Taylor Swift calls out Damon Albarn over songwriting comments

When the interviewer said that Swift co-writes her music, Albarn responded: “That doesn’t count. I know what co-writing is. Co-writing is very different to writing. I’m not hating on anybody, I’m just saying there’s a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes.”

Taliban begin talks with Western officials in Oslo

On Monday, Afghanistan’s deputy minister for information and culture, Zabihullah Mujahid, said girls would be allowed to attend school from the end of March this year. He also denied that the Taliban are holding a number of women who had been protesting for their rights.

Jean-Jacques Savin: French adventurer dies crossing Atlantic Ocean

His family had not heard any news from him since, and “were hoping for a glimmer of hope, and even good news,” the Facebook statement said. But on Friday Savin’s canoe was found overturned off the Azores, an island chain in the North Atlantic Ocean, by Portuguese maritime officials.

Meat Loaf: Stars pay tribute to ‘one-off’ Bat Out Of Hell singer

The resulting tour was punishing. Meat Loaf ended up with exhaustion and his career stalled. Worse still, contractual problems meant he received no royalties from Bat Out Of Hell for years, eventually declaring bankruptcy. In one interview, he confessed he was so angered by the situation that he would pull copies of the CD off […]

Ukraine tension: Urgent US-Russia talks in Geneva as invasion fears grow

After discussions in Berlin with British, French and German officials on Thursday, Mr Blinken said allowing a Russian incursion into Ukraine would “drag us all back to a much more dangerous and unstable time, when this continent, and this city, were divided in two… with the threat of all-out war hanging over everyone’s heads”.

Ukraine tension: Biden says he thinks Putin will ‘move in’

Talks between the West and Russia have so far failed to reach a breakthrough, with some of Moscow’s demands rejected as non-starters. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due to meet the Russian foreign minister in Geneva on Friday, having warned that Russia could attack Ukraine “on very short notice”.

Covid: WHO warns pandemic not over amid Europe case records

In Denmark, officials reported a record 33,493 new daily cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, while health authorities in Italy recorded 228,179 new infections, up from 83,403 the previous day. In Germany a record 112,323 new cases were reported on Wednesday, and the incidence rate of cases per 100,000 people also climbed to a new high […]

US airlines warn of impending 5G flight disruption

The chief executives of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines were joined by others in saying: “Immediate intervention is needed to avoid significant operational disruption to air passengers, shippers, supply chain and delivery of needed medical supplies”, including vaccine distribution.

Thousands without power as US and Canada hit by winter storm

In Canada’s Ontario province, which shares a border with New York state, officials issued storm warnings on Sunday morning for much of the south. Toronto, the capital of the province and Canada’s largest city, is forecast to get seven inches (20cm) of snow.

Key moments: Dr Anthony Fauci and the pandemic

After nearly two years as the face of America’s fight against Covid-19, Dr Anthony Fauci was caught calling a senator “a moron” in a hot mic moment during a congressional hearing. Having served under two administrations during the pandemic, here are the moments that reveal how his attitude shifted.