VDL on the brink: Furious EU insiders turn on chief with 'future of bloc at stake'



BRUSSELS boss Ursula von der Leyen finds herself under fire after the EU's shambolic attempt to impose an export ban on vaccines sparked a diplomatic row with Britain.
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Covid lockdown Scotland: Woman hugs mother, 90, as care home restrictions ease
Mary Cook, 90, and her daughter Fiona Scott were pictured hugging for the first time in three months at a care home in Kelso, Scottish Borders, as care residents in Scotland are allowed regular visitors.
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Father-of-one Darren Whitehouse, 43, dies in hit-and-run incident in Tipton, West Midlands
Darren 'Daz' Whitehouse, 43, was walking his dog near to his home in Tipton, West Midlands, when he was struck while crossing a road. Police have launched a hunt for the driver, who fled the scene.
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Collapse of social care could force more elderly people out of their own homes
Exclusive: Chancellor urged to be brave in this week’s Budget to avoid ‘catastrophic failures’ in social care
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UK Should Have Been Better Prepared For Covid After Sars, David Cameron Admits
David Cameron has admitted the government failed to properly prepare for Covid-19 and should have learned from the Sars outbreak. The former prime minister, who was in power from 2010 to 2016, said that ministers focused too heavily on a possible influenza pandemic. Instead, they should have broadened preparations to include all respiratory illnesses, saying “more should have been learned” from Sars in 2002. Like Covid, Sars was a new contagious coronavirus. Influenza is also a contagious respiratory illness, but of a different family of virus. The government has repeatedly been criticised for not preparing the UK for a new and unknown disease. Speaking to the national security strategy committee, Cameron said: “I think the mistake that was made was that in thinking about future pandemics, the focus was very much on influenza rather than on respiratory diseases and I think that is where, and I am sure there will be a big inquiry into what we learn and all the rest, but I think there was a pretty good flu pandemic plan but it was a flu plan rather than a respiratory illnesses plan.” Cameron said his government had “set up a unit in the Cabinet Office to do sort of global virus surveillance” but he was “not quite sure what happened to that”. He added: “But [...] more should have been learned from the experience with Sars and the respiratory diseases in terms of our own preparedness. But I wouldn’t blame the national security architecture for that. The architecture was there.” A 2016 drill, called Operation Cygnus, was aimed at testing UK resilience. It exposed how hospitals and care homes faced being overwhelmed should a new virus hit the UK.It was criticised for failing to check up on supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), capacity for testing and the number of ventilators. MPs also uncovered last year that that it failed to make any recommendations to Treasury or business officials. Amid rumours that former US president Donald Trump was considering a return to politics, Cameron was also asked if he would consider a comeback. Former prime minister David Cameron tells a committee of MPs that the Brexit referendum “was properly thought through” and not an “afterthought”.Get the latest news and headlines here: https://t.co/TVxfGKeZcapic.twitter.com/hCrnOPXKO7— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 1, 2021“No,” he said. “Thinking about Donald Trump making a comeback is enough to keep us all spinning over.”Cameron also defended holding the 2016 Brexit referendum, which ended his premiership, saying it was “properly thought through” before the 2015 general election. The ex-PM also used his appearance to criticise decisions taken on security and aid by his successors.He said Theresa May made a “very bad mistake” allowing the role of cabinet secretary and national security adviser to be merged, with Mark Sedwill holding both roles during her tenure in Downing Street.“I think it was for instance a very bad mistake combining cabinet secretary and national security adviser – they are two jobs,” he told the committee.“For one person, even if you were a cross of Einstein, Wittgenstein and Mother Teresa, you couldn’t possibly do both jobs and I think that temporarily weakened the National Security Council.”On Boris Johnson’s decision to scrap the Department for International Development (DfID), Cameron said: “I think abolishing DfID is a mistake too for all sorts of reasons but one of which is actually having the Foreign Office voice around the (National Security Council) table and the DfID voice around the table I think is important – they are not necessarily the same thing.“Can you really expect the foreign secretary to do all of the diplomatic stuff and be able to speak to the development brief as well? That’s quite a task, so I think it is good to have both.”Related...Rishi Sunak ‘Risks Sparking ERG-Style Tory Rebellion’ If He Delays Tax HikesRevealed: Tory-Linked Private Firm Awarded Government Hotel Quarantine ContractRevealed: The MPs Who Refused To Back Boris Johnson's Brexit Trade Deal
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Boyfriend of lottery winner denies attempted murder by stabbing her in the face
Stephen Gibbs has denied attempting to murder Emma Brown at their property in Lakeside, Barry, South Wales during the coronavirus lockdown at the end of January
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Single dose of Covid vaccine can cut risk of hospitalisation by up to 80%
New data has revealed how effective both the Pfizer and Oxford vaccines are.
