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NHS Covid-19 app: One million downloads of contact tracer for England and Wales (1 hour 48 minutes old)

Users are being urged to install the app to protect themselves and others against the resurgent virus.

Hancock refuses to rule out Christmas student lockdown (5 hours old)

Matt Hancock refuses to rule out stopping students returning home, to limit spread of coronavirus.

Rishi Sunak unveils emergency jobs scheme (1 hour 59 minutes old)

The Job Support Scheme will see the government top up the pay of people who can only work part-time in "viable jobs".

Uni self-isolation: PPE to pee and being stuck in bedroom (2 hours old)

How students in Glasgow halls of residence are coping with self-isolation amid a coronavirus outbreak.

Black barrister mistaken for defendant three times (3 hours old)

Alexandra Wilson says she was challenged by court staff who assumed she was there to face charges.

Belarus: Video shows protester's 'taxi escape' from police (5 hours old)

Demonstrations have continued in Belarus since the president declared victory in last month's election.

Breonna Taylor: Two officers shot during Louisville protests (2 hours old)

Anger erupts in the US over a decision not to charge police who shot dead a black woman in her home.

Britain's Got Talent: Alesha Dixon BLM necklace prompts 1,900 complaints (7 hours old)

Some viewers of Britain's Got Talent were unhappy with the judge's reference to Black Lives Matter.

France street harassment: Strasbourg woman attacked 'for wearing skirt' (4 hours old)

The woman in Strasbourg says she was attacked in broad daylight by three men for wearing a skirt.

Scottish university outbreaks 'should have been predicted' (3 hours old)

Opposition parties press Nicola Sturgeon on why she was not better prepared for outbreaks at universities.

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UK coronavirus live: Johnson says 'signs of second wave of pandemic' appearing in parts of Europe (58 days old [28/07/20])

British PM’s warning comes after Spain is critical of UK for extending non-essential travel advice to Canary and Balearic islands Global coronavirus live: latest updates 12.01pm BST Boris Johnson has also said that individuals need to decide whether it is worth risking booking a foreign holiday, Sky’s Joe Pike reports.PM @BorisJohnson has also defended his travel quarantine policy and argued it’s up to individuals to decide whether to take the risk of going abroad:"These are decisions for families, for individuals, about where they want to go.” 11.57am BST Here is a full version of the quote f[...]

Brexit will deliver double shock to UK economy, study finds (58 days old [28/07/20])

Exclusive: LSE report says even sectors unscathed from coronavirus crisis will be severely impactedA Brexit hit is looming for sectors that have emerged relatively unscathed from the Covid-19 pandemic, new data has showed.A report from the London School of Economics says Brexit will deliver a double shock to the economy – with worsening business conditions for those sectors that have survived the impact of coronavirus and lockdown measures – whether Boris Johnson secures a deal with the EU or not. Continue reading...

Almost 3 billion animals affected by Australian bushfires, report shows (58 days old [28/07/20])

Exclusive: megafires ‘one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history’, say scientistsNearly 3 billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia’s devastating bushfire season of 2019 and 2020, according to scientists who have revealed for the first time the scale of the impact on the country’s native wildlife.The Guardian has learned that an estimated 143 million mammals, 180 million birds, 51 million frogs and a staggering 2.5 billion reptiles were affected by the fires that burned across the continent. Not all the animals would have been killed by the flames or heat, but scientists[...]

BAME representation in UK's top jobs has barely risen in past three years (58 days old [28/07/20])

Colour of Power survey finds issue not addressed despite government-backed targetsThe proportion of black, Asian and minority ethnic people in some of the 1,100 most powerful jobs in the UK has barely moved over the past three years, according to a study that highlights the lack of non-white representation across key roles.Only 51 out of the 1097 most powerful roles in the country are filled by non-white individuals, an increase of only 1.2%, or 15 people, since 2017, the Colour of Power survey by consultants Green Park and not-for-profit organisation Operation Black Vote said. Continue readin[...]

