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...

Cornwall Air 999: Woman screams from dislocated ankle

In tonight's episode of Air 999 on Really, paramedics rush to the side of Karen, 47, from Cornwall, who dislocated her ankle after falling down the stairs.

This Morning's Phil Schofield teased as he ‘invents country’ with geographical blunder

Phillip Schofield made an unfortunate blunder on This Morning which viewers were determined not to let him get away with

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

Warsaw, Budapest mayors criticise vetoes of EU budget

Warsaw, Budapest mayors criticise vetoes of EU budget

Japan criticises U.N. finding that Nissan's Ghosn was detained unfairly

Japan criticises U.N. finding that Nissan's Ghosn was detained unfairly

Covid-19 map: Hull has highest rate in England

Hull has the highest coronavirus rate in England, with 1,477 new cases recorded in the seven days to November 19 – the equivalent of 568.6 cases per 100,000 people. This is down from 779.9 in the seven days to November 12. Swale in Kent has the second highest rate, up slightly from 531 to 565, with 848 new cases. Thanet is in third place, where the rate has risen a little from 485.5 to 508, with 721 new cases.

Harry Dunn’s parents lose High Court battle with Foreign Office

Harry Dunn’s parents have lost their High Court battle against the Foreign Office over whether their son’s alleged killer had diplomatic immunity.

Don’t play political games with city, PM | Cheer for football fans

Don’t play political games with city, PM Newspapers are always calling for transparency. There is an element of self-interest — we report the news and this requires some level of openness (or carelessness) from the Government. But transparency also plays an important role in the effectiveness of policy. Research shows that people who perceive government decision-making to be transparent are more likely to view it as fair and more willing to...

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.

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I’m a Celebrity: Ruthie Henshall reveals details of first date with Prince Edward

Ruthie Henshall opened up about going on a date with Prince Edward, on the latest episode of I’m a Celebrity (20 November). The stage actor told former EastEnders star Shane Richie that the royal is a “lovely bloke” who she “genuinely fell in love with” in the early Nineties. Explaining how she met Prince Edward, Henshall said: “He was a production assistant at Andrew Lloyd Webber's. Andrew called me himself and said he wanted me to play the...

Met police probed after black female student was punched during arrest

Eight Metropolitan Police officers are under investigation after an Independent Office for Police Conduct probe was launched into the arrest on May 9 in south east London.

Hancock on lessons to learn from COVID-19 pandemic

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tells the Health Committee there is 'we must learn about how we can best deal with a pandemic'.

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...

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.

Cyclone Nivar: Emergency ban on gatherings declared as storm bears down on Indian city

Emergency restrictions have been imposed on the movement of people and a public holiday has been declared in several coastal regions of India as the very severe cyclonic storm Nivar approaches the country. The cyclone is forecast to make landfall on Wednesday and is expected to bring powerful winds gusting up to 145kph and heavy rainfall to areas already battered by storms this year. “Cyclone Nivar to cross Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coasts between...

Alok Sharma to look at business support given to London firms

Business Secretary Alok Sharma is to examine the support being given to “short-changed” London to stop thousands of firms going bust, the Standard has been told. Nickie Aiken, Conservative MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, met the Cabinet minister yesterday to raise concerns that swathes of the capital are being short-changed through the Additional Restrictions Grant. It is allocated on a £20 per head of population basis. But many...

Russia says data on Sputnik Covid vaccine shows 95% efficacy

Russia has said that its coronavirus vaccine had more than 95% efficacy according to new preliminary data, giving it a success rate comparable to vaccines being developed by Pfizer and Moderna.

The show must go on: Students put a spin on 'Romeo & Juliet'

High school students defy pandemic, discover joys of voice acting while making animated film version of 'Romeo & Juliet' after original plans to stage a traditional performance this fall were scuttled by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis (Nov. 24)

Vaccines and tiers – all your questions answered

England will return to a regional tiered system of restrictions from December 2.

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...

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

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.

Keir Starmer accused of threatening free expression with ban on discussing Corbyn suspension as left-wingers stage NEC walk-out

Keir Starmer has been accused of threatening freedom expression with Tony Blair-style "control-freaky" amid growing anger in Labour ranks at a ban on discussing the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn. Left-wing members of the NEC, fresh from a victory in last week's elections, staged a virtual walk-out from a meeting on Tuesday morning, accusing the leadership of trying to "censor debate and ignore our processes". It comes after the newly-elected...

‘We don’t see this couple as Hindu-Muslim’: Indian court throws out case against interfaith marriage

In a blow to Hindu hardliners in the fiery debate over interfaith marriage in India, a state’s high court has struck down a previous order that religious conversion “just for the purpose of marriage” was unacceptable. The Allahabad High Court gave the ruling as part of its decision in a case filed against a Muslim man by the parents of his formerly Hindu wife, who had converted to Islam last year before marrying him. It’s the sort of case that...

DR Congo war crimes: Ex-militia leader Sheka gets life term

Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka was convicted of “murder, rape, sexual slavery and enlisting children under 15 years old”, a military court ruled on Monday at the end of a trial that lasted two years. This decision was hailed by the United Nations as a blow to the "impunity" enjoyed by armed groups in the country.

