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Tell us: are you being affected by bad weather in the UK?

If bad winter weather in the UK has affected you or your community we would like to hear from youThe Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow for most of Scotland as well as a severe flood warning for those living near the River Severn in Shrewsbury.Commuters were advised to expect traffic disruption as the working week began.

Trump pardons Israeli officer who enlisted spy Pollard

President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to the Israeli handler of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard as part of a flurry of pardons in his last hours in office

US to keep embassy in Jerusalem: Biden’s top diplomat

Antony Blinken says Biden's administration will not reverse Donald Trump's controversial US embassy move to Jerusalem.

Chinese billionaire tech tycoon Jack Ma seen in public three months after mystery disappearance
Chinese billionaire tech tycoon Jack Ma seen in public three months after mystery disappearance

Chinese tycoon Jack Ma has appeared in public for the first time in nearly three months - after speculation about his whereabouts following a clampdown by Beijing on his business empire.

Italian PM Conte works to cement majority after narrow vote

Premier Giuseppe Conte is working to solidify his majority in parliament after narrowly winning a Senate confidence vote after a junior coalition ally yanked his support over Conte’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic

'It gives us hope': migrants stranded in Mexico buoyed by prospect of Biden reform

The president-elect has promised to do away with ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, raising hopes that asylum seekers claims will be treated seriouslySelma López, 31, has spent nearly a year holed up in a two-room house not far from Mexico’s border with the US, along with her 11-year-old son Darikson and another woman who also made the long journey from Honduras in search of a new life. Related: Remain in Mexico policy needlessly exposed migrants to harm, report says

Trump will be first president since Nixon to miss successor's inauguration

Only seven former US presidents did not attend the event, violating a democratic normDonald Trump, the first US president to have been impeached twice, refuses to attend president-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration this Wednesday.He is one of seven US presidents ever to have done so, joining the company of John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Andrew Johnson, Woodrow Wilson, and most recently, Richard Nixon. Wilson had had a stroke and Nixon had resigned. Presidents have seldom rejected this norm of attendance, usually seen as an important symbol of the peaceful transition of power.

Biden to rejoin Paris climate agreement, revoke Trump 'Muslim ban' in first executive orders

Biden will sign 17 executive orders on Wednesday aimed at combatting Covid-19 and rolling back some of Trump's directives.

‘The U.S. is back’: Europe cherishes Trump’s departure on Biden’s Inauguration Day

On Inauguration Day, European officials weren't afraid of expressing their happiness at Biden's forthcoming term and ambitions for the new administration. 

Alibaba’s Jack Ma issues video message, ending nearly 3-month ‘disappearance’ after a run-in with Chinese regulators
Alibaba’s Jack Ma issues video message, ending nearly 3-month ‘disappearance’ after a run-in with Chinese regulators

Chinese businessman Jack Ma has appeared via video link, delivering a speech at an awards event for rural teachers, weeks after the Alibaba co-founder disappeared from public view, following a dispute...

Indonesian leader promises compensation for plane crash

Indonesia’s leader has assured relatives of 62 people killed in a Sriwijaya Air plane crash that they will be compensated

Tunisian youth vow to continue protests amid economic woes

Protesters and security forces clash in several cities as President Kais Saied, PM Hichem Mechichi urge restraint.

Special prayers and celebrations at Kamala Harris’s ancestral Indian village before swearing-in ceremony

People in the hometown of Ms Harris’s maternal grandfather want her to ascend to the presidency in 2024

China turbocharges bid to discredit Western vaccines, spread virus conspiracy theories

With a WHO team in the country probing the pandemic’s origins, officials have gone into overdrive to propagate the fringe view that the virus came from elsewhere.

China builds massive Covid-19 quarantine camp for 4,000 people

China is rushing to build a massive quarantine camp that can house more than 4,000 people, after an outbreak of Covid-19 this month that has left tens of millions of people under strict lockdown.

US accuses China of 'genocide' of Uyghurs and minority groups in Xinjiang

The US has officially determined that China is committing genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims and ethnic and religious minority groups who live in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.

