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An explosion and ensuing fire injured at least four people in a district with many publishers and bookshops in Iran's capital Tehran, state media reported on Saturday, the latest in a series of blasts and fires, some of which have hit sensitive sites. Fire department spokesman Jalal Maleki told the state news agency IRNA that the blast late on Friday caused the fire that engulfed the four storey building near Tehran University where paper and books were stored. Among other incidents in the past few weeks was a fire at the underground Natanz nuclear facility which caused significant damage, but Iranian officials said operations were not affected.
The UK has recorded its highest daily rise in coronavirus infections for two months, with government data showing a total of 1,441 new cases.New daily positive tests had fallen significantly from a peak of more than 6,000 through April and May to a low of 352 on 6 July.
Lovers of cruelty-free beauty and saving money, take note: Sephora Collection introduced its first-ever, all-clean makeup line. Joining the eco-friendly skin-care products that launched earlier this year will be lip glosses, eyeshadows, and more, and not one single product will cost more than $20. Of course, the makeup will abide by the Clean at Sephora seal standards and be suitable for sensitive skin, too. So, you can feel good about choosing these items whether you prefer an all-vegan makeup routine, or you're just trying out something new. Ahead, find the brand's first makeup products, and rest assured that it's easier than ever to be clean.
Greece could be added to Britain’s mandatory two-week quarantine list if the number of Covid-19 cases in the country continues to surge. Greece is experiencing its highest daily increase in infections since the start of the pandemic and on Friday the government ordered the quarantining of the country’s third-largest migrant camp, on the island of Chios, after a Yemeni asylum seeker and a staff member tested positive for the disease. If the country is added to the list, it would throw the travel plans of tens of thousands of British tourists into chaos, as it already has for Britons in France, Malta and the Netherlands, who must now go into quarantine for two weeks on their return to the UK. Greece, which was keen to open up tourism to revive its battered economy, reported 262 new infections on Wednesday, its highest daily tally since the start of the outbreak. On Thursday, another 204 cases were reported. That brings the total number of infections in Greece to 6,381 since late February, although the death toll remains very low – at just 216. Read more: Which countries could be next in line for quarantine?
European Union sources expect next week’s Brexit talks to be a round of “shadow boxing”, after the UK and Brussels made concessions in the previous set of negotiations. About 50 British officials are expected to travel to Belgium on Tuesday, despite the country being put on the UK’s coronavirus red list. “Both sides have moved closer together but we see this round as laying the foundations for future breakthroughs,” an EU source close to the negotiations said. “Imagine two fencers sizing each other out or two fighters shadow-boxing before the real engagement begins.” The negotiations come after a break following five solid weeks of intensified negotiations, which finally brought concessions from both sides. The UK signalled that it would accept the future relationship being governed by a single treaty. Previously it had insisted on a suite of separate agreements covering issues such as the trade deal and fishing rights. Brussels, in return, finally accepted the British red line that the European Court of Justice could have no role in future UK-EU relations. After both sides made significant concessions, hopes were raised that next week’s round could bring further breakthroughs. On Thursday, David Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator said the British assessment was that a deal could be done in September. The same day, Ireland's Taoiseach Micheál Martin said a “landing zone” for an eventual trade deal had emerged.
The United States lost a bid on Friday to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran as Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a summit of world leaders to avoid "confrontation" over a U.S. threat to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Tehran. In a U.N. Security Council vote, Russia and China opposed extending the weapons ban, which is due to expire in October under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
A High Court judge has cleared the way for a divorcee owed more than £450m by her Russian billionaire ex-husband to be awarded his superyacht and art collection, in the the latest round of a long-running legal dispute. Tatiana Akhmedova, who lives in London, was awarded a 41.5% share of businessman Farkhad Akhmedov's £1 billion-plus fortune by a British judge in late 2016. She has argued that Mr Akhmedov has yet to hand over the vast majority of the £453m Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, who analysed the case at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London, said she should get. Judges have heard that she has so far been given only about £5m and that Mr Akhmedov has not "voluntarily" paid a penny. The billionaire oil and gas tycoon believes the decision should not have been made by a British judge because his ex-wife is from eastern Europe, and the couple were not married in this country.
