Luis Suarez insisted he will always remain a Barcelona fan in an emotional farewell press conference.
Barca announced on Wednesday that they had reached agreement with LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid for the 33-year-old striker.
A circuit-breaker lockdown lasting more than two weeks has been imposed on Wales.
A man in Blackpool has been punched in the face for taking his mask off to speak to his elderly mother while they were travelling on a tram. Police said the victim is in his 60s and his mother, who is in her 90s, is hard of hearing. As the pensioner removed his face covering to speak to her, the suspect came up behind him and demanded that he put his mask back on, police said.
Britain and the European Union agreed on Monday to intensify trade talks and work on legal texts, a breakthrough of sorts after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was walking away from negotiations that had been deadlocked for weeks. After a weekend of both sides trading blame for the lack of movement in talks and calling on the other to move first, chief negotiators David Frost and Michel Barnier were said to have agreed to a British demand to start working on legal texts. With just over two months before Britain ends a status quo transition arrangement with the EU, any chance of securing a deal to protect billions of dollars in trade was hanging in the balance after both sides called on the other to move first.
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Former Blue Peter presenter John Leslie has been cleared of sexually assaulting a woman in London more than a decade ago. The 55-year-old former television host had been accused of grabbing a woman's breasts before laughing at a Christmas party in 2008. But a jury at Southwark Crown Court took just 23 minutes to find him not guilty of the charge following a week long trial. After the verdict was delivered, Mr Leslie, who was on trial under his real name, John Stott, wept and nodded his thanks to the men and women of the jury. Judge Deborah Taylor said: "Mr Stott, you for the second time leave this court without a stain on your character and I hope it will be the last time you have to attend." Leslie's father Les Stott, who has attended court every day with his son for the past week, hugged him after he left the dock. The prosecution had claimed that Mr Leslie had grabbed the woman in a "quite deliberate sexual assault" during a Christmas party in London's West End in December 2008. But the court heard that the alleged victim did not report the incident at the time because she did not think it would be taken seriously. She eventually went to the police three years ago in the wake of the Me Too movement. Outlining the case during the trial, the prosecutor said: "The prosecution say this was no accidental touching, but a quite deliberate sexual assault. "The defendant laughed again and then walked off as if what he had done was completely acceptable and was not something anyone was going to challenge him on." Mr Leslie, who appeared on Blue Peter between 1989 and 1994 before going on to present Wheel of Fortune and This Morning, denied the assault, insisting that if there had been any physical contact it must have been accidental.
The bill would give the British government the right to override parts of the Withdrawal Agreement, the binding divorce treaty that it has signed with the European Union. British senior minister Michael Gove will hold talks on the issues covered by the new law in a joint committee meeting on Monday with the EU's Maros Sefcovic, Bloomberg said.
These incredible photos show some of the spectacular scenes captured by photographers as part of the annual Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.Photographers from across the country submitted images from wildlife to stormy waves, as well as cityscapes and ‘winter wonderland’ style scenes.Hundreds of the entries have now been published as part of a new coffee-table book to showcase the 13th year of the competition.Read more: UK library could reclaim £42,500 Harry Potter book sold at auction in USThe overall winner of the 2020 competition, whose photo stands in pride of place on the first page of the book, was Chris Frost, whose early-morning shot of Woolland Woods in Dorset shows a blanket of mist rolling over a bank of white wild garlic.Frost said: “This was taken on my third visit to the area in the same matter of days. On the previous days, both devoid of morning mists, the light had been harsh and unappealing.“But the third day delivered stunning conditions with mist swirling through the trees.”The book Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 13, published by AA Publishing, is out now, priced £26.
