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Weather due to be ‘calm and settled’ during Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

The funeral is taking place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle at 3pm on Saturday.

Nissan to furlough 800 workers at its UK plant as chip shortage cuts production-Nikkei

Nissan to furlough 800 workers at its UK plant as chip shortage cuts production-Nikkei

Babies dying from Covid in Brazil as ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ hits country

As some countries look towards an end to the coronavirus pandemic, Brazil is facing an ever-worsening crisis, with overwhelmed health systems and a soaring death toll leading to a significant number of babies dying from Covid-19. The South American country’s seven-day rolling average for deaths reached more than 3,000 this month, as the medical NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned that a “humanitarian catastrophe” was unfolding due to...

Biden news – live: Russia to launch counter sanctions as Trumps’ host Hawaii-themed Mar-a-Lago party

Russia has threatened to strike back after President Biden expelled diplomats and announced a series of sanctions over election interference and cyberattacks. Announcing the measures, Mr Biden said “we cannot allow a foreign power to interfere in our democratic process with impunity.” The president said he wanted a “stable” and “predictable” relationship with President Putin, but the Kremlin immediately hit back, vowing swift action of its own....

Iran says it has begun enriching uranium to 60 percent, its highest level yet

Iran said Friday it has begun producing uranium at 60 percent purity, in another breach of its commitments to the international community which is concerned about its nuclear programme. The Islamic republic had declared it would sharply ramp up its enrichment of uranium on Tuesday, two days after an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility that it blamed on arch-foe Israel. The announcement cast a shadow over talks in Vienna aimed at salvaging the...

Meghan Markle will make 'private arrangements' to remember Prince Philip from the US

Meghan Markle, who is currently pregnant with her second child, will be watching the live stream of Prince Philip's funeral from the US along with the rest of the UK.

Russia hits out at UK support for US sanctions over hacking

Russian diplomats have lashed out at the UK for joining the US in condemning Russia’s international cyber-espionage efforts, including elections interference and the SolarWinds hack. The UK ambassador to Russia, Deborah Bronnert, met Russian diplomatic officials at the foreign ministry in Moscow on Friday, hours after the Russian embassy in London called the UK’s release of details on hacking by Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR, as...

Prince Philip letter to President Nixon reveals sleepless nights over ‘lame’ toast

A letter from Prince Philip to Richard Nixon reveals the monarch had sleepless nights over a “very lame” toast he gave the President. The Queen’s consort, who died last Friday aged 99, will be laid to rest with the minimum of fuss in Windsor during a poignant, family service — watched on television by millions in Britain and around the world on Saturday. To mark his passing, a letter discovered before the pandemic that he wrote to President...

Whitehall spending watchdog to probe Greensill's role in COVID support schemes

Whitehall's spending watchdog has launched an investigation into Greensill Capital's involvement in government-backed COVID support schemes prior to the firm's collapse.

Anti-racism rallies 'all for nothing' if people don't vote, campaigners warn

Members of unrepresented communities are urged to register to vote before Monday's deadline in a new video released by Operation Black Vote

UK politics news – live: Hancock broke ministerial code, Labour suggests as Greensill faces new investigation

Labour has accused Matt Hancock of appearing to breach the ministerial code, after it emerged that the health secretary was given a 20 per cent share in a company owned by his sister shortly before it won a lucrative NHS contract. Topwood Ltd of Wrexham, a document-shredding firm, was awarded a three-year contract – reportedly worth £300,000 – by NHS Wales. A government spokesperson said Mr Hancock had “acted entirely properly in these...

China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine 67% effective in preventing symptomatic infection: Chile govt report

China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine 67% effective in preventing symptomatic infection: Chile govt report

What will Prince Philip’s funeral be like? And who are the 30 guests?

Paris talks seek to defuse growing Russia-Ukraine tensions

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were to hold talks Friday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a show of support for his pro-Western government after a Russian military build-up on its eastern borders raised fears of an invasion. FRANCE 24's International Affairs Commentator Douglas Herbert tells us more.

Japan raises coronavirus alert level near Tokyo months ahead of Olympics

The rising number of cases renews doubts that the event, postponed from last year, will take place at all.

Windsor Castle's weddings, baptisms and burials

The British royals come together for joyous and sad times in the historic St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Prince Philip will be laid to rest.

Muslims pray at sacred Jerusalem site on first Friday of Ramadan

The site was off limits because of the virus last year although Friday’s crowds were smaller than in pre-pandemic times.

Sotheby’s unveils its first all-female sale in its almost 300-year history

Sotheby’s is holding its first all-female sale in its almost 300-year history. The auction house, which first opened its doors in 1744, will be selling work by artists ranging 17th century painters to 1993 Turner Prize winner Rachel Whiteread next month. The final details are still being arranged but 26 lots have already been confirmed including a Barbara Hepworth bronze, valued at around £160,000, a still-life from 1687 by Rachel Ruysch...

