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Economies should work for everyone, not just the rich few – Putin

It is important to move “from general statements to actions” when it comes to reducing social and economic inequality, said Russian President Vladimir Putin in his address to the World Economic Forum on Wednesday.

“A person should have a comfortable environment to live in,” thanks to adequate infrastructure, he said, adding that developed countries should focus on building “an economy that doesn’t view people as a means, but places them at the center.”

According to Putin, the traditional measures used to stimulate the economy have already been exhausted, and further economic development will be largely based on budgetary incentives.

“It is absolutely clear that the world cannot follow the path of building an economy that works for a million people or even for the wealthiest. It’s just a destructive policy. Such a model is unsustainable by definition,” he said. 

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The president pointed out that it’s important to direct real efforts and resources at reducing social inequality within countries as well as to gradually even out the level of economic development of both different nations and regions of the planet.

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‘The circus continues’: Chelsea fans protest Frank Lampard sacking just HOURS before Thomas Tuchel’s debut game

After Roman Abramovich dismissed club legend Frank Lampard from the Chelsea dugout this week, Chelsea fans have voiced their disapproval as Thomas Tuchel becomes the THIRTEENTH permanent boss of the Russian billionaire’s reign.

Abramovich moved to remove Lampard from the Chelsea head coach position on Monday after a spell of poor form which saw the Blues lose five of their last eight Premier League games, replacing the club’s all-time top goalscorer with German coach Thomas Tuchel.

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The former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund manager will take charge of his first assignment at home to Wolves on Wednesday evening, but just hours before kick-off a selection of Chelsea fans have made known their disapproval at the ever-constant managerial merry-go-round which has provided significant tumult at the club in recent seasons.

Supporters demonstrated outside the club’s Bovril Gate entrance early Wednesday, displaying a banner which read “The circus continues” as well as discharging blue flares outside Stamford Bridge as Tuchel plots to elevate the Blues’ from their mid-table position in the Premier League – some eleven points behind pace-setters Manchester City.

And as the image increases steam online, Chelsea fans have signalled mixed reactions to the decision to sever ties with one of their most legendary figures.

So true, God bless Frank,” wrote one fan in response, while another said that the criticism of the Chelsea hierarchy was “spot on.”

Our best ever player was still manager whilst the club were recruiting another manager, wasn’t able to say goodbye to players and staff, experienced players making younger players feel uncomfortable, could go on,” that same supporter elaborated.

Another wrote that “the connection isn’t the same” between the club and its supporters after the ruthless decision to remove Lampard from his role.

The reaction certainly wasn’t unanimous, however. Chelsea spent more than £200 million on a galaxy of summer imports but to date the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have yet to repay the significant faith placed in them by Lampard and the club.

Circumstances gave Lampard the job at that point and he should be grateful for it. Maybe in the future his time will come and maybe he will stay longer. We move,” one fan added.

German boss Tuchel was the chosen candidate to replace Lampard, with suggestions that he was selected for the role in part to help acclimatize both Werner and Havertz into being productive members of the Chelsea first team squad.

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But with the clock ticking ever-nearer to the end of the current campaign, Tuchel – who has handed an 18 month contract – will be expected to hit the ground running.

And if Tuchel, one of the most highly-rated young coaches in Europe, doesn’t? Then questions will be surely be asked if the problems which are stifling Chelsea’s progress on the pitch are down to the man on the sidelines or the collection of executives who sit on the Chelsea board. 

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UK arrivals brace for Covid-19 hotel quarantine as PM Johnson promises 'tougher measures' to tackle virus variants

The UK’s coronavirus measures will be toughened to tackle the threat of Covid-19 variants from abroad, after the country’s death toll from the pandemic climbed above 100,000, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.

“The Home Secretary will be setting out later today even tougher measures for those red-list countries where we are particularly concerned about new variants,” Johnson told parliament during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

Under the UK’s current travel rules, arrivals into the country must provide a negative Covid-19 test from within 72 hours before their departure and a passenger locater form, while those arriving in England must self-isolate for 10 days.

Home Secretary Priti Patel will outline further restrictions later on Wednesday after the discovery of two new Covid-19 variants in Brazil and another in South Africa.

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The measures will see hotel quarantine measures brought in, forcing arrivals to the UK to self-isolate at hotels near airports, where they will be supervised by security guards, according to a report in the Times, citing government sources.

