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Are politicians doing enough for Britain’s poorest people? ‘It’s not ok to leave that to charity’ - channel 4

Are politicians doing enough for Britain’s poorest people? ‘It’s not ok to leave that to charity’

Dame Louise Casey led the scheme to arrange temporary accommodation for thousands of rough sleepers at the start of the pandemic. Now, with most of the country likely to face Covid restrictions for many more months, she says the government must “resurrect a sense of kindness and giving” to help people struggling in the “tough…
channel 4 - 18 minutes ago
Council tax rise likely, says IFS - channel 4

Council tax rise likely, says IFS

The government has said it remains committed to Conservative manifesto commitments not to raise income tax, VAT or National Insurance. It comes after the chancellor announced yesterday that he would jettison the party’s commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid. Today, the IFS warned that Rishi Sunak’s spending review is likely to result…
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Two police officers could face criminal charges over crime scene photos  - channel 4

Two police officers could face criminal charges over crime scene photos 

In June, this programme revealed that two police officers had been arrested over allegations they’d shared “inappropriate” photographs of a crime scene. Now the police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, has handed a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service. Sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry were stabbed to death at Fryent…
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The science behind England’s new Covid tier system - channel 4

The science behind England’s new Covid tier system

One area going into Tier 3 is Kent. Case rates there vary widely – Swale and Thanet have the two highest rates in the UK, whilst other areas are below average. But the government decided to put the whole county into the highest level of restrictions, ignoring pleas from MPs for more localised measures. So…
channel 4 - 30 minutes ago
Most of northern England faces toughest Covid restrictions after lockdown - channel 4

Most of northern England faces toughest Covid restrictions after lockdown

Both the health secretary and the prime minister praised Liverpool for getting its case rate down. The city entered lockdown under Tier 3, but will exit it in Tier 2. For most places in the north of England though, it was a different story. Tier 3 beckons for much of the region, including Greater Manchester.
channel 4 - 51 minutes ago
Tier system announced for England after lockdown - channel 4

Tier system announced for England after lockdown

Blink and you could miss the transition next week – from lockdown to the tier system. Just 700,000 in England will move back to the lowest tier of Covid alert. More than 40 percent of the population, many in the North and Midlands will be in the highest tier. Boris Johnson admitted that the new…
channel 4 - 53 minutes ago
Oxford and AstraZeneca

Oxford and AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine to be trialed AGAIN amid mounting questions over dosage issues

The Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca will be tested again, the drug maker's CEO said on Thursday, following growing doubts over the jab, due to dosing and data-handling errors.
rt - 1 hour ago
FactCheck Q&A: how safe is the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine?  - channel 4

FactCheck Q&A: how safe is the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine? 

The coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University is under scrutiny after the makers admitted an error had led to different groups getting different doses in clinical trials. 
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Belgian MEP criticizes ‘illiberal pressure’ from Hungary and Poland, as Orban calls budget proposal unacceptable - rt

Belgian MEP criticizes ‘illiberal pressure’ from Hungary and Poland, as Orban calls budget proposal unacceptable

MEP and former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has criticized “illiberal pressure” from Hungary and Poland on the EU over its ‘rule of law’ budget proviso, as the two eastern European states remain firm over their veto.
rt - 3 hours ago
Carol singing allowed once lockdown ends - metro

Carol singing allowed once lockdown ends

But it needs to be socially distanced and outside.
metro - 3 hours ago
Earth’s atmosphere once as toxic as Venus, researchers say, after melting floating marbles with lasers for study - rt

Earth’s atmosphere once as toxic as Venus, researchers say, after melting floating marbles with lasers for study

The early atmosphere of our planet was as toxic as that of present-day Venus, as gases escaped from a magma ocean during Earth's development, scientists have found, after melting hovering marbles with lasers for their research.
rt - 4 hours ago
Investigation opened into footage of Paris police fiercely beating black man (VIDEO) - rt

