• US watchdog to investigate whether officials made 'improper attempts' to alter election result – live
    by Maanvi Singh (now), Joanna Walters and Martin Belam (earlier) on January 25, 2021 at 10:29 PM

    DoJ watchdog looks into possible collusion with Trump effort Biden says mask-wearing can save 50,000 lives by end of April Fauci: US scientists working to upgrade Covid vaccines for variants Dominion Voting Systems to file lawsuit against Giuliani Biden to drop Trump’s military transgender ban 10.29pm GMT The Guardian’s Vivian Ho reports from San Francisco: California lifted its stay-at-home order statewide Monday after four-week projections showed intensive care unit capacity to be above 15% in beleaguered regions for the first time in weeks. Related: California lifts its statewide Covid stay-at-home orders 10.19pm GMT It’s been a busy day so far in US politics and the best drama is yet to come, with the article of impeachment due to be marched from the House to the Senate at 7pm ET. Many apologies to all our readers that there wasn’t a summary in the middle of the day, the blog got carried away with so many events at the White House. My Guardian colleague on the west coast, Maanvi Singh, will take over in a moment to carry you through the next few hours in her inimitable style. Continue reading...

  • Coronavirus live news: Moderna says vaccine works on UK and South African variants; Spain sees record rise in cases
    by Nadeem Badshah (now); Jedidajah Otte ,Rachel Hall, Matthew Weaver ,Helen Sullivan (earlier) on January 25, 2021 at 10:11 PM

    Spain saw 93,822 infections between Friday and Monday, and 767 deaths; Moderna confirms its jab works against new variants EU threatens to block vaccine exports amid AstraZeneca shortfall Dutch leaders condemn ‘criminal’ clashes at lockdown protests Belgium in conflict with EU travel advice after reversing infection rates France bans certain homemade Covid masks for use in public Health secretary fires warning at MPs calling for England lockdown easing 10.11pm GMT Brazil has registered 26,816 new coronavirus cases and 627 deaths, Reuters reports. It comes as Brazilian pharmaceutical company met with health regulator Anvisa seeking approval to conduct Phase III clinical trials of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, which it plans to make in Brazil for national immunisation and for export. 10.03pm GMT Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is recovering from Covid-19 after more than a week of mild symptoms, his son said. Slim, 80, visited the National Institute of Nutrition for clinical analysis, monitoring and treatment in a preventative manner, his son Carlos Slim Domit said, Reuters reports. He’s very well and has had a very favorable development after more than a week of minor symptoms,” Slim Domit said. Continue reading...

  • Hate crime charge added in attack on gay Louisiana teenager
    by Associated Press on January 25, 2021 at 10:09 PM

    Holden White was attacked by another teen, charged with attempted murder, last June A hate crime charge has been added to attempted murder in the case of a gay Louisiana teenager who was attacked by another teen he met on a dating app last year. Police initially said the evidence did not support a hate crime in the attack on Holden White, who spent days in a coma and nearly a month in the hospital and still does not have full use of both hands. White said the other teen wrapped a cord around his neck so tightly he lost consciousness and that he woke up in a bathtub where the assailant repeatedly slashed his wrists. Continue reading...

  • Bale, Winks and Ndombele ensure Spurs avoid Wycombe FA Cup shock
    by Ed Aarons at Adams Park on January 25, 2021 at 10:00 PM

    José Mourinho had warned Gareth Bale he would have to fight for his place in this Tottenham team. But even if he is still showing signs of rustiness four months into his second spell at the club as he spurned several chances, it was the Welshman’s equaliser that ensured Spurs avoided the embarrassment of being eliminated by the team currently propping up the Championship. Trailing to Fred Onyedinma’s excellent strike for Gareth Ainsworth’s battling side, Bale had already passed up three good opportunities when he eventually found the net on the stroke of half-time before late goals from Harry Winks and substitute Tanguy Ndombele finally set up a tie with Everton in the fifth round. Continue reading...

  • Mexico authorities attempt to identify 19 charred corpses found near US border
    by Associated Press in Mexico City on January 25, 2021 at 9:53 PM

    Authorities found the bodies late on Saturday in burning vehicles left beside a dirt road outside the town of Camargo Mexican authorities are attempting to identify 19 charred corpses which were found near a town across the Rio Grande from Texas, in an area that has seen violent territorial disputes between organized crime groups in recent years. Authorities found the bodies late on Saturday in two burning vehicles which had been left beside a dirt road outside the town of Camargo. All the victims had been shot, but shells were not found at the site, leading investigators to believe they were killed somewhere else. Continue reading...

  • Birdwatch: Twitter pilot will allow users to flag misinformation
    by Kari Paul on January 25, 2021 at 9:42 PM

    Company has faced growing calls to better combat misinformation, particularly after the 2020 presidential election Twitter will allow users to flag and annotate misleading or inaccurate tweets in ongoing efforts to address misinformation on the platform Continue reading...

  • Giuseppe Conte to quit as Italy's PM in tactical move
    by Angela Giuffrida in Rome on January 25, 2021 at 9:31 PM

    Resignation expected to be handed in to president Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday morning Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte will resign on Tuesday in a tactical move aimed at maximising his chances of leading a new government. Conte will hold a cabinet meeting at 9am CET before officially handing in his resignation to president Sergio Mattarella, his office announced in a statement. Continue reading...

