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More than four in five local areas (84%) have recorded a week-on-week rise in rates.
LONDON (Reuters) -Britain's governing Conservative Party was fined 17,800 pounds ($23,500) by the electoral watchdog on Thursday for failing to accurately report a donation which helped fund the refurbishment of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's official residence. Johnson has faced intense scrutiny over how the financing of the refurbishment, estimated by some media to have run into hundreds of thousands of pounds on what the Sun newspaper has described as garish furniture and embossed wallpaper. In May, an official report into the funding of the refurbishment was critical of Johnson but cleared him of a conflict of interest or of breaching the ministerial code.
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 when Britain left the bloc.
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
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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.
The Philippine Supreme Court has largely upheld the legality of an anti-terrorism law that opponents fear could threaten democracy and muzzle dissent, but struck down a provision to prevent street protests, activism and labor strikes from being branded as terrorism by authorities
Boris Johnson’s Plan B for dealing with coronavirus will begin being implemented from Friday with the wider use of face masks.
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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 World Health Organization (WHO) recommended on Thursday that people who are immunocompromised or received an inactivated COVID-19 vaccine should receive a booster dose to protect against waning immunity. Many countries have been rolling out booster shots, targeting the elderly and people with underlying health issues, but worries about the new, more transmissible 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.