Afghan pomegranate growers squeezed as prices drop

Pomegranate farmers in southern Afghanistan -- where growing the juicy fruit is an important alternative to opium poppy production -- say they are feeling the squeeze this year, with business blemished by chilly weather, pests and export woes.

  • Coronavirus near me: are UK Covid-19 cases rising or falling in your area
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    The Guardian

    Coronavirus near me: are UK Covid-19 cases rising or falling in your area

    Coronavirus near me: are UK Covid-19 cases rising or falling in your area. Latest updates: how has Covid-19 progressed where you live? Check the week-on-week changes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

  • Rudy Giuliani calls police on Sacha Baron Cohen after being pranked in fake coronavirus interview
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    Rudy Giuliani calls police on Sacha Baron Cohen after being pranked in fake coronavirus interview

    Sacha Baron Cohen has enacted another elaborate prank at the expense of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, just weeks after he reportedly infiltrated a far-right rally in Washington.Mr Giuliani went to Mark Hotel in Manhattan on Tuesday, for what he thought was a "serious" interview, he told the New York Post's Page Six.

  • The three places in England with zero new coronavirus cases
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    Yahoo News UK

    The three places in England with zero new coronavirus cases

    These three areas had no new infections in the week ending 5 July.

  • Donald Trump's Latest Tweet On Coronavirus Might Be His Dumbest Yet
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    HuffPost UK

    Donald Trump's Latest Tweet On Coronavirus Might Be His Dumbest Yet

    President said the reason US cases had passed the 3 million mark was that more testing was being done than in other countries.

  • Coronavirus: 1,700 new infections in England a day as decline levels off, new figures suggest
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    Coronavirus: 1,700 new infections in England a day as decline levels off, new figures suggest

    Coronavirus is still infecting 1,700 people every day, according to new estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).The figures show that between June 22 and July 5 an average of 14,000 people in private households in England had Covid-19 at any given time between.

  • Brexit talks round breaks up after just a day and a half as 'significant divergences' derail progress
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    Brexit talks round breaks up after just a day and a half as 'significant divergences' derail progress

    Brexit trade talks have broken up early for the week as the EU's chief negotiator warned that "significant divergences" remain between the two sides.Michel Barnier said talks would continue later this month but issued a formal communication to EU national governments urging them to prepare for disruption at the end of the year, as no-deal looms.

  • Millie Mackintosh says baby daughter is ‘worth every extra inch and stretch mark’ in post-pregnancy body confidence post
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    Evening Standard

    Millie Mackintosh says baby daughter is ‘worth every extra inch and stretch mark’ in post-pregnancy body confidence post

    Millie Mackintosh has revealed that giving birth to her first child has caused her to “look at [her] body in a totally new light.”The former Made In Chelsea star, 30, welcomed baby daughter Sienna, who she shares with husband Hugo Taylor, in May.

  • Meghan Markle's friendship group: A guide to who’s who in the Duchess of Sussex’s inner circle
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    Meghan Markle's friendship group: A guide to who’s who in the Duchess of Sussex’s inner circle

    Meghan Markle's friendship group gives a new definition to the term power squad. From her old college mates to A-list pals, Meghan's friendships span the worlds of Hollywood, sports and politics.As her star-studded New York baby shower in 2019 proved, the Duchess of Sussex's friendship group features Amal Clooney, Gayle King and her longtime tennis pro pal Serena Williams.

  • Man faints in front of Prince Charles
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    Man faints in front of Prince Charles

    An Asda employee fainted in front of The Prince of Wales during his visit to the distribution centre wit The Duchess of Cornwall to thank staff who have kept the country’s vital food supplies moving throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The man was ok and continued his conversation with Prince Charles after receiving medical attention.

  • Yep, This Is Actually How Often You Should Be Washing Your Hair
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    Yep, This Is Actually How Often You Should Be Washing Your Hair

    Most men do it every day. Selena Gomez does it twice a week. Kim Kardashian goes a full five days without it. (And we don't even want to know Sansa Stark's number.) How often you wash your hair, it seems, boils down to personal preference. Right? Not so fast. The answer to that question is murky, but can be summed up in four words: for the most part - but there are a few factors to keep in mind. (Fine, that's 14 words.) First, there's the issue of stripping your scalp of its natural oils when you overwash. "Then, you must consider your hair type, texture, scalp condition, damage, and the style you wear," said Kevin Mancuso, hairstylist and global creative director for Nexxus. Oh, and don't forget your environment. ("If you live in a polluted city, you're going to want to wash your hair more frequently than you probably do," he said) So, how often should you "do" it? We asked a handful of pros for their opinion on how frequently you should be washing your hair, so you can consider the search, well, done.

