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Trouble at home may change Biden's hand in Iran nuke talks

Venezuela's Maduro sends oxygen to Brazil amid virus spike

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has authorized the dispatch of oxygen to Brazil to help its South American neighbor treat people sickened in another coronavirus wave

Biden virtual inaugural event to celebrate resiliency, heroism of Black Americans
Biden virtual inaugural event to celebrate resiliency, heroism of Black Americans

The event will pay homage to the rich history of the nation's historically Black colleges and universities, as well as Black sororities and fraternities.

Chip-shortage 'crisis' halts car-company output

A shortage of computer chips is leading to car factories shutting down for days at a time.

WHO raises ‘concerns’ about Mideast vaccine inequity

The World Health Organization has raised “concerns” about the unequal distribution of coronavirus vaccines in Israel, which has given shots to more than 20% of its population, and the occupied territories, where Palestinians have yet to receive any

Reports blame men firing 'artillery shells' as one dead & 12 buried under snow after killer avalanche at Russian winter resort
Reports blame men firing 'artillery shells' as one dead & 12 buried under snow after killer avalanche at Russian winter resort

Rescuers are working to find skiers buried in a deadly snowdrift at a Russian resort in the Caucasus Mountains, with one person confirmed to have been killed and many more remain missing.

'Deepest concerns': South Africa Covid-19 variant binds more easily to human cells, making it more infectious, govt adviser says
'Deepest concerns': South Africa Covid-19 variant binds more easily to human cells, making it more infectious, govt adviser says

The so-called South Africa Covid-19 variant binds more easily to human cells with a stronger mechanism, allowing it to spread more easily between its human hosts, the government's advising chief epide...

Crossrail 2: more than £115m spent before project mothballed

Work on new London rail line paused last year as part of TfL’s emergency deal with governmentMore than £115m was spent on Crossrail 2 before work on the scheme for a new north-south rail line through London was suspended in November.The costs for the development and design of the line, which was once hoped to be operational in the early 2030s, were shared between the Department for Transport and Transport for London.

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

U.S. coronavirus death toll nears 400,000 as officials try to curtail new variants
U.S. coronavirus death toll nears 400,000 as officials try to curtail new variants

As Americans observed a national holiday Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pleaded with federal authorities to curtail travel from countries where new variants are spreading.

Coronavirus vaccine passports aren't available yet, but could be an investment for the future

While a number of tech companies are working on vaccine passports, they aren't ready yet for widespread use.

Norway says no link between vaccine and elderly deaths

Norway has reported 33 deaths among elderly people who have received their first dose, according to public health authorities.

WHO raises 'concerns' about Mideast vaccine inequity

The World Health Organization has raised “concerns” about the unequal distribution of coronavirus vaccines in Israel, which has given shots to more than 20% of its population, and the occupied territories, where Palestinians have yet to receive any

Alberta leader urges Biden to hear case for Keystone XL

The premier of Canada’s oil-rich province of Alberta wants U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to give the Canadian government a chance to make the case for the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built

Saudi Arabia executions: 'Drastic' reduction reported in 2020

The Saudi Human Rights Commission says it documented 27 last year - an 85% drop compared to 2019.

Most ancient supermassive black hole ever discovered powers distant quasar and sheds light on early universe
Most ancient supermassive black hole ever discovered powers distant quasar and sheds light on early universe

In a milestone breakthrough, astronomers have discovered the oldest supermassive black hole ever seen. The extraordinary find dates back to the early days of the universe and fuels the most distant qu...

Navalny 'not cut from the same cloth' as other politicians in the West

"Alexei Navalny's ideas and hopes for his country come before his own personal ambitions and safety," Red Notice author Bill Browder told Euronews.

Ice Hockey World Championship: Belarus capital Minsk removed as host city on safety grounds

Minsk will not host this year's World Championship for safety and security reasons, the International Ice Hockey Federation confirms.

Woman ruled dead in 2017 fights to be declared alive

Frenchwoman Jeanne Pouchain has an unusual problem. She's officially dead. She has been trying for three years to prove that she is alive.

Alberta premier urges Biden to show Canada ‘respect’ on Keystone XL file
Alberta premier urges Biden to show Canada ‘respect’ on Keystone XL file

Jason Kenney says halting construction on the controversial project will be disastrous for both the Canadian and U.S. economies and their relationship.

Vatican drops Italian extradition bid in test of fair trial

The Vatican on Monday abruptly abandoned its extradition request for an Italian woman wanted on embezzlement-related charges in a case that could have tested whether Italy considers the Vatican a place where someone can get a fair trial.

