PFE earnings call for the period ending September 30, 2020.
Five days of Christmas with three households together Tougher tiers are coming – along with another potential revolt Denmark faces new horror as bodies of culled mink rise from mass graves Revealed: Key metrics that determine your area's new tier Hancock overruled officials to order millions of extra vaccines UK spent £10bn extra for PPE due to an 'inadequate' stockpile Elderly to be kept out of Christmas bubbles Subscribe today for a one-month free trial A “four-nations” plan for the relaxation of coronavirus rules has fractured within 24 hours after Nicola Sturgeon warned Scots that they would face tighter restrictions than people in England, writes Daniel Sanderson. The First Minister said that she believed treating existing “bubbles” as one household, as will happen south of the border, would be “going too far” as in practice it could allow members of up to six households to meet during a five-day easing of exemptions next month. She also suggested that Scots should give each other gift vouchers as presents, for both public health and economic reasons, while Scotland’s National Clinical Director warned that there should be no shared serving spoons for Christmas dinner roast potatoes. Scotland-specific guidance will be issued on Thursday, Ms Sturgeon said, but she warned that it would “look to tighten around the edges rather than further expand.” The SNP leader also said that people going to the Scottish islands for Christmas would not get extra days to travel, as is being granted to those going to Northern Ireland. A total of 56,533 have died from Covid -19 in the UK with worldwide cases surpassing 60m. Follow the latest updates below.
Prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to reveal which tiers each part of England will fall into once the current lockdown ends
Allies of Joe Biden have made clear that he expects to see a Brexit trade deal concluded swiftly as he seeks to rebuild a "coalition of the West" to respond to the growing spectre of China. The Telegraph understands that John Kerry, who has been appointed as Mr Biden's climate envoy, has signalled privately that the new administration wants to see a "positive outcome" from the talks. It suggests Mr Biden's incoming administration is ratcheting up the pressure on Boris Johnson to strike an agreement as UK and EU officials seek a compromise on the issues of fishing rights and "level playing field" guarantees for business. While both sides believe a deal could be struck as early as next week, the UK continues to insist it is prepared to walk away if Brussels fails to soften its red lines. However, in an intervention on Tuesday Mr Biden reiterated that he did not want to see a "guarded border" on the island of Ireland as a result of no deal. The Government's controversial Internal Market Bill has no deal clauses related to Northern Ireland overriding the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, which prevents the return of a hard border on the island. A trade deal with Brussels would remove the need for the clauses, which break international law. Although Mr Johnson has reassured the president-elect that he is committed to preventing a hard border, Mr Biden told reporters that "the idea of having a border north and south once again being closed is just not right, we've just got to keep the border open".
Hours after tweeting that he would release transition funds after all, the annual tradition became a weird concession speech by proxy
Ghislaine Maxwell faces tougher jail conditions than inmates convicted of murder or terrorism, according to one of her lawyers. Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend is woken every 15 minutes to ensure she is breathing, despite her having no history of mental health issues or suicide attempts, a judge was told. Bobbi Sternheim said Maxwell is monitored 24 hours a day with a camera in her cell and cameras following her whenever she steps outside.
EU threatens to pull out of Brexit talks if UK refuses to compromiseMichel Barnier says further negotiations would be pointless if UK does not change stance
Australia's entire SAS regiment must be disbanded after Brereton report, expert saysFailure to take strong steps could drive terror-recruiting and undermine future Australian counter-insurgency efforts
David Wilson, 36, posed as a teenage girl to get indecent images from boys, blackmailing them into sending more or abusing other youngsters.
