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UK health experts ‘extremely concerned’ about Covid vaccine rollout in Wales as first minister defends holding back supplies

A British trade union of medical professionals has questioned the Welsh government’s Covid-19 vaccination rollout strategy after the country’s first minister defended his decision to hold back jabs to stretch the supply.

Minister fears Covid infections in BAME community amid reluctance to take vaccine

Britain’s vaccine minister has warned that Covid-19 could continue to spread around the BAME community unless efforts are made to increase uptake of the jab among non-white groups.

Britons Lament "UK Variant" Label As Virus Strain Spreads Around World

"WHO calls for more intensified measures to fight UK coronavirus variant," CNN announced. "Warnings of huge new spike in US covid-19 cases as UK variant spreads," wrote the New Scientist. "U.K. variant found in Ohio," reported

China GDP Grows 2.3% In 2020, Bounces Back To Pre-Pandemic Trajectory

The 2.3 percent expansion is the lowest figure since the Chinese economy embarked on major reforms in the 1970s.

Samsung Chief Jailed For 2.5 Years Over Corruption Scandal

The ruling also cements a major shift in South Korea's view on wrongdoings committed by the owners of the country's powerful conglomerates, or chaebol, which led the country's economic rise after the Korean War on the back of what has been criticised as cozy relations with politicians.

World On Brink Of "Catastrophic Moral Failure" On Vaccines: WHO Chief

COVID-19 Vaccine: "Not only does this me-first approach leave the world's poorest and most vulnerable at risk, it is also self-defeating," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

White supremacy matter: UK Unveils New Laws To Protect Historic Statues, Monuments

The move comes in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests in the country last year targeting several historic monuments, including with graffiti on Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Parliament Square in London.

Capitol Rioter May Have Stolen Pelosi's Computer, Tried To Sell To Russia: FBI

The theft of electronic devices from congressional offices has been a persistent worry following the siege by supporters of US President Donald Trump.

South Africa Virus Strain 50 Per Cent More Contagious, Experts Confirm

The new variant is 50 percent more contagious, said epidemiologist Professor Salim Abdool Karim, co-chair of the health ministry's scientific committee.

Biden Pushes Unity 2-Days Before Taking Over White House, Trump Considers 100 Pardons

The Democrat's fervent appeals for optimism and healing -- which are also set to dominate his inauguration event on Wednesday -- are running up against the hard reality of multiple crises.

A Universal Credit u-turn seems inevitable

Labour's opposition day motion calling on the government not to drop the £20 uplift in Universal Credit has just passed in the Commons – because the government abstained on the vote.

Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election. Lindell is a prominent Trump supporter and conspiracy theorist.

British Virgin Islands concern: UK govt

The United Kingdom is very concerned about governance in the British Virgin Islands, a British Overseas Territory, foreign minister Dominic Raab says, adding that there is unease about its susceptibility to organised crime.

British Virgin Islands' governor launches inquiry into alleged corruption

The plan is to ousted the current government -who is calling for independence- and to replace them with the previous ruling party - who is UK loyalist. Government corruption is nothing new in BVI for any government, just like in any other democracy, but a governor initiative to launch an independent investigation against the government is defiantly a new and dramatic move that will reshape the whole BVI political system and future. Not sure that it will clean BVI from corruption, but it will defiantly clean the toxic relationship with the governor and will shut down the BVIxit movement for good.

British Virgin Islands: Inquiry into claims of corruption and political interference - all with the public purse

The foreign secretary says he was "extremely concerned about the state of good governance" in the British territory.

So Many People Are Dying Of COVID-19 In LA They've Had To Suspend Cremation Limits

As of Jan. 15, there are more than 2,700 bodies being stored at Los Angeles hospitals and the Coroner's Office.

Strong sales at Hong Kong’s first new homes launch of 2021 bode well

Hundreds queued on Sunday hoping to buy one of the 145 new flats on sale at Wheelock’s Monaco project in Kai Tak, a promising start to the new year for the city’s beleaguered property market.

Former lawmaker Ted Hui rejects HSBC explanation on why it froze his accounts

Hui says he can ‘hardly accept the nearly laughable U-turn explanation’ HSBC chief executive Noel Quinn gave him in an email last week.

Hong Kong equality watchdog steps up for sacked Filipino domestic worker

Baby Jane Allas, a domestic worker from the Philippines, lost her job after being diagnosed with cervical cancer and accused her employer of discrimination

Why China is investing heavily in blockchain

Last year was a big year for blockchain projects in China after President Xi Jinping called for further development of the technology at the end of 2019, but the country continues to shun cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

Covid-19 rebound fears as Hong Kong logs 55 cases, over 80 await confirmation

Health official says the spike in daily caseloads is a ‘concern’, but explains it may be down to strengthened testing in virus-hit district.