Landmark hearing to examine handling of domestic abuse cases by UK courts

Family lawyers hope test appeals involving allegations of partner rape and coercive control will help update approach of family courtsA landmark hearing in the court of appeal is under way to examine how cases of domestic abuse are handled by judges in the family courts.It concerns four conjoined appeals which feature allegations including marital or partner rape and coercive control, which emerged during private proceedings to address disputes centred on access to children.

Burberry's European sales slump but Marcus Rashford ads widen appeal

British luxury brand faces ‘uncertain trajectory’ because of Covid crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBurberry has reported a near 40% drop in sales in European markets on the back of store closures and fewer tourists but is experiencing a strong rebound in other parts of the world.Sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa slumped 37% in 13 weeks to 26 December, a major contrast with the Asia Pacific region, where sales jumped 11% on strong demand from Chinese and Korean shoppers.

Doug Jones named as politics fellow at Georgetown

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama has been named as a politics fellow this spring at Georgetown University. Jones will be one of six fellows at the Institute of Politics and Public Service at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy. The university ...

EU sighs with relief as Biden readies to enter White House
EU sighs with relief as Biden readies to enter White House

BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union’s top officials breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday that Joe Biden will be taking over as president of the United States, but they warned that the world has chang...

EXPLAINER: Why US accused China of genocide and what's next
EXPLAINER: Why US accused China of genocide and what's next

BEIJING (AP) - The U.S. secretary of state's accusation of genocide against China touches on a hot-button human rights issue between China and the West. In one of his final acts in office, Secretary o...

India starts supplying COVID-19 shots to neighboring nations
India starts supplying COVID-19 shots to neighboring nations

NEW DELHI (AP) - India began supplying coronavirus vaccines to its neighboring countries on Wednesday, as the world’s largest vaccine making nation strikes a balance between maintaining enough doses t...

How will the special relationship between the US and the UK play out under Joe Biden?

The UK has historically had a special relationship with the US, but will British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s friendship with Donald Trump undermine his relationship with the new president? And what role will the UK's divorce from the EU play in transatlantic relations?

Indonesian leader promises compensation for plane crash

Indonesia’s leader has assured relatives of 62 people killed in a Sriwijaya Air plane crash that they will be compensated

Russia denies its statue honors Stalin’s murderous secret police chief Beria – says waxworks are part of historical display
Russia denies its statue honors Stalin’s murderous secret police chief Beria – says waxworks are part of historical display

Lavrentiy Beria is a figure whose name once sparked terror throughout Eastern Europe. As the head of the Soviet Union’s brutal NKVD secret police, he oversaw tens of thousands of executions and deport...

Beijing back in partial lockdown after new coronavirus cases emerge in airport district
Beijing back in partial lockdown after new coronavirus cases emerge in airport district

A partial lockdown has been imposed in China’s capital, specifically its southern district of Daxing, which has registered a new Covid-19 outbreak. The 1.6 million residents of the area have been bann...

The U.S. remains important in the oil market, even if Biden is less vocal than Trump: UAE energy minister

The U.S. will remain important in oil markets, even if President-elect Biden is less vocal than President Trump, says UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei.

Natural wonder: Wing 'clap' solves mystery of butterfly flight

The cupped clap of a butterfly's wings may be the key to their flying abilities and their survival.

Jack Ma makes first appearance since October

Fears had grown over the Alibaba founder's whereabouts because of pressure from Chinese authorities.

Prada drops Chinese actress over alleged surrogacy row

The actress has been accused of abandoning children she had through a surrogate.

China labels Pompeo 'doomsday clown' over genocide claims

China's Foreign Ministry is describing outgoing U_S_ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a “doomsday clown" and says his designation of China as a perpetrator of genocide and crimes against humanity is merely “a piece of wastepaper."

Japan plans mass vaccination as Olympic doubts mount

Media reports mass vaccination could be completed by June, as public resistance to the Games grows.