Systemic racism debate sparked by video footage of white man fleeing from police

Footage of a 61-year-old white man attacking a police officer is going viral, with many people highlighting the racist double standard it shows within policing. Luke Alvin Oeltjenbruns was arrested and charged with a first-degree assault after driving away with the cop still on the car and is allegedly hitting him on the head with a hammer, according to FOX 9. This follows after the police answered a call about an incident at a nearby hardware...

England's COVID-19 epidemic estimated to be shrinking more quickly - health ministry

England's COVID-19 epidemic estimated to be shrinking more quickly - health ministry

England's R number drops slightly as coronavirus infection level falls across UK

England's R number has dropped slightly to between 0.7 and 1 - as the average level of coronavirus infection has dropped sharply across the UK, according to the latest data.

Madrid may shut down mass vaccination centres unless more shots arrive

Madrid may shut down mass vaccination centres unless more shots arrive

London may need restrictions for ‘longer’ as new variant clusters emerge, warn scientists

Londoners may be subjected to local lockdown restrictions if new variants of Covid-19 continue to spread despite mass surge testing in parts of the capital, scientists have warned. The London boroughs of Lambeth, Wandsworth, Southwark and Barnet have set up additional testing facilities to process thousands of people who live and work in the area after a number of cases of the South African variant were detected. Professor John Edmunds,...

How raising the minimum wage to $70k helped one man’s company boom

When one CEO announced in 2015 that he would raise his company’s minimum annual salary of employees to US$70,000, it sparked an immense reaction from all corners of the world. In order to reach this goal, Dan Price vowed to cut his own pay package of $1.1 million to $700,000 over the next three years, equivalent to a 90 per cent reduction. He also told employees that minimum salaries would jump to $50,000 immediately. The announcement by the CEO...

WHSmith stands by director who chaired collapsed Greensill

WHSmith today stood by the former chairman of Greensill, Maurice Thompson, who still sits on its board as a non-executive director despite his involvement at one of the most high profile financial collapses of recent times. WHSmith has removed all reference to Thompson’s chairmanship of the controversial supply chain finance company from his biography on its website. However, senior WHSmith sources said there were no plans for him to leave the...

Boris Johnson under fire for condemning ICC war crime probe in West Bank and Gaza

A dozen British charities have condemned Boris Johnson for rejecting an International Criminal Court probe into alleged war crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian Territories as “political interference.” The charities have warned that Mr Johnson’s criticism of the investigation sets a dangerous precedent, and the Palestinian mission in London said it undermines British credibilty globally. Mr Johnson said in a recent letter to the...

EP: 53 Ayr, Newbury & Hong Kong

Sunday sees the annual Scottish Grand National held at Ayr racecourse and trainer Harriet Graham runs her always dependable Aye The post EP: 53 Ayr, Newbury & Hong Kong appeared first on CityAM.

The drama over the princes’ uniforms is just a royal version of EastEnders

There’s an old Jewish sketch about a guy who makes a load of money and buys a boat. Resplendent in gold braid or whatever, he says to his father: “Look, I’m a captain now!” “By your wife, you’re a captain,” his father replies. “By me, you’re a captain. But by a captain, you’re no captain.” This seems to be more or less where the Queen has arrived, in the preparations for the funeral of her husband. I can imagine the Windsors starting off with...

Haunted portraits, a lost church and the mystery of colour – the week in art

Exhibition of the week Love’s Labours Found Haunted portraits to spook the imagination - or, as the gallery has it, important new discoveries in Elizabethan and Jacobean portraiture. As commercial galleries open before museums, this is your best bet for a historical show this month. . Philip Mould and Co, London from 21 April until 29 May Also showing Mat Collishaw An ambitious permanent film installation by this intelligent and thoughtful...

We now have 13-year-olds shot dead on camera – but still nothing changes

I couldn’t bring myself to watch the footage. I knew what I’d see – a teenage boy, barely able to hold up his own jeans. Before pressing “play” to enable me to write this piece, wincing as I did so, I forced myself to take in the grainy image of Adam Toledo staring back into the eyes of the police officer chasing him down a dark alleyway in the early hours of 29 March: hands in the air, wearing an oversized black Nike hoody, scruffy cap on...

Spanish firefighter jailed after starting a fire to ‘satisfy his ego’

A volunteer firefighter who sought to “satisfy his ego” by using petrol to start a blaze that devoured 144 hectares of forest and scrubland in northern Spain has been given a three-and-a-half-year jail term and ordered to pay more than €158,000 in damages. Luis Trueba, the former head of the Civil Protection volunteer service in Ramales de la Victoria, Cantabria, had denied deliberately setting the fire in February 2019 so that he could help put...

