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Police arrest woman FBI alleges stole Pelosi laptop to sell to Russia

Riley June Williams was arrested on Monday over Capitol breach after FBI received a tipoff from woman’s former partner Federal authorities have arrested a woman whose former romantic partner says she took a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the riot at the US Capitol.Riley June Williams was arrested on Monday, according to a justice department official. It is not yet known when her initial court appearance will be.

Majority of Europeans say China will overtake 'broken' US within decade

Survey finds more Europeans than not say US cannot be trusted after four years of TrumpA majority of Europeans believe America’s political system is broken, that China will be the world’s leading power within a decade, and that Joe Biden will be unable to halt his country’s decline on the world stage, according to a report.While many welcomed Biden’s victory in November’s US election, more Europeans than not feel that after four years of Donald Trump the US cannot be trusted, according to the study by the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Space out and cover up: how to make travelling by car more Covid-safe

If sharing a car is unavoidable, there are a few ways to reduce the risk of transmissionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhile the UK is under lockdown, travel for work and other exemptions is still allowed. We take a look at how to stay safer when cooped up together, whether in a taxi or a private car:

Holiday bookings surge as Covid vaccinations increase travel hopes

People high on list for jabs in UK ready to make 2021 and 2022 bookingsSee all our coronavirus coverageHoliday companies have reported an increase in bookings as the UK’s coronavirus vaccine rollout gives people hope that they will soon be able to travel overseas again.Despite a series of negative travel announcements in recent days, including the closure of air corridors and words of caution from ministers over foreign holidays, there are signs that those among the first in line for the vaccinations are starting to plan trips, and that consumers are hopeful about taking a break later this yea...

The day my voice broke: what an injury taught me about the power of speech

When I damaged my vocal cords, I was forced to change the way I spoke – and discovered how much our voices reveal who we areSome years ago, I was invited by my then boss, Jann Wenner, the owner of Rolling Stone, to be the lead singer in a band he was putting together from the magazine’s staff. I had just turned 41, and I jumped at the opportunity to sustain the delusion that I was not getting old. “Sign me up!” I said.My chief attributes as a singer included impressive volume and an ability to stay more or less in tune, but I was strictly a self-taught amateur. I had, for instance, never done...

‘The Capitol riot was our Chernobyl’: James Comey on Trump, the ‘pee tape’ and Clinton’s emails

The former FBI director was sickened and angered by the attack incited by the president. But has he come to terms with his part in getting him elected?As an investigator turned author, James Comey has developed a forensic eye for detail. The colour of the curtains in the Oval Office. The length of Donald Trump’s tie. Something about the US president that the camera often misses.“Donald Trump conveys a menace, a meanness in private that is not evident in most public views of him,” says Comey, a former director of the FBI, from his home in McLean, Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC.

Dubai, party haven amid pandemic, faces its biggest surge

Coronavirus infections are surging to unprecedented heights in the United Arab Emirates

Strong earthquake shakes Argentina, Chile; no reports of injuries

A powerful earthquake struck in northwestern Argentina near the border with central Chile just before midnight Monday, shaking people in parts of both countries. There were no reports of injuries or serious damage, though some power outages were reported in the quake area.

6.4 quake strikes Argentina's San Juan province, no tsunami warning issued

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck Argentina's west-central province of San Juan on Monday night, according to a preliminary report from the United States Geological Survey.

Rescuers in phone contact with workers trapped in China mine

Rescuers are in telephone contact with workers trapped for more than a week following an explosion in a gold mine in China and have been able to send them food and medicine, an official said Tuesday.

California is first state to pass 3m Covid cases

Figure arrived with stunning speed as southern and central California grapple with brutal outbreaksCalifornia has become the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections, as the embattled state grapples with an unprecedented surge of cases that has left hospitals overwhelmed.That remarkable figure, which comes from Johns Hopkins University, was not entirely unexpected for the nation’s most populous state – but the speed at which it arrived has been stunning.

