Violence in Afghanistan is "unacceptably high" as delayed peace negotiations get underway, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday, adding that Washington has asked the warring parties to "stand back and indeed stand down." Pompeo's comments, made in a virtual address to the IISS Manama Dialogue, an annual security conference, came two days after Kabul-backed and Taliban negotiators reached a deal in Doha to proceed with talks on a political settlement to decades of strife. Pompeo noted that he met with the negotiating teams during a Nov. 21 visit to Doha and he said he told both sides that the strife must be reduced.
Philippine police on Friday threatened to cane people who violate social distancing protocols as the Southeast Asian nation fights the spread of the coronavirus during the festive season. The Philippines celebrates one of the world's longest Christmas seasons, starting as early as September, and crowds have started to flock to sprawling malls and shopping centres despite the pandemic. Police general Cesar Binag, commander of the coronavirus task force, told a news conference that police and soldiers would patrol in public areas in the capital Manila, the hotspot of COVID-19 cases, carrying 1 meter rattan sticks to measure distancing.
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he hoped France would soon get rid of President Emmanuel Macron, describing him as a burden on France which was going through dangerous times. Ties between Turkey and France, both NATO members, have been particularly tense in recent months over policy differences on Syria and the publishing of caricatures about Prophet Mohammad in France.
More than half of Italians think it is right to give up personal freedom to protect public health, a survey said on Friday, suggesting the government's curbs to fight the COVID-19 pandemic still have public support. Some 57.8% of respondents accept that the government should decide "when and under what conditions they can leave their houses, what they can or cannot do, who they can see and where" to protect health, a survey by Censis research institute said. During the summer, young people socialising in groups were widely blamed in Italy for a pick-up in infections after the government loosened restrictions imposed to contain its first wave of the pandemic in the spring.
Vice President Mike Pence visits the CDC Emergency Operations Center in Marietta, Ga.
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Oscar Isaac is attached to play Solid Snake for director Jordan Vogt-Roberts in “Metal Gear Solid,” which is currently in development at Sony Pictures, according to an individual with knowledge of the project.The film is based on the Metal Gear Solid video game created by Hideo Kojima and published by Konami. The script is written by Derek Connolly.Released on Sony Playstation in 1998, the game follows Solid Snake, a soldier who infiltrates a weapons facility to stop a group of terrorists known as Foxhound from launching a nuclear strike.Also Read: Oscar Isaac in Talks to Play 'Moon Knight' for Disney+ ShowThe game was created by Hideo Kojima, and Avi Arad will produce the movie for Sony.More to come…Deadline first reported the news.Read original story Oscar Isaac to Play Solid Snake in ‘Metal Gear Solid’ for Sony At TheWrap
Workers from the Doe Run mine complex in Peru joined a growing group of farmworkers in blocking major highways throughout the Andean nation, ratcheting up pressure on newly appointed interim President Francisco Sagasti. Hundreds of union members from the Doe Run metallurgical plant located in the Andean town of La Oroya blockaded a highway critical to the supply of food to the capital Lima, demanding the government turn over management of the mining complex. "We want to be given the management of the company after the failure of the government and its liquidation committee to sell the complex to a new operator," the leader of the La Oroya workers union, Luis Castillo, told Reuters.
Firefighters battled a multiple-alarm fire that destroyed a boat-filled marina building – including “many multi-million-dollar yachts” – in La Salle, Michigan, on Friday morning, December 4, according to local reports.According to local media, the fire was first reported around 6.30 am at the Safe Harbor Toledo Beach marina in Monroe County. In the subsequent hours, the flames tore through most of the building and the vessels inside it.This footage, taken by local resident Tom Thurman, shows a plume of smoke rising from the site on Friday morning.Firefighters were still on the scene as of 11 am. The cause of the fire was not yet known and no serious injuries had been reported at the time of writing. Credit: Tom Thurman via Storyful
Liverpool [UK], December 4 (ANI): Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and midfielder Naby Keita are set to join their teammates on Friday at the AXA Training Centre.
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London has been placed under Tier 2 COVID-19 restrictions by the British government, paving the way for a limited return of fans to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time since March. "If they want to go there and play, wear a Tottenham shirt and play the game, that can give a little more motivation and pleasure for us, yes." Mikel Arteta, whose Arsenal side defeated Rapid Vienna 4-1 in Thursday's Europa League clash in front of 2000 fans at the Emirates Stadium, said the presence of spectators would give Spurs the upper hand.
