving speech, actress Connie Britton spoke at the Biden-Harris “We The People” concert, which kicked off the duo’s inauguration week on Sunday night (17 January). Recalling the day she attended the United State of Women Conference a few years ago, Britton described meeting then-Vice President Biden shortly after he gave a 45-minute speech about women’s empowerment at the event. Though the Vice President was about to be driven away after...

Councillors up in arms over plans to name estate after English baron

De Clare Gardens in Caerphilly, south Wales, has been named after Gilbert De Clare, an Englishman who built a castle in the town to keep the Welsh under his control.

Shift to renewable energy eases key environmental burdens, EU says

Shift to renewable energy eases key environmental burdens, EU says

Yan Bingtao shocks John Higgins to win Masters title

The 20-year-old rising star from China won a thrilling contest 10-8 in Milton Keynes to pocket the £250,000 first prize - almost four times his previous biggest payday.

China reports 109 new COVID-19 cases as infections persist in northeast

China reports 109 new COVID-19 cases as infections persist in northeast

First stage of Jeremy Corbyn’s legal battle with Labour goes to High Court

Lawyers for the former opposition leader are applying for the disclosure of documents ahead of a possible legal challenge over his suspension.

Scrap benefits cut to stop millions falling into poverty, Boris Johnson told

Boris Johnson cannot claim to be “levelling up” the UK if he persists with a planned cut in universal credit for 6 million families, an influential thinktank has said, as pressure mounts on the prime minister over the issue from within his own party. The Resolution Foundation joined opposition parties, anti-poverty campaigners and many Conservative MPs in urging the government to extend the £20-a-week uplift introduced during the first wave of...

Emicida, a rapper on a mission to recover Brazil's black history

When the black Brazilian rapper Emicida imagines his country’s whitewashed history, he sees a textbook missing a succession of key pages. In his songs and on stage, the São Paulo-born musician tries to correct that skewed telling, remembering the lives and times of black Brazilian academics, artists and activists in the hope of changing Brazil’s future. “If we’d been told about this story and these [black] contributions at school, we’d have a...

Twitter suspends Marjorie Taylor Green, QAnon-backing Republican

Twitter has temporarily suspended the account of the Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green, who has gained a large following on social media, in part by posting incendiary videos and comments. Greene, a Republican businesswoman, is the first candidate who expressed support for the baseless, far-right QAnon conspiracy theory to win a US House seat. Greene in November won the race for Georgia’s 14th congressional district after her...

China's Kuaishou to open books for $5 billion Hong Kong IPO next week - sources

China's Kuaishou to open books for $5 billion Hong Kong IPO next week - sources

Best-seller joins Samaritans to send socially distanced message at Waterloo

Best-selling author and illustrator Charlie Mackesy has teamed up with the Samaritans to send a positive socially-distanced message to travellers on Blue Monday. The charity’s volunteers are usually out and about across the rail network today - which is regarded as one of the hardest days for people’s mental health - running their Brew Monday campaign encouraging people to take time out with friends or family. But Covid restrictions means the...

‘We’re filled with hope’: Bidens open inauguration events with message of positivity after Capitol violence

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Dr Jill Biden opened Sunday night's “We The People” concert – and 2021 Inauguration Week – with a message of hope and unity, telling their audience how they were “filled with hope” at the days, months, and years ahead. Acknowledging the “difficult transition process” faced by the incoming Biden administration, Dr Biden expressed compassion for Americans who ”have experienced loss over the last year", which...

Sulawesi quake death toll at 81 as Indonesia battles series of disasters

Sulawesi quake death toll at 81 as Indonesia battles series of disasters

Celebrities attending Biden’s inauguration (and performing!)

Some Conservative MPs set to oppose withdrawal of benefits increase - FT

Some Conservative MPs set to oppose withdrawal of benefits increase - FT

The presidency of Donald Trump in pictures

Gavin Williamson’s ‘incompetence’ has left children hungry – Labour

Children have gone hungry because of Gavin Williamson’s “incompetence” as Education Secretary, Labour has said, ahead of a Commons debate on free school meal provision. Shadow education secretary Kate Green accused her opposite number of letting parents down “time and time again”. Labour will use an opposition day debate in the Commons on Monday afternoon to say that eligible families should be guaranteed to receive the full value of free school...

What the papers say – January 18

Vaccines opening up to five million more Britons is among the stories on Monday’s front pages.

Trump, in wave of Tuesday pardons, so far not planning to pardon himself - source

Trump, in wave of Tuesday pardons, so far not planning to pardon himself - source

'The rot went deep' - US conservatives divided on Trump's future

Will Donald Trump be a spent political force when he is replaced on Wednesday by Joe Biden after a single term in office?

Two Iranian nationals arrested after meth lab found in Lakemba

Iranians Hamed Yarmohammadi and Niusha Ojaghfaghihi have been arrested after allegedly trying to import 250 kilograms of methamphetamine through overseas cargo before processing it in a suburban warehouse.