Germany's success in dealing with the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in March and April had led many people to doubt the virus's severity or even its existence, the head of Germany's public health agency said on Thursday. Describing the result as a so-called "prevention paradox", Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases (RKI), said this meant many were now failing to take social distancing and quarantine seriously enough, leading to the high level of cases Germany is now seeing.
U.S. President Donald Trump's pardoning of his former adviser Michael Flynn has fueled speculation over whether the president could pardon other associates, and even members of his family, during his final weeks in office. The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Trump talked with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani about pardoning him as recently as last week, citing two people briefed on the matter. The Times also said Trump has asked advisers about the possibility of "preemptively" pardoning his three eldest children.
Biden is expected to announce his choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services next week. DEFENSE PRESSURE: Biden is facing escalating pressure from competing factions within his own party as he finalizes his choice for secretary of defense.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 — Amanah Youth today urged the Opposition parties to set aside their discomfort with each other to restore public confidence in their bloc. Its chief Shazni Munir Ithnin said...
France will on Thursday start investigating dozens of mosques suspected of fomenting Islamist ideology to combat the rising threat of religious extremism, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said. The government has launched what it calls an unprecedented action against "separatism" following several Islamist attacks in France this autumn, including the beheading of a teacher who had shown his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. Darmanin said 76 mosques out of the more than 2,600 Muslim places of worship had been flagged as possible threats to France's Republican values and its security.
Tony Fisher was inspired to explore the subject by his personal experience of loneliness.
For the Andalusian audiovisual industry, the positive side of the pandemic was a move without precedent: The coalescence of all its sectors under the umbrella Plataforma del Audiovisual Andaluz. The PPA alliance brings together 27 industry entities from all the sectors, also taking in creative organizations. “Suddenly, we have a unique voice with which to […]
Motor racing chiefs announced on Thursday the launch of an investigation into Romain Grosjean's fiery Bahrain crash, saying the forensic probe would take "around six to eight" weeks to complete.
The last remaining foreign staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have left North Korea, the aid organisation said on Thursday, the latest in a mass exodus of foreigners amid strict coronavirus lockdowns. North Korea has reported zero confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but the government has imposed stifling measures that in some cases go beyond the controls already in place in the politically and economically isolated country. International ICRC staff left Pyongyang on Wednesday and the organisation's ongoing work there will be managed by its delegation in Beijing, Graziella Leite Piccoli, the ICRC's deputy head of delegation for East Asia, said in a statement.
Norwegian Air made drastic proposals on Thursday (December 3) to try and survive the effects of the health crisis. The airline put forward a package of debt conversion, aircraft divestment and the sale of new equity. The carrier - based in Oslo - aims to raise up to 4 billion Norwegian crowns - or $455 million - from the sale of new shares of hybrid instruments. This year's massive fall in travel numbers has brought the company to the brink of collapse. It recently applied for bankruptcy protection in Ireland, with a hearing due at the Irish High Court on Monday (Dec 7). Only six of Norwegian Air's 140 aircraft are currently in use, with the rest grounded. That includes their entire fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners which they used for transatlantic flights. Last month, Norway's government rejected the airline's call for another injection of state funds. A day after that, Norwegian said it was at risk of having to stop operations in early 2021 unless it could find more money. The company's plan is to eventually leave the Irish court process as a viable carrier that has the potential to turn a profit, It aims to complete the transformation by late Feb 2021.
Eton College should accept girls for the first time in its history, the man in charge of the UK’s education system has said. Gavin Williamson said it would be a “good step forward” if the elite boarding school started accepting female pupils. The school has produced 20 prime ministers, including Boris Johnson, and currently charges around £42,000 a year in fees.
Alaphilippe takes award for best French rider of 2020
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane badly needs a win from a tough trip to Sevilla on Saturday to revive the La Liga champions' fortunes as they sit in an undignified fourth position. Zidane was defiant after the latest setback: a 2-0 Champions League defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday. Real's defence has looked vulnerable, especially without captain Sergio Ramos, who remains a doubt for the Saturday afternoon visit to his boyhood club with a hamstring issue.
Nick McKay has joined Elysian Film Group Distribution as head of distribution, while the company has acquired Studio Ghibli's "Earwig and the Witch," its first project for U.K. theatrical release. McKay was previously head of distribution at Picturehouse Entertainment, where he worked on a theatrical and home entertainment slate including "The Wife," "The Party" and […]
England's National Health Service (NHS) is looking at ways to deploy Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine in care homes with the medical regulator, but there is no guarantee that it will happen, deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam said. "The NHS, the (medicine regulator) MHRA are working really hard, right now, to try and find a solution, so that we can get this into care homes if we possibly can," Van-Tam told ITV's "This Morning" programme in an interview on Thursday. "At this point, there is no absolute assurance of that, because... one thing we can't do is... end up with a vaccine that's been handled incorrectly, and then isn't properly viable at the end of the distribution chain."
There needs to be a “bridge” between the two versions of Grindelwald, Mikkelsen says
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The team behind the fifth 'Scream' movie have sent out scripts with fake endings in order to preserve the slasher's secrets.
Max Verstappen has returned a negative test for Covid-19 ahead of this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix amid concerns that he had been a 'close contact' of Lewis Hamilton last weekend.