Tracey Crouch column: Return of fans is a lifeline but it should have come sooner

Getting spectators back in any numbers is a start and it’s worth celebrating it as a major stepping stone as we certainly weren’t able to do that a week ago. And I feel very optimistic, not just because fans are coming back but also with the wider vaccination and testing that's happening. I still believe we could have done this at the start of the season with football and I appreciate, as the numbers stand, this is not by any means a solution...

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

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.

Thailand’s record $1bn ketamine bust turns out to be a food additive

Thailand’s seizure of a whopping $1 billion of ketamine, which was billed as the country’s biggest-ever drug haul, turned out to be food additives and cleaning agents. The justice minister, who posed for the pictures two weeks ago with the claimed record raid of the drug at a warehouse, admitted on Tuesday the initial information is wrong and the authorities had not made a major breakthrough in the battle against drugs. "This was a...



Luxury Jeweller Creates $1.5 Million Covid-19 Facemask!

A luxury jeweller has created a $1.5 million covid-19 facemask. It features 250 grams of pure 18k gold, set with 3,608 natural black and white diamonds. The prestige PPE is described as “fully functional”. Yvel, the Israeli luxury jewellery brand, say that, with a total weight of about 210 carats, it is the most expensive mask in the world. Designed to be wearable, it features a slot to insert a disposable N-99 protection mask. Designed by Isaac Levy, founder & owner of Yvel, the mask was commissioned by an L.A-based businessman and art collector. The customer placed his order as an act to help support Yvel’s 150 employees in Israel and the U.S.

Spain to vaccinate workers and residents at nursing homes first

Spain to vaccinate workers and residents at nursing homes first

UK government running ‘Orwellian’ unit to circumvent transparency laws and block freedom of information requests

The British government is operating a secretive internal unit to block requests for information by the public under transparency laws, it has been revealed. The FOI Clearing House, an "Orwellian" operation within Michael Gove's Cabinet Office, shares personal information about journalists and researchers and has been accused of "blacklisting" people making freedom of information requests. An investigation by the OpenDemocracy website found the...

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...

Shops That Breach Covid Safety Rules Face Seven-Day Shutdown Orders, No.10 Reveals

Shops and other businesses will face swift closure and high fines if they breach “Covid-secure” safety guidelines after the national lockdown ends, Downing Street has revealed. Councils in tier 2 and tier 3 areas will be able to impose swift penalty notices of up to £4,000 as part of the crackdown to accompany the shift to regionalised tiers next week, Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said on Tuesday. The new powers, part of the PM’s “Covid winter...

Anger mounts over police use of excessive force to clear Paris migrant camp

French police on Tuesday faced accusations of a "scandalous" use of excessive force after they fired tear gas to disperse a camp pitched by homeless migrants in Paris. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin acknowledged that images showing the clearance late on Monday were "shocking" and asked the city's police chief to submit a report. The government is already facing a storm of criticism over a new security law that opponents say will erode the...

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...

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...

UN: Civilians are in ‘grave danger’ if Ethiopia tensions escalate

Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed has warned the military will launch an offensive on the Tigray region if its leaders do not surrender.

Harry Dunn: Why did the High Court rule the suspect had diplomatic immunity?

Judges ruled against the teenager’s parents on Tuesday.

Covid UK news – live: Social distancing ‘hopefully’ eased after Easter as deaths highest since May

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he hopes “damaging social distancing” measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus can be lifted after Easter. “After Easter, we think we will be getting back to normal,” Mr Hancock said on Tuesday morning. While the health secretary said some measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, such as frequent handwashing, will likely be with us for some time, he said some of the more “damaging social...

Barack Obama feared for his marriage during presidency

Former U.S. President Barack Obama's time in The White House put a hidden strain on his marriage to First Lady Michelle Obama.

This is the exact time national lockdown ends on 2 December - and what happens next

Biden's White House: 'Sipping unflavored almond milk' after guzzling vats of Tabasco for 4 years

President-elect Joe Biden will start introducing his Cabinet picks Tuesday, and the consensus in Washington was perhaps best described by Brendan Buck, a former top aide to Republican House Speakers Paul Ryan and John Boehner: These Biden nominations and appointments are so delightfully boring — Brendan Buck (@BrendanBuck) November 23, 2020 Most of the names Biden announced Monday — Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Jake Sullivan as national...

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

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

Rapper 21 Savage pays tribute to brother stabbed to death in London

Rapper 21 Savage has paid tribute to his younger brother after he was stabbed to death in London. Terrell Davis - a 27-year-old drill rapper known as TM1way - was killed in Brixton at the weekend. 21 Savage, whose real name is Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, wrote on social media: “Can’t believe somebody took you baby bro I know I took my anger out on you I wish I could take that s**t back.” Read more:Rapper 21 Savage released on bond 9 days after...

Apple's head of global security charged with bribery

Apple's head of global security has been indicted after allegedly offering law enforcement officials iPads as bribes in exchange for concealed firearms licenses. The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office on Monday said a grand jury has charged Apple Chief Security Officer Thomas Moyer with bribery. Santa Clara County Undersheriff Rick Sung and Captain James Jensen were also charged. Sung allegedly "held up the issuance of [concealed...

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...