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16th September 2021
Northern Ireland asks for up to 100 armed forces medics to help deal with COVID patients

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received a request to send up to 100 armed forces medics to Northern Ireland to support two hospitals in need of help to deal with the number of coronavirus patients, Sky News has learnt. The requirement is understood to be for 80 to 100 military medics to support Belfast […]

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16th September 2021
Fossil fuel firms sue governments across the world for £13bn as climate policies threaten profits

Fossil fuel companies are suing governments across the world for more than $18bn (£13bn) after action against climate change has threatened their profits, according to research conducted by campaign group Global Justice Now and provided exclusively to Sky News. Five energy companies, including British companies Rockhopper and Ascent, are using a legal process that allows […]

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16th September 2021
Gas price surge blamed for UK fertiliser factory shutdowns

An American firm has revealed a halt to production at two UK factories because of the surge in the cost of gas, a scenario threatening a wider impact across the economy in the months to come. Fertiliser producer CF Industries said its manufacturing facilities at Billingham on Teesside and Ince in Cheshire would be shut […]

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16th September 2021
Army could be called in to help Scottish ambulance service, amid reports man died after a 40-hour wait

The military could be called in to help Scotland's ambulance service which is facing "acute pressure", Nicola Sturgeon has announced. Scotland's first minister apologised "unreservedly" for long waiting times and confirmed that targeted military assistance to help deal with "short-term pressure points" is under consideration. The announcement came as Ms Sturgeon was questioned about the […]

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16th September 2021
Man charged with stabbing his father to death in southeast London

A 29-year-old man has been charged with stabbing his father to death in Bromley, southeast London. Police were called to Widmore Road just before 11pm on Tuesday where officers found 51-year-old Paul Maurice with multiple stab wounds. He was given emergency medical treatment at the scene but was pronounced dead just before midnight. His son, […]

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16th September 2021
Booster programme begins as NHS starts giving third COVID jabs

The NHS has started rolling out COVID-19 booster jabs. Over 50s, people in care homes, frontline health and social care workers and vulnerable people between 16 and 49 are among those who will be offered a third dose. At least six months must have passed since the second jab. Hospital hubs began giving third doses […]

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16th September 2021
Fire-damaged power link will be out for six months, says National Grid

National Grid has warned it will be more than six months before part of a power link between the UK and France, which was shut off because of a fire, is restored. The blaze at the electricity interconnector at Sellindge in Kent has sent UK wholesale power prices surging - adding to pressures that had […]

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16th September 2021
Mother charged with murder of five-year-old daughter in west London

A mother has been charged with the murder of her five-year-old daughter in west London, the Metropolitan Police has said. Police officers and the London Ambulance Service were called to a property on Leyborne Avenue in Ealing at 12.56pm on Tuesday, following concerns for the welfare of the occupants. Officers and an ambulance crew tried […]

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16th September 2021
M&S blames Brexit as it axes 11 French high street stores

Marks and Spencer is to close 11 stores in France blaming "lengthy and complex export processes" affecting fresh and chilled products following Brexit. The retailer said the outlets operated with franchise partner SFH, mainly located in Paris high streets, were expected to shut by the end of 2021. It said nine other stores operated with […]

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16th September 2021
'Wales doesn't need a prince': Anti-monarchy billboards spark backlash

Anti-monarchy billboards that say "Wales doesn't need a prince" have sparked fury for not being "reflective of public opinion". The signs, which were organised by the Republic campaign group and feature pictures of Prince Charles, have cropped up in Aberdare, Cardiff and Swansea this week. The group said they want the nation to hear their […]

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16th September 2021
Emma Raducanu reunited with parents as she arrives back in UK - five days after making tennis history

Emma Raducanu has been reunited with her parents after arriving back in the UK - five days after making tennis history. Proud father Ian lifted her hand in the air before putting his arms around his daughter outside the family home in Bromley. On Saturday, Raducanu became the first British woman to win a major […]

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16th September 2021
British woman convicted over Cyprus gang rape claim 'anxious but upbeat' ahead of Supreme Court appeal

A British woman, who was convicted of lying about being gang raped in Cyprus, is said to be "anxious and upbeat" as her lawyers appeal her case at the Cypriot Supreme Court. The then 19-year-old, from Derby, was given a suspended four-month jail term in 2020 after a judge found her guilty of public mischief […]

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16th September 2021
China says AUKUS submarine deal 'highly irresponsible' and 'intensifies the arms race'

A new security deal between the United States, Britain, and Australia in the Indo-Pacific "severely damages regional peace" and "intensifies the arms race", China has said. On Wednesday, the three western powers announced they will establish a security partnership that will help Australia acquire US nuclear-powered submarines. In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian […]

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16th September 2021
France accuses US of 'stabbing it in back' and behaving like Donald Trump over Australian submarine deal

France has accused President Joe Biden of stabbing it in the back and acting like predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was snubbed from a $40bn (£29bn) defence deal it had signed with Australia. On Wednesday, the United States, Britain and Australia announced they will establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will help Australia […]

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16th September 2021
John Lewis charters ships to navigate Christmas supply disruption and warns on price pressures

The owner of John Lewis and Waitrose has said it has chartered extra ships to help navigate the distribution disruption being seen across the industry in the run up to the crucial Christmas season. John Lewis Partnership (JLP) became the latest business to highlight the impact of supply chain problems and worker shortages being experienced […]

