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13th June 2021
PM to plead for ‘one last heave’ to freedom as he is set to delay lifting lockdown restrictions

Boris Johnson will plead with the nation to make “one last heave” to freedom as he announces a delay of up to four weeks in lifting lockdown restrictions in England. A government source has told Sky News the prime minister will dash hopes that Freedom Day will come in two weeks’ time, on 21 June, […]

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13th June 2021
One-year delay to the Euros made England fans relish it even more

This was a chance for England fans to get together at Wembley for the first time in a very long time. And how they relished it. COVID restrictions meant that the attendance was limited to just 22,500 people and everyone needed to produce proof of vaccination or a negative test result before gaining entry and […]

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13th June 2021
Northern Ireland’s government hangs in balance with week to find solution

The future of Northern Ireland’s devolved government hangs in the balance with Sinn Fein refusing to ratify the Democratic Unionist Party’s nominee for first minister. The new DUP leader Edwin Poots had named Paul Givan to succeed Arlene Foster when she formally resigns tomorrow, but power-sharing requires Sinn Fein‘s support. If the two largest parties […]

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13th June 2021
Boris Johnson scored an own goal over Brexit at G7 despite favourable conditions

An England football victory as the G7 summit wrapped up in Cornwall was something to celebrate, but even with a home advantage, Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not emerge from this global gathering with a win.  This was a big opportunity for Mr Johnson and in favourable conditions. Serendipitous that the UK was the host […]

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13th June 2021
Call for defibrillators at every football ground after Christian Eriksen cardiac arrest

Following the cardiac arrest of Denmark’s Christian Eriksen on the pitch, the brother of a teenager who died playing football has renewed his call for defibrillators to be made mandatory at all grounds. Ten years after his 19-year-old brother Kyle died playing football, the death of another young player prompted Astley Mulholland to campaign for […]

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13th June 2021
Delay to 21 June reopening will be ‘death knell’ for night-time economy

Nine out of 10 nightlife businesses in England say that a delay to lifting all lockdown restrictions beyond 21 June will threaten the survival of their venues.  A survey by the Night Time Industries Association found that 95% of businesses have already made financial commitments and logistical preparations in anticipation of the prime minister sticking […]

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13th June 2021
England fan in serious condition in hospital after fall from Wembley stands during Croatia game

An England fan is in a serious condition in hospital after falling from the stands at Wembley during Sunday’s Euro 2020 game against Croatia, officials have said. UEFA is investigating after the England supporter fell just after the game kicked off in London at 2pm. “We can confirm that a spectator fell from the stands […]

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13th June 2021
President Biden and First Lady greeted by Queen as they arrive at Windsor Castle for tea

US President Joe Biden has been welcomed by the Queen as he arrived at Windsor Castle. The president and First Lady Dr Jill Biden flew by helicopter from Cornwall, following the G7 summit, to Windsor on Sunday afternoon for tea with the monarch. Arriving at the castle, the couple were driven into the quadrangle where […]

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13th June 2021
PM rejects claims of ‘moral failure’ by G7 on vaccines – and says Brexit row left no ‘sour taste’

Boris Johnson has rejected claims of “moral failure” by the G7 in providing more COVID vaccines for poorer nations – as he dismissed suggestions a Brexit row had overshadowed the world leaders’ Cornwall summit. At the end of three days of talks at the seaside resort of Carbis Bay, the heads of the world’s leading […]

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13th June 2021
Raheem Sterling scores as England beat Croatia 1-0 in first Euro 2020 game at Wembley

England have beaten Croatia 1-0 in their opening Euro 2020 game at Wembley. The only goal came from Raheem Sterling in the 57th minute – his first in a major tournament – in the same week he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list. It is the first time ever England have […]

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13th June 2021
Ousted Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu was ‘Trump before Trump’

Benjamin Netanyahu, the ever-present figure in Israeli politics for three decades is down and out. “Bibi”, to give him his near-universal nickname, has been written off so many times, but now, the man they call “the magician” has run out of tricks and run out of road. After four elections in just two years, 24 […]

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13th June 2021
Another 7,490 COVID cases and eight deaths recorded in UK, latest figures show

The UK has recorded another 7,490 COVID-19 cases and eight deaths in the latest 24-hour reporting period. It is down slightly on the 7,738 coronavirus cases and 12 deaths within 28 days of a positive test reported on Saturday, but is the fifth day in row that new infection numbers have exceeded 7,000. On vaccinations, […]

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13th June 2021
Man charged after teenager fatally shot in the head

A man has been charged with murder after a fatal shooting last week in north London. Jaden McGibbon, 19, of Warltersville Road, was charged with the murder of 19-year-old Taylor Cox on Sunday afternoon. McGibbon will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Monday. Investigations into the incident are ongoing, Metropolitan Police say. Officers were […]

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13th June 2021
G7 leaders’ beach BBQ ‘COVID secure’ and did stick to social distancing rules, No 10 insists

A beach BBQ for G7 leaders in Cornwall was “entirely COVID secure” and stuck to the current rules on outdoor gatherings being no larger than 30 people, Number 10 has said. World leaders attending the summit in Carbis Bay gathered on Saturday night on the sands of the seaside resort. Downing Street said the “relaxed […]

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13th June 2021
Israel set to vote in new government as Netanyahu vows return to power from opposition

