Free school meals: 272 Labour MPs vote to guarantee full value of food and laptop access in non-binding vote

The motion will not change government policy

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy 'will hold head-to-head peace talks'

A mediator will moderate the video call talks between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy, it is understood, as England's third national lockdown means they cannot meet in person.

Priceless Leonardo-school 'Salvator Mundi' painting found in apartment

The 15th-century artwork, widely attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci, had been stolen from the Basilica di San Domenico Maggiore in Naples two years ago.

US coronavirus deaths will hit half a million in February, experts predict

Experts predict 500,000 Americans will probably be killed by Covid-19 before the end of February, and perhaps before, in an acceleration of deaths expected to crest in March. The warning comes as an increasing number of experts see February and March as peak months for Covid-19 disease transmission in the US, with a more contagious variant circulating in most states and mass vaccination off to a slow start. “We have a combination of factors that...

German zookeeper seriously injured by camel bite

A zookeeper is in hospital with serious injuries after being bitten by a camel in northern Germany. The 54-year-old man was cleaning out the camel enclosure and feeding the animals at Perleberg Zoo on Sunday morning when one turned suddenly and bit him in the face, police said. The worker, who has not been named, was taken to a local hospital for treatment after sustaining “serious” injuries. The zoo, located between Berlin and Hamburg, is...

Fashion student, retired firefighter charged over US Capitol riots

Federal authorities arrested a retired firefighter and a fashion student, both from New York, and a man from Iowa on Monday in the storming of the U.S. Capitol, according to the FBI and court documents. Nicolas Moncada, a 20-year-old student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, was arrested at his home in Staten Island early on Monday, the FBI said. The school shared information with the FBI about a social media post showing him at the...

Trump ‘won’t pardon himself or family’, says Fox News

President Trump is not expected to issue pardons for himself or his family, according to Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts. White House aides and lawyers have reportedly urged the president not to try to pardon himself or to issue preemptive pardons for members of his family, fearing that it might lead to more Republican Senators to vote to convict Mr Trump in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial. No president has tried to pardon...

Guns selling out as people panic-buy weapons ahead of Biden inauguration

Fears of tighter gun-control measures by the incoming Biden administration are stoking sales of firearms – with Glock handguns and semi-automatic weapons flying off the shelves and even selling out in some stores. Among President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign promises was a pledge to end gun violence, which included banning assault weapons, closing loopholes in background checks on guns, limiting stockpiling of weapons and ending the online sale of...

Inauguration day 2021 updates: Joe Biden tasked with healing US as Donald Trump ‘to issue 100 pardons’

President-elect Joe Biden will be tasked with healing the US when he enters the White House on Wednesday as outgoing President Donald Trump is reportedly set to issue 100 more pardons and commutations. Mr Biden will be sworn in as US President in person atop a specially built platform. There will be no parade this year, however, and the number of attendees will be reduced. Tensions are high in the US after a closely fought election shrouded in...

Flight passenger who assisted dying man with Covid-19 says he was given $200 credit for ‘inconvenience’

An emergency medical technician who administered CPR on a fellow passenger on a United Airlines flight said that the $200 voucher and phone call he received from the airline for the "inconvenience" felt like a "slap in the face". The passenger later died of Covid-19, causing Tony Aldapa to fear that he had contracted the virus after experiencing symptoms, Fox News reported. Mr Aldapa was one of three passengers who helped a man experiencing a...

Drone tested for search and rescue in Wales bought by Canada to save whales

EXCLUSIVE: Experts hailed the Ottawa government for bringing in the unmanned aircraft - and said the devices could be used to monitor UK marine environments

Kamala Harris says she's going into inauguration 'ready to work'

Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris says she is ready to get to work following the inauguration of herself and President-elect Joe Biden. Harris also speaks on the plans the pair have once they take office.

Trump orders assessment of security risks of Chinese made drones in U.S. govt fleet

Trump orders assessment of security risks of Chinese made drones in U.S. govt fleet

NHS warns social distancing remains ‘critical’ as vaccine is rolled out

Scientists fear the public could drop their guard as the coronavirus jab is delivered across the country.

PM promises compensation to firms experiencing issues exporting to EU

Businesses experiencing problems exporting to the EU "through no fault of their own" will receive compensation, the prime minister has said.

Parler partially reappears with support from Russian technology firm

Parler partially reappears with support from Russian technology firm

Government urged to reconsider plan to reopen schools for special needs pupils

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and public health officials took part in a Department of Education webinar for school staff.

Labour: Trust parents and give them £15 a week to spend on children’s lunches

There was an outcry last week over pictures on social media of food parcels containing just £4 or £5 worth of food intended to last a child a week.

Police officers and teachers could jump the queue for Covid-19 vaccine

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said police officers and teachers may be given priority for the next Covid vaccine phase. There are also talks of prioritising thousands of shop workers.

