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Can Joe Biden oversee an economic boom that unites a divided US?

As vice president during the Great Recession, Joe Biden learned the benefits of robust stimulus relief.

Italian PM Conte wins confidence vote before tougher Senate test

Political crisis sparked by ex-PM Matteo Renzi's move to withdraw his party's ministers from coalition government.

Woman arrested after surveillance video captures her trying to poison husband’s coffee with roach killer

The woman faces up to four years in prison if convicted

Biden, Harris break from inaugural preparations to honour Martin Luther King Jr.
Biden, Harris break from inaugural preparations to honour Martin Luther King Jr.

As Biden and Harris took breaks from their inaugural preparations to honour Martin Luther King Jr., Trump remained out of public view at the White House for the sixth straight day.

Official: "No special treatment" for 72 Aussie Open players in quarantine

"The virus doesn't treat you specially, so neither do we," said Daniel Andrews, Victoria's state premier.

Almost 30% of Covid patients in England readmitted to hospital after discharge – study

Readmission rate for Covid patients 3.5 times greater, and death rate seven times higher, than for other hospital patients Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNearly a third of people who were discharged from hospitals in England after being treated for Covid-19 were readmitted within five months – and almost one in eight died, a study suggests.The research, which is still to be peer-reviewed, also found a higher risk of problems developing in a range of organs after hospital discharge in those younger than 70 and ethnic minority individuals.

Uganda police surround Bobi Wine's opposition party offices
Uganda police surround Bobi Wine's opposition party offices

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - The opposition party of Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine said on Monday that police have prevented top officials from going to their headquarters in the capital, Kampal...

Guatemala police start clearing US-bound migrant caravan camp after violent clashes (VIDEOS)
Guatemala police start clearing US-bound migrant caravan camp after violent clashes (VIDEOS)

Police in Guatemala have started breaking up a caravan of hundreds of mostly Honduran migrants who had camped on a street while trying to reach the US, after their journey was halted by officials, mig...

COVID review panel critical of China, WHO delay

Interim report says Chinese officials could have applied public health measures more forcefully, WHO took too long.

FBI probes whether woman stole Pelosi’s laptop to sell to Russia

Riley June Williams has been charged with entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct during US Capitol riot.

China becomes first major economy to bounce back to pre-Covid growth

Unexpected success at the end of 2020 sees country achieve better growth than in previous year

Covid vaccine: WHO warns of 'catastrophic moral failure'

It accuses richer nations of a "me-first" approach to Covid vaccine, and hoarding precious supplies.

Biden works a weakened U.S. hand to negotiate way back into Iran nuclear deal
Biden works a weakened U.S. hand to negotiate way back into Iran nuclear deal

Even before the Capitol riot this month, upheaval at home threatened to weaken the U.S. hand internationally, including in the Middle East's nuclear standoff.

Pakistan PM angry over reports TV anchor knew about strike

Pakistan’s prime minister has reacted angrily to media reports of a text exchange between an Indian TV anchor and a former media industry executive that suggests a 2019 Indian airstrike inside Pakistan was designed to boost Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chances for re-election

Biden, Harris take break from inaugural prep to mark MLK day

Two days from the inauguration, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris pitched in on Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects as a militarized and jittery Washington prepared for a swearing-in that will play out under extraordinary security.

Pompeo, Who Led Trump's Mission at State Dept., Leaves With a Dubious Legacy

Morning mail: overhaul of banking stalls, Trump's final pardons, RuPaul 'down under'

Thursday: more than half the recommendations from the banking royal commission abandoned or delayed. Plus: will edible hemp get you high?Good morning, this is Tamara Howie bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Tuesday 19 January. Today we examine the lack of action on the banking royal commissions recommendations and the controversial ways Donald Trump is seeing out his days in power. Plus we’re expecting more news from the Australian Open Covid chaos.It has been almost two years since Kenneth Hayne, the banking royal commissioner, handed his final report to the treasurer, yet more t...

