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Biden stamps own mark on new-look Oval Office

US President Joe Biden has stamped his own mark on the Oval Office with furnishings reflecting his own tastes and politics.Mr Biden revealed the new decor - which includes portraits and sculptures of American leaders and icons - as he invited reporters into his new office to watch him sign a series of executive orders…

Who is America’s first second gentleman? A trailblazer devoted to his wife, her causes and career

Listing the ways in which Kamala Harris is breaking new ground as US vice president is exhausting.She's the first woman, the first African American and the first South Asian American to hold the office. But her husband, Doug Emhoff, is also rewriting history, as the first man to be a spouse of a president or…

Glastonbury music festival cancelled ‘with great regret’, organisers say

This year's Glastonbury music festival has been cancelled due to coronavirus, organisers have confirmed.Michael and Emily Eavis announced the news on the festival's official Twitter page writing: "With great regret, we must announce that this year's Glastonbury Festival will not take place." It's the second year running that Glastonbury will not go ahead, after last…

Northern Ireland extends COVID lockdown until 5 March

Northern Ireland's lockdown has been extended to 5 March, First Minister Arlene Foster has confirmed.Stormont Health Minister Robin Swann proposed the move to help drive down case numbers. The plan was agreed following a meeting of the devolved government and Ms Foster said there would be a review of the situation on 18 February.All breaking…

Row over ‘petty’ UK diplomatic treatment of EU ambassador

Ministers have been branded "petty" and warned security cooperation could be affected by a reported plan to withhold full diplomatic status from the EU’s ambassador in London.Downing Street has not denied it is withholding certain privileges from Joao Vale de Almeida that are afforded to other countries’ ambassadors. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said the…

Warning of UK cases spike if vaccinated people break COVID rules

The "vast majority" of over-80s and care home residents should be vaccinated before local areas move on to giving jabs to lower priority groups, a cabinet minister has told Sky News.From this week, those aged over 70 and those listed as clinically extremely vulnerable will be invited to receive coronavirus vaccinations. Live COVID news from…

Trump scraps UK and Brazil COVID travel bans

Donald Trump has scrapped a travel ban on people from countries such as the UK and Brazil - but incoming president Joe Biden intends to ignore it.Mr Trump said the ban would end on 26 January, the same day a new system comes in requiring everyone flying from outside the US to show a negative…

Melania Trump says ‘violence is never the answer’ in White House farewell speech

First Lady Melania Trump has advised Americans that "violence is never the answer" in her White House farewell speech.Mrs Trump said it had been "the greatest honour of my life to serve as first lady of the United States" and paid tribute to the military, law enforcement workers and those on the frontline of the…