Biden inauguration: Anxiety in Washington evident as false alarm interrupts rehearsal

The U.S. Capitol briefly locked down, illustrating the fear that has gripped the city since the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection by pro-Trump rioters and prompted extraordinary security measures.

Makers of Amazon Prime show apologise after outcry by India’s BJP

Politicians from governing party call for show to be removed, saying it was 'deliberately mocking Hindu gods'.

‘Chilling’ crackdown on dissent in Vietnam ahead of key congress

Reuters tally finds 280 people arrested for 'anti-state' activities in the five years since the last party congress.

Surat accident: Truck crushes 16 migrant workers to death in India

They were sleeping on the pavement next to a motorway when a truck ran them over in Gujarat state.

Leaders cold on NSW push to make Covid vaccination requirement for entry

New poll finds 42% of respondents would get vaccinated ‘as soon as possible’ but 11% ‘never’ willState and territory leaders have poured cold water on Gladys Berejiklian’s suggestion that Covid vaccination could be required to travel, enter pubs and clubs and access government buildings.The ACT chief minister, Andrew Barr, said on Tuesday that if vaccines prevented the spread of coronavirus the idea could have “some merit in high-risk circumstances”, but otherwise the New South Wales premier’s call seemed “a little odd”.

Biden has set sky-high expectations. Can he meet them?

Billions in aid needed to help Afghan kids in 2021: humanitarian group

Some 10 million children in war-ravaged Afghanistan are at risk of not having enough food to eat in 2021, a humanitarian organization said Tuesday, and called for billions in new funds for aid.

Indian sailors stranded for months on Chinese coast reach Japan

The 23-member crew of Jag Anand vessel reaches Tokyo from where they will fly to India after clearing COVID procedures.

Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire in homeless camp

The U.S. Capitol complex temporarily locked down during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration after a fire in a homeless encampment roughly a mile away sent a plume of smoke into the air and caused security concerns

Asia Today: China sees virus outbreaks across its northeast

Exhausted hospital chaplains bring solace to lonely, dying

Biden’s national security Cabinet nominees face Senate tests

President-elect Joe Biden’s national security Cabinet may be bare on Day One of his presidency

Group: Billions in aid needed to help Afghan kids in 2021

A humanitarian organization says some 10 million children in war-ravaged Afghanistan are at risk of not having enough food to eat in 2021, and is calling for billions in new funds for aid

Inaugural event to celebrate resiliency of Black Americans

The resiliency, culture and heroism of Black Americans and the African diaspora will be the central theme of a virtual event Tuesday evening that will celebrate the nation’s diversity before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration

Priyanka Chopra Jonas: 'I want to get South Asian stories influxed into Hollywood'
Priyanka Chopra Jonas: 'I want to get South Asian stories influxed into Hollywood'

Priyanka Chopra Jonas has told Sky News she is determined to get South Asian stories "influxed" into Hollywood.

Group: Billions in aid needed to help Afghan kids in 2021

A humanitarian organization says some 10 million children in war-ravaged Afghanistan are at risk of not having enough food to eat in 2021, and is calling for billions in new funds for aid

Australian spider that crushes its prey among species taking hold in New Zealand

Little humped spider usually found in Sydney is now thriving in Christchurch and is just one of dozens of invasive spider speciesAn Australian spider that crushes its prey in a tightly spun web is one of dozens of new trans-Tasman arrivals making itself at home in New Zealand, where it has few predators and often lives completely undetected.The Philoponella congregabilis, sometimes called the little humped spider, is usually found in Sydney and along the east coast of Australia, but has recently been tracked to the South Island city of Christchurch, where it is thriving.

'The system is rigged': Seun Kuti on reviving Fela's political party

The musician and youngest son of the Afrobeat legend has been galvanised to act after police brutality in Nigeria“For 60 years nothing has really been solved in this country,” Seun Kuti says. “Healthcare, education, electricity, transportation, welfare – nothing has been accomplished.”Galvanised by the brutality meted out by Nigerian police against protesters in October last year, the 37-year-old Grammy-nominated musician and youngest son of the Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti resurrected his father’s socialist political party, the Movement of the People. Against a backdrop of widespread and mountin...