Michelin bestows 2021 restaurant stars despite Covid-19 closures

The Michelin Guide consecrated France's 30th three-star restaurant on Monday as it presented its awards for 2021 against the backdrop of the Covid-19 crisis, which has seen chefs forced to close their doors. The famous red guide had promised that no three-star chefs would be demoted as the health crisis rages, with food fans unlikely to book tables anytime soon. Many chefs fear French authorities will keep restaurants closed for several more...

UK vaccinates 4million people including half of over-80s and care home residents

The latest figures come as the mass rollout moves to the next stage, with over-70s and the clinically extremely vulnerable invited to book their jabs

Biden shoots down Trump decision to lift UK, Brazil and EU travel bans as new Covid variants surge

Donald Trump announced plans to revoke bans on travel from the UK, Europe and Brazil, but the move was swiftly slapped down by Joe Biden’s incoming presidential team amid concerns over emerging Covid variants. Two days before leaving the White House, the outgoing US president rescinded restrictions barring non-US citizens arriving from Britain, where coronavirus cases have been surging, as well as Brazil and the European Union. He said the ban...

5G roll-out should stop while ‘suspected adverse health effects’ investigated, expert claims

The global roll-out of 5G should be halted while further investigations are conducted into potential risks associated with the next-generation network technology, a health expert has warned. Professor John William Frank from the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh claimed that no more transmitter towers should be built in order to limit public exposure while safety standards are reviewed. In an opinion piece published in the Journal...

Biden inauguration: From Cawthorn to Cruz, Republicans who voted to block 2020 election results are attending his swearing-in

From fiery House freshmen such as North Carolina Congressman Madison Cawthorn to longtime Senate demagogues like Ted Cruz of Texas, Republicans who voted against certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory are nonetheless attending his inauguration ceremony later this week. Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith’s office confirmed her planned attendance in a statement to The Independent on Monday, making her the fifth of the eight GOP senators...

Boris Johnson facing China trade deal Tory rebellion with ‘genocide amendment’

MPs have criticised China's human rights record

Labour calls for rules to restrict bosses spying on workers at home

Workers need stronger protections against digital surveillance by bosses while they work from home, Labour has said. The opposition is calling on the government "urgently" update guidance amid what they call a "sharp increase" in the use of remote surveillance by businesses. Managers are increasingly using privacy-busting software following an increase in home working among office workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. But Labour says the new...

U.S. lawmakers aim to curtail face recognition even as the technology IDs Capitol attackers

U.S. lawmakers aim to curtail face recognition even as the technology IDs Capitol attackers

Country music star Garth Brooks to perform at Joe Biden’s inauguration

Country music star Garth Brooks will perform at Joe Biden’s inauguration as part of the swearing-in ceremony, it has been announced. Brooks, one of the biggest names in country music, said his performance is not a political statement but a “statement of unity”. “This is kind of how I get to serve this country,” he added. Brooks is the latest performer added to the star-studded line-up for Mr Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Hamilton creator...

Magic Breakfast to expand vital food support for thousands more children in 20th anniversary year

The expansion means Magic Breakfast will be doubling the number of schools it works with compared to last year

Countries should try to eliminate Covid-19 – expert

Professor Devi Sridhar said we are in a precarious position.

UK weather: ‘Major incident’ declared as Storm Christoph barrels towards country

A major incident has been declared in South Yorkshire as Storm Christoph is set to bring widespread flooding, gales and snow to parts of the UK. Forecasters have issued an amber weather warning for Tuesday and Wednesday for central northern England. The warning says there is a “danger to life” due to fast-flowing or deep floodwater and a “good chance some communities cut off by flooded roads”. Up to 70mm is expected to fall in areas around...

Coronavirus news: ‘Don’t blow it now,’ Hancock warns as four million now have vaccine

Matt Hancock has warned people in England not to “blow it" as lockdown measures succeed in bringing coronavirus under control. “We’re on the route out,” he told a Downing Street briefing. It came as the government announced more than 4 million people had now been inoculated, with half of over-80s having received their first dose. Ten new mass vaccination centres opened around England today as the over-70s and extremely vulnerable people began to...

Elderly woman ‘so lucky’ after swan crashes through bathroom window in Nottinghamshire

A swan smashed through an elderly woman’s double-glazed window just moments after she left the room. The RSPCA said the bird needed dozens of stitches after it flew into the bathroom window of the woman’s chalet home in Shamrock Lodge, Barton in Fabis, Nottinghamshire, at around 8am on Monday. She heard a loud crash, found her bathroom window shattered and the wounded bird on the floor. The female swan ended up cut and dazed after the incident...

Pink seesaws across US-Mexico border named Design of the Year 2020

A collection of bright pink seesaws that allowed people to interact over the US-Mexico border has won the prestigious Design of the Year award, with its creators saying they hoped the work encourages people to build bridges between communities. The Teeter Totter Wall, which bridged across El Paso in Texas and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico during a 40-minute session, was described as not only feeling “symbolically important” but also highlighting “the...

