• What happens until Inauguration Day
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm
  • Hungarian lawmaker resigns after caught fleeing a ‘sex party’ by climbing down a drainpipe
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    A senior member of the European Parliament from Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party has resigned after he admitted to breaching Belgium’s coronavirus lockdown to attend a private gathering described by national media as a “sex party.”

  • Election fact check
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm
  • Brain implants in monkeys offer hope for restoring vision in blind people
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Scientists are a step closer to restoring the sight of blind people using brain implants, researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience said, after a series of successful experiments on monkeys.

  • Vladimir Putin Fast Facts
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Read CNN’s Fast Facts about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • French Open Fast Facts
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Read CNN’s Fast Facts about the French Open tennis tournament and learn more about one of the four Grand Slam events in tennis.

  • Teeth reveal details about a Neanderthal who fell down a well
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    The most complete Neanderthal skeleton ever discovered has remained hidden at the bottom of a sinkhole in southern Italy. Frustratingly for scientists, its inaccessible location has made study of the skeleton extremely difficult. A new study changes that.

  • Putin orders Russian officials to start large-scale Covid-19 vaccination campaign
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered his government to start large-scale vaccinations against Covid-19 from next week.

  • Nine-month-old baby among 5 dead in Germany after car hits pedestrians, police say
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    At least five people were killed, including a nine-month-old baby, and several others injured when a man ploughed his car into a group of people in a pedestrian zone in the southwest German city of Trier on Tuesday, the chief public prosecutor said during a press conference.

  • Man suspected of murdering dozens of elderly women detained in Russia
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Russian authorities have detained a man suspected of killing dozens of elderly women in several regions across Central Russia nearly a decade ago.

  • Latest election news
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm
  • Europe pushes to rescue Christmas despite sacrifice of other religions
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    2020 has not been a festive year for Europe, but as it comes to an end, many governments across the continent are scrambling to avoid stringent lockdowns during the Christmas season.

  • France’s ruling party promises change in controversial proposed security law
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    French President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party on Monday promised to change a proposed security law that would restrict the filming of police officers, after the controversial measure sparked large protests calling for free speech and police accountability.

  • Denmark to dig up thousands of mink after carcasses emerge from graves
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Denmark plans to dig up thousands of dead mink culled to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, after the animals started to rise out of their mass graves.

  • British hiker missing in Pyrenees mountain range
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Esther Dingley, 37, went missing during a solo trip in the Pyrenees mountain range on the border between France and Spain.

  • Was Chopin gay? The awkward question for right-wing Poland
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Frederic Chopin has long been Poland’s favorite son. But new suggestions that the composer may have had romantic relationships with men collide awkwardly with the country’s staunchly conservative traditions and its right-wing leadership.

  • Keith Richards Fast Facts
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Read CNN’s Fast Facts on musician, songwriter, author and founding member of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards.

  • Protests take place across France against proposed security law
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Demonstrations are taking place across France against the country’s proposed “global security” law and its flagship measure, which plans to restrict the filming of police officers.

  • Presidential results
    on December 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm
  • Rishi Sunak’s cuts ‘risk plunging more than 3 million into poverty’
    by Larry Elliott Economics editor on December 4, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Fabian Society study outlines threat if chancellor goes ahead with planned cut to welfare paymentsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRishi Sunak risks plunging more than 3 million people into poverty if he goes ahead with a planned cut in welfare payments next spring, one of Britain’s leading leftwing thinktanks has warned.A new study by the Fabian Society found that returning benefits to their pre-pandemic levels after a year-long boost would leave an additional 1.1 million people below the poverty line even on the most optimistic assumptions for the economy. Continue reading…

  • UK gambling laws review to consider ban on sports sponsorship
    by Rob Davies on December 4, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Exclusive: Limits for online stakes among proposed overhaul that could roll back much of Blair-era legislationA wide-ranging review of gambling laws to be launched next week will consider banning sports sponsorship and limiting online casino stakes among a “reformer’s shopping list” of proposals to overhaul gambling laws, the Guardian can reveal.The long-awaited review, which could roll back vast swathes of the Gambling Act 2005, will begin as soon as Monday with an initial call for evidence. Continue reading…

  • ‘Con Queen of Hollywood’ who allegedly duped actors arrested in UK
    by Agence France-Presse on December 4, 2020 at 6:59 am

    Indonesian man impersonated film executives, including Rupert Murdoch’s former wife Wendi Deng, to swindle victims, FBI allegesA suspected con artist who allegedly impersonated top female Hollywood executives to swindle wide-eyed aspiring stars out of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been arrested in Britain after a US extradition request, the FBI has said.Dubbed the “Con Queen of Hollywood”, the suspect led investigators on a years-long, global manhunt so improbable it has even been optioned for a book deal. Continue reading…

  • E.U. Privacy Rule Would Rein In the Hunt for Online Child Sexual Abuse
    by Gabriel J.X. Dance and Adam Satariano on December 4, 2020 at 6:28 am

    Regulators argue that while abuse imagery on the internet is abhorrent, unchecked scanning for it by tech companies could violate privacy rights. A showdown looms.

