U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will cap a busy day of inauguration pageantry by using the powers of his new office to push policy changes on housing, student loans, climate change and immigration, a top aide said on Saturday. Biden, who campaigned on a raft of promises to undo President Donald Trump’s legacy even before the novel coronavirus pandemic walloped the nation, will unveil “roughly a dozen” previously promised executive actions on Wednesday, incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain said in a memo distributed to reporters. Most of the measures are a reversal of policies Trump pursued and do not require congressional action.
Iran is in the process of building up its nuclear weapons capacity and it is urgent that Tehran and Washington return to a 2015 nuclear agreement, France's foreign minister was quoted as saying in an interview published on Saturday. Iran has been accelerating its breaches of the nuclear deal and earlier this month started pressing ahead with plans to enrich uranium to 20% fissile strength at its underground Fordow nuclear plant. The Islamic Republic's breaches of the nuclear agreement since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from it in 2018 and subsequently imposed sanctions on Tehran may complicate efforts by President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20, to rejoin the pact.
According to team coach Anthony Dennis “Otit” Senedrin, Omega Esports have one other goal in mind at M2: defeat Indonesian team Alter Ego, the team many are favouring.
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is due to fly back to Russia on Sunday for the first time since he was poisoned last summer, despite the authorities' stated desire to arrest him and potentially jail him for years. Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin's most prominent domestic critics, announced his decision to return from Germany on Wednesday, saying he missed Moscow and was not interested in what he called new fabricated criminal cases against him. Navalny, who is hoping for success in parliamentary elections in September, faces potential trouble in three other criminal cases too, all of which he says are politically motivated.
Aubiere [France], January 17 (ANI): World Championships bronze medallist Hugues Fabrice Zango produced the first standout athletics moment of 2021 by sailing to a world indoor triple jump record of 18.07m in Aubiere on Saturday.
Kevin Durant scored a season-high 42 points as the James Harden-era began for the Brooklyn Nets with a triple double and a 122-115 NBA victory over the struggling Orlando Magic on Saturday.
The coronavirus was found on ice cream produced in eastern China, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch, according to the government. The Daqiaodao Food Co., Ltd. in Tianjin, adjacent to Beijing, was sealed and its employees were being tested for the coronavirus, a city government statement said. There was no indication anyone had contracted the virus from the ice cream. Most of the 29,000 cartons in the batch had yet to be sold, the government said. It said 390 sold in Tianjin were being tracked down and authorities elsewhere were notified of sales to their areas. The ingredients included New Zealand milk powder and whey powder from Ukraine, the government said. The Chinese government has suggested the disease, first detected in the central city of Wuhan in late 2019, came from abroad and has highlighted what it says are discoveries of the coronavirus on imported fish and other food, though foreign scientists are skeptical. Chinese officials have blamed cluster outbreaks on frozen food products imported from countries including the US, EU, New Zealand, Canada, India, Germany and Ecuador. The World Health Organisation has said that cases of live viruses being found on packaging appeared to be “rare and isolated". Other health experts have cautioned against drawing causal links between food packaging and outbreaks – finding traces of virus indicates it is present on a surface, but does not mean it can cause infections. The report came as China confirmed 109 new Covid-19 cases, two-thirds of them in a northern province that abuts Beijing, and no deaths. There were 72 new cases in Hebei province, where the government is building isolation hospitals with a total of 9,500 rooms to combat an upsurge in infections, according to the National Health Commission. The Health Commission on Saturday blamed the new infections on travellers and imported goods it said brought the virus from abroad. China's death toll stands at 4,653 out of 88,227 total cases.
Donald Trump shot to prominence with a business empire that bears his name, but after four years of political tumult capped by his supporters' violent attack on the Capitol, the US president's brand stands tarnished, threatening his businesses, experts say.
London [UK], January 17 (ANI): Praising the performance of Mason Mount against Fulham, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes that the 22-year-old is better than he was at the same age.
Bambolim (Goa) [India], January 17 (ANI): Hyderabad FC head coach Manuel Marquez is satisfied with his side's goalless draw against Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Saturday.
The nation's capital on Friday continued to boost security by shutting down access to iconic landmarks and erecting vehicle checkpoints at a security perimeter surrounding central Washington ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's Jan. 20. Presidential inaugurations are always tightly secure events with operations led by the U.S. Secret Service, but this year's measures have been amped up after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 in a bid to prevent the final certification of Biden's victory. Law enforcement officials have warned of threats and armed groups in all 50 states.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — Political instability was among the reasons that contributed towards the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government announcing the state of Emergency last week, Federal Territories...
Mexico has registered its worst week yet of the pandemic, with a record number of infections from the new coronavirus and more than 7,000 COVID-19 deaths, government data showed on Saturday. There were 20,523 new coronavirus cases and 1,219 more fatalities on Saturday, pushing total confirmed infections to 1,630,258 and deaths to 140,241, the Health Ministry said. For the week ending Saturday, Mexico recorded more than 7,000 deaths for the first time, while posting over 106,200 new cases.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — PKR Youth chief Akmal Nasir has urged Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to postpone the construction of three multipurpose halls in his home state of Johor, as its...
Myleene Klass has spoken of how she suffered a miscarriage while working as a radio presenter and carried on to finish the show. The singer and TV star said she realised she lost her child while in the toilet during a break, and called friend and fellow presenter Lauren Laverne to support her through the rest of the show. Ms Klass, mother to daughters Ava and Hero and son Apollo, recalled her experience to You magazine. She said: "I was on air. I went to the loo while the music was playing and there was blood everywhere. I didn't know what to do. I had one hour left of my show. "I rang Lauren Laverne and she said: 'Do one link, take a breath, come out and call me.' "She got me through. I did the next link and called her. We counted the links." The former Hear'Say singer has previously spoken of her baby loss, saying last October that she had suffered four miscarriages and hoped sharing her experiences will help "even one lost soul".
Parts of the UK are set to see heavy downpours in the coming days, with forecasters warning of potential flooding. Around 30-60mm of rain could fall across large parts of western England and Wales between Monday and Wednesday. The Met Office has issued a yellow rain warning, saying to expect "heavy and prolonged" downpours with some snowmelt across hilly areas. It comes after parts of the UK saw between four and eight centimetres (1.5-3in) of snow to start the weekend. An amber weather alert for snow was put in place for some areas on Saturday morning, with people told to expect travel delays, power cuts and a chance that rural communities could be "cut off".
The 22-year-old broke into the senior squad with Lampard deploying a number of young players last season as they finished fourth in the league. Mount's 78th-minute strike against Fulham was his second in as many games following his FA Cup goal against Morecambe and gave Chelsea their second league win in seven matches to ease some of the pressure on Lampard.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — Umno supreme council member Tan Sri Annuar Musa has accused his party’s senior leadership of “manipulating” its own grassroots, by claiming that the party is being...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — A total of four Terengganu state executive council members and another state assemblyman in the state are now undergoing quarantine at their homes while waiting for the...
Premier League chief Richard Masters had asked players to set the right example by not celebrating goals with the usual hugs. Maddison and fellow goal-scorer Harvey Barnes adhered to the rules on Saturday. Elsewhere, West Ham United's Michail Antonio adopted a routine that looked like he was swimming backstroke across the London Stadium turf in their 1-0 win over Burnley.