If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing - on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. Brexit talks 'into weekend' as France threatens veto It all comes down to the next few days. Brexit trade talks have ended without a conclusion being reached, and may not resume until Sunday morning, the Telegraph understands. Michel Barnier had cancelled his planned briefing to EU ambassadors earlier today "due to ongoing intensive negotiations", with Downing Street describing this as a "very difficult point in the talks". Fishing rights are among the key sticking points and France has issued a warning it will veto a Brexit agreement if it is not happy with the terms. Read the comments of the country's European Affairs minister. Patrick O'Flynn analyses why Emmanuel Macron's gamble that Britain is ready to cave could blow up in his face. The pound has wobbled amid the uncertainty in the trade talks but there is clearly concern on both sides of the Channel. German and Dutch businesses have called on negotiators to reach a last-minute deal, warning that failure to do so would be a "disaster". Here is what happens if the talks fail and Matthew Lynn infers that President Macron is gambling that France could be a winner from a no-deal Brexit. Jonathan Saxty reveals nine red flags Brexiteers will not tolerate in a deal. R number 'between 0.8 and 1' as Covid infections fall The number of new Covid-19 infections in England is continuing to fall, according to the latest estimates. The reproduction number, or R value, of coronavirus transmission across the UK is now between 0.8 and 1, the Government Office for Science and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said, down from 0.9 and 1 the week before. Figures from the Office for National Statistics also suggest the incidence rate is now at its lowest since the end of September. Our liveblog has the latest. Meanwhile, Cyprus is to waive Covid testing requirements for visitors who have been vaccinated against the virus. Read on for details. 'Thundersnow' leads concerned residents to call police The sound was so loud, concerned residents in Edinburgh called the emergency services to report what they believed to be an exploding bomb or collapsing building. Yet the noise they heard overnight was in fact a phenomenon known as "thundersnow". Police have issued reassurances after receiving "a number of calls". Other parts of Britain woke up to snowfall and there are warnings further wintry weather may be on the way. View a gallery of Britons enjoying the snow while Mark Bailey outlines the surprising health benefits of exercising in the cold. At a glance: Latest coronavirus headlines Mass testing concerns | Students urged to be careful visiting relatives Covid behaviour | Differences between men and women revealed Vaccines Q&A; | Your Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford questions answered South Africa v England | ODI called off after positive coronavirus test Telegraph readers | 'Face masks can go, hand sanitiser can stay' Also in the news: Today's other headlines Avonmouth blast | A 63-year-old man understood to be nearing retirement has been named as the first victim of the explosion at a waste water treatment works near Bristol which left four people dead. North Sea | Denmark to end oil and gas extraction, pressuring UK Child bearing | Almost half women turning 30 last year were childless Hong Kong | Top politician announces he is living in exile No-one hurt | Plane lands on motorway and crashes into traffic - video Online royal | The Queen holds first virtual audience at Palace Around the world: Mink farmers grieve end of industry Peter Hindbo takes a mink pelt from his four-year-old grandson, turns it fur-side out with a vacuum tube, and tosses it into a barrel of salt and sawdust for a final tumbling. Outside, his mink sheds on the family's traditional Danish courtyard farm in central Jutland are now completely empty. Just a single rack of chilled carcasses remains to be skinned after a nationwide cull forced him to wipe out his own farm stock of 25,000 animals. He has been forced to destroy a family business he has spent the last 35 years building up. Richard Orange has this dispatch. Friday interview 'I had a bit of money in the bank and that has now gone'
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Mexicans should cancel year-end travel plans, curb their movement and even avoid exchanging Christmas presents amid rising coronavirus case numbers in the country, the president said on Friday. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also announced increasing capacity for more hospital beds as well as extra medical equipment and staff to help in the fight to curb the pandemic. The leftist president, outlining a 9-point plan, said the suggested steps to limit the spread of the virus were especially important for residents of metro Mexico City, the densely-packed capital with a population of over 20 million.
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday that The Cheesecake Factory settled charges that it misled investors on the impact the pandemic was having on its business. The Cheesecake Factory said in March and April government filings that it was “operating sustainably” during the pandemic. The SEC also said The Cheesecake Factory, which is based in Calabasas Hills, California, and owns or operates nearly 300 restaurants, didn’t disclose that it wouldn't pay April rent to its landlords.
Liverpool [UK], December 4 (ANI): Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to the return of fans to Anfield on Sunday and believes that 2,000 people in attendance can have a positive impact on his team's clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday there was momentum behind talks on a coronavirus relief bill and that a bipartisan COVID-19 proposal could be the basis for relief negotiations. Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hope to attach a new coronavirus aid package to a must-pass omnibus spending bill to keep federal government agencies funded after Dec. 11, when funding is due to expire. The bipartisan framework, put forward this week by a group of lawmakers from the Senate and House of Representatives, has won important support from conservative Senate Republicans.