Monday evening news briefing: Sunak said 'just let people die', claimed Cummings

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Rishi Sunak said that the Government should “just let people die” while arguments raged over a second lockdown, the Covid Inquiry has been told.

Meanwhile, the director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies has claimed that Jeremy Hunt will not have the fiscal headroom to make major tax cuts.

Sunak said ‘just let people die’, Dominic Cummings claimed

Rishi Sunak said the Government should “just let people die” as arguments raged over a second lockdown, the Covid Inquiry has been told. Sir Patrick Vallance made a note in his diary on Oct 25 2020 about a meeting in which Dominic Cummings, who was at the time Mr Johnson’s most senior adviser, claimed: “Rishi says just let people die and that’s okay.”

Hunt will only have room for ‘tiny’ tax cuts, IFS boss says

Jeremy Hunt will only have room to make “tiny” tax cuts at the Autumn Statement, the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank has suggested. Paul Johnson alleged that the Chancellor would not have the fiscal headroom to make major changes, after Rishi Sunak used a speech in London this morning to announce the Government is now in a position to start cutting taxes.

Israel-Hamas war: Three premature babies still trapped in Gaza

Three premature babies are still trapped in Gaza after dozens of others were evacuated from the enclave’s main hospital to Egypt for treatment.
The trio of newborns were being treated at the Emirati Hospital in the territory’s south, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

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Covid Inquiry | Sir Patrick Vallance privately referred to Sir Chris Whitty as “a delayer” after “palpable tension” between the two scientific advisers over lockdown policy emerged.

Watch: IDF uncovers 55m-long ‘Hamas tunnel’ underneath Al-Shifa hospital

Israel says that the tunnel ends at a blast-proof door and proves ‘cynical use’ of patients and civilians as ‘human shields’.

Battle Lines Podcast | Israel hunts for Hamas while Gaza’s hospitals collapse

In this episode of Battle Lines, Senior Foreign Correspondent Sophia Yan analyses some of the diplomatic moves made by Middle Eastern states close to the conflict. Telegraph Global Health Reporter Lilia Sebouai updates us on the conditions in Gaza’s hospitals, and Foreign Reporter Verity Bowman talks us through the Israeli assault on the Al-Shifa hospital.

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World news: Argentina has ‘non-negotiable’ sovereignty over the Falklands, says Javier Milei

Javier Milei, the Argentinian president-elect, believes the Falkland Islands belong to his country but says the islanders must have a say in its future. “We had a war – that we lost – and now we have to make every effort to recover the islands through diplomatic channels,” he said.

Argentina has claimed the Falklands since its independence in the 19th century and failed to seize them by force during the 1982 Falklands War.

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Business news: Majority of OpenAI staff threaten to quit after Altman sacking

ChatGPT maker OpenAI has been hit by a staff rebellion after the bungled sacking of founder Sam Altman.

Around 500 of OpenAI’s 770 employees signed a letter on Monday threatening to quit unless Mr Altman was reinstated. The letter came after Microsoft revealed it had hired Mr Altman to spearhead its artificial intelligence (AI) efforts just days after he was ousted from OpenAI.

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