Residents and politicians wept and hugged as they lay flowers and candles in the western city of Trier on Wednesday to commemorate five people, including a baby, killed by a drunk man who ploughed a speeding car into a pedestrian area. Locals, many crying and holding hands, gathered at the city's landmark Roman gate, Porta Nigra, to place floral tributes, candles and hand-written messages.
After Spain's stringent coronavirus lockdown trapped many in cramped urban flats, builders and architects say demand for new homes with more space, better air quality and higher security has soared. From state-of-the-art ventilation systems to comfy at-home work spaces and more outdoor areas, the COVID-19 crisis has changed the market, real estate agents say. "Space usage is a new theme: dividing what comes from outside and could be contaminated," said Madrid-based architect Jaime Pablo.
Arsenal are 14th in the standings having lost four of their last six games, with three losses coming against teams who beat them by a single goal. Arteta said Sunday's 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers left a "really bad taste" and the Spaniard is set to make changes for Thursday's Europa League game against Rapid Vienna. "I'm really worried about the results and the margins that we are losing games," Arteta told reporters.
Tesco has decided to repay the £585 million business rates relief it has been given during the pandemic. The retail giant said it will repay the money to the UK government and the devolved administrations. FTSE 100 grocer Tesco and rival Sainsbury’s are among firms to 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.
Matt Hancock has accepted Piers Morgan’s challenge to get vaccinated live on Good Morning Britain to help prove the coronavirus jab is safe. The Health Secretary also spoke about the personal tragedy of losing a relative to the disease to highlight the importance getting the vaccine. Mr Hancock said that if a televised inoculation would help persuade people of its safety then that would be “worth it”.
Troubled estate agency group Countrywide has rejected a £82 million takeover approach from rival Connells. Countrywide, behind high street chains such as Bairstow Eves and Hamptons International, is under pressure to pay down debts ahead of potentially breaching covenants next year. Countrywide said a potential 250p-a-share deal from Connells was unanimously rejected by the board.
A long line was seen outside Debenhams in London on Wednesday, December 2, as a month-long lockdown was eased across England.MPs backed a tiered restriction system for England on December 1, meaning each part of the country was placed into either medium, high, or very high categories. The majority of regions were placed into the higher two tiers.Non-essential retail stores were opened under all tiers. Credit: Paul Brown via Storyful
A Syrian refugee living in Sudan, who says he wants to show how refugees can make a difference, is helping to supply clean water to Ethiopians fleeing conflict at home. Student Salam Kanoush, 29, fled Syria in 2016. "In Sudan I wanted to give an example that refugees are not really problems," he told Reuters.
With Hungary under partial lockdown to curb a surge in COVID-19 cases, several local companies have started offering online meetings with Santa Claus for children holed up at home with their families. One of the Hungarian companies that normally rents out Santas for families and business events has come up with several forms of COVID-19-proof meetings. They pre-record personalised messages and send them by post or provide online sessions with Santa greeting children from his home office with a Christmas tree and festive lights glistening in the background.
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Two rescue dogs enjoyed their first snowfall in their garden in Amarillo, Texas, as seen in this video, uploaded on November 28.Milo and Apollo can be seen running through the snowfall in the video recorded by Erin Shepherd. The pair were adopted from the same litter. Credit: Erin Shepherd via Storyful
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Afghan government and Taliban representatives said on Wednesday they had reached a preliminary deal to press on with peace talks, their first written agreement in 19 years of war welcomed by the United Nations and Washington. The agreement lays out the way forward for further discussion and is considered a breakthrough because it will allow negotiators to move on to more substantive issues, including talks on a ceasefire. "The procedure including its preamble of the negotiation has been finalised and from now on, the negotiation will begin on the agenda," Nader Nadery, a member of the Afghan government's negotiating team, told Reuters.
Two women were missing after a dinghy carrying dozens of people sank off the island of Lesbos on Wednesday, a Greek coastguard official said, as more migrants fleeing conflict and poverty attempt to enter Europe. Hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees used Greece as the main gateway to Europe through Turkey in 2015 and 2016, until a deal between Ankara and the European Union reduced the flow across the Greek and Turkish land and sea borders. Sea crossings on overcrowded boats are often hazardous and last month, the Greek coastguard found the body of a migrant near a half-sunken vessel on the Aegean island of Rhodes.
Israel handed over a backlog of billions of shekels in tax money to the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday, both sides said, in another sign of warming ties between the sides after the U.S. presidential election victory of Joe Biden. The taxes, managed by Israel under interim peace accords from the 1990s and usually handed over monthly, make up more than half of the budget of the Palestinian Authority (PA), whose economy has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The 3.77 billion shekels ($1.14 billion) transfer is the first since June, when the Palestinians snubbed the handover due to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plans, currently suspended, to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
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A Czech Christmas ornament maker has added tiny masks to the country's traditional golden pigs, which are said to arrive in the homes of good children who fast before Christmas Eve's family feast. The glass ornaments which can be hung from a Christmas tree have proved incredibly popular. OZDOBAcz company owner Romana Juklova said they decided to mask the pigs in September to reflect how Czechs are adapting for Christmas this year.
Suspected North Korean hackers have recently tried to break into at least nine health organizations, including pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and vaccine developer Novavax Inc, revealing a broader effort to target key players in the race to develop treatments for COVID-19. Four people who have investigated the attacks said the spate of hacking attempts began in September, and used web domains mimicking online login portals to try and trick staff at the targeted organisations into revealing their passwords. The hacking attempts included a bid to get inside British drugmaker and vaccine developer AstraZeneca, which Reuters first reported last week was in Pyongyang's crosshairs.