Rudy Giuliani is at a hearing in Pennsylvania detailing allegations of election fraud - despite having told a federal judge there was no fraud case
Sir Keir Starmer faced a "full frontal attack" from senior allies of Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday after they stormed out of a meeting in protest at Dame Margaret Beckett being appointed to chair Labour's ruling body. The Labour leader was accused of "personally lobbying" to ensure the role did not go to Ian Murray of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), a hard-Left ally of his predecessor. The row follows days of infighting over Sir Keir's decision to withhold the Parliamentary whip from Mr Corbyn, with Mr Murray one of various Left-wing figures to criticise the decision. Mr Corbyn, who has been suspended for three months, has been issued with an ultimatum stating that he must "unequivocally" apologise for saying the scale of anti-Semitism in the party had been "overstated". At a meeting held virtually on Tuesday morning, several members of the party's national executive committee (NEC) had argued that as serving vice-chairman Mr Murray should be automatically promoted to the role of chairman.
Bev was horrified when she realised her blunder.
With tree-covered slopes that rise to a pointed summit, the mountain overlooking the Bosnian town of Visoko resembles any other ordinary hillside in the Balkan state. Yet thousands of yearly visitors -- including high-profile stars like Serbian tennis champion Novak Djokovic -- don't see it that way: despite scientists' efforts to debunk the claims, large numbers of people still believe the hill is an ancient man-made pyramid with magical healing powers.
Gemma, who took part in the BBC show in 2017, is also the girlfriend of Maisie’s dance partner Gorka Marquez.
The government has suggested life may return to some normality by Easter 2021.
Here are the latest COVID-19 infection rates across England.
The arrangements will apply from December 23 to 27 after talks between the UK Government and leaders from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The news that three households will be able to mix for five days over Christmas dominates Britain’s newspaper front pages on Wednesday.The UK government and devolved administrations have agreed a joint plan to relax social distancing rules from 23 to 27 December, allowing friends and family to hug for the first time in months.Some newspapers reacted positively to the “mini Christmas”, while others highlighted that while rules will be relaxed, they will still have to be followed. The Christmas plan was agreed following a Cobra meeting chaired by Cabinet minister Michael Gove that brought together the Westminster government and the devolved administrations.Despite the new measures, families and groups of friends will still face difficult decisions and restrictions on their activities.The bubbles will have to be exclusive over the five-day period, meaning people cannot shift from one group to another – although children whose parents are separated will be allowed to move between them.People aged over 65 in care homes will not be able to join their loved ones for Christmas, and in families where three children live away from home, they would not all be able to return for the festive period.
The deaths of 696 people were recorded in the UK on Wednesday.
The Duke of Sussex’s cousin had two miscarriages before the arrival of her daughter Lena.
It may never be known whether Donald Trump truly believed he won the 2020 US election, or if the last two weeks have been an extended face-saving exercise. Some senior Republicans, who have remained publicly silent, viewed the president's legal assault on the electoral system as akin to a tantrum, or to him working through the various stages of grief. Whatever his motivation, the president's decision on Monday to accept the formal transition process marked the end of an extraordinary interregnum. It began on Nov 7 when all major US television networks "called" the election for Joe Biden. At this point, it is traditional for one candidate to concede, although it is simply a custom. Instead, Mr Trump began making allegations of widespread voter fraud, and assembled a legal team to overturn counts in various battleground states. Three dozen cases were filed in six states. The vast majority were rejected by a judge, or withdrawn. Not a single case of voter fraud was upheld by a court. One legal expert described the strategy as like "throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks, which I tell my law students is never a good strategy." Mr Trump became increasingly frustrated with his legal team. But the frustration went both ways, and several lawyers withdrew from representing him in court. Rudy Giuliani, Mr Trump's personal lawyer, seized control. His all-out attack culminated in a bizarre, hour-long press conference on Nov 19. The claims Mr Giuliani made about voter fraud were overshadowed when black hair dye rolled down his cheeks. At the same event Sidney Powell, another firebrand lawyer, made claims including that voting software had been created at the direction of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Mr Giuliani later distanced himself from her, saying Ms Powell was "not a member of the Trump Legal Team". Then, on Monday, a number of things collided to force Mr Trump's hand. Rush Limbaugh, the massively popular conservative radio talk show host, and friend of the president, issued a rare attack.