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Three members of Biden’s negotiating team on Iran nuclear deal leave after urging tougher approach, reports say

Departure could be sign of developments in ongoing negotiations


Swan rescued from tracks after blocking trains

An injured swan had to be rescued after it made its way on to the tracks at a station in west London, causing hours of delays. Rush-hour commuters had their journeys disrupted on Monday after the swan blocked two trains on the tracks at South Acton station. Nicola Cilliers, 43, and her partner Steve Fraser called the RSPCA after they spotted the bi...


Rihanna pledges $15 million to climate justice movement

Rihanna has pledged $15 million (£11.1million) to fighting for climate justice.


UK 'partygate': A timeline of Boris Johnson's lockdown scandals

The "partygate" scandal engulfing Boris Johnson has piqued public outrage that the prime minister was not playing by the rules he set for everyone else. Here are some of the main allegations against him: May 15, 2020 Johnson is pictured with wine and cheese alongside his now-wife Carrie and some 20 staff in the Downing Street garden, a leaked photo in The Guardian suggests. Johnson insists it was a work event. << Cartooning for Peace: The end of...


BBC show The Repair Shop restores historic Second World War family heirloom

Wednesday night's episode of The Repair Shop sees the BBC series delight one client - carefully restoring a sailor hat from the Second World War once thought to be unrepairable


China 2008 vs 2022: Richer, stronger, more confrontational

Richer, more heavily armed and openly confrontational, China has undergone history-making changes since the last time it hosted the Olympics, in 2008


Relief efforts ramp up in Tonga, more aid arrives

(Reuters) - Humanitarian aid to Tonga is ramping up after the airport was cleared of ash, making it safe for planes to land, the Red Cross said on Wednesday, days after a volcanic eruption and tsunami devastated the South Pacific archipelago. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said that with the extra supp...


Amazon worker records alleged sexual harassment she encounters in every shift

Tiktok users responded to her video with sexist comments about her clothes


British sayings such as ‘colder than a witches tit’ at risk of dying out

British sayings such as ‘colder than a witches tit’ at risk of dying out -


Peru considers imposing sanctions on energy firm Repsol over oil spill

Peru's Prime Minister Mirtha Vásquez said on Monday the government was looking at sanctioning a major local refinery owned by Spanish energy firm Repsol after an oil spill last week, and did not rule out suspending operations at the facility. Vásquez said some political parties were calling for the government to cancel the Pampilla refinery's contract or even expropriate it over the disaster, but said options were still being looked at. "We are...


Two new cases of Omicron sub-variant confirmed in California

Omicron sub-variant BA.2 has been detected in 40 countries so far


Teacher charged with animal cruelty over video of horse being punched and kicked

A primary school teacher has been charged with animal cruelty after a video appeared to show her punching and kicking a horse.


Search efforts underway after smuggling boat capsizes off Florida

Dozens of migrants are missing after the boat carrying them capsized off the Florida coast.


Mo Salah 'sorry' for Yaounde crush which killed eight people

Egypt captain Mohamed Salah said he is "sorry" about the crush in which eight people died at the Cameroon v Comoros match at the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday. Salah was speaking on the eve of Egypt's round of 16 tie against Ivory Coast.


Unions say millions of frontline workers face ‘another year of wages gloom’

The Trades Union Congress is calling on the Government to raise the wages of key workers as inflation rises.


What the papers say – January 26

The papers react to Scotland Yard launching a criminal inquiry as the nation awaits the release of a report into No 10.


Out-of-control SpaceX rocket on collision course with the moon

A SpaceX rocket is on a collision course with the moon after spending almost seven years hurtling through space, experts say.


‘Everyone was freaking out’: Navalny novichok film made in secret premieres at Sundance

A documentary film about Alexei Navalny, who narrowly survived an apparent poisoning attempt with novichok, has premiered at the Sundance film festival. The 90-minute film, simply titled Navalny, features fly-on-the-wall footage of the Russian opposition leader, filmed during the several months he spent in Germany in late 2020 as he recovered from the poisoning. There are interviews with Navalny, his wife, Yulia, and his closest team. The most...


