Morning news brief: Trump floats fired attorney as special counsel, updates on coronavirus vaccine, and more

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Dec 20, 2020, 10:52 AM(IST)

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US President Donald Trump has floated naming lawyer Sidney Powell as a special counsel investigating allegations of voter fraud. The US CDC has issued new guidelines to deal with the coronavirus vaccination, and Thailand is battling a new outbreak at a seafood market. US President-elect Joe Biden has appointed a new climate team, and Brexit talks are still on. Stay updated with these headlines with WION's news brief.

Trump floated fired attorney Sidney Powell as special counsel, reports say

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WHO in close contact with UK authorities to understand new mutation of COVID-19

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EU, UK continue post-Brexit trade talks as deadline looms

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Australian woman falls off cliff, dies while trying to take photo

An Australian woman died on Saturday after she fell from a cliff. The woman was reportedly attempting to click a picture at the cliff, when she lost balance and fell off | READ MORE

A new coronavirus strain is spreading more quickly

In an alarming development, England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Saturday that a new strain of coronavirus is spreading more quickly and urgent work was underway to confirm that it doesn't cause higher mortality rate | READ MORE

Thailand clamps down on coronavirus outbreak at seafood market

Thailand's biggest seafood market and the surrounding area have been locked down to contain a coronavirus outbreak | READ MORE

Coronavirus relief deal in Congress slips to Sunday as new funding deadline looms

U.S. lawmakers struggled on Saturday to clear final hurdles to a $900 billion coronavirus aid bill, including a dispute over Federal Reserve emergency lending authorities, pushing any deal closer to a Sunday night government funding deadline | READ MORE

US CDC issues guidelines on Covid vaccination after allergic reactions

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said it is monitoring reports of allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccination and made recommendations on how people with histories of allergies should proceed | READ MORE

Biden and Mexico leader discuss migration

US President-elect Joe Biden told Mexico's president Saturday he was committed to addressing the root causes of poor Latino migrants crossing the border into America | READ MORE

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