Brexit news – live: Boris Johnson warned six months of port ‘mayhem’ ahead in 2021, even if trade deal agreed

Boris Johnson’s government has been warned of “mayhem” at Holyhead port when the Brexit transition period ends, even if a UK-EU trade deal is struck. The Irish Road Haulage Association said the first six months of 2021 would be “terrible” due to the lack of preparations. It comes as Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey has said that a no-deal Brexit would cause even more long-term damage to the UK’s economy than the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Drones to the rescue: Berlin lab seeks quicker virus tests

BERLIN (AP) — A German lab is hoping to cut the time it takes to send coronavirus tests across Berlin by using drones, thereby avoiding the capital's clogged roads. California-based company Matternet is currently testing drone deliveries between a hospital and Labor Berlin, one of the largest laboratories in Europe. The route from drone to lab is about 11 kilometers (7 miles) as the drone flies, and officials expect to cut standard delivery...

Pubs to face 7-day shutdowns and £4,000 fines in fresh coronavirus crackdown

Councils will be given tougher powers to clamp down on businesses flouting the new Covid rules - including week-long closures and huge fines

Couples ‘deflated’ by 15-person wedding guest limit under new tier system

Couples said allowing 15 guests at weddings while stadiums prepare to welcome back thousands of fans “makes no sense”. Prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday the UK would be going in to a stricter tier system of pandemic restrictions after lockdown finishes on December 2. Fifteen guests will be allowed at weddings and civil partnerships, increasing to 30 for funerals, under all tiers, but receptions are banned in Tier 3. Outdoor...

Shamima Begum cannot communicate with legal team, court told

Shamima Begum would be beaten or placed in isolation in the Syrian detention camp where she is being held if she speaks by mobile phone to British lawyers challenging her deprivation of UK citizenship, the supreme court has been told. The woman who left east London as a 15-year-old schoolgirl in 2015 to join Islamic State forces, is unable to communicate effectively with her legal team and will not be able to participate in any meaningful way in...

The best electric toothbrush 2020: Get your teeth cleaner than they've ever been

The best electric toothbrush 2020: Get your teeth cleaner than they've ever been

Why the overseas aid budget needs to be protected

As a veteran of the BBC’s Question Time, I became familiar with public debates on spending priorities. Often a member of the audience would interject with “charity begins at home” followed by a colourful account of aid money waste. Cue rapturous applause. The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will no doubt have that – currently silent – round of applause at the back of his mind tomorrow when he makes a parliamentary statement on this year’s foreshortened...

UK coronavirus LIVE: Christmas plans being discussed today as London waits to find out post-lockdown tier

London is waiting to find out which tier the city will be put into after lockdown, with the Mayor lobbying for the capital to go into Tier 2. The Government is expected to face a furious backlash from MPs and business chiefs if the capital is hit with draconian Tier 3 restrictions on December 2. It come as ministers from all four UK nations are set to meet for a Cobra committee on Tuesday afternoon to discuss plans for easing curbs over...

There was enough information on coronavirus to act in January, says expert

Sir Jeremy Farrar said that in a fast-moving epidemic, any delays mean playing catch-up later.

People are furiously debating whether left-wingers can be fans of Princess Diana

It’s a well-documented phenomenon that even lots of people who disagree the monarchy and everything it stands for often have a spot for Princess Diana. When she joined the royal family, she represented something new and different. The modern princess was palatable to people who otherwise rejected the more conservative aspects of the monarchy.Be it supporting overlooked charities, raising her kids like normal children or being open about her...

Including You needs PC donations to help 60,000 New York kids with remote learning during lockdown

An 11-year-old from New York is on a mission to close the digital divide in the city.

Ben Bradley schooled by Bernice King after tweeting quote from MLK’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech

It is one of the most quoted passages in human history, words delivered at the height of the American civil rights movement that came to represent a universal struggle for racial equality. But invoking Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech has proved embarrassing for Conservative MP Ben Bradley, after Dr King’s daughter accused him of misunderstanding the central message of her father’s most famous address. In a now-deleted tweet...

No reasonable jury would have convicted Lockerbie bomber, court told

A third appeal against the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi over the 1988 atrocity is under way in Edinburgh.

Hungary's government spars with George Clooney after actor's criticism of Orban

Hungary's government spars with George Clooney after actor's criticism of Orban

Dramatic moment terrified crowd rushes into a shop to flee gunshots

Security cameras show terror-stricken passers-by running into Sultan Food and Wine in Hackney, East London, to escape three shots fired by a gunman just yards away.

15 things Obama writes in his new book about some of the world’s most famous people

Last week, Barack Obama released the first volume of his highly anticipated memoir A Promised Land. In a tweet, the former president said that in the book “I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody.” The book chronicles Obama’s political career up until the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011. A second volume is expected...

Spain to vaccinate workers and residents at nursing homes first

Spain to vaccinate workers and residents at nursing homes first

Household mixing and five-day window: Meeting to look at plans for easing COVID rules at Christmas

Michael Gove will chair a COBRA meeting with devolved administrations later as discussions continue about Christmas rules, according to government sources.

