Initial actions will require masks on federal property, urge masks everywhere else and reorganize the federal response to the pandemic.
Trump Heights, Trump Square, Trump train terminal: Israel isn't shy about honouring Donald Trump, who is widely admired among Israelis for his staunch support of their country. But in the Palestinian territories, no U.S. president was openly reviled as much as Trump, or depicted in such unflattering terms in portraits and effigies across the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank. In four years, Trump overturned decades of U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Four former senior aides of Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, are prepared to give evidence in court over whether she intended a letter she sent to her father to become public, London's High Court has been told. Meghan, 39, the wife of Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry, is suing publisher Associated Newspapers after its Mail on Sunday tabloid printed extracts of the handwritten letter she sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. She has asked a judge to rule in her favour without need for a potential embarrassing trial, with her lawyers telling the High Court on Tuesday that publishing the "intrinsically private, personal and sensitive letter" was a plain breach of her privacy to which there was no viable defence.
The attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month was traumatic for people across the country who watched the events unfold on TV and social media. But for homeless communities in Washington D.C., it played out where they live - and raised concerns about what was to come with Wednesday's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. "Some clients had demonstrators literally walking through their living rooms," said Ceymone Dyce, director of homeless services at Pathways to Housing DC, a nonprofit.
The incoming administration of U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden should take steps to settle the immigration status of Mexicans working in the United States, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday. "We have been proposing that our countrymen who have been working for years should be regularized, contributing to the development of that great nation," Lopez Obrador told reporters in his regular daily news conference. The Mexican president said such a move should complement plans to support poor Central American nations and southern Mexico, areas which send many migrants to the United States.
Donald Trump wanted a hero's send off Wednesday and the ceremony arranged for him at an Air Force Base outside Washington looked just like one. But one thing was missing: the big crowd he loves.
Some British hospitals resemble a "war zone" due to the influx of coronavirus patients in the country's latest wave of the disease, the government's chief scientific adviser said on Wednesday.
"There are no nerves in it at all so you can’t feel a thing ― it really will just poop with no warning whatsoever."
Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday demanded hefty jail terms for three suspects accused of helping smuggle former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn "in a large musical instrument case" from Japan to Lebanon.
Expressing relief at the end of four years of Trump's "America First" policy, the EU's chief executive and chairman told the European Parliament that shaping new global digital regulation together was paramount. "This new dawn in America is the moment we've been waiting for," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. Von der Leyen said that while it might not be possible to eliminate content such as the incitement that led to the storming of the U.S. Capital on Jan. 6, that hate speech and fake news must not be allowed to circulate freely on the internet. "This political power, unbridled power held by the big internet giants must be reined in," Von der Leyen said.
"Purely coincidental that our minds today keep thinking of bitter oranges," one Twitter user responded to the celebrity TV cook's post.
Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny, detained on Sunday after flying back to Russia for the first time after being poisoned with a nerve agent, is spending his days under strict control in a VIP cell inside one of Moscow's most infamous jails. The prison, called Matrosskaya Tishina or Sailor's Silence, occupies a block in Moscow's north-east and has housed high-ranking prisoners the authorities wanted to cut off from the outside world since the Soviet era.
The Holy See on Wednesday began vaccinating homeless people living near St. Peter's Square, part of charity work for the needy within the Vatican walls.
Ukraine is in talks with Indian medical firm Serum Institute on supplying COVID-19 vaccines, Interfax Ukraine news agency quoted a deputy Ukrainian health minister as saying on Wednesday. "Negotiations are underway with an Indian manufacturer, Serum Institute, which can produce the American Novovax vaccine and has the ability to produce the AstraZeneca vaccine at the moment," Interfax quoted Ihor Ivashchenko as saying.
Bhutan received 150,000 coronavirus vaccine shots on Wednesday, but the Himalayan kingdom has insisted that no one will get the jab until the current "inauspicious month" ends on March 13.
Iraq has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu in the city of Samaraa in the centre of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday. The virus was found on Jan. 12 at a farm some 130 kilometres (81 miles) north of the capital Baghdad and killed 63,700 birds in the 68,800-strong flock, the OIE said in a report posted on its website, citing the Iraqi ministry of agriculture.
Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump, who won the White House in part by promising to "drain the swamp" of Washington political maneuvering, on Wednesday revoked his executive order barring aides and other administration officials from lobbying. The restrictions, imposed soon after he took office in 2017, had targeted the kind of insider culture the Republican Trump had campaigned against and blocked the kind of lucrative gigs that he had said makes politicians beholden to business interests instead of everyday Americans. In an executive order released overnight, hours before he was due to leave office, Trump withdrew the ethics order that had said his appointees would not lobby their own agency for five years after leaving, and would not lobby any government appointee for two years.
US President Donald Trump left the White House for the final time on Wednesday, heading by helicopter to a nearby military base where he will fly to Florida, skipping the inauguration of successor Joe Biden in an extraordinary break with tradition.
Indian artists congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Location: Amritsar, India Artist Jagjot Singh Rubal painted huge portraits of Biden and Harris (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) ARTIST, JAGJOT SINGH RUBAL, SAYING: "Vice President-elect Kamala Harris who belongs to India's Tamil Nadu…it is a very proud moment for us that she will be sworn-in as the vice-president of U.S. I want to gift both these paintings to them in the White House." Location: Bhubaneswar, India Artist L. Eshwar Rao put Biden's photo frame inside a bottle and added a congratulatory message Location: Chennai, India
A small group of Japanese fans of Donald Trump took to the streets of Tokyo on Wednesday, shouting support for the outgoing United States president hours before his successor Joe Biden is sworn into office. About 120 people joined the march in central Tokyo, with participants waving American and Japanese flags and holding banners claiming Trump was "the true winner" of the Nov. 3 election. Democrat Biden won the election with 306 Electoral College votes to Trump's 232.
Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president in a ceremony scaled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic and security concerns stemming from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Biden is to be sworn in as U.S. president shortly after noon (1700 GMT), taking over from Republican Donald Trump. "I look forward to working with him (Biden), and with his new administration, strengthening the partnership between our countries and working on our shared priorities: from tackling climate change, building back better from the pandemic and strengthening our transatlantic security."