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16th September 2021
Baby with spinal disorder recovering well after receiving dose of 'world's most expensive drug'

A 16-month-old baby with a spinal disorder is doing well in recovery after receiving one of the world's most expensive drugs. Baby Marley became one of the first 30 to receive the newly licenced US gene therapy drug, Zolgensma, at Sheffield Children's Hospital on Tuesday after being diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The treatment […]

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16th September 2021
Putin self-isolating 'for a few days' after dozens of his entourage catch COVID

Vladimir Putin has said he will spend "a few days" in isolation after dozens of people in his entourage caught coronavirus, according to Russia's TASS news agency. News of the outbreak among the president's inner circle emerged earlier this week but the Kremlin said the president had tested negative and was "absolutely healthy". However, it […]

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16th September 2021
'A major success': France says it has killed Islamic State's leader in the Greater Sahara

An Islamic State leader in the Sahara has been killed by the French military. President Emmanuel Macron said Adnan Abu Walid al Sahrawi's death was "a major success". Al Sahrawi was the leader of IS in the Greater Sahara, and had previously claimed to be behind terror attacks in the region. La Nation pense ce […]

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16th September 2021
More ministerial appointments emerge as PM's reshuffle continues

Penny Mordaunt has been appointed as minister of state at the Department for International Trade after Boris Johnson reshuffled the main cabinet positions yesterday. Michael Ellis will take on Ms Mordaunt's former role as paymaster general at the Cabinet Office. One of the top changes saw Liz Truss getting the foreign secretary brief, bumping out […]

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16th September 2021
The end of the password? Microsoft lets users log in with fingerprints and facial recognition instead

Microsoft is allowing people to ditch their passwords in favour of using fingerprints, facial recognition and authenticator apps instead. The technology company claims the move will make users more secure as passwords can be an easy target for people looking to hack into accounts. Customers will be able to ditch passwords from today, although Microsoft […]

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16th September 2021
Nine die in multiple drownings as stormy weather lashes southern France

Nine people have died in multiple drownings off southern France as stormy weather caused treacherous conditions at sea. Five died in the Herault region on Wednesday, two in Aude and two in Bouches-du-Rhone. It comes as strong wind and rain continue to hit the south of the country. The victims in Herault were between 64 […]

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16th September 2021
Caribbean hotspots among countries at risk of being added to red list

Jamaica, Grenada and Nigeria are among the countries that could be moved to the red list today, according to a data expert. The government is set to update its COVID-19 travel list as part of a review that happens every three weeks. Countries and territories are listed as red, amber or green - with different […]

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16th September 2021
PM to reshuffle more ministerial roles following cabinet changes

The prime minister is expected to continue his reshuffle on Thursday, concentrating on the lower ministerial ranks, with vaccines minister and schools minister among the roles yet to be filled. Boris Johnson overhauled some of the cabinet's top positions on Wednesday, sacking education secretary Gavin Williamson and replacing him with vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi. He […]

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16th September 2021
Nicki Minaj's COVID-19 vaccine 'swollen testicles' claim is false, says Trinidad health minister

Nicki Minaj's claim that a man in Trinidad suffered from swollen testicles after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine has been dismissed as "false" by the island's health minister. Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh was speaking after the Trinidad-born rapper shared the claim with her 22.6 million Twitter followers. Mr Deyalsingh said on Wednesday: "One […]

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16th September 2021
Mandatory vaccination for care workers is 'damaging a sector already on its knees'

Care homes could face "catastrophic shortages" unless the government scraps its vaccination deadline for the sector's workers, a union has warned. Care workers in England must get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by today and be double-jabbed by 11 November to keep their jobs. Unison said the policy was partly to blame for the "severe […]

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15th September 2021
First all-civilian space mission to orbit the earth blasts off from Kennedy Space Centre

The first all-civilian crew ever to orbit the earth have blasted off on their historic mission. The Dragon capsule containing the four citizen astronauts was launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. The launch is the latest giant leap in a new era of commercial space travel. One of […]

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15th September 2021
North Korea missile tests were by new 'railway-borne' system, state media says

Missiles fired by North Korea as were tests of a new "railway-borne missile system", according to the state news agency KCNA. The missiles flew 497 miles (800km) before striking a target in the sea off North Korea's east coast, the agency said. On Wednesday, South Korean and Japanese authorities announced they had detected the launch […]

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15th September 2021
Wildfire threatens famous California sequoia forest

One of California's most famous forests is under threat from a wildfire. The 7,000-acre KNP Complex fire, which comprises two big wildfires, is burning about a mile away from the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park, according to public information officer Rebecca Paterson. Image: Dry conditions and winds of up to 25mph may help the […]

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15th September 2021
UK, Australia and US agree partnership to boost defences and share nuclear submarine secrets

The UK, Australia and the United States have agreed a "landmark" partnership to boost their defences and share nuclear submarine secrets at a time of growing concern over China. The initiative will focus initially on helping the Australian navy procure a multi-billion-pound fleet of nuclear-powered submarines - a move that Beijing will likely see as […]

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15th September 2021
COVID admissions figures 'look scary' but NHS is ready to 'absorb' rise, hospital boss says

COVID figures look "scary" according to Professor Andy Hardy, the chief executive of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust. Professor Hardy was reacting to modelling by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). It comes after the panel of government scientists warned that given the current upward trend in infections, the country could see anywhere […]

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15th September 2021
Johnson has defined what he wants from his government - but can he deliver it?

