Were pregnant women hospitalized because of Covid-19 or because they were giving birth? The data doesn't say.
The pledge comes after Mr Williamson revealed GCSE and A-level students will be awarded more generous grades to compensate for the pandemic
Four months ago 10-year-old Hassan Merzam Muhammad was so severely malnourished he was unable to walk or react, carried limp into a Yemeni clinic by his father. The war in Yemen, in which a Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement since 2015, has killed more than 100,000 people and left the country divided with the Houthis holding Sanaa and most major urban centres.
JOHOR BARU, Dec 3 — Johor police have arrested nine from its ranks and a civilian for being involved in alleged drug trafficking activities in the Kota Tinggi district police headquarters lockup...
Indian government ministers began talks with farmers' leaders on Thursday to try and break a deadlock over laws passed earlier this year seeking to deregulate the agriculture sector that has ignited the country's biggest farm protests in years. The farmers, who form a powerful political constituency, fear the laws passed in September could pave the way for the government to stop buying grains at guaranteed prices, leaving them at the mercy of private buyers. The protests pose a crucial test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ability to reform India's vast agriculture sector.
The Animal Resort announced that it will close permanently after 10 January 2021 due to government plans to build roads on the land.
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 — Malaysians have expressed confusion about the criteria for the i-Sinar withdrawal scheme, as announced yesterday by the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), for which at least...
"After a hard day's work, nothing beats a glass of New Zealand pinot. But next month, we're drinking something a little bit different - because our friends need our help..." U.S. House Representative Ted Yoho was among a worldwide group of politicians asking people to raise a glass of Australian wine to stand against China. The group is a global alliance of legislators from 19 countries, across party lines. "This December we are asking you all to join us in standing against Xi Jinping's authoritarian bullying." It follows months of deteriorating relations between Australia and China, after Australia called for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus. Since then, China has suspended imports on not just wine from Australia, but also coal, barley, even lobster. Just last week China said it will slap down temporary tariffs of up to 200% on wine imported from Australia. They say they've found evidence of dumping, that Australia lowers the price of its wine to get into the Chinese market. Australia calls the move unjustified and wine sellers have told Reuters the opposite is true, that their margins are higher in China. The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, who made the video, includes lawmakers from the European Parliament, to Uganda, to Japan and argues Beijing's rising influence is a threat to democratic values.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed nine new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of noon on Thursday (3 December), taking the country’s total to 58,239.
Lady Green, the wife of retail tycoon Sir Philip Green, will bring forward a payment into Topshop owner Arcadia’s pension scheme, it has been announced. Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group, behind brands such as Dorothy Perkins and Burton, went into administration earlier this week, putting 13000 jobs at risk. Arcadia’s pension deficit is believed to be in the region of £350 million, and the Green family had faced calls to help cover the shortfall.
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 — DAP veteren Teng Chang Kim today announced that he will be withdrawing from politics, having served as a Selangor state assemblyman for 25 years. On his Facebook page today,...
Bangladesh began transferring several hundred Rohingya refugees on Thursday to what the UN and rights groups worry is a dangerous low-lying island prone to cyclones and floods.
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 'helped UK get faster Covid vaccine approval' Brexit may have helped Britain win the race for a Covid vaccine. The leader of a major pharmaceutical firm claimed that decoupling from the EU's regulatory and purchasing mechanisms enabled "nimble buying" of hundreds of millions of doses and a rapid green light for the Pfizer-BioNTech jab. Hugo Fry, the UK managing director of drugmaker Sanofi, said the UK's emergency approval of the vaccine had set a precedent that could put Britain at the "front of the queue" for future drugs. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard says Britain's lightning-fast vaccination averts a calamitous slide into even deeper economic crisis - and that Europe will pay a high price for bureaucracy. Matt imagines the EU's approach to the jab in today's cartoon. Meanwhile, Donald Trump was said to be "livid" that America's vaccine regulator was not the first to give approval. Now comes the huge logistical challenge. The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could arrive as soon as today, with the country's biggest ever inoculation programme due to start on Monday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it will be given to 2.5m people by the end of this month. The over-80s, care home staff and front-line NHS workers will receive the first jabs - ahead of care home residents due to "logistical challenges". As the Government seeks to enlist "influencers" to help encourage take-up of the jab, Downing Street suggested Mr Johnson could receive one live on TV. Matt Ridley outlines three good reasons why he will queue for a vaccination with enthusiasm. Read all you need to know about the Pfizer vaccine. And