Boris Johnson will warn the coronavirus pandemic has divided the international community, as he pledges hundreds of millions of pounds to the World Health Organisation to fight future viruses.
CCTV footage of the moment a driver parked his lorry and trailer and discovered the bodies of 39 illegal Vietnamese migrants inside has been played in court. Four men are on trial at the Old Bailey in connection with the deaths of the men, women and children, aged 15 to 44, who were found after the airtight trailer was transported by ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium to Purfleet in Essex. In the video from 23 October last year, lorry driver Maurice Robinson is seen walking to the back and opening the right hand door a little before vapour is seen rising from it in Eastern Avenue, Grays, at 1.13am.
Downing Street is privately working on the assumption that the second wave of coronavirus will be more deadly than the first, with the death toll remaining high throughout the winter. An internal analysis of the projected course of the second wave is understood to show deaths peaking at a lower level than in the spring but remaining at that level for weeks or even months. It is understood that the projection – provided by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) – has led to intense lobbying from Sir Patrick Vallance and other Government advisers for Boris Johnson to take more drastic action. "It's going to be worse this time, more deaths," said one well-placed source. "That is the projection that has been put in front of the Prime Minister, and he is now being put under a lot of pressure to lock down again."
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The first generation of COVID-19 vaccines "is likely to be imperfect" and "might not work for everyone", the chair of the UK Vaccine Taskforce has said. Writing in The Lancet, Kate Bingham said no vaccine in the history of medicine "has been as eagerly anticipated" and that "vaccination is widely regarded as the only true exit strategy from the pandemic that is currently spreading globally". "We do not know that we will ever have a vaccine at all," she wrote.
A UK ticket-holder has scooped a £79 million EuroMillions jackpot, with players being urged to check their numbers.The winning numbers in the draw were 13, 15, 28, 32, 44 and the lucky stars were 03 and 12.
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All Indians are now allowed to buy land in Jammu and Kashmir, India's only Muslim-majority state, in a controversial move that human rights activists say amounts to a Hindu "land grab". Kashmiris have long accused the Hindu-nationalist government of trying to force demographic change by encouraging Hindu migration to India’s only Muslim-majority region, which borders Pakistan. In August 2019, Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, scrapped the autonomous status that the state had since independence and split it into two union territories, in an attempt to bring the conflict-ridden region under greater central control. A violent pro-independence insurgency has raged in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989 and the Indian authorities are accused of carrying out gross human rights abuses against civilians. Prior to the ruling, non-Kashmiris could only apply for residency if they had lived in the region for 15 years, meaning demographic change had been very slow.
Britain must spell out how far it wants to diverge from European Union rules if it wants access to the bloc's financial market from January, a top European Commission official said on Tuesday. Britain has left the EU and access under transition arrangements ends on Dec. 31. Future access for the City of London hinges on UK financial rules staying aligned or "equivalent" to regulation in the bloc.
Migrants have “no reason” to cross the Channel, a cabinet minister claimed today after four people including two children died off the coast of Dunkirk.A five-year-old, an eight-year-old and two adults died when their boat sank on Tuesday, French authorities said.
It was made by Colonel Joseph Skaf, described by his family as a diligent customs official. Skaf, then the head of the anti-narcotics and money laundering division, informed the customs authority that the shipment of ammonium nitrate was "extremely dangerous" and posed a risk to the public. Reuters couldn't determine whether Skaf, who died in 2017, received a response to his letter or whether he followed up on his warning.
Even though we can fully appreciate someone having a signature nail polish shade, we're big advocates for switching things up every once in a while. After all, outside of makeup, your nails are one of the easiest ways to express yourself, and you can change them weekly or even daily if you're feeling so inclined. As we prepare for the upcoming season, we're shopping for all things winter-inspired, including new nail polish shades. (Because I think we can all agree that the same soft pink color that you wore the last six months gets old after a while.) But with so many colors to choose from, we like to leave our mani fate to the stars and choose a new shade based on our zodiac sign. Find the best winter nail polish shade for each zodiac sign, from metallic golds to cozy browns, ahead.
