Kim Potter shot and killed Daunte Wright on Sunday during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb
Kim Potter shot and killed Daunte Wright on Sunday during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb
Indian Covid variant calls in question 17 May reopening in UK, say experts. Highly transmissible B.1.617.2 is now second most common variant and is spreading in north-west England
The Home Secretary said the UK must bolster its cyber resilience in response to growing cybercrime.
Leading Tories have backed Gordon Brown’s plan to save the UK, after the SNP told Boris Johnson that a new referendum would happen on Nicola Sturgeon’s timetable. William Hague, the former Conservative leader, said that Mr Brown’s proposal for a permanent forum to hand the UK nations and regions more influence “merits serious consideration”. Andy Street, the West Midlands mayor, also backed the idea. The former Labour Prime Minister this week launched a new campaign to persuade “middle Scotland” to stick with the UK and declared he is not afraid of a new referendum, following the SNP’s landslide election win. He believes "patriotic" Scots, who are neither nationalists or committed unionists, will decide the future of the country and can be persuaded to reject separation. The UK Government does not plan to allow a new referendum to take place, but Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, dodged questions over whether Tory ministers would seek to block a new vote organised by Holyrood in the Supreme Court. Mr Brown believes a new body should be set up which would see the Prime Minister, UK First Ministers and regional mayors collaborate on key priority areas for Britain. “The Prime Minister may be stalling but support for change is growing,” Mr Brown, who welcomed support from the two Conservatives, said. “That forum, if made permanent, could be a first step to a new constitutional settlement for the UK.” In the Commons on Tuesday, Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminster leader, said there was a clear mandate for a new referendum. He added: "It's the people of Scotland and our Parliament that will determine when that independence referendum will take place." He told Mr Johnson: "The Prime Minister needs to reflect on this reality. A fight with democracy is a fight he will never, not ever, win."
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Jordan Banks was playing at Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club in Blackpool, Lancashire, when the incident happened.
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London is in for a taste of summer next week when people in England will be enjoying their first British staycation of the year, some forecasters predict. Early predictions suggest temperatures will climb further, reaching a delightful 22 degrees in parts of the South East by Saturday, May 22. The sunshine will present a warm welcome to those planning to hit the road and take advantage of the grand reopening of hotels, hostels and B&Bs in England.
This is a story about a tabloid journalist called John Kay. It’s also about Sir Keir Starmer, and how he broke John Kay. Now, I’m aware that only the world’s smallest violin ever plays in sympathy for red top journalists (I was proud to be one for 20 odd years).
Tory leader ‘doesn’t understand’ the risk of breakaway, claims former Labour PM
Modelling by Imperial College's COVID-19 Response Team also found there could be a "small wave" of hospital admissions and about 9,000 additional deaths by June 2022 if steps three and four of the roadmap continue as planned. "Given the high vaccine uptake observed so far, most deaths are predicted to occur in vaccinated individuals, because of imperfect vaccine efficacy," the report said. Dr Anne Cori, from Imperial College, said the predicted small third wave may be "considerably larger" if variants of concern are imported into the UK.
Secret Service agents are prohibited from dating the people they are protecting
Drag Race star Art Simone has dispelled the rumour that RuPaul never actually stepped foot onto the Down Under set.
Sir Keir Starmer's closest parliamentary aide has resigned after she was accused of spreading false rumours about Angela Rayner's private life during a bitter briefing war over the weekend. Carolyn Harris, who has served as Sir Keir's parliamentary private secretary since he was made leader, is accused of spreading "nasty, personal stuff" about deputy leader Ms Rayner, according to party insiders. The departure of Ms Harris will be seen as a major blow to Sir Keir, whose authority has already been called into question over the handling of his frontbench reshuffle. She was considered his link to backbench MPs and was among his staunchest supporters, with the two having formed a close bond since entering Parliament together in 2019. The Labour leader's problems appeared to worsen on Tuesday night as a new poll suggested that his approval ratings had fallen significantly. A survey from YouGov gave him a net rating of -48, with just 17 per cent of voters saying he is doing well and 65 per cent saying he is doing badly. At around the same point in Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, he had a net rating of -40 per cent.
