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Chance of post-Brexit trade deal breakthrough ‘receding’, UK warns

Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal have suffered a blow, with the UK accusing the European Union of making fresh demands at the 11th hour.

The UK’s current trading arrangements with the bloc expire at the end of the month, leaving little time to get a deal agreed by negotiators and approved by the EU’s leaders, Westminster and the European Parliament.

Hopes of an imminent deal appear to be fading after Thursday’s negotiations in London between the teams led by Lord Frost and the EU’s Michel Barnier.

A senior UK Government source said: “At the 11th hour, the EU is bringing new elements into the negotiation.

“A breakthrough is still possible in the next few days but that prospect is receding.”

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson will press ahead with plans allowing ministers to tear up the Brexit divorce deal he has already agreed, despite the current round of UK-EU talks being

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Chances of post-Brexit trade deal with EU ‘receding’, UK warns

3 December 2020, 20:46 | Updated: 3 December 2020, 20:51

Trade talks between the UK and the EU appear to be hanging in the balance
Trade talks between the UK and the EU appear to be hanging in the balance.

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The chances of reaching a post-Brexit trade deal are “receding” due to fresh demands from the EU “at the eleventh hour”, the UK Government has said.

Hopes of the UK and the European Union reaching a trade agreement by the end of the week were dealt a blow on Thursday after the EU brought “new elements into the negotiation”.

Britain’s current trading arrangement with Europe will expire at the end of the month, giving the two sides little time to agree on a deal and have it ratified by the bloc’s leaders, Westminster and the European Parliament.

A senior UK Government source said on Thursday: “At the 11th hour, the EU is bringing new elements into the negotiation.

“A breakthrough is still possible

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Criminal networks could try to sell fake COVID vaccines physically and on internet, warns Interpol- The New Indian Express

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NEW DELHI: The Interpol has warned law enforcement agencies across the globe that organised criminal networks could try to advertise and sell fake COVID-19 vaccines physically and on the internet.

In an Orange notice issued to all 194 member countries on Wednesday, the Lyon-based international police cooperation body warned agencies to prepare for potential criminal activity in relation to “the falsification, theft and illegal advertising of COVID-19 and flu vaccines”.

“It also includes examples of crimes where individuals have been advertising, selling and administering fake vaccines,” a statement from the Interpol said.

The Interpol issues an Orange notice to warn of an event, a person, an object or a process representing a serious and imminent threat to public safety.

The CBI, which is the national central bureau for India, is tasked with coordination with the Interpol.

The warning came on the day the UK became the first Western

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Interpol Warns About Fake, Stolen COVID-19 Vaccines From Organized Crime

As many separate companies begin to roll out their COVID-19 vaccines, Interpol is warning that the life-saving commodities could be targeted by organized crime. The international law enforcement organization stated that fake vaccines and stolen vaccines are a very real possibility as people are desperate to begin a post-pandemic life.

“As governments are preparing to roll out vaccines, criminal organisations are planning to infiltrate or disrupt supply chains. Criminal networks will also be targeting unsuspecting members of the public via fake websites and false cures, which could pose a significant risk to their health, even their lives,” Interpol secretary general Juergen Stock said, according to Reuters.

The news comes after Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca all announced effective vaccines against the virus. Moderna and Pfizer are both seeking emergency clearance from the FDA to begin distributing their shots immediately. AstraZeneca is seeking similar measures in the U.K. To date, there

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Rejecting water crisis settlement could cost property owners billions, attorney warns

FLINT, MI — Just days ago, an attorney centrally involved in negotiating a $20-million settlement of claims related to the Flint water crisis described the city’s potential liability as being millions of dollars.

After meeting with the City Council Tuesday, Dec. 1, he’s upped that estimate into the billions.

“The city is a defendant. The city has been sued … meaning the plaintiffs want to get money from the city,” said Rich Berg, an attorney with Detroit-based Butzel Long, which has represented Flint in water crisis litigation since 2016.