Male teachers now make up just a third of the workforce in secondary schools after a steep decline in the numbers of white men choosing the profession, new figures have revealed. The proportion of men teaching 11 to 16-year-olds has fallen year-on-year over the last decade, hitting its lowest level last year when numbers dropped to 35.5pc, according to an analysis by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) think tank. Experts say the decline could be the result of a perception more commonly held by men that teaching is a lower status job, while other career paths offer more earning potential. The study also found that despite the workforce becoming more female-dominated, the proportion of black and minority ethnic (BME) male teachers has risen to 17pc - which, for the first time, is broadly representative of the wider population. Since 2010, the number of BME male teachers has increased in both primary schools - by 114pc - and secondary schools - by 34pc. Meanwhile, the number of white men in secondary schools has fallen by more than 12,800 since 2010 - a fall of 17pc, the analysis has found. “This is an important consideration in areas where there is a prevalence of underperforming white working-class boys,” the report said. Both trends may have implications for pupil outcomes, the report said, as there is evidence that pupils have higher learning outcomes when they have "a teacher like me" in the classroom. Joshua Fullard, author and senior researcher at the EPI, said: "Evidence suggests that when a teacher matches the background of their pupils, this can help to improve pupil outcomes. "It's therefore encouraging that despite the overall decline in males, we have seen a rise in the proportion of BME male teachers, which now corresponds with the population as a whole." The proportion of men teaching in secondary schools has fallen year-on-year since 2010, hitting its lowest level last year when 35.5pc of teachers were male, the analysis shows. But figures in primary schools have stagnated over the last five years to 14.1pc. The decline of male teachers has occurred in every region in England, except for inner London. Men are least likely to go into teaching in the North East, where across all schools, just one in four (24.4pc) teachers are male, according to the report. It suggests that the decline of men in the profession is likely to be caused by the public sector pay freeze over the last decade. The think tank says the Government is likely to need to recruit more men in shortage subjects, like maths and physics, to meet recruitment targets, and it should continue to offer top-up payments to help recruit and retain maths and physics teachers in the most disadvantaged areas. Dr Stephen Curran, a teacher and former government adviser, said there is still an attitude amongst some men that they can earn more money outside of teaching. He said: “We still have a gender imbalance in this country. There’s been quite a lot of work to correct it, but the perception still is among men that they can earn a higher salary outside of teaching than in it…Men that I’ve talked to say ‘I can earn far more as an accountant in the City’. That kind of attitude amongst professional educated men persists.” Professor Lee Elliot Major, professor of social mobility at Exeter University, said the declining popularity of teaching could be because it is seen as a low status job among men. He said: “Sadly, the teaching profession suffers from low pay, low social status and stereotypes that it’s female work – all of which drive the underrepresentation of males. “We need to give greater value and respect to one of the most important jobs in society so we attract good people irrespective of their gender.” A Department for Education (DfE) spokeswoman said: "We are working to increase the diversity of the teaching workforce, and have improved pathways into the profession with the aim of a diverse workforce that supports the progression and retention of all teachers, regardless of gender."
‘If it is clear what the outcome is, it is up to Republicans, not Democrats, to say, ‘This is on us. He has to go’
Nicola Sturgeon is facing demands to urgently uncover the number of Scots flouting orders to self-isolate, after it emerged that official estimates provided by her top advisers are based on “ropey” data. A long-awaited evidence paper published this month cited evidence that just 23.1 per cent of those who developed symptoms in Scotland had stayed at home completely, despite the First Minister’s repeated warnings of the danger breaking self-isolation poses to others. However, it has emerged that the figure is based on a sample of just 121 people, with surveys carried out as long ago as early March, raising doubts about its reliability. Ms Sturgeon’s opponents said the lack of solid evidence raised concerns about the Scottish Government’s strategy for suppressing the virus, which relies on people with symptoms or a positive test voluntarily following orders to remain at home for 14 days.
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Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi on Sunday as part of a campaign to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan, who they accuse of being installed by the military in a rigged election two years ago. The mass demonstration in Karachi was the second in three days launched by Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), formed last month by nine major opposition parties to begin a nationwide agitation against the government. Under Khan, Pakistan has experienced mounting censorship of the media and a crackdown on dissent, critics and opposition.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will offer Manchester's leaders up to £100 million on Monday to accept Tier-3 coronavirus restrictions or risk having them imposed against their will. Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, described talks with Downing Street on Sunday as “constructive”, increasing speculation he might be ready to do a deal. The Prime Minister wants to avoid imposing Tier-3 status on Manchester without local consent, and Government sources said talks with its leaders could take “days”. Ministers believe if the situation in Manchester continues to worsen, Mr Burnham will come under increasing pressure locally to accept tighter measures for the sake of public health. Mr Johnson has said he will intervene to impose Tier-3 status if there is no agreement.
'It is serious and intense': white supremacist domestic terror threat looms large in US. From the frequency of attacks to the scope of ambition, racist terror groups – encouraged by the president, are showing unparalleled activity in the modern era
Thousands of people have protested across France after Friday's terrorist killing of a school teacher. Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine by a 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police.