U.S. Supreme Court backs religious groups over New York virus curbs

U.S. Supreme Court backs religious groups over New York virus curbs

Azeris celebrate as troops enter second district returned by Armenia

Azerbaijani soldiers and military trucks rolled into the district of Kalbajar on Wednesday, reclaiming the second of three regions Armenia is handing back under a deal that ended weeks of fighting. Images released by Azerbaijan’s defence ministry showed troops deploying into the district overnight, some scanning for landmines on snow-covered roads. The district is among those being handed back by Armenia after it agreed to a peace deal ending...

6 Pakistan cricketers test positive for COVID-19 in NZ

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Six members of the Pakistan cricket squad in New Zealand have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been moved from managed isolation into quarantine. Two of the cases were described as “historical” and four were new. The Pakistan touring group, including 53 players and officials, was tested after arriving Tuesday. All six positive cases were being moved to the quarantine arm of their isolation facility. Cricket...

I'm An NHS Doctor. Boris Johnson's Christmas Plans Are Deadly

I’m an NHS doctor specialising in the care of older people. A year ago, before the arrival of this pandemic changed every aspect of our clinical care, it would not have been unusual to arrive on the hospital ward to hear that a patient had died over the weekend. Going into work last Monday, we were greeted by the ward clerk waiting with a pile of death certificates from the weekend. A pile. For our local population, the level of harm done by...

Boy, 13, fighting for life after being attacked ‘with pole’ near school in Streatham

A boy, 13, is fighting for his life in hospital after being attacked near a school in south London. Police were called to Leigham Court Road in Streatham to reports of a man attacking people with a pole just before 3.30pm on Wednesday. The young victim was found with a head wound at the scene, near Dunraven School, before being rushed to hospital. He remained in a life-threatening condition overnight. (1/2) Police were called to Leigham Court...

UK records 696 coronavirus-related deaths, highest daily total since start of May

A further 696 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, the highest daily figure reported since 5 May. The government said as of 9am on Wednesday there had been a further 18,213 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,557,007. Separate figures published by the UK's statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together...

Milky Way is being ‘twisted and deformed’ after a collision with another galaxy, scientists say

'Got to make cuts somewhere': Maltby gives Sunak benefit of the doubt

There are many sensible people in South Yorkshire who were certain Rother Valley would never elect a Conservative MP, certainly not while the miners’ strike remained in the collective consciousness. Rother Valley held on to its pits for longer than most, with its final colliery, in Maltby, closing down only in 2013. Yet in December, after 101 years of unbroken Labour representation, and seven years after its final haul of coal was brought to the...

Brexit rules ban Britons playing Prince William in new 2021 movie

A casting agent has blamed Brexit rules wover why she cannot pick a British child to play a young Prince William in a biopic about Lady Diana insisting the role must go to an EU youngster.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry lost second child to miscarriage

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry only told close members of the royal family about her miscarriage in July.

Cyclone Nivar tears down power lines, trees in India

Cyclone Nivar tears down power lines, trees in India

London hopes for return to Tier 2 restrictions after national lockdown ends

Londoners are hoping for a return to Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions when the national lockdown comes to an end. Health Secretary Matt Hancock will announce in Parliament on Thursday which tier each local authority in England will fall under. While an official announcement has yet to be made it is thought that the capital - along with most parts of country - will be placed in Tier 2. The change on December 3 is expected to mean that...

Jorge Valdano bursts into tears on air remembering Diego Maradona

Valdano broke down on Spanish television on Wednesday when asked to remember Diego Maradona.

Survey finds graduates are more likely to think life is unfair

The British Social Attitudes survey has found that university graduates are much more likely to think life in Britain is unfair.

Toronto police identify ‘person of interest’ in murders of billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman

Police have identified a person of interest in the high-profile murders of a Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire couple. Barry Sherman, who founded generic drug manufacturer Apotex Inc, and his wife, Honey, were found dead at their Toronto mansion on December 15, 2017. Police Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu confirmed a report by the Toronto Star that a person of interest had been identified but said they had not been arrested. The couple were among...

Sudanese former PM and opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi dies of Covid-19

Sudan’s former prime minister and top opposition figure Sadiq al-Mahdi died from a coronavirus infection on Thursday, his party said. The 84-year-old was the country’s last democratically elected prime minister before he was toppled in 1989 by now-ousted president Omar al-Bashir in an Islamist-backed military coup. The leader of the moderate Islamist National Umma Party was transferred to the United Arab Emirates for treatment three weeks ago...

