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Grant Shapps defends scrapping of HS2 Leeds extension
Grant Shapps defends scrapping of HS2 Leeds extension
More than four in five local areas (84%) have recorded a week-on-week rise in rates.
Woolly mammoths survived 'thousands of years longer' than originally thought, study finds
PARIS (Reuters) -A day ahead of a European deadline, France said it was still waiting for Britain to approve nearly 100 licences for its fishermen to operate in UK territorial waters and off Jersey and that last-gasp negotiations were ongoing. Fishing rights plagued Brexit talks for years and continue to poison relations between Britain and France, not because of their economic importance but because of their political resonance for both sides. Britain and the EU agreed to set up a licensing system to grant fishing vessels access to each other's waters but France says it has not been given the full number it is due, while Britain says only those lacking the correct documentation have not been granted.
The flight that will see Good Morning America anchor Michael Strahan blasted into space has been delayed. Blue Origin, the private space company owned by Jeff Bezos, said that it would have to wait to send him and the rest of his crew up to the edge of space. Weather is the only issue limiting the launch – with vehicle checks already complete – meaning that it should be able to take off as scheduled later this week if everything goes to plan.
The Countess of Wessex has warned that the world is failing to protect children from "truly horrific abuse" online, as the Covid-19 lockdown made them “ever-more reliant” on virtual communication.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador received his COVID-19 booster shot during a press conference in Zapopan on December 7, as boosters were rolled out across several states.According to Milenio, Obrador was given a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. “I didn’t even feel it,” he said after he was injected, according to a translation.Milenio said officials gave the go-ahead on Tuesday for elderly residents in Chiapas, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Mexico City and Yucatan to begin receiving third doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.According to the Associated Press, health officials had previously said there was no evidence to suggest there was a need for booster shots. Credit: @lopezobrador_ via Storyful
Around 6.4 million people in the UK are yet to have their first vaccine
Coast Guard performs recovery of woman’s body after car plunges into Niagara river
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he was "very upset" when he saw the video of the PM's adviser joking about a Downing Street Christmas party while London was under Tier 3 restrictions last year. The cabinet minister told Sky News he pulled out of media rounds on Wednesday because of how upset he was about the video, which Allegra Stratton resigned over yesterday.
Downing Street has repeatedly denied reports staff had a Christmas party during 2020’s coronavirus lockdown.
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The government introduced its Plan B - working from home, more masks and covid health certificates - in the face of the Omicron variant with the Prime Minister insisting it was the best way to guarantee a “normal” Christmas. Speaking at a press conference from Downing Street, Mr Johnson warned the new strain is “growing much faster” than Delta, with cases potentially doubling every two or three days as he strengthened England’s rules.
The passengers onboard this easyJet A319 aircraft arriving at Bristol Airport from Glasgow were in for a rocky ride as Storm Barra caused very strong crosswinds and gales. The footage shows flight U2409/EZY409 arriving on December 7 and despite the plane struggling against the strong wind, it eventually manages to land safely.
GENEVA (Reuters) -The World Health Organization's (WHO) vaccine advisory panel recommends that people who are immunocompromised or received an inactivated vaccine should receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 shot, it said on Thursday. Many countries have been rolling out booster shots, targeting the elderly and people with underlying health issues, but worries about the new Omicron variant have prompted some to expand their use to larger portions of their populations. With vaccination rates worryingly low in much of the developing world, the WHO has said in recent months that administering primary doses - rather than boosters - should be a priority.
Kim Petras has opened up about being seen as a “joke” in her home country of Germany, and dismissed by the US music industry.
In a few of the rare Afghanistan schools that girls can still attend after the Taliban took power, young women speak about their hopes for the future in a country that is making it harder and harder for them to get ahead.
Australian lawmakers Thursday backed calls for a full judicial inquiry into media ownership, at the end of their own year-long investigation sparked by a record-breaking petition demanding a probe into Rupert Murdoch's dominance of the sector.
Boris Johnson has announced new Covid restrictions in a bid to curb the spread of Omicron. Plan B comes in response to a surge of cases, with 568 currently confirmed.
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Footage of the White House’s extensive holiday decorations and the efforts that went in to preparing for the season was released via YouTube on December 6.The White House officially unveiled its Christmas decorations on Monday, November 29, with the theme of “Gifts from the Heart” – inspired by “the acts of kindness and experiences that lifted our spirits this year,” First Lady Jill Biden said on Twitter.In total, the White House has 41 Christmas trees, with around 6,000 feet of ribbon, over 300 candles, and over 10,000 ornaments used. A 360-degree view of the decorations is available to view on Google Street View, the First Lady said. Credit: The White House via Storyful