Residents to get new decision-making powers in England cycling 'revolution' (58 days old [27/07/20])

Measures include watchdog to ensure quality and safety of walking and cycling routesCycling ambitions for England move up a gear with No 10 plansResidents will get powers to banish through-traffic from local streets and councils will be prevented from building substandard cycle lanes under what Downing Street has billed as a revolution for cycling and walking in England.The plans will see the creation of a watchdog to ensure new cycle and walking routes are up to standard, intended to act as a transport equivalent of the schools inspectorate, Ofsted. Continue reading...

1MDB scandal: Najib Razak found guilty in first trial linked to vast fraud (58 days old [28/07/20])

Ex-Malaysian PM denied criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power1MDB scandal explained: a tale of Malaysia’s missing billionsMalaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak has been found guilty of all seven charges in his first trial linked to the multibillion-dollar 1MDB scandal – a landmark conviction that could lead to a sentence of decades in jail.Najib has denied any wrongdoing in relation to what is one of the world’s biggest financial frauds, in which billions of dollars were allegedly looted from a state fund set up to promote development. The scandal shook Malaysian [...]

World’s largest nuclear fusion project begins assembly in France (58 days old [28/07/20])

Project aims to show clean fusion power can be generated at commercial scaleThe world’s largest nuclear fusion project began its five-year assembly phase on Tuesday in southern France, with the first ultra-hot plasma expected to be generated in late 2025.The €20bn (£18.2bn) Iter project will replicate the reactions that power the sun and is intended to demonstrate fusion power can be generated on a commercial scale. Nuclear fusion promises clean, unlimited power but, despite 60 years of research, it has yet to overcome the technical challenges of harnessing such extreme amounts of energy. Cont[...]

Alarm over discovery of hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels near Galápagos Islands (58 days old [28/07/20])

The fleet, found just outside a protected zone, raises the prospect of damage to the marine ecosystemEcuador has sounded the alarm after its navy discovered a huge fishing fleet of mostly Chinese-flagged vessels some 200 miles from the Galápagos Islands, the archipelago which inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.About 260 ships are currently in international waters just outside a 188-mile wide exclusive economic zone around the island, but their presence has already raised the prospect of serious damage to the delicate marine ecosystem, said former environment minister Yolanda Kakabad[...]

Migratory river fish populations plunge 76% in past 50 years (58 days old [27/07/20])

Decline in species such as salmon harms entire ecosystems and livelihoods, say researchersPopulations of migratory river fish around the world have plunged by a “catastrophic” 76% since 1970, an analysis has found.The fall was even greater in Europe at 93%, and for some groups of fish, with sturgeon and eel populations both down by more than 90%. Continue reading...

Ransomware attack on Garmin thought to be the work of 'Evil Corp' (58 days old [27/07/20])

Russian cybercrime gang is believed to be responsible for taking Garmin services offlineA ransomware attack that took the GPS and smartwatch business Garmin entirely offline for more than three days is believed to have been carried out by a Russian cybercriminal gang which calls itself “Evil Corp”.Garmin began to restore services to customers on Monday morning, after being held hostage for a reported ransom of $10m, although some services were still operating with limited functionality. Continue reading...

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Morrison's becomes first supermarket to put limit on number of items customers can buy (1 hour 10 minutes old)

Bosses have taken steps over fears of a repeat of the stockpiling panic seen in stores at the start of the pandemic.

Furlough replacement: How does the Job Support Scheme work, who is eligible and how much will I get? (1 hour 16 minutes old)

The Chancellor unveiled the Job Support Scheme (JSS) to 'directly support' wages of staff in 'viable' roles for six months from November. It will replace furlough which is due to end on October 31.

Coronavirus UK: Rishi Sunak announces Winter Economy Plan bailout (1 hour 17 minutes old)

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today unveiled his new Winter Economy Plan with a wage subsidy scheme to replace furlough as its centrepiece as he moved to try to stave off massive job losses over the winter.

Coronavirus London: Lockdown fears as hospital admissions triple (1 hour 22 minutes old)

During a private briefing this week, Kevin Fenton, director of Public Health England in London, told Sadiq Khan that all signs indicated the disease was making a resurgence in the capital.

England, Scotland and Wales declare 33 new Covid-19 deaths (1 hour 24 minutes old)

Health officials have yet to confirm the final figure, which takes into account data from every setting across the UK. The early count for England only includes lab-confirmed victims in NHS hospitals.

