An Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially making an opening for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle.
Coronavirus deaths have hit a five-month high, topping 350 for the first time since May.
CCTV footage of the moment a driver parked his lorry and trailer and discovered the bodies of 39 illegal Vietnamese migrants inside has been played in court. Four men are on trial at the Old Bailey in connection with the deaths of the men, women and children, aged 15 to 44, who were found after the airtight trailer was transported by ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium to Purfleet in Essex. In the video from 23 October last year, lorry driver Maurice Robinson is seen walking to the back and opening the right hand door a little before vapour is seen rising from it in Eastern Avenue, Grays, at 1.13am.
Downing Street is privately working on the assumption that the second wave of coronavirus will be more deadly than the first, with the death toll remaining high throughout the winter. An internal analysis of the projected course of the second wave is understood to show deaths peaking at a lower level than in the spring but remaining at that level for weeks or even months. It is understood that the projection – provided by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) – has led to intense lobbying from Sir Patrick Vallance and other Government advisers for Boris Johnson to take more drastic action. "It's going to be worse this time, more deaths," said one well-placed source. "That is the projection that has been put in front of the Prime Minister, and he is now being put under a lot of pressure to lock down again."
US is seeing record daily increases in Covid-19 infections, and a world-leading case total above 8.8m
Timothy Brehmer, 41, killed mother-of-two Claire Parry after she sent a text message from his phone to his wife saying: ‘I am cheating on you.’
Thousands were in attendance at campaign rally held by President Donald Trump at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, on October 27, local media reported.This footage was shared by White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Twitter.Thousands were left in the cold after the event, according to Fox News reporter Jeff Paul. “I’m told the shuttles aren’t operating and there aren’t enough busses,” tweeted Paul. “Police didn’t seem to know what to do.” Credit: Kayleigh McEnany via Storyful
Dina Asher Smith has revealed she turned down “every single” request to talk in public about racism and the Black Lives Matter protests as she did not want to “argue about whether something I see and face every day exists or not.”The 200 metre world champion said she was inundated with TV requests to discuss race following this summer’s protests, sparked by the deaths of 46-year-old George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, 26, in the US.
Calls for UK national lockdown grow as coronavirus death toll passes 60,000. Total of 61,469 comes as country hits 200-deaths-a-day average weeks earlier than forecast
'Sleeping giant' Arctic methane deposits starting to release, scientists find. Exclusive: expedition discovers new source of greenhouse gas off East Siberian coast has been triggered
Donald Trump said his son Barron only had “coronavirus for 15 minutes” before it was gone in his latest bold speech.The President made the bizarre claim at a rally in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania yesterday
Police officers from Scotland Yard have attended a "secret" meeting in Lisbon with their Portuguese and German counterparts to work out where Madeleine McCann could be buried, reports claim. The forces met to pore over the details of suspect Christian Brückner's life in the Algarve at around the time when Madeleine went missing, with reports suggesting German police may travel to Praia da Luz for "one last roll of the dice" in their investigation. According to the Portuguese daily Correio da Manha, the meeting took place "recently" at the Lisbon HQ of the Policia Judiciaria. "Wells and ditches have been looked at with a fine-tooth comb, but no signs of the remains of the missing girl have been found," the Portuguese officers are said to have told British police. The abandoned wells are a 15-minute drive from Brückner's rented cottage on the outskirts of Praia de Luz, on a narrow road leading down to a beach where the he used to park his VW camper van.