Some 30 high-risk countries will be added to a so-called “red list,” the report says, including South Africa and Brazil, as well as other South American countries, Cape Verde and Portugal – due to their travel links with Brazil.

On Tuesday Johnson said he was “deeply sorry” as the number of people to have died from Covid-19 within 28 days of a positive test reached 100,162, as a further 1,631 deaths were reported.

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Iran accuses Israel of 'psychological warfare' as it dismisses military threats

Iranian officials have dismissed recent military threats made by Israel’s armed forces as nothing more than “psychological warfare” from a government that has “virtually no plan” to follow through on its rhetoric.

In a speech to Israel’s INSS think tank’s annual conference, Aviv Kochavi, the chief of staff of the Israeli armed forces, warned that it will “respond with an extremely significant counterattack” if its adversaries in Iran, Lebanon and Gaza threaten it or target its installations with military strikes.

Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri addressed Kochavi’s remarks on Wednesday by dismissing Israel, claiming it is “not in a position to issue a threat” against Tehran. This was reiterated by Mahmoud Vaezi, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff, who claimed that the threats from Israel were nothing more than “psychological warfare.”

They have virtually no plan and no ability do so.

Iranian officials were clear that they “do not intend to go to war” but, in the event that Israel were to show an act of aggression, they stressed that their armed forces are trained and prepared to defend the country.

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The tense words between the two nations come as discussions continue over the US rejoining the Iran nuclear deal in return for relieving sanctions that were imposed on Tehran over the last few years by the Trump administration.

Israel has opposed any return to the Join Comprehensive Plan of Action, as they believe it does not include enough safeguards to prevent Iran from continuing to develop a nuclear weapon.

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‘Abramovich gives you money and players but isn’t the most patient’ – Klopp weighs in on ‘harsh’ Lampard sacking (VIDEO)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has spoken on Chelsea’s “successful or you are out” mantra after the ruthless sacking of counterpart Frank Lampard by Roman Abramovich this week.

Lampard has already been replaced by German former PSG manager Thomas Tuchel, who will be in the dugout for the Blues’ crucial Premier League game with Wolves at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

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Fellow German Klopp – in whose footsteps Tuchel followed in previous jobs at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund – has weighed in on the cut-throat nature of life as a manager at the London club.

“Obviously two things happened, Frank Lampard lost his job and that’s really a tough one to be honest,” Klopp said.

“Chelsea did an incredible job in the transfer market and things like this need time, it’s normal.

“It’s really harsh to make the decision that early but obviously Mr Abramovich gives you some chances, players, money, but isn’t the most patient in the world.”

After contending with a transfer ban during his first season in charge, Lampard was furnished with more than £200 million worth of new talent last summer – including big-money German duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.

Both have failed to fire so far, however, which is seen as a factor in Lampard’s downfall.

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‘Some mad stuff’: Chelsea ace Abraham defends teammate Rudiger after German targeted by fans infuriated by Lampard exit

Klopp said the 42-year-old former Chelsea midfielder could still look forward to brighter days in management despite the bitter nature of his exit from Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Tuchel becomes the 13th different manager to serve under Roman Abramovich since the Russian oligarch rolled into west London in 2003.

Klopp added the culture at Chelsea under the billionaire was clear.

“How many coaches did Chelsea have in the last 15 years? There you are successful or out, that’s the mantra,” the German said.  

The Liverpool boss admitted that Tuchel was inheriting a Chelsea squad packed with talent, but added he would not give his countryman advice on adapting to life in England.  

“He is a really good manager. I’ve known him a long time and I respect him a lot. This Chelsea squad is a present – they will be good,” Klopp said.

“I will give him no public advice. No advice necessary from my side. I was very lucky at my clubs. Everyone wanted me to do well. I got the time because the owners thought we did the right stuff and knew that it takes time.”

Tuchel takes over after being sacked by French giants PSG in December, despite guiding them to back-to-back Ligue 1 titles and a maiden Champions League final appearance.

Chelsea are currently 10th in the Premier League, six points adrift of the Champions League places.

Lampard departed with the team on a run of five defeats in their past eight league games.

The Blues legend has garnered widespread sympathy from the managerial fraternity after his sacking, with Jose Mourinho calling it “the brutality of modern football.”