"The British government has left us out in the cold," says Terence Knott. He's the man behind EUBritizens, an action group of British people living in Europe whose lives have changed dramatically due to Brexit. They've lost their freedom of movement and their right to study, their professional qualifications no longer apply and some are even stuck at home unable to drive as their driving licenses are no longer valid. They're aiming long term to win back European citizenship, starting with a legal case to allow them the right to vote in Europe as they say they've been disenfranchised. Knott joined us for Perspective.
‘We also face the threat of new variants....they would have the potential for even greater suffering than we endured in January’
Data shows that although the average infection rate in the UK has fallen by 15% to 40.1 per 100,000 people for the two-week period ending 4 May, there have been sharp rises in some areas. There are 28 local authority areas in England, 4 in Northern Ireland and 2 in Scotland that have case rates twice the national average. Of the 10 places with the highest daily case rate only four areas - Derry City and Strabane, Kirklees, Barnsley, and Doncaster - recorded a fall in cases compared to the preceeding two weeks.
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“We are reaching the goal,” French Prime Minister Jean Castex laid out the rules Monday for the next steps toward the ending of France’s third nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, with the reopening of restaurant and café terraces, cultural venues and non-essential shops set for May 19. “I say it in the clearest way possible: We are finally in the process of emerging from this health crisis on a long-term basis,” Castex said in an interview with the Le Parisien newspaper on Monday. “This exit will take place in a gradual, careful and guided way. But the trend is clear, we are reaching the goal and that’s good news.”France is sticking to the schedule for easing its lockdown that President Emmanuel Macron announced on April 29. The government first lifted a 10km limit on movement from home on May 3. The second step in a planned return to normalcy will be the reopening of restaurant, bar and café terraces, cultural venues and non-essential shops, but with rules.France has averaged 17,000 new Covid-19 infections per day over the past week, still far above the 5,000 threshold that the government had set to end the second lockdown in December.The finance ministry has announced it will continue to aid companies in sectors hit hardest during the pandemic, but at a reduced level between June and August.• The nightly curfew will roll back from 7pm to 9pmFrance’s nationwide curfew, which the government has adjusted several times since October, will roll back from 7pm to 9 pm on May 19, and continue ending each morning at 6am. The new hours are the same as those in place last autumn, before France’s second lockdown began on October 29.France wants to further roll back the soon-to-be 9pm start to 11pm on June 9, and lift the curfew entirely on June 30.• Restaurant, bar and café terraces to reopen at 50 percent capacityThe reopening of restaurant, bar and café terraces, which Health Minister Olivier Véran confirmed Monday, will be at half of their total capacity from May 19.“There will be a limit of 50 percent capacity,” Castex said to Le Parisien. The prime minister also said that patrons must be seated, with no more than six at a table.“I imagine that there could be some misbehaviour, but I trust my fellow citizens to respect the rules,” Castex said. “There will be police checks.”Indoor service will resume at half-capacity on June 9, he said.• Capacity limits for cultural venues and spectator sports“Every third seat in a cinema or at a show may be filled, with a limit of 800 people per room,” Castex said. Museums may also reopen on May 19, with the rule that each visitor be accorded 8 square metres of space.Outdoor and indoor facilities for spectator sports may also reopen from next week, with limits of 800 people indoors and 1,000 outdoors.• Shops, covered markets and open-air markets may open with limitsFrance’s shops have been subject to different rules in recent months, depending on their size and location. They “will all reopen, including the large shopping centres” on May 19, Castex said, according to the same rule as museums: 8 square metres per customer.Covered markets will also need to provide 8 square metres of space for each shopper, while open-air markets must provide 4 square metres.Limits on the number of customers inside shops will be lifted on June 30, the PM said.(FRANCE 24 with AFP)