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New China virus: Warning it could mutate and spread further

There are now more than 400 known cases of the new virus that has spread to several Chinese provinces, as well as countries including the US, South Korea and Thailand. And Chinese authorities are warning that the coronavirus - which has killed nine people and has been confirmed as transmittable from person to person - could mutate and spread further..

The warning comes as millions of people are travelling across China for the Lunar New Year festival, which is expected to lead to more cases. Here is what we know so far about the virus.

And we ask how worried should people be?

Trump impeachment: Senators argue over trial rules

The opening skirmishes in US President Donald Trump's impeachment trial have been taking place in the Senate, with the Republican majority rejecting Democratic attempts to secure new evidence. But majority leader Mitch McConnell backed off plans to fast-track the hearings, after Democrats said this would amount to a cover-up.

Mr Trump - who is charged with abuse of power and obstructing a congressional inquiry - described the trial as a "hoax" when he spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He is unlikely to be convicted, as that would require the backing of 67 out of 100 senators. But there could be many hours of discussion ahead over the next six weeks. So what's going on? Find out here.

Also, we explain the Trump impeachment story in 100 words, 300 words and 800 words.

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Earth's oldest known asteroid crater identified

A crater some 2.2 billion years old - that's about half the age of the Earth - has been identified in Western Australia. Scientists say the asteroid that hit Yarrabubba could have accounted for a major warming event. Read all about it.

Kate launches childhood survey

The Duchess of Cambridge is hoping to start a "national conversation" about early childhood, as she launches a survey, asking adults "Five Big Questions". The aim is to improve health and wellbeing.

Is Veganuary a smart way to lose weight?

By Hazel Shearing

Search for #Veganuary on Instagram and you'll find meatless burgers, dairy-free croissants and porridge topped with just about every plant-based food you can think of. You'll also find people posing in gym wear, adverts for "diet" protein powders and posts about weight loss.

People do Veganuary for a wide range of ethical and health reasons. For some it's weight loss - especially if they're inspired by celebrities like Beyonce, whose pre-Coachella diet was described by nutritionists as potentially dangerous. But is it a viable or healthy way to shed pounds in January, or in the long run?

Read the full article

What the papers say

"Trump versus Greta" is Metro's headline, as it and other newspapers react to the US president's speech on climate change at Davos, and campaigner Greta Thunberg's reaction. The Times describes the pair as exchanging "thinly veiled insults", while the i calls Mr Trump "Earth's number one climate change denier". Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror, the Sun and the Daily Star lead on Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne's announcement of his Parkinson's disease diagnosis. Read the newspaper review in full.

Daily digest

Toys and apps New "transformational" code to protect children's privacy online

Canada blizzards Military called in as 70cm (27in) of snow hits

Tech talks UK told to "hold fire" on tax planned for April

London Super-rich elites "making city off-limits"

Coca-Cola People still want plastic bottles, says drinks giant

If you watch one thing today

'They call me names for playing football'

If you listen to one thing today

Running to do good

If you read one thing today

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Is there still a place for 'the grind' whale hunt?

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10:40 New European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will address the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

15:00 Joe Ousalice, a Falklands veteran who was stripped of his medal when forced out of the Royal Navy because of his sexuality, will have it re-awarded at a ceremony on HMS Excellent, Portsmouth.

On this day

1979 Tens of thousands of workers demanding more pay take part in a day of strikes - the biggest mass stoppage since 1926. See the footage.

From elsewhere

Sixty hours on burning Kangaroo Island (National Geographic)

Polygraph's revival may be about truth rather than lies (Guardian)

The long war against slavery (New Yorker)

1970s London from the top of a Routemaster (Londonist)

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