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Kim Jong-un warns of North Korea crisis similar to deadly 90s famine

Kim Jong-un warns of North Korea crisis similar to deadly 90s famine

World
EPANorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un has urged citizens to prepare for hard times ahead, following warnings from human rights groups that the country faces dire food shortages and economic instability.Speaking at a party conference, Mr Kim appeared to compare the situation to a deadly famine in the 1990s.North Korea has shut its borders due to the coronavirus pandemic.Trade with China, its economic lifeline, has come to a standstill. This is on top of existing international economic sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme. Imagine a North Korean family...North Korea's sidelined human rights crisisThe South Koreans enslaved in the North's minesWhat did Kim say?In a rare admission of looming hardship, the authoritarian leader of the single-party state on Thursday called on officials to "w...
EU turns up the heat on AstraZeneca – and warns company must honour its vaccine contract

EU turns up the heat on AstraZeneca – and warns company must honour its vaccine contract

World
EU leaders have told AstraZeneca that it must "catch up" on vaccine deliveries in Europe before it is allowed to export jabs to other countries. Frustration is growing in Brussels over a massive shortfall in the number of jabs that EU countries are receiving - with the continent's vaccination programme lagging behind the UK. At a news conference, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the trading bloc is determined to get its "fair share" of vaccines. She added: "Companies have to honour their contract to the European Union before they export to other regions in the world. This is of course the case with AstraZeneca."I think it is clear that the company has to catch up and honour the contract it has with the EU member states before it can engage again in exporting vaccines...
Covid: NHS warns of ‘significant reduction’ in vaccines

Covid: NHS warns of ‘significant reduction’ in vaccines

Health
The NHS has warned of a "significant reduction in the weekly supply" of Covid vaccines in England next month in a letter to local health organisations.The letter says there has been a "reduction in national inbound vaccines supply" and asks organisations to "ensure no further appointments are uploaded" to booking systems in April.The health secretary said it was a "standard" letter.The BBC understands no-one who has booked a vaccine should lose a slot. Asked about it during a Downing Street coronavirus briefing, Matt Hancock said the NHS regularly sent out "technical letters" that explained the "ups and downs" of supply.BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg has been told that fewer AstraZeneca vaccines are available than expected. I'm told the problem is fewer Astra Zeneca vaccines are ava...
John Lewis warns of further store closures

John Lewis warns of further store closures

Business
Retail giant John Lewis has warned of further store closures as it reported huge losses due to Covid-related lockdowns that forced shops to shut.The group swung to a loss of £517m for the year to January, against profits of £146m the previous year.The retailer said it "does not expect" all of its department stores to reopen once lockdown restrictions ease.It has previously been reported the chain was considering closing up to eight more stores to try to cut costs.Any further closures would be in addition to eight already announced in 2020.It did not say how many of its 42 John Lewis shops were under threat, but said it was in talks with landlords and would make a final decision at the end of March.The rise in internet shopping, accelerated by various lockdown measures amid the coronavirus ...
Cruise deepfake creator warns people to ‘think twice’ over trick videos

Cruise deepfake creator warns people to ‘think twice’ over trick videos

Technology
The creator of a series of deepfake Tom Cruise videos says he wants to make people more aware of what they are watching - and that it might not be real.Viewed more than 11 million times, Chris Ume's videos appear to show Cruise playing golf, doing a magic trick, and falling over while telling a story about former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. A deepfake usually involves an image or video in which a person or object is visually or audibly manipulated to say and do something that is fabricated.Most people realised Ume's videos were fake - but the 31-year-old says the speed the technology is advancing could pose problems in future. Image: The real Tom Cruise? "I always try to make funny content, but at the same time, when people see t...