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to lead his Likud Party back to power on the day parliament was set to vote through the formation of a new coalition government. In what is likely to become his outgoing speech to parliament, Mr Netanyahu, widely known as “Bibi” vowed to “topple this dangerous government and […]

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13th June 2021
Eriksen ‘sends greetings to teammates’ from hospital following collapse during Euro 2020 match

Christian Eriksen is in a stable condition and has “sent his greetings to his teammates” from hospital, where he remains under examination following his collapse during Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 match on Saturday. In a statement on Twitter, the Danish FA said the 29-year-old had been in contact with the squad on Sunday, as he […]

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13th June 2021
Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest on pitch, team doctor says

Christian Eriksen is in a stable condition after suffering what doctors said was a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 match on Saturday. The Danish footballer is awake in hospital, and has “sent his greetings to his teammates” while he remains under examination following his collapse in Copenhagen. Image: There were cheers as the […]

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13th June 2021
Will the 21 June final stage of lockdown easing go ahead? Here’s what the data says

The government told us it would be all about data, not dates. But thus far each step in England’s re-opening has been precisely in line with the dates laid out by Boris Johnson back in February. Indeed, in one sense COVID-19 policy seems to be more closely based on a set timetable than at any […]

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13th June 2021
‘We need a bit of respect’: Raab says EU figures see N Ireland as ‘different country’ to UK

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has called for “a bit of respect” from EU leaders as he claimed the bloc’s senior figures “serially” talk about Northern Ireland “as if it were somehow a different country from the UK”. The UK and EU are currently at loggerheads over the implementation of post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland – […]

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13th June 2021
Air passenger numbers collapse – but which airports saw the biggest decline?

Passenger numbers plummeted by 223 million last year, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, new figures show. Only around 74 million people travelled through UK airports in 2020 – less than a quarter of the 297 million from the year before, data from the Civil Aviation Authority reveals. The airport which saw the largest […]

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13th June 2021
‘An example to us all’: Denmark captain hailed for ‘life-saving’ response to Eriksen collapse

Denmark football captain Simon Kjaer has been hailed as a hero for his quick response to teammate Christian Eriksen’s collapse during their Euro 2020 opener against Finland. Eriksen is stable in hospital following the incident in Copenhagen on Saturday evening, which saw the former Tottenham star suddenly fall to the ground with no other players […]

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13th June 2021
All eyes on Biden at NATO summit as alliance prepares to talk tough on China and Russia

The US, Britain and the rest of the NATO alliance are expected to sharpen their language on the challenge posed by China, keep up pressure on Russia and for the first time make tackling the impact on security of climate change a key task. President Joe Biden will touch down in Brussels on Sunday evening […]

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13th June 2021
Meeting with the Queen at Windsor Castle will be ‘huge honour’ for Biden

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will meet the Queen at Windsor Castle later. The couple will receive a guard of honour and tea during the visit, which comes after they last met during the G7 summit in Cornwall. But this afternoon’s private time with the monarch can be seen as a […]

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13th June 2021
Eriksen may not play football professionally again, says sports cardiologist

Danish footballer Christian Eriksen is unlikely to play professionally again after suffering what was reported to be a cardiac arrest, a leading sports cardiologist has said. The midfielder collapsed on the pitch during his country’s Euro 2020 game against Finland and had to be resuscitated before being taken to hospital. Eriksen, 29, was in a […]

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13th June 2021
Johnson expected to delay ‘Freedom Day’, as poll shows more than half of people back him

Boris Johnson is expected to agree to the delay of lockdown easing in England and, according to a new poll, just over half of the UK public is backing the move. The lifting of the last remaining coronavirus restrictions had been planned for 21 June, so-called Freedom Day, under the government’s road map. But, due […]

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13th June 2021
Suntastic! Parts of the UK on course for hottest day of the year

Sun hats and sun cream at the ready – today could be the hottest day of the year so far. Temperatures in some parts of the UK could reach as high as 29C (84.2F). They would only have to pass 28.3C (82.9F) to be the year’s hottest day – the previous hottest was 2 June […]

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12th June 2021
Ireland urges Johnson to ‘very seriously consider’ option to resolve Brexit Protocol tension

Ireland’s Prime Minister, Taoiseach Micheál Martin, has told Sky News there is “a route” to resolving tensions over the Brexit Protocol following US President Joe Biden’s intervention. He urged Boris Johnson to “very seriously consider” a veterinary-type agreement with the EU to eliminate “up to 80% of checks” on goods crossing from Great Britain to […]

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12th June 2021
Brazil’s president fined for not wearing mask at bikers’ rally

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been fined for not wearing a mask as he joined thousands of motorcyclists at a rally in Sao Paulo. Mr Bolsonaro waved from his bike to the cheering crowd as he used the occasion to insist masks were useless for vaccinated people. He also wore a bikers’ jacket with his […]

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12th June 2021
Space ride with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos sells for £19.8m at auction

A trip into space with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has sold for $28million (£19.8m) at auction. The anonymous bidder will get to fly with Mr Bezos and his younger brother Mark on his rocket company Blue Origin’s maiden voyage next month. Their identity will be revealed in the coming weeks ahead of lift-off in West […]

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12th June 2021
Attenborough to warn G7 leaders their decisions are ‘most important in human history’