  • 'Creepy Trump': New attack ad focuses on president's statements about women and his own daughters
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    The Independent

    'Creepy Trump': New attack ad focuses on president's statements about women and his own daughters

    A new political attack advert against Donald Trump has hit out at the president’s past behaviour around women, including his own daughters.The two-minute clip uses comments made by Kellyanne Conway against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to highlight the president's own behaviour.

  • UK renters: tell us about the impact coronavirus has had on you
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    UK renters: tell us about the impact coronavirus has had on you

    UK renters: tell us about the impact coronavirus has had on youWe’d like to hear from renters in the UK about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted your housing situation

  • Care homes are totally to blame for all the coronavirus deaths. It’s their fault for following government advice
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    The Independent

    Care homes are totally to blame for all the coronavirus deaths. It’s their fault for following government advice

    Much of the world is puzzled as to why we have had so many people die in care homes in Britain. So it’s a relief to know the prime minister has worked it out: it’s because the care homes “didn’t follow the correct procedures”.They did it themselves, the idiots. They probably served up bowls of coronavirus instead of custard, and told residents if they had a tickly cough, they should relax in the bath while cuddling an electric fire.

  • Chinese man who allegedly stabbed to death two people at a coronavirus checkpoint is executed
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    Chinese man who allegedly stabbed to death two people at a coronavirus checkpoint is executed

    A Chinese man who allegedly stabbed to death two people at a coronavirus travel checkpoint was executed on Thursday, the Supreme People's Court said. Ma Jianguo was driving with friends to a village in rural Yunnan for a karaoke party when he came to a barricade blocking his path. One member of the group tried to remove the barrier, sparking a dispute with people manning it. Mr Ma, 24, then allegedly stabbed two checkpoint volunteers several times in the abdomen, killing them, the court said in a posting on its official social media account. At the time of the killings in February, tens of millions of Chinese people were under complete lockdown at home as the country grappled with a worsening coronavirus outbreak. "During a grade-one major public health emergency response in Yunnan province, Ma Jianguo refused to abide by epidemic prevention and control policies, as well as traffic-control measures," a ruling on the court's website said. Since the coronavirus epidemic erupted late last year in the central city of Wuhan, China has charged hundreds of people with offences related to the crisis. They include spreading "rumours" about the contagion, concealing an infection, and not complying with epidemic-prevention guidelines. Mr Ma's execution is believed to be the first carried out for an epidemic-related offence. In Beijing alone, 113 people have been charged with epidemic-related crimes since a fresh outbreak emerged in early June, officials said this week. Chinese authorities have used the vague "rumour-mongering" charge to silence whistle-blowers, including Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang, who alerted colleagues to the virus in late December but was reprimanded by local authorities along with seven others. Dr Li later died of the disease.

  • UK turns down EU coronavirus vaccine scheme
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    UK turns down EU coronavirus vaccine scheme

    The Government has turned down the opportunity to join a European Union coronavirus vaccine scheme after ministers expressed concern over “costly delays”, The Telegraph understands. Alok Sharma, the Business Secretary, is believed to have walked away from the plan after failing to secure “sufficient assurance” that the UK would receive the number of vaccines it needs on time. The European Commission is expected to be notified on Friday. The UK has been for weeks holding talks with Brussels over the EU scheme, which involves using the bloc’s collective bargaining power to strike deals with international drugs companies. With trials underway across the world, there is expected to be fierce global competition to secure supplies when a successful vaccine is found. The decision not to participate in the scheme is likely to provoke a backlash among opposition MPs, who believe that the Government is reluctant to take part in EU projects after Brexit. Boris Johnson has previously faced criticism in some quarters over the failure to join EU ventilator and PPE procurement schemes, which was initially blamed on a communications problem. However, Government sources on Thursday told The Telegraph that officials believe signing up to the scheme could delay the rollout of a successful vaccine in the UK by up to six months as negotiations on distribution took place. They added that countries that opted in would also be subject to a so-called “volume ceiling” or cap on the number of doses allocated to each member state. Although the EU says that “collective purchasing power” will enable participants to drive down costs, officials argue the benefits are “limited” as most pharmaceutical companies are offering the UK similar prices to other countries. Due to the UK no longer being an EU member state, it would also have no say in which companies are involved in negotiations, pricing or the timetable for delivering the vaccine, according to insiders. “The terms just weren’t right for us. The EU scheme wouldn’t allow the UK to do anything more than it currently is,” one source said. Another insisted that the decision would “not damage the efforts” being undertaken by the Government’s Vaccines Task Force, which is coordinating efforts to research and produce a safe vaccine. The UK has already secured a bilateral deal with Oxford University and the pharma giant AstraZeneca, as well as Imperial College London to accelerate trials of a vaccine. The Oxford partnership, which is if successful will mean the UK becoming the first recipient of the vaccine, began phase two of human trials in May. The Government has also invested up to £93 million in a new Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre, which is currently under construction in Oxford. When it opens next year, ministers say it will be able to produce enough vaccine doses for the entire UK population in as little six months.

