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Covid: Moderna vaccine moves closer to US approval

A second coronavirus vaccine is nearing emergency approval in the US after it was endorsed by a panel of experts.The head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said his agency would move quickly to authorise the Moderna vaccine, allowing the company to begin shipping millions of doses.It comes days after the US began its largest ever immunisation campaign with the rollout of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab.The US has recorded more Covid-19 cases and deaths than any other country.Earlier this [...]

Mitch McConnell: Top Trump ally breaks silence to congratulate Biden

A top member of US President Donald Trump’s Republican Party, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has congratulated Joe Biden on winning the presidential election last month.Senator McConnell spoke after the electoral college formally confirmed Mr Biden’s victory over Mr Trump.The Democrat won 306 electoral college votes to Mr Trump’s 232.President Trump still refuses to concede, making unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud.Relations with the Senate, currently controlled by the Republicans, will be crucial to Mr Biden’s presidency.He visited Atlanta, Georgia, [...]

Tao Geoghegan Hart: The ‘overnight sensation’ 10 years in the making

“I’ve only got one pink jersey…. that feels like a pretty apt metaphor.”British cycling’s latest Grand Tour winner Tao Geoghegan Hart is in a reflective mood as he poses for a photo on home territory outside Hackney Town Hall.Over his right shoulder is the maglia rosa – the pink jersey he’s talking about, from October’s surprise Giro d’Italia victory. When he hands it over for a quick look I can still smell the prosecco from the podium ceremony. In cycling’s [...]

Covid vaccine: US experts recommend Pfizer vaccine approval

Medical experts advising the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recommended emergency approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.The decision comes after a 23-member panel met to determine whether the drug’s benefits outweigh the risks.The Pfizer vaccine has already been approved for the public in the UK, Canada, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.The drug still needs to be formally approved by the FDA’s vaccine chief, which is expected in the coming days.The recommendation comes a day after the US recorded [...]

Mt Everest grows by nearly a metre to new height

The world’s highest mountain Mount Everest is 0.86m higher than had been previously officially calculated, Nepal and China have jointly announced.Until now the countries differed over whether to add the snow cap on top. The new height is 8,848.86m (29,032 ft).China’s previous official measurement of 8,844.43m had put the mountain nearly four metres lower than Nepal’s.Everest stands on the border between China and Nepal and mountaineers climb it from both sides.Officials at Nepal’s foreign ministry and department of survey [...]

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi: Two rivals with more in common than you might think

I can’t think of any question I have been asked more often than “Ronaldo or Messi, who is the greatest of all time?”As the two star players of their generation prepare to face each other for the first time since May 2018, the answer is as simple as it is impossible; they both are the best.Messi the best player ever and Ronaldo the best striker ever. That is what I think anyway. In the process of trying to come one [...]

England 22-19 France: Criticism of England’s style ‘disrespectful’, says Eddie Jones

England head coach Eddie Jones called criticism of his side’s style of play “totally disrespectful” after his side beat France 22-19 in extra time to win the Autumn Nations Cup at Twickenham.England scored a last-minute try to take it to extra time before Owen Farrell kicked the decisive penalty.The emphasis on using a kicking game resulted in boos from the crowd and criticism from several former players. “We’re trying to win and we’ve got to find a way to do that,” [...]

Trump says lawyer Rudy Giuliani has Covid-19

President Donald Trump says his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for Covid-19.The president wrote in a tweet: “Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!”Mr Giuliani, who has been leading the Trump campaign’s legal challenges to the 2020 election results, is the latest person in the president’s inner circle to be infected.The president and his team have been criticised for shunning safety guidance. Mr Trump was ill in October.Mr Giuliani, 76, has been taken to the Medstar [...]

US House passes federal cannabis decriminalisation bill Published

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to decriminalise cannabis at the national level for the first time.It calls for removing cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances and erasing certain federal convictions.It also supports reinvestment in communities adversely impacted by the decades-long “war on drugs”.The bill is very unlikely to be taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate.The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (More) Act was passed in the lower chamber 228 to 164 on Friday [...]

Ruthless Cherries Thrash Tykes to go top

Bournemouth moved to the top of the Championship as two goals in each half saw them ruthlessly defeat Barnsley.In an open game with several chances at both ends, the Cherries led when Philip Billing found the bottom corner with a low strike from 20 yards.The hosts should have levelled, but defender Mads Andersen could not sort out his feet in time to divert Michal Helik’s effort in from two yards, and were punished as Dominic Solanke doubled Bournemouth’s lead [...]