Nearly three-quarters of secondary schools have pupils at home self-isolating

Almost one in four secondary school students were absent from class last week amid the pandemic, figures show.

Public inquiry ordered into practice of NI hospital consultant - Health Minister Robin Swann describes details as ‘of gravest concern’

Health Minister Robin Swann has ordered a statutory public inquiry in relation to serious concerns about the clinical practice of a hospital consultant.

Hancock passes blame for '4000 deaths a day' chart to Vallance

Matt Hancock appeared to pass the blame for the controversial '4000 deaths a day' chart which was presented at a Downing Street coronavirus briefing to Chief Scientific Advisor Patrick Vallance, while speaking to the joint Health & Science committee.

Harry Dunn’s parents lose battle over whether Anne Sacoolas has diplomatic immunity

Harry Dunn's parents have lost their High Court battle against the Foreign Office over whether their son's alleged killer had diplomatic immunity. Mr Dunn, 19, was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car being driven on the wrong side of the road by American Anne Sacoolas outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on 27 August last year. Ms Sacoolas, whose husband Jonathan Sacoolas worked as a technical assistant at the base, left the...

Christmas tree 'shortage' coming after imports halted by Danish mink cull

The UK normally imports more than one million Nordmann Fir trees each year from what is Europe's largest festive tree producer – however coronavirus restrictions could leave many retailers out of stock this year

Councils get powers to close businesses that are not Covid-secure

The Government’s Coronavirus Winter Plan said a ‘small number’ of businesses are operating in an unsafe way.

Original Tier 3 restrictions not tough enough, Hancock admits

Tough COVID-19 restrictions imposed before England's second lockdown were not strong enough, the health secretary has told MPs.

Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn and Chris Columbus save Christmas

They may be one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples, but Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have never felt the pressure to use that unmatched chemistry for the big screen time and time again. Since 1987's “Overboard," they’ve received hundreds of opportunities to reunite in a film. Although none seemed quite right until another longtime, A-list pair landed at their feet: Santa and Mrs. Claus. The film is “The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two,” a sequel...

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Rough sleepers could be forced to stay out in the cold to avoid Covid, councils warn

Homeless people could be forced to stay out in the cold this winter to avoid catching Covid-19, according to a report for the Local Government Association. The LGA warned that many councils face a choice between leaving people sleeing rough or bringing them into communal accommodation that risks spreading the virus. It also highlighted a recent rise in the number of rough sleepers, with some local authorities reporting higher levels than before...

Killer David Lyness fails in legal bid to overturn conviction for cut-throat murder of his fiancee Anita Downey

A man jailed for the cut-throat murder of his fiancee has failed in a legal bid to overturn his conviction.

French minister says images of police breaking up refugee camp 'shocking'

France’s interior minister has ordered an inquiry into the actions of police in dismantling a protest refugee camp in central Paris during which they were filmed chasing people down streets and attacking journalists and others with truncheons and teargas. Gérald Darmanin , who earlier described the photos and videos as “shocking”, said he had received a report on the police operation and would ask the IGPN – the police’s internal disciplinary...

‘Does Magna Carta mean nothing?’ Why are businesses quoting 1215 charter to try to stay open during lockdown?

“Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you?” asked comedian Tony Hancock. in a famous BBC sketch. “Did she die in vain?” Not, it seems, if a West Yorkshire salon has anything to do with it. Quinn Blakey Hairdressing in the village of Oakenshaw near Bradford has become the latest in a growing line of businesses to be fined after refusing to close during the coronavirus lockdown on the grounds that the restrictions somehow run counter to the famed 1215...

Trump news – live: President vows ‘big lawsuit’ in bizarre retweet spree as Biden to name cabinet

Donald Trump claims he will soon present evidence of widespread ballot fraud and other wrongdoing in “great detail” in a “big lawsuit”. His tweet announcing the plan did not explain why he had not already presented that evidence in the many lawsuits his team has advanced in recent weeks. The president continued his disinformation campaign on Tuesday by promoting the demands of Randy Quaid, the actor, for a full re-run of the vote – despite his...

‘Jolly careful’ Christmas cards hit the shelves morning after Johnson’s speech

Festive greetings card inspired by the Prime Minister’s warning during Monday’s briefing for the public to be ‘jolly careful’ are already on sale.

The 10 swing state counties that tell the story of the 2020 election

Looking at the results of the 2020 election at the more granular level of counties and precincts, it can mostly be defined by one thing: stasis. But beneath that stasis the results of this election and the changes from previous elections say an enormous amount about where the country is and is going. The counties that swung the most mostly fall into two categories: Latino areas swinging strongly towards Trump, and white-majority suburban areas...

Overnight on-street partying in Holylands condemned - ‘Many of our loved ones are no longer with us. And this is how some people choose to behave?’

