AC Milan and Lille draw 1-1 for Europa League

Nov 26, 2020 Thursday photo of AC Milan player Samu Castillejo celebrating after scoring against Lille in the Europa League. REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol

Nov 26 (Reuters) – Serie A leaders AC Milan drew 1-1 at Lille for the Europa League on Thursday after a well-worked goal by Jonathan Bamba annulled Samu Castillejo’s goal for him Italian team.

The result left Lille with eight points at the top of Group H, one point ahead of Milan with two games to play. Qualification to the round of 16 is not yet assured for either team, as Sparta Prague rose to six points with their win over Celtic.

Lille host Sparta Prague next week, while Milan host Celtic.

Later in the tournament, Napoli played in their stadium against the Croatian Rijeka, in a special match for the Italian team after the death of Argentine Diego Maradona, the greatest idol in the history of a team in which he shone in the 1980s. .

Report from Rohith Nair in Bengaluru. Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme


London believes a Brexit deal can be reached, but not at any price

File photo of the flags of Great Britain and the EU in Berlin. April 9, 2019. REUTERS / Hannibal Hanschke

LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Britain and the European Union may close a trade deal on Brexit, but London will not sign a deal at any cost, British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said on Thursday.

With only five weeks before the UK leaves the EU for good, both sides are trying to reach a trade agreement that will avoid a chaotic end to the negotiations.

“With a constructive attitude and the goodwill of all parties, we can achieve this,” Sunak told Sky.

Sunak also told LBC radio station that although it was preferable to reach an agreement, “we should not force a pact at any cost, that is not the right thing to do.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday that despite progress in recent weeks, the EU is ready for the possibility of Britain finally leaving the bloc without an exit agreement.

An EU representative participating in the negotiations indicated that the agreement is possible but that, if it happens, it will not be before the weekend. An EU diplomat pointed out that the pact would be closed next week.

The European Commission – where Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is leading the talks with London on behalf of the entire bloc – is scheduled to update state representatives in Brussels on the issue on Friday at 0800 GMT. state of negotiations.

EU sources indicated that Barnier himself could travel to London to continue talking with his British counterpart, David Frost, if there is a possibility of moving forward.

Information from Guy Faulconbridge, Paul Sandle and Gabriela Baczynska; edited by Angus MacSwan; translation by Jorge Martínez


France.- Turkey rejects “completely” the resolution of the French Senate that recognizes the republic of Nagorno Karabakh

France.- Turkey rejects “completely” the resolution of the French Senate that recognizes the republic of Nagorno Karabakh

It says that Azerbaijan responded to Armenia’s “aggression” and questions the role of the Minsk Group because of its “partiality”

MADRID, 26 Nov. 2020 (Europa Press) –

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated this Thursday that it “completely rejects” the resolution approved by the French Senate for the recognition of the Nagorno Karabakh republic and has stressed that said motion calls into question the role of France within of the OSCE Minsk Group.

“The resolution passed yesterday by the French Senate on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is an example of how the most fundamental principles of international law, legitimacy and justice are being ignored for reasons of domestic politics. The decision is unfounded and presents charges against Turkey that we completely reject, “the department headed by Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a statement.

In this sense, he stressed that the motion approved by the Upper House of the Gallic Senate is “a clear signal” of the “partiality” around the Nagorno Karabakh conflict that the OSCE Minsk Group has, which is co-chaired by France. , United States and Russia.

“Following the aggression and provocations that Armenia carried out first in Tovuz and then in Nagorno Karabakh, Azerbaijan gave the necessary response and restored its territorial integrity by liberating its territories, which had been occupied for almost 30 years,” explained the Turkish Foreign Ministry. , referring to the latest spiral of war in the region whose sovereignty Armenia and Azerbaijan have been in dispute for decades.

In addition, he stressed that the result “on the ground” after the latest clashes “is reflected in United Nations resolutions and in the realization of the rights” of the Azeris, which were “recognized but not materialized” by the Group’s process. from Minsk. “Important United Nations resolutions regulate the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenians from the occupied Azerbaijani territories,” he added.

The department headed by Cavusoglu has emphasized that the French Senate’s request for Azerbaijan to withdraw “from its territories” is “a sign of an unrealistic, partial and ridiculous understanding that cannot be seriously taken into account.” “This decision lacks common sense, cannot be explained with any reasonable justification, and limits France’s ability to truly contribute to the resolution of the case,” he argued.

