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Achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is a ‘colossal challenge’, spending watchdog warns

The government’s ambition to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is a “colossal challenge” which can only be delivered by a “concerted national effort”, according to a spending watchdog report. On the same day that Boris Johnson announced a new, more ambitious target to cut carbon emissions by 68 per cent before 2030, the National Audit Office (NAO) made clear the scale of the challenge. Without further action, it warns, Britain’s...


Cambridge don blasts 'woke' constraints on freedom of speech

Dr Arif Ahmed was speaking out as Cambridge university is being balloted to approve a policy requiring students and staff to be 'respectful' of others' views.


'Conditions not met for Brexit deal': UK and EU put trade talks on hold

Brexit trade talks between the UK and the EU have been put on hold after the two sides said "conditions for an agreement are not met".


SIMON WALTERS: Only Macron stands in the way of PM's triumph on a deal

SIMON WALTERS: Predictably, Emmanuel Macron threw a last-minute hand grenade into the negotiations bunker. He demanded that one of the key aspects settled months ago is ripped up.


Bird flu: Chickens and hens must be kept indoors – but their meat and eggs may still be labelled ‘free-range’

Eggs and meat from millions of hens, chickens, turkeys and geese will be sold as free-range – even though the government has ordered the birds into lockdown indoors to prevent bird flu spreading. And the RSPCA is warning that the stress of being cooped up could make birds more susceptible than usual to disease. From 14 December, all birds – including free-range ones – must be kept indoors by law to prevent contact with migrating wild birds that...


Trump news - live: Kellyanne Conway latest to say president has lost as Pence starts to distance himself

Some of Donald Trump's closest allies have begun distancing themselves from the president's challenges to the outcome of the 2020 election. Former aide Kellaynne Conway on Friday acknowledged Joe Biden as the apparent winner, while Mike Pence maintained an awkward silence as he didn't acknowledge the crowd at his Georgia rally chanting "four more years" in support of Trump's Hail Mary pass at staying in the White House. New filings show Trump...


‘It’s agony staying home’: Despair as Wales stops serving alcohol and shuts restaurants at 6pm

The table sanitiser is whipped out and the chairs are stacked up. A taxi rank forms and two police horses trot into place. Diners and drinkers spill out into the street. It’s six o’clock and, in Cardiff, that means no more pints – for at least two weeks. A new set of rules has just come into force, meaning no alcohol can be served in Welsh pubs, restaurants, cafes, or any other hospitality venues. More than that, they all have to shut their...


Surveillance tape breeds false fraud claims in Georgia

Surveillance footage of ballot processing on election night in Atlanta is fueling a false social media narrative of “suitcases filled with ballots” hidden under a cloth-covered table and tallied without supervision, even as top state officials confirm election workers followed standard procedure. The video showed regular ballot containers on wheels — not suitcases — and both a state investigator and an independent monitor observed counting until...


Man, 66, charged with murder of two women in Kent more than 30 years ago

A 66-year-old man has been charged with the murder of two women in Kent more than 30 years ago.


Trump campaign files lawsuit to ‘order a new election’ in Georgia

The Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit in Georgia asking a state court to “order a new election to be conducted in the presidential race,” citing “tens of thousands of illegal votes” in a statement to the press on Friday. “What was filed today clearly documents that there are literally tens of thousands of illegal votes that were cast, counted, and included in the tabulations the Secretary of State is preparing to certify,” Ray S. Smith III,...


Date set for when GPs need to be ready to start giving COVID vaccine

GP surgeries in England have been told to prepare to start staffing COVID-19 vaccination centres by 14 December.


President-elect Biden hosts virtual meeting with officials

President-elect Joe Biden hosts a virtual meeting with with the board of directors of the National Association of Counties.


CNBC reporters get into heated on air row over face masks

Two panelists on a financial news show became embroiled in a heated on-air row over face masks and restaurant closings. Andrew Ross Sorkin and Rick Santelli got into the fierce argument as they discussed how coronavirus restrictions have hit businesses. Tension between the two bubbled over when Mr Santelli denied that wearing a face mask was backed up by science. Bonds expert Mr Sorkin accused his CNBC colleague of “doing a disservice to the...


Officials: Rodents likely destroyed rare plants at mine

RENO, Nev. (AP) — DNA evidence suggests rodents destroyed part of an area of an extremely rare desert wildflower being considered for endangered species protection at a contentious mine site in Nevada, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday. James Calaway, executive director of the Australian mining company Ioneer that wants to dig for lithium about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Reno, said as much as half of the Tiehm’s...


Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Alex Azar, health and human services secretary; Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Mike Braun, R-Ind. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force; Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Gabriel Sterling, voting system implementation manager in the Georgia secretary of state's office. __ CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Christopher...


