Enforcing the wearing of face coverings in shops will be "impossible", the chairman of the Police Federation has told Sky News.
The government has warned it "won't hesitate" to add more countries to its quarantine list at short notice - despite anger among Britons who went to Spain unaware they would have to isolate for two weeks upon returning. Ministers faced questions after Spain was added to the list from midnight on Saturday with just a few hours' warning. A government source said: "The evidence is kept under constant review and if this changes and the risk increases in any country we will not hesitate to act - as the Spain decision shows."
Baboons at Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside have been spotted by park workers with knives and screwdrivers, as well as a chainsaw.
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped their "Megxit" bombshell seven months ago, all hell broke loose behind palace gates. With the couple having blindsided the Queen by releasing their shock sayonara on Instagram, aides were thrown into such a frenzy that there were reports of courtiers holding a phone to each ear in scenes akin to a trading floor at the height of a financial crash. Yet as The Firm's major shareholders take stock of the fallout from the serialisation of "Finding Freedom", a sympathetic biography of Harry and Meghan seemingly written with their blessing (something the couple have denied), the mood in the gilt-edged corridors of royal power appears surprisingly relaxed. Although there have been several conference calls among advisers over the weekend, the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are understood to have barely registered a reaction to the much-hyped book by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, apparently viewing the already familiar "revelations" as yesterday's news. The sense of nonchalance is partly down to coronavirus, which has put the events of January 2020 into sharp perspective, with thousands having died in Britain during a pandemic that has reshaped the entire world order. But as the Sussexes have struggled to establish themselves Stateside, for the rest of the Royal Family, life – and a new way of working – has continued at pace.
Fears of violent clashes in the wake of the protests sweeping the US heightened over the weekend with a show of force by an armed black militia group. An estimated 2,500 members of the Not F*****g Around Coalition (NFAC) took to the streets of Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, joining a protest march over police shooting dead Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black nurse, in March. Wearing black combat fatigues and carrying automatic weapons, the group outnumbered a small clutch of Three Percenters, a far-right militia group that also made an appearance at the demonstration. The two sides were kept apart by police, and the only incident came when three members of the coalition sustained minor wounds when a gun discharged accidentally. However, the appearance of the two armed militias raised the spectre that future confrontations may not pass off as peacefully, given the backdrop of violent protests that have swept the US following the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis in May.
Donald Trump spent his weekend at Bedminster, New Jersey resort, in the company of scandal-hit ex-NFL quarterback Brett Favre before toasting wealthy prospective donors at an evening fundraiser for his re-election campaign on Saturday, then taking to Twitter to brag about his exploits on Sunday.While the president was enjoying himself, the year’s first tropical storm from the Atlantic – Hurricane Hanna – made landfall in southern Texas, as it downgraded to a tropical storm, and the US passed 1,000 deaths from the coronavirus for the fifth straight day.
Nicola Sturgeon is under pressure to justify her "shambolic" decision to reimpose quarantine restrictions on travellers from Spain only three days after lifting them. Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, said holidaymakers "are paying the price" for the about-turn and warned they could be left in a "very difficult position with their employers" upon their return. In a letter to the First Minister, he said the decision raised a "big question" about her "poor quality" decision to add Spain to her "air bridges" list last Thursday despite a surge in cases there. Mr Rennie urged her to disclose the "detailed science" behind the move, warning her that otherwise it would appear "haphazard." His criticism was echoed by Scotland's airports, with the chief of Aberdeen and Glasgow airports saying: "There is simply no way we can operate in such an unpredictable environment." With Saturday evening's announcement being made only a few hours before it came into effect, Edinburgh Airport warned that "little or no notice to passengers, airports and passengers causes distress and operational chaos".
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New neo-Nazi groups will continue to emerge as online communities of extremists adapt to government bans, it has been warned.Feuerkrieg Division (FKD) became the sixth far-right network to be proscribed as a terrorist group by the UK earlier this month.