Will Rishi Sunak's winter plan help small businesses and self-employed? (1 hour 24 minutes old)

Many business owners still feel not enough is being done to protect the self-employed, freelancers and contractors working in the hospitality, leisure, pubs and breweries and the performing arts sectors.

Sir Trevor McDonald, 81, separates from his wife - for a second time in their 34-year marriage (1 hour 30 minutes old)

Sir Trevor McDonald, 81, who rose to prominence as the presenter of ITN's News at Ten, has separated from his wife Jo and moved out of the family home, according to reports.

Cashing in? Royal Collection launches merchandise to mark Beatrice's private wedding (1 hour 35 minutes old)

From today, the items are available from the Royal Collection Trust's website and the charity said they have been released to 'celebrate' the couple's special day, which occurred in Windsor.

Protesters gather in Louisville as anger mounts after only one cop is charged Breonna Taylor death (1 hour 39 minutes old)

Larynzo Johnson was arrested Wednesday night over the cop shootings and charged with wanton endangerment - the same charge brought against the only cop indicted over Taylor's slaying.

BAME: Genetic variation 'unlikely to influence Covid-19 mortality' (1 hour 45 minutes old)

Scientists found no differences in seven genes associated with viral entry of SARS-CoV-2 - the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 - across ethnic groups.

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Rishi Sunak unveils emergency jobs scheme (1 hour 59 minutes old)

The Job Support Scheme will see the government top up the pay of people who can only work part-time in "viable jobs".

NHS Covid-19 app: One million downloads of contact tracer for England and Wales (1 hour 48 minutes old)

Users are being urged to install the app to protect themselves and others against the resurgent virus.

Scottish university outbreaks 'should have been predicted' (3 hours old)

Opposition parties press Nicola Sturgeon on why she was not better prepared for outbreaks at universities.

Black barrister mistaken for defendant three times (3 hours old)

Alexandra Wilson says she was challenged by court staff who assumed she was there to face charges.

Two people killed in M4 motorway crashes (4 hours old)

The westbound side remains closed in Wiltshire following the crashes, which injured several people.

Covid: Pub-goers in Wales 'likely to get 20 minutes to drink up' (8 hours old)

Rules in Wales are different to England, where pubs and restaurants must close at 22:00.

Coronavirus: Test turnaround times getting longer in England (4 hours old)

Under a third of tests done in community testing centres in England are processed within 24 hours.

Sir Harold Evans: Crusading editor who exposed Thalidomide impact dies aged 92 (1 hour 24 minutes old)

The British-American journalist, publisher and author was best-known for his campaigns against injustice.

Sir David Attenborough joins Instagram to warn 'the world is in trouble' (1 hour 14 minutes old)

The broadcaster gained more than 200,000 followers within an hour of posting his first video.

Many firms 'have not considered Brexit effect' (17 hours old)

Only half of UK firms that trade internationally have assessed the impact of Brexit, says a business group.

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Coronavirus: negligence driving increase in cases – German agency (58 days old [28/07/20])

Head of disease control agency ‘worried’ by Germany’s 557 new cases every dayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNegligence is to blame for a worrying rise in coronavirus cases in Germany, the head of the country’s disease control agency has said in his first news conference in weeks.Over the past seven days, Germany has registered an average of 557 new cases a day, up from around 350 in early June. Continue reading...

Agencies fear hidden cholera deaths in Yemen as Covid-19 overwhelms clinics (58 days old [28/07/20])

Thousands of deaths potentially missed as patients avoid health centres, with both diseases set to peak in coming weeks, warn NGOsAid agencies are warning that thousands of people in Yemen could be dying undetected from cholera as people are too frightened to seek treatment in health facilities overwhelmed by coronavirus.Coronavirus cases in the war-torn country are due to peak in the coming weeks, but Oxfam has warned that health centres are seeing an unexpected drop in cholera cases, ahead of August’s rains when cholera will also increase. Continue reading...

Trump's national security adviser tests positive for coronavirus (58 days old [28/07/20])

White House insists ‘no risk’ of Trump being exposed Photos of Robert O’Brien’s Europe trip show lack of mask usageUS politics – live updatesThe national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, has tested positive for the coronavirus, but the White House insisted there was “no risk” of Donald Trump being exposed. Related: Texas hospital forced to set up 'death panel' as Covid-19 cases surge Continue reading...