“If they win, there will be crippling liability to the city,” Berg told council members. “It will be millions, upon millions, upon millions — if not billions of dollars that the city would be exposed to in liability.”

Berg and Mayor Sheldon Neeley are asking the council to approve the city’s portion of a proposed $641-million settlement of cases filed by

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White House warns COVID-19 cases at dire levels, says patient care could be compromised



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White House warns COVID-19 cases at dire levels, says patient care could be compromised

The White House coronavirus task force is issuing a dire warning to states, writing that, given the already rampant spread of the virus across the U.S., a further surge in cases following Thanksgiving threatens to overwhelm the health care system and compromise patient care.

“We are in a very dangerous place due to the current, extremely high COVID baseline and limited hospital capacity; a further post-Thanksgiving surge will compromise COVID patient care, as well as medical care overall,” reads the White House report sent to states and obtained by The Hill.

The includes a series of urgent warnings, a stark contrast to President Trump himself, who has been largely quiet on the coronavirus crisis recently, and has focused on vaccine development when he does discuss it.

The warnings come as the United

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Organized criminal networks could be targeting COVID-19 vaccines, Interpol warns



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Coronavirus vaccines could be the target of organized criminal networks that could look to sell fake shots, Interpol warned Wednesday, according to a report.

Interpol said it alerted law enforcement across its 194 member countries about the threat. The agency warned the vaccines could be threatened both physically and online, Reuters reported.

“As governments are preparing to roll out vaccines, criminal organizations are planning to infiltrate or disrupt supply chains,” said Interpol secretary general Juergen Stock. “Criminal networks will also be targeting unsuspecting members of the public via fake websites and false cures, which could pose a significant risk to their health, even their lives.”

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California’s Governor Warns of ‘Drastic Action’ as Hospitals Near Crisis

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California’s intensive care units could be overloaded by the middle of December, and its hospitals could be dangerously close to full by Christmas, according to sobering projections that Gov. Gavin Newsom presented on Monday.

And the strain could be even worse in the hardest-hit areas, like the San Joaquin Valley, which was projected to reach 83 percent of its hospital capacity by Dec. 24.

“If these trends continue, California will need to take drastic action,” Mr. Newsom said during a virtual briefing, adding that more severe restrictions, including full stay-at-home orders, could come within the next few days.

California is one of

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Whitmer warns restaurants against defying shutdown order; state reports 160 COVID-19 deaths in one day

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned restaurant and bar owners in Michigan on Tuesday against defying her state health department’s shutdown orders and reopening as deaths from COVID-19 continue to surge.

“I would discourage people from willfully breaking the law,” the governor said at her weekly press conference.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services added 190 deaths to the toll from the global pandemic, 30 of which came from previous days.

The 160 deaths over a 24-hour period ending at 10 a.m. Tuesday is the highest daily death toll from COVID-19 since 189 deaths were recorded on April 25. The daily record of 232 deaths was set on April 21, according to state records.

Michigan’s seven-day average number of daily deaths now stands at 91.

The daily average number of deaths from COVID-19 has doubled in the past three weeks, state data show, underscoring how fatalities from the novel virus

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UN warns law enforcement against using ‘big data’ to discriminate | Colombia News

UN experts urged agencies around the world to ensure that the data they collect from artificial intelligence isn’t used to discriminate against minority groups.

Police and border guards must combat racial profiling and ensure that their use of “big data” collected via artificial intelligence does not reinforce biases against minorities, United Nations experts said on Thursday.

Companies that sell algorithmic profiling systems to public entities and private companies, often used in screening job applicants, must be regulated to prevent misuse of personal data that perpetuates prejudices, they said.

“It’s a rapidly developing technological means used by law enforcement to determine, using big data, who is likely to do what. And that’s the danger of it,” Verene Shepherd, a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, told Reuters.

“We’ve heard about companies using these algorithmic methods to discriminate on the basis of skin colour,” she added, speaking

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