Generation gap: stop talking down to Hong Kong’s disengaged young, expert says

Young Hongkongers feel marginalised and ignored, says academic who led six-month trust study.

Elderly home resident won't be inoculated in one go, Lam Ching-choi said

Authorities won't vaccinate all elderly home residents in one go as it wants more time to observe the jabs' side effects, Elderly Commission chairman Lam Ching-choi said.

HSBC "had no choice" but to freeze his accounts: Ted Hui

HSBC group chief executive Noel Quinn told exiled former lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung the bank had no choice but to freeze his and his family's bank accounts.

Heathrow busy with people fleeing UK before travel rules change

New pictures have emerged showing hordes of people queueing at Heathrow Airport during lockdown.

Rishi Sunak urged to scrap council tax and stamp duty

Rishi Sunak is coming under pressure to ditch council tax and stamp duty completely.

'Superweed' flooding UK as people switch to cannabis for Dry January

Brits are turning to ‘super weed’ from California to help them get through Dry January in lockdown, it has been reported.

Lord Sumption tells woman with stage four cancer her life is 'less valuable'

A former Supreme Court judge and anti-lockdown campaigner has told a woman with stage four bowel cancer that her life was ‘less valuable’ than others.

UK could face 'gonorrhoea outbreak' after lockdown ends

The UK could face a gonorrhoea outbreak once lockdown comes to an end, as high rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) return, medics have claimed.

Gavin Williamson’s ‘incompetence’ has left children hungry

Children have gone hungry because of Gavin Williamson’s “incompetence” as Education Secretary, Labour has said, ahead of a Commons debate on free school meal provision.

NHS in most precarious position in its history, says chief executive

Hospitals and staff ‘under extreme pressure’, says Simon Stevens, as over-70s invited to get jabs from Monday

‘Every UK adult to get dose of coronavirus vaccine by September’

The Government plans to offer a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine to every adult in the UK by September, Dominic Raab said on Sunday.

Britain invites G7 leaders to Cornish resort for June summit

Britain announced plans to hold the first in-person meeting of the G7 for nearly two years in June, inviting the leaders of major developed economies to a picturesque seaside village to discuss rebuilding from the pandemic and climate change.

UK must not do trade deals with rights abusers, foreign minister says

Britain should not engage in free trade with countries that abuse human rights, but proposals that the country’s courts should decide whether genocide has been committed by trade partners is flawed, foreign minister Dominic Raab said.

Arrests at Birmingham anti-lockdown protest

Eleven people have been arrested after an anti-lockdown protest in Birmingham.

Coronavirus: Concerns over bosses breaking Covid safety rules

Concerns have been raised about employees forced to go into workplaces that are not Covid-compliant during lockdown.

Covid-19: Man said he had travelled 100 miles 'for a McDonald's'

A man told police he had driven from Luton to Devizes to visit a McDonald's, even though the town does not have a branch of the burger chain.

Covid: Church of England services hit by pandemic

More than half of the Church of England's 14,000 parishes will not open for Sunday services later, as places of worship are hit hard by Covid-19.

Covid in Scotland: Barra outbreak 'serious and escalating'

Health officials have described a Covid outbreak on Barra in the Western Isles as "serious, and escalating" after 17 further cases were identified.

Eurostar: Government urged to 'safeguard' rail firm's future

A group of London business leaders has written to the government calling for financial support for the struggling rail firm Eurostar.

Covid-19: Vaccination rollout begins for over-70s in England

People in England aged 70 and over, as well as those listed as clinically extremely vulnerable, will begin receiving offers of a coronavirus vaccine this week.

UK hopes to begin easing Covid-19 lockdown by March, foreign minister says

The UK government hopes it will be able to consider easing anti-coronavirus restrictions by March, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has said. The lockdown will not be lifted “in one big bang,” however, but will be eased gradually.

‘Every 30 seconds’ new Covid-19 patient admitted to hospital in England – NHS chief

Hospitals are filling up with new Covid-19 patients every day by “lunchtime” as people are infected with the virus at a staggering rate, the Chief Executive of NHS England Simon Stevens has said.

Volkswagen and Audi are starting to challenge Tesla

The world's largest carmaker is starting to gain ground on Tesla.

Capitol riot seen in new shocking footage like never before

Shocking footage released on Sunday offers a new glimpse inside the deadly US Capitol riot, — following the invaders as they search for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers, sit in Vice President Mike Pence’s seat and rifle through lawmakers’ documents.

Selena Gomez: Big Tech 'cashing in from evil’

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Gomez said she’s frustrated by what she views as the companies’ lackluster response and that they have to “stop doing the bare minimum.”

Apple CEO responds to Big Tech criticism: No 'intersection' between free speech, incitement of violence

Apple CEO Tim Cook stood by his company's decision to remove alternative social media platform Parler from the App Store, as Big Tech companies face criticism over censorship after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.