Christchurch mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant wanted to kill as many people as he could and had planned to attack a third mosque, a court was told as his sentencing hearing began.
Blood pressure drugs may protect against Covid-19 effects Four million people could be tested daily by early next year Most English neighbourhoods 'haven't had a case for a month' PM appeals to parents to get children back to school Summer sale: Save 50% - Just £1 a week for 6 months Medication for high blood pressure lowers the risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from Covid-19 by one third, a study suggests. Researchers from the University of East Anglia studied 28,000 patients taking antihypertensives, a class of drugs used to treat high blood pressure. They found that the risk of severe Covid-19 illness and death fell by one third for people taking Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme inhibitors (ACEi) or Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARB) . Lead researcher Dr Vassilios Vassiliou, from the University of East Anglia's Norwich Medical School, said: “We found that there was a significantly lower risk of death and critical outcomes, so they might in fact have a protective role, particularly in patients with hypertension." Follow the latest updates below.
Companies have been accused of encouraging furlough fraud after data found two thirds of workers carried on with their jobs during the pandemic. According to a new report six million workers continued to work during April and May while their employers were claiming furlough money from the Government. The furlough scheme was announced by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, on March 20 in a £30billion scheme which saw the Government pay 80 percent of salaries for furloughed staff up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. The study, by Oxford, Cambridge and Zurich universities, conducted surveys of 9,000 people and found that the ban on working while furloughed was “routinely ignored”, with 63 percent of furloughed employees having broken the rules. It also found that furloughed staff worked an average of 15 hours a week and that a fifth of furloughed employees were instructed to carry on working by their employer. The highest percentage of those who continued to work were people with jobs in computing, while in the information and communication sectors, more than a third of furloughed employees worked from home, according to the Mail on Sunday.
Piers Morgan has called for the Queen to strip Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of their royal titles after she commented on the upcoming US election
England’s chief medical officer has backed Boris Johnson on the “moral duty” to reopen schools just weeks after warning of the risks involved.Professor Chris Whitty said the evidence clearly showed they would suffer more harm if they did not return as planned next week.
An asteroid heading towards the Earth has a fraction of a percentage chance of colliding with the planet, according to Nasa.The space agency said that the asteroid, called 2018VP1, has a 0.41 per cent chance of hitting the Earth - and could strike on November 2, the day before Donald Trump and Joe Biden face off in the US presidential elections.
The government’s decision not to provide physical proof of settled status has already left EU citizens in the UK facing difficulties proving their post-Brexit immigration status, as campaigners warn this is only the “tip of the iceberg”.The Independent has spoken to EU nationals who have been held up in airports and faced delays in moving house because they have been unable to provide physical proof of their residency in the UK – despite the government’s own assessment concluding there was “very strong evidence” that digital-only proof would cause “a lot of issues”.
I seldom find myself agreeing with Piers Morgan, but on this one he has probably right.The problem with Meghan Markle is that she wants to have her cake and eat it and hasn’t understood the role of the monarchy at all.
The Grand Tour star James May has admitted he is ‘constantly waiting to be fired’ as he says he has previously been sacked from every job he's had
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows issued a vociferous defence of Donald Trump on Sunday after an audio recording emerged of the president’s sister saying he was a rampant liar with no principles.She also alleged that he did not take his own SATs, tests widely used by universities in their admissions process.
The new coronavirus is circulating four times more among people under 40 in France than among over 65-year-olds, France's health minister said, though he warned that contamination was on the rise among the elderly and more vulnerable too."We're in a risky situation," Olivier Veran said in an interview with France's Journal Du Dimanche (JDD) published on Sunday, adding that the higher number of cases being detected was not solely down to more testing.Like President Emmanuel Macron, Veran ruled out the need for another total lockdown to combat the spread of the disease. But he said localised measures could be taken as cases grow in France and elsewhere."This is not a French exception, it's a European dynamic," Veran said.France reported a 3,602 hike in new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours on Saturday, a smaller rise than the previous day. Earlier in the week, however, the number of daily cases reached a post-lockdown high.The number of people being hospitalised and needing intensive care has gone up and down.Veran said the cross-contamination between groups of the population - younger people between the ages of 2 to 40 and their elders - was already taking place."New measures will be implemented shortly," Veran said, without elaborating.Parties and gatherings where social distancing rules were not being respected were now the main source of contagion, Veran added, as opposed to earlier in the summer when it had been in the workplace.In many cases, younger carriers of the virus were asymptomatic or suffered fewer complications, Veran said.Police in Paris are gearing up for possible soccer celebrations on Sunday night as Paris St Germain takes on Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, and officials said they would enforce mask wearing and distribute protective gear in sites like the Champs Elysee avenue.(REUTERS)
There's only one right in this fight against COVID so don't even try to question it! Change your attitude and get with the times."</p><p>Corr, who has recently been vocal about his dislike of face coverings, replied: "Shut up you fools and grow a brain between you."</p> <p>This prompted another display of wordplay from Jedward, asking him: "Why don't you just go and 'Runaway' and FYI your sisters never needed you please leave the band."</p><p>They added: "You're a waste of our time, we're getting bored.
