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Newspaper headlines: 'Anarchy in the USA' and 'the clap's back'

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Thursday's papers largely lead with violent protests by Trump supporters in Washington DC.

"US Capitol Under Siege" declares the Times, alongside a dramatic image of police officers drawing guns on protesters who had stormed the building.

It says "what should have been a day of dignified constitutional formality" left news networks wondering "if they were watching a coup unfold in the final moments of the presidency".

"Anarchy in the USA" is the phrase adopted by the i newspaper, Daily Express and Metro - which shows a shooting victim being carried away and a defiant Donald Trump, standing with fist raised after addressing the rally, which pre-empted the assault on the Capitol.

It says that, as "the crowds rushed up the Capitol steps, the mass ranks of National Guard and federal agencies who had driven peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters off the streets around the White House were nowhere to be seen".

For the Daily Telegraph, it was "Democracy under siege".

"The remarkable developments in the nation's capital were not inevitable when the sun rose yesterday morning", it says, "although there was a sense of foreboding" as "thousands of the president's faithful" gathered the night before.

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It says they pushed up the value of US stocks and Treasury yields, boosted by "the prospect of a Democratic-led Congress that would probably mean bigger fiscal stimulus" for the country.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail says UK regulators are to "drastically" speed up their approval of batches of coronavirus vaccine, to accelerate the mass vaccination programme.

The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency is said to be cutting testing from up to 20 days to four, and increasing staffing.

The Daily Telegraph says GPs have been told to "stand down" routine care and prioritise providing Covid jabs, in the race to immunise 14 million people by next month.

It says charities have expressed concern about the disruption for patients who have experienced months of difficulties in getting to see a doctor.

"Roll Your Sleeves Up" and "stop dithering" demands the Sun, as it highlights calls from "MPs and medics" for the government to ensure vaccinations are made available round-the-clock.

The Daily Mirror appeals for 50,000 volunteers to work as stewards at vaccine hubs, telling them they will be a "force for good".

The Daily Star hails the return of the Clap for Carers from tonight - albeit under a new name of Clap for Heroes. The applause, it says, is "for all you teachers, carers, refuse collectors, truckers, cleaners, posties and shopworkers".

Everyone in fact, it says, except the government.

The i's editor, Oliver Duff, writes that "friends of US democracy hope that last night's outrages were the dying howls of a defeated movement" - but says "there are now real doubts about a peaceful handover of power" on inauguration day.

The Daily Telegraph covers the case of a decorated two-star general who has been forced to leave the British Army for lying about his relationship with a female reservist captain in his unit.

The Times reports that the head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Rebecca Hilsenrath, was ordered by police to leave her second home in Wales, where she had been staying over Christmas in breach of Covid restrictions.

Ms Hilsenrath, who is a lawyer, is said to have apologised and insisted she was unaware of the rules. The EHRC board is reported to be considering whether her actions have brought the organisation into disrepute.

And the Daily Express reveals that 11 people from London were fined for flouting tier four rules to drive to Derbyshire to go hiking. They were caught when one of them crashed their car, which ended up on its roof.