Donald Trump to cut half of US troops in ‘delinquent’ Germany

Donald Trump said he is cutting the number of American troops in Germany by half because Berlin is "delinquent" in its contributions to Nato and treats the US "badly" on trade. The US president told reporters there are 52,000 US soldiers stationed in Germany. "It's a tremendous cost to the United States," he said. "So we're removing a number down to, we're putting the number down to 25,000...

No10 hints London’s lockdown will be lifted first

Coronavirus lockdowns will be eased in Madrid and Barcelona from Monday to allow outdoor dining and gatherings of up to 10 people as infections have slowed sufficiently, the government has said. Restrictions will be relaxed even further in other regions comprising about half of Spain's population. Spain started phasing out one of Europe's toughest lockdowns earlier this month, but full...

US tops 1 million cases as death toll passes Vietnam War milestone

A US destroyer hit by dozens of coronavirus cases sailed into San Diego on Tuesday for cleaning, making it the second Navy warship temporarily put out of action by the pandemic. With 63 per cent of the 300-strong crew tested, 64 sailors aboard the USS Kidd were found positive for Covid-19, the Navy said. Two were medically evacuated to the US mainland last week, and 15 others were transferred...

UK death toll rises by 439 to 5373

More than 1,200 people have died of coronavirus complications in the United States in the past day, John Hopkins University said this morning. The Baltimore-based university, which has been keeping a running tally of global coronavirus numbers, said there are at least 337,072 confirmed infections in the US with 9,633 deaths. Mainland China reported 39 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, with...

Inmate ‘launched jihadist attack against guards in Winchester jail’

An inmate with no history of extremism told guards he had staged a jihadist attack after luring officers into his cell and lunging at them with an improvised weapon, it was claimed last night. Xeneral Imiuru, 20, allegedly launched the attack in Winchester Prison from his cell in the segregation unit last Thursday, according to The Times. Imiuru, who is Britain's first convicted acid attack...

Mark Noble-inspired West Ham mark David Moyes’ return with heavy victory over Bournemouth

If this carries on, then West Ham United might even dare to say the name of David Moyes soon. There was no reintroduction ahead of the first game of his second coming and yet the Scot could not have wished for a better return. Even VAR, which did not exist in the Premier League when he was deemed not good enough for the Hammers 18 months ago, was on the side of Moyes, as it helped to award a...

live score and latest updates

Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of this Champions Cup pool-stage tie between title-holders Saracens and Munster, a perennial powerhouse in this competition. We are in round four, which means this is the second leg of the December, home-and-away double-header that marks the halfway stage of the group fixture schedule. In soaking Limerick last Saturday, Munster dogged out a...

How to watch the general election results on TV tonight

The famous swingometer is also expected to appear throughout the election night programme, with Emily Maitlis presenting the coverage on Friday morning and Clive Myrie reporting live from Downing Street. Anchor: Huw Edwards Co-Hosts: Reeta Chakrabarti, Andrew Neil, Tina Daheley and Jeremy Vine Pundits: Laura Kuenssberg, Katya Adler, Nick Robinson and Andrew Marr Pollster: Prof Sir John...

Christmas warning as karaoke machines can be hacked by strangers putting children at risk 

Karaoke machines that can be hacked leave children vulnerable to unsolicited voice recordings from strangers, a Which? study has warned ahead of Christmas.  The study found security flaws in popular children’s karaoke products, which meant they could be hacked via Bluetooth connections.   The results were a part of the consumer group’s latest investigation of seven devices sold by major...

Denuclearization ‘off the table’ as North Korea rhetoric returns 

North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations said on Saturday that denuclearization is off the negotiating table with the United States and lengthy talks with Washington are not needed, the starkest statement yet emphasizing the gulf between the two sides ahead of a year-end deadline set by Pyongyang. U.S. President Donald Trump sought to play down a recent surge in tensions with North Korea,...