Kellyanne Conway acknowledges Biden win, makes pitch to work with ‘future administrations’

Former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway acknowledge that Joe Biden won the election during an interview. Donald Trump’s former counselor said: “If you look at the vote totals in the Electoral College tally, it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail.” “I assume the electors will certify that and it will be official. We, as a nation, will move forward, because we always do,” she added in an interview with The 19th. Once campaign...


Brexit: How trade deal talks went from optimism to the brink

Brexit: How trade deal talks went from optimism to the brink


CDC advises 'universal' masks indoors as US Covid deaths again break records

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new coronavirus guidelines, including requesting “universal face mask use”, after the US again set a record for the highest daily number of coronavirus deaths. On Thursday, 2,879 people died from coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University, while there were 217,664 new cases, also a record. The number of people admitted to hospital with Covid exceeded 100,000 for a second...


Britannia rated ‘worst hotel chain in the UK’ eight years running

With a number of one-star ratings and concerns over hygiene and cleanliness, Britannia has once again been ranked the UK’s worst hotel chain, according to Which?’s annual survey.


Eton headmaster ‘will not apologise’ over dismissing teacher in freedom of speech row as donors pull out

The headmaster of Eton College has told parents he will not apologise for dismissing an English teacher at the centre of a free speech row. The 580-year-old private school has faced backlash from donors and former pupils after it was made public that Will Knowland - an English teacher at the school since 2011 - was sacked after publishing a video lecture which criticised feminist thinking and teaches that that women would not be able to survive...


Former President Obama rallies GA Dems for runoff elections

Former Barack President Obama rallies Georgia Democrats for the upcoming Senate runoff elections in the state. Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock, Stacey Abrams also attended the virtual meeting. The GA elections will determine the majority in the Senate.


PSNI enquiries after covert police identified in document security breach

The unauthorised disclosure of documents identifying former specialist police officers involved in fatal shooting incidents is being probed by the PSNI.


Biden says inauguration will most likely be virtual

President-elect Joe Biden says his inauguration will most likely be virtual due to COVID-19 and that he will not have a parade or millions gather at the National Mall.


Coronation Street fans 'in tears' over Oliver's heartbroken parents at moving funeral

Emotional scenes showed Leanne grieve as she says goodbye to her little boy, as she gave a moving speech following Oliver's passing


US faces 'bleak future' unless swift action is taken on COVID aid bill, Biden warns

Joe Biden has said he will not force Americans to take any vaccine - but did warn the country faces a "bleak future" unless swift action is taken to agree on a coronavirus aid bill.


Women could be pushed into poverty by proposed new rules curbing where carers can work

Women could be pushed into poverty by proposed new rules curbing the number of homes which carers can work in, campaigners have warned. Unison, the UK’s largest trade union, said banning employees from working in more than one care home would also put vulnerable care residents at risk by causing staff shortages. Many care workers are forced to work for multiple employers as otherwise they would struggle to subsist due to carers earning just over...


California certifies election results to clear Joe Biden’s path to White House

Mr Biden’s win in the state brought his tally of pledged electors so far to 279.


Biden officially secures enough electors to become president

California certified its presidential election Friday and appointed 55 electors pledged to vote for Democrat Joe Biden, officially handing him the Electoral College majority needed to win the White House. Secretary of State Alex Padilla's formal approval of Biden's win in the state brought his tally of pledged electors so far to 279, according to a tally by The Associated Press. That’s just over the 270 threshold for victory. These steps in the...


I'm A Celebrity breaks tradition for first time in 18 years as Vernon crowns Giovanna

I'm A Celebrity has broken a tradition held since the first series as Vernon Kay crowned Giovanna Flecther Queen of the Castle, rather than last year's winner, Jacqueline Jossa


Judge: Trump administration must take new DACA applications

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration must accept new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects some young immigrants from deportation, a federal judge ruled Friday, in vacating a memo from the acting Homeland Security secretary that had suspended it. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said the government had to post a public notice within three days — including on its website and the websites of all...


Bay Area orders 8.5 million people to stay home from Monday

The San Francisco Bay Area was considered the lowest risk of Gavin Newsom's five zones, announced on Thursday. But on Friday they took matters into their own hands and locked down.


PM and EC president in emergency talks as time runs out on trade deal

UK and EU leaders to speak after the negotiating teams say the conditions for a post-Brexit agreement have not been met.


Teenager, 18, is fined £120 for breaking Covid lockdown rules

Nariah Ellison, 18, was spotted with a group of people in Manchester city centre during the first coronavirus lockdown in April. He proclaimed he 'didn't care' about the rules when he was stopped.


Denmark commits to ending all North Sea oil and gas activities by 2050

Denmark has committed to ending all offshore gas and oil activities by 2050 - and has even cancelled its latest licensing round for drilling companies. The country has declared that it is “putting an end to the fossil era” and will instead focus on wind power and other renewable energy sources. The Danish parliament voted to end the North Sea gas and oil extraction that started in 1972 and made it the largest producer in the European Union. Non...