So we are again. Another week, another outrage at something Meghan Markle has done.This time, the Duchess of Sussex’s great crime is encouraging people to vote. I’m being slightly facetious, I understand the vastly out of proportion reaction by people like Piers Morgan is because Markle is breaking the unspoken vow of political neutrality that the Queen and the royal family try to stick too.
Analysis from the black boxes of a downed Ukrainian passenger plane shows it was hit by two missiles 25 seconds apart and that passengers were still alive for some time after the impact of the first blast, Iran said on Sunday.The announcement by the head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization marks the first official report on the contents of the cockpit voice and data recordings, which were sent to France for reading in July.Tehran has said it accidentally shot down the Ukraine airliner in January at a time of extreme tensions with the United States. All 176 people aboard the plane were killed.The second missile hit the aircraft 25 seconds after the first, but only 19 seconds of that gap was captured on the recordings because of damage from the first missile, Touraj Dehghani-Zanganeh was cited as saying by state television."Nineteen seconds after the first missile hit the plane, the voices of pilots inside the cockpit indicated that the passengers were alive ... 25 seconds later the second missile hit the plane," he was reported as saying."Therefore, no analysis of the performance and effects of the second missile was obtained from the aircraft's black box.”The aircraft's flight crew - two pilots and an instructor also travelling in the cockpit - tried to keep control of the plane until the last moment, Zanganeh said.‘Disastrous mistake’Iran's Revolutionary Guards shot down the Ukraine International Airlines flight with a ground-to-air missile on Jan. 8, just after the plane took off from Tehran, in what Tehran later acknowledged as a “disastrous mistake” by forces on high alert during a confrontation with the United States.Iran has been in talks with Ukraine, Canada and other nations that had citizens aboard the downed plane, and who have demanded a thorough investigation into the incident.Iranian and Ukrainian officials have also held talks on the compensation to families of the victims. Another round of talks is set for October.Iran's investigation is being carried out under United Nations aviation rules calling for probes aimed solely at preventing future accidents, separately from any judicial process. But the probe has been swept up in regional and domestic tensions."The data analysis from the black boxes should not be politicised," Zanganeh said.Over 20 people have been sentenced to jail terms up to 20 years in Iran for participating in peaceful protests against the downing of the plane.Some Iranians took to Twitter on Sunday to show their anger, with at least one user tweeting "They were alive for 19 seconds ... a tragedy”.(REUTERS)
U.S. President Donald Trump's top homeland security official said on Sunday that his department does not have the authority to send law enforcement to polling sites during the November election despite Trump's suggestion that federal officers could be deployed to guard against election fraud. "That’s not what we do at the Department of Homeland Security," Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said on CNN'S "State of the Union." Trump has said repeatedly and without evidence that a shift to universal mail-in voting - something most states have not proposed doing - will lead to fraud in the Nov. 3 election.
The UK has been accused of “strengthening and legitimising” Belarus’s dictatorship after it emerged that British forces have been providing training to the country’s military.Alexander Lukashenko’s government, long regarded as Europe’s last classic dictatorship, has faced down pro-democracy protests in recent weeks triggered by the result of the country’s latest rigged election.
Twitter has flagged a tweet by Donald Trump as "misleading" after it raised unproven health concerns about mail-in voting and the coronavirus. In a tweet, Mr Trump suggested people could contract the novel virus from mail-in ballot boxes and that the system would also allow people to vote twice.In other heatlh news, the president held a press conference on Sunday to announce the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorisation for hospitals to use convalescent plasma on coronavirus patients to help them fight off the novel virus.
Joe Biden has responded to Donald Trump’s repeated questioning of his mental fitness and said he could “absolutely” serve two terms in the White House should he win in November.In an excerpt from his first joint interview with running mate Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee was asked by ABC’s David Muir about the president’s attacks on his mental agility. Mr Trump has called the former vice president “slipping” and “barely there.”
The government should consider "redress" for the victims of pregnancy test drug Primodos, Theresa May has told Sky News.