Step forward, Prince Edward: the future Duke of Edinburgh's newfound role at the heart of the royals

Step forward, Prince Edward: the future Duke of Edinburgh's newfound role at the heart of the royals

Prince Philip's Customised Land Rover Explained

The late Duke of Edinburgh designed his own unique hearse before his death.

Bail extended for woman arrested in Sarah Everard case

The woman was arrested at the same time as kidnap and murder accused Wayne Couzens, on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Analysis: U.S. announcement of pullout from Afghanistan undermines chances of peace

Analysis: U.S. announcement of pullout from Afghanistan undermines chances of peace

Hopeful, impatient, unsure: how do UK under-30s view the Covid jab?

The health secretary, Matt Hancock has said that the UK is on track to offer a Covid vaccine to all adults by the end of July. Those under the age of the 30 will be given the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, where possible, after very rare cases of blood clotting were linked to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab. As experts urge this age cohort to continue to get vaccinated, encouraging them to think of the wider benefits to their communities, six people...

Fans at FA Cup Final next month won't need vaccine passports

The football season-ending showpiece next month is on the Events Research Programme which will examine ways of reopening mass-attendance venues safely after the lockdown.

Pfizer and Moderna refused to publicly back Johnson & Johnson over blood clots

Johnson & Johnson reportedly reached out to Pfizer and Moderna for public backing after US officials recommended suspension of the single-shot vaccine on Tuesday, after a small number of women suffered from a rare blood clotting side effect. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Johnson & Johnson (J&J) approached it’s biggest rivals, including Astra Zeneca, with concerns for its reputation, following the recommendation by US officials....

Ukraine’s president visits Paris amid Russian troops deployment near border

Volodymyr Zelenskyy was holding talks with French president Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel.

Primary school places allocated across England

Hundreds of thousands of families across England are finding out which primary school their child will be joining this autumn.

India Covid variant found in UK specimens taken in February

The first of the 77 cases of the India variant of coronavirus found in the UK were detected in specimens dating back to February, the Guardian has learned. On Thursday Public Health England (PHE) revealed that 77 cases of a variant first detected in India, called B.1.617, had been found in the UK, with 73 cases in England and four in Scotland. It is designated a “variant under investigation” but is worrying researchers as it contains two...

Toledo family Lawyer: Child shouldn't be shot after complying

Adeena Weiss-Ortiz, the attorney for the family of Adam Toldeo, spoke with the press after police released body camera footage of the fatal shooting.

Mum told to pay £5k legal bill to help disabled daughter access her own £2,400 savings

EXCLUSIVE Libby South has £2,400 in her child trust fund account, however, to access it safely on her behalf, her mum - who has been paying into it for 18 years - has been told to pay thousands in legal fees

Adam Toledo shooting – latest: Eric Stillman named as officer as AOC blasts lies over 13-year-old’s killing

LIVE – Updated at 13:15 Chicago is bracing for protests after officials released a graphic body-camera video showing police officer Eric Stillman shooting and killing a 13-year-old boy as he appeared to be raising his hands. The nine-minute video from Mr Stillman’s body camera showed the 34-year-old officer running after Adam Toledo in an alley at 2.30am on 29 March in Little Village, a Mexican neighbourhood on the city’s West Side. The officer...

Hong Kong pro-democracy figures given jail terms of up to 18 months

A court in Hong Kong has handed down a mixture of jail and suspended sentences to 10 of the territory’s most prominent pro-democracy figures, including veteran reformers, politicians and a media mogul who were instrumental during the transition from British rule in the 1990s. The jail terms for organising or participating in an unauthorised assembly - traditionally a low-level offence attracting fines - are a highly symbolic blow to the...

EU and UK hold ‘productive’ talks on Northern Ireland crisis

Brexit minister David Frost says momentum has been established in efforts to ease tensions

Matt Hancock failed to declare sister worked for company that won NHS contracts

Matt Hancock failed to declare sister worked for company that won NHS contracts

With food and fuel, Hezbollah braces for the worst in Lebanon collapse

With food and fuel, Hezbollah braces for the worst in Lebanon collapse

Prince Charles and Camilla view flowers and moving tributes left by the public in memory of Prince Philip

"To our unsung hero, Prince Philip."

When it comes to corruption, Britain is catching up fast with the Middle East

I used to meet businessmen in the Middle East who were in a state of high anxiety about their chances of winning a government contract. They were naturally reluctant to spell out the details, but they hinted that their chief worry was whether or not the official they had bribed to get them a contract would, in the event, be willing or able to do so. They took it for granted that I knew that nobody successfully did business with the governments...