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Trump family mansion next to Mar-a-Lago on sale for $49m
Asking price represents an increase of about 55 per cent per year since it was purchased from the ex-president’s sister three years ago
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Hilaria and Alec Baldwin secretly ‘welcome sixth child’ – just five months after she gave birth to son Edu
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Boy, 16, ‘used “metre-long” sword to kill teenager’
Nasir Patrice, 17, died of stab wounds last year.
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Serial sex killer who strangled at least 8 women is brutally murdered in prison
Roger Kibbe, who was nicknamed the I-5 killer, was found murdered in prison on Sunday. He raped and murdered at least eight women during a decade-long killing spree
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'Human remains' found in woodland as police cordon off area near abandoned pub
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Woman’s skin burned off after taking antidepressants leaving her in 3 week coma
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Take note, EU! Hancock and JVT urge countries to 'look at the data' amid UK jab success
MATT HANCOCK and England's deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam urged the EU to take note of the UK's vaccine success.
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Susanna Reid admits she didn't drink champagne on 50th after quitting booze
The Good Morning Britain star Susanna Reid called it a day on her relationship with alcohol after it began to cause health problems
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PS5 restock this week - here’s how to increase your chance of getting one
March has arrived – and, with it, fresh rumours of PlayStation 5 restocks.
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Mohamed Salah could miss start of next season as Liverpool dealt major headache
Liverpool may be without prolific forward Mohamed Salah for the start of the next Premier League season as Anfield chiefs prepare for crunch talks later this month
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Aviva becomes first major insurer to commit to reaching net zero emissions by 2040
One of UK’s largest investors will sell shares in companies that fail to align themselves with Paris Climate Agreement
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Gillian Anderson's accent leaves fans confused as she accepts Golden Globe
Gillian Anderson astonished viewers at the Golden Globes Awards when she accepted her gong for her role on The Crown as Margaret Thatcher
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Jack Leach makes claim about pitches as he makes plan for fourth Test vs India
Jack Leach is England's leading bowler so far in their series against India, but didn't play on the spin-friendly pitch in the third Test last week
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Ray Quinn 'proud' of work as Hermes delivery driver after pandemic hit hard
Former Dancing On Ice star Ray revealed that he was forced to leave his ego at the door when the pandemic struck in terms of his career
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Single dose of Covid vaccine cuts risk of hospital admission in elderly by 80%, new figures show
Health Secretary says ‘exciting’ new figures show vaccine roll-out is working
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Gal Gadot confirms pregnancy following Golden Globes fan speculation
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Keane explains Man United's new priorities and makes Tottenham claim
The former United captain believes his former club are now longer trying to win the Premier League title.
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Milan fashion week autumn/winter 2021: key shows – in pictures
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Lawyer for El Chapo's wife says feds are trying to murder her family
Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, is being held in a Washington, D.C. prison after she was charged last week with helping her drug kingpin husband run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire.
