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    COVID-19: US in 'precarious situation' ahead of Christmas as millions travel for Thanksgiving

    The US is entering into a "precarious situation" just before Christmas, according to the country's top advisor on COVID-19. Dr Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned a travel-heavy Thanksgiving holiday may make the current situation in America even worse, predicting "a surge superimposed on the surge we are already in". Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press programme, Dr Fauci stressed the importance of continuing to take precautions such as mask wearing and social distancing but emphasised that restrictions may be necessary to protect people over Christmas.

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    UK drug manufacturing given £20m boost to deal with future pandemics

    The UK's medicine manufacturing industry is being given a £20m boost to help the response to future pandemics, the prime minister has announced. NHS leaders and charities had been urging ministers to bring more drug manufacturing to the UK because of problems that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the first wave, there had been a strain on supplies of intensive care medicine, over the counter drugs and oxygen.

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    Queen thanks 'wonderful' efforts of Commonwealth volunteers in video call

    The Queen has thanked Commonwealth volunteers for their "wonderful" efforts during a chatty video call. The first volunteer to receive the Commonwealth Points of Light award during the call was turtle conservationist Len Peters, who featured in Sir David Attenborough's Blue Planet II series. The wildlife enthusiast from Trinidad chatted with Her Majesty about his experiences as she praised him and two other volunteers.

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    Papa Bouba Diop, Senegal's World Cup hero and former Premier League player, dies aged 42

    Senegal legend Papa Bouba Diop, who scored the goal that delivered one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history, has died aged 42. The midfielder secured his place in his country's history by scoring the winner against reigning champions France in their first-ever World Cup game in 2002. Senegal went on to reach the quarter-finals.

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    COVID-19: Santa's grottos and carol singing allowed in new Christmas guidance

    Santa's grottos, nativity plays and door-to-door carol singing will be permitted once lockdown ends, according to new Christmas guidance. Door-to-door carol singing is also allowed when lockdown is lifted in England on Wednesday, and those performing or rehearsing do not have to adhere to gathering limits. Performances by pupils, such as nativity plays and other seasonal events, can take place within existing school bubbles but should avoid mixing across groups.

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    COVID-19: Police pelted with bottles while breaking up lockdown warehouse rave

    Police have arrested one man and handed out 100 fines after an illegal party was held in Birmingham on Saturday. West Midlands Police was called to an abandoned warehouse in Digbeth at around 9pm after receiving reports of an illegal event being held. Birmingham is one of the areas going into Tier 3 when lockdown ends on Wednesday.

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    Maradona's doctor has home and office searched as star's death investigated

    Searches have been carried out at the home and office of Diego Maradona's doctor as part of an investigation into the football legend's death. The move, ordered by prosecutors in Argentina, came after the 60-year-old national hero suffered a fatal heart attack last Wednesday. The death of one of the world's greatest ever players sparked a global outpouring of grief from the streets of Buenos Aires to Naples in Italy.

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    Formula 1: Romain Grosjean says he's 'sort of okay' after surviving high-speed crash at Bahrain GP

    Formula 1 racing driver Romain Grosjean has said he is "sort of okay" after surviving a horror crash during the Bahrain Grand Prix. The 34-year-old Frenchman escaped with minor burns after his car was sliced in half by a safety barrier and burst into flames on Sunday afternoon. Grosjean added he "wasn't for the halo some years ago", but added that without it "I wouldn't be here today", referring to the driver crash-protection system used in open-wheel racing series.

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    COVID-19: UK deaths down in last 24 hours with 215 fatalities and 12,155 cases

    Another 12,155 COVID-19 cases and 215 deaths of people who have tested positive for the virus have been recorded in the UK in the past 24 hours. The government said that, as of 9am on Sunday, there had been a further 12,155 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,617,327, while the latest figures bring the total number of deaths involving COVID-19 to 58,245.

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    Elephant helped by Cher relocated to new animal sanctuary

    Pakistan's loneliest elephant is being relocated to a new sanctuary in Cambodia after popstar Cher campaigned for him to be rescued. The elephant, named Kaavan, has spent 35 years in Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad without proper socialisation and has been on his own since his partner died in 2012. In May, Pakistan's high court ordered the closure of the zoo where the animal spent most of his life.

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