Biden volunteers at food bank on MLK day of service as Trump spends another day out of sight after riots

President-elect Joe Biden has spent the Martin Luther King Day of Service volunteering alongside his family at the Philabundance food bank in South Philadelphia, while urging Americans across the country to participate in acts of community service. Donning a baseball cap, face mask and sunglasses, the president-elect and his family was seen loading boxes of canned goods onto conveyer belts at the food bank, located less than 30 miles from his...

Lateral flow tests detect more than 37,000 asymptomatic Covid-19 cases

The accuracy of the devices has come under recent scrutiny by experts.

Johnson heralds four million being given first dose of vaccine

Prime Minister Boris Johnson heralds four million people being given their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. He says vaccinating the vulnerable is the Government's top priority.

Inauguration Day 2021: schedule and celebrity concerts

Pandemic review panel criticises China, WHO for acting too slowly on Covid-19

China and the World Health Organization could have acted faster to avert catastrophe during the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak, a panel of independent experts has concluded. The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response said its evaluation of the start of the crisis in China “suggests that there was potential for early signs to have been acted on more rapidly”. Containment measures should have been implemented...

Los Angeles County pause cremation-limit to ease Covid body backlog

Air quality regulators in Los Angeles County have suspended its limit on cremations to deal with a backlog of deaths amid a deepening Covid-crisis in Southern California. As the number of daily deaths is more than double than that before the pandemic, a public health crisis is being caused by the sheer number of bodies that need to be stored before they can be cremated. Health officials and the LA county coroner asked for the suspension of the...

How Can A Government That Spends Billions On Mass Testing Quibble Over Helping The Low Paid?

You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening. When politicians appear to defend the bureaucracy of a system rather than the needs of the public, they can sound tone deaf. When that defence involves matters of life and death, they risk coming across as robotic at best, callous at worst.‌ So it’s not hard to imagine that if Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford were a Tory minister, he...

Who is Joe Biden? The life and career of the president-elect who dared to take on Donald Trump

Third time was a charm for Joe Biden as he was called as president elect - a win the career politician has dreamed of for over three decades. His long, distinguished political career has been full of success, scandals, gaffes and intense heartbreak. And his experience has finally paid off, as the Democrat’s victory was declared on November 7 after three days of battle with Donald Trump. Mr Biden was formally made president by Congress on January...

Trump news – live: Biden team hits back at decision to reopen travel to UK and Brazil despite Covid surge

Rehearsals for Joe Biden’s inauguration have had to be evacuted in Washington, DC, and the US Capitol placed under lockdown over an “external security threat”, apparently a nearby fire, as tensions remain high in the wake of the Capitol riot on 6 January. That comes as Donald Trump is reportedly planning to host a farewell ceremony for himself at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland early on Wednesday morning before jetting out to Mar-a-Lago in...

Man who drove 30 miles for takeaway and eight found in shed among Covid fines

Police forces across the UK have broken up parties and meet-ups and fined people for visiting beauty spots.

British Virgin Islands governor launches probe into allegations of widespread corruption

A judge-led inquiry is to investigate allegations of widespread corruption involving millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money on the British Virgin Islands. Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said the UK government would back the probe, announced by the territory’s governor, into “deeply troubling” claims including political interfence, intimidation, and serious organised crime. Governor Gus Jaspert made the announcement on Monday after reportedly...

Case backlog threatens UK criminal justice system, say inspectors

Urgent action is needed to tackle an “unprecedented backlog” of court cases built up during the pandemic that has “severe implications” for victims, the UK’s four justice chief inspectors have warned. The plight of prisoners locked up for most of the day because of Covid-19 and disruption to services for young offenders were also highlighted in a report by the inspectors of probation, police, prisons and the Crown Prosecution Service. They...

From Bush Sr to Trump: Read the last five presidents’ inauguration speeches in full

As Joe Biden prepares to becomes the 46th president of the US, read the inauguration speeches given by the previous five commanders in chief as they took office Donald Trump, 2017 Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, fellow Americans and people of the world – thank you. We the citizens of America have now joined a great national effort to rebuild our county and restore its promise for all our people....

Melania Trump ‘will not give successor Jill Biden tour of White House in historic snub’

Melania Trump is to break from a 100-year-old tradition for outgoing First Ladies by not giving Jill Biden a tour of the White House’s family wing. Several US outlets reported that Mrs Trump and the president would not greet Joe Biden and his family on inauguration day. Instead the Bidens will be greeted by the White House chief usher Timothy Harleth, a source told CNN. The reports came as Mrs Trump gave her farewell speech before the Trumps...

The Story Of The 1981 New Cross Fire

This is the inside story of the fatal 1981 New Cross fire and the groundbreaking demonstrations that followed. The fire, a suspected racist attack, led to the deaths of 14 young people. Speaking to us last year, survivors and activists reflect on the fire and what’s changed for Black Britons in the last four decades.

'Don't blow it now': Hancock says 'brighter times' ahead but public must stick to rules

The health secretary has said there are "brighter times" ahead as the coronavirus vaccine rollout continues, but warned the public: "Don't blow it now."