Investigation opened into footage of Paris police fiercely beating black man (VIDEO)

French authorities have opened an investigation after a video was published on social media showing three policemen beating and tear-gassing a black man in his own office.
rt - 4 hours ago
A(nother) Georgia GOP Senator Was Reportedly Investigated for Insider Trading - vice

A(nother) Georgia GOP Senator Was Reportedly Investigated for Insider Trading

This is historically bad timing for the Senate Republicans, as both senators are facing run-off votes that could decide the balance of the chamber.
vice - 4 hours ago
Austrian government steps up protection of churches after Vienna attack in run-up to Christmas - rt

Austrian government steps up protection of churches after Vienna attack in run-up to Christmas

Austria has begun tightening security at its churches and other sites of religious worship, fearing copycat attacks after an Islamist gunman killed four people in a rampage earlier this month in the capital Vienna.
rt - 5 hours ago
European Parliament approves sanctions on Turkey over reopening of Cyprus town - rt

European Parliament approves sanctions on Turkey over reopening of Cyprus town

MEPs have adopted an amendment calling on the European Council to impose sanctions on Turkey, after they unanimously voted to condemn its recent "unilateral and illegal" behavior in Cyprus and the surrounding territorial waters.
rt - 5 hours ago
Farmers hit with water cannon and tear gas as Indian police try to halt protest march on Delhi (VIDEO) - rt

Farmers hit with water cannon and tear gas as Indian police try to halt protest march on Delhi (VIDEO)

Indian police have been deployed in large numbers across the states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to stop thousands of farmers reaching Delhi in a huge demonstration against agricultural market reforms.
rt - 5 hours ago
Amy Coney Barrett Casts Swing Vote to Block New York

Amy Coney Barrett Casts Swing Vote to Block New York's Pandemic Restrictions on Religious Services

The newest Justice just helped reverse a trend of the Supreme Court giving leeway to state restrictions during the pandemic.
vice - 6 hours ago
France charges four teenagers in relation to beheading of Samuel Paty - rt

France charges four teenagers in relation to beheading of Samuel Paty

Four teenagers have been charged in France in relation to the murder of Samuel Paty, including three who allegedly identified the teacher to his killer before he was beheaded in a street near his school.
rt - 6 hours ago
One of Trump

One of Trump's Favorite Sheriffs Was Charged With Theft in Police Dog Charity Scam\n

Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh was one of President Donald Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters right from the start.
vice - 7 hours ago
Trump Shared a Tweet Saying He Should Pardon Himself, and Joe Exotic - vice

Trump Shared a Tweet Saying He Should Pardon Himself, and Joe Exotic

Happy Thanksgiving!
vice - 7 hours ago
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China to make 'necessary response' after US approves $1.8bn arms sale to Taiwan

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Beijing has warned that the US State Department's approval of a potential $1.8 billion arms sale to Taiwan would have "a major impact' on China-US relations, while Taipei says it's not seeking an arms race with the Chinese.

China will issue a necessary response as the situation develops, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters on Thursday.

Taiwanese Defense Minister Yen De-fa said earlier in the day that Taipei will not seek an arms race with China, and only needs a defensive combat capability.

Yen thanked the US for the new weaponry that potentially includes sensors, missiles and artillery. The arms could help Taiwan deal with the "enemy threat and new situation," the minister said, but reiterated that it is not looking for confrontation with Beijing.

We will not engage in an arms race with the Chinese communists. We will put forward requirements and build fully in accordance with the strategic concept of heavy deterrence, defending our position and defensive needs.

The modernization of its armed forces, which centers on the development of asymmetrical warfare, remains a priority for Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

The 'asymmetrical' missile program focuses on the use of non-traditional weapons against a more powerful potential adversary in case of a cross-strait conflict.

The Pentagon said on Wednesday that the US State Department has approved the potential sale of three weapons systems to Taiwan. They include missiles and artillery, with a total value of $1.8 billion.

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