Marcus Rashford to front new BBC documentary about child poverty across UK

Football star Marcus Rashford is fronting a new BBC documentary to raise awareness of child poverty across the UK as he urgently pleas with the public to help out

Which royals will be in the Queen’s bubble for Christmas?

The Queen's royal Christmas will be a very different affair this year. Traditionally, the royal family descend en masse to the Sandringham estate for a festive stay with the monarch. But, like the rest of the nation, the Queen and her relatives will have to carefully chose who to have in their Christmas bubble, and where to stay. Under a relaxation of the coronavirus rules, three households can mix from December 23 to 27, but the bubble must be...

NRA accuses its own executives of using funds to enrich themselves in new tax filing

The National Rifle Association, a non-profit gun advocacy group, accused its executives of improperly using the organization’s funds for personal enrichment, according to a tax return obtained byThe Washington Post. Six top officials, including chief executive Wayne LaPierre, used NRA funds for “excessive benefits,” according to the 2019 document, which also says the allegations are still under review. Earlier this year, the attorney general of...

Students may be compensated for lost teaching during UK lockdown

Students could be awarded financial compensation for lost teaching time during the Covid-19 lockdown after the higher education complaints watchdog told an institution to pay £1,000 to an international student. However, the National Union of Students (NUS) described the process for dealing with complaints about university disruption during the pandemic as “farcical” and “inadequate” as the Office of the Independent Adjudicator published details...

Owl rescued from New York Christmas tree returns to the wild

An owl that was rescued from the Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree has been released back into the wild. The tiny Saw-whet owl was named Rockefeller – Rocky for short – after it was found by a worker setting up the tree on November 16 at the Manhattan complex. The owl was apparently trapped in the 75ft Norway spruce when it was cut down 170 miles north, in New York on November 12.

South Korean chat room operator gets 40 years for blackmail

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The operator of an online chat room in South Korea was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison for blackmailing women, including minors, into filming sexually explicit video and selling them to others. The Seoul Central District Court convicted Cho Ju-bin, 24, of violating the laws on protecting minors and organizing a criminal ring, court spokesman Kim Yong Chan said. The court ruled Cho “used various methods to lure...

Illegal drugs hidden in NI consignment of PPE - Justice Minister Naomi Long vows to take fight to organised crime gangs

A recent shipment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) coming into Northern Ireland was used to conceal illegal drugs, it has been revealed.

A Thanksgiving sun treat: Big sunspot rotates into view

A group of sunspots has emerged on the Earth-facing side of the sun, just in time for Thanksgiving.

South Korea, China top diplomats vow to work on North Korea, COVID-19

South Korea, China top diplomats vow to work on North Korea, COVID-19

British people support Meghan Markle speaking about her miscarriage

The British people supported former Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle speaking about her miscarriage.

Country diary: a mast year for the mighty oak

The eastern entrance to Old Sulehay forest is roofed by great oaks, still canopied with autumnal foliage, in contrast to the bare ash, hazel and field maple. The ground underneath crunches with a layer of swollen acorns. There are more than I can ever recall seeing – a magnificent acorn bounty repeated in reports from across England. And the size of them! More like artillery shells than nuts. This is what we call a mast year. Mast is a...

Biden considering former Obama national security adviser Donilon for CIA - source

Biden considering former Obama national security adviser Donilon for CIA - source

Boris Johnson to make final Covid tiers decision after official calculation of spread

The decision on which area is placed in Tiers 1, 2, or 3 when England exits lockdown on December 2 will be revealed on Thursday and the PM has the final say

Campaigners call for UK and EU bans on plastic 'sample' sachets

Environmental campaigners have joined forces with politicians and business leaders in demanding urgent action to tackle the distribution of billions of plastic “personal care” sachets. In an open letter published online, a coalition called A Plastic Planet is calling for so-called “sample” sachets – which can contain products such as detergent, shower gel or perfume – to be included in wider UK and EU single-use bans. The personal and home care...

Massive Amazon Web Services outages hits companies across internet

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud-computing platform that’s the digital backbone to numerous different businesses, has suffered a major outage . The problems on Wednesday affected numerous firms including the streaming platform Roku, creative software manufacturer Adobe, and high-profile news outlets including the Wall Street Journal. Amazon-affiliated businesses were not spared either. Users of Ring, the Amazon-owned smart home security...

