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UK vaccine adviser says delay of Covid second dose will save lives
UK vaccine adviser says delay of Covid second dose will save lives

JCVI deputy chair defends extended gap between jabs as Hancock warns end of restrictions ‘long way off’

A representative of the UK’s vaccine advisory committee has defended its decision to delay a second dose, saying it will “save many lives”, as the health secretary, Matt Hancock, warned lifting restrictions was “a long, long way off”.

Prof Anthony Harnden of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said the evidence was still in favour of delaying the dose, after a small Israeli study of over-60s suggested a first dose gave just 33% protection from coronavirus.

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Sun, 24 Jan 2021 11:55:25 GMT

Source: The Guardian

China mine rescue: 11 miners brought to surface alive after being trapped 580m underground
China mine rescue: 11 miners brought to surface alive after being trapped 580m underground



ELEVEN miners have been rescued after a gold mine in China collapsed, leaving the workers trapped underground for two weeks.

Sun, 24 Jan 2021 11:11:15 +0000

Source: The Express

Ethiopia’s leader must answer for the high cost of hidden war in Tigray
Ethiopia’s leader must answer for the high cost of hidden war in Tigray

Abiy Ahmed should hand back his Nobel peace prize over his actions in the breakaway region that have raised the spectre of famine again

Seyoum Mesfin, Ethiopia’s long-serving former foreign minister, was one of the foremost African diplomats of his generation. He was gunned down this month in Tigray by the armed forces of a lesser man – Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s prime minister and Nobel peace prize winner. Some suggest it was the Eritrean military, Abiy’s allies, who killed Seyoum, although their presence in Tigray is officially denied. The circumstances of his death remain murky.

As with much of the unreported, unchallenged murder and mayhem currently occurring in northern Ethiopia, murky is what Abiy prefers. When he ordered the army’s assault on the breakaway Tigray region in November, he blocked the internet, shut out aid agencies and banned journalists. It’s a conflict he claims to have won – but the emerging reality is very different. It’s a war fought in the shadows, with the outside world kept in the dark.

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Sun, 24 Jan 2021 07:30:39 GMT

Source: The Guardian

US-UK trade deal: Joe Biden’s THREE red lines for talks with Boris – will anger Brexiteers
US-UK trade deal: Joe Biden’s THREE red lines for talks with Boris – will anger Brexiteers



JOE BIDEN will have at least three strict red lines in any future UK/US trade talks with Boris Johnson, including on areas which could anger Brexiteers, an expert has said.

Sun, 24 Jan 2021 07:00:00 +0000

Source: The Express

I’ve had my first vaccine jab. It gives me hope of liberation... but not yet
I’ve had my first vaccine jab. It gives me hope of liberation... but not yet

Exactly a year after his first story about coronavirus, our science editor received the Pfizer injection last week. Here he reflects on a remarkable scientific achievement

I marked a grim anniversary in an unexpected manner last week. On 18 January last year, I wrote my first story about a mysterious disease that had struck Wuhan, in China, and which was now spreading around the world. More than two million individuals have since died of Covid-19, almost 100,000 of them in the UK.

Remarkably, 12 months to the day that the Observer published my story, I was given my first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, allowing me to follow nearly six million other newly immunised UK residents who are set to gain protection against a disease that has brought the planet to a standstill. It was a rare, comforting experience after a year of unremitting sadness and gloom.

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Sun, 24 Jan 2021 07:00:38 GMT

Source: The Guardian

Is it time to leave WhatsApp – and is Signal the answer?
Is it time to leave WhatsApp – and is Signal the answer?

The Facebook-owned messaging service has been hit by a global backlash over privacy. Many users are migrating to Signal or Telegram. Should you join them?

Earlier this month, WhatsApp issued a new privacy policy along with an ultimatum: accept these new terms, or delete WhatsApp from your smartphone. But the new privacy policy wasn’t particularly clear, and it was widely misinterpreted to mean WhatsApp would be sharing more sensitive personal data with its parent company Facebook. Unsurprisingly, it prompted a fierce backlash, with many users threatening to stop using the service.

WhatsApp soon issued a clarification, explaining that the new policy only affects the way users’ accounts interact with businesses (ie not with their friends) and does not mandate any new data collection. The messaging app also delayed the introduction of the policy by three months. Crucially, WhatsApp said, the new policy doesn’t affect the content of your chats, which remain protected by end-to-end encryption – the “gold standard” of security that means no one can view the content of messages, even WhatsApp, Facebook, or the authorities.

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Sun, 24 Jan 2021 07:00:39 GMT

Source: The Guardian

Sworn enemies: the real story of Old Bailey clash that ruined Oscar Wilde
Sworn enemies: the real story of Old Bailey clash that ruined Oscar Wilde

Playwright’s grandson reveals letter that tells of deep loathing felt for Wilde by lawyer in libel trial

He was the brilliant lawyer whose brutal 1895 cross-examination of Oscar Wilde in one of the most famous trials in British history led to the Irish dramatist’s imprisonment for homosexuality, and to his ultimate ruin. Now a previously unpublished letter reveals that Sir Edward Carson’s attack on Wilde in the Old Bailey was partly personal – a loathing that went beyond his job in defending the Marquess of Queensberry in the ill-fated libel case.

Long after Carson’s death in 1935, the son of one of his friends confided in a 1950 letter: “I was never able to get Carson to admit that Wilde possessed any ability at all. ‘Ah,’ he used to say angrily, ‘he was a charlatan.’”

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Sun, 24 Jan 2021 06:44:38 GMT

Source: The Guardian

War FEARS: North Korea could use Biden talks to ‘further nuclear programme’ claims expert
War FEARS: North Korea could use Biden talks to ‘further nuclear programme’ claims expert



NORTH KOREA could use any negotiations with incoming US President Joe Biden to strengthen its nuclear programme, according to an incendiary warning from a leading security expert.

Sun, 24 Jan 2021 06:43:17 +0000

Source: The Express