Rishi Sunak has announced a public sector pay freeze and a cut to foreign aid spending as the UK battles soaring debt and unemployment amid a huge COVID-induced economic shrinkage. With UK borrowing forecast to reach £394bn this year – equivalent to 19% of GDP and the highest recorded level in the country’s peacetime history – Mr Sunak announced a pay freeze for public sector workers outside of the NHS.
Countries around the world agonised over new coronavirus curbs ahead of Christmas and other holidays as global infections approached 60 million on Wednesday and U.S. officials pleaded with Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving. The holiday weekend is expected to fuel a surge of infections in the United States, which leads the world with soaring COVID-19 infections and the daily toll on Tuesday climbing above 2,000, the highest 24-hour tally since early May.
A man was in police custody in Berlin on Wednesday after a car he was driving crashed into the gates of the German Chancellery — home to the offices of leader Angela Merkel. The Volkswagen was daubed with messages written in white paint that read, “You damn child and old people murderers,” and “Stop the globalization politics.” The car appeared to have caused little damage.
Russia says one of its warships caught and chased off a US Navy destroyer after it entered territorial waters in the Sea of Japan on Tuesday. Moscow accused the USS John S McCain of traveling 2km (1.2 miles) across its maritime border in Peter the Great Gulf and says it threatened to ram the ship. The US warship then left the area, according to Russia.
The Duchess of Sussex has revealed her grief after suffering a miscarriage, in an article that speaks to loss and the importance of asking about others’ welfare in times of pandemic and polarisation. Meghan shared the devastation that she and Prince Harry felt after she lost a baby in July and was admitted to hospital.