Ukraine news – live: Biden says invasion would be ‘largest since WW2’ as Moscow decries ‘Russophobia’

Ukraine news – live: Biden says invasion would be ‘largest since WW2’ as Moscow decries ‘Russophobia’ - Kremlin has amassed forces to stage biggest incursion ‘since World War II’, says US president


‘Free Nichelle’: protesters want to liberate Star Trek actor Nichelle Nichols from conservatorship

In the wake of Britney Spears’ emancipation from her long-term conservatorship, some of Britney’s fans have turned their attention to the Star Trek actor Nichelle Nichols. Last week a dozen protesters, a mixture of Free Britney activists and fans of Nichols, demonstrated outside the Stanley Mosk courthouse in Los Angeles, chanting “Free Nichelle!” Nichols has been living under a conservatorship since 2018. Her son Kyle Johnson successfully...


Covid news live: Johnson to face MPs as report into lockdown parties looms; the Netherlands to reopen bars and cafes

Tory MPs say Boris Johnson’s fate is “hanging in the balance” as Sue Gray’s report to be released; the Dutch government will ease restrictions despite record numbers of infections


Honorary vice president of Magic Circle receives MBE at 102

A 102-year-old magician performed a trick to celebrate receiving his MBE at Windsor Castle on Tuesday. Henry Lewis was given the royal honour by the Duke of Cambridge for his services to fundraising and charitable causes. The centenarian stood up from his wheelchair to collect the medal. Afterwards, Mr Lewis was visibly touched as he told the PA ne...


Giovanni Pernice and Kai Widdrington return to London in a private jet

Giovanni Pernice and Kai Widdrington return to London in a private jet


US approves major arms sale to Egypt despite rights concerns

The Biden administration has approved a massive $2.5 billion arms sale to Egypt despite ongoing concerns over human rights


Ukraine diplomat sees little chance of war, but local conflict possible

TOKYO (Reuters) - Ukraine is committed to seeking a diplomatic solution to the current tension with Russia, its ambassador to Japan, Sergiy Korsunsky, said on Wednesday, adding that he saw little chance of all-out war, although there might be smaller conflicts. Korsunsky warned an attack on a country with more than a dozen nuclear reactors would ...


Obituary: Clyde Bellecourt, influential Native American civil rights champion and community leader

He became one of the founders of the American Indian Movement in 1968


Tycoon facing extradition to USA waits for ruling in latest stage of legal fight

Tycoon facing extradition to USA waits for ruling in latest stage of legal fight - Mike Lynch has mounted a High Court challenge to a decision made by a judge during extradition proceedings


Edinburgh's council elections 2022: residents urged to make sure they are registered to vote

Council elections are just 99 days away – and Edinburgh residents are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote.


Top Human Rights Watch investigator allegedly hacked with Pegasus spyware

The mobile phones of a senior Human Rights Watch staff member are alleged to have been repeatedly hacked by a client of NSO Group at a time when she was investigating the catastrophic August 2020 explosion that killed more than 200 people in Beirut. The alleged hacking of Lama Fakih, a US-Lebanese citizen and director of crisis and conflict at HRW, marks the latest example of how NSO’s powerful surveillance tool, Pegasus, has been used by the...


Prince Harry, Meghan Markle brace for 'fresh start' with UK return

It is said that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could pay the royals an early visit in April during the Invictus Games event.


39 people missing as boat capsizes off Florida

The US Coast Guard is searching for 39 people after a boat believed to be used for human smuggling capsized off Florida's coast. A good Samaritan called the Coast Guard early on Tuesday after rescuing a man clinging to the boat 45 miles east of Fort Pierce. The man said he was with a group of 39 others that left the island of Bimini in the Bahamas ...


Alicia Witt speaks after parents found dead in dilapidated home: ‘They weren’t penniless, they were stubborn’

Witt says she had ‘no idea heat had gone out’ at her parent’s home


Sajid Javid hints 'no jab, no job' rule for NHS staff is under review

Sajid Javid said that because Omicron is less severe, unvaccinated employees pose less of a threat to patients than when the policy was introduced while the Delta variant was dominant.


Woman arrested for murder after five-year-old boy found dead in Coventry

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a five-year-old boy was found dead in Coventry. Police in the West Midlands said the child was found with serious injuries at an address in Earlsdon just after 5.55pm on Tuesday. He was confirmed dead at the scene. A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a five-year-old boy was f...


Man arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill following police operation

The suspect was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday following an incident involving trained negotiators.


