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Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use in UK from next week (6 minutes old)

The NHS is ready to use the initial 800,000 doses when they arrive, the health secretary says.

Covid-19: Shoppers return to stores under England's new tier system (8 minutes old)

A tiered system of coronavirus restrictions is now in place in England after a national lockdown ended.

Bonmarché collapses into administration (43 minutes old)

More than 1,500 jobs are at risk following the collapse of the women's fashion chain.

Tesco to repay £585m in business rates relief (2 hours old)

The supermarket giant received the money as support to help it get through the coronavirus pandemic.

M&S stabbing: Two women attacked in Burnley store (1 hour 14 minutes old)

A 57-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, say police.

France to impose border checks to stop skiing abroad (1 hour 23 minutes old)

Swiss ski resorts are open and Prime Minister Jean Castex says he wants to stop people going.

Trump pardons: US justice department unveils bribery inquiry (50 minutes old)

US prosecutors investigate claims that lobbyists sought a presidential pardon by offering kickbacks.

EasyJet to charge for overhead luggage lockers (19 minutes old)

Customers who want to use overhead storage must buy more expensive tickets, the airline says.

Debenhams website overwhelmed as shoppers swoop on sales (1 hour 56 minutes old)

The 242-year-old department has started a clearance sale after it said it would permanently close.

Dame Jenni Murray on why she's taking her clothes off on TV (11 hours old)

The former Women's Hour presenter will appear on ITV's The Real Full Monty On Ice.

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The Guardian

UK coronavirus live: Johnson says 'signs of second wave of pandemic' appearing in parts of Europe (127 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 (127 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 (127 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 (127 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' (127 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 (127 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 (127 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 (127 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 (127 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' (127 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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England wakes up to life after lockdown - and people head to Primark (2 minutes old)

Exclusive footfall data from Springboard shows that retail parks are on average 6.2% busier with thousands more Christmas shoppers visiting this morning than the same day a year ago.

Coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech approved by regulators in the UK for roll out in days (6 minutes old)

A Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech has been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for use in the UK, paving the way for mass vaccination to start.

Matt Hancock hints again that low-infection areas WILL be downgraded in two weeks (9 minutes old)

The new tiers system for England came into force at midnight after the Commons approved it - but the healthy 213 majority masked a disaster for Boris Johnson as his own MPs abandoned him.

Tier Two drinkers rejoice as lockdown ends... but those in Tier Three are left pining for a pint (1 hour 56 minutes old)

Social media users rejoiced the ending of the month-long shutdown in England, which ended last night. It will be replaced by a new tiered system from today.

The great fake job scam: Our probe exposes the most callous fraud (3 hours old)

Cynical fraudsters are seeking to cash in on the growing panic among those looking for work by flooding the recruitment market with fake job advertisements.

Small victory in the struggle for locked Child Trust Fund savings (3 hours old)

The parents of up to 200,000 disabled children who need to go to court to access locked Child Trust Fund savings may no longer have to pay fees in order to do so, in a partial victory for campaigners.

George Best's little black book sells for £1,500 (3 hours old)

Former Manchester United star George Best kept a list of his romantic conquests in a little black book which went under the hammer for £1,500 at Stacey's Auctioneers in Basildon, Essex.

Tesco WILL repay £585 million it saved from Covid business rates relief scheme (4 hours old)

After declaring pre-tax profits of £551 million and paying shareholders £315 million, Tesco has announced it will return the money it saved from the Covid business rate holiday to the government.

Couple who bought two-bedroom property on Greek island of Syros are facing holiday home headache (4 hours old)

David Young, an award-winning novelist and his wife Stephanie (pictured left) bought a two-bedroom home on the Greek island of Syros (pictured right) two years ago.

Trier: Baby among five dead as car hits pedestrians in German city (4 hours old)

Witnesses described the pram being flung off the ground, and victims 'flying into the air', after the car drove more than half a mile through a shopping area in Trier which usually hosts a Christmas market.

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BBC News - UK

Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use in UK from next week (6 minutes old)

The NHS is ready to use the initial 800,000 doses when they arrive, the health secretary says.

Covid-19: Shoppers return to stores under England's new tier system (8 minutes old)

A tiered system of coronavirus restrictions is now in place in England after a national lockdown ended.

Brexit trade: 'Serious disruption' risk at Channel post-transition period (12 hours old)

Ministers are "taking limited responsibility" for readiness ahead of the transition period ending, MPs say.

EasyJet to charge for overhead luggage lockers (19 minutes old)

Customers who want to use overhead storage must buy more expensive tickets, the airline says.

Tesco to repay £585m in business rates relief (2 hours old)

The supermarket giant received the money as support to help it get through the coronavirus pandemic.

Keeping pools closed 'a catastrophe for health and wellbeing' (12 hours old)

More than 200 council-run pools will stay closed despite the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Covid: Families with negative test can visit care homes in England (13 hours old)

More than a million tests will be sent to care homes in England to allow safe indoor visits.

Bonmarché collapses into administration (43 minutes old)

More than 1,500 jobs are at risk following the collapse of the women's fashion chain.

Sports Personality of the Year: Contenders revealed for 2020 BBC award (17 hours old)

A shortlist of six contenders is announced for the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Esther Dingley: Partner says police 'looking at non-accident options' (16 hours old)

Missing walker's partner says the "prevailing opinion" among police is she is not in the mountains.

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World news | The Guardian

Coronavirus: negligence driving increase in cases – German agency (127 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 (127 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 (127 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 (127 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 (127 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 (127 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 (127 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 (127 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 (127 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 (127 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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