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

More than one in five secondary school students were absent from class last week amid the pandemic, figures show.


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...


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.


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...


People magazine labels Michael B Jordan as sexiest man alive

Michael B Jordan has been named People magazine’s sexiest man alive. The Black Panther actor, 33, was revealed as the winner during Jimmy Kimmel’s US chat show, entering the studio in a pandemic-appropriate yellow hazmat suit. His voice was disguised while he answered a series of questions from fans at home, saying he worked in film, was not an Avenger, he is not married and has also not been in a relationship with Taylor Swift. A viewer then...


Covid UK news - live: Christmas rules could be decided today as Cobra meeting convenes

UK residents could soon have a better picture of what the Christmas season will look like, with the UK Government and devolved administrations prepared to come together for a Cobra meeting to hash out a plan that will allow families to reunite ove the holidays. The Government’s meeting with leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will focus on a four-nation approach to relax coronavirus restrictions over the festive period. Meanwhile,...


‘No coincidence’ ejected migrants were among 39 later found dead, court told

Christopher Kennedy, 24, is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of being a member of a people-smuggling ring.


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...


Best electric shavers 2020: Top trimmers and razors for facial hair

Best electric shavers 2020: Top trimmers and razors for facial hair


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...


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...


The best Amazon Echo deals for Black Friday 2020

The best Amazon Echo deals for Black Friday 2020


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...


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. 


England star Grealish smelt of ‘intoxicating liquor’ after crash, court told

The footballer, who admitted careless driving, was also said to be ‘unsteady on his feet’ after the incident during the March lockdown.


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...


Drink-driver filmed swerving dangerously across M25 after downing eight beers

A drink-driver, who was caught on camera driving his white van “extremely erratically” across the M25, has narrowly escaped jail. James Mantel, 44, was three times over the limit as he drove down the motorway in the rain on the afternoon of October 24. He had downed at least eight cans of beer the night before on a fishing trip with friends, Guildford Magistrates Court heard. Shocking footage showed his white van careering through the motorway...


‘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 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


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.


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


Avril Haines: Joe Biden’s nominee for top intelligence post once held ‘erotica nights’ at bookstore

Avril Haines, Joe Biden’s pick to oversee the American intelligence apparatus, has sharply warned Donald Trump has “politicized” the US spy agencies by pushing them to present conclusions that align solely with his views. The former deputy director of central intelligence, the first woman to hold that position, also owned a Baltimore independent bookstore in the mid-1990s that hosted “erotica nights.” The first woman nominee to be director of...


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.


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...


Leaders of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan discuss peacekeepers' work in Nagorno-Karabakh

Leaders of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan discuss peacekeepers' work in Nagorno-Karabakh


Papal butler convicted in "Vatileaks" case dies

Papal butler convicted in "Vatileaks" case dies


Jailed Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul to stand trial

A prominent jailed Saudi women’s rights activist who recently launched a hunger strike is set to stand trial in the kingdom on Wednesday. Nobel prize-nominated Loujain al-Hathloul, who successfully campaigned to win Saudi women the right to drive, has allegedly been tortured in prison. The campaigner’s younger sister, Lina al-Hathloul, told The Independent the family have just been notified Loujain will be in court tomorrow. Lina, who has been...


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.


Main Danish news agency offline following hacking attack

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s biggest news agency that delivers text and photos to Danish media was knocked offline following a hacking attack Tuesday. "Ritzau has been the target of a hacker attack early this morning. It appears to be a professional attack,” the news agency’s CEO Lars Vesterloekke said. “We have now chosen to shut down all our servers because we were unsure how much damage the attack could cause.” Email and telephones...


'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...


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...


Harry Dunn’s parents lose High Court battle with Foreign Office over Anne Sacoolas’s 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 August 27 last year. Sacoolas, whose husband Jonathan Sacoolas worked as a technical assistant at the base, left the country a...


Andy Burnham Row Brought An End To Tier Negotiations, Suggests Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock has said Andy Burnham’s resistance to a Westminster imposed tier 3 lockdown in Greater Manchester influenced the governments decision not to negotiate with local leaders on future restrictions. England’s four-week national lockdown ends on December 2 and will be replaced by a three-tiered system similar to the one that was in place before. However the new system will involve tougher rules and local leaders will not be consulted....


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.


John Gilbert Getty dead: Heir to Getty family $5bn fortune dies aged 52

John Gilbert Getty, one of the heirs to the Getty family's estimated $5 billion fortune, has died aged 52, a family spokesperson said. Gilbert Getty, grandson of the billionaire oil tycoon J Paul Getty, was found unresponsive at a hotel room in San Antonio, Texas on Friday. The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear and an autopsy has not yet taken place. Foul play is not suspected. "With a heavy heart, Gordon Getty announces the death...


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.


Lockdown tier predictions - which areas are likely to be in Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3

Boris Johnson is expected to reveal on Thursday which tiers each part of England will fall into once the current coronavirus lockdown ends on 2 December. Under the government’s tier system, each area is split into medium risk (tier 1), high (tier 2) and very high (tier 3) and given a respective set of social distancing rules to follow. However, each set of restrictions is expected to be tougher this time - and there has been speculation about...


EU signs deal for 160 million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

The European Commission said on Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to buy up to 160 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from US-based Moderna (MRNA). Moderna was the second company to announce promising results from large-scale, phase 3 trials of their messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine candidate. The biotech company, based in Cambridge Massachusetts, announced on 16 November that its vaccine had shown a 94.5% efficacy rate at preventing...


Biden cabinet: Janet Yellen set to become first female treasury secretary

Crises and necessity have forced President-elect Joe Biden to turn to experienced Washington hands as he builds his administration. Enter Janet Yellen, who could soon become the first woman to hold the four most-powerful economic posts in the federal government if the Senate approves her to become treasury secretary. She was Federal Reserve chair under Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump. She also chaired the influential White House Council...


Pictures from space! Our image of the day

NASA astronaut Shannon Walker gets to work aboard the International Space Station after launching to the orbiting laboratory last Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020.


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...


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...


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


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.


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...


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.


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.


Why the blame culture within the NHS needs to change – as quickly as possible

The shocking revelations about the apparent cover-up behind why baby Jasmine Hughes died in 2011 at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) are a grim reminder that even the most prestigious healthcare institutions can get things wrong. What I find most depressing about this case though is not that mistakes might have been made in Jasmine’s care. All doctors and nurses are, after all, only human and mistakes sadly do happen. In this case, medical...


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...


‘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...