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News : BBC
LiveLiveUK's R number between 1.2 and 1.3 amid lockdown Scientists put the R number - the average rate of spread - at 1.2 to 1.3, similar to last week.
How worrying are the new variants?
Insurers to pay many small firms for Covid losses A Supreme Court ruling provides a lifeline for many firms that had business interruption insurance.
UK economy shrank during November lockdown Coronavirus restrictions in England affected services, with pubs and hairdressers badly hit.
Brazil virus already in UK ‘not variant of concern’ A variant that is thought to be more infectious has not been found in the UK, scientist says.
Tighter rules to be introduced for shops in Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford says there is "no doubt at all" Covid-19 is spreading in shops.
Snow and ice warnings for England and Scotland Some areas could see freezing temperatures and 5-10cm of snow on Saturday, the Met Office says.
Covid patients moved from London to Newcastle Seriously ill patients are moved almost 300 miles to ease pressure in over-stretched hospitals.
Fake news 'causing UK South Asians to reject jab' The NHS fears some communities are being targeted with misinformation, a leading doctor says.
Student nurses 'at risk' without life insurance Government has introduced scheme for third year students, but others still left unprotected.
Judges reject Lockerbie bomber's appeal The family of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi had launched the posthumous bid to overturn his conviction.
Dutch government quits over welfare fraud scandal Mark Rutte's cabinet resigns after families were wrongly accused and many faced financial problems.
Biden starts with brand new Potus Twitter account Joe Biden's presidential Twitter account launches with no followers transferred from President Trump.
LiveLiveUK's R number between 1.2 and 1.3 amid lockdown Scientists put the R number - the average rate of spread - at 1.2 to 1.3, similar to last week.
How worrying are the new variants?
Insurers to pay many small firms for Covid losses A Supreme Court ruling provides a lifeline for many firms that had business interruption insurance.
UK economy shrank during November lockdown Coronavirus restrictions in England affected services, with pubs and hairdressers badly hit.
Brazil virus already in UK ‘not variant of concern’ A variant that is thought to be more infectious has not been found in the UK, scientist says.
Tighter rules to be introduced for shops in Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford says there is "no doubt at all" Covid-19 is spreading in shops.

News : USA Today
Year of tumult in politics: 2020 creates 'a big fork in the road'Politics

Sport
: Telegraph

Keep Kids ActiveMajority of children failed to meet recommended exercise levels in 2020
Nov 2020From corridor cricket to cushion rugby, your lockdown guide to indoor sport
Apr 2020Eliud Kipchoge's inside story: In camp with the greatest marathon runner
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain'I expected more from myself. I know what I can do'



 

News : London Evening Standard
Lockerbie bomber’s son loses appeal against late father’s conviction
Brazil Covid variant has been found in UK – but not most infectious
Third of Londoners ‘have had Covid’ as capital’s R rate ‘now below 1’
Manhunt after woman ‘followed home and raped’ in east London
Covid cases fall in 22 boroughs but infections still ‘extremely high’
Children’s mental health: The hidden crisis of Covid-19 laid bare In an Evening Standard investigation, we reveal half a million more children now suffering problems
Children pushed over the edge by lockdown trauma
‘Chatting online is such poor substitute for seeing each other’
UK’s Covid-19 R number estimated at 1.2-1.3...but falls in London In London, however, the virus reproduction rate has fallen to between 0.9 and 1.2
Snow set to fall across London on Saturday By
New Tube zones and £5.50 driver charges revealed in radical TfL plans Other proposals to solve cash crisis include cutting bus services, increasing fares and delaying the reopening of the Night Tube
30% of Londoners ‘have already had Covid’ as PM to lead 5pm briefing By
Transport Secretary says he’s ‘last person’ to take travel advice from By
Covid cases fall in 22 boroughs but infections still ‘extremely high’ The capitals second wave appears to have peaked on January 4, but there are still more difficult weeks ahead
The inspiring people using lockdown to learn new skills
Twisting my muscle, man! Bez tells of aches ahead of debut workout By

News : Sky

UK records another 1,280 COVID deaths and 55,761 cases
UK's R number estimated at between 1.2 and 1.3
R number in each region revealed - as PM to lead 5pm news briefing
Virologist says Brazilian COVID variant detected in UK is not the one 'of concern'
'Heavy snow' alert for London and South East with warning of travel disruption
Supreme Court unlocks COVID insurance payouts for scores of small firms
'We need to raise the bar': Wales introduces stricter rules for supermarkets to combat new virus variant
Restrictions broken for snowball fight
Meet UK's longest-suffering COVID patient
Teen sentenced after 180mph chase
UK vaccination tracker: Find out how many have had the COVID jab
What are the different types of COVID-19 tests?
One new variant has upended everything - the greatest COVID challenge is now the unknown
Success of jab rollout will remain a mystery so long as government keeps key data under wraps
'Don't let a coffee cost a life,' warns new hard-hitting COVID ad
'Don't take travel advice from me,' says transport sec after holiday debacle