In addition, he has hoped that France “will adopt a constructive attitude for the stability of the region by drawing the correct conclusions.” “It will be enough for him to make an effort to reach a permanent solution (in Nagorno Karabakh) in accordance with international law and based on existing realities,” he added.

Finally, the Foreign Ministry has assured that Turkey is “ready to work with other partners such as France” to contribute to “peace and regional stability by guaranteeing” a solution to the conflict “in Nagorno Karabakh.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has reacted like this after the resolution approved on Wednesday by the French Senate in which it urges the French Government to recognize the republic of Nagorno Karabakh. The text was ratified by 305 votes in favor, one against and 30 abstentions.

The Nagorno Karabakh region has a majority of Armenian population and is controlled ‘de facto’ by the Armenian authorities since the end of the last war, in 1994, although it is officially part of the territory of Azerbaijan, according to United Nations resolutions. Azerbaijan refuses to recognize the self-proclaimed republic of Nagorno Karabakh, which is not internationally recognized.


Christmas Eve without a curfew in France and dinners for 10 people in Germany: Europe’s restrictions at Christmas

  • UK proposes bubble groups of up to three different households

  • “We must learn from the summer and not repeat the same mistakes,” warned the president of the European Commission so that countries do not relax restrictions too much

Spain is on the way to becoming one of the European countries with more severe restrictions during Christmas. The Government of Pedro Sánchez proposes that the curfew on 24 and 31 be extended until 1 in the morning, while France has eliminated that restriction on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

The Government also suggests that family reunions be reduced to six people during the holidays in our country, although each autonomous community will decide its own limitations. However, in Germany, Christmas dinners and lunches can bring together 10 people, those under 14 do not enter this calculation.

“We must learn from the summer and not repeat the same mistakes”, Ursula von der Leyen has warned this Wednesday. The president of the European Commission warns of a new wave if measures are relaxed “too quickly” and fears a “third wave” after Christmas. A warning just when most governments are finalizing their own plans for those dates.

France: no curfew on December 24 and 31

France plans to lift home confinement as of next December 15, after a month and a half if the “health objectives” of keeping the daily cases registered in the country below 5,000 are achieved.

  • As of December 15, the French will be able to move freely between regions to spend Christmas with the family.
  • There will be a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Except on December 24 and 31, there will be no restrictions.
  • Lunches or dinners cannot be held in bars or restaurants because they will be closed until next January 2.
    The Government urges citizens to maintain social distance in meetings and to avoid encounters with many people.
  • Just before Christmas, cinemas, theaters and museums can reopen.

UK: bubble groups of up to three different households

“Christmas can’t be normal”, Boris Johnson has warned. The prime minister has just announced the end of the confinement as of next December 2 after almost a month. From that day on, the British will continue with important restrictive measures.

  • Between December 23 and 27, citizens will be free to meet with other people.
  • Johnson has proposed bubble groups from up to three different households to get together during Christmas. Also outdoors or in places of worship.
  • People over 65 years of age will not be able to leave the residences to meet with family members.
  • The Government recommends reducing voluntary quarantine before and after Christmas to avoid the risk of infection.

Germany: meetings of up to 10 people

German Chancellor Angela Merkel could announce in the next few hours more measures to contain the second wave because the current ones have not been able to contain contagions. In any case, it is planned relax restrictions between December 23 and January 1.

  • Will be allowed meetings of up to 10 people. Children under 14 years of age are excluded from this calculation.
  • The authorities recommend keeping a voluntary quarantine for several days before Christmas.
  • Companies are asked to close between December 21 and January 3, either by giving workers vacations or by promoting teleworking.

Italy: coordinating ski resorts

Italy is still working on the “appropriate” measures which will be implemented for Christmas, as Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte assured this Wednesday.
In any case, the Minister of Health recalled this Monday that travel through the country will only be allowed when the incidence drops significantly in all regions, something that does not happen currently.

Until next December 4, in Italy there is a curfew from 10 pm and bars and restaurants close at 6 pm.

  • The Italian Government has set its sights on ski resorts, so important in that country.
    “We can not think about living vacations normally in ski resorts”, Conte has assured that he seeks a coordinated response from Europe to avoid major movements of people in an “uncoordinated way”.

