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Scientists identify reaction that may cause rare blood clots after AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

Scientists claim to have discovered a "potential mechanism" that triggers blood clots in some people who receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine.

The most unsafe passage to Europe has claimed 18,000 victims. Who speaks for them? | Lorenzo Tondo

As Europe outsources its border policing to Libya, rescue operations by NGOs are hampered by criminal inquiries in Italy

In the early hours of 21 June, somewhere in the vast expanse of the central Mediterranean, a Médecins Sans Frontières team on board a rescue vessel received a distress call. The motor of a small boat carrying asylum seekers from Libya had broken down, and the vessel was taking in water.

These are the first dramatic scenes in Unsafe Passage – a Guardian Documentaries film by Ed Ou for the Outlaw Ocean Project, released today – but they are also the first moments in a race against time that repeats itself again and again in the stretch of sea separating Europe from Africa.

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US reportedly reaches deal to restart Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

Biden called the policy inhumane after Trump administration used it to return over 60,000 asylum seekers across the border

The Biden administration has reportedly struck an agreement with the Mexican government to resurrect the controversial “Remain in Mexico’” arrangement that requires asylum seekers to stay outside the US while their claims are considered.

The US and Mexican governments will announce the resumption of the program on Thursday, according to the Washington Post, following its previous suspension by Joe Biden after he became president. It will initially begin in San Diego and in the Texas cities of Laredo, Brownsville and El Paso next week.

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Putin urges compliance with safety rules after mine blast

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned officials to strictly observe industrial safety in the wake of last week’s coal mine explosion that killed 51

Czech travel writer Miroslav Zikmund dies at 102

Czech travel writer Miroslav Zikmund has died at age 102

School bullies face up to 10 years’ jail under law approved by French MPs

Draft law also proposes maximum fine of up to €150,000 in most serious cases

The French parliament has voted to make school bullying a criminal offence punishable by up to three years in prison, as MPs said society needed a wake-up call on the seriousness of children targeting their peers.

The proposed law was supported by Emmanuel Macron’s education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Macron’s ruling coalition, as well as the right.

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UK plays down Brexit link in US steel tariff row

Reports linking US steel tariffs with concerns over Northern Ireland a 'false narrative' says UK.

Rocket Lab gives first look at plans for bigger, reusable Neutron rocket as it takes on SpaceX

Rocket Lab on Thursday unveiled more about the larger, reusable Neutron rocket it is developing.

Hundreds of FedEx Packages Dumped in Alabama Ravine, Authorities Say

Amid the holiday shopping crush, more than 300 packages were discovered on private property. The driver, who has been identified and questioned by the police, is no longer working for FedEx, the company said.

5 things to know before the stock market opens Thursday

Dow futures rose Thursday, one day after the 30-stock average saw a near 1,000-point swing following confirmation of the first omicron Covid case in the U.S.

Covid: Omicron fears cause wave of hotel cancellations

Best Western is one hotel group that has seen many customers scrapping Christmas bookings.


Stocks making the biggest moves premarket: Snowflake, Boeing, Apple and more

These are the stocks posting the largest moves before the bell.

When a far-right candidate has ‘le buzz’, France shouldn’t take young people for granted | Oliver Haynes

The youth movement around Éric Zemmour, though small, is an indication that this deeply political generation can also be nihilistic

  • This article was highly commended in the Guardian Foundation’s 2021 Hugo Young award, which champions political opinion writing among 18- to 25-year-olds

In early 2019 I was teaching French sixth formers on an Erasmus placement when we got into a discussion about immigration. Some girls spoke admiringly of women on the centre-right, some boys were liberal left, though suspicious of the excesses of internet social justice politics, while others might be dismissed as “woke”.

They all rolled their eyes when I asked them what they thought of Éric Zemmour, the smirking far-right polemicist running for president. My students thought he was racist and wrote him off as a crank. They hated Marine Le Pen of the far-right Rassemblement National (National Rally) but took her seriously. You had to accept that she was part of the political furniture, but this guy was beyond the pale. He had, after all, been convicted of hate speech.

Oliver Haynes, a student from City of London University, was highly commended in the Guardian Foundation’s Hugo Young award for political opinion writing 2021, for this piece

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Emmanuel Macron’s dangerous shift on the New Caledonia referendum risks a return to violence |...

With the growing possibility of a pro-independence victory, France is derailing decolonisation in a bid to shore up its position in the Indo-Pacific

The French government’s decision to hold New Caledonia’s self-determination referendum on 12 December, despite the resolve of pro-independence parties not to participate, is a reckless political gambit with potentially dire consequences.

The referendum will be the third and final consultation held under the 1998 Noumea accord – successor to the Matignon accords which ended instability and violence between the Kanak independence movement and local “loyalists” and the French state in 1988. By organising this month’s referendum without the participation of the Indigenous Kanak people, who overwhelmingly support independence, France is undermining the innovative and peaceful decolonisation process of the last 30 years, founded on French state neutrality and seeking consensus between opposing local political parties.

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Macron privately called Boris Johnson a ‘clown’, says French magazine

Report follows French president’s complaint about PM’s behaviour after they discussed sinking of refugee boat in the Channel

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, referred to Boris Johnson in a private conversation as a “clown”, according to reports in France.

