Crews battled sprawling wildfires up and down the US West Coast on Friday in a wave of infernos that have killed 15 people and forced more than half a million others to flee their homes.
US election polls tracker: who is leading in the swing states?As the presidential campaign heats up, the Guardian is tracking the latest polling in eight states that could decide the election
The billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has a favourite word — rigorous, be it running a petrochemical behemoth, tackling the sub-two-hour marathon or pouring £100million into sport each year.Speaking from his London office in the build-up to last year’s Tour de France, he said it was the word to best describe Sir Dave Brailsford.
The Princess Royal has visited the 30th Signal Regiment in Nuneaton to commemorate the 71st anniversary of The Queen's Gurkha Signals. Princess Anne is Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Corps of Signals.
Coronavirus was not the main cause of death for nearly one third of recorded Covid-19 victims in July and August, research by Oxford University has found. Analysis shows that around 30 percent of people included in the coronavirus death toll by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) over the summer months had died primarily from other conditions. It means someone who suffered a heart attack, or even died in a road traffic accident, may have been included in the figures if they had also tested positive for coronavirus at some point, or if doctors believed the virus may have exacerbated their condition. Throughout the entire pandemic, around one in 13 people currently classed as Covid-19 victims did not have the disease as an underlying cause of death. It means 3,877 deaths (7.8 per cent) in which coronavirus was not the primary cause have been included in the figures. In July and August, that number jumped to 28.8 per cent of all registered deaths, meaning Covid-19 was not the main cause of death in 465 of 1,617 recorded victims (listen to the podcast below, which discusses whether Britain's death toll could be set to increase again).
More than a dozen migrants landing at a beach in Essex after crossing the English Channel in small boats have been returned to Germany and France, said the Home Office. Much of the focus in managing migrant crossings has been on Kent, but UK Border Force officials were waiting for the migrants as they landed at the beach in Harwich on Tuesday morning after the vessel was spotted off the coast. Immigration officials put 10 of the asylum seekers found in Harwich on a removal flight to Germany, while another four individuals were put on a flight to France.
Britain’s high Covid-19 death rate is not the Government’s fault but partly because the “majority of people are obese”, according to a Conservative peer.Lord McColl of Dulwich told peers it is “despicable” to blame those in power in Westminster.
Not unlike a signature scent or the qualities you tick off on the "Looking For" section of a dating profile, tattoos are often deeply personal and largely dependent on personal preference. In fact, the design you choose, at which magnitude, and whether you want it etched along your spine, down the sole of your foot, or somewhere in between can be motivated by many a thing - including, but not limited to, a damn good story. From book references to favorite foods to some really touching tales that represent a tear-jerking experience, we asked POPSUGAR editors to share their personal favorite tattoo from their own collections (plus the stories behind them) in case it helps inspire your next piece of ink. Some are hilarious, others are touching, but all of them are bound to make you smile. (Besides, show us someone who doesn't love a good origin story and we'll show you a liar. We said what we said!)
A lower supply of a certain type of immune cell in older people that is critical to fighting foreign invaders may help explain their vulnerability to severe COVID-19, scientists say. When germs enter the body, the initial "innate" immune response generates inflammation not specifically targeted at the bacteria or virus. Within days, the more precise "adaptive" immune response starts generating antibodies against the invader along with T cells that either assist in antibody production or seek out and attack infected cells.
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Nicola Sturgeon has warned Scots to prepare for a swathe of new nationwide lockdown restrictions next week as a "circuit break" to stop the resurgence of coronavirus. The First Minister said "hard but necessary" decisions may be needed in the coming days to prevent a second full lockdown and the country is at "probably the most critical point" since the first one was imposed in late March. She said she would decide the next steps for Scotland over the weekend and disclosed she had asked the Prime Minister to convene a Cobra meeting for a UK-wide discussion. Both Ms Sturgeon and Boris Johnson are considering a 'circuit breaker' plan, which would see curfews and restrictions on activities for at least a fortnight and probably longer. Although not as draconian as a full lockdown, it is hoped the move would have a sharp impact on breaking the chain of transmission and stopping the recent surge in cases. Pubs and restaurants could be ordered to close altogether or have their hours severely restricted but schools would remain open. Shops and non-essential workplaces may also not be forced to close again.
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Taiwan scrambled fighter jets on Friday as 18 Chinese aircraft buzzed the island, crossing the sensitive midline of the Taiwan Strait, in response to a senior U.S. official holding talks in Taipei. China had earlier announced combat drills and denounced what it called collusion between the island, which it claims as part of its territory, and the United States. U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach arrived in Taipei on Thursday for a three-day visit, the most senior State Department official to come to Taiwan in four decades - to which China had promised a "necessary response."
Taiwan scrambled fighter jets on Friday after a fleet of Chinese military aircraft buzzed the island, stepping up tensions as a senior US official began holding meetings in Taipei. Beijing had earlier announced the start of combat drills in the Taiwan strait aimed at asserting its claim that the island remained "an inalienable part of China". The Chinese government has long considered Taiwan a renegade province, although the democratically-governed island has its own president, currency, foreign policy, passport and military. China has engaged in a bitter war of words and staged multiple drills around Taiwan over recent months to protest growing engagement between the self-ruled island and the US government. Stronger ties between Taiwan and the US have further weakened Washington’s diplomatic relations with Beijing, which are already at historic lows as the two nations spar over trade, technology, human rights, coronavirus and espionage.
A damning new report from Human Rights Watch says that Black and Asian non-nationals living in South Africa frequently find themselves subject to discrimination, forced displacements and violence. It also concluded that a government plan to tackle the problem launched last year is bearing little fruit. How can South Africa’s xenophobia problem be tackled when there seems to be so little political will to change things? We speak to Jean Misago of the African Centre for Migration & Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.