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‘Brutality’: Jose Mourinho responds to Frank Lampard’s ruthless sacking by Roman Abramovich

Klopp, meanwhile, is facing his own mini-crisis as Liverpool manager. The Premier League champions lie fifth in the table, seven points off new leaders Manchester City.  

The Reds were dumped out of the FA Cup by Manchester United last weekend, and have gone five league games without a win.

Klopp’s men next face a tough trip to Mourinho’s Tottenham in London on Thursday. 

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Kellyanne Conway investigated by New Jersey cops over photo of topless teen daughter – reports

Police in New Jersey have reportedly launched an investigation into former Trump adviser and spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway, after her 16-year-old daughter claimed that her mother posted a nude image of her on Twitter.

Four officers with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Alpine Police Department showed up at Conway’s mansion on Tuesday, with papers in hand. Alpine Police Chief Christopher Belcolle told the New York Post that “an investigation is being conducted,” but couldn’t reveal more due to the daughter, Claudia Conway, being a minor.

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Kellyanne Conway accused of posting topless photo of 16-year-old daughter online

A photo published by the New York Post showed four officers leaving the Conway residence.

The latest Conway family feud began on Monday, when Kellyanne allegedly posted a nude photo of Claudia to her Twitter Fleets, before swiftly deleting it. Claudia then posted a video to TikTok declaring that her mother was “going to f**king jail,” adding that the picture was “from months ago,” and said she suspected either that her mother had copied the image to her own phone having confiscated her daughter’s, or that someone had hacked her mother’s phone.

The Conways have gained a reputation as one of America’s most dysfunctional political families. While Kellyanne worked for the Trump administration, husband George Conway dedicated much of the last several years working to remove Trump from office, teaming up with a gaggle of ‘Never Trump’ Republicans to found the ‘Lincoln Project’ PAC.

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Claudia is also an outspoken critic of Trump, and gained a massive social media following for her leftist rants and for publicly accusing her mother of being “physically, mentally, and emotionally abusive.”

Claudia Conway was hailed by anti-Trump #Resistance types for her posts, but the volatility at home eventually took its toll on her mother’s career. In August, Kellyanne Conway left the Trump administration, saying it was time for “less drama, more mama.” 

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Bomb disposal team deployed to AstraZeneca partner plant in Wales over suspicious package

A bomb disposal unit has been called in to a Covid-19 vaccine production and storage plant in Wrexham, Wales after a suspicious package was found earlier. Wockhardt UK is a production partner to AstraZeneca.

North Wales Police have put a cordon in place near the Wockhardt plant on the Wrexham Industrial estate and the public have been told to keep away.

The company said it has partially evacuated the site pending a full investigation.

Pictures taken at the scene showed several police vehicles outside the plant and what appeared to be a bomb disposal robot being deployed.

A local worker at a neighbouring business on the industrial estate told the BBC that he heard “a hell of an explosion or a bang” at around 11:35am GMT. 

The Wockhardt plant has the capacity to make and store doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, and can produce around 300 million shots of the jab a year.

“Wockhardt UK in Wrexham this morning received a suspicious package. Relevant authorities have responded and upon expert advice we have partially evacuated the site pending a full investigation,” the company said in a statement.

A spokesperson for North Wales Police confirmed they are dealing with an “ongoing incident” at the industrial estate and that nearby roads have been closed.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the Wrexham site in November as it prepared to start production of the AstraZeneca jab. He said the facility could provide “salvation for humanity” in the form of the Covid vaccine.


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53 dead after blaze engulfs bus and fuel truck in horror Cameroon crash

A horrific crash between a bus and a fuel-laden truck in western Cameroon has left 53 people dead after an enormous fire engulfed the two vehicles.

A local official said the 70-seat bus was involved in a head-on collision with the truck at around 3.30am at a location called the Cliff of Dschang, in central-western Cameroon.

“The dead have all been burned beyond identification,” Awa Fonka Augustine, the governor of West Region, said. Along with the shocking fatality count a total of 29 people also suffered severe burns. 

“A collision between the truck and the bus sparked uncontrollable fire which ravaged the truck, the bus and its occupants,” he added.

Augustine said fog may have been a cause of the accident, and early investigation found that the truck had a “brake problem.”

The governor added that the truck was illegally transporting fuel and that the driver of the vehicle fled the scene in the aftermath of the incident.

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