Boris Johnson has begun this new term starting as he means to go on. From the manifesto-breaking tax rise to pour billions into the NHS and social care to his quite substantial cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, this is a prime minister trying to move beyond COVID crisis mode to the business of government and getting […]

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15th September 2021
Kate visits Brize Norton to meet military personnel who helped with Afghan evacuation effort

The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken to military personnel about their harrowing experience of helping Afghans flee their home country in a state of "desperation" and "confusion". Kate visited RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on Wednesday, where she met those who took part in Operation Pitting. Image: The Duchess of Cambridge meets military personnel and […]

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15th September 2021
Are they having a bubble? Italy moves to block Croatia as Prosecco row fizzes over

Italy has said it will protest to the European Commission as Croatia tries to get EU-protected label status for a sweet white wine which has a similar name to "Prosecco". Rome's proposed move comes after Brussels agreed to consider an application by Croatia to have its Prosek wine classified as a recognised protected label (PDO). […]

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15th September 2021
PM's new team has opportunity for real change - as it grapples with legacy of pandemic

The big question when the dust settles on this reshuffle will be - what does it mean for the country for the next few years? For now, the big open question is who will fill the government roles left open. The biggest kerfuffle so far has been over Dominic Raab, who has technically been demoted […]

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15th September 2021
2015 Paris attacks suspect: Deaths of 130 people were 'nothing personal'

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has told a French court that the deaths of 130 people were "nothing personal". Nine Islamic State gunmen and suicide bombers struck various locations in the French capital on 13 November, 2015. The 31-year-old Abdeslam, who was arrested months after the attacks, said the killings were a response to French […]

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15th September 2021
Biles breaks down as she blames 'entire system that enabled Larry Nassar's sex abuse'

Simone Biles broke down in tears as she told Congress the FBI and gymnastics officials turned a "blind eye" to former team doctor Larry Nassar's sexual abuse of her and other women. Testifying before the Senate judiciary committee, she said "enough is enough" as she and three other US gymnasts spoke about the lasting toll […]

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15th September 2021
'Waiting for death': Doctors work without pay and medicines dwindle, a month into Taliban rule

The doctor in front of us has had multiple Taliban death threats - he hasn't been paid for months and yet he's still working at one of the government hospitals in Kabul. Many of his staff are too - for free. About 20% of the staff have left, unable to carry on working and feeding […]

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15th September 2021
'Time is running out': Countries 'not on track' to meet Paris climate pledges, warns report

Countries are "significantly off-schedule" to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement, a UN-backed report has warned. In 2015, almost all of the world's countries pledged to limit global warming to "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels and to strive to keep temperatures at 1.5C by the end of the century. By the COP26 […]

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15th September 2021
No criminal investigation into Bashir's Panorama interview with Princess Diana, say police

Police will not launch a criminal investigation into BBC journalist Martin Bashir's Panorama interview with Princess Diana. The decision comes after the Metropolitan Police assessed the Lord Dyson report into the 1995 documentary, which saw the journalist do a sit-down with the royal. Scotland Yard had already said in March it would not launch a […]

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15th September 2021
'It is disturbing': Storm and sewage overflows among pollution devastating waterways

Rivers, streams and freshwater marshes are being "devastated" by agricultural waste, raw sewage, pollution and flooding, according to a new report from environmentalists. Bodies of water across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being polluted by storm and sewage overflows, and chemical run off from mines and pesticides, the report said. The public is unaware of […]

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15th September 2021
McEnroe stands by Raducanu Wimbledon comments - but praises her US triumph as 'insane'

John McEnroe says he stands by comments he made about British tennis star Emma Raducanu over her retirement from Wimbledon - and has praised her "insane" triumph at the US Open. The 62-year-old American, who won seven grand slam singles titles, was criticised for his reaction to Raducanu's withdrawal during her last 16 Wimbledon match […]

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15th September 2021
Liz Truss gets foreign secretary job after Dominic Raab moved out

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has replaced Dominic Raab as foreign secretary. Moments before she arrived at Downing Street, Mr Raab left and it was announced he has been appointed as deputy prime minister, lord chancellor and justice secretary. Ms Truss has completed a number of post-Brexit trade deals with countries around the world and […]

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15th September 2021
Gavin Williamson: A career politician whose removal as education secretary will be of little surprise to many

Gavin Williamson was the first minister to be removed in Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle after a tumultuous time as education secretary. Having supported Mr Johnson's leadership campaign and being rewarded with a top job, the 45-year-old career politician said it had been a "privilege to serve as education secretary since 2019". Mr Williamson was moved […]

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15th September 2021
Households urged to act on bills as fire adds to leap in power costs

Households are being urged to protect themselves from a surge in energy costs ahead of winter as a fire at a crucial power installation adds to growing worries about affordability in the months ahead. The blaze took out an electricity interconnector on the Kent coast - one of only two - which allows power to […]

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15th September 2021
UK records 30,597 new cases and 201 deaths - with over 8,000 COVID patients in hospital

The UK has recorded 30,597 new COVID cases and a further 201 coronavirus-related deaths, with the number of coronavirus patients in hospital over 8,000 for the seventh day in a row. The total number of people in hospital with coronavirus in the UK currently stands at 8,340 - it has been over 8,000 for eight […]