Sir David Attenborough will warn G7 leaders the decisions they make this decade are “the most important in human history” as he urges them to take action on climate change. The 95-year-old environmentalist will address the heads of the world’s leading democracies at their summit in Carbis Bay on Sunday. During their final day of […]

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12th June 2021
Attenborough to tell G7 leaders they face biggest climate change decisions ‘in human history’

Sir David Attenborough will warn G7 leaders the decisions they make this decade are “the most important in human history” as he urges them to take action on climate change. The 95-year-old environmentalist will address the heads of the world’s leading democracies at their summit in Carbis Bay on Sunday. During their final day of […]

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12th June 2021
G7 leaders discuss COVID origins – as WHO keeps Wuhan lab leak theory ‘open’

G7 leaders have discussed the origins of the coronavirus outbreak as the World Health Organisation confirmed all hypotheses continue to be considered – including the Wuhan lab leak theory. At their summit in Cornwall on Saturday, G7 leaders were joined by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director general, during their talks on the COVID […]

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12th June 2021
PM’s decision to whip up Northern Ireland rhetoric perhaps sign of further discord to come

The sun finally shone on St Ives on Saturday on the second day of the G7 summit. But the prime minister delivered more stormy news, on both the domestic and international front, when I interviewed him between a bunch of head-to-head meetings with EU leaders and a plenary session on health. At home, Boris Johnson‘s […]

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12th June 2021
Christian Eriksen given CPR after collapsing on pitch

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen has been given CPR after collapsing in his country’s European Championship game against Finland. Teammates of the Inter Milan and former Spurs player were in tears as medical staff tried to resuscitate Eriksen on the far touchline. He was seen to collapse about 40 minutes into the game with no other players […]

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12th June 2021
Boy, 15, in court charged with murder after teenager fatally stabbed during school run

A 15-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with murder after a teenager was stabbed during the school run in Hayes, west London. Jalan Woods-Bell, 15, died on the street on Friday morning, close to Global Academy – a college for students aged 14-19. Police said they were called to reports of a fight on […]

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12th June 2021
‘They’re not patriots’: Fans who boo England’s taking the knee criticised ahead of Euro opener

“It is time for the country to unite. Full stop!” Gareth Southgate said, with added purpose as Euro 2020 finally got under way in Rome. He is steadfast in his support for his England players choosing to still “take the knee” before kick-off – despite booing from some sections of the limited number of England […]

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12th June 2021
Saudi Arabia severely limits numbers going to Hajj pilgrimage for second year running

Saudi Arabia is limiting the number of Muslims who can take part in the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina – called the Hajj – for a second year, because of COVID-19. Only 60,000 of its own citizens and residents will be able to join the event, the state Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on […]

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12th June 2021
Wales come from behind to draw first match of Euro 2020

Wales have drawn their opening match of the European Championships, coming from behind to draw 1-1 against Switzerland. Wales fell behind in the 49th minute, with Breel Embolo getting a free header from a set piece to put the Swiss in the driving seat. The breakthrough came just moments after Daniel Ward had denied Embolo […]

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12th June 2021
‘They just need to get that into their heads’: PM sends EU message over Northern Ireland row

Boris Johnson has vowed to “do whatever it takes” as he repeated his threat to suspend Brexit agreements with the EU over Northern Ireland. The prime minister, who is in Cornwall for the G7 summit, spent Saturday morning holding talks with EU leaders amid an ongoing row over post-Brexit checks on trade moving between Great […]

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12th June 2021
UK reports another 7,738 new COVID cases and 12 further deaths

A further 7,738 coronavirus cases and 12 deaths have been recorded in the UK, the latest figures show. The number of new infections reported on Saturday is less than Friday’s total of 8,125 – which was the highest since late February. Another 202,846 first COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered over the latest 24-hour period, taking […]

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12th June 2021
Second teen charged with conspiracy to murder black rights activist Sasha Johnson

A second person has been charged in connection with the shooting of black equal rights activist Sasha Johnson at a party in south London in late May. Devonte Brown, 18, of Southwark, was charged with conspiracy to murder, the Metropolitan Police said, nearly two weeks after Cameron Deriggs appeared in court charged with the same […]

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12th June 2021
Less optimistic PM hints he will delay 21 June unlocking due to ‘serious, serious concern’

Boris Johnson has admitted he is less optimistic about the easing of lockdown restrictions than he was last month and offered a strong hint he will delay the 21 June reopening. The prime minister, speaking to Sky News at the G7 summit in Cornwall, said he was prepared to be “cautious” over the fourth and […]

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12th June 2021
Boy, 14, among six people arrested over man’s death

Four teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man. The four boys, one aged 14 and three aged 15, were among six people arrested as part of an investigation into the death of a man in Shropshire. A 42-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man have also been taken into […]

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12th June 2021
Ireland’s flag carrier airline cancels several regional flights

Aer Lingus has announced a number of regional flights have been cancelled after one of its operators ceased trading. The Irish airline was forced to cancel several flights from Dublin and Belfast City airports to UK cities after Stobart Air collapsed on Friday night. Those who have booked flights are advised not to go to […]

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12th June 2021
Branson plots $3bn merger to take Virgin Orbit on to US stock market

Sir Richard Branson is in advanced talks about a multibillion dollar merger to take Virgin Orbit, his satellite launch company, on to the US public markets. Sky News can reveal that Virgin Orbit is close to finalising a deal to combine with NextGen Acquisition II, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) set up by George […]

