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Coronavirus live news: London prepares for tier 2 restrictions; global deaths near 1.1m | World news

7.44am BST07:44 The head of a leading pub chain in Britain has condemned the extension of lockdowns announced on Thursday as “a catastrophe from which the pub trade will never fully recover”. Patrick Dardis, the chief executive of Young’s Pubs, said Britain’s drinking establishments had complied with government guidelines throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in […]

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Coronavirus live news: UK records 3,899 new infections as French cases rise by 10,000 | World news

A few thousand demonstrators calling for Benjamin Netanyahu to resign have gathered in Jerusalem, despite an Israeli national lockdown that went into force on Friday. The prime minister has faced months of relentless protests and widespread public anger over his government’s handling of the country’s coronavirus crisis and charges of alleged corruption. Public demonstrations are […]

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Coronavirus live news: global death toll passes 450,000 | World news

Global death toll from Covid-19 passes 450,000 The global death toll from coronavirus has passed 450,000. The figure stands at 450,716, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University. Canada reaches 100,000 Covid-19 cases Canada reached 100,000 cases of coronavirus on Thursday. The province of Ontario announced another 190 cases a day after public health agency […]

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Coronavirus live news: Trump storms out of press briefing as US deaths pass 80,000 | World news

4.30am BST04:30 New Zealand’s foreign minister on Tuesday said the country has to stand up for itself after China warned its backing of Taiwan’s participation at the World Health Organization (WHO) could damage bilateral ties, Reuters reports. Taiwan, with the strong support of the United States, has stepped up its lobbying to be allowed to […]

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Government could fail surplus ‘test’ says Labor – politics live | Australia news

Welcome to the last sitting day of this week. There is a one week break after this, and the mood in the building could best be described as ‘GETOUTOFMYWAYIHAVETOGETOUTOFHERE’, which, honestly, is a mood most of them have put on themselves. The Nationals are still trying to convince everyone that they have moved on. Party […]

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The Coalition’s religious discrimination bill: what’s changed and can doctors refuse treatment? | Australia news

On 10 December, Scott Morrison and the attorney general, Christian Porter, released the second draft religious discrimination bill. The new bill is designed to respond to a revolt from conservative religious organisations that forced the Coalition to miss its self-imposed deadline to introduce the bill to parliament by year’s end. What is the original bill […]

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Australia fires: helicopter crashes as 140 blazes rage in NSW and Queensland – live | Australia news

Queensland is choking on NSW’s bushfire smoke as a southerly change sweeps across the state bringing testing conditions for firefighters. The southeast corner of the state is shrouded in smoke, with the World Health Quality index showing unhealthy levels of air quality across parts of Queensland. “We have seen a southerly change move up from […]

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