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Relations between London and Paris have been further strained after Boris Johnson published his proposals for preventing small boat crossings.
PARIS (Reuters) -France is prepared to talk to Britain about migration if it is ready for serious discussions, interior minister Gerald Darmanin said on Monday, as he urged the UK to "limit" its economic attractiveness to migrants. Darmanin also told a news conference that Prime Minister Jean Castex will write to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday to detail French demands. Amid a growing rift, France cancelled an invitation to British Interior Minister Priti Patel to attend a meeting on Sunday with European counterparts to discuss the situation.
The World Health Organization has called for a new international accord on tackling pandemics, following the emergence of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.During a special session of the World Health Assembly on November 29, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the new variant “underlines just how perilous and precarious our situation is.”“Omicron demonstrates just why the world needs a new accord on pandemics,” he said. “Our current system disincentivizes countries from alerting others to threats that will inevitably land on their shores,” he said.Tedros called on richer nations to commit to vaccine equity in order to bring an end to the pandemic. “More than 80 percent of the world’s vaccines have gone to G20 countries. Low income countries, most of them in Africa, have received just 0.6 percent of all vaccines,” he said. “The longer vaccine inequity persists, the more opportunity this virus has to spread and evolve in ways we cannot predict.”Tedros also said South Africa and Botswana “should be thanked for detecting and sequencing and reporting this variant, not penalized,” and said it was not yet known whether the variant is associated with more transmissions, severe disease, or vaccine resistance. Credit: World Health Organization via Storyful
The migrant crisis has become a key issue on the doorstep in the Old Bexley and Sidcup by-election campaign, the Reform UK candidate has said, as he accused Tories of "warm words but nothing changes".
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Teams of TfL enforcement officers were out in force across London on Tuesday and swooped on commuters without face masks on public transport. As the renewed requirement to wear face coverings kicked in officers stopped those flouting the rules and warned them they would face fines next time. Officers shouted “face coverings are mandatory on the network” as commuters passed through.
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Donald Trump has accused the Duchess of Sussex of "using" Prince Harry and being "disrespectful" to the Queen in a wide-ranging interview. Speaking to Nigel Farage in Florida, the former US president said he hasn't been a fan of the Duchess of Sussex since "day one". In response to comments from Mr Farage about Meghan using Duchess of Sussex headed writing paper to lobby members of Congress, Mr Trump said: "She is trying do things that I think are very inappropriate."
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The government currently has "no plan to move to plan B" in their Covid response, after nine cases of the Omicron variant were found in England and Scotland. Health Minister Ed Argar said restrictions expected to come into force on Tuesday, including mask-wearing on public transport and in shops, were "proportionate" but "we will see cases rise".