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12th June 2021
Elbow bumps and protesters dressed as birds: The G7 summit in pictures

Elbow bumps, protesters dressed as birds and the Queen sword cutting a cake have all featured during the meeting of world leaders – here is the G7 summit in pictures Prime Minister Boris Johnson kickstarted the second day of the summit by taking a swim in Carbis Bay ahead of bilateral meetings with several leaders. […]

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12th June 2021
‘Mini’ COVID-restricted Queen’s birthday parade takes place at Windsor Castle

For the second year running, the Queen’s official birthday has been marked by an event dubbed a mini Trooping the Colour at Windsor Castle. The pandemic meant the military commemoration of the monarch’s official birthday was staged in the quadrangle of her Berkshire home. It is only the third time the event has been staged […]

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12th June 2021
Macron ‘tells PM to keep his word’ amid Northern Ireland sausage trade row

Boris Johnson has been warned by the EU to “implement what we agreed” on post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland. Ahead of the second day of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay and amid a lingering row over the Northern Ireland Protocol, the prime minister held bilateral talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor […]

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12th June 2021
Hundreds of Wales fans travel to amber-list Azerbaijan to watch team’s Euro 2020 opener

Wales kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against Switzerland this afternoon with captain Gareth Bale hoping to end his international goal drought. The Real Madrid forward, who played for Tottenham Hotspur on loan during the last season, was key to Wales’ run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, but has now gone 11 games for […]

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12th June 2021
Harry Dunn death: CPS cleared to engage with Anne Sacoolas’ lawyers

Harry Dunn’s parents have welcomed a move that enables the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to engage with Anne Sacoolas’ lawyers about the next steps in a criminal case against her. Mr Dunn died in August 2019 when a car crashed into his motorbike outside RAF Croughton, in Northamptonshire. In January last year, Sacoolas was charged […]

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12th June 2021
Prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist released from prison

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow has been released from prison after serving more than six months behind bars. The 24-year-old was jailed in December last year for taking part in unauthorised assemblies during huge anti-government protests in 2019. The rallies sparked a crackdown on dissent across the region. A crowd of journalists greeted Ms […]

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12th June 2021
COVID passports would be discriminatory and idea should be scrapped, MPs say

A cross-party group of MPs has said that the idea of COVID passports should be scrapped, describing them as discriminatory. The Commons public administration and constitutional affairs committee’s report comes as the government reviews the possibility of a system that would prove a person’s vaccination status, or whether they have tested negative for the virus. […]

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11th June 2021
Putin: Russia’s relationship with US at its ‘lowest point’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the relationship between his country and the US is at its “lowest point” ahead of his meeting with Joe Biden. In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Mr Putin said: “We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years.” The two leaders will […]

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11th June 2021
Queen charms prime ministers and presidents at G7 Summit

The Queen has wowed the leaders at the G7 summit, joking at a photocall: “Are you supposed to be looking as if you’re enjoying yourself?” The Queen’s quip came as presidents and prime ministers smiled for the camera during a “family photo” after an evening reception at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The 95-year-old monarch […]

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11th June 2021
‘I’m in a whale’s mouth… and he’s trying to swallow me’: Lobster diver feared he would die

A lobster diver says he thought he was going to die after getting caught in a humpback whale’s mouth. Michael Packard recalled how he had jumped off his boat near the Cape Cod coast in Massachusetts on Friday morning and was about 45ft down when he “felt this huge bump, and everything went dark”. At […]

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11th June 2021
Ministers fear PM could delay 21 June lockdown lifting by up to a month

Ministers fear Boris Johnson may delay the final stage of lockdown lifting in England potentially by as much as a month. There is widespread pessimism across government over whether the prime minister will be able to give the green light to the fourth stage of unlocking on 21 June when he makes an announcement on […]

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11th June 2021
PM faces Brexit row at breakfast with EU leaders over sausage trade dispute

Boris Johnson could be facing a Brexit row at breakfast as he meets with EU leaders ahead of the second day of the G7 summit in Cornwall. The prime minister will hold bilateral meetings from 8am on Saturday morning with French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel. And those talks will precede a […]

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11th June 2021
Revealed: Spread of Delta in England – with COVID variant making up 90% of new cases

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is growing exponentially in England, even outside the original hotspots in the North West, new data has revealed. A report from Public Health England (PHE) shows the variant, first detected in India, now makes up more than 90% of cases in the country, up from just over a quarter at […]

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11th June 2021
UK set for hottest day of the year this weekend as Euro 2020 fever sets in

The UK is set to enjoy the hottest day of the year so far this weekend – just as football fever bites with the start of Euro 2020. Temperatures could hit a new 2021 high of 30C (86F) in parts of the South East by Sunday afternoon, just in time for England’s first game of […]

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11th June 2021
Murder accused signed note in his own blood of pact with devil to ‘win lottery’, trial told

A teenager accused of murdering two strangers in a pact with the devil allegedly left a note signed in his own blood of the bargain he believed he had done to win the lottery. Danyal Hussein, 19, is accused of stabbing sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, in Fryent Country Park, Wembley, northwest […]

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11th June 2021
Catching COVID provides eight months’ immunity against reinfection, government scientists say