Carrie Symonds's best friend handed £350-a-day adviser role

The Home Office announced in October that Nimco Ali had been made an adviser on tackling violence against women and girls. She is godmother to Carrie Symonds' son.


Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson ‘arrested over city building fraud probe’

The Mayor of Liverpool has been suspended from the Labour Party after he was arrested in connection with a fraud probe into building deals in the city, sources have said. Joe Anderson, 62, has been taken to a police station for questioning on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation. Merseyside Police said five men had been arrested on Friday as part of an investigation into building and development contracts in...


UN health chief: World can start dreaming of pandemic's end

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. health chief declared Friday that positive results from coronavirus vaccine trials mean the world “can begin to dream about the end of the pandemic,” but he said rich and powerful nations must not trample the poor and marginalized “in the stampede for vaccines.” In an address to the U.N. General Assembly’s first high-level session on the pandemic, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom...


UK-led space mining experiment to launch for the International Space Station

A UK-led space mining experiment is set to take off for the International Space Station (ISS) later on Saturday. The biomining experiment could one day provide resources for future missions to the moon and Mars. Experiments on the (ISS) have shown that the process of biomining will work in microgravity. The discovery could help the first space settlers to gather the minerals they need to build a long-term presence beyond Earth. The BioAsteroid...


Woman who slit seven-year-old girl’s throat in park cleared of murder

A woman who admitted slitting the throat of a seven-year-old girl in a park has been cleared of murder. Eltiona Skana, who has paranoid schizophrenia, had admitted the manslaughter of Emily Jones on the grounds of diminished responsibility. The 30-year-old was on trial at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester after pleading not guilty to murder, but a jury was directed to return a not guilty verdict. After hearing evidence from a consultant...


Anti-Sikh hate crimes reported across Britain rise by 70% in two years

The number of anti-Sikh hate crimes reported across Britain has increased by 70% in the last two years, according to Home Office figures, prompting calls for "urgent action" to tackle the problem.


Darren Gough turned down an offer from David Cameron to become an MP

As a former England cricketer, Darren Gough has faced his fair share of surprising deliveries. But he admits he was bowled over when David Cameron asked him to be an MP.


U.S. government ordered to reinstate protections for 'Dreamers'

U.S. government ordered to reinstate protections for 'Dreamers'


CALVIN ROBINSON slams celebrities invoking Windrush

CALVIN ROBINSON: My father's parents were among nearly half a million people who came in the ensuing years - the so-called Windrush Generation.


Chinese professor pleads guilty to lying to FBI in Huawei-related case

Chinese professor pleads guilty to lying to FBI in Huawei-related case


Trump administration suspends student loan payments through January

Donald Trump’s administration has extended its suspension of federal student loan repayments through the end of January 2021, keeping interest rates at zero per cent, amid the public health crisis and massive economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. President-elect Joe Biden, who will be inaugurated on 20 January, will likely seek to extend relief or cancel certain loans entirely upon taking office. More than 45 million Americans hold...


Wyoming health official: 'so-called pandemic' communist plot

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming Department of Health official involved in the state's response to the coronavirus questioned the legitimacy of the pandemic and described a forthcoming vaccine as a biological weapon at a recent event. The “so-called pandemic” and efforts to develop a vaccine are plots by Russia and China to spread communism worldwide, department readiness and countermeasures manager Igor Shepherd said at the Nov. 10 event held by...


Go with the Flowbee: George Clooney reveals how he cuts his hair

With salons largely closed until this week, male grooming has been in freefall since the start of the spring lockdown. DIY haircuts have not been successful for all. Yet one Hollywood star has proved that even in a global pandemic, bad hair is not the great equaliser we hoped it would be. George Clooney, the 59-year-old award-winning actor and human rights activist, has admitted to successfully cutting his own hair at home using a device called...


Trump orders all troops out of Somalia

The Pentagon announced Friday that it will remove all troops from Somalia by Jan. 15, five days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Virtually all of the 700 troops, largely Special Operations forces on training and counterterrorism missions against Islamist insurgents, will leave. Many will be "repositioned" to nearby Kenya, a Pentagon official told The New York Times. It's unclear if diplomats and the U.S. ambassador in Somalia will...


Bill to criminalize doping schemes signed into law

A bill that will criminalize international doping conspiracies became law Friday with President Donald Trump's signature, closing out a two-year legislative process during which the only true opposition to the bill came from outside the United States. The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act had earlier passed both houses of Congress on voice votes. It passed despite lobbying efforts from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which said it will “disrupt the...


Keir Starmer urges public to shop local on Small Business Saturday

Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer urges the public to shop local this Small Business Saturday. While on a visit to a gin distillery in Portsmouth, the Labour leader calls for more Government support for small businesses.