Coronavirus live news: Germany warns against non-essential travel to parts of Spain (58 days old [28/07/20])

Three regions in Spain highlighted; Global cases doubled in last six weeks; Deaths pass 650,000Global report: Covid-19 still accelerating, warns WHO, as restrictions return in EuropeUK coronavirus live: latest newsSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.53am BST The number of confirmed coronavirus related deaths has reached 1,270 on Tuesday in Afghanistan amid raising fears about a surge of transmissions over upcoming Eid celebration as the United Nations said 1,282 civilians were killed in the first half of 2020.In its latest update, the health ministry said the number of people who had tested po[...]

Brexit will deliver double shock to UK economy, study finds (58 days old [28/07/20])

Exclusive: LSE report says even sectors unscathed from coronavirus crisis will be severely impactedA Brexit hit is looming for sectors that have emerged relatively unscathed from the Covid-19 pandemic, new data has showed.A report from the London School of Economics says Brexit will deliver a double shock to the economy – with worsening business conditions for those sectors that have survived the impact of coronavirus and lockdown measures – whether Boris Johnson secures a deal with the EU or not. Continue reading...

1MDB scandal: Najib Razak found guilty in first trial linked to vast fraud (58 days old [28/07/20])

Ex-Malaysian PM denied criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power1MDB scandal explained: a tale of Malaysia’s missing billionsMalaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak has been found guilty of all seven charges in his first trial linked to the multibillion-dollar 1MDB scandal – a landmark conviction that could lead to a sentence of decades in jail.Najib has denied any wrongdoing in relation to what is one of the world’s biggest financial frauds, in which billions of dollars were allegedly looted from a state fund set up to promote development. The scandal shook Malaysian [...]

Almost 3 billion animals affected by Australian bushfires, report shows (58 days old [28/07/20])

Exclusive: megafires ‘one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history’, say scientistsNearly 3 billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia’s devastating bushfire season of 2019 and 2020, according to scientists who have revealed for the first time the scale of the impact on the country’s native wildlife.The Guardian has learned that an estimated 143 million mammals, 180 million birds, 51 million frogs and a staggering 2.5 billion reptiles were affected by the fires that burned across the continent. Not all the animals would have been killed by the flames or heat, but scientists[...]

Alarm over discovery of hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels near Galápagos Islands (58 days old [28/07/20])

The fleet, found just outside a protected zone, raises the prospect of damage to the marine ecosystemEcuador has sounded the alarm after its navy discovered a huge fishing fleet of mostly Chinese-flagged vessels some 200 miles from the Galápagos Islands, the archipelago which inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.About 260 ships are currently in international waters just outside a 188-mile wide exclusive economic zone around the island, but their presence has already raised the prospect of serious damage to the delicate marine ecosystem, said former environment minister Yolanda Kakabad[...]

World’s largest nuclear fusion project begins assembly in France (58 days old [28/07/20])

Project aims to show clean fusion power can be generated at commercial scaleThe world’s largest nuclear fusion project began its five-year assembly phase on Tuesday in southern France, with the first ultra-hot plasma expected to be generated in late 2025.The €20bn (£18.2bn) Iter project will replicate the reactions that power the sun and is intended to demonstrate fusion power can be generated on a commercial scale. Nuclear fusion promises clean, unlimited power but, despite 60 years of research, it has yet to overcome the technical challenges of harnessing such extreme amounts of energy. Cont[...]

Kylie Moore-Gilbert: British-Australian academic moved to notorious Iran desert prison (58 days old [28/07/20])

Middle East scholar, who was arrested in 2018, taken to Qarchak women’s jail, one of the most hostile institutions in the country and reportedly stricken with Covid-19A British-Australian academic serving a 10-year-prison sentence in Iran for espionage has been moved to a remote desert prison, notorious for violence and reportedly stricken with coronavirus.Cambridge-educated Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a Middle East scholar, had been held in Tehran’s Evin Prison for nearly two years, before her sudden move three days ago to Qarchak women’s prison, south-east of Tehran. Continue reading...

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