Catching coronavirus provides at least eight months of immunity against reinfection, government scientists have said. “Infection with SARS-CoV-2 leads to antibody, B cell and T cell responses in almost all individuals, which are sustained for over eight months after infection,” the government’s NERVTAG group said on Friday. The last major study of COVID immunity in […]

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11th June 2021
UK reports 8,125 new COVID cases – as health chiefs call for 21 June lockdown lifting to be delayed

The UK has reported 8,125 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours – the highest daily figure since 26 February when 8,523 were recorded. The latest government data compares to 7,393 cases on Thursday and 6,238 for last Friday. The latest daily figures also show there were 17 deaths recorded within 28 days of […]

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11th June 2021
Neo-Nazi student who carved swastika into girlfriend’s buttocks guilty of terror offences

A neo-Nazi student who carved a swastika into his girlfriend’s buttocks using his nail has been convicted of terror and hate offences. Andrew Dymock told jurors “thank you for killing me” after he was found guilty of 15 charges at London’s Old Bailey. The 24-year-old, convicted of crimes that took place in 2017 and 2018, […]

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11th June 2021
Boy, 14, among four jailed for kicking father-of-two to death for his gold Rolex

Two men and two teenagers have been jailed for killing a father-of-two by kicking him to death for his £13,000 gold Rolex watch. Lewis Peake, 30, Michael Wilson, 20, and a 17-year-old and 14-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been sentenced to a combined total of 36 years for the manslaughter of […]

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11th June 2021
Body found in bag on seabed off Tenerife confirmed as missing six-year-old girl

A body found inside a bag on the seabed off Tenerife has been confirmed as that of a missing six-year-old girl taken by her father weeks ago. Investigators searching the water off the Port of Guimar found the bag tied to an anchor some 3,200ft (1,000m) below the surface, Spain‘s Civil Guard said on Friday. […]

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11th June 2021
Kate tells reporters she ‘can’t wait to meet’ niece Lilibet on school visit with Jill Biden

The Duchess of Cambridge has said she “can’t wait to meet” her new niece Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor and hopes it will be soon. The royal was speaking as she visited a school in Hayle, Cornwall with US First Lady Jill Biden during the G7 summit. Harry and Meghan announced the birth of their daughter, who […]

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11th June 2021
England’s R number jumps to between 1.2 and 1.4

England’s R number has jumped to between 1.2 and 1.4, according to new figures. R represents the average number of people each person with COVID-19 goes on to infect. Last week, the estimated R number was between 1 and 1.2 in England. An outbreak can grow exponentially when the figure is above 1. When it […]

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11th June 2021
Downing Street urges England fans not to boo footballers taking the knee

Downing Street has now told England fans not to boo the football team for taking the knee in protest against racial injustice. Number 10 had previously declined to condemn those who booed players, instead only issuing a statement urging fans to be “respectful” and saying Boris Johnson “wants the whole country to get behind” Gareth […]

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11th June 2021
Sterling and Henderson among footballers recognised in Queen’s Honours

Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson are among the athletes being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Manchester City forward Sterling, 26, is being made an MBE for his work promoting racial equality in sport. He has been abused online during his career for both club and country, as well as from fans, for his […]

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11th June 2021
Boy, 15, stabbed to death in west London

A 15-year-old boy has died after being stabbed in west London. Officers were called to reports of a fight on Blyth Road in Hayes at just before 8.35am. The victim was found suffering from multiple stab wounds and died at the scene. The Metropolitan Police said a suspect had been detained, but provided no further […]

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11th June 2021
England must be ‘really careful’ about 21 June easing

England must be “really careful” as it considers whether to push ahead with the next stage of unlocking all remaining coronavirus restrictions on 21 June, a minister has said. Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi warned the pandemic has not gone away as he acknowledged that the government must act cautiously when deciding or not whether to […]

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11th June 2021
G7 leaders arrive in Cornwall as PM looks for COVID vaccine deal – and to avoid Brexit row

World leaders have arrived in Cornwall for this weekend’s G7 summit, as Boris Johnson looks to strike deals on COVID vaccines, girls’ education and the environment. In one of the most high-profile moments of his premiership so far, the prime minister will chair meetings of the world’s leading democracies at Carbis Bay. Follow live updates […]

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11th June 2021
Arise, vaccine heroes! Who’s on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list?

The scientists behind some of the most significant advancements in the battle against COVID -19 have been commended in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The life-saving work of those involved in the creation of coronavirus vaccines is celebrated in this year’s list, with the heroes behind the design of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab recognised for their […]

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11th June 2021
Research shows link between exercise and motor neurone disease

Frequent strenuous exercise increases the risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND) in some people genetically predisposed to develop the condition, according to new research.  Researchers at the University of Sheffield say the study is a step forward to understanding the link between high levels of physical activity and the development of the neurodegenerative disease. […]

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11th June 2021
Delta variant 60% more transmissible than Alpha and more resistant to vaccines

The Delta (Indian) variant is about 60% more transmissible than the Alpha (Kent) variant and vaccines are less effective against it, Public Health England has said. More than 90% of new COVID-19 cases in the UK are now the Delta variant. The variant, first identified in India, has taken over from the Alpha variant as […]

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11th June 2021
‘Right to die’ campaigner had ‘no alternative’ but to remove ventilator to end his life

A terminally ill man who campaigned to change the law on assisted dying has died aged 71 after making a decision to remove his ventilator, a campaign group has said. Noel Conway was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2014 and in 2018 his legal fight to die “peacefully and with dignity” was rejected by […]

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11th June 2021
‘Hero’ lorry driver parked under motorway bridge amid fears man was going to jump

A lorry driver has been hailed a hero after parking beneath a motorway bridge amid fears a man was going to jump off it. A photograph shared on social media showed the man had climbed over the railing of the bridge on the M62 in Warrington, Cheshire, and sat down, with his legs dangling over […]

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11th June 2021
How many vaccines has each G7 country pledged to poorer nations?