Emmerdale's Vinny Dingle risks prison as he goes to extreme lengths to catch Meena

Tuesday night's episode of Emmerdale saw Vinny Dingle beg Manpreet Sharma to help him plant evidence so that Liv Flaherty could be released from jail


Indonesia's capital is sinking, polluted and now moving

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Jakarta is congested, polluted, prone to earthquakes and rapidly sinking into the Java Sea. Now the government is leaving, and moving the country's capital to the island of Borneo. President Joko Widodo envisions the construction of a new capital as a panacea for the problems plaguing Jakarta, reducing its population while allowing the country to start fresh with a “sustainable city” that has good public transportation,...


Woman claims she is sick after carrying hissing monkey that escaped truck in Pennsylvania crash

The woman’s pinkeye was so bad that she checked herself into an emergency room


Toddler dies after being struck by car in Co Cork

The 18-month-old child was struck by a car on the driveway of a house in Skibbereen.


Country diary: A stonechat watches the kerfuffle in silence

A cast of hundreds has descended on the farm fields in midwinter. Out in the winter wheat, a rowdy assortment of crows behave like gatecrashers at a party where the booze has already run out. Trampling their restlessness over the first leaves of grass, cawing and wing-flapping, they claw at chilled soil where frost-averse invertebrates are dead, dormant or deep below. The crows don’t stay long. The hedge alongside is bare of berries and bursting...


Zoo 'heartbroken' as world's oldest male gorilla dies aged 61

Ozzie, the world's oldest male gorilla, has died at the age of 61.


BA.2 variant: Everything we know about the new ‘stealth Omicron’ Covid strain

It’s harder to detect than original Omicron and may be even faster at spreading but, say scientists, is probably no more dangerous


Downing Street still waiting for 'partygate' report as Labour warns of potential cover-up

Boris Johnson has still not received a report by Sue Gray into lockdown parties in Downing Street and across Whitehall despite expectations being raised last night that he would address its findings in the Commons this lunchtime.


Beijing sees uptick in COVID cases ahead of Olympics

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese capital reported 14 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as it began a third round of mass testing of millions of people in the run-up to the Winter Olympics. The mass testing announcement, made late Tuesday by Beijing's Fengtai district on its social media account, prompted complaints from some residents who were asked to line up yet again outside as daytime temperatures hovered around freezing. Beijing has stepped up...


Airlines flying near-empty ‘ghost flights’ to retain EU airport slots

At least 100,000 “ghost flights” could be flown across Europe this winter because of EU airport slot usage rules, according to analysis by Greenpeace. The deserted, unnecessary or unprofitable flights are intended to allow airlines to keep their takeoff and landing runway rights in major airports, but they could also generate up to 2.1 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions – or as much as 1.4 million average petrol or diesel cars emit in a...


UK government advisers call for ‘proactive regulation’ around genomics

Before your child is born, you have their genome tweaked to boost their stature, build and intelligence. When they head to school, the teacher streams them according to their genetic makeup. And when working life begins, an employer checks their DNA to ensure they are healthy, agreeable and sufficiently extrovert for the role. It may sound like the worst science fiction. But a new government report warns that genomics is advancing so fast that...


Linlithgow MSP highlights train ticket office consultation

Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop (SNP) has highlighted the ScotRail consultation which ends next Wednesday, February 2.


Soccer-Rashford, Lingard condemn anti-Semitism after picture with UK rapper

(Reuters) - Manchester United's Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have said they do not condone any form of discrimination after a photo of them with controversial British rap artist Wiley drew criticism. Wiley, who had his Twitter account suspended after posting a string of anti-Semitic comments on his social media accounts in 2020, posted the p...


Hong Kong may maintain COVID isolation until 2024, risking exodus - Euro chamber

By Farah Master HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong may only reopen in early 2024 because of its stringent COVID-19 policies, which could trigger an exodus of foreign firms and staff and jeopardise its role as a financial hub, the city's European Chamber of Commerce said in a draft report. The limited effectiveness of locally developed vaccines is fo...


Prisoner found dead in Nitzan Detention Center

An inmate from the Nitzan Detention Center was found lifeless in his cell on Wednesday morning, Israel Prison Services reported. He was found lying on the floor unconscious with no pulse. A medic and a doctor arrived on the scene and began resuscitation attempts but were forced to confirm the death of the prisoner. His family has been notified. The...