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Boris Johnson has accused Brussels of endangering global efforts to combat the covid-19 pandemic, as France signalled it could follow Italy and block AstraZeneca vaccines leaving the EU. Downing Street suggested the European Commission had reneged on previous assurances it had made, after it approved Italy’s request to stop 250,000 jabs destined for Australia from leaving the country. A “frustrated” and “disappointed” Australia has also demanded a review of the decision, and has sought assurances from Brussels that future vaccine shipments will go ahead. The blockade is the first time that EU-wide export controls, which require manufacturers to seek permission from the national authorities and Commission to export vaccines outside the bloc, have been used. It has already led France to threaten similar action, as member states seek to catch up with other nations which have surged ahead in their vaccination programmes. Defending the move on Friday the Commission’s chief spokesman said that it was necessary to send a “message” to AstraZeneca over its failure to hit its contractual targets with the bloc. He added: “The EU continues to be a leading provider of vaccines around the world. During the period from 30 January to 1 March, 174 requests for exports requested in the context of the Regulation have been approved by the Member States.”
Press secretary Jen Psaki gives masterclass in shutting down hysterical questions about trans healthcare
White House press secretary Jen Psaki masterfully shut down a right-wing reporter who pressed her on trans healthcare.
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Billboards urging Nicola Sturgeon to "resign" appeared on Friday in Scotland's three largest cities after she indicated she would refuse to quit even if an inquiry found she broke the ministerial code in the Alex Salmond scandal. The "#ResignSturgeon" message appeared on electronic advertising boards in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen as part of a campaign by Unionist groups The Majority and Scotland Matters. It also featured on an aerial banner flown over the Scottish Parliament building and Edinburgh city centre, and later Glasgow city centre. The Majority said they represented "the silent majority" of Scots who are "angry and frustrated by Nicola Sturgeon’s shenanigans". Alan Sutherland from Scotland Matters said: "We call on the First Minister to do the right thing for Scotland: resign and let us focus on recovery from the pandemic. "She has done great damage to our country and Parliament’s reputation, here and abroad, by conducting an undignified, very public dispute with her former SNP colleague, while preventing the Salmond enquiry from seeing evidence that is crucial to a proper investigation."
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The Charity Commission is conducting a review of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's philanthropic organisation, The Telegraph can disclose. Well-placed sources have told The Telegraph the watchdog is examining how Sussex Royal was run and whether it complied with charity law. The "regulatory and compliance case" is understood to be looking at concerns about the charity before the royal couple decided to shut it down last July following their move to America. A Charity Commission spokesman said: "Our regulatory compliance case is ongoing. We cannot comment further." It came as the latest teaser clip was released from the couple's Oprah Winfrey interview, which is set to air in the US on Sunday night and on Monday in the UK. In it, the Duchess said it felt "liberating" to be able to speak and accused the Royal Family of effectively gagging her and taking away that choice.
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Police have urged people to avoid Baglan Street in Treorchy, South Wales.