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Christmas parties this year should not see “much snogging under the mistletoe”, a Cabinet minister has said, as Boris Johnson faced questions over a Downing Street event that reportedly took place during last year’s lockdown.
The scientist behind the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has urged the public not “freak out” over the emergence of the Omicron variant, stressing that it is likely jabs will still provide protection against the disease. Dr Ugur Sahin, the co-founder of BioNTech, said that while the new strain was likely to partially evade antibodies acquired through vaccination, the immune system had other lines of defence. Boris Johnson on Tuesday announced all adults would be offered a third dose by the end of January.
‘Multiple complaints of sexual misconduct’ have been made against American coach Rana Reider
Former British number one Johanna Konta has announced her retirement from tennis, after struggling with a persistent knee problem over the past couple of years.
Gardai have appealed for witnesses.
The by-election follows the death of former Cabinet minister James Brokenshire.
A passenger train has hit and killed two wild elephants in northeastern India
Stephen McPartland’s consultancy business takes on work from investment firm
The singer and actor was honoured at Windsor Castle for his long career in showbusiness and charity work.
The family of elephants had fun pulling, shaking off and eating the Christmas decorations.
As reports of Christmas party cancellations mount due to Covid concerns, Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer has said Labour are not planning to cancel their celebrations but will "look at them event by event". He added the public needs "clarity" from the government on coronavirus guidelines this Christmas and said he would "like to see the government actually obeying the rules this year which they didn't do last year".
Creator Álex Pina and others on the appeal of the Spanish series, which comes to an end on Friday
Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes were convicted of killing defenceless six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.
MHRA decision comes three months after it approved use of Ronapreve
Part inspired by his own life, actor Aml Ameen says his directorial debut "Boxing Day" is different from other festive films: it is the first British Christmas rom-com led by a majority Black cast. As well as directing and co-writing the movie, Ameen plays Los Angeles-based British author Melvin, who returns to his London home for Christmas to introduce his American fiancee Lisa to his British-Caribbean family. The film provides plenty of laughs as well as typically festive London scenes.
New coronavirus variants highlight the need for countries to do their own research and development on COVID-19 vaccines, said a senior Philippines trade official, adding that people will only be safe once the whole world is vaccinated. The Philippines is looking to work with its trading partners on this as vaccine demand is unlikely to wane anytime soon, said Allan Gepty, assistant secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry in an interview at the Reuters Next conference. The new COVID-19 variants highlight that "we have to continue doing our respective research and development in this area because there is a truism that …no one is safe unless everyone is safe," said Gepty.
Torridge, Gwynedd and Mid Sussex are recording the highest rates.
The South Africa Open is facing further disruption after four golfers tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the tournament starting on Thursday. Darren Fichardt, an 18-time winner on the local Sunshine Tour, Teaghan Gauche, Dylan Mostert and Siyanda Mwandla are the players who have been forced to withdraw. It comes after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in the country last week led to travel restrictions being imposed around the world, and the golf schedule being significantly affected.
The US is moving to require all air travellers entering the country to show a negative Covid test taken a day before departure in a bid to stem the spread of the Omicron variant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the revised timeline would help to “make international travel as safe as possible” amid growing concern over the spread of the new strain. Currently, vaccinated international air travellers can present a negative antigen test result obtained within three days from their point of departure.
Sheriff said killings were ‘absolutely coldhearted murders’