While I love trying out new cleansers from milky oils to micellar waters, scrubs and peels get much less play in my beauty routine. My skin is rather sensitive, and rough particles can quickly turn my face red and leave it looking even more dry than normal. Then, while I'm a big fan of AHAs and BHAs in small doses in serums and creams, I find peels often have stronger acid concentrations that can create extra irritation. Now that's not to say I never try - and love - an exfoliator (since I need to get rid of those flaky dead skin cells somehow), I just tend to play things safe in that category with proven products most of the time. However, when I heard Alpyn Beauty was coming out with a peel, I was actually excited to try it because my skin had responded so well to the other products in this clean beauty line. I love that the brand sources its active ingredients right from Jackson Hole, WY, and, since those ingredients thrive in harsh climates, I expect they'd also help my skin thrive once temperatures drop in my hometown. But what I didn't expect was that I'd love this peel so much that I would actually use it every single day with not even one hint of redness or irritation after I rinse it off. Ahead, learn what makes this product unique (hint: it's more than just a peel) and why I'd definitely recommend it for anyone else out there who has sensitive skin. Related: This Alpyn Beauty Eye Balm Is the Only Eye Cream I'm Wearing Under Makeup From Now On
A father-of-two accused the police officer who killed his wife of being the “worst kind of thief”, who had robbed him of the chance to save his marriage. On Tuesday, Andrew Parry launched the scathing attack on Timothy Brehmer, after the Dorset police constable was acquitted of murdering nurse Claire Parry, his long-term lover, when she revealed their affair to Brehmer's wife. Brehmer, 41, used enough force to fracture Mrs Parry’s neck in three places, when he “angrily” throttled her in his car moments after she texted his detective wife with the message “I'm cheating on you” from his phone. After a 12-day trial, jurors took just two hours and 50 minutes on Tuesday to clear Brehmer of murder, as he remained emotionless in the dock. He admitted manslaughter and faces sentencing on Wednesday.
A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a U.S. government request to drop Donald Trump as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit by a writer who said the president falsely denied raping her in a Manhattan department store a quarter century ago. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan refused to let the government substitute itself for Trump as a defendant in former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll's lawsuit. A ruling for the government would have shielded Trump from liability and likely doomed Carroll's defamation claim.
The first generation of COVID-19 vaccines "is likely to be imperfect" and "might not work for everyone", the chair of the UK Vaccine Taskforce has said. Writing in The Lancet, Kate Bingham said no vaccine in the history of medicine "has been as eagerly anticipated" and that "vaccination is widely regarded as the only true exit strategy from the pandemic that is currently spreading globally". "We do not know that we will ever have a vaccine at all," she wrote.
At first glance, results from REACT-2, the huge Imperial College London study tracking immune response to Covid-19, make for grim reading. In many people, antibodies – those marvellous Y-shaped proteins in the body that lock on and do battle with nasty viruses – seem to decline rapidly. In a quarter of people, in just a few weeks, they seem to disappear entirely. But while these findings, at this scale, are extremely important, they are not all doom and gloom. Because: The test has limitations The study used a rapid home blood test to detect antibodies which is extremely useful but is less sensitive than lab tests. These rapid tests only detect high levels of antibodies, so it is certainly possible that some of those whose antibodies appear to have “disappeared” may actually still have very low levels in the blood. And that is critical, because: We still don’t know what concentration of antibodies confers immunity It may be that low levels suffice, or that previous exposure allows the body to speedily ramp up antibody production in case of a new threat from the virus. Immune “memory” remains important. Therefore, someone “testing negative” for antibodies may still be protected from reinfection. Healthcare workers in the study seemed to show no decline in antibody levels, which may be because they are constantly exposed to the virus, and so “top up” levels when necessary. It is also important to remember that naturally high antibody levels (as opposed to those induced by a vaccine) are not always a good thing. They may represent consistent exposure to disease, or the fact that a patient is not healing. Which is another way of saying… We have long known antibody levels can decline quickly The fact that antibodies levels can tail off within weeks of infection has long been known. And that’s a good sign, a sign that you are getting better. People with high antibody levels tend to have had severe Covid-19; you may never have had very high levels in the first place if you had a mild bout. We know, for example, that ethnic minorities have suffered disproportionately from the disease, and the Imperial study shows that non-white patients retained high levels of antibodies. Those who had been asymptomatic showed a bigger decline than those who had been through the mill. The real news is about the old. If we knew that antibodies tended to decline, we only suspected that they did so at different rates depending on age. Now we have evidence for that strong suspicion. The truth is that, as yet, no one knows for sure the precise relationship between antibody concentration and immunity. It is striking, that 