G7 leaders are set to pledge to donate hundreds of millions of COVID vaccines to poorer countries. As leaders of the seven top industrialised countries, plus the EU, meet in Cornwall this weekend, there has been a push to help low and middle-income countries that are struggling to vaccinate their populations. Before this week, only […]

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11th June 2021
Raab says ‘ball in EU’s court’ after Macron raises heat in NI Brexit row

Dominic Raab has said “the ball is very much in the EU’s court” with regards to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol , as French president Emmanuel Macron has warned Britain that the Brexit deal is not renegotiable. The foreign secretary told Sky News the EU must be “less purist, more pragmatic and more […]

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11th June 2021
GDP grew by 2.3% as high streets and hospitality reopened in Aprl

Britain’s economy grew by 2.3% in April as the high street and hospitality sector reopened, official figures show. Chancellor Rishi Sunak hailed it as a “promising sign that our economy is beginning to recover”. The GDP data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) covers a period when non-essential retail as well as outdoor drinking […]

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11th June 2021
Sunak hails ‘promising sign’ as April reopening sees fastest GDP growth since last summer

Britain’s economy grew by 2.3% in April as the high street and hospitality sector reopened, official figures show. That meant that GDP was a record 27.6% larger compared with the same month last year when the nation was in the grip of the first coronavirus lockdown. Chancellor Rishi Sunak hailed it as a “promising sign […]

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11th June 2021
Medieval pointy-toed shoes led to increase in bunions

A craze for pointy-toed shoes led to a sharp increase in bunions for people centuries ago, according to a study of skeletons. Researchers from Cambridge University examined 177 skeletons from four cemeteries in and around the city. Among those buried between the 11th and 13th centuries, some 6% showed evidence of bunions but among those […]

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11th June 2021
New rail pass and vouchers for tourist attractions part of tourism recovery plan

A new rail pass and vouchers for tourist attractions are part of a plan to return domestic tourism to pre-pandemic levels next year. The £10m voucher scheme will be launched by The National Lottery this autumn to encourage people to travel within the UK after the peak summer season. Players will have the chance to […]

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11th June 2021
Thousands with learning disabilities and autism still being held in mental health hospitals

The family of a man with autism and a learning disability is trying to get him released from a mental health hospital, claiming the care he’s receiving has made his condition worse. Beckii Davies from Thirsk in North Yorkshire believes her 26-year-old brother’s mental health has deteriorated since he was admitted to a secure hospital […]

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11th June 2021
Fan zones, pubs and big screens – where to watch the Euro 2020 matches

This will be a European Championship like no other, not just because the tournament is taking place a year later than planned. COVID-19 means that watching the event will be a vastly different experience to what fans are used to, with safety precautions in place at the two British stadiums hosting the games, as well […]

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10th June 2021
‘If our genocide is fake, then where is my husband?’ – Uighur woman breaks her silence

Australian-born Mehray Mezensof has been married to Mirzat Taher for almost five years. But he has been absent for most of this period. The 26-year-old told Sky News the young couple have only spent 14 months of their marriage together, as Mirzat, 30, was in and out of China’s so-called “vocational education and training” schools […]

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10th June 2021
UK to donate at least 100 million surplus COVID vaccine doses to other countries within the next year, PM says

The UK will donate at least 100 million surplus COVID vaccines to other countries within the next year, Boris Johnson has pledged. As he prepares to welcome world leaders to Cornwall for the G7 summit, the prime minister has vowed to “take a massive step towards beating this pandemic for good”. Mr Johnson’s action builds […]

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10th June 2021
Two cases of monkeypox virus found in Wales

Two cases of monkeypox have been reported in north Wales, health officials have said. Public Health Wales (PHW) said the people were infected abroad and the two patients are from the same household. Both PHW and Public Health England are monitoring the cases, which has seen the two people admitted to hospital in England. Image: […]

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10th June 2021
Warm words and positive mood music – but Brexit row will be first test of Biden and Johnson’s relationship

The mood music behind closed doors was positive and the words after the first meeting between President Biden and Prime Minister Johnson very warm. This new incarnation of an old relationship, one which the US president was at pains to say was still “special” – despite Mr Johnson apparently not much liking this term (too […]

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10th June 2021
Cummings set to reveal further details on time in Number 10 as he launches newsletter

Dominic Cummings is set to reveal further details about his time at the heart of Boris Johnson’s government, after setting up a profile on a prominent newsletter platform. The prime minister‘s former chief aide, who left Downing Street late last year, has established a presence on Substack. The site allows people to sign up for […]

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10th June 2021
‘Hiding behind blame’: Care boss disputes Hancock’s evidence to MPs

