Buckingham Palace announced it is to investigate allegations of bullying made against Meghan by former royal staff.
The UK-wide figure has risen slightly to between 0.7 and 0.9.
Group leaders have paused the ratification process amid the latest row
The Duchess of Sussex won her case for privacy and copyright infringement against the paper.
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It is time to stop this nonsense – the best vaccine you can get is the one you’re offered on the day
Cameras have captured the moment a car crashed through a supermarket window and knocked over shoppers. It happened at an Aldi store in Chelmsford, Essex, just before 12:00 GMT on Wednesday.
The documents related to the botched investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by the former First Minister.
Boris Johnson has challenged the EU's decision to approve the blockade of 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccines destined for Australia, warning that the restrictions "endanger" global efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. On Friday, Downing Street questioned the European Commission over its acceptance of the Italian government's decision to use EU-wide export controls to prevent the shipment from going ahead. Asked about the controversy, Mr Johnson's spokesman pointed out that Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, had previously assured the Prime Minister that the controls would not be used in this way. Speaking at the Number 10 daily lobby briefing, the spokesman said: "We're not privy to the specific agreements between other countries and vaccine manufacturers. "However, the PM spoke to President von der Leyen earlier this year, and she confirmed that the focus of their mechanism was on transparency and not intended to restrict exports by companies where they are fulfilling contractual responsibilities. "We would expect the EU to continue to stand by its commitments. The global recovery from Covid relies on international collaboration. We are all dependent on global supply chains, and putting in place restrictions endangers global efforts to fight the virus."
The Duchess of Sussex is a woman who fell in love with a man. That’s it. Unfortunately for her, this man happened to be a British prince
Police seized a £170,000 Lamborghini from Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré after he was caught driving the car through north London without insurance, a court heard. Doucouré was “shocked” when shown the speed gun reading, Bromley magistrates heard, suggesting he may have been confused because the speedometer on his French car is in km. On July 2, he was then pulled over in his wife’s Lamborghini Urus in Dartmouth Park Hill when driving without insurance.
Tourists would be required to have had their second dose at the latest seven days before travel.
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Opponents of the Scottish nationalists are desperate to use these divisions to derail the SNP before they win a mandate for independence in the May election
From ex-Sussex squad members citing bullying allegations to the Hollywood dream team fighting the Duke and Duchess’ PR battle from LA, Katie Strick has a who’s-who of this week’s royal drama
France has threatened to block exports of AstraZeneca vaccines from the European Union, after Italy used EU rules to stop 250,000 doses of the Oxford University jab being sent to Australia. The threat was made as the European Commission, which approved the bloc’s first vaccine export ban, said the decision by Rome and Brussels was designed to “send a message” to AstraZeneca. “The message is very clearly [...] that we expect companies with which the European Union has signed advanced purchasing agreements to do their utmost to comply with the contracts,” the commission’s chief spokesman said. A “frustrated” and “disappointed” Australia demanded assurances from Brussels that future vaccine shipments will go ahead and asked the commission to review the decision. Trade minister Dan Tehan spoke to the EU’s Trade Commissioner this morning, who told him there will be no problems with shipments from companies that honour their contracts with the EU. The British-Swedish pharmaceutical company has been embroiled in a rumbling row over supply shortfalls with the EU since January. Brussels says it is in breach of contractual obligations, which AstraZeneca denies. AstraZeneca cut its supplies to the EU in the first quarter to 40 million doses from 90 million foreseen in the contract, and later said it would cut deliveries by another 50 percent in the second quarter. European leaders increasingly see the Oxford University jab as pivotal in their efforts to kickstart the EU’s vaccination programme, which lags far behind the UK, US and Israel. The EU initially trumpeted the merits of its common vaccine strategy, after signing deals with six labs for 2.5 billion shots, including 400 million AstraZeneca doses, from six labs for a total population of 450 million. The bloc has only given 33 million to date and only 11 million Europeans have been fully vaccinated. The EU has a target of vaccinating 70 per cent of the adult population by the end of summer. An increasing number of EU countries, including France and Germany have removed age restrictions on the AstraZeneca jab to speed up inoculations.
More than two dozen scientists have called for a new investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, amid concerns it was “all but impossible” for a World Health Organization-led team to operate free of political influence. In an open letter, published on Thursday, a group of 26 experts claimed the probe did not “constitute a thorough, credible and transparent investigation”. “We believe it essential that all hypotheses about the origins of the pandemic be thoroughly examined and full access to all necessary resources be provided without regard to political or other sensitivities,” the letter added. During a highly anticipated trip earlier this year, a WHO-convened team spent four weeks in Wuhan - where the first Covid-19 cases were detected in late 2019 - to investigate how the virus first emerged. The scientists suggested that while “all hypotheses remain open”, it is highly unlikely that the virus emerged as a leak from a laboratory. Instead, they said, Sars-Cov-2 most likely jumped from bats to humans via an as-yet-unknown intermediary host. While most experts expected inconclusive findings - establishing the origins of diseases usually takes years, if not decades - the lack of a “smoking gun” has only heightened geopolitical squabbles and already intense scrutiny around the probe.
Boris Johnson still has full confidence in his top civil servant after it was claimed he knew about Meghan Markle’s alleged bullying of royal staff, Downing Street said, insisting there is “no place” for bullying in Government. Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary, was reportedly aware of allegations that the Duchess of Sussex had bullied Buckingham Palace staff in his capacity as the Duke of Cambridge’s private secretary in 2018. Boris Johnson’s spokesman yesterday said he had “full confidence” in Mr Case in his new role as head of the Civil Service, but would not comment on the allegations about the Duchess or that the Cabinet Secretary knew about them. The spokesman repeatedly said the controversy was a “matter for the Palace”. Allegra Stratton, Mr Johnson’s press secretary, reminded reporters that the Prime Minister wrote to ministers last year to tell them there was no place for bullying in Government. Bullying allegations are something both men “take seriously”, she said, adding: “The pair of them wrote to all government ministers last year underlining that commitment and making clear that in government we expect a culture which is respectful, professional and focussed on ambitious change, but in which there is no place for bullying.”
Just 13 out of 315 local areas are currently recording a week-on-week rise in rates.
Institutions now allowed to collect overseas students from airports and isolate on-site instead