Belgium: bubble groups

“I love Christmas too and I wish I could be with more people. But for my part, I’ll do it with the people who live under our roof: my wife and my two children. It is not necessary to be a virologist to know that this is probably the way to do it, “said Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo. With those words Croo has given clues as to where the restrictions will go in the country and seems to be inclined to create” bubble groups “for the holidays.

About a month after the closure of non-essential shops or the curfew in Belgium came into force, the government has made it clear that the restrictions will continue at Christmas. “The police will enforce the measures”, has assured the Minister of the Interior, Annelies Verlinden.


In the world, 665,668 cases of Covid-19 in just 24 hours – World

Paris. The Covid-19 pandemic accumulates at least one million 378 thousand deaths and more than 57 million cases worldwide, after adding more than 665 thousand infections in the past 24 hours, setting a new record for the second consecutive day.

In the world, 665 thousand 668 new cases were registered yesterday, well above the 650 thousand on Friday, a previous mark, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.

The United States has registered in recent days the worst case data of the entire pandemic and yesterday was no exception, registering a record of infections with more than 195 thousand positives in 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 12 millions.

Midwestern regions experience the most dramatic increases in per capita cases as millions of Americans prepare to travel for Thanksgiving, ignoring warnings from health authorities seeking to prevent further spread of the disease.

The fatalities from Covid-19 on US soil amount to 254,424.

The Spanish government ruled out making the vaccine against Covid-19 mandatory, which it plans to begin administering in January, while in the city of Burgos, the authorities began massive tests to try to contain the virus.

Hundreds of mink farmers and breeders protested in Copenhagen against the government’s decision to euthanize around 15 million mink to fight a problematic mutation of the new virus.

More than 500 tractors decorated with Danish flags crossed the capital, passing mainly by the seat of the government and the Parliament of Christiansborg, before regrouping in the port, confirmed an Afp journalist.

Italy, which is approaching 50 thousand deaths from Covid-19, will start a unprecedented vaccination campaign, starting with the most vulnerable population groups, announced the Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza.

Portugal will ban domestic travel and close schools ahead of holiday periods in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus before Christmas.

Russia registered a record of infections and daily deaths from coronavirus, two days after having exceeded two million patients.

China began testing three million residents in the town of Binha for coronavirus after noting the appearance of a possible outbreak after a sudden spike in infections in recent days.

South Korea and Japan are considering imposing stricter social distancing measures after easing them to boost the economy.

India registered 46 thousand 232 new infections in the country, so the total balance of cases amounts to 9 million 50 thousand 598.

Iran announced the closure of non-essential businesses in most cities, for at least two weeks, as part of a series of restrictive measures to fight the pandemic.

Colombia exceeded 35 thousand deaths from coronavirus after registering another 175 deaths in the past 24 hours, which places the total number of deaths caused by the disease at 35,104.

Latin America and the Caribbean, the most affected region, adds 430 thousand 584 deaths and 12.2 million infections.


Britain and Canada agree post-Brexit rollover trade deal

LONDON/TORONTO (Reuters) – Britain and Canada struck a rollover trade deal on Saturday to protect the flow of $27 billion-worth (£20.32 billion) of goods and services between them after Brexit, and vowed to start talks on a bespoke agreement next year.

As Britain prepares to end its transition out of the European Union on Dec. 31, it has negotiated multiple rollover bilateral deals to maintain trade, with many simply replacing the terms the bloc had already agreed.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined Canada’s Justin Trudeau and their respective trade ministers on an online call to mark the deal, which paves the way for a tailor-made agreement covering more areas such as digital trade, small businesses, the environment and women’s economic empowerment.

“Today’s agreement underpins 20 billion pounds worth of trade and locks in certainty for thousands of jobs,” Liz Truss, the UK’s international trade secretary, said in a statement.

Her Canadian counterpart Mary Ng said the transitional agreement “largely replicates” the EU deal on tariff reductions and provisions for labour and environment.

“We do want an ambitious, high level comprehensive trade agreement with the UK,” Ng said, signalling Canada wanted similar terms to the EU deal.

The Canadian Parliament must approve legislation that would enable the deal to come into effect.

Britain is Canada’s fifth largest trading partner after the United States, China, Mexico and Japan.

Johnson is trying to shape a new “global Britain” that can strike out alone and negotiate better trade agreements than the EU as part of what he says is the benefits of its historic decision to leave the world’s biggest trading bloc.