News
: Telegraph

Keep Kids ActiveMajority of children failed to meet recommended exercise levels in 2020

News : Guardian
Environment 2020 was hottest year on record by narrow margin, Nasa says
2020 was hottest year on record by narrow margin, Nasa says
Climate crisis Record ocean heat in 2020 supercharged extreme weather
Modern masculinity 'I go to the gym and I'm a nicer bloke'
Rugby union and dementia Is the sport facing a crisis?
Black enough? How 'voodoo' became a metaphor for evil
2020 in review How the Guardian covered the year that changed the world
This month's best album reviews
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News : Huffington Post
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TORIES OR JVT: WHO SHOULD BORIS FEAR?
Revealed: The Hotspots For Covid Rule-Breaking
Senior Tory Threatens Johnson’s Leadership
Don’t You Blame Us For Not Following The Rules
‘Terrified’ Workers Forced Back During Lockdown
UK Bans Incoming Flights From 16 Countries

Internet : Wired News
How Law Enforcement Gets Around Your Smartphone's Encryption
CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future
Can an AI Predict the Language of Viral Mutation?
The Future of Phone Design: Flexible Screens That Roll Up
The Local Politics of Airbnb's Ban on DC Rentals
The 15 Best Devices From CES That You Can Buy Now
BackchannelThe Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ HikerAuthor: Nicholas ThompsonNicholas Thompson
CultureLucasfilm Games' New Partnerships Mean the Galaxy's the LimitAuthor: Eric RavenscraftEric Ravenscraft
SecurityAn Absurdly Basic Bug Let Anyone Grab All of Parler's DataAuthor: Andy GreenbergAndy Greenberg
CultureIn Minecraft, All the Server’s a StageAuthor: Cecilia D'AnastasioCecilia D'Anastasio
GearThe Best of CES 2021Author: Gear TeamGear Team
SecurityWhatsApp Has Shared Your Data With Facebook for YearsAuthor: Lily Hay NewmanLily Hay Newman
CES 2021CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the FutureAuthor: Gear TeamGear Team
EscapeesCan an AI Predict the Language of Viral Mutation?Author: Gregory BarberGregory Barber
UnpackedSamsung Has New Galaxy Phones (and New Earbuds Too)Author: Julian Chokkattu, Parker HallJulian Chokkattu and Parker Hall
OpinionThe DC Riot Is the Sandy Hook of the Disinformation CrisisAuthor: Philip M. NapoliPhilip M. Napoli

Misc. : Vice
Empires of Dirt Watch Here
War on DrugsWatch Here
People Are Getting COVID Vaccines Early Because of Unclear UK Rules
I Interviewed 46 Men Who Cheated. This Is What I Learned.
What People Are Looking Forward to in 2021, Despite Everything
Israel Is Vaccinating ‘Everyone’ – Besides These 5 Million People
'London Is a Trap' – The People Who Left the Capital and Don't Miss It at All
'Raw Is Law' - How Anal Sex Without Condoms Is Going Mainstream

News Mail
UK bans ALL travellers from swathe of South America and Portugal from TOMORROW at 4am to guard against Covid super-strain in Brazil amid fears it could be resistant to vaccines
Finance boss at Oxford Covid vaccine firm is spoken to by police after driving 250 miles to his second home 'in search of better wi-fi signal'
Confusion as Priti Patel appears on This Morning and tells viewers they should exercise ALONE despite lockdown rules allowing them to work out with one person from another household
Andy Murray tests positive for Covid-19 days before he is due to fly to Melbourne for the Australian Open - and now faces a race against time to play in the season's first Grand Slam 
Data shows 1 in 5 major hospital trusts have NO spare ICU beds - as bosses start to cancel organ transplants to cope with crisis
Police quiz finance boss of Oxford Covid vaccine firm after he drives 250 miles to his second home 'in search of better wi-fi signal'
Confusion as Priti Patel appears on This Morning and tells viewers they should exercise ALONE despite lockdown rules allowing them to work out with one person from another household
A shot in the arm for holidays! Travel firms report surge in bookings from over-50s and believe rapid jab rollout is giving them 'vaccine confidence'
Clarifications and Corrections
Matt Hancock reveals 3MILLION Covid jabs have now been administered across UK as GPs are offered £30 bonus for every care home resident they vaccinate before end of the week 
King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, both 83, become latest royals to announce they have received the Covid-19 vaccine - days after the Queen and Prince Philip had the jab 