see the priority list of recipients. Brexit: UK gives ground on fishing quota demands Britain has lowered its demands for a greater share of the fishing catch in UK waters after Brexit, Michel Barnier said, as he fought back against a rare rebuke from EU governments. Mr Barnier told EU ambassadors the UK had signalled it could accept 60 per cent of the value of stocks from British seas from Jan 1, down from the 80 per cent London had originally called for. With negotiations entering "a make-or-break phase", a pizza delivery was made to officials as talks went on late last night in London. Eton master quits role and attacks 'indoctrination' An Eton College master broke ranks to attack its "indoctrination" of students as he became the first of its own staff to speak out over a free speech row. Dr Luke Martin, who teaches divinity at the £42,500-a-year institution, resigned from his role as "master in charge of perspectives", and said he is beginning to "lose faith" in Eton's ability to promote independent thinking. Education Editor Camilla Turner explains the background to the questioning of "radical feminist orthodoxy". At a glance: More coronavirus headlines Exams | Grade inflation 'entrenched' by today's announcement Debt pile | Rishi Sunak signals tax hikes are on the horizon Valery Giscard d'Estaing | Ex-French president dies from Covid DNR | Care homes using 'unlawful' orders, investigation finds Social media | Remove vaccine lies or face action, firms told Also in the news: Today's other headlines 'Bribery for pardons' | A suspected bribery scheme to lobby White House officials for a presidential pardon in exchange for political donations is being investigated by the US Justice Department. Court papers revealed prosecutors believed there was a "secret lobbying scheme", which allegedly offered "a substantial political contribution... for a presidential pardon". Rozina Sabur reports from Washington. Broadband divide | Revealed: The UK's worst internet speeds Alps tragedy | Hunter accidentally shot dead British cyclist Ivanka Trump | Questioned under oath over inauguration funds Dementia | British deaths fall by largest number in 20 years Trial | Law catches up with record-breaking Lands End driver Around the world: Pair force over Qatar A brace of RAF Typhoons set off from Doha air base as part of Exercise Epic Skies IV. The RAF's 12 Squadron is its first joint squadron since the Second World War and sees pilots and engineers from the Qatar Emiri air force embedded within its ranks. View today's world gallery.
China is carrying out sweeping inspections on food importers, supermarkets, e-commerce platforms and restaurants to prevent the spread of coronavirus through imported cold chain products, its market regulator said on Wednesday. China has repeatedly detected the virus on packaging on products ranging from German pork knuckles to Ecuadorian shrimp, triggering disruptive import bans, even as the World Health Organization says the risk of catching COVID-19 from frozen food is low. Imported cold-chain food products cannot be sold in China without a report showing they have undergone a nucleic acid test for the coronavirus, the market regulation administration said, reiterating an existing policy.
JOHOR BARU, Dec 3 — Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar today reminded the public to stay alert following the spike in Covid-19 positive cases and emergence of new clusters in the state. He...
The policy shift limits the validity of travel visas for party members and families to one month and a single entry, the paper reported https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/03/world/asia/us-visa-china-communist-party.html, citing people familiar with the matter. Previously, party members, like other Chinese citizens, could obtain U.S. visitor visas of up to 10 years' duration, it said. The Trump administration has sought to cement the outgoing President's tough-on-China legacy, while relations between the world's two largest economies have sunk to the lowest point in decades.
Washington issued new entry rules for Chinese Communist Party members traveling to the United States, the New York Times reported Thursday, citing the State Department.
GEORGE TOWN, Dec 3 — The Penang Special Security Committee meeting today has proposed that the National Security Council (NSC) consider imposing a conditional movement control order (CMCO) only on...
Human rights groups urged Bangladesh on Thursday to stop its plan to ship thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote island as officials said the first group of 400 could leave later in the day. Police escorted the refugees in 10 buses from Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar for the journey to Chittagong port and then on to Bhasan Char – a flood-prone Bay of Bengal island that emerged from the sea 20 years ago. Bangladesh says moving refugees who agree to go to the island will ease chronic overcrowding in its camps which are home to more than 1 million Rohingya, members of a Muslim minority who have fled neighbouring Myanmar.
"We must refrain from gathering with people from outside our household, wherever possible," Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement, adding that his emergency order was necessary for the protection of life and property. Los Angeles county has recorded 414,185 infections and a death toll of 7,740 in the pandemic, says LA Public Health https://twitter.com/lapublichealth/status/1334290201783361536.
Sainsbury’s has followed supermarket rivals and revealed plans to pay back £440 million in business rates relief it received during the coronavirus crisis. A number of retailers have faced criticism about benefiting from the business rates holiday, aimed at helping firms ride out pandemic, because they are also paying out dividends to shareholders. Sainsbury’s is paying out £231 million to investors via two separate dividends relating to this year and last.