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Pregnant Highland cow mauled to death by Rottweiler who escaped owners’ home - metro

Pregnant Highland cow mauled to death by Rottweiler who escaped owners’ home

The dog ripped the cow's tongue out.
metro - 4 hours ago
The UK now has the highest Covid death rate in the world - metro

The UK now has the highest Covid death rate in the world

Around 16 people in every million are dying from the virus, new data has revealed.
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'Global pandemic alert system not fit for purpose': WHO report critical of China's & its own responses to Covid crisis

China, other governments and the WHO itself didn't act fast and decisively enough against the novel coronavirus, allowing it to become a pandemic, an interim report by an independent WHO panel on the handling of the crisis states.
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Russia opposition activist Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days - channel 4

Russia opposition activist Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days

A Russian judge has imprisoned the opposition leader Alexei Navalny for 30 days. The hearing took place not in court, but a police station, with Navalny’s lawyer given barely any notice. The UK and other European countries are understood to be weighing possible further sanctions.
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How has Trump’s talk of ‘fake news’ undermined US democracy? - channel 4

How has Trump’s talk of ‘fake news’ undermined US democracy?

In just over 40 hours, on Wednesday early morning, President Trump will leave the White House to fly to West Palm Beach in Florida, skipping the inauguration ceremony of his successor – the first outgoing President to do so since Andrew Johnson in 1869.  If there has been an element of continuity in Trump’s presidency,…
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MPs vote to extend universal credit increase - channel 4

MPs vote to extend universal credit increase

In the last few minutes MPs have voted to support the extension of the temporary £20 a week increase in universal credit.
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Trump presidency ‘an aberration’ – Lewis Lukens, former US deputy chief of mission to UK - channel 4

Trump presidency ‘an aberration’ – Lewis Lukens, former US deputy chief of mission to UK

With a new incoming President in the White House, that is also going to mean a new US ambassador in the United Kingdom. Like Donald Trump, the man who’s been in charge of the embassy for the past three years has proved to be a controversial figure. The former deputy chief of mission at the…
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FBI investigates background of troops guarding Capitol ahead of Biden inauguration - channel 4

FBI investigates background of troops guarding Capitol ahead of Biden inauguration

There is a vaccine story in Washington too – 30 million doses delivered so far, but only 12 million have ended up in people’s arms. President-elect Biden intends to change that quickly. Today, he visited a food bank as Americans celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. King was assassinated and there are fears of similar…
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Over-70s and clinically extremely vulnerable offered Covid jabs in England - channel 4

Over-70s and clinically extremely vulnerable offered Covid jabs in England

ore than four million people have had a first dose and from today the over-70s in England are being offered jabs.
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Hospitals under intense pressure as vaccinations pass four million mark - channel 4

Hospitals under intense pressure as vaccinations pass four million mark

Although vaccination numbers are rising sharply, hospitals remain under intense pressure. The number of patients with coronavirus in UK hospitals is the highest that it's been throughout the pandemic.
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Guatemala police start clearing US-bound migrant caravan camp after violent clashes (VIDEOS) - rt

Guatemala police start clearing US-bound migrant caravan camp after violent clashes (VIDEOS)

Police in Guatemala have started breaking up a caravan of hundreds of mostly Honduran migrants who had camped on a street while trying to reach the US, after their journey was halted by officials, migration authorities have said.
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'Deepest concerns': South Africa Covid-19 variant binds more easily to human cells, making it more infectious, govt adviser says

The so-called South Africa Covid-19 variant binds more easily to human cells with a stronger mechanism, allowing it to spread more easily between its human hosts, the government's advising chief epidemiologist said on Monday.
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Most ancient supermassive black hole ever discovered powers distant quasar and sheds light on early universe - rt

Most ancient supermassive black hole ever discovered powers distant quasar and sheds light on early universe

In a milestone breakthrough, astronomers have discovered the oldest supermassive black hole ever seen. The extraordinary find dates back to the early days of the universe and fuels the most distant quasar yet known.
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China's Hebei province to reexamine Covid-19 test results after lab caught out over positive cases

Health officials in the Chinese province of Hebei will review hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 tests carried out by third-party agencies after it was revealed that one laboratory allegedly hid positive cases of the disease.
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The FBI Is Vetting 25,000 Inauguration Troops Over Fears of an Inside Attack - vice

The FBI Is Vetting 25,000 Inauguration Troops Over Fears of an Inside Attack

The FBI is reportedly concerned about National Guard troops with far-right and extremist views and affiliations.
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Canada to allow return of Boeing 737 MAX service by lifting flight ban imposed after devastating crashes - rt

