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5 things you need to know this morning: Jan. 22, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Google threatens to ditch Australia if law forces tech giant to pay for news

Tech giant Google has threatened to remove its internet search service from Australia. It comes in response to Australia's attempt to make the US firm pay royalties to news publishers Down Under when their content is featured on Google's enormously lucrative products. Australian PM Scott Morrison said the country will not surrender to threats.

2. Piers Morgan impersonator 'had conversation with President Trump'

Donald Trump was prank-called while on Air Force One last year, TV presenter Piers Morgan has claimed. According to professional controversialist Morgan, the call took place in October. Morgan said he thought the prank was "absolutely hilarious" and involved someone imitating the former journalist as a means of getting through to the most powerful man in the world. "They had a conversation with Trump thinking he was talking to me," Morgan explained.

3. Twitter criticized for not banning Iranian dictator's account after post inciting murder of Trump

Twitter has brought yet more controversy to its own door after allowing the theocratic dictator of Iran to remain on the platform despite one of his accounts tweeting an incitement to murder former president Donald Trump. One of the accounts of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, a Holocaust denier who has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel, tweeted an image showing Trump playing golf with the shadow of a plane hanging over him. Attached was the message "vengeance is inevitable." Despite repeated calls to remove Khamenei's accounts, Twitter has allowed some to stay online.

4. Fury from some as Australian tennis great given country's highest honour

There have been calls for Australian tennis great Margaret Court to be denied the country's highest honour – the Order of Australia – over her opposition to gay marriage. The 78-year-old sporting superstar is now a Christian pastor. She said: "It's very sad people hold on to that and still want to bully."

5. Democrats say Trump's trial will begin next week

To round off a busy day of Trump-related news, the former president's trial is set to go ahead next week. Democrats said they will send the article of impeachment to the Senate on Monday. Trump has been accused of inciting insurrection in connection with the riots at the Capitol building earlier in the year.

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