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15th September 2021
Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle: Who's in and who's out

Boris Johnson has begun changing his top team, and we already know some of the casualties of his latest reshuffle. This is who is in and who is out of the prime minister's cabinet. Cabinet reshuffle live updates After a difficult 18 months as education secretary amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Gavin Williamson has been removed […]

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15th September 2021
TikTok investigated over alleged transfer of personal data to China and child safety

TikTok is being investigated by Ireland's Data Protection Commission - which leads the EU's regulation into the company - amid fears that user data is being transferred to China and over its approach to child safety. Announcing the move, the DPC said it would examine TikTok's compliance with the EU-wide data regulations for under-18s, and […]

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15th September 2021
Woman accusing Prince Andrew of sexual assault has request to formally contact him accepted by High Court

The High Court has accepted a request by Virginia Giuffre's legal team to formally contact Prince Andrew about the case launched against him in the United States. Lawyers representing the woman who is suing the Duke of York for alleged sexual assault have asked the British courts to notify the royal about the case. On […]

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15th September 2021
Devastating Australia bushfires released twice the amount of CO2 than previously thought

The enormous and devastating Australian bushfires of 2019-2020 released more than twice the amount of carbon dioxide than previously thought, a new study has revealed. During that Australian summer season, fires ripped through an especially large area in the coastal regions of Victoria and New South Wales. Around 74,000 km2 - an area almost the […]

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15th September 2021
Gavin Williamson among three departures as PM reshuffles his cabinet ministers

Gavin Williamson has been removed as education secretary as the prime minister carries out a reshuffle of his cabinet ministers. Number 10 has yet to confirm any moves officially, but those on their way out of Boris Johnson's top team have begun to share the news themselves. In other changes, Robert Buckland has gone as […]

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15th September 2021
Williamson sacked and Raab demoted as PM reshuffles his cabinet

Gavin Williamson has been sacked as education secretary in a cabinet reshuffle that has also seen Dominic Raab removed from the Foreign Office. Mr Raab, who had been heavily criticised for his handling of the Afghanistan crisis while foreign secretary, will now become justice secretary and deputy prime minister. He has been replaced as foreign […]

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15th September 2021
Pregnant man and multiracial handshake among 37 new emojis - what else is on the way?

A pregnant man and a handshake featuring different skin tones are among the newest emojis to be released by the Unicode Consortium, and will appear on devices in the coming months. The draft list of the newest emojis released earlier this year by the Unicode Consortium, a non-profit company that promotes the unicode standard, aims […]

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15th September 2021
COVID-19 vaccine 'disrupted the periods of thousands of women' - but changes 'short-lived'

More than 30,000 women have reported that their periods were disrupted after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, but the changes were "short-lived", a reproductive expert has said. Dr Victoria Male, a lecturer in reproductive immunology at Imperial College London, said most women return to normal after a single cycle and there was no evidence that vaccination […]

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15th September 2021
We Buy Any Car, Saga, and Sports Direct fined £495k for sending 354 million nuisance messages

Three household names in the UK have been fined a combined £495,000 for sending hundreds of millions of nuisance messages to consumers. The fines follow complaints from members of the public who received marketing emails and texts that the companies sent illegally without their permission. We Buy Any Car was fined £200,000 for sending more […]

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15th September 2021
Prince's Foundation chairman quits over claims of six-figure sum from Russian donor

The chairman of the Prince's Foundation has quit over claims the charity accepted a six-figure sum from a Russian donor. An investigation was launched last year by the Scottish Charity Regulator after reports Prince Charles wrote a letter thanking a businessman for his offer of more than £500,000 and suggested they could meet after the […]

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15th September 2021
PM set to reshuffle cabinet - who could be in and out?

The prime minister is set to reshuffle his cabinet today, a Downing Street source has said. "The PM will today conduct a reshuffle to put in place a strong and united team to build back better from the pandemic," the source said. "Yesterday the PM set out his plan for managing COVID during the autumn […]

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15th September 2021
Doping watchdog to review cannabis ban after top US athlete forced to miss Tokyo Olympics

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will review whether cannabis should remain a banned substance for athletes. The move follows American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson missing the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for the substance in June. Cannabis is currently prohibited in competition and the ban will remain in place in 2022, WADA said. Image: Sha'Carri Richardson […]

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15th September 2021
Murder investigation launched after five-year-old girl's death at London home

A murder investigation has been launched in London after the death of a five-year-old girl. Police were called to a property on Leyborne Avenue in Ealing at 12.56pm on 14 September following concerns for the welfare of the occupants. Metropolitan Police officers and the London Ambulance Service attended but the five-year-old girl was pronounced dead […]

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15th September 2021
Father of man found dead in Michael Barrymore's pool dies, aged 76

Terry Lubbock, the father of Stuart Lubbock, the man found dead in Michael Barrymore's swimming pool in 2001, has died at the age of 76. Mr Lubbock died after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, his friend and publicist Harry Cichy said. He had mounted a 20-year campaign for justice for his son. A post-mortem examination […]

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15th September 2021
California governor survives attempt to remove him from office after COVID scandal

