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Your morning briefing: What you should know for Thursday, January 21

J oe Biden gets to work on reversing Trump policies as he signs first executive orders Among the range of measures to help tackle Covid-19, which has claimed more than 400,000 lives in the US, Mr Biden will Cease action…

Kamala Harris hailed for making ‘HERstory’ as first female, black and Asian-American Vice President

Ms Harris was sworn in as the first female vice president – and the first black woman and person of South Asian descent to hold the position – in front of the US Capitol by Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor….

Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Kravitz and Laura Whitmore among stars to praise President Joe Biden

A number of celebrities  – including  Laura Whitmore, Oprah Winfrey and  Eva Longoria – said they felt “hopeful”and “emotional” as Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were inaugurated on Wednesday.  Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga performed at the star-studded ceremony,…

Inauguration Speech Analysis: Biden spoke of American healing and mentioned the buzzwords Boris Johnson hoped to hear

W ow, what a speech.  In poetry and passionate rhetoric, Joe Biden gave the arrival of a new President the sense of occasion that the world had been waiting for. “Together we shall write an American story of hope not…

Lady Gaga performs national anthem as celebrities arrive for inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden

Multi-award-winning singer Gaga, 34, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, performed ahead of Mr Biden being sworn in as the 46th president along with his vice-president Kamala Harris. She wore a specatular red and black oversized gown for…

Madrid explosion: Emergency services on scene after huge blast in Spanish capital

S panish emergency services said they have rushed to a building in Madrid city centre following an explosion with rescue workers evacuating elderly people from a nearby nursing home. A loud explosion was heard in central Madrid on Wednesday, several…

Donald Trump leaves White House for last time as US President hours before Joe Biden Inauguration

Mr Trump emerged from the building Wednesday morning and strode across the South Lawn to board Marine One.  He said, “It’s been a great honour, the honour of a lifetime.” Related The former US President now heads to Joint Base…

British chef Jamie Clark, 38, killed in Swiss Alps avalanche

The 38-year-old, named by friends online as Jamie Clark from Doncaster in South Yorkshire, was among 10 people swept away from the slopes at the popular alpine resort of Verbier, to the east of Geneva, on Monday morning. Eight other…

Bali tourists ordered to do squats and push-ups in the street as punishment for not wearing wearing face masks

O verseas visitors who have breached Bali’s Covid-19 rules on mask-wearing have been forced to do push-ups as a form of punishment. Photos of what has been described as an “unusual” crack-down on rule breakers circulated on social media last…

Gender neutral playing cards see king removed

A Dutch woman has created her own gender neutral deck of cards in a bid to end the “subtle inequalities” in a traditional pack.   Indy Mellink, 23, replaced the king, queen and jack with gold, silver and bronze images…

Who has Donald Trump pardoned? Full list as president grants clemency to 143 people in final hours

The outgoing president issued pardons to 73 individuals and reduced the sentences of an additional 70 individuals in the final hours of his presidency.  Todd Boulanger – President Trump granted a full pardon to Todd Boulanger. Mr. Boulanger’s pardon is…

Your morning briefing: What you should know for Wednesday, January 20

W ashington sealed off as Joe Biden’s inauguration just hours away  Joe Biden’s inauguration is just hours away and more than 25,000 National Guard have been drafted in for the swearing-in ceremony. The US is still reeling from last week’s…