Twenty-one people have tested positive for coronavirus at a caravan park site in Shropshire.Shropshire Council said it expects the number of positive Covid-19 cases to rise in the coming days after two cases were confirmed at Craven Arms last week.
Lying next to a pool on the Costa Del Sol, NHS worker Peter Anderson was finally enjoying a break with his family after months of stress and uncertainty because of the coronavirus pandemic. But a relaxing Saturday afternoon turned into a scramble to try and book flights, after the Government announced that they were imposing a 14 day quarantine for anyone returning from Spain. Like so many British tourists the Andersons were unable to beat the deadline to return home – as the Department for Transport gave just five hours’ notice of the change in the rules on Saturday. The decision has left tourists frustrated and angry, with those already abroad fearing that they could lose their jobs or pay and many who were due to travel potentially losing thousands on flights and accommodation. The abrupt change in the rules means that many were last night scrambling to cut their holiday short so that they could use some of their remaining time off to fulfill the quarantine requirements. It is estimated that there are around 1.5 million British tourists either in Spain or due to travel there in the coming weeks. Mr Anderson, 49, from Windermere, Cumbria, says that he believes he is exempt from quarantine as he is a key worker but will have to take time off work to look after his six-year-old son, Thomas, as his wife Gaynor has only just returned from furlough.
Israel’s coronavirus cases topped 60,000 infections over the weekend as thousands of people took to the streets across the country to protest the government’s handling of the pandemic and demand the resignation of the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Police confirmed on Sunday that more than a dozen Israelis had been arrested in Saturday night’s protests, which for the first time in the weeks-long movement, also saw people demonstrating outside Mr Netanyahu’s private home. Israel’s economy has been battered by the pandemic. Unemployment figures have risen to beyond 20 per cent, up from 3.9 per cent before the lockdown. Israel was one of the first countries to impose total lockdown when the virus hit, bringing its infections down to single digits by mid-May and gaining the country praise for containing the virus. But critics say the re-opening of the country from its “iron-fist” approach of the first wave was hasty and erratic. Last week infections surpassed an average of 2,000 per day in the country of nine million, making it one of the worst second waves in the world. Death rates have so far stayed relatively low, with 455 reported fatalities. Protesters have been taking to the streets for weeks to demand the resignation of Mr Netanyahu for fumbling the country’s reopening and poorly implementing financial aid packages. The economy, paralysed by the pandemic, has left one in five Israelis unemployed. The ad-hoc closures of various sectors, in an attempt to contain the virus without going back into full lockdown, are stoking public anger. Some lockdown measures were reintroduced last week as the infections continued to climb, including stringent weekend shutdowns, the closure of gyms and the banning of indoor dining.
Britons can expect a cool, rainy start to the week ahead before temperatures climb, potentially reaching around 30C in some parts of the country.Sunday will see a mostly dry, sunny morning, with some cloud developing as the day goes on and a scattering of showers is expected. Conditions will become windy in the far north-west of the country, with more persistent rain to come down later in the day.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday the Russian Navy would be armed with hypersonic nuclear strike weapons and underwater nuclear drones, which the defence ministry said were in their final phase of testing. Putin, who says he does not want an arms race, has often spoken of a new generation of Russian nuclear weapons that he says are unequalled and can hit almost anywhere in the world. The weapons, some of which have yet to be deployed, include the Poseidon underwater nuclear drone, designed to be carried by submarines, and the Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile, which can be deployed on surface ships.
North Korea has declared a state of emergency after Kim Jong-un chaired an emergency politburo meeting about a suspected case of Covid-19. State media said the person defected to South Korea three years ago, before illegally crossing back into the North in the last few days. After tests, the individual is “suspected to have been infected with the vicious virus.” The North Korean leader has also imposed a lockdown on Kaesong City, on the border with South Korea. If confirmed, this would be the first official case of infection acknowledged by North Korean authorities. So far the country has reported zero cases of infection, claiming it has taken strict measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. .