Coronavirus news – live: Christmas ‘may lead to third wave’ but life ‘could start to normalise by spring’

Experts are warning the planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions over Christmas could lead to a third wave of the pandemic, after the UK’s four nations agreed three households would be allowed to mix in a bubble for five days over the festive period. Professor Andrew Hayward, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), told BBC’s Newsnight “it will definitely lead to increased transmission”, adding: “It...

Hancock to reveal what tier different parts of England will be in

Millions of people are facing tough new COVID restrictions as the government brings in a tier system in England that for large parts of the country could be as strict as the national lockdown.

Biden and Harris to skip big Thanksgiving celebrations

Like millions of other Americans this year, the president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris will be scaling down their Thanksgiving celebrations amid a surge in Covid-19 cases nationwide. Mr Biden’s team said he would be spending the holiday in Delaware with his wife, Dr Jill Biden, and their daughter and son-in-law. Ms Harris is staying in Washington DC with her husband Doug Emhoff. The pair visited a community kitchen...

Cambodia opens mass trial of opposition activists

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court on Thursday began hearing the cases of nearly 130 opponents and government critics charged with treason for taking part in nonviolent political activities over the past three years, in what one of them described as a sham trial. Most of those being tried by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court are former members or supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party. As the sole opposition party in...

Asia Today: SKorea cases jump over 500 amid reimposed rules

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has recorded more than 500 new coronavirus cases for the first time in about eight months. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Thursday the 583 additional cases in the past 24 hours took the national tally to 32,318 including 515 deaths. South Korea has been experiencing a spike in new infections since it relaxed stringent social distancing rules last month. To deal with the latest...

The luxury life of Annabel Yao, heiress of the Huawei empire

Ski resorts in the crosshairs as Europe plans for a Covid-19 Christmas

Germany announced Wednesday that it will push for Europe to ban ski holidays in a bid to curb coronavirus infections, while cases of Covid-19 reached a new peak of more than 60 million globally. The prospect of Christmas behind closed doors rather than on the slopes stretched before Europeans as Americans faced their own gloom, recording the highest daily death toll from the virus in six months on the eve of a subdued Thanksgiving holiday. US...

Freed British-Australian academic says she leaves Iran feeling ‘bittersweet’

She was held in Evin prison where British-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has also been imprisoned.

Indonesian minister apologizes after arrest on bribe charge

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission formally named the country's fisheries minister as a suspect in taking bribes related to exports of lobster larvae, and alleged he used the money on a luxury shopping spree during a visit to the United States. Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo was arrested upon arrival at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport early Wednesday from a working visit to the...

New Delhi's poisonous air a perennial crisis of its own making

New Delhi's poisonous air a perennial crisis of its own making

Boris Johnson faces Tory backlash over cut to international aid

The move comes as Prime Minister and Chancellor try to sell the Spending Review to backbench Tories.

Man seeking new start after wife's cancer death wins £1m home

A man who lost his wife to cancer has won a £1m house after donating £10 in a charity lottery.

What the papers say – November 26

Images of Diego Maradona adorn the nation’s front pages following his death aged 60.

Support offered by unpaid carers in NI valued at £5 billion during pandemic

Hundreds of thousands of carers in Northern Ireland are saving the state £19 million every day of the Covid-19 pandemic, research has found.

Former Great Ormond Street Hospital porter accused of 84 sex offences against children

A former porter at Great Ormond Street Hospital has been charged with sex offences against children.

Australia refuses to confirm prisoner swap to get Kylie Moore-Gilbert out of Iran

Australia has refused to be drawn on whether it was involved in a prisoner swap deal to release academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert in exchange for three Iranians involved in a botched attempt to kill Israeli diplomats eight years ago. A British-Australian dual national, Moore-Gilbert was suddenly released from Tehran’s Evin prison on Wednesday after serving a little over two years of a 10-year sentence for espionage. Her conviction in a secret trial...

Three days of national mourning in Argentina for footballer Diego Maradona

Argentina's president has said there will be three days of national mourning following the death of the country's most famous footballer.

Biden seeks unity as Trump stokes fading embers of campaign

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — On a day of grace and grievance, President-elect Joe Biden summoned Americans to join in common purpose against the coronavirus pandemic and their political divisions while the man he will replace stoked the fading embers of his campaign to “turn the election over.” Biden, in a Thanksgiving-eve address to the nation, put the surging pandemic front and center, pledging to tap the “vast powers” of the federal government and...

Some people in Kalbajar have burned their homes rather than leave them for Azerbaijani forces to take over

Some people in Kalbajar have burned their homes rather than leave them for Azerbaijani forces to take over