The political magazine Le Canard enchaîné, often described as the French equivalent of Private Eye, reported Macron as saying the British prime minister has “the attitude of a vulgarian”.

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Stock futures inch higher after sell-off prompted by first U.S. omicron case

U.S. stock index futures inched higher during overnight trading on Wednesday.

Book Bestsellers 2021

Government fined £500,000 for New Year honours data breach

More than 1,000 New Year Honours recipients, including Sir Elton John and Gabby Logan, were affected.

Meghan wins ruling in Mail on Sunday privacy fight

The Duchess of Sussex took action after the paper carried extracts of a letter to her father.

Covid: Sheku Kanneh-Mason voices concern over touring limits

The world-renowned cellist says he is worried limits on touring are holding back new musicians.

Martyn Stewart: The David Attenborough of sound

After 55 years recording the sounds of nature, Martyn Stewart is making his archive public.

Turner Prize: Belfast-based Array Collective wins award

Belfast-based activist group the Array Collective are the winners of the prestigious Turner Prize 2021.

Slash on his new album, his relationship with Axl Rose and being a Halloween costume

Slash says the recording of his latest album was "quite an adventure" and "a memorable experience."

Jacqueline Avant, wife of music exec Clarence Avant, shot and killed in home robbery

Jacqueline Avant, a philanthropist and the wife of music icon Clarence Avant and mother-in-law to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos, was fatally shot in her home early Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for Netflix.

Turner Prize 2021: Irish pub installation wins award

Array Collective took this year's award for tackling taboo topics in Northern Ireland.


Omicron clouds outlook for international travel that was just turning a corner

The U.S., U.K., and other nations have revived travel restrictions just as demand was recovering.

Best Albums of 2021

Less isolation didn’t mean a return to normalcy. Albums with big feelings and room for catharsis made the most powerful connections.

‘Red Pill’ Review: The Horror of a Weekend of Racism and Extremism

Tonya Pinkins is in the director’s chair for this bizarre face-off between political opponents in which rhetoric is the least of the weapons.

‘Single All the Way’ Review: Cookie Cutter Christmas

This Netflix holiday rom-com rests its family-friendly shenanigans on a display of chemistry that never materializes.

‘The Advent Calendar’ Review: A December Full of Tricks and Treats

In this Christmastime French horror film, a woman struggles against a powerful, old demon eager to rope her into a Faustian bargain.

‘Listening to Kenny G’ Review: Good Sax?

Penny Lane’s documentary about the superstar sax player Kenny G shows an artist who can be defensive and self-satisfied almost simultaneously.

‘Benedetta’ Review: Habit Storming

Paul Verhoeven takes us to a nunnery where faith, eroticism and the Black Death make for an unholy good time.


F1: How Red Bull caught up with the Mercedes 'juggernaut'

Mercedes entered the 2021 Formula One season seeking an eighth-consecutive drivers' and constructors' championship double.

Peng Shuai 'reconfirms' she is safe and well in second call with IOC, says Olympic organization

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a second call with Peng Shuai on Wednesday and said that the Chinese tennis star "reconfirmed" that she was safe and well given the "difficult situation" she is in, the sporting organization said on Thursday.

I.O.C. Says It Held Second Video Call With Peng Shuai

Olympic officials said they ‘shared the same concern as many’ about the safety of the Chinese tennis star but offered no details of what they discussed with her.

Rory McIlroy defends players' right to play in Saudi Arabia tournament

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy has defended players' rights to compete in the Saudi International next year.

With No Deadline Deal, M.L.B.’s Lockout Begins

Players and owners continued to negotiate until the final day, but with the sides still far apart, baseball has its first work stoppage since the 1994-95 strike.


COP26: UK 'nowhere near' meeting targets agreed at Glasgow climate summit

Ministers are told they must agree tougher policies to get the UK on track to meet goals set at COP26.

New plan to pay farmers who protect winter soil

The empty brown fields of winter countryside could be transformed under new land subsidy rules for England.

Prints Long Thought to Be Bear Tracks May Have Been Made by Human Ancestor

New research published in the journal Nature suggests that the prints, discovered in Tanzania in 1976, were left by an unidentified hominin, or early human ancestor, more than 3.6 million years ago.

2021 hurricane season was third most active

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season has now officially ended, and it's been the third most active on record.

This Dinosaur Found in Chile Had a Battle Ax for a Tail

While ankylosaurs are already known for their armor and club tails, this specimen from South America had a unique way of fighting predators.


Apple shares slip on report of weak iPhone demand heading into holidays

Apple previously warned supply constraints will cause it to miss at least $6 billion in revenue for the holiday quarter.

Virgin Media outage hits UK TV viewers

The company said it was aware of an issue affecting TV services.

Jack Dorsey’s Square changes its name to Block

Days after Jack Dorsey resigned as chief executive of Twitter, his other company is changing its name.

Qualcomm jumps into hot gaming market with new chip for portable game consoles

The Snapdragon G3x chip will debut in a portable device made by Razer that resembles a Nintendo Switch that can play Android games.

WeWork discloses 'material weakness' and plans to restate financials, sending stock lower

WeWork said in a regulatory filing that it will restate financials for 2020 and 2021 after finding that it used the wrong public share count.