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On today’s #WorldAt5  🌎: With a small majority in the House and a 50-50 Senate, Joe Biden will need to win over a historically hostile opposition party to get much of his agenda done. Can he pull it off? (1)

The frontrunner to succeed Angela Merkel, Armin Laschet, has received criticism for his dovish stance on both Russia and China, as well as past tweets that appear to express support for Bashar Al-Assad.

A new age of ultra-fast travel has edged closer with a decision to allow civilian supersonic flights over the United States for the first time since they were banned in the 1970s

A plastic surgeon has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a former colleague at his home in Halam, Nottinghamshire. Jonathan Brooks has also been charged with attempted arson.

Four million people have now been vaccinated against Covid amid confusion over which areas will begin immunising over-70s

After unexpected successes in the Georgia run-offs, the future looks somewhat rosier for Biden and the Democrats: With technical control of both chambers, the party will be able to pass some of his manifesto pledges using methods such as budget reconciliation. (2)

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While Biden has a long relationship with McConnell stretching back 30 years, it remains to be seen whether this history between the two will help weaken the intractable resistance the Republican Party has shown to Democratic administrations. (6)

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The pandemic has made us consider the importance of our family relations in a new light. We want to hear perspectives on the world from two different generations of the same family, from Times readers and their children or parents

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Hundreds of Hong Kong democracy protesters, including schoolchildren, are trapped inside a besieged university campus

The head of the government’s vaccine taskforce has failed to publicly declare that she manages private investments in two companies involved in the race to develop coronavirus drugs

An African refugee has drowned in Venice as tourists filmed on their phones, laughed and made racist remarks

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A litter of piglets rescued from a barn fire have been served up as sausages to the firefighters who saved them

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A Malaysian sultan who has divorced the former Russian beauty queen he married 13 months ago has suggested that he may not be the father of a son she gave birth to in May

Forget knives, is chopping your food with your teeth the future of food prep?

Chinese scientists have created healthy baby mice with two mothers and no father, pushing back the barriers to same-sex reproduction in humans

Cheetahs are on brink of extinction as a result of poaching and the trade in exotic pets

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Scientists, politicians, academics and advisers reveal the inside story of ministers’ desperate battle with the virus before the country finally locked down.

Priti Patel said she “cannot wait” to travel on the new British passport. They will be made by a Franco/Dutch company at a factory in Poland, under EU procurement rules

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