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Essex lorry deaths: two ringleaders jailed for total of 47 years

Other members of people-smuggling gang also jailed over manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese peopleThe two ringleaders of the people-smuggling gang responsible for the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people who suffocated in a sealed refrigeration container as they were transported across the Channel from France have received prison sentences totalling 47 years.Ronan

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‘It’s absolutely delicious!’ Guardian readers' favourite soups

From caramelised fennel and onion to Norwegian cheese, these easy-to-follow recipes will warm the chilliest winterMy favourite warming soup is pear and parsnip – it sounds a bizarre combination, but it’s sweet, comforting and perfect for using up squidgey pears or bendy parsnips. Saute a leek and some garlic, add

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Kevin De Bruyne out for up to six weeks in blow to Manchester City

De Bruyne injured hamstring against Aston VillaCity could be without midfielder for 10 gamesManchester City have been dealt a considerable blow after Kevin De Bruyne was ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in Wednesday’s win over Aston Villa.The midfielder was forced off after 59

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Organisers of London wedding attended by hundreds face Covid fine

About 400 guests celebrated wedding at ultra-Orthodox Jewish school in Stamford HillThe organiser of a lockdown-breaching wedding at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish girls’ school in north London attended by hundreds of people has been condemned by community leaders.Police discovered about 400 guests celebrating the wedding on Thursday evening. The windows of

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How Amanda Gorman became the voice of a new American era

Her recital at Joe Biden’s inauguration electrified viewers and sent the hitherto little known poet’s work to the top of the chartsOn Wednesday in Washington DC, a striking young woman stood at a podium on the steps of the US Capitol, surrounded by the country’s leaders, who were masked against

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Tunisia mothers decry wave of ‘arbitrary’ arrests after unrest

Police officers face demonstrators during clashes in Siliana, Tunisia, on January 16, 2021 [File: Hedi Safr/AP Photo] Mothers in the Tunisian capital are accusing authorities of arbitrarily arresting their children in response to nearly a week of unrest, with rights groups saying at least 1,000 people have been

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EU leaders ‘discourage’ travel, eye stricter curbs

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has warned the health situation in Europe is now ‘very serious’, with new COVID variants and an increase in infections affecting the continent [Olivier Hoslet/Pool via Reuters] European Union leaders have “strongly discouraged” Europeans from non-essential travel and warned tougher restrictions

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‘Disturbing’ rape allegations in Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict: UN

The UN called on all parties involved in the hostilities to commit to a zero-tolerance policy for sex crimes. Ethiopians who fled the continuing fighting in Tigray region, queue to receive food aid in the Hamdayet village in eastern Kassala state, Sudan [File: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters] The

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A school for the underprivileged at Indian farmers’ protest site

The children, most of them below the age of 13, sit in small groups for English, Hindi, mathematics and science classes, besides painting and drawing [Bilal Kuchay/Al Jazeera] New Delhi, India – Khushboo Tiwari has not attended any classes since her school on the outskirts of the Indian

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No relief for Australians stranded abroad as current flight caps remain

Australians trapped overseas will have to wait until at least mid-next month for arrival caps to be lifted as more entry restrictions come into force. Friday’s national cabinet meeting failed to deliver any concrete outcomes with ongoing anxiety about new strains of coronavirus potentially escaping hotel quarantine. Prime Minister Scott

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Dr Fauci says it's 'liberating' to work with new team on virus

Dr. Anthony Fauci is back in the White House briefing room. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, was tasked by President Joe Biden to give an update on the coronavirus pandemic after largely being sidelined in recent months by former president Donald Trump. Fauci said the new administration would

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QAnon in disarray as reality of Biden presidency settles

Qanon activists rally to show their support for Fox News outside their headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City on November 2, 2020 [File: Carlo Allegri/Reuters] As adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory face the reality of Joe Biden’s presidency – something they believed could never

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US Congress removes hurdle for Biden’s defence secretary pick

Retired General Lloyd Austin testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of defense on January 19, 2021 [Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via Reuters] The United States Congress is moving swiftly to approve President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of defense,

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Lebanon central bank chief says he’ll comply with Swiss probe

Riad Salameh, Lebanon’s embattled central bank chief, said he would face questioning in Switzerland as part of a Swiss money-laundering probe, a source tells Al Jazeera. Once regarded as a pillar of stability in crisis-prone Lebanon, Riad Salameh has a reputation that has been tarnished by the country’s

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Fauci says COVID infections might be plateauing in the US

Dr Anthony Fauci says new US administration is also seeking to increase production of coronavirus vaccines. Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, said on Thursday that based on recent seven-day averages, coronavirus infections may be about to hit a plateau in the United States [Patrick

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Watch: Victoria COVID-19 update

Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews is providing a COVID-19 update alongside state health officials ahead of a National Cabinet meeting today.