The governor of California has survived an attempt to remove him from office early. Democrat Gavin Newsom won an estimated two-thirds of the votes in a poll, called a recall election, which was triggered after at least 1.5 million people signed their names calling for one. The vote was said to be a test of […]

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15th September 2021
Lawyer 'arranged own shooting for $10m insurance payout' after murder of wife and son

A prominent American lawyer - whose wife and son were murdered in June - arranged for a man to kill him so his other son could collect a $10m (£7.23m) life insurance payout, authorities have said. Alex Murdaugh survived being shot in the head at a rural location in South Carolina on 4 September - […]

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15th September 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo knocks out steward with wayward pre-match practice shot

Cristiano Ronaldo knocked out a steward with a wayward practice shot before Manchester United's Champions League defeat to Swiss side Young Boys on Tuesday evening. The stray strike from the 36-year-old Portuguese star came as United players warmed up ahead of their opening group stage match in Bern. The ball hit a steward on the […]

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15th September 2021
'An all-time great': Comedians pay tribute after Saturday Night Live star Norm Macdonald dies, aged 61

Tributes have poured in for comedian Norm Macdonald after he died at the age of 61, having chosen never to publicly reveal the cancer he had battled for nine years. The Canadian performer rose to fame during the 1990s when he joined the cast of US sketch show Saturday Night Live. Despite becoming a popular […]

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15th September 2021
Bodies found at house in Bristol prompt murder charges for two men

Two men were due to appear in court today charged with murder after two bodies were discovered at a house in Bristol. Ionut-Valentin Boboc, 21, and Jacob Bebe Chers, 45, were charged overnight following authorisation from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Avon and Somerset Police said. Both men, from the Fishponds area of Bristol, were […]

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15th September 2021
Former US intelligence officers admit to mercenary hacking for United Arab Emirates

Three former US intelligence and military officers have admitted working as mercenaries for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and carrying out sophisticated hacking operations targeting victims in America. The charges against them are published amid growing concerns that foreign states may be compromising US security by recruiting intelligence personnel to bolster their own capabilities. The […]

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15th September 2021
'Speed of the essence' in UK move from COVID plan A to plan B, warns WHO expert

The government must be prepared to move quickly from "Plan A to Plan B" in order to curb coronavirus should infections rise rapidly, a world expert has said. "I really like what the UK is doing - I think this emphasis on people learning to live with the virus is the right one", said Professor […]

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15th September 2021
Four men arrested in connection with murder of journalist Lyra McKee

Four people have been arrested by police in Northern Ireland investigating the murder of journalist Lyra McKee. Ms McKee, 29, was shot dead by dissident republicans on 18 April 2019 as she observed rioting in Londonderry. She was standing near a police vehicle when she was hit by a bullet fired by a masked gunman […]

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15th September 2021
Climate change protesters block parts of M25 for second time in three days

Parts of the M25 has been blocked off by climate change protesters for the second time in three days. Protesters from Insulate Britain brought traffic to a halt at several sections of Britain's busiest motorway on Wednesday morning. Image: Demonstrators group together on the motorway The group is demanding government action on home insulation, tweeting: […]

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15th September 2021
Runaway IS bride sorry 'from bottom of my heart' - as she says only crime was being 'dumb'

Shamima Begum, the London schoolgirl who ran away to join Islamic State, has asked the public for forgiveness and said she is sorry "from the bottom of my heart". She also apologised for comments about the Manchester Arena bombing and said her only crime was being "dumb enough" to join the terror group. Begum joined […]

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15th September 2021
Health secretary defends return to office advice after experts warn of COVID hospital admissions soaring

The health secretary has defended the government's advice that people return to their workplaces after scientists warned a new wave of COVID hospital admissions could be triggered. Experts advising the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) warned pressure on the NHS could rise "very quickly" with daily hospital admissions rising to 7,000 by next […]

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15th September 2021
Secret action taken to prevent 'rogue' Trump using nuclear weapons, new book says

The US's top military officer took secret action to limit former president Donald Trump's ability to launch a military strike or deploy nuclear weapons, according to a new book. Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley was worried Mr Trump would "go rogue" in the wake of the 6 January attack on the US Capitol. It […]

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15th September 2021
'They're not strangers': Javid defends maskless cabinet meeting after PM advised their use

The health secretary has defended the Cabinet not wearing face coverings after Boris Johnson advised people to wear masks, saying they are "not strangers". A photo of the crowded cabinet meeting yesterday showed none of them wearing masks ahead of the prime minister laying out his winter plan, in which he said people should wear […]

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15th September 2021
Inflation sees sharpest increase on record - ONS

Inflation rose to 3.2% last month from 2% in July - its largest ever recorded increase - the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The consumer prices index (CPI) measure of inflation for August was the highest since March 2012 - though the ONS said much of the effect was likely to be temporary. That […]

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15th September 2021
North Korea fires two ballistic missiles - days after testing 'weapon of great significance'

North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles - just a few days after another test, South Korea has said. They flew towards the peninsula's east coast on Wednesday, according to South Korea's joint chiefs of staff. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called the launch "outrageous", but authorities said the missiles landed outside its economic waters. […]

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15th September 2021
US Justice Department asks judge to block enforcement of strict Texas abortion law

The US Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to block Texas from enforcing its new restrictive abortion law. The department sought a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction that will prevent the law from being enforced, according to a report in the New York Times. Senate Bill 8 (SB8), signed into law by […]

