More than 18.6 million people have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK, and second jabs have hit 700,000. Meanwhile, there have been another 323 deaths and 9,985 confirmed cases. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world It compares to yesterday's figures of 9,938 cases and 442 deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, and last Thursday's totals of 12,057 and 454. The total number of first doses has hit 18,691,835 - a rise of 448,962. It's the highest rise in vaccinations so far this week after what had been a slight drop-off in the number of jabs being administered . Advertisement And 700,718 people have now had their second jab - up by 31,613, which is a record rise. The pace of the vaccine rollout and downward trend in infections and deaths means the UK's four chief medical officers (CMOs) have agreed that the nationwide alert level should move from level five - the highest - … [Read more...] about COVID-19: UK reports another 323 coronavirus deaths and 9,985 cases – as first jab count tops 18.6 million
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Germany reported a record high in NATO defense spending for 2021, submitting a budget of €53 billion ($63.8 billion) for the current year. That figure marks a 3.2% increase over the year before . In 2020, spending was capped at an estimated €51.4 billion. Countries including Germany have hoped that an increase in NATO spending could ease a trans-Atlantic dispute about burden-sharing among members. Former US President Donald Trump had accused Germany of not contributing enough to NATO, and susbsequently withdrew thousands of US forces stationed in the country. Earlier this month, however, US President Joe Biden announced that there would be a freeze on US troop redeployment from Germany. Watch video 03:14 Share NATO in the Trump era Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3mmvD Will NATO miss Donald Trump? … [Read more...] about Germany reports record €53 billion in NATO defense spending
Barack Obama entered the White House in early 2009 on the back of a promise of hope and change. But how successful has his presidency been? Sky's editors and correspondents give their views. Foreign Affairs By Sam Kiley, Foreign Affairs Editor Barack Obama's tenure began with great hope. Of an intelligent reset of international relations largely deformed by neoconservatives behind the disastrous invasion of Iraq and the long war in Afghanistan. He was a disappointment. His allergy to foreign intervention resulted in a non-strategy on Syria and a general reluctance to throw the weight of his office behind burning issues of the day. Advertisement He failed to understand that policy must be driven by how the world is, not how he wished it would be. Like David Cameron, he failed to understand that policy must be driven by how the world is, not how he wished it would be. Legacy By Dominic Waghorn, Diplomatic Editor More from UK … [Read more...] about Pass or fail? Sky News experts give their verdicts on Obama’s era
"This is my parents' bed and I sleep in here because I am scared of monsters in my bedroom," says Billie Eilish , as the camera focuses on her face. The trailer for The World's a Little Blurry is interspersed with images of the young woman, with blue hair, sometimes green, playing with her brother, recording a song or speaking about love. Then there are shots of the young singer asking her mother why she must cope instead of simply "missing people," and another one telling her audience how important it is to live in the moment: "Are you guys okay? You guys need to be okay because you're all the reason I'm okay." The young superstar shows how juggling exuberance and angst in a world of uncertainty is part of her everyday experience — something many young people can relate to as well: "It is a horrible time to be a teenager, kids are depressed," says Eilish's mother in the film, which premieres on streaming platform Apple TV+ on February 26. An almost completely documented … [Read more...] about Teenage prodigy: Billie Eilish up close in new documentary
Legacy is sought by presidents but hard to evaluate for years to come. Not least because much depends on how the country and next president handle their inheritance. Mr Obama will hope future historians will include the following among his achievements when they come to judge him: Saving the US economy after the 2008 banking crisis, Obamacare, the Iran deal and undeniable progress in dealing with humanity's greatest threat, climate change. The first cannot be undone by Donald Trump. The others can. And his personal achievements will also be beyond the reach of his successor too. He will always be America's first black president, twice elected. And he undeniably brought a decency, dignity and level of respect for the office he held, and a complete absence of scandal. Advertisement But beyond the Herculean effort of wrestling Obamacare through office Barack Obama has no great domestic legislative programme with his name on it. Please use Chrome browser … [Read more...] about Will Obama be remembered as one of the great US presidents?