  • Going wild? A radical green plan for Nottingham’s unloved shopping centre
    by Phoebe Weston on December 4, 2020 at 6:01 am

    Could replacing empty shops with wetlands, woodlands and meadows offer a new model for cities? Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn empty 1970s shopping centre in Nottingham could be transformed into wetlands, pocket woodlands and a wildflower meadow as part of a post-pandemic urban rewilding project.The debate about Broadmarsh shopping centre, considered an eyesore by many, has rumbled on for years. This year it was undergoing a £86m revamp by real estate investment trust Intu when the firm went into administration. Continue reading…

  • Radical reassessment needed to hit net zero emissions by 2050, says NAO
    by Rajeev Syal on December 4, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Watchdog finds UK is projected to fail to meet targets aimed at achieving climate goal Boris Johnson’s commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by 2050 is a “colossal challenge” that can only be achieved with a radical reassessment of priorities, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog.The National Audit Office (NAO) has found that the UK is projected to fail to meet the government’s targets for the years 2023 to 2027 and 2028 to 2032, which were set to establish a trajectory for reducing emissions by 80% over the next 30 years. Continue reading…

  • First commercially printed Christmas card up for sale
    by Associated Press on December 4, 2020 at 5:30 am

    The 117-year-old card is believed to gone on sale the same year Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was publishedThe first commercially printed Christmas card is up for sale – a merry Victorian-era scene that scandalised some when it first appeared in 1843.The card, which is being sold online through a consortium run by Marvin Getman, a Boston-based dealer in rare books and manuscripts, depicts an English family toasting the recipient with glasses of red wine. Continue reading…

  • Your Friday Briefing
    by Natasha Frost on December 4, 2020 at 3:22 am

    Britain and the U.S. spar over the coronavirus vaccine.

  • FIFA Leaders’ Pay Is Immune From the Pandemic
    by Tariq Panja on December 4, 2020 at 2:19 am

    As their sport reels from the pandemic’s financial toll, FIFA’s top officials will gather for a video call on Friday. Each will earn tens of thousands of dollars just for listening.

  • Anthony Fauci apologises for implied criticism of speedy UK vaccine approval
    by Agence France-Presse on December 4, 2020 at 12:15 am

    US diseases expert, appointed as Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, says he has ‘great confidence’ in British counterpartsCoronavirus live updates America’s leading infectious diseases scientist, Anthony Fauci, has apologised for implying that he thought Britain’s drug regulator had rushed through its coronavirus vaccine approval.His comments came a day after Britain became the first country to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for general use, prompting some scepticism among European neighbours and suggestions of politicisation. Continue reading…

  • Bank of England criticised for losing track of £50bn of banknotes
    by Richard Partington Economics correspondent on December 4, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Commons public accounts committee condemns Bank for ‘lax attitude’ to money’s whereaboutsIt is known throughout the world as a byword for security. But the Bank of England is evidently a tad unclear on the whereabouts of £50bn of banknotes, and it doesn’t seem to be overly concerned about it, a powerful group of MPs has said.In a stiff rebuke for Threadneedle Street, the Commons public accounts committee said the money – equivalent to a stack of £5 notes more than 800 miles high – had essentially gone “missing” because the Bank did not keep close enough tabs on cash usage in modern Britain. Continue reading…

  • Definition of treasure trove to be recast to protect UK’s rare artefacts
    by Caroline Davies on December 4, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Recent finds have not met criteria as they are made from bronze, not precious metalsThe government plans to change the official definition of “treasure” to cover more rare and precious archaeological finds so that such artefacts can be saved for the nation rather than sold to private collectors.Under the 1996 Treasure Act, objects are designated as treasure trove if found to be more than 300 years old and made of gold or silver, or found with artefacts made of precious metals. Continue reading…

