HSBC has said it plans to close 82 branches in 2021, bringing the total number of UK sites to 511. The bank said the closures will be phased throughout the year. HSBC said the Covid-19 pandemic has seen a greater shift to online banking although insisted the closures were not entirely related to the lockdowns and restrictions introduced.
Uganda's government spokesman on Tuesday accused the US ambassador of breaching diplomatic norms and engaging in "mischief" over her attempt to visit opposition leader Bobi Wine, who is confined to his home.
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A candidate COVID-19 vaccine known as EpiVacCorona, Russia's second to be registered, proved "100% effective" in early-stage trials, Russian consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has told local media. The data, based on Phase I and II trials, were released before the start of a larger Phase III trial which would normally involve thousands of participants and a placebo group as a comparison. "The effectiveness of the vaccine is made up of its immunological effectiveness and preventative effectiveness," the TASS news agency reported, citing Rospotrebnadzor.
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Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris has thanked Americans for all they've done in helping support her and President Elect Joe Biden ahead of what she called a 'different' type of Inauguration Day from years gone by. In a video address to social media, she commented on the challenges ahead, but promised to hear those, who've not been heard in the past and maintained that the country is already 'on a path to heal and to rebuild'. She called the inauguration just the end of the beginning and said her and Biden are ready to get to work.
Minsk said Tuesday it regretted a "groundless" decision to strip Belarus of its role as co-host of the 2021 ice hockey world championships over a crackdown on opposition protesters.
2020 saw the biggest yearly drop in European car demand since records began. Industry data out on Tuesday (January 19) revealed new car registrations fell by nearly a quarter compared to 2019. And the falls continued in December, for the third month in row. Measures to control a second coronavirus wave hit sales in most of the continent's largest markets. In December, overall new car registrations dropped by 3.7% year-on-year in the European Union, Britain and the countries of the European Free Trade Association. Broken down though, sales in Europe's five largest markets posted differing results. Registrations in the UK, France and Italy fell by 10%, 11% and 14% respectively. while Germany recorded a rise of nearly 10% and sales in Spain remained unchanged year-on-year. Sales at Volkswagen and PSA rose by 8.2% and 1.7% respectively. But others including Renault reported losses. Luxury automakers posted declines in December with BMW's sales falling 9.5%. And rival Daimler reporting a 14.8% decline.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, received a COVID-19 vaccine and urged people across the world to accept the jab, saying that getting vaccinated was part of the Christian commandment to love our neighbour as ourselves. The leader of the Anglican Communion, which includes 85 million people in about 165 countries, tweeted a picture of himself receiving the shot and described the rapid development of vaccines against the new coronavirus as an answer to prayer. "To everyone in this country and across the world, I want to say please, please accept the invitation to get the jab when it comes -- and encourage everyone around you to do the same."
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday the confirmation of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States showed democracy there could not be challenged by a violent minority. "The resumption of Congress and the certification of Joe Biden's victory on Jan. 7 sent an essential message that the democratic will of the U.S. people cannot be challenged by a violent minority," Raab told parliament.
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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte pleaded for lawmakers' support on Tuesday as his teetering government faced a confidence vote while it struggles to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
The Kremlin said on Tuesday it would not heed calls by some Western countries for sanctions over Russia's detention of poisoned opposition politician Alexei Navalny because his case was a purely domestic matter. Navalny was detained on Sunday after flying back to Russia for the first time since he was attacked with a military-grade nerve agent last summer while travelling in Russia's east, and has urged Russians to take to the streets in protest.
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