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UK bans flights from Latin American countries over Brazilian mutation

The UK has banned Latin American countries and Portugal from travelling to the UK as of today (15 January), over increasing fears about the Brazilian COVID-19 mutations.
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UK Home Office loses 150,000 arrest records due to tech problem

According to The Times, 150,000 arrest records were accidentally erased - including fingerprint, DNA and arrest histories.
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Sexual harassment claims by “conventionally attractive” women are more believed

New research by the University of Washington finds that sexual harassment claims made by "conventionally attractive" women who act "feminine" are more likely to be believed.
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China begins second COVID lockdown of 22 million people

As new cases rise to 138, China begins a second COVID lockdown for certain regions - impacting a population of 22 million people, just as the WHO team arrives to study the virus.
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UK Government to offer vouchers after food parcel failure

Footballer and child hunger campaigner Marcus Rashford highlighted ongoing food parcel failures, leading to yesterday's decision to revive the food voucher scheme.
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Chinese tech: Who really has the keys to your access control system?

Despina Stamatelos at Genetec discusses tensions between China and western liberal democracies, illustrating how this impacts cyber security - do you know who has the keys to your access control system?
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New data shows that Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine is 50.4% effective

The São Paulo Government and Butantan Institute revealed that the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine is 15.6% less effective than officials previously suggested.
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When COVID-19 hits a community that survived genocide

Nishat had a conversation with founder of The Lotus Flower, Taban Shoresh, who started this organisation after surviving ISIS in her homeland of Kurdistan, Iraq.
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Will COVID-19 vaccination centres be open all night?

Today (13 January) Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that COVID-19 vaccination centres would be running 24/7 "as soon as we can".
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The highest ocean temperatures since 1955 are recorded

Despite the COVID related decrease in global carbon emissions, ocean temperatures hit the hottest on record in 2020.
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US Supreme Court makes abortion pill access more difficult

The Trump administration issued a request to the Supreme Court for abortion pill access to undergo restrictions - meaning that patients will have to pickup the drug in person, during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Indonesia gives emergency approval to Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

The country has become the first in the world to approve the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, outside of China itself.
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Community initiative delivers 14,000 COVID-19 tests to Latinx workers

Unidos En Salud organisers have now provided COVID-19 testing to 14,000 people, targeting Latinx workers - one of the most hard-hit communities in San Francisco.
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5,500 public sector organisations will gain access to local data

Over 5,500 public sector organisations now have access to Ordnance Survey information, as part of the Geospatial Commission’s Public Sector Geospatial Agreement.
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January 2021 Asia Analysis

Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, HAGIUDA Koichi, explains the priorities for Japanese science, technology and innovation policy in our January 2021 edition of Asia Analysis.
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UK’s pandemic policy described as not “the best in the world”

The science and technology committee report describes the outcome of the UK's pandemic policies as not the "best in the world" via an assessment of how science guided decision-making.
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Negative COVID-19 test will now be required to enter UK

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that any arrivals to the UK must present a negative COVID-19 test or face a fine of £500.
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Tech giants froze President Trump’s accounts as extremists broke into Senate

Twitter and Facebook froze President Donald Trump's accounts to discourage the extremists who broke into the Capitol Building - but was it too little, too late?
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Moderna vaccine approved for use by European Medicines Agency

The EMA joins the US in approving the 94.1% effective Moderna vaccine for use, while the UK still waits on further regulatory discussions.
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Creating innovative value chains from non-food biomass feedstock

AFTER-BIOCHEM project aims at creating innovative and more sustainable value chains from renewable raw materials to multiple high added-value products at industrial scale.

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