  • NHS staff no longer top priority for vaccine despite fear of third wave
    by Denis Campbell, Nicola Davis and Robert Booth on December 4, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Health officials warn infections at Christmas gatherings could lead to overwhelmed hospitalsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNHS staff will no longer get the coronavirus vaccine first after a drastic rethink about who should be given priority, it emerged last night.The new immunisation strategy is likely to disappoint and worry thousands of frontline staff – and comes amid urgent warnings from NHS chiefs that hospitals could be “overwhelmed” in January by a third wave of Covid-19 caused by mingling over Christmas. Continue reading…

  • UK vows to outdo other major economies on emissions cuts by 2030
    by Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent on December 3, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Boris Johnson promises to go further and faster by setting target of 68% reduction in annual carbon emissionsThe UK will cut greenhouse gas emissions further and faster than any other major economy in the next decade, according to a new carbon target set out by the prime minister.There will be a reduction of 68% in annual carbon emissions by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, a significant increase on the current target of about 57% reductions. The raising of ambition on tackling climate breakdown is intended to galvanise other countries to follow suit, as Boris Johnson prepares to co-host a virtual summit of world leaders on the climate next week. Continue reading…

  • French Coach Fired for Interactions with Young Players Moved From Job to Job
    by Tariq Panja and Romain Molina on December 3, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Inappropriate text messages. Nude weigh-ins. Player sleepovers. An instructor quietly discarded by France’s soccer federation over his contacts with a teenage player continues to work in the game. The federation says there is nothing it can do.

  • U.K. and U.S. Officials Spar Over Coronavirus ‘Vaccine Nationalism’
    by Benjamin Mueller on December 3, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Scientists warned that a debate over which country’s regulatory system is better could undermine public faith in vaccines. Meanwhile, Britons waited to learn how soon they can get coronavirus shots.

  • Brexit talks falter as UK claims EU is hardening negotiating stance
    by Daniel Boffey in Brussels and Lisa O’Carroll in London on December 3, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Progress stalls as robust lobbying from France alleged and tussle ensues over UK subsidies regulatorBrexit negotiations took a sudden step backwards on Thursday afternoon, Downing Street said, after furious French lobbying pushed the EU to make late demands.The apparent eleventh hour hardening of the EU position was said to have destabilised the protracted talks, peeling back progress made over the previous 24 hours. Continue reading…

  • ‘Different world by summer’: Boris Johnson offers hope to wedding industry – video
    on December 3, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Boris Johnson says that by next summer he expects people will be able to attend big events like weddings. He was answering a question from a woman with a wedding planning business during a ‘People’s PMQs’ streamed on the prime minister’s Facebook account.The rollout of mass testing and vaccines were reasons for confidence and optimism, according to Johnson, who said he hoped vaccination would be well under way by AprilCoronavirus UKCoronavirus – latest updatesContinue reading…

  • UK Sport failed to act on Shane Sutton ‘corruption’ allegations, emails suggest
    by Exclusive by Sean Ingle on December 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Leaked emails seen from British Cycling whistleblowerAnonymous note contains claims about Sutton’s behaviourUK Sport failed to investigate detailed claims from a British Cycling whistleblower who also alleged that “Shane Sutton is corrupt”, leaked emails to the Guardian suggest.The anonymous email, which was titled “Confidential British Cycling Whistle Blower”, also contained several other claims about Sutton’s behaviour, nepotism and misappropriation of resources. Continue reading…

  • The UK Just Approved the Pfizer Covid Vaccine. What Happens Next?
    by Benjamin Mueller on December 3, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    When early results from the final trials began to roll in, scientists were well prepared. Now, they face the logistical challenge of putting the vaccine to work.

  • Boris Johnson under pressure to prioritise vaccine for care homes
    by Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent on December 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Scotland announces rollout within fortnight, casting doubt on logistical obstacles cited by PM and NHS chiefCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson is facing pressure to speed up the immunisation of England care home residents against Covid after the Scottish government announced it would start doing so on 14 December and logistical difficulties cited by the prime minister were called into question. Care home residents were named by the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation (JCVI) as the top priority for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, but Johnson and the NHS England chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens, said on Wednesday they would not come first. Health workers have also been moved down the list. Continue reading…

  • Four dead after explosion at Avonmouth water plant in Bristol
    by Steven Morris on December 3, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    Police declare major incident following explosion involving chemical tanksFour people have been killed and one person injured after an explosion at a wastewater treatment plant in Bristol that could be heard more than a mile away.It is believed the five people were all working on top of or near a silo that contained biosolids – solid matter recovered in sewage treatment processes and turned into organic soil conditioner. A rescue operation involving urban search and rescue teams, tracker dogs and helicopters was launched following the explosion at the Wessex Water site in Avonmouth. Continue reading…