North Korea’s Kim could be planning fireworks to welcome Biden administration

Satellite evidence suggests North Korea could be preparing for a significant missile launch as it gradually dials up pressure on the United States.

Sports rorts: Bridget McKenzie to give evidence but says inquiry appearance a 'cheap political stunt'

Labor-chaired probe into $100m program requests further information from McKenzie while she says she has already addressed relevant points Bridget McKenzie has offered to appear before the sports rorts inquiry for just one hour, warning she has nothing further to add and doesn’t wish to participate in a “cheap political stunt”.The former federal sports minister wrote to the committee examining the $100m community sport infrastructure grant program disputing claims she had refused to appear but asking for more information to “justify [her] need to attend”.

Disneyland ending annual pass program with parks closed

Looking to buy an annual pass at Disneyland Resort? You're out of luck. The California theme park resort said last week that it's ending its passholder program.

Boris Johnson unveils £23 million compensation fund for fishing industry losses over Brexit red tape

Two Manchester Arena bombing victims could have been saved, inquiry hears

Evidence given that Saffie-Rose Roussos and John Atkinson could have survived with ‘different’ emergency service responseFirefighters did not arrive at Manchester Arena until two hours after the suicide bombing, only one paramedic entered the blast scene in the first 40 minutes, and Greater Manchester police (GMP) did not declare a major incident until the following day, the inquiry into the terror attack has heard.The Manchester Arena inquiry, which resumed on Monday, moved to examine the response of the emergency services to the tragedy.

Woman, 70, accused of poisoning husband’s coffee on video
Woman, 70, accused of poisoning husband’s coffee on video

The woman allegedly put roach killer in the victim‘s coffee on multiple occasions, according to the District Attorney for Queens, N.Y.

Facing smog and blackouts, Iran blames illegal Bitcoin mining

US man hid in airport for three months due to COVID pandemic fear

A man has been arrested after hiding in Chicago's airport for three months due to his fear of flying during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope says MLK's message of non-violent protest timely now

Pope Francis is honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the commemoration of his birthday, saying his message of equality through peaceful means remains more timely than ever

Met Office warns of 'danger to life' from Storm Christoph

People urged to brace for floods, gales and snow, with parts of England expecting 200mm of rain The Met Office has warned of “danger to life” caused by floods, gales and snow as Storm Christoph heads to the UK, with people warned to brace themselves for a period of unsettled weather.An amber warning for rain was issued for northern, central and eastern parts of England from Tuesday, with flooding expected, while a lower yellow warning was given for Northern Ireland, Wales, southern Scotland and the rest of England.

Norway finds ‘no direct link’ between Pfizer Covid vaccine and deaths of 33 elderly people

NORWAY has found no “direct” link between the Pfizer Covid vaccine and the deaths of 33 elderly people. All of those who died were care home patients over the age of 80, and were already sick, the Norwegian Medicines Agency said. Norwegian Medicines Agency medical director Dr Steinar Madsen said today: “Clearly, Covid-19 is more

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

Man who helped fellow passenger experiencing respiratory failure on plane said phone call and voucher from airline felt like ‘slap in the face’

Dutch government wipes out debt for parents in fraud scandal

The Dutch government says it is wiping out debts owed to the tax office and other government departments by parents caught up in a fraud scandal that caused the Cabinet to resign last week

Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

King Day service calls for nonviolence amid turbulent times

Eurostar is 'in peril' and needs UK government help, say British firms

Services of the cross-Channel train have dropped to just one train a day between the British and French capitals amid tightened border controls.

EU diplomats on how the bloc is preparing for Biden after four years of Trump

EU diplomats share their views on what Trump meant for the transatlantic alliance and how Biden could help repair cut ties.

Russia expels two Dutch diplomats in tit-for-tat move

Russia's Foreign Ministry says that two Dutch diplomats will be expelled from the country in retaliation for a similar measure taken by the Netherlands in December.