In less than two years it has agreed trade deals with 53 countries, accounting for 164 billion pounds ($217.82 billion) of British bilateral trade. Johnson’s critics point out that many are largely the same as the EU deals.

The UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement will be subject to final legal checks before it is formally signed. “This is a good moment,” Trudeau said.

Editing by Mark Potter, Mike Harrison and Diane Craft


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How is the effectiveness of vaccines against covid-19 measured?

First modification: 19/11/2020 – 16:18

In recent days, several results of clinical trials of candidates for the Covid-19 vaccine have been made public. Thus, Moderna announces an efficiency of 94.5% while Pfizer re-evaluates its: it goes from 90% to 95%. However, the succession of ads and these high numbers may raise the question: isn’t there a race to see who will post the highest number?

By Simon Rozé

The successive publication of the releases may surprise, however, a simple reason behind this coincidence: the phase 3 clinical trials carried out by Pfizer and Moderna were the first to start and, more or less, at about the same time. Therefore, they are expected to deliver their results simultaneously. The same applies to advertised efficiency rates. Both candidate vaccines are based on the same technology: messenger RNA. Therefore, it is also logical that your results are in the same order of magnitude. Too great a difference would, on the other hand, be questionable.

How are these efficacy rates calculated?

To obtain efficacy and safety data, laboratories conduct large-scale clinical trials. They recruit tens of thousands of volunteers: more than 30,000 for Moderna, more than 40,000 for Pfizer.

These cohorts are divided into two groups: one receives the vaccine candidate, the other receives a placebo. Participants return home and are expected to observe a number of Covid-19 contaminations. The efficacy of the candidate vaccine can then be inferred by observing how these infections are distributed between the two groups.

For example, in your most recent ad, Pfizer reports that 28 days after the first dose, there were 170 confirmed cases of Covid-19; 162 in the placebo group, 8 in the vaccine group. This gives 95% efficiency.

There is a little less hindsight for the essay of Modern, since the analysis presented was done when only 95 people were infected. However, the distribution is similar: 90 in the placebo group, 5 in the vaccine group for an efficacy of 94.5%.

However, gross efficiency is not the only element that must be considered. Severe cases can also be counted among those infected. In the data published by Pfizer, of the 170 contaminations, there were 10 serious cases, including one in the group of vaccines. In Moderna’s data, all severe cases are in the control group. Therefore, the vaccine appears to be effective in preventing them. This is interesting from an epidemic management point of view, particularly with regard to the pressure from the hospital and the resulting confinement. However, we will have to wait for this data to consolidate, especially when Moderna’s trial is as advanced as Pfizer’s, within a week.

The track of selective confinement

At least in France, the confinement seems to be showing its effectiveness, according to the authorities, and talk of its end is already beginning. A study published in the Nature magazine gives some clues to be more successful lifting it.

The authors carried out enormous modeling work in the 10 largest cities in the United States. By studying the movement of the population from residential areas to places of interest like restaurants and shops, they were able to determine where the virus was most prevalent. Data from nearly 100 million people was analyzed to determine that only 10% of landmarks were responsible for 85% of infections. Therefore, selective closures can have an impact almost similar to that of widespread containment. However, bad news for the places in question, mainly bars and restaurants, temples and hotels; Following this logic, they would be the last to reopen their doors.


What about cured patients? If the occupancy rate of hospital beds is linked to the dynamics of the epidemic, it is possible, however, to anticipate a part of it. The weekly report of the American Center for Disease Control (CDC) includes a study in which the authors focus on patients cured from Covid-19 who have to be hospitalized for the second time due to the aftermath of the virus. The virus can, in effect, cause damage such as cardiac, pulmonary or neurological inflammation.

Studying the files of more than 100,000 hospitalized patients, the researchers calculated that 9% of them had to be hospitalized again within two months of their first discharge. These patients were mainly older than 65 years or had comorbidities.

The same calculation can be made for France. Roughly 30,000 patients are now hospitalized for the coronavirus. Statistically, therefore, we know that 2,700 of them will pass through the hospital gates again in the next two months, which means additional pressure to take into account for these establishments.


UK to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles from 2030

LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Britain to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars and vans from 2030, five years ahead of schedule, following the so-called “green revolution” that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering leading. carried out in order to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050.