  • The magic question: can a Harry Potter TV show work?
    by Adrian Horton on January 25, 2021 at 9:19 PM

    News of a Harry Potter show in early development at HBO Max begs the question: what can justify another extension to an already stretched universe? When I saw the news, reported by the Hollywood Reporter, that HBO Max was in talks to develop live-action Harry Potter television series, all details and talent TBD, my first reaction was: oh no. Like many late millennials, I grew up a fan of the books – more accurately, I grew up with the books, from some of my earliest reading memories through the time I literally crashed my car while listening to the sixth installment on tape for the fourth time. But my appetite for wizarding content has waned over the last eight years or so, as unquestioned Potter standom (self-proclaimed Gryffindors and Slytherins) soured into generational parody, creator JK Rowling doubled down on her transphobic views, and the Potterverse expansion seemed less interested in the earnest fun of fan culture – the midnight premieres, the trivia board games, the rangy wikis – than the consistent wringing out of a highly lucrative franchise for paced output. Related: Harry Potter fan sites distance themselves from JK Rowling over transgender rights Continue reading...

  • Canadian mogul fined after getting Covid vaccine meant for Indigenous residents
    by Leyland Cecco in Toronto on January 25, 2021 at 8:38 PM

    Rodney Baker and his wife travelled to remote community of 100 in Yukon territory and claimed to be workers at a local motel The former head of a Canadian casino company and his actor wife have been fined after chartering a private plane to a remote community near the Alaska border and receiving coronavirus vaccines meant for vulnerable Indigenous residents. According to officials, Rodney and Ekaterina Baker travelled by chartered plane to Beaver Creek, a community of 100 in Canada’s Yukon territory, where a mobile team was administering the Moderna vaccine to residents. Among those slated for the vaccine were elderly members of the White River First Nation. Continue reading...

  • Xi Jinping warns of 'new cold war' if US keeps up protectionism
    by Larry Elliott Economics editor on January 25, 2021 at 7:55 PM

    In virtual address to World Economic Forum, Chinese president calls for multilateral approach to crisis China’s president, Xi Jinping, has sent out a warning to Joe Biden that he risks a new cold war if he continues with the protectionist policies of his predecessor, Donald Trump. In an address to the virtual World Economic Forum event, Xi called for a multilateral approach to solving the economic crisis caused by Covid-19 and said the pandemic should not be used as an excuse to reverse globalisation in favour of “decoupling and seclusion”. Continue reading...

  • Ford, Toyota Face US Production Slowdown Over Semiconductor Shortage
    on January 11, 2021 at 5:43 PM

    Toyota and Ford said on Monday they will slow down or even stop production at US factories as the auto industry grapples with a shortage of vital computer chips.The shortage is caused by an increase in demand for consumer electronics during the coronavirus pandemic, which...

  • Fox News Panics, Demotes MacCallum as Newsmax Rises
    on January 11, 2021 at 5:16 PM

    The rise of Newsmax TV has caused a major shake-up at Fox News, which announced Monday that its early evening show host Martha MacCallum has been demoted back to an early afternoon slot, among other changes to the lineup. "Newsmax's consistently strong numbers during the day...

  • Biden Relies on Old Alliances To Push Police Reform
    on January 11, 2021 at 4:31 PM

    Joe Biden, who argued for police reform during the campaign - but never got the backing of police organizations at the ballot box - is now looking for a middle ground on the contentious issue. His transition team...

  • Giuliani May Be Expelled From New York Bar Group Over Capitol Riot
    on January 11, 2021 at 2:34 PM

    A New York lawyers group is exploring removing Rudy Giuliani from its membership over his role in the Washington protest that turned into a violent raid on the U.S. Capitol.The New York State Bar Association announced the probe on Monday. The group does not control...

  • Supreme Court Rebuffs Bid for Universal Vote-by-Mail in Texas
    on January 11, 2021 at 2:13 PM

    The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a Democratic bid to force universal vote-by-mail in Texas, leaving intact a state law that lets people cast no-excuse absentee ballots only if they are 65 or older.The Texas Democratic Party and its allies argued unsuccessfully that the...

  • Tech Companies' Right-Wing Crackdown Renews Internet Moderation Debate
    on January 11, 2021 at 6:04 PM

    Tech companies made significant moves over the weekend to silence far-right voices and platforms following Wednesday's riots at the U.S. Capitol, a crackdown that renewed debate over content moderation...

  • Sen. Duckworth Demands Probe Into Troop Involvement in Capitol Riot
    on January 11, 2021 at 5:57 PM

    Sen. Tammy Duckworth demanded on Monday that the Pentagon probe allegations that armed service members and military retirees took part in last Wednesday's riot at the U.S. Capitol, Politico reported. The Illinois Democrat, who is an Iraqi War veteran, wrote in a letter to...

  • Tom Cotton Credited With Preventing More GOP Objections to Biden Win
    on January 11, 2021 at 5:39 PM

    Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., may have kept many Republicans from raising an objection to the Electoral College vote after he declined to join them, leading members of the GOP told the Washington Examiner. The senator, one of President Donald Trump's closest allies in the Senate...

  • Newt Gingrich: 'Smartest Thing' for Biden Is Reaching Out to GOP
    on January 11, 2021 at 5:29 PM

    President-elect Joe Biden would be well-served to put out an olive branch to Republicans before the inauguration to signal that he's willing to work with both parties because at this point, there is no evidence that lawmakers are seeking unity, former House Speaker Newt...

  • Cumulus Orders On-Air Hosts to Stop Suggesting Election Fraud
    on January 11, 2021 at 5:17 PM

    Giant talk radio company Cumulus Media has reportedly issued a directive to its on-air personalities to stop suggesting the 2020 election was fraudulent - or get canned. According to The Washington Post, Brian Philips, Cumulus' executive vice president of content and...

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