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Covid-19 hospitalisations continue to rise in New York, no slowing of rate of positive tests

Travelers from the UK face more restrictions due to a new variant of the virus spreading, with the US insisting arriving Britons have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departing the country.
Commuters get off a tram at a station in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan on 5 November | Photo: Kentaro Takahashi | Bloomberg

Japan considers fines for bars, restaurants to make sure they close early during pandemic

Japan has had the lowest infection & death rates among Group of Seven nations, mostly relying on residents to show self-restraint and businesses to comply with voluntary measures.
Fishermen sort and clean freshly catch fish in the harbor in Sete, France, on Dec. 1, 2020. | Bloomberg

Germany warns of ‘painful cuts’ for fishing industry in Brexit deal

New trade agreement means the EU’s share of the catch in UK waters will fall by 25% over a period of five-and-a-half years.
Representational image | National flags of China and Nepal | Commons

Uniting Nepal’s ruling party is ‘impossible’, China’s effort is a failed attempt

Hou Yanqi, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, has met senior leaders of Nepal’s ruling party, asking them to find a way out. India, meanwhile, says these are ‘internal matters for Nepal’.
A worker waits in an empty Covid-19 walk-in test centre during the coronavirus pandemic in Leicester, UK | Photographer: Darren Staples | Bloomberg

UK churches ‘rethink’ Christmas services, Brazil hotels register low occupancy & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
Passport of WSJ journalist Daniel Pearl, who was beheaded by his captors in 2002, on display at the now-closed Newseum in Washington DC | Flickr

Pakistan will seek to continue detention of Daniel Pearl murder convict Omar Sheikh — WSJ report

Sindh HC ordered Omar’s release Thursday. But a Wall Street Journal report quotes a Pakistani legal official, who says he will remain behind bars as authorities will try to prevent his release.

Nepal SC issues show cause notice to PM Oli’s govt over dissolution of Parliament

The Nepal Supreme Court asked the govt to furnish an original copy of its recommendations to dissolve the House and the decision made by President to authenticate them.
Passengers, wearing protective face masks, walk through the international arrivals hall after arriving at Heathrow Airport in London

US mandates Covid test for UK travellers to check for new virus strain

Regions from Hong Kong to Canada temporarily suspend travel from the UK as the new coronavirus variant alarms scientists and governments around the world.

Temporary Brexit terms to keep EU-UK data flowing for 6 months

The data bridge will be limited in time and requires the UK to suspend its own data protection rules until the adequacy decision has been finalized.

Boris Johnson faces battle to keep Scotland after Brexit deal

Scotland is scheduled to hold elections in May. Polls say Scottish First Minister's party could win a majority that would reinforce her pledge to hold a referendum on leaving the UK.

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