What the papers say – January 21

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

Northern issues ‘do not travel’ alert for many routes in north-west England

Customers have been advised not to travel before 12pm on Thursday due to widespread flooding.

Taiwan-Biden ties off to strong start with invite for top diplomat

Taiwan-Biden ties off to strong start with invite for top diplomat

Chinese rescuers hope to drill shaft to bring trapped miners out

Chinese rescuers hope to drill shaft to bring trapped miners out

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

Joe 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 of you, the American people," he said at the Celebrating America event. “As I said earlier today, we have learned again that democracy is precious and because of you democracy...

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.

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...

Amanda Gorman’s poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ in full

Joe Biden was inaugurated as the United States’ president on Wednesday, in a ceremony on the steps of the US Capitol that – two weeks ago – was attacked by Donald Trump’s supporters. The nation’s youth poet laureate, Amanda Gorman, watched those chaotic scenes as she wrote her inaugural poem, ‘The Hill We Climb’, which the 22-year-old delivered after Mr Biden took his oath of office, and you can read here in full: Mr President, Dr Biden, Madam...

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

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

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

Biden signs federal mask mandate, repeals Muslim ban, and rejoins Paris climate agreement

Joe Biden has signed his first slate of executive actions as president, erasing core aspects of Donald Trump’s legacy on the coronavirus pandemic, immigration, climate change, and more with the simple stroke of a pen. Following an afternoon of ceremonies that included a virtual parade through Washington DC, and the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, the new administration immediately...

‘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...

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...

Nepal to turn Everest trash into art to highlight mountain’s garbage blight

Nepal to turn Everest trash into art to highlight mountain’s garbage blight

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...

Florida residents camp out to buy guns fearing Biden crackdown

Florida residents camped out outside gun stores as the Biden administration took office, fearing that the new president would lead a crackdown on firearms. "I think we all believe Biden is going to take it away from us too," David Godkin, who was lined up outside of Academy Sports + Outdoors in Lake Mary, Florida, on Monday, told Fox 35 Orlando. Customers also mentioned having a hard time finding guns and ammo around the area. The owners of...

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

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...

Kamala Harris: Who’s who in the Vice President’s family?

It was a well-rehearsed line, but it was one which worked. Kamala Harris, accepting the nomination by Joe Biden to be his running mate, in August told the world a little about her family. “I've had a lot of titles in my career,” the California senator said. "And certainly, vice president will be great. But 'momala' will always be the one that means the most." Follow Biden Inauguration Day 2021 – live: Top Republicans join Bidens in church The...

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.

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.

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

Can Trump run again in 2024 election?

As former president Donald Trump departed the White House, he commented that he would “be back in some form” prompting questions over whether the divisive Republican could run for office again in 2024. Mr Trump failed to win his re-election bid against Democratic challenger Joe Biden, and was subsequently impeached for a historic second time - but despite these factors, some of his supporters believe he could run again in future. The question is...

China sees rise in new COVID-19 cases despite curbs

China sees rise in new COVID-19 cases despite curbs

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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

'Because of you democracy has prevailed'

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

'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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

The US far-right groups bolstered by Donald Trump’s presidency that pose a threat

White nationalist groups in the US increased 55 per cent since 2017, says the Southern Poverty Law Centre

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

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

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

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

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.”...

Avril Haines confirmed as director of national intelligence

The Senate on Wednesday evening voted 84-10 to confirm Avril Haines as director of national intelligence. Haines is the first woman to serve as head of the intelligence community, and is also the first member of President Biden's Cabinet to receive Senate confirmation. She served as deputy national security adviser and deputy CIA director in the Obama administration. During her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Haines said "when it comes to...

PM hits out at Cricket Australia over national day marketing

PM hits out at Cricket Australia over national day marketing

Joe Biden’s children: Who are Hunter, Ashley, Beau and Naomi Biden?

President-elect Joe Biden has fathered four children from two marriages — though tragically only two are still alive today. Mr Biden had three children with his first wife, Neilia Biden, whom he married in 1966. In order of birth, they were Joseph Robinette III, known as Beau; Robert Hunter; and Naomi Christina, known as Amy. On 18 December 1972 Neilia was driving with the three children to buy a Christmas tree when their car was hit by a...

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.

Biden’s White House press secretary Jen Psaki commits to transparency in first briefing

After four years of turbulence and spin from the White House, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the newly inaugurated administration has a “common goal” – “sharing accurate information with the American people.” “When the president asked me to serve in this role, we talked about the importance of bringing truth and transparency back to the briefing room,” she said on Wednesday night, following the inauguration of President Joe Biden...

Biden’s inner circle: Who’s who of those seated close to President Biden at inauguration?

Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, telling Americans that “democracy has prevailed” after the tumultuous Trump era drew to a close. Mr Biden took the oath at the US Capitol which two weeks earlier had been the scene of a deadly insurrection by a pro-Trump mob. The inauguration of President Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris, was carried out within a ring of steel in DC due to increased concerns about the...

Anti-establishment group in Portland protest Biden inauguration

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