Five anti-vaccine groups got loans via US government relief program – report

The organizations, said to have received more than $850,000 through the paycheck protection program, have spread Covid misinformation‘An unmitigated disaster’: America’s year of CovidA US government economic relief program provided loans to five prominent anti-vaccine organizations that have spread misinformation about Covid-19, the Washington Post reported. Related: Covid-19's astounding death toll in the US

FBI vets thousands of troops amid fears of insider attack on Biden inauguration

Extra checks to prevent repeat of 6 January attack on CapitolNational guard plays down fears of extremism within ranksUS politics – live coverageThousands of military personnel guarding Joe Biden’s inauguration as US president on Wednesday are being vetted by the FBI amid fears of an insider attack. Related: Texas woman who attacked Capitol says she was following Trump's orders

Ukrainian Railways records losses of up to $500 million after Moscow-Kiev train connection is closed due to Covid-19
Ukrainian Railways records losses of up to $500 million after Moscow-Kiev train connection is closed due to Covid-19

The lack of railway connection between Moscow and Kiev has so severely affected the state-owned Ukrainian Railways company that its losses may have reached around 14 billion hryvnia ($500 million) in...

US Capitol riots: FBI investigates whether stolen Pelosi laptop was offered to Russia

A 22-year-old woman is accused by an ex-partner of trying to sell the device to Russian intelligence.

Will Trump maintain longstanding tradition of U.S. presidential departure notes?
Will Trump maintain longstanding tradition of U.S. presidential departure notes?

President Donald Trump's refusal to accept the results of November's election makes it doubtful Trump will leave behind any handwritten, friendly advice for Biden.

I feel like a martyr: Capitol rioter says she was following orders of Trump – video

A Texas real estate agent who was part of the pro-Trump mob that attacked the US Capitol has said she was just following the orders of Donald Trump, even as she faced federal charges for her part in the insurrection.Jenna Ryan, who flew to Washington on a private jet, hosted a Facebook live stream showing herself entering the Capitol, promoting her business and saying: ‘We’re going to fucking go in here. Life or death.’Ryan claimed on NBC’s Today she had not been advocating aggression. She faces charges of disorderly conduct and knowingly entering a restricted area. Like other members of the m...

Rebels aim to insert genocide amendment in UK-China trade bill

UK court would determine whether China is committing genocide against Uighurs if measure passedThe government is struggling to contain a potential backbench rebellion over its China policy after the Conservative Muslim Forum, the International Bar Association (IBA), and the prime minister’s former envoy on freedom of religious belief backed a move to give the UK courts a say in determining whether countries are committing genocide.The measure is due in the Commons on Tuesday when the trade bill returns from the Lords where a genocide amendment has been inserted. The amendment has been devised...

Inquiry into 'widespread corruption and fraud' on British Virgin Islands
Inquiry into 'widespread corruption and fraud' on British Virgin Islands

Claims of widespread corruption and fraud involving millions of pounds of public money are being investigated on the British Virgin Islands.

French politics kills Canadian bid to create one of the world's top supermarket groups

The French government has put an abrupt end to a $20 billion takeover of the country's biggest retailer by Canada's largest convenience store operator.

Ghana president warns of health system overload

Ghana's Covid-19 infection rates are skyrocketing and include new strains of the virus not before seen in the country, filling treatment centres and threatening to overwhelm the health system, President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Sunday.

Portugal tightens lockdown as pandemic surge breaks records

Stricter lockdown rules are being enacted in Portugal as a surging COVID-19 pandemic sets grim records and pushes hospitals to the limit of their capacity

‘His Fight Is in Russia.’ Why Navalny Flew Home Straight Into Putin’s Clutches

“The question ‘to return or not’ never stood before me"

‘Everyone Thinks I’m a Terrorist’: Capitol Riot Fuels Calls for Domestic War on Terror

Civil libertarians fear rights roll-back as calls for post-insurrection crackdown mount

Biden picks Chopra, Gensler for financial oversight roles

Chopra named to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Gensler to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission.

WHO raises 'concerns' about Mideast vaccine inequity