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15th September 2021
Woman dragged to her death after her dog's lead gets tangled in train doors

A woman has been dragged to her death after her dog's lead became entangled in the doors of a train. The woman boarded a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train at San Francisco's Powell Street station with her dog at around 3pm on Monday. The dog's leash was tied to her waist and, just as […]

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14th September 2021
Biden: Extreme weather will cost the US well over $100bn this year

Extreme weather will cost the US well over $100bn (£72bn) this year, according to President Biden. Mr Biden said nearly one in three American communities had been hit by weather disasters in the past few months. Speaking at Colorado's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Mr Biden said: "We know what the driver is - climate change. […]

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14th September 2021
Crew member's bad maths sank cargo ship carrying thousands of cars

A crew member's error in calculating the weight of cargo on a ship loaded with thousands of cars most likely caused the vessel to capsize off the east coast of the US. The South Korean freighter, Golden Ray, keeled over back in 2019, and its wreck is still partially in situ in the waters off […]

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14th September 2021
Paedophile groomed Danielle online when she was 14: Now more children than ever are at risk

What started with a children's online game ended in violent sexual assault. Danielle Armitage, now 25, has waived her anonymity to warn others about what happened to her when she was just 14 years old. Her story is part of a growing problem. The number of reported cases of predators abusing children after contacting them […]

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14th September 2021
Laser weapons to be fitted on UK warships and armoured vehicles for first time

Laser weapons will be fitted to a British warship and armoured vehicles for the first time in a test that could "revolutionise the battlefield", the Ministry of Defence has said. So-called radio frequency weapons, which use electromagnetic energy to disable electronic systems, will also be included in three contracts worth around £72.5m. Image: The UK […]

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14th September 2021
Haiti prosecutor asks judge to charge prime minister over president's killing

Haiti's chief prosecutor has asked a judge to charge the country's prime minister over the assassination of the president. President Jovenel Moise was shot dead by assassins who stormed his home in the capital Port-au-Prince on the night of 7 July. Image: Jovenel Moise was shot dead on 7 July and his wife Martine (pictured) […]

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14th September 2021
Safehouse of Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo to be given away as lottery prize

A house used by former drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is to be given away by the Mexican government in a national lottery. Guzman fled the safehouse in 2014 when marines in Mexico had him surrounded, but it has undergone some changes since then. Surveillance cameras that covered every angle of the modest home's […]

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14th September 2021
PM's £12bn tax increase to pay for health and social care clears Commons

Boris Johnson's £12bn tax increase to pay for health and social care has cleared the Commons. MPs voted 307 to 251, majority 56, to approve the Health and Social Care Levy Bill. Ten Conservatives rebelled to oppose the legislation: John Baron (Basildon and Billericay), Christopher Chope (Christchurch), Philip Davies (Shipley), Dehenna Davison (Bishop Auckland), Richard […]

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14th September 2021
'Positive trend' in global efforts to reduce coal power - think tank report

The global effort to end reliance on coal power has a "positive trend", according to a think tank report, as the world looks ahead to the COP26 climate summit. Third Generation Environmentalism (E3G) released a report on the "collapse" of the new coal power plant projects since the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. E3G examined the […]

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14th September 2021
Ministers hire JP Morgan to screen options for future of Channel 4

Ministers have drafted in a Wall Street banking behemoth to advise on the future of Channel 4 amid a growing battle over the public service broadcaster's prospective privatisation. Sky News has learnt that Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, has approved the appointment of JP Morgan to provide corporate finance advice on Channel 4's remit, ownership […]

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14th September 2021
China's ambassador to UK banned from parliament ahead of talk

China's ambassador to the UK has been banned from parliament after a scheduled visit provoked anger among MPs and peers that have been sanctioned by Beijing. Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who took the decision in conjunction with his Lords counterpart Lord McFall, said it would not be "appropriate" for Zheng Zeguang to enter the […]

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14th September 2021
Apple launches new iPhone 13s with diagonally-aligned cameras and smaller notch

Apple is launching a new-look iPhone 13 with diagonally aligned cameras and what it says is a 20% smaller notch in the front. This September's launch event featured far less than the company announced last year, when the COVID-19 pandemic led to three separate special events to announce a range of products. But retained from […]

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14th September 2021
Britain's rarest mammal could be reintroduced into the wild in England

A breeding programme could see Britain's rarest mammal released into the wild to create the first population outside Scotland in more than 200 years. Conservationists have started building breeding facilities in Kent and Devon as part of a nationwide effort to save wildcats from extinction. The furry animals are the only native cat species surviving […]

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14th September 2021
British Olympic sprinter CJ Ujah's second sample tests positive for banned substances

A backup sample taken from British Olympic sprinter CJ Ujah has also tested positive for banned substances.   The athlete won silver in Tokyo with the 4x100m relay team of Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake - each of them could lose their Olympic medals. Image: The whole team, CJ Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard […]

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14th September 2021
Afghan women in fear as Taliban go door-to-door in search of those who worked for 'enemies'

Many of the women of Afghanistan are frightened right now. And those who worked for the foreigners who've pulled out of the country, are even more so. They are some of the top Taliban targets and too many of them are telling us how the Taliban are going from door-to-door, trying to find those who […]

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14th September 2021
Fears people will 'struggle to get Christmas presents for their children' amid supply chain woes