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The Duchess of Sussex has applied to have her privacy and copyright claims against the Mail on Sunday decided by a judge now, avoiding the need for a trial. Her legal team will tomorrow (THURS) ask for summary judgment to be handed down in lieu of the trial, which is scheduled to begin in January, arguing that the newspaper has no chance of success. It is also considering an application to strike out the defence for the privacy aspect of the case. The application will be heard by Justice Warby at the High Court. If successful, it would mean the Duchess, 39, would no longer have to give evidence, or face her father, Thomas Markle, in court. The Duchess is suing Associated Newspapers, owners of the Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail and MailOnline for publication of a story featuring extracts of a "private and confidential" letter she sent her father, Thomas Markle, in 2018. She claims the article was a breach of privacy and copyright. A summary judgment and strike out application can be brought when one party believes it has an overwhelmingly strong case. The Duchess’s legal team has said it does not believe that the Mail on Sunday’s case has a chance of succeeding and therefore, that there is no “compelling reason” for trial. “We are confident in our case and therefore believe it should be determined on a summary basis,” a source said. If the judge rules that some or all of the claims should proceed to a trial then the Duchess will apply to adjourn the case. She will also appeal against the ruling that Finding Freedom, a tell-all biography about the Sussexes, can be used as evidence by the newspaper. The 350-page book was thrust to the heart of the case after its publication in August due to its startling level of detail about the couple’s innermost thoughts and feelings. The Mail on Sunday successfully argued that it should be allowed to include details from the biography in its defence, suggesting it was proof that the Duchess permitted details of her life to be shared with authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. A source close to the Duchess said the application to adjourn the case was due to the volume of work required now that the biography had been included. “It is a massive expansion of the case,” the source said. “The volume of additional evidence, disclosures and research required could not meet the original timetable.” Francesca Kaye, a Master of the Chancery Division, ruled in September: "Meghan says she had nothing to do with the information in the public domain, including the book, either directly or indirectly. "She says, 'It was not me and had nothing to do with me', which is a simple case. If it's a house of cards, then it will fall down quickly at trial. But I'm satisfied it is arguable." The Duchess has denied cooperating with them.
Nicola Sturgeon has been warned she risks confusing Scotland after unveiling complicated details of her new lockdown blueprint that will see pubs and restaurants in the Central Belt reopen next week but not serve alcohol. The First Minister said licensed premises in level 3 of her five-tier system - likely to cover much of central Scotland - can reopen from Monday but are barred from serving alcoholic beverages and must shut by 6pm. Pubs and restaurants in level 2 areas, covering much of the rest of the country, will be permitted to serve alcohol indoors with a meal until 8pm. Ms Sturgeon also told MSPs that Scotland's islands, the Highlands and Moray may be placed in level 1 thanks to their lower coronavirus levels, allowing their pubs to open until 10.30pm and serve drinks without meals. But she said that a ban on meeting other households indoors would remain in place at level 1 for the time being "as an extra precaution" despite a table she published last week stating it would be lifted. The First Minister also confirmed that she was considering putting North and South Lanarkshire into the fourth and highest tier, a near full lockdown affecting nearly 700,000 people. Ms Sturgeon said she will confirm on Thursday what level each of Scotland's 32 local authority areas will be placed in initially. MSPs voted to note her five-tier framework. A new postcode checker is to be launched allowing people to find out what restrictions are in place in their area at any given time.
The head of the judiciary has weighed into the Government's row with "lefty activist lawyers" by expressing regret at the "minority" who support what he called "abusive late legal challenges". The intervention by Lord Burnett, the Lord Chief Justice, was welcomed by Government sources, although it came in a judgment in which he ruled a major plank of the UK's strategy for removing failed migrants illegal. Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, and Boris Johnson have been embroiled in an increasingly acrimonious war with the legal profession over legal challenges that have thwarted attempts to deport Channel migrants. Earlier this week, more than 800 former judges and legal figures signed a letter calling on Ms Patel and the Prime Minister to apologise for their "hostility" toward the profession. The two politicians have been critical of lawyers who seek to frustrate Government policy, describing them as "activists" and "lefties". The letter, published in The Guardian, said: "Such attacks endanger not only the personal safety of lawyers and others working for the justice system, as has recently been vividly seen; they undermine the rule of law, which ministers and lawyers alike are duty-bound to uphold." Lord Burnett's comments centred on one of the key concerns by the Home Office, which is the late challenges to its attempts to deport migrants, including those who have crossed the Channel. It has led to flights to other EU countries being halted at the last minute.
SNP ministers have been accused of an “outrageous” waste of public money after they spent more than £50,000 fighting to maintain “cruel and illegal” exports of live baby calves to Europe. The Scottish Government attempted to defeat a legal challenge brought by animal rights campaigners to the practice, which saw unweaned calves as young as three weeks old taken to Spain on long lorry journeys to be fattened before slaughter. Nicola Sturgeon was warned in early 2018 that some of the animals were likely to have been taken on to “horrific" slaughter houses in North Africa and the Middle East, with the conduct of her administration condemned on Tuesday as "appalling".