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Bitcoin bites: Cryptocurrency closes at three-week low

Bitcoin tumbles as much as 11.3 percent on Thursday, sliding below $31,000. Bitcoin has trended lower ever since breaking through $40,000 with losses accelerating over the past two days [File: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg] Bitcoin closed in on the lowest in three weeks as the cryptocurrency’s sizzling

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Brazil’s most vulnerable communities face COVID food crisis

Even before COVID-19, some 13 million Brazilians were living in extreme poverty [File: Amanda Perobelli/Reuters] Coronavirus is spreading and the death toll is mounting — but what most worries the leaders of Brazil’s isolated and vulnerable communities is how on earth to feed people now that the government

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Facebook sends decision to ban Trump to its new oversight board

Facebook suspended the accounts of former US President Donald Trump following the January 6 siege on the US Capitol by his supporters. Former United States President Donald Trump will remain suspended while the board, a recently created body that can overrule the company’s decisions on content, reviews the

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Biden: US COVID death toll ‘likely’ to top 500,000 next month

President Joe Biden holds his new federal plan to deal with the coronavirus [Alex Brandon/AP Photo] President Joe Biden has warned Americans that there are difficult days ahead regarding the coronavirus pandemic and predicted the US death toll will surpass half a million next month. “Things are going

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Former head of Vatican bank found guilty of embezzlement

Angelo Caloia becomes the highest-ranking Vatican official to be convicted of a financial crime. A former head of the Vatican bank, Angelo Caloia, has been found guilty of embezzlement and money laundering and sentenced to eight years and 11 months in prison, making him the highest-ranking Vatican official

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WA braces for first cyclone of summer

Western Australia’s Pilbara and Kimberley regions are bracing for a tropical cyclone to be called Lucas, with communities being urged to prepare themselves and tourists told to evacuate. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued a Blue alert for communities between Beagle Bay and Port Hedland, including popular

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'A gift to the world': Sigh of relief as Biden administration vows to re-engage with WHO

The international community appeared to let out a collective sigh of relief Thursday as Washington vowed to re-engage with the World Health Organisation and participate in the global pandemic response. “WHO is complete again,” Ilona Kickbusch, the founding director and chair of the Global Health Centre in Geneva, told AFP. “Everybody has wanted the US back in,

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US sanctions under Trump: A legacy that could box in Biden?

The Trump administration’s unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear pact with world powers in 2018 and its subsequent ‘maximum pressure’ campaign of sanctions targeting Iran’s economy failed to coerce Tehran back to the negotiating table [File: Mark Wilson/Getty Images] Former United States President Donald Trump’s administration unleashed a

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Ten more bodies discovered in Libya mass grave

Mass graves have been found Tarhuna, a town 80km southeast of Tripoli formerly controlled by a militia. Forensics teams in war-shattered Libya have discovered 10 more bodies in mass graves in a town formerly controlled by a militia outside the capital Tripoli, the Government of National Accord has

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Twin suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 32

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CAR announces state of emergency after armed attacks

Presidential spokesman says state of emergency will allow authorities ‘to make arrests without going through national prosecutors’. The UN envoy to CAR says the country ‘is at serious risk of a security and peacebuilding setback’ [File: Forent Vergnes/AFP] The Central African Republic (CAR) has announced a 15-day

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Twitter locks Chinese embassy's account over 'dehumanising' Uighur tweet

Twitter has locked the account of China’s US embassy for a tweet that defended the country’s policy towards Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang. The US-based social media platform said the tweet violated its stand against “dehumanising” people. China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it was confused by the move and that

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As Covid cases spike, Dubai works to keep its 'party central' reputation

For an emirate dependent on trade, transport and tourism, vaccination, not lockdown, is key to keeping its economy goingAs if the Boohoo online fashion company had not generated enough controversy in recent months, its bosses once again found themselves in the headlines last week for hosting a four-day meeting with

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Japan dismisses 'categorically untrue' stories that Tokyo Olympics are doomed

Sources at IOC adamant Games will go ahead in JulyCountry has surge in Covid cases centred on capitalThe Japanese government has vehemently denied a story that it has privately concluded that this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo are doomed, calling them “categorically untrue”.Sources at the International Olympic Committee

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The Ferguson Report: After Trump, US reverts to normal levels of crazy

LAND OF THE RISING BLOOD PRESSURE Since the inauguration of new/old US President Joe Biden, America is returning to its normal state of unhinged gun-club. “We have nothing to fear but America itself,” said Biden. He has vowed to unite the nation against its will. The 74 million Americans who

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Joe Biden removes Diet Coke button from Oval Office

