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Top Gov adviser quits - Nurse charged with baby murders & EU Covid-19 vaccine within months

Thursday 12 September

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Thursday 12 September 2020 News Briefing. As of 6:30 am (GMT), these are the global active Covid-19 numbers.

Global COVID-19 UPDATE

Coronavirus Cases: 52,441,495

Deaths: 1,289,753

Recovered: 36,677,514

Today’s Outlook
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  • Senior Johnson adviser to leave Downing Street.
  • Extra bank holiday announced for Queen’s 2022 platinum jubilee.
  • Nurse charged with murder over baby deaths at Cheshire hospital.
  • US Embassy in Pakistan apologizes for ‘unauthorized post’ predicting PM Khan will lose power after Trump defeat.
  • EU hopes to distribute vaccine within months – latest updates.
  • Arnab Goswami: India’s controversial TV presenter freed on bail.
  • Biden Meets with His Presidential Transition Advisers.
  • New York imposes new Covid-19 restrictions as hospital admissions mount.

Italy looks to new business and political ties with Saudi Arabia

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Sony PlayStation 5 goes on sale for battle with latest Xbox

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Senior Johnson adviser to leave Downing Street

BBC News says one of Boris Johnson’s closest aides, director of communications Lee Cain, has resigned amid reports of internal tensions in Downing Street.

In a statement he said he was leaving next month, despite having been offered the role of No 10 chief of staff.

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Extra bank holiday announced for Queen’s 2022 platinum jubilee

The Guardian says it might be more than 18 months to wait, but the nation is set to be treated with an extra day off to mark the Queen reaching 70 years on the throne.

As part of what is being billed as a “blockbuster” celebration for Her Majesty’s platinum jubilee in 2022, people will enjoy a UK-wide four-day weekend in recognition of the first time that a British monarch reaches the milestone.

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Nurse charged with murder over baby deaths at Cheshire hospital

Sky News says a nurse has been charged with eight counts of murder and 10 counts of attempted murder in connection with baby deaths at a hospital in Cheshire.

Lucy Letby, 30, is due to appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, a spokesman for Cheshire police said.

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US Embassy in Pakistan apologizes for ‘unauthorized post’ predicting PM Khan will lose power after Trump defeat

RT News says the US Embassy in Pakistan is claiming their Twitter account was accessed “without authorization” when it retweeted a political message from Ahsan Iqbal, a lawmaker rival of Prime Minister Imram Khan.

“The US Embassy does not endorse the posting or retweeting of political messages,” the embassy’s account tweeted on Wednesday. “We apologize for any confusion that may have resulted from the unauthorized post.”

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EU hopes to distribute vaccine within months – latest updates

TRT World says the EU expressed hope that it could start vaccinating people against the virus as early as next year.

The head of the ECDC said that a vaccination programme could be kicked off “optimistically (in the) first quarter next year, but I can’t be more precise,” as trials in the US and Russia suggested that vaccines currently in the final stages of testing were so far proving very effective.

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Arnab Goswami: India’s controversial TV presenter freed on bail

Aljazeera says India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday granted bail to the head of a nationalist TV channel, a week after he was arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of an interior decorator, a case the channel blamed on politicians angered by its news coverage.

The court said a lower court had been wrong to deny bail to Arnab Goswami and ordered his release on bail of 50,000 Indian rupees ($670).

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Biden names Ron Klain as his White House chief of staff

CNN says Joe Biden has tapped Ron Klain to be his incoming chief of staff, the Biden transition office said in a news release Wednesday, elevating his longtime aide to one of the most powerful positions in the White House.

Klain is one of Biden’s most trusted campaign advisers and was long seen as the most likely pick for the top job. He previously served as chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton administration and Biden during his tenure as President Barack Obama’s vice president.

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New York imposes new Covid-19 restrictions as hospital admissions mount

France24 says Andrew Cuomo has imposed a new round of restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus as the infection rate climbed and hospitalisations soared in NY.

“We’re seeing a national and global Covid surge, and New York is a ship on the Covid tide,” the governor told reporters, adding that contact tracing identified late-night gatherings at bars, restaurants and gyms as key virus spreaders in the state.

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Kyle Rittenhouse’s mother blames police and governor for shootings

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Lori Vallow named person of interest in death of third husband

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Hungary’s government proposes draft legislation to ban adoption for same-sex couples

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Genoa bridge collapse: Italian financial police arrest six executives

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South Africa lifts ban on international travel as virus death toll tops 20,000

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Ethiopia Conflict: Tigray accuses Eritrea of involvement

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Bahrain’s long-serving PM Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa dies

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Biden’s election stirs apprehension and hope in the Middle East

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Hong Kong legislature sits without democrats after exodus

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Typhoon Vamco lashes the Philippines, paralyses parts of Manila

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Scotland and Northern Ireland set for Euro 2020 play-off finals

Scotland and Northern Ireland set for Euro 2020 play-off finals

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Butch Harmon reveals work with Rory McIlroy ahead of The Masters

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers arrested

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Actor charged with drink-driving after car crash in Malibu

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Graham Norton to leave BBC Radio 2 after 10 years

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