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8-10 week gap between Pfizer doses boosts antibodies, UK study says

The study said neutralising antibody levels were twice as high after the 10-week interval as with the three-week span.
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British MPs relied on ‘false assertions of another country’ to debate Kashmir, says India

Indian High Commission in London raised several issues with the a debate organised by backbench British MPs at Westminster Hall in the House of Commons on Kashmir.
Postcards for sale in London on 17 December 2020 | Photo | Hollie Adams | Bloomberg

Brexit trade deal is done but many issues remain unresolved

The trade agreement between the UK and the European Union brought welcome relief to businesses, but the deal leaves major issues at risk of flaring up again.
A Union Jack flies above European Union flags near the Houses of Parliament in London, U.K | Photo: Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg File Photo

Why Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal is unlikely to end his party’s Europe feud

One of the stumbling blocks in the UK-EU trade negotiations was the question of how to settle disputes over trade in the future. The deal could be reopened if it isn't resolved.

Boris Johnson considers putting more areas in UK under lockdown to curb new Covid strain

UK Housing Secretary didn’t rule out a full national lockdown, though he said the govt is committed to the tier system because the scale of the outbreak varies across the country.
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London braces for toughest Covid curbs as infections, hospitalisation rates soar

If London is put in tier 3, the city's pubs, bars, restaurants and indoor entertainment venues will be forced to close, dealing a huge blow to businesses during Christmas season.
A European Union (EU) border sign on a road on Germany's border with Austria | Photo: Michaela Handrek-Rehle | Bloomberg

No-deal Brexit won’t help UK prosper & will inflict pain on Europe, too

'No deal' would be a huge test of the EU’s ability to manage crises. It would also mean tariffs on $621 billion of annual goods flows & potential delays from customs checks.
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UK prepares for national deployment of Pfizer Covid vaccine, first shot on 8 Dec

UK will become the first western country to deploy a Covid-19 vaccine. People aged above 80 at hospitals or attending appointments there will be among the first to get it.

UK grants 5 passports a minute to Hong Kong residents as China tightens grip

About 2.16 lakh Hong Kong residents received British National (Overseas) passports this year, higher than any annual figure since 1997. ​China sees this as inappropriate interference.
File photo of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson | Photo by Stefan Rousseau- WPA Pool/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Boris Johnson faces revolt from his own party over new Covid restrictions

PM Johnson won the vote on the new rules by 291 to 78. However, 55 of his own party colleagues voted against him. The MPs said the new restrictions risk damaging the UK economy.
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On Sri Lankan man’s lynching, all of Pakistan reacted…and moved on

PM Imran Khan’s tweet of shock. Check. CM’s expression of sadness and ordering of in­­q­ui­­ry. Check. IG police’s vow to arrest the culprits. Check.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.