Some matters don’t take long to bubble to the surface. Donald Trump has only just vacated the White House but US President Joe Biden appears to have wasted no time in getting rid of the Diet Coke button his predecessor used on the resolute desk in the Oval Office. Political

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Tasmania, Victoria agree quarantine swap deal, awaiting visa approval

The Tasmanian and Victorian governments have brokered a quarantine-swap deal in an effort to address a shortage of farm workers and bring more stranded Tasmanians home. Tasmania has agreed to quarantine farm labourers heading for the Victorian harvest, while Victoria will provide quarantine facilities for Tasmanians wanting to return from

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New rules for international arrivals, but no change in flight caps

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the restrictions on how many Australians can fly home from overseas is likely to remain in place until the middle of next month. Speaking following national cabinet on Friday, Mr Morrison said that Australia had already arranged additional repatriation flights. While appreciating the coronavirus situation

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Retail turnover falls after Christmas shopping spree

Shoppers tightened their purse strings in December after easing restrictions and online sales events encouraged them to spend big the month before. Preliminary retail figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows turnover in December was up 9.4 per cent year on year but down 4.2 per cent over

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Canberra man does DIY surgery after waiting years for medical help

An electrician says he grew so sick of waiting for elective surgery at Canberra Hospital that he took matters into his own hands, using a utility knife to excise a painful grape-sized cyst that was affecting his work. The desperate and potentially dangerous decision to perform DIY surgery — which

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Premier lashes out at news of Margaret Court’s Australia Day honour

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews reacted angrily Friday to news that divisive former tennis great Margaret Court would be included in the Australia Day honours list. The list of Australia Day honours recipients is generally kept confidential until January 26, but news of Court’s award was made public on social media

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Peter Dutton sounds warning on Invasion Day protests

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has a message for people planning to protest on January 26 – they must abide by the law. Protesters planning to march in nationwide “Invasion Day” rallies have been told police will not tolerate criminal behaviour and will enforce coronavirus restrictions. “If people are going

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Struggling Burnley stun Liverpool in Anfield boilover

Liverpool’s 68-match unbeaten streak at Anfield in the Premier League has come to an end with a 1-0 loss to Burnley. Ashley Barnes scored from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute after the forward was brought down by goalkeeper Alisson Becker as Burnley became the first team to win

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Victoria eases border and visitor restrictions

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that local government areas in New South Wales and Queensland will be reduced to green and orange zones. Greater Brisbane and regional NSW, with the exception of Wollongong and the Blue Mountains, will change from an orange zone to a green zone. Those who

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No extension to hospitality JobKeeper despite pleas

Josh Frydenberg has rebuffed calls to extend JobKeeper payments for the struggling hospitality industry. Restaurant and Catering chief Wes Lambert wants taxpayer-funded wage assistance extended for six months beyond March for businesses hit by coronavirus-induced lockdowns and border restrictions. His sentiments were echoed by shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers who had

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President Joe Biden makes pandemic top priority on day one in office

US President Joe Biden has made the pandemic his top priority on his first day in office, launching a COVID action plan as American infections reached 24.5 million. The US is the world’s worst-hit country but Mr Biden’s team says it has inherited a strategy from Donald Trump that is

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Michael Pascoe: A simple change to heal our deepest wound

It’s on again, the Australia Day culture war, the annual clash of those placing primacy on a more inclusive society with those defending the concocted status quo and its undercurrents. Each year the tide flows a little more towards those uncomfortable with the country’s national day being a commemoration of

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Australian analysts hit back after China ‘genocide’ criticism

A leading Australian think tank has hit back at the Chinese government, after Beijing claimed evidence of genocide of Uyghurs in Xinjiang was a “fabrication”. It’s the latest row in the ongoing tensions between the two countries, spurred on by unrest between China and the US. “At no stage has

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Donald Trump’s first 24 hours out of office: Deserted and mocked

Donald Trump has had a rough first 24 hours as an ex-president: He’s been publicly snubbed by his wife, and mocked by some of his most ardent supporters. Mr Trump fled the White House on Wednesday morning (US time) before his successor’s inauguration, making him the first president to do

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Travellers warned as WA’s north braces for Tropical Cyclone Lucas

Travellers in Western Australia’s north are being urged to find safe accommodation as the Pilbara and Kimberley regions brace for a tropical cyclone to be called Lucas. A blue alert was issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services on Thursday afternoon for communities between Beagle Bay and Port

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NSW Premier’s staff cleared over document shredding

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s staff have been half-heartedly cleared by the Information Commissioner over the shredding of documents related to a pork-barrelling scheme. Adviser to the premier Sarah Lau in October told a NSW parliamentary committee she had shredded records showing Ms Berejiklian had “signed off” on $141.8 million of

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