Canada to allow return of Boeing 737 MAX service by lifting flight ban imposed after devastating crashes

The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is set to return to service in Canada following a flight ban of almost two years, which was imposed after crashes that killed hundreds of people, the country's transport regulator said on Monday.
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Indian TV anchor’s texts spark cries for security leak inquiry after he discussed Pakistan airstrikes before they happened - rt

Indian TV anchor’s texts spark cries for security leak inquiry after he discussed Pakistan airstrikes before they happened

Opposition politicians in India have called for an investigation into a potential national security leak after a TV anchor’s messages showed he had prior knowledge of airstrikes launched against Pakistan in February 2019.
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Top Iranian commander mocks Washington as US armed forces on alert for American attackers during Biden’s inauguration - rt

Top Iranian commander mocks Washington as US armed forces on alert for American attackers during Biden’s inauguration

Iran’s most senior general has ridiculed the US after American armed forces and the national guard were brought in to protect Washington from any further violence during the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration as president.
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Germany considers extended lockdown as new Covid-19 variants emerge, Merkel spokesperson warns of

Germany considers extended lockdown as new Covid-19 variants emerge, Merkel spokesperson warns of 'risk of mutation'

The German government is considering the extension of the country's lockdown into February following the detection of new variants of Covid-19 and persistently high numbers of infections.
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‘Predator’ who got three children pregnant raped fourth child after being freed - metro

‘Predator’ who got three children pregnant raped fourth child after being freed

Travis Butler has now been jailed for life after molesting an underage girl he met on Facebook
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Trump Is Fine Letting the Biden Transition Begin Because He Doesn

Trump Is Fine Letting the Biden Transition Begin Because He Doesn't Have to Say 'Concede'

vice - 1 month ago

We now know why President Trump is totally fine with General Services Administration administrator Emily Murphy finally agreeing to allow the transition to a Biden administration to begin.

He doesn’t think it means he conceded.

The president wanted to make sure the rest of us knew that the obscure federal agency at the center of the transition “does not determine” the next president.

“Remember,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, “the [General Services Administration] has been terrific, and Emily Murphy has done a great job, but the GSA does not determine who the next President of the United States will be.”

Trump’s statement came just one day after Murphy, a Trump appointee and superfan, finally ascertained Biden as the winner of the presidential election. The long-delayed process means that funds and access to things like official COVID-19 statistics and response plans have finally been released to Biden so his team can officially begin the transition.

“In the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same,” Trump tweeted Monday. 

Murphy, who waited three weeks to come to this conclusion, denied that the White House had any influence on her decision.

“Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts,” Murphy wrote in her letter to Biden. “I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official—including those who work at the White House or GSA—with regard to the substance or timing of my decision.”

She also managed to write a whole letter without calling Biden, who won 306 electoral college votes and now has a more than 6 million popular vote margin, “president-elect.” Murphy did not respond to an email from VICE News last week requesting an interview, but did seem concerned about the fact we reached out via a personal email.

Trump has vowed to continue fighting the results of the election, but his avenues to overturning the outcome are quickly closing. The Trump campaign’s legal team, led by Rudy Giuliani, has been a miserable failure. And Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, and most recently Pennsylvania—all states flipped won by Trump in 2016 which flipped to Biden—have certified their results that declare the former vice president as the winner of their respective elections. 

Wisconsin, the fifth state Biden flipped, is in the middle of a partial recount that’s extremely unlikely to change the results. Even if it did, it would have no bearing on the outcome.

Still, Trump has not called Biden to concede and shows no signs of doing so. Instead, he’s continuing to claim massive voter and electoral fraud, of which there has been zero evidence provided, and is bombarding supporters with fundraising emails. It’s so far unclear how much Trump has raised from supporters after the election, but the post-general election campaign finance report for all campaigns is due early next month

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump retweeted actor Randy Quaid several times and called Biden’s win “the 2020 election hoax.” 

In recent days, Trump advisors including Chief of Staff Mark Meadows have reportedly pushed him to allow the transition to begin, explaining that he didn’t have to say the word “concede” to do so, the New York Times reported

Meadows, however, is also demanding that employees of the Office of the President receive his permission “to speak directly with a member of the Biden transition team or the federal transition coordinator,” according to a memo reviewed by Bloomberg.

Trump’s decision also came as an increasing number of GOP senators are breaking with him in recognizing that Biden had won the election. 

“Since it seems apparent that Joe Biden will be the president-elect, my hope is that President Trump will take pride in his considerable accomplishments, put the country first and have a prompt and orderly transition to help the new administration succeed,” retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said in a Monday statement. “When you are in public life, people remember the last thing you do.”

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