A second woman who claims Ghislaine Maxwell groomed her for abuse by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein while she was a teenager took the witness stand in the British socialite’s sex trafficking trial on Monday. The woman, who is testifying under the pseudonym Kate, is the second of four women named in a 2021 indictment against Maxwell. Kate said she was 17 when she met Maxwell for tea at her London townhouse in 1994.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer lambasts the government for not acting quickly enough to bring in pre-departure Covid tests, saying "as ever they are behind the curve". He points out he "called upon" the government to do this last week and they delayed "as they always do".
The violence seen at the first campaign rally for France's far-right candidate Eric Zemmour plays into his hands, and could actually help his fight for the presidency. That's the view of Paul Smith, Associate Professor in French History and Politics at the University of Nottingham. But Smith says it's too early to know if Zemmour will have a major impact on the campaign. The same can be said of Valérie Pécresse of the conservative The Republicans party, who was chosen as its candidate at the weekend. We discuss where the presidential campaign stands, almost four months ahead of the vote.
PARIS (Reuters) -France will close nightclubs ahead of Christmas and tighten social distancing measures in response to the emergent Omicron variant of the coronavirus but there is no need for new lockdowns or curfews, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Monday. Castex said a fifth wave of the pandemic was now surging through the country. Health Minister Olivier Veran said the combination of vaccination booster shots and more rigorous social distancing would allow France to avoid renewed lockdowns currently being imposed in several European countries.
Several houses were burned in a fire in a residential area of Tokyo’s Koto-ku ward early in the morning on Monday, December 6, according to local news reports.Local media citing the Metropolitan Police Department reported a man, who appeared to be a resident, claimed that he had “ignited his house”.This footage filmed by Twitter user @mitsu616 shows smoke rising from nearby flames. Credit: @mitsu616 via Storyful
China has vowed the United States will have to “pay a price” after the US declared it would diplomatically boycott the Winter Olympics over human rights abuses. The White House announced on Monday government officials would boycott the event because of human rights “atrocities”. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing on Tuesday the country would take “resolute countermeasures”.
French rescue workers dug out the body of a man but also pulled a toddler and the child's mother alive from the rubble of a three-story apartment building that collapsed Tuesday in a suspected gas explosion on southern France's Mediterranean coast. View on euronews