The health secretary’s account of the government’s early handling of the crisis in care homes is now widely disputed by many of those who witnessed it first-hand. Matt Hancock appeared before MPs to answer questions about the UK government’s handling of the pandemic. The session was part of a joint inquiry by the Health and […]

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10th June 2021
Charles to host G7 climate meeting as he hopes summit could be ‘game changing’

The Prince of Wales has described the G7 summit as a “potentially game-changing opportunity” for governments and businesses to work together against climate change. It has been announced that the prince will host a unique meeting between the leaders of the G7 countries and CEOs from some of the world’s leading companies in Cornwall on […]

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10th June 2021
May tells PM to level with the public as she slams ‘incomprehensible’ travel restrictions

Boris Johnson needs to level with the public about what the future of travel will look like and tell them that “we will not eradicate” coronavirus completely from the UK, Theresa May has said. In a forthright intervention in the Commons, the former prime minister said it is “incomprehensible” that the UK, which is “one […]

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10th June 2021
Man arrested and charged in Italy in connection with Essex container deaths

A man has been arrested in Italy in connection with the investigation into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in a lorry container in Essex. Dragos Damian, 27, was detained near Milan by Italian authorities and the National Crime Agency on Thursday, Essex Police said. He has been charged with conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration […]

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10th June 2021
Drugs kingpin El Chapo’s wife admits helping to run empire

The wife of jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has pleaded guilty to a range of charges after being accused of helping to run his vast empire. Emma Coronel Aispuro faced accusations she aided El Chapo in managing the Sinaloa cartel, assisting his 2015 prison escape and conspiring to distribute illegal drugs. The 31-year-old […]

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10th June 2021
Carrie and Wilfred Johnson have fun on beach in Cornwall with US first lady

Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie and their one-year-old son Wilfred have been pictured playing on the beach with the US first lady. Mrs Johnson and Dr Jill Biden dipped their feet in the sea in Cornwall, where they also joined their husbands for a walkabout on the eve of a G7 summit. The Johnsons walked hand […]

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10th June 2021
German security staff ‘may camp on beach’ after COVID outbreak shuts G7 hotel

A hotel housing security staff and media for the G7 summit in Cornwall is to shut completely following an outbreak of COVID-19. The Pedn Olva hotel in St Ives – the host town for the summit of world leaders and just one mile from Carbis Bay – said it would “fully close” after discussing the […]

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10th June 2021
Man jailed for slapping President Macron in the face

A 28-year-old man has received a four-month prison sentence after slapping French President Emmanuel Macron in the face. Damien Tarel was also given an additional 14-month suspended sentence for the offence, which took place on Tuesday as the leader was greeting a crowd in the town of Tain-l’Hermitage in southeastern France. Tarel was banned from […]

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10th June 2021
Johnson says working with Biden is ‘breath of fresh air’ after first face-to-face talks

Boris Johnson has described working with US President Joe Biden as “a big breath of fresh air” following the pair’s first face-to-face meeting. The prime minister met Donald Trump’s successor in Carbis Bay on Thursday, ahead of this week’s G7 summit at the Cornwall resort. Mr Johnson said the new US administration had “so much […]

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10th June 2021
Mum and three children died after car swerved into ‘fully-laden lorry’ on other side of road

A mother and her three children died when their car swerved into the path of a “fully-laden” lorry on the other side of the road, an inquest heard. Zoe Powell, 29, together with daughters Amelia, four, and Phoebe, eight, and six-year-old son, Simeon, were killed in the crash on the A40 near Oxford at around […]

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10th June 2021
Fact check: Hancock’s claims on lockdown timing, asymptomatic transmission and PPE

Matt Hancock made a number of claims during the course of his evidence to the science and health joint committee which have subsequently been questioned by MPs and some scientists. On issues such as the supplies of PPE, the rationing of care, and asymptomatic transmission, the health secretary’s account was repeatedly challenged. Here are some […]

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10th June 2021
Delta variant now makes up 91% of new UK infections – as cases rise ‘rapidly’

The Delta variant now makes up 91% of new UK coronavirus cases, the health secretary has said, amid a warning from Public Health England that infections are rising “rapidly”. The dominance of the variant, first identified in India, was confirmed by Matt Hancock as he was questioned by MPs over his handling of the pandemic. […]

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10th June 2021
UK reports more than 7,000 new COVID cases for second day in a row

The UK has reported more than 7,000 new COVID-19 cases for a second consecutive day, according to government data. 7,393 infections were recorded in the latest 24-hour period, along with seven more coronavirus-related deaths. The figures compare with 7,540 cases and six deaths announced yesterday, and 5,274 cases and 18 deaths reported this time last […]

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10th June 2021
New Venus mission aims to unlock mysteries of ‘Earth’s twin’

Scientists aim to explore the mysteries of Venus, including whether it was once habitable, with a new space mission. British boffins will play a leading role in the EnVision project, studying the atmosphere and geology of the planet known as “Earth’s twin”. Commissioned as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Cosmic Vision programme, the […]

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10th June 2021
I would walk 300 miles! Elephants become online stars after napping during epic trek around China

A group of 15 elephants have become social media sensations after hundreds of millions of people watched a video of them napping. The herd have been travelling around southern China for more than a year, covering some 310 miles (500km) from their home on a wildlife reserve in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, all the way to Kunming, […]