The WA cops rounding up Indigenous kids: a 'toxic and racist environment'

The police stories: Two former Western Australian and NSW officers speak out about what they saw during their time in uniformAustralia’s anguish: the Indigenous kids trapped behind bars‘Hell scared’: how a terrified homeless boy found himself locked up alone in the ‘hole’One of the worst moments of Jim Taylor’s eight-year career as a Western Australian police officer was the day he strip-searched a 10-year-old Aboriginal boy.Taylor, now 44, was working in Perth in the Juvenile Aid Group, or “Jag”. He says he was driving around the city’s central business district with his senior sergeant and t...

Texas woman who attacked Capitol says she was following Trump's orders

Real estate agent Jenna Ryan says ‘I listen to my president, who told me to go to the Capitol’ and says she has ‘no guilt in my heart’Kamala Harris: how will the next vice-president wield her power? Join the Guardian for a live conversation at 4pm ETA Texas real estate agent who was part of the pro-Trump mob that attacked the US Capitol said on Monday she was just following the orders of Donald Trump even as she faced federal charges for her part in the insurrection. Related: GitHub apologizes for firing employee who warned of Capitol attack Nazi link

Fishing trucks protest at Westminster against Brexit red tape

Fishers ‘losing their livelihoods’ as delays hamper exports to the EU and trucks return emptyFishing lorries from Scotland and Devon descended on Westminster on Monday to stage a protest against the Brexit red tape they say is either delaying or ruining exports of their fresh shellfish to the EU.Trucks with slogans including “Brexit carnage” and “Incompetent government destroying shellfish industry” parked metres from Downing Street but they stopped short of carrying out their threat last week to dump fresh fish close to No 10.

Brit ‘killed his girlfriend’s dad and entombed his body in concrete’ as family demand death penalty

A BRIT allegedly murdered his fiancée’s dad and entombed the body in concrete prompting the victim’s family to demand the death penalty. Marcus Ricketts, 24, left Birmingham to live with his American lover in Alabama, where he is accused of stabbing William ‘Scotty’ Goldin to death. In a chilling written confession, seen by The Sun,

Belarus stripped of Ice Hockey World Championship over political concerns

The decision comes after major sponsors expressed their discomfort with Belarus as a co-host

Vaccine inequity puts world on brink of 'catastrophic moral failure', says WHO chief – video

The head of the World Health Organization has warned that as coronavirus vaccines are rolled out, the world faces a 'catastrophic moral failure' as richer countries administer the vaccine on a vast scale, while poor countries are left behind. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus highlighted that millions of doses had been given in higher-income countries while one of the world's poorest countries had administered only 25 dosesWHO: just 25 Covid vaccine doses administered in low-income countries

Coroner's Covid findings stoke calls for inquiry into pandemic policy

Analysis: bereaved families concerned that lessons were not learned after first waveExclusive: rare inquests raise care concernsSee all our coronavirus coverageThe failures and concerns highlighted by a senior coroner, Alison Mutch, following the deaths of two men, Anthony Slack and Leslie Harris, from Covid-19, have reinforced bereaved families’ calls for a government inquiry into the handling of the pandemic, and for more inquests.Very few inquests have been held into deaths of people from coronavirus, following the then chief coroner’s guidance in March that Covid-19 is “a naturally occurri...

Belarus axed as host of ice hockey tournament over 'security concerns'

Sponsors of IIHF championships had begun to drop out after violent government crackdown on protestsThe international ice hockey federation (IIHF) has said it will not hold this summer’s world championship in Belarus, amid concerns that it would be a propaganda coup for the country’s hockey-mad dictator, Alexander Lukashenko.In a statement, the federation said it had made the decision “in the face of the growing safety and security concerns related to both the rising political unrest and Covid-19”. Minsk and the Latvian capital, Riga, were due to co-host the tournament in May and June.

Woman ruled dead in 2017 fights to be declared alive

Jeanne Pouchain has a problem

China's Hebei province to reexamine Covid-19 test results after lab caught out over positive cases
China's Hebei province to reexamine Covid-19 test results after lab caught out over positive cases

Health officials in the Chinese province of Hebei will review hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 tests carried out by third-party agencies after it was revealed that one laboratory allegedly hid positi...

Uganda opposition says HQ raided as it readies election petition

Bobi Wine's party says it is preparing legal challenge against President Yoweri Museveni's declared win.

Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire near Capitol

Officials say there was no threat to the public and the fire, about 1.6km away from the Capitol, has been extinguished.

Photo emerges ‘showing patient zero at Wuhan lab’ three years after bosses claimed she left and never to returned

A PHOTO has emerged which is said to show the pandemic’s “patient zero” posing at a Chinese lab three years AFTER bosses claimed she had left the science hub. Huang Yanling, believed to be the world’s first Coronavirus patient, disappeared 12 months ago amid claims of a cover up orchestrated by officials in Beijing. At

How many countries are there in the world?