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Babies born on frontlines of climate crisis more likely to be premature and have lower birth weight
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Biden gives tentative support to Amazon workers in union push
President does not mention retail giant by name but sends backing to ‘workers in Alabama’ currently voting on unionizationJoe Biden has offered tentative support to Amazon warehouse workers in the middle of a closely fought vote to unionize. If successful, the union would be the first for US warehouse workers of the online shopping behemoth.While Biden did not reference Amazon by name, in a video message released late Sunday he sent his support to “workers in Alabama”, where 5,800 employees at an Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer have until 29 March to vote on whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Continue reading...
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The rise and continued fall of Nicolas Sarkozy
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'They disappeared!' BBC’s Kuenssberg quizzes Hancock as Brazil variant manhunt underway
THE BBC's Laura Kuenssberg grilled Matt Hancock on whether the UK's Government has put the British public "at risk" following their delayed quarantine measures.
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Jack Leach relishing responsibility of being England’s first-choice spinner
‘Coming through the challenges on this tour has given me a lot of confidence’
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Atlanta DA asks court who should prosecute police officers
A prosecutor is asking a court to decide who should handle the prosecution of Atlanta police officers in two high-profile cases involving allegations of excessive force
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The Chase stars to challenge the public on their trivia in new spin-off show
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Bolton fans have say on Santos' new Wanderers contract
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BREAKING: Police cordon off woodland close to pub as 'human remains' found
Officers have been in the area since the early hours on Monday morning.
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Matt Hancock reveals 80% drop in elderly Covid-19 hospital patients as he urges: ‘When the call comes - get the jab’
Mr Hancock also revealed deaths among people over-80 with the disease are falling faster than in younger age groups
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Passenger plane 'is forced to perform emergency landing after CAT attacks pilot'
The plane bound for Doha, Qatar was forced to return to the capital city of Khartoum after the animal somehow got into the cockpit, according to local media reports.
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'Best exercises you can do to get fighting fit after catching Covid-19'
One in five people recovering from coronavirus remain unwell for six weeks or more and can find returning to exercise an uphill struggle
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Britain's worst mother Karen Matthews dons a BULLDOG mask for a stroll with her paedophile fiancee
Matthews and her ex-boyfriend's uncle Michael Donovan were jailed for the plot to stage her daughter Shannon's kidnapping after she was found in a Dewsbury flat.
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'Vital' shopping parade in Tameside to be kept under affordable housing plans
More than 400 people had signed a petition against previous proposals to knock down the shops on Ambleside Parade
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S Club 7 star Tina Barrett admits her 'world caved in' after Paul Cashmore split
S Club 7 star Tina Barrett said her "world caved in" when she closed the doors forever on her six-year relationship with Paul Cashmore whom she shares her son Roman with
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Father and son extradited to Japan over Carlos Ghosn escape
Michael and Peter Taylor lose eight-month US legal battlePair allegedly smuggled Nissan chief out of country in a boxAn American father and son wanted for helping the former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn escape Japan in a box were handed over to Japanese custody on Monday, ending a months-long battle to stay in the US.Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, failed to convince US officials and courts to block extradition to Japan, where they will be tried on charges that they smuggled Ghosn out of the country in 2019 while the former auto titan was awaiting trial on financial misconduct charges. Continue reading...
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Royal POLL: Should Harry and Meghan delay interview as Prince Philip in hospital? VOTE
MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry's tell-all interview with US chat-show host Oprah Winfrey will air in the US on Sunday night, but do you think the Sussexes should delay the programme while Prince Philip is in hospital? Vote in our poll below.
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Hundreds of wellwishers watch HMS Queen Elizabeth set sail from Portsmouth
HMS Queen Elizabeth left Portsmouth Naval Base ahead of its first deployment in spring. She will then take a major role in war games.
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Outrage as police handcuff and ARREST man walking with his wife
The man, named Radek Kotlarek, was on a walk with his wife and son at Talacre Beach in north Wales when they were stopped by police officers.
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Mother of Britain's biggest family Sue Radford spends £417 on new uniforms
Bakery owner Noel Radford, 50, and his wife Sue, 45,  have 22 children, with 19 still living at home in Morecambe, Lancashire.Tonight's 22 Kids and Counting sees them get ready for school.
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