At Portico docks in Portsmouth you can see the impact of the global supply chain squeeze in practice.  The Lintan, a 180-metre bulk carrier registered in Hong Kong, is at the dockside with its cargo of 15,000 pallets of plywood from China. The plywood should have come in steel shipping containers but a worldwide shortage […]

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14th September 2021
Privatisation of Channel 4 'needed' to compete with streaming services

The culture secretary is expected to outline what he claims are the benefits of Channel 4's privatisation, arguing that the "much-needed investment" will help the broadcaster compete with streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. In a speech at the Royal Television Society Convention today, Oliver Dowden will acknowledge that the channel is currently "in a […]

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14th September 2021
The PM is confident in COVID 'plan A', but he knows better than to make firm promises

One thing the prime minister and his scientific advisers clearly agree upon is that when it comes to this winter, nothing should be ruled out. Boris Johnson made a point of explaining the "toolbox" of measures available were varied, and outlined the coronavirus restrictions that could be reintroduced if a "plan B" were needed. This […]

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14th September 2021
'Miraculous' escape for aquaplaning driver as police issue warning amid downpours

Police have issued a warning to drivers in the wet weather after one person "miraculously" avoided serious injuries during a "horrifying" crash. Surrey Police shared pictures of a wrecked Volkswagen hatchback which aquaplaned off the A3 dual carriageway during a downpour. Large swathes of Britain have been battered with rain throughout the day - with […]

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14th September 2021
British Medical Association drops opposition to assisted dying

The British Medical Association (BMA) has dropped its opposition to assisted dying after a landmark vote. Members of the UK's biggest doctors' union voted to adopt a neutral stance on assisted dying, with 49% in favour, 48% opposed and 3% abstaining. The BMA said that the decision means it will neither support nor oppose attempts […]

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14th September 2021
Our heartbeats synchronise while we're listening to stories, researchers find

Scientists have discovered that people's bodily functions - including their heartbeat and breathing - unconsciously synchronise when they are sharing an experience. That experience can be shared even if the people are far apart, as long as they are attentively listening to the story or watching a performance, according to a new paper published in […]

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14th September 2021
Current wave of COVID infections may not peak until December, modellers predict

Coronavirus cases in the UK may not peak until December, with people going back to schools and offices "highly likely" to result in an increase in hospital admissions, government modellers have said. According to the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-MO), there is "the potential for another large wave of hospitalisations" from COVID over […]

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14th September 2021
Police appeal to find heart surgeon's specialist glasses after they were stolen from his car

Police are appealing for help in finding a pair of specialist operating glasses which were stolen from a surgeon's car in Birmingham. Stephen Rooney's glasses or 'loupes' are needed to perform life-saving surgery but they went missing on Saturday outside the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Mr Rooney is a consultant cardiac surgeon at the hospital and […]

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14th September 2021
How does Boris Johnson hope to avoid another winter lockdown?

Almost two months on from "freedom day" in England - when most COVID-19 restrictions were scrapped - the government has set out its plan for what scientists fear could be a "bumpy" winter for the NHS. Last year, an autumn surge in COVID infections saw England enter a second and then third national lockdown in […]

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14th September 2021
'COVID is still out there': PM says our position is 'challenging' - amid warning over Delta variant in winter

The prime minister has warned coronavirus "is still out there" but vowed his new COVID winter plan "will give us the confidence" to avoid lockdowns. Speaking at a Downing Street briefing, Boris Johnson said that higher case numbers than this time last year meant that in one sense the country's position was "actually more challenging". […]

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14th September 2021
Two more household suppliers fail as wholesale energy prices hit new record levels

The energy watchdog has moved to reassure customers of two failed household suppliers as wholesale prices hit record levels, threatening a leap in bills in and after the winter months ahead. Ofgem said the demise of Utility Point - first reported by Sky News - and People's Energy meant their respective customer bases, totalling more […]

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14th September 2021
UK records 26,628 new COVID cases and 185 more deaths, daily figures show

The UK has recorded 26,628 new COVID cases and 185 more coronavirus-related deaths in the latest 24-hour period, according to government data. The figures compare with 30,825 infections and 61 fatalities reported yesterday, while 37,489 cases and 209 deaths were announced this time last week. COVID latest - follow live updates Meanwhile, another 19,428 people […]

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14th September 2021
Armed police arrest British Formula One fan after mistaking him for Mafia boss

A British man who was eating lunch at a restaurant had a hood stuck over him by armed police who handcuffed and bundled him away after mistaking him for a Mafia crime boss. The man, who has only been identified as Mark L from Liverpool, was with his son and friend when he was arrested […]

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14th September 2021
'It could kill any creature': Researchers identify prehistoric killer whale that walked on land

Egyptian scientists have identified a new species of prehistoric killer whale from a 43-million-year-old fossil that was found in Eqypt's "Whale Valley". The ancient fossil, which was unearthed in Egypt's Western Desert in 2008, has been named as Phiomicetus Anubis, after the god of death in ancient Egypt. The four-legged whale which is from the […]

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14th September 2021
Face masks, vaccine passports, and 'last resort' lockdowns in COVID 'plan B' for winter

Lockdowns, mandatory face masks, vaccine certificates, and work from home orders could return this winter as part of a "plan B" to deal with the pandemic, the health secretary has announced. Sajid Javid said if the data shows the NHS is likely to come under "unsustainable pressure" from the COVID-19 pandemic again, the government has […]