THERE are currently 7.8 billion people in the world, with the population having almost quadrupled in less than 100 years, from just two billion in 1930. But have you ever wondered just how this ever-growing population is distributed – or how many countries they are spread across? How many countries are there in the world?

The Latest: Swiss quarantine 2 hotels over new virus variant
The Latest: Swiss quarantine 2 hotels over new virus variant

BERLIN (AP) - BERLIN - Swiss authorities say they have placed two hotels under quarantine and ordered all guests and employees to be tested after a new variant of the coronavirus was detected among t...

UK seafood trucks protest at Parliament over Brexit red tape
UK seafood trucks protest at Parliament over Brexit red tape

LONDON (AP) - Trucks owned by U.K. shellfish firms descended on Britain's Parliament Monday to protest the Brexit-related red tape they claim is suffocating their businesses. More than a dozen large l...

UN chief says 9 African nations, Iran in arrears on UN dues

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. chief says nine African nations and Iran are in arrears on paying their dues to the United Nations’ operating budget and should lose their voting rights as required under the U.N. Charter. In a letter to General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir circulated Monday, Secretary-General ...

Israel shares coronavirus vaccine data with Pfizer to help fine-tune rollout
Israel shares coronavirus vaccine data with Pfizer to help fine-tune rollout

Israelis began receiving first shots of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Dec. 19 in one of the world's fastest vaccination rollouts.

China debuts train prototype that can hit speeds of 620 kilometers per hour

China has revealed a prototype for a new high-speed Maglev train that is capable of reaching speeds of 620 kilometers (385 miles) per hour.

Russian opposition leader to be held in custody for 30 days

Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny was ordered to remain in custody for 30 days during a surprise hearing in Russia on Monday, less than 24 hours after he returned to the country and five months after he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.

Man 'lived in airport in secret for three months' - as COVID made him 'too scared' to fly home
Man 'lived in airport in secret for three months' - as COVID made him 'too scared' to fly home

A 36-year-old man lived undetected in a secure section of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport for three months because he was "too scared" to go home due to COVID-19, US prosecutors say.

Merkel, governors to meet amid fears over virus variants

Chancellor Angela Merkel is holding a virtual meeting Tuesday with the heads of Germany’s 16 states to discuss the country’s pandemic measures amid concerns that new mutations of the coronavirus could trigger a fresh surge in cases

Woman ‘beat seven-year-old stepson to death with hose’ after he came home late and then ‘blamed murder on COVID’

A LITTLE boy who came home after a curfew has allegedly been beaten to death by his stepmother who then blamed Covid-19 for killing him. Seven-year-old Azzam Al Abdullah was found dead in a pool of blood after being attacked by 27-year-old Raasa Osman late at night.  The alleged incident took place in the family’s

UK says 'human error' wiped 1000s of police computer records

Britain’s policing minister says “human error” led to hundreds of thousands of DNA records and other data on criminal suspects being erased from the national police computer

Weary migrants wait at Guatemala roadblock as caravan stalls

Hundreds of Honduran migrants have awoken tired and hungry after a second night stuck along a rural Guatemalan roadside by police and soldiers who will not let them pass

Man caught living at O’Hare airport for 3 months was ‘scared’ of COVID-19
Man caught living at O’Hare airport for 3 months was ‘scared’ of COVID-19

Prosecutors say the man stole an ID badge and lived in the secure zone at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Norway changes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine use policy to consider excluding terminally ill
Norway changes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine use policy to consider excluding terminally ill

The Norwegian Medicines Agency said that"common adverse reactions may have contributed to a severe course in elderly people who are frail."

Are We Lost Forever review – breakup drama runs out of steam, if not sex

This Swedish relationship drama starts promisingly, but the script is too soapy and labouredSheets in disarray, two lovers avoiding each other’s gaze; Swedish director David Färdmar opens his feature debut with an emotional bomb blast in a perfect white bedroom. “So you can’t even say it any more,” spits out Adrian (Björn Elgerd). Finally, Hampus (Jonathan Andersson) concedes: “I love you. But there is no more ‘we’.” Leaving the wounds hidden, this is a promisingly imposing opening scene – but Färdmar, as he charts the pair’s breakup, can’t fully flesh it out in a stiff and increasingly labour...

Germany weighs up mandatory FFP2 masks in shops and on transport

Respiratory masks already compulsory in Austria and Bavaria over fears of coronavirus mutationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany is weighing up following Austria and Bavaria’s lead in making it compulsory to wear full protective filter masks on public transport and in shops, as the country remains on high alert about the impact of possible coronavirus mutations.The Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, announced on Sunday that wearing single-use filtering facepiece respirator, or FFP2, masks would become mandatory on public transport and in shops from 25 Januar...