Images of young people partying on the streets of what appears to be the Holylands in Belfast this morning have been shared online.

German defense minister rejects Turkey complaint over search

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister on Tuesday rejected Turkey's complaints over the search of a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean Sea by a German frigate participating in a European mission, insisting that German sailors acted correctly. Sunday's incident prompted Turkey to summon diplomats representing the European Union, Germany and Italy and assert that the Libya-bound freighter Rosaline-A was subjected to an “illegal” search by...

US high school puts Covid-friendly, animated spin on Romeo And Juliet

Students from Westwood High School in Boston, Massachusetts, will premiere an animated version next month.

Best hair clippers 2020: Cut and trim your hair at home

Best hair clippers 2020: Cut and trim your hair at home

Matt Hancock wants to use NHS testing system to fight flu after Covid

The NHS should routinely test people for illnesses such as seasonal flu once the coronavirus pandemic has passed, Matt Hancock has said, adding that he wants to end the UK’s culture of “soldiering on” and going to work while ill, infecting others. Giving evidence to a Commons committee hearing, the health secretary said the mass testing capacity built up to deal with Covid could be repurposed to detect illnesses such as influenza, and thus limit...

Boeing 737 MAX declared 'safe to fly' in Europe after fatal crashes

The Boeing 737 MAX (BA) could return to the air in Europe within weeks, after a watchdog declared it was “safe to fly” following two fatal crashes. The plane was grounded by aviation regulators around the world in March 2019. It came after two crashes involving the plane within five months in Indonesia and Ethiopia which left 346 people dead. The European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced on Tuesday that it planned to approve the...

UK motorists more likely to speed during spring lockdown, data shows

Motorists on UK roads during the spring coronavirus lockdown were significantly more likely than usual to be breaking the speed limit, government data has shown. The proportion of drivers exceeding the national 60mph speed limit on single-carriageway roads almost doubled from 10% to 17% from April to June this year, while on urban roads about 63% of cars broke the 30mph limit when they could, up from 56% in 2019. The statistics from the...

Vaccine arms race: How the competition for a Covid jab is heating up

You wait a year for a Covid vaccine, then three come along at once. Well, hopefully. Until last month, pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, which is developing a vaccine with University of Oxford, was widely considered as the frontrunner in the global race for a coronavirus vaccine, but recent developments have raised the game. A fortnight ago, US drugmaker Pfizer and German partner BioNTech announced its vaccine, developed by husband and wife Dr...

Russia chases off U.S. warship in row over waters in Sea of Japan

Russia chases off U.S. warship in row over waters in Sea of Japan

Which areas will be in tier 3? The regions of England at risk of the toughest Covid restrictions in new system

The new tier system in England will begin on 2 December

Witnesses testify against Russian accused of Berlin killing

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Berlin heard Tuesday how witnesses alerted police after seeing a man dump a wig, clothes and a bicycle in a river last year, allowing officers to swiftly arrest the suspect in an alleged Russia-ordered political assassination. Testimony by the two men is central to the trial of the man German authorities have identified as Vadim Krasikov, a 55-year-old Russian citizen whose alleged killing of a Georgian man in broad...

Inmate who killed Britain's worst paedophile for 'poetic justice' jailed

A prisoner who murdered a fellow inmate dubbed “Britain’s worst paedophile” has been jailed for life for the killing, which he described as “poetic justice”. Paul Fitzgerald said he wanted Richard Huckle, who was convicted of offences against 191 children, to “feel what all those children had felt” in the assault at HMP Full Sutton in East Yorkshire. He choked Huckle with an electrical cable sheath and stabbed him in the brain with a pen in an...

What will be allowed in the new tier system?

Boris Johnson has set out new measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in England through the winter. Here is what will and will not be allowed under each tier.

Elton John, TikTok team up to educate about AIDS epidemic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Elton John AIDS Foundation and TikTok are teaming up to raise awareness about the disease through a campaign and live event for World AIDS Day. John’s foundation and the social networking service announced their collaboration Tuesday for a live show on Dec. 1. The event will air on John’s TikTok channel featuring the singer and husband-filmmaker David Furnish along with performances by Sam Smith, Sam Fender and Rina...

Texts: US census manager told counters to use fake answers

The texts from an Alabama census supervisor had an urgent tone. “THIS JUST IN ...," one of them began. It then laid out how census takers should fake data to mark households as having only one resident even if they had no idea how many people actually lived there. The goal of the texts from October, obtained by The Associated Press, was to check off as many households as possible on the list of homes census takers were supposed to visit because...

'He was a radical': John Belushi remembered by his wife and fellow comics

Can you disentangle the life of John Belushi from his tragic death? Has he left a comic legacy – or just a template for living fast and dying young? On the one hand, he spearheaded the pioneering comedy show Saturday Night Live, still running 45 years later, becoming its first breakout star with smash-hit movies Animal House and The Blues Brothers. The poster for the latter has been a fixture on teenagers’ bedroom walls ever since. But is that...