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14th September 2021
'It's nice to make a bit of history': Mother becomes first in UK to use greener pain relief gas in labour

A climate-friendly form of pain relief has been used for the first time in the UK by a woman giving birth. Entonox, better known as gas and air, has been used to provide pain relief during labour for over a century. It is made from a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, but nitrous oxide […]

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14th September 2021
Starmer shares tales of his factory worker dad as he pledges £10 minimum wage in Labour 'new deal'

Sir Keir Starmer has wooed trade unions with the promise of a "new deal for workers" and stories about his father's life on the factory floor. In a speech to the TUC conference in London, the Labour leader promised a raft of new rights for workers - including a new pledge of higher sick pay […]

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14th September 2021
Afghan sniper trained by British special forces 'shot dead by Taliban' a day after requesting help

An Afghan sniper trained by British special forces sent a message for help to a colleague in the UK the day before he was allegedly shot dead by the Taliban, Sky News has learnt. Rafi Hottak, a former Afghan interpreter who worked with the British unit that set up and trained Afghanistan's elite Commando Force […]

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14th September 2021
Premier League could ask fans to stay away unless they are doubled jabbed or have negative COVID test

The Premier League could ask fans to stay away from matches unless they have been fully vaccinated or can provide evidence of a recent negative COVID test. It comes despite the government's U-turn on vaccine passports. Premier League clubs will continue to employ COVID marshals to check supporters' coronavirus certificates once they are in stadiums. […]

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14th September 2021
Over-50s and care workers among those to be offered booster COVID jabs

Booster COVID jabs will be offered to people aged 50 and over, those in care homes, and frontline health and social care workers, the government has announced. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said there was a preference for mRNA vaccines based on trial outcomes, with a first choice for a booster being […]

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14th September 2021
Vacancies are at a record high: Which sectors have the biggest gaps to fill?

Job vacancies in the UK have surged over the summer to an all-time high of over one million - and all industry sectors saw an increase, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). But which sectors have the biggest gaps? The ONS measures how many vacancies each had for every 100 employee jobs in […]

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14th September 2021
Man killed in drive-by shooting in south London named by police

A man who was killed in a drive-by shooting which also left two women injured has been named by police. Chino Johnson, 27, was with friends in Ferrey Mews, Brixton, south London, when two people on a moped rode by and opened fire just before 9pm on Sunday. Emergency crews pronounced him dead at the […]

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14th September 2021
Genetics project aims to 'resurrect' woolly mammoths within the next six years

Woolly mammoths could be "resurrected" within six years as part of a genetic engineering project trying to reverse extinction. The animals that roamed the Arctic were wiped out about 4,000 years ago - but a firm partnering with a renowned Harvard geneticist has raised $15m to try to bring them back. Colossal's "de-extinction" project aims […]

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14th September 2021
Anger as hundreds of dolphins hunted and killed in annual Faroe Islands slaughter

There has been an angry response from animal rights groups after almost 1,500 dolphins from a 'super pod' were killed in the Faroe Islands. Video uploaded to social media by the activists Sea Shepherd showed hundreds of slaughtered animals lying on the shoreline while others thrashed about in the shallows as men grappled to hold […]

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14th September 2021
'You don't have to fumble around with your phone': How people can use palm to enter concert venue

Amazon is introducing its latest palm-recognition technology to a concert venue in the US - meaning attendees will be able to use their hand as a ticket. The retailer will be bringing Amazon One to the Red Rocks amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado, before it will be available at other venues in the coming months. It […]

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14th September 2021
Almost ready for lift-off! Meet the crew aboard SpaceX's first all-civilian orbital mission

SpaceX is set to launch a motley crew of amateur astronauts into space on Wednesday in the first ever all-civilian orbital mission. The crew of four civilians includes a high-school dropout for a commander, a medical officer who survived cancer as a child, an artist and college professor, and a man who won his seat […]

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14th September 2021
UK delays implementing post-Brexit border controls on agri-food imports from EU

The UK has further delayed implementing post-Brexit border controls on agri-food imports from the EU, blaming the pandemic for disrupting global supply chains. A raft of changes to requirements for agricultural and food goods coming into the UK from the EU was due to come in from 1 October this year, or 1 January 2022. […]

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14th September 2021
Stonehenge to repair cracks and holes in biggest work for 60 years

Work to repair cracks and holes in Stonehenge is getting under way in the first major maintenance project in more than 60 years. Experts will work on the lintels - the horizontal stones - after laser scans showed the concrete mortar used for repairs in the 1950s had eroded. Scaffolding will help them access the […]

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14th September 2021
Human remains found inside alligator suspected of attacking man in Hurricane Ida floods

Human remains have been found inside a 12ft-long alligator which is believed to have attacked a man in Hurricane Ida floodwaters in Louisiana two weeks ago. The St Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said the parish coroner's office was working with investigators to determine if the remains were those of Timothy Satterlee, 71, who has been […]

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14th September 2021
Three dead after car crashes into residential block in Notting Hill

Three people have died after a car crashed into a residential block in Notting Hill, west London. The incident happened in Great Western Road in the early hours of this morning, the Metropolitan Police said. Emergency services were called to the site of the crash around 4.50am and found the vehicle on fire. The flames […]

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