  • Sturgeon drops 'biggest hint yet' of cross-border travel restrictions as Scottish lockdown eased
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    Sturgeon drops 'biggest hint yet' of cross-border travel restrictions as Scottish lockdown eased

    Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the most significant return of freedoms in Scotland since lockdown began, but warned that reopening society would also bring “real dangers” as she again raised the prospect of imposing cross-border travel restrictions with England. From Friday, people from three different households will be able to meet indoors for the first time since March, in groups of up to eight. And in a move that paves the way for large-scale family reunions this weekend, groups of up to 15 people, from five separate households, will be able to meet up outdoors as long as social distancing rules are followed. With the country entering the third of four stages of easing lockdown, Ms Sturgeon confirmed that pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to reopen indoor areas from Wednesday next week, when communal worship can also resume. Hairdressers, tourist attractions, shopping centres and hotels will also reopen next week, along with dentists. Rules regulating numbers able to attend funerals and weddings will also be eased. Beauty salons will be able to open on July 22. The two-metre distancing rule is being relaxed for businesses in some sectors, although wearing face coverings in shops become mandatory from Friday. Ms Sturgeon said that while the easing of a raft of restrictions were a cause for “cautious hope”, with cases of the virus continuing to decline, she said she wanted to be “crystal clear with the country that this is also a time of real danger”. The day after she confirmed that quarantine restrictions for travellers from Spain and Serbia would be maintained in Scotland, even though they will end in the rest of the UK, she said that she remained concerned about the potential for an influx of Covid-19 cases from other countries. Previously the First Minister has refused to rule out imposing quarantine restrictions on people travelling to Scotland from other parts of the UK but insisted she has “no plans” to do so. However, in a shift of emphasis, she warned that introducing new restrictions on people from outside Scotland, including with other parts of the UK, would be kept “under review”.

  • Texas resumes executions after five months following coronavirus shutdown
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    Texas resumes executions after five months following coronavirus shutdown

    Texas has resumed carrying out the death penalty after delaying executions for five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Billy Joe Wardlow, 45, was given the lethal injection on Wednesday evening.

  • Keir Starmer condemns 'appalling racist abuse' suffered by Labour MP Dawn Butler
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    Keir Starmer condemns 'appalling racist abuse' suffered by Labour MP Dawn Butler

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has condemned the "appalling racist abuse" suffered by an MP who has had bricks thrown through the windows of her constituency office.Dawn Butler made the decision to shut the office earlier this week after threats against her and staff "dramatically escalated".

  • Polestar 2: the electric car that could give Elon Musk sleepless nights
    Technology
    The Telegraph

    Polestar 2: the electric car that could give Elon Musk sleepless nights

    Let’s get the obvious point out of the way. Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO and former head designer at Volkswagen, bears an uncanny resemblance to Hollywood star Tom Cruise. Separated at birth seems a more accurate description as you watch the Polestar boss in a stylish off-white pea coat walk and talk his way round the new battery-electric Polestar 2 family car (he wore a yellow silk bomber jacket for the launch of the Polestar 1 performance model). Any moment now, you think, a gang of black-clad baddies will emerge from a helicopter gunship and Cruise/Ingenlath will vault over the bonnet and engage in a bit of martial arts. What did he say during his presentation? I don’t remember much of it, but there was a lot about the cool Swedish design of this stylish new car (in fact it was first designed as a Volvo concept car), but not so much about the Chinese money that’s backing the venture. This comes from Geely, which also owns Volvo, Lotus, Proton, taxi maker The London EV Company, commercial vehicle builder Yuan Cheng Automotive, Qianjiang Motorcycles, Joma, and tyro battery-SUV maker Lynk & Co.

  • UK has opted out of EU coronavirus vaccine programme, sources say
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    UK has opted out of EU coronavirus vaccine programme, sources say

    UK has opted out of EU coronavirus vaccine programme, sources sayEU to invest €2bn on vaccines now being tested but UK officials say scheme benefits are ‘limited’ * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage

  • Coronavirus: UK quarantine rules end for travellers from dozens of countries
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    Sky News

    Coronavirus: UK quarantine rules end for travellers from dozens of countries

    The rules covered people arriving by air, sea or train, and also included UK nationals. The full list is featured below and includes many popular European holiday destinations such as France, Croatia and Spain. The original list of countries to which quarantine rules no longer apply had included Serbia but the country has now been removed, the Foreign Office announce in a tweet just after midnight.

  • Keir Starmer visits an engineering firm in Essex
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    Keir Starmer visits an engineering firm in Essex

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer visits an engineering firm in Harlow, Essex, and says that the government's job retention bonus must target the areas that most need it. .