French ex-PM Édouard Balladur goes on trial over alleged kickbacks

Politician, 91, accused of financing failed 1995 presidential campaign with illegal kickbacks in ‘Karachi affair’Former French prime minister Édouard Balladur will go on trial on Tuesday accused of financing his failed 1995 presidential campaign with illegal kickbacks from international arms deals.The 91-year-old rightwing politician is the latest high-ranking French politician to find himself in the dock over the so-called Karachi affair that has poisoned the country’s political life for more than 25 years.

The China legacy Trump leaves Biden

Trump and his allies hail their hawkish strategy, but the trade war failed and tensions remain high.

Rescuers in phone contact with workers trapped in China mine

A Chinese official says rescuers are in telephone contact with workers trapped for more than a week in a gold mine and have been able to send them food and medicine

12 slain, dumped on road in rural dispute in southern Mexico

Authorities in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz say 12 men were killed and their bodies dumped on a roadside in what may have been a dispute between cattle ranchers

Court to hear Meghan's privacy case against newspaper

The Duchess of Sussex's high-profile lawsuit against a British newspaper group for privacy and copyright breaches returns to court in London on Tuesday, with Meghan potentially days away from winning the case.

Scottish fishermen say 'Brexit carnage' threatens to kill their business

Scottish fisherman parked their trucks near UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office at 10 Downing Street on Monday to protest post-Brexit red tape they say has made it almost impossible to sell British seafood to the European Union.

British firms call for $10.3bn in urgent COVID-19 aid

The UK's biggest lobby group has asked the government to extend its job support programme until the end of June.

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Argentina felt in nearby Chile, cuts power
Magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Argentina felt in nearby Chile, cuts power

The quake was followed a magnitude 5.0 aftershock about a quarter hour later, the USGS said.

How a robot investigator searched 60 million files

Artificial intelligence helped investigators in a daunting examination of Airbus's business.

The schoolboy who witnessed a colonial massacre

The shooting dead of striking miners in 1949 continues to have resonance in Nigeria today.

Italy smoking: Want to light up in Milan? Not any more, you can't

Smoking within 10m (30ft) of others is no longer allowed in parks, play areas, bus and tram stops.

Why Iran’s nuclear facilities are still vulnerable to attack

Putting sites underground does not mean they're beyond the reach of those who want them scuppered.

Olivier Duhamel: French incest allegations prompt victims to speak out

A sex abuse case involving a well-known intellectual sparked a deluge of testimonies by victims of abuse.

Fang Fang: Author vilified for Wuhan Diary speaks out a year on

Wuhan writer Fang Fang talks about the price she has had to pay for her controversial lockdown diaries.

Migrant caravan: Mexico presses US to reform immigration policies

The Mexican president spoke out as thousands gather in Guatemala en route to Mexico and the US.

Guatemalan police forces clear roadblock set up by Honduran migrant caravan
Guatemalan police forces clear roadblock set up by Honduran migrant caravan

The Guatemalan government said roads reopened to traffic after troops with batons and plastic shields closed in on the migrants, who then boarded buses back to Honduras.

Waldorf Astoria's new Maldives private island costs $80,000 per night

For those with the means, a private island in a tropical destination is the ultimate place to isolate from the global pandemic.

After seeing floods, Indonesian leader to visit quake zone

Relief workers worked to clear up rubble of collapsed buildings on an Indonesian island where a deadly earthquake left thousands of people homeless

After seeing floods, Indonesian leader to visit quake zone

Relief workers worked to clear up rubble of collapsed buildings on an Indonesian island where a deadly earthquake left thousands of people homeless

Germany mulls tighter shutdown as virus variants fuel fears

Magnitude 6.4 quake shakes parts of Argentina and Chile

A powerful earthquake has struck in northwestern Argentina near the border with Chile, shaking people in both countries, but there were no early reports of damage or injuries