  • UK rebuked over failure to enforce Troubles court rulings
    by Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent on December 3, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    UK has not carried out effective inquiries into killings as required by ECHR, Council of Europe saysThe Council of Europe has issued a stinging rebuke to the UK over its failure to enforce judgments by the European court of human rights (ECHR) involving security force killings and suspected collusion cases in Northern Ireland. In a resolution published on Thursday, the Council of Europe, which oversees the ECHR, expressed “profound concern” at the government’s failure to effectively investigate legacy cases from the Troubles, including the 1989 murder of the Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. Continue reading…

  • Party with one councillor registers one of UK’s biggest political donations
    by Peter Walker on December 3, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Elderly resident leaves surprise £204,888 legacy to Surrey’s Hersham village societyEven in an era when British politics seems endlessly surprising, this was an eye-opener: one of the biggest individual political donations this year has gone not to the Conservative party or to Labour but to a tiny group in Surrey with just one councillor.The news came in the quarterly update of donations produced by the Electoral Commission. Amid a list dominated by unions and businesses handing sums to the big parties was notice of £204,888.20 going to the Hersham village society. Continue reading…

  • Welsh Covid travel rule changes unfair on pubs, say critics
    by Steven Morris on December 3, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Wales residents can go to tier 1 and 2 English areas while Welsh pubs banned from serving alcoholCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Welsh government is under fire over changes to its Covid travel rules that critics say will lead to people from Wales crossing the border for nights out in England.From Friday, a rule that bans people from leaving Wales except for reasons such as work or education will be replaced with one that allows Welsh residents to go to tier 1 and 2 areas in England. At the same time a law comes into force that stops pubs and other licensed premises in Wales selling alcohol and forces them to close at 6pm. Continue reading…

  • Hamish MacInnes, Scotland’s Man of the Mountains, Dies at 90
    by Katharine Q. Seelye on December 3, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    He scaled dangerous peaks all over the world. He also modernized rescue techniques that helped save countless lives.

  • UK government’s coronavirus death toll exceeds 60,000
    by Pamela Duncan, Caelainn Barr and Damien Gayle on December 3, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Official toll, which has been lower than that of statistical agencies, reaches 60,113Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK government’s official Covid death toll has exceeded 60,000, just three weeks after it reached 50,000.The official death toll now stands at 60,113, a figure which counts known deaths among those who have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus. Continue reading…

  • Snow and ice forecast to hit parts of UK towards end of week
    by Kevin Rawlinson on December 3, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Travel disruption expected as warnings issued for Scotland, north of Belfast, Lake District and PenninesParts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and England have been warned to expect travel disruption as snow and ice is forecast to hit towards the end of the week.The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for Thursday and Friday covering much of Scotland, areas to the north of Belfast, and the Lake District and Pennines areas of England. Continue reading…

  • Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, 94, Is Dead; Struggled to Transform France
    by Jonathan Kandell on December 3, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    As a conservative president and a descendant of nobility, he sought to make government more responsive to the people but was thwarted by an economic slowdown, demographic shifts and an imperious bearing. He died of Covid-19.

  • How Jonathan Van-Tam won the nation’s trust on coronavirus
    by Archie Bland on December 3, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Wryly ebullient deputy chief medical officer now seems to be TV’s ‘scientist of choice’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen the pandemic began, ministers settled on what they hoped was a reassuring combination for delivering advice to stay home and save lives: they turned to Prof Chris Whitty and the familiar, rumbling voice of the actor Mark Strong.Eight months later, the chief medical officer and Hollywood star have been supplanted by a man who is junior to one and might be viewed as having less obvious charisma than the other. Continue reading…

  • As predicted, women are suffering because of the two-child benefits limit | Polly Toynbee
    by Polly Toynbee on December 3, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Many pregnant women are choosing termination ahead of a third child, to ward off family povertyMothers-of-two finding themselves pregnant again are having terminations , even though they wanted a third child, for fear of impoverishing their family because of the two-child benefit limit. This was entirely predictable.In these hard times, families unexpectedly crash-landing on to universal credit are discovering the full brutality of Britain’s benefits system, the meanest among comparable European countries. Stripping a third child of any support smacks of China’s former one-child policy, which forced abortions on women pregnant with a second. Continue reading…