Silvertown tunnel an ‘assault on health’ of locals, warn doctors

Group of GPs and other health experts say planned Thames tunnel will increase pollution in the areaDoctors and health care workers have warned that plans for a new four-lane tunnel under the River Thames in east London represent an “assault on the health” of families in the surrounding area.The group of 25 GPs, nurses and specialists – including experts in child health and respiratory disease – say the £2bn Silvertown tunnel project will funnel more traffic through some of the most deprived and polluted boroughs in the country – with a devastating impact on people’s health.

Limiting air pollution 'could prevent 50,000 deaths in Europe'

World Health Organization estimates air pollution kills more than 7 million people each yearLimiting air pollution to levels recommended by the World Health Organization could prevent more than 50,000 deaths in Europe annually, according to research.The WHO estimates air pollution kills more than 7 million people each year and is one of the leading causes of sickness and absence from work globally.

Fire, blast at ammunition warehouse in western Libya kills 3

Man detained for throwing snowballs at Berlin US consulate

Police say a 26-year-old was detained in Berlin  twice after throwing snowballs and other projectiles at the American consulate and scuffling with security personnel while yelling slogans against outgoing President Donald Trump

India starts supplying COVID-19 shots to neighboring nations

India has begun supplying coronavirus vaccines to its neighboring countries, as the world’s largest vaccine making nation strikes a balance between maintaining enough doses to inoculate its own people and helping developing countries without the capacity to produce their own shots

India, ‘pharmacy of the world’, starts exporting COVID vaccines

First shipment sent to Bhutan as 'supplies under grant assistance' to be exported to other neighbouring nations.

Popular Thai politician charged with defaming monarchy

Thai officials have filed criminal charges against a popular former politician, accusing him of defaming the monarchy by broadcasting criticism of government efforts to secure supplies of coronavirus vaccines

President Trump's final farewell: 'the movement we started is only just beginning'

A video praising his administration's legacy and listing economic and foreign policy achievements was released for Trump's final presidential address.

Outreach by Tunisian leaders fails to quell youth unrest

Tunisian youth clashed with police overnight, maintaining their protests and riots over economic difficulties despite efforts by the president and the prime minister to calm tensions.

Live: Joe Biden to be inaugurated as 46th President of the USA

Donald Trump is spending his last hours at the White House with Joe Biden's inauguration starting at 17:00 CET.

EU sighs with relief as Biden readies to enter White House

The European Union’s top officials are breathing a sigh of relief as Joe Biden prepares to take over as president of the United States

Fire, blast at ammunition warehouse in western Libya kills 3

A Libyan spokesman says a fire, followed by an explosion at an ammunition warehouse at a naval academy in western Libya killed three people, including two officers

US declares China is 'committing genocide' against Uighur minority

In a statement issued on his last day in office, Mike Pompeo said China "has committed crimes against humanity" against Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in the northwestern province of Xinjiang.

Washington on edge before Biden inauguration - in pictures

Central Washington is an armed fortress, fenced off with razor wire and surrounded by 25,000 national guard troops before the inauguration of the president-elect, Joe Biden – a stark contrast to previous inaugurations, when the United States capital has erupted in days of celebrationBiden inauguration: live updates

UK government rejects 'musician passports' as stars attack 'shameful' touring deal

Minister says UK is not pursuing a touring waiver, as stars including Elton John and Sting say musicians ‘shamefully failed’ by BrexitThe UK government will not pursue a waiver scheme that would allow British musicians to tour the EU without the need for visas, carnets and work permits for each individual member state.The announcement comes as over 100 artists including Sting, Bob Geldof and Elton John have signed an open letter published in the Times on Wednesday, calling on the government to negotiate paperwork-free travel for British musicians touring in Europe. The signatories say musician...

US set to swear in Joe Biden as 46th president: Live updates

Trump himself will not attend Biden's swearing-in and subsequent gathering of all living presidents.

UK’s new COVID-19 strain reported in at least 60 countries: WHO

UN health agency warns new variant is circulating in 10 additional countries compared with last week.

‘Can’t cope’: After Brexit, UK border customs system hits limit

UK exporters say they are struggling to obtain key documents that would allow them to ship goods to EU without delay.