'Hannity' host responds to House impeachment vote, slams 'massive double standard'
'Hannity' host responds to House impeachment vote, slams 'massive double standard'
The work and pensions secretary called a halt to an interview with the ITV show on Monday.
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Britain faces a three-month lockdown "halfway house" after Easter, with a full reopening delayed until all over-50s have had their second dose of the vaccine, The Telegraph understands. Ministers are considering proposals to begin reopening swathes of the economy in April under similar restrictions to those in place over the summer, with “rule of six” and social distancing measures in force in pubs and restaurants. A return to full normality will be delayed for at least 12 to 14 weeks to allow for all over-50s to have their second dose of the vaccine, according to a source familiar with the discussions. Ministers are keen to reopen hospitality venues in some capacity before the G7 summit in the second week of June, when the UK will host world leaders in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. National measures will be eased in advance of the summit, allowing pubs, restaurants and tourism to begin to trade again. Boris Johnson has previously suggested that England will return to the geographic tier system after the lockdown ends, but sources suggested the tiers may apply to the whole country rather than to specific areas. “The appetite for regional tiers will only come if you have large swathes of the country that are significantly lower in case numbers and new variant case numbers and hospitalisations,” a source said.
A government spokesperson suggested that the coronavirus could have emerged from a US military lab
The acrimonious split within Republican ranks widened over the weekend as Donald Trump made his foray back into politics, backing the re-election of a hard-line supporter as chair of the party in Arizona. His wholehearted support for Kelli Ward was seen by allies as the former president firing a warning shot across the bows of any Republican senators considering backing his impeachment. Underlining Mr Trump’s grip on the Republican grassroots, the Arizona party also voted to censure John McCain’s widow, Cindy, former senator Jeff Flake and governor Doug Ducey, who refused to back the former president’s claims of election fraud. Mr Trump’s intervention came amid reports that he is considering setting up a “Patriot Party” which would spearhead primary challenges to his opponents in the 2022 mid-term elections. The former president has already amassed a massive war chest with his Save America political action committee declaring last month that it had raked in $207.5 million in donations.
An SNP plan to hold an independence referendum without the consent of Westminster has been branded “deluded” and “pointless” by constitutional experts. At an internal SNP online assembly on Sunday, party activists and politicians discussed a new “roadmap” to independence, published at the weekend, which raises the prospect of a court battle with UK ministers if they resist an attempt to hold a new vote. The 11-point plan states that if a majority of pro-independence MSPs are elected after May’s election, an SNP government would once again request a Section 30 order from the UK Government allowing it to organise a new referendum. However, should the request be refused - as Boris Johnson has repeatedly insisted it would be - SNP ministers would seek to legislate for one anyway. The strategy, written by SNP minister Mike Russell, acknowledges that the UK Government could seek to block a referendum on the grounds that it is outwith Holyrood’s powers, but adds that such court action would be “vigorously opposed by an SNP Scottish Government”.
A woman has admitted killing her disabled 10-year-old son after suffering a mental breakdown while struggling to care for him during the lockdown. Olga Freeman, 40, was charged with the murder of Dylan Freeman, who was found dead at their home in Cumberland Park, Acton, west London, on August 15 last year. The boy was found in the master bedroom of the house, lying on his back covered by a duvet with parts of a sponge in his throat, and toys had been placed beside him. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of Dylan's death as restriction of the airways. At the time of his death, his father, celebrity photographer Dean Freeman, was in Spain. At a virtual hearing at the Old Bailey on Monday, Russian national Freeman denied her son's murder but admitted manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility. Prosecutor Gareth Patterson QC said the plea was acceptable to the Crown after careful consideration. Freeman, who attended court from a psychiatric