Computing : IT Week / VNU
Warning over Fullz House Magecart threat group using phishing and web skimming to compromise web payments
Google sued over alleged anti-competitive practices in online advertising
Xerox threatens (again) to take its HP Inc buyout offer direct to shareholders
HPE advises users to patch SSDs to prevent crashes after precisely 32,768 hours of operation
Google's Threat Analysis Group sent 12,000 warnings about state-backed attacks in just three months
Much of what's being sold as 'AI' today is snake oil, says Princeton professor
Organisations are struggling to make 'data-guided decisions', according to Computing Delta research
Machine learning meets diversity at Booking.com, an interview with chairwoman Gillian Tans
Google in deal to transfer full medical records from US healthcare company, claims whistleblower
How Ted Baker's digital transformation helped drive sales
Registrations are open for DevOps Live 2020


Politics
: BBC

Patel: No new Covid rules 'today or tomorrow' The home secretary says her focus is on enforcement but doesn't rule out tougher restrictions next week.
UK reports record 1,564 daily Covid deaths
Rashford calls on PM for free school meals review Writing to Boris Johnson, celebrity chefs and over 40 charities join the footballer's call for action.
Richard Leonard quits as Scottish Labour leader Mr Leonard says it is in the best interests of the party if he stands down as leader immediately.
Ministers accused of fishing compensation U-turn On Wednesday the PM said businesses hit by post-Brexit problems would receive support.
Government's rough sleeping strategy 'out of step' Boris Johnson pledged to end rough sleeping by 2024, but a watchdog says plans need reviewing post-Covid.
Deputy Speaker stops MP talking 'like a Dalek' As Scott Mann started his virtual speech to the Commons, it became clear that his audio was wrong.
Firms told to look out for domestic abuse signs The government wants bosses to do more to help victims as reports of domestic abuse soar in lockdown.
Rashford calls on PM for free school meals review Writing to Boris Johnson, celebrity chefs and over 40 charities join the footballer's call for action.
Richard Leonard quits as Scottish Labour leader Mr Leonard says it is in the best interests of the party if he stands down as leader immediately.
Ministers accused of fishing compensation U-turn On Wednesday the PM said businesses hit by post-Brexit problems would receive support.
Government's rough sleeping strategy 'out of step'
Deputy Speaker stops MP talking 'like a Dalek'
Firms told to look out for domestic abuse signs
Row over half term free school meals plan 8
South America travel ban over Brazil variant fears 2
Lockdown impact 'starting to show' - PM 1
Johnson: 24-7 vaccine hubs as soon as supply allows 1
Video 2 minutes 25 secondsLabour calls for 'responsible' tax and spending 1
Video 3 minutes 23 seconds'It kind of makes debt cool – and it's not'
Video 1 minute 26 secondsSouth America travel ban 'a precautionary approach'

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News : Independent
Pandemic pushes record 4.5 million on to NHS waiting list as Covid overwhelms hospitals
NHS calls in military to shore up understaffed intensive care wards
Temporary mortuary set up in London with space for 1,300 bodies
Exclusive: Nearly half of London hospital workers ‘yet to be offered vaccine’
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What we know about the new Brazil coronavirus variant
The science – and mutations – behind the emerging Covid variants
Covid testing before travel to the UK: the key questions and answers
Exclusive: Nearly half of London hospital workers ‘yet to be offered vaccine’
President in ‘self-pity mode’ after impeachment vote and ‘turning on allies’
Exports to EU to plunge by ‘more than one-third’ after Brexit deal
48-hour week could be scrapped under government plans to ‘rip up worker protections’ after Brexit
Anger as government tells schools not to provide free school meals over half-term
Boris Johnson could face leadership challenge over lockdown, Tory MP claims
Trump supporter who brought Confederate flag into Capitol arrested
How book clubs and gardening are helping people embrace lockdown
How Parler takedown dealt another blow to British far right
Trump wanted to join as ‘Person X’
Foreign Office sorry for ‘upsetting’ emails about Harry Dunn’s family
Yorkshire Ambulance Service declares major incident after snow and patient surge
Temporary mortuary set up in London with space for 1,300 bodies
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