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Tuesday
19th January 2021

Around the world

Biden to reverse Trump's Covid rule change on president's final day in office

The outgoing president wanted to lift travel bans on visitors from much of Europe and Brazil.

Italy PM Conte faces crucial Senate vote to stay in power

The vote in Italy's upper house was triggered by a row over EU funds to tackle Covid.

In the UK

Covid: Positive antibody tests doubled since autumn

Some 10% of the UK population is showing signs of recent infection, a doubling since October, says ONS.

Storm Christoph: Flood warnings in parts of England

A "major incident" is declared in South Yorkshire as rain is set to batter northern and central England.

Politics

Conservative rebel MPs pressure government over genocide clause

Tory MPs want Parliament to debate ending trade deals with countries deemed responsible for genocide.

Johnson 'glad' to see Trump go, says ex-Civil Service head Lord Sedwill

People who say Boris Johnson does not want Joe Biden as president are "mistaken", says Lord Sedwill.

Education

Schools may reopen region by region, says medical adviser

Top medical adviser suggests schools in England may reopen region by region after lockdown.

Parents' stress and depression 'rise during lockdowns'

Many parents struggle to meet their children's needs during the pandemic, say researchers.

Health

Covid: Positive antibody tests doubled since autumn

Some 10% of the UK population is showing signs of recent infection, a doubling since October, says ONS.

Covid: Hospital children's unit moved to free up adult beds

Activity at a paediatric intensive care unit in Leicester is being moved to Birmingham.

Business

HSBC to close 82 branches this year

The bank has named the branches that will close between April and September, but aims to avoid redundancies.

MGM Resorts ends bid to buy Ladbrokes owner Entain

Entain's shares tumble after the US casino operator walks away from a takeover attempt.

Science

SLS: Nasa's 'megarocket' engine test ends early

A critical engine test for Nasa's new "megarocket" - the Space Launch System (SLS) - ends early.

Climate change: 'Exceptionally hot' 2020 concludes warmest decade

The years between 2011 and 2020 were the hottest on record, and 2020 was among the warmest of all.

Technology

Mobile networks to make Oak lessons site data-free

The Oak National Academy provides educational resources for pupils in England learning from home.

Health secretary self-isolating after Covid app alert

Matt Hancock says he will stay at home and urged others to do the same if "pinged" by the app.

Entertainment

Ulrika Jonsson defends Stacey Solomon: 'What matters is we’re good mothers’

Ulrika Jonsson defends Stacey Solomon against critics and recalls her hurt at being nicknamed "4x4".

Classic bands accused of crowding out new music on streaming services

Up-and-coming pop stars are facing "massive competition" from bands like Queen, MPs have been told.