10 months into the pandemic, despite 43 million confirmed and many more unconfirmed cases, validated examples of reinfection remain vanishingly rare. By September, six had been recorded. Even if antibodies decline after a few weeks, such figures would suggest they confer some protection for longer than that. How much longer? It’s complicated. Seven coronaviruses affect humans. Two – SARS and MERS – were responsible for pandemics of their own. One survivor of the 2003 SARS pandemic had antibodies in his blood that in 2020, 17 years later, killed the new coronavirus that causes Covid-19. It’s also true, however, that with the four other coronaviruses that just cause us colds, antibodies generated by natural infection can be short-lived and we can suffer again as soon as six months later. Does this mean we’re doomed? Not necessarily. Antibodies are not our only immune response. There is still great debate among researchers about the immune role played by T-cells, white blood cells that target invaders, in tackling this new coronavirus. It is likely that both antibodies and T-cells are important, and that any vaccine should attempt to induce a durable response involving both. In trials, for example, the world-leading Oxford vaccine being developed stimulates T-cell and antibody response. Of course, the fact we repeatedly suffer from those four other coronaviruses suggests that natural T-cell response is unlikely to confer long-lasting immunity. So is a vaccine pointless? Absolutely not. Vaccines prompt our bodies to work in ways they wouldn’t do normally – that’s the point. They are designed to stimulate production of a high concentration of defenders over a long time. The immune stimulators used to achieve this differ by vaccine and by disease, which is why some immunisations require one shot, and others several, with boosters following the initial injection. A potential Covid vaccine may require repeat injections. What about herd immunity? As lead researcher, Prof Helen Ward, noted, declining antibody levels suggest “we are a long, long way from anything resembling a population level protection against transmission”. The very prospect of declining natural immunity is devastating to those who want to “let the virus rip”. What if we did, thousands died, and yet a few months later there was no benefit, in terms of immunity? Where does this leave us? This study is a reminder of what has been true about coping pre-vaccine from the beginning: to control transmission without draconian lockdowns, tests must be combined with effective contact tracing. As for the prospects for an effective vaccine, they remain positive. We cannot be sure about durability, but even if it does not confer eternal immunity, a vaccine could still provide long enough immunity essentially to eliminate transmission, with breakout infections being rare, and, hopefully, as is often the case, less severe. A German study on one vaccine candidate showed the antibodies it induced lasted longer than those in patients recovering naturally, though a booster is essential. Just because vaccines are not perfect does not make them useless: smallpox vaccine, for example, protects completely for decades, but protects from severe illness for life. And in pre-vaccine America, hundreds of thousands got mumps, which can lead to severe complications, each year. Last year, 70 cases were reported.
Nicola Sturgeon has been warned she risks confusing Scotland after unveiling complicated details of her new lockdown blueprint that will see pubs and restaurants in the Central Belt reopen next week but not serve alcohol. The First Minister said licensed premises in level 3 of her five-tier system - likely to cover much of central Scotland - can reopen from Monday but are barred from serving alcoholic beverages and must shut by 6pm. Pubs and restaurants in level 2 areas, covering much of the rest of the country, will be permitted to serve alcohol indoors with a meal until 8pm. Ms Sturgeon also told MSPs that Scotland's islands, the Highlands and Moray may be placed in level 1 thanks to their lower coronavirus levels, allowing their pubs to open until 10.30pm and serve drinks without meals. But she said that a ban on meeting other households indoors would remain in place at level 1 for the time being "as an extra precaution" despite a table she published last week stating it would be lifted. The First Minister also confirmed that she was considering putting North and South Lanarkshire into the fourth and highest tier, a near full lockdown affecting nearly 700,000 people. Ms Sturgeon said she will confirm on Thursday what level each of Scotland's 32 local authority areas will be placed in initially. MSPs voted to note her five-tier framework. A new postcode checker is to be launched allowing people to find out what restrictions are in place in their area at any given time.
Debunked body double rumour has followed Ms Trump since 2017
For Donald Trump, his golf courses are jewels in his self-branded business empire, from the swaying palm trees of Trump National Doral in south Florida to the panoramic sea views of Trump Turnberry on the windswept west coast of Scotland. When running for U.S. president in 2016, Trump pointed not only to the prestige of his golf course portfolio, but also to the strategy the resorts represented. Facing skepticism at the time about his track record as a businessman, Trump told Reuters that those who focused on the operating losses at his courses were missing the point.
Both candidates will go on a frantic campaigning blitz on Tuesday
The Italian town of Trieste rallies against measures announced earlier by Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte to address a new spike in Covid-19 infections. Thousands of protesters across Italy angry over the new restrictions clashed with police in cities on Monday 26 October 2020 as European governments toughened their responses to the contagion.