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10th June 2021
London Bridge terrorist lawfully killed by police, inquest jury finds

London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan was lawfully killed by armed police who “believe he was trying to find a trigger” on a suicide vest when they shot him dead, an inquest jury has found. Officers fired at Khan 20 times after he stabbed and killed prison rehabilitation workers Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, […]

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10th June 2021
Care homes crisis, ‘regrets’ over WHO, and Cummings fallout: Key moments from Hancock evidence

No lies were told to the prime minister over the COVID care homes crisis; a “reasonable worst-case scenario” predicted 820,000 deaths in January 2020; and Downing Street operates “better” without Dominic Cummings, Matt Hancock has said. Appearing before MPs, the health secretary defended the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and said he acted with […]

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10th June 2021
Euro 2020: 10 moments that could make the tournament very special

Euro 2020 is very nearly here. Prepare to scream in patriotic excitement, and wince in flabbergasted despair. It’s an odd name for the tournament, given that it’s 2021. But, as we know, the football authorities always know best. Especially when it comes to VAR, obvs. If your TV is on the blink, or the fridge […]

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10th June 2021
Pope rejects German cardinal’s offer to resign over Church sex abuse crisis

Pope Francis has rejected the resignation of German Cardinal Reinhard Marx over the Catholic Church’s sex abuse crisis. Cardinal Marx wrote a letter to the Pope last week offering to resign as the archbishop of Munich and Freising over the Church’s mishandling of abuse cases. He is not under investigation himself, either for abuse or […]

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10th June 2021
UK spending on travel and eating out hit post-pandemic high during half-term, data shows

Card spending on travel and eating out hit a new post-pandemic high during the half-term holiday while job adverts in the hospitality sector have surged, according to latest data. The figures were published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as part of a regular series of real-time indicators showing the impact of COVID-19 on […]

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10th June 2021
Woman who lost job over transgender views wins appeal

A woman who lost her job after expressing views that sex cannot be changed and transgender women are “not women” has won an appeal against an employment tribunal. In 2018, Maya Forstater posted a number of tweets expressing her beliefs about sex and gender, including her opposition to proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act […]

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10th June 2021
India records world’s highest daily deaths as its top COVID expert warns third wave ‘inevitable’

India has recorded the world’s highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in a single day. It announced a further 6,148 fatalities on Thursday – after the state of Bihar discovered 3,929 unreported deaths. Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, revised its death toll after being directed to by Patna High Court. Live COVID updates from the […]

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10th June 2021
Woman, 25, dies after being hit by marked police car on 999 call

A 25-year-old woman has died after being struck by a police car responding to an emergency call. The fatal collision happened on Stockwell Road in Lambeth, south London, at around 11.20pm on Wednesday. The Metropolitan Police said the marked car was responding to a 999 call at the time of the incident. The pedestrian was […]

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10th June 2021
Record high hospital waiting list in England as 5.1m need treatment

The number of people in England waiting to start routine hospital treatment has reached a new record high. Some 5.12 million people were waiting to start treatment at the end of April 2021 – the highest number since records began in August 2007. NHS England figures show the number of people having to wait longer […]

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10th June 2021
Hancock denies lying to PM and says ‘you can’t respond to a pandemic by pointing fingers’

Matt Hancock has denied claims he lied to the prime minister over the COVID care homes crisis and said “you can’t respond to a pandemic by pointing fingers”. The health secretary is being questioned by MPs two weeks after Dominic Cummings, the PM’s former chief aide, claimed he “should have been fired for at least […]

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10th June 2021
‘Dystopian hellscape’: Torture, beatings and electric shocks in Xinjiang camps says Amnesty

China has created a “dystopian hellscape” in Xinjiang, according to the head of Amnesty International, with people who are detained in camps there routinely tortured. A comprehensive new report from the organisation, based on interviews with more than 50 former detainees of the camps, details alleged crimes against humanity – including mass imprisonment, torture and […]

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10th June 2021
Hospital worker on COVID ward used dead patient’s bank card to buy crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks

A healthcare assistant working on a COVID ward has been convicted of using a dead patient’s bank card to buy crisps, fizzy drinks and sweets from a hospital vending machine. Ayesha Basharat, 23, took the card from an 83-year-old woman who had recently passed away at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham. A doctor recorded her time […]

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10th June 2021
Bus and rail passenger numbers bounce back as restrictions ease

Transport operator Go-Ahead said more people are taking its buses and trains than at any time since the start of the pandemic as COVID restrictions ease. It said its regional bus network was seeing passenger numbers at 65-70% of typical levels on most days and at 80% in some regions – up from around 20% […]

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10th June 2021
Meat giant pays almost £8m ransom to hackers after cyber attack

The world’s largest meat processing company has paid a ransom worth $11m (£7.8m) to hackers behind a cyber attack on its computer systems. JBS – which produces almost a quarter of America’s beef – confirmed it handed over the funds on Wednesday. It comes after the Brazil-based company revealed on 31 May how its network […]

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10th June 2021
Delay to end of lockdown would hold back economic rebound, businesses warn

A delay to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions later this month would “materially” hamper Britain’s economic recovery, a leading business group has warned. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has predicted that a consumer spending surge will see GDP grow by 6.8% this year – but said it would reassess the forecast if restrictions are […]

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