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We bring you the biggest stories of the day so far. From Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom signing an agreement on the exchange of sensitive "naval nuclear propulsion information", to US disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci's warning ahead of the holiday season in the US, we have it all.
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Australia formally embarks on a hotly contested programme to equip its naval forces with nuclear submarines. This is the first agreement to be signed publicly since the United States, Australia and Britain announced the formation of a defence alliance, AUKUS.
Ahead of the holiday season, the US government's chief medical advisor, Dr Anthony Fauci, has warned that there is less time to prevent a “dangerous” new surge of coronavirus cases.
International think tank International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance has added the United States to its annual list of "backsliding" democracies. According to its report "Global State of Democracy 2021" there has been an escalation in democratic erosion since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Waukesha, Wisconsin, more than 20 people were injured when an SUV ploughed into a crowd during a Christmas parade.
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