FILE PHOTO: An exhaust pipe in the City of London, UK, on ​​December 2, 2016. REUTERS / Peter Nicholls

Johnson, who is grappling with Europe’s deadliest crisis in the COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit trade negotiations and the departure of his top adviser, wants to underscore his green credentials as part of what he hopes will be a rethink. of your Government.

“Now is the time to plan for a green recovery with highly skilled jobs that give people the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to make the country cleaner, greener and more beautiful,” Johnson said in a column published Tuesday in the Financial Times.

The United Kingdom last year became the first G7 country to set a net zero emissions target by law by 2050, which will require major changes in the way Britons travel, use energy and source food. .

In total, the plan would mobilize 12 billion pounds ($ 16 billion) of government money, and the amount from the private sector would triple that amount. The project would create 250,000 highly skilled green jobs by 2030, according to Johnson.

The new date for the ban on new gasoline and diesel cars has been set for five years ahead of the one foreseen and promised by Johnson, in February 2035.

An additional 200 million pounds would create industrial clusters that would bring together technology to capture, store and use carbon dioxide emissions by the mid-2020s. Two other centers are also being projected for 2030, leading to total investment in the technology. to 1 billion pounds.

Johnson, who has pledged to increase the UK’s offshore wind power to 40 gigawatts by 2030 – from 10 gigawatts today – pledged to contribute up to £ 500 million for projects testing the use of hydrogen, including heating and cooking. .

The government would also help develop large and small-scale nuclear plants.

Johnson’s plan was applauded by the industry.

“It gives a springboard to the huge investment opportunities across the UK and the green jobs that a true low carbon economy can bring,” Josh Hardie, Acting Director of the Confederation of British Industry, said in a separate statement.

Information from Susanna Twidale; edited by Guy Faulconbridge and Edmund Blair; translated by Andrea Ariet in Gdansk


Macron and Pompeo end their meeting in Paris without any announcement to the press

First modification: 17/11/2020 – 04:10

The Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, met this Monday with the French president, Emmanuel Macron; just before taking off for Turkey, where he will not have meetings with the government of that country.

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, and the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, met behind closed doors this Monday, November 16 in Paris. That was one of the symbols of how the Elysee Palace welcomed the outgoing government official.

The Macron government, which already congratulated Joe Biden by phone as the winner of the US presidential elections, also did not give a press conference with the Secretary of State, nor did they show official photos and the French Foreign Minister, Jean- Yves Le Drian, met with the American in the Government Palace and not in his own office, as usual.

Officials from Pompeo’s team said they were told by French authorities that access to the press was not possible due to the rebound in the Covid-19 pandemic.

What for Pompeo was the first stop on his seven-country international tour, for the French government it represented a “courtesy” visit, as Macron’s office described it. What is known of the meeting indicates that Pompeo and Macron spoke of the common efforts to counter violent extremism, one of the flags of the French president since the multiple attacks that have occurred in the European country and that the president attributes to the “Islamist terrorism.”

In addition, the French government said Pompeo emphasized the importance of the transatlantic alliance, the unity of NATO and China’s growing global influence.

For his part, the US secretary referred to the meeting with optimism. As I leave Paris, I am grateful for the strong collaboration between the United States and France. I had productive conversations with Emmanuel Macron and Jean-Yves Le Drian, as we strengthened our bilateral relationship and discussed our efforts to promote world peace and security, “he said on his Twitter account. In another tweet he referred to the French minister as his “good friend”.

Turkey, the second stop and no official meetings

Unlike what happened in France, the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not meet with Pompeo. The secretary’s office explains that this is because Turkish officials cannot travel from Ankara to Istanbul during the time that Pompeo will be in the latter city. Additionally, US State Department officials added that Pompeo plans to meet his Turkish counterpart in early December at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers.

However, this occurs after the tensions between the United States and Turkey. In fact, in Paris, Pompeo told the French daily Le Figaro that he and Macron both “agreed that Turkey’s recent actions have been very aggressive,” referring to Ankara’s support for Azerbaijan in the conflict with Armenia over Nagorno Karabakh.

“Europe and the United States must work together to convince Erdogan that such actions do not benefit his people,” he said hours before flying to Istanbul. Although there will be no official meetings, it is planned that the Secretary of State will focus on promoting religious freedom, specifically during his meetings with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, considered the “first among equals” in the Orthodox world; and with the Apostolic Nuncio to Turkey, Archbishop Paul Russell.

Pompeo’s next stops will be Georgia, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

With AP and Reuters