Coronavirus has shone a light on a “lawless state” within Britain, where people are held as slaves and criminal gangs steal from the taxpayer, says Sir Iain Duncan Smith. The former Conservative Party leader tells of the “enormous criminal sub-society thriving in the UK”, whose practices have been exposed during the pandemic. Writing in The Telegraph, Sir Iain says: “A significant and well-organised network of gangs brings people into this country by different methods, including illegal passports. But the gangs don’t just go away when the migrants land in the UK. Too many migrants are then forced into slavery in disgusting conditions.” He made the comments after a report was published by the Centre for Social Justice, the think tank, on slavery and exploitation of workers in Leicester. It follows reports of a clothing factory in Leicester that allegedly paid staff illegally low wages and flouted safety measures.
Keir Starmer already has a radical agenda, it just needs fleshing out. Readers respond to an article by Rafael Behr, which examined how the Labour leader’s approach is serving the opposition
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A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier conducted exercises in the contested South China Sea on Friday, the U.S. navy said in a statement. A strike group led by the USS Ronald Reagan conducted flight operations and high-end maritime stability operations and exercises, the statement said. "Integration with our joint partners is essential to ensuring joint force responsiveness and lethality, and maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific," U.S. Navy Commander Joshua Fagan, Task Force 70 air operations officer aboard USS Ronald Reagan, was quoted as saying.
The recent spikes of coronavirus cases in localised areas around the UK are unlikely to lead to more deaths, the latest NHS Test and Trace data suggests. New charts showing the age range of those testing positive for the virus in hotspot areas such as Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham, Leicester and Bradford, reveal that the vast majority of those impacted are under 65. In contrast, large numbers of older people were testing positive at the height of the pandemic. The age difference matters (see graphic below) because older people are far more likely to be hospitalised and to die from the virus.
A year-old dog accustomed to the desert climate of Surprise, Arizona, relished his first taste of rain on August 13, happily bounding around and chasing after raindrops.Footage of the dog, Freddy, shows him running around a yard and trying to catch droplets in his mouth. According to his owner, Freddy will turn one year old on August 19.The National Weather Service had forecasted storms brewing across Maricopa County on August 13, amid an unusually dry monsoon season. Credit: @GinaC4251979 via Storyful
Two acting secretaries appointed by Donald Trump to lead his Department of Homeland Security are not legally able to serve in their current roles, a government watchdog has discovered.The Government Accountability Office reported that Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and deputy Ken Cuccinelli have assumed their positions through an "invalid order of succession" under the Vacancies Reform Act.
Germany declared nearly all of Spain, including the tourist island of Mallorca, a coronavirus risk region following a spike in cases there. The Bild daily had reported earlier that Mallorca had been added to the list of high-risk regions published by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany's public health agency. The latest version of the RKI's list on its website said the whole of mainland Spain and the Balearic islands were risk regions.
US sees embarrassing UN defeat over Iran arms embargo proposal. Just one country joins US in vote, highlighting Washington’s isolation as it seeks more drastic action against Iran
Pubs and restaurants should not serve customers who refuse to comply with legislation mandating them to provide contact details, Nicola Sturgeon said as Scotland recorded 65 new coronavirus cases in a day. Providing contact details in hospitality venues to allow contact tracing in the event of a positive case became law on Friday, having previously been advised.
A portrait of Captain Sir Tom Moore, by artist Alex Chamberlin, is unveiled at the National Army Museum in Chelsea, west London, to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.
Like so many young people, during the pandemic I moved in with my parents. After not living with them for a long while, there were some things we all had to get used to. Of all the little quirks I was prepared for, I was not prepared for the fact that my parents would hate the way my shampoo smelled. I tried a couple of different brands, but they still had the same complaint, so I started looking for fragrance-free options. These 16 hair products are all fragrance-free. Many people find synthetic fragrances to be too abrasive for their skin and hair, plus some people (like my parents) just find overly fragranced products offensive to their senses. Whatever your preference may be, we found products you'll love. Keep on reading to shop our picks. Related: These Are the Hair-Care Products Practically Flying Off Sephora's Shelves This Summer