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Sunday
16th January 2022

Around the world

Novak Djokovic: Tennis star to be deported after losing Australia visa battle

Judges reject the tennis star's last-ditch bid to stay and defend his Australian Open title.

Hostages freed after stand-off at Texas synagogue

Four people are freed and an assailant dies as police bring the incident in Colleyville to an end.

In the UK

Prince Harry in legal fight to pay for UK police protection

The Duke of Sussex wants to be able to pay for a team of officers when he visits with his family.

Covid-19: Booster jab bookings open for ages 16 to 17 in England

Teenagers in England who had their second dose three months ago can book from Monday, the NHS says.

Politics

Lead or step aside, senior Tory Tobias Ellwood tells Boris Johnson

Tobias Ellwood says "we need leadership" as MPs are inundated with messages about Downing Street parties.

Kate Josephs: Sheffield Council boss 'must stand down'

Former government official Kate Josephs is facing calls to stand down from Sheffield Council.

Education

Covid in nurseries: Staff shortages 'mentally exhausting'

The impact of Covid is making it hard for some early years settings to operate.

Covid in pregnancy linked to birth-related complications

Researchers find vaccination in pregnancy does not increase the risk of complications, but Covid-19 does.

Health

Covid in the UK: Reported cases at lowest level for a month

While case numbers are high, they are falling, but deaths are rising week on week, figures show.

Covid-19: Booster jab bookings open for ages 16 to 17 in England

Teenagers in England who had their second dose three months ago can book from Monday, the NHS says.

Business

Marmite-owner Unilever makes three bids for GSK consumer goods arm

GlaxoSmithKline rejected three offers, saying they "undervalued" its consumer goods business.

Will ScotWind auction deliver a renewables revolution?

Over the next decade or so these new offshore wind farm sites could supercharge renewable energy capacity.

Science

Tsunami threat over after huge Pacific volcano eruption - monitor

While further tsunamis may be unlikely, there are mounting fears over how badly Tonga has been hit.

How a colossal block of ice became an obsession

Artist Kevin Eason won't ever see his favourite iceberg up close, but he's come to know it so well.

Technology

REvil ransomware gang arrested in Russia

Russian authorities dismantle the notorious cyber-crime gang at the request of the United States.

Meta faces billion-pound class-action case

Facebook's 44 million UK users could share £2.3bn in damages, a competition expert intending to sue Meta says

Entertainment

Nino Cerruti: Italian fashion great dies aged 91

The celebrated designer and businessman once said: "I have always dressed the same person, myself."

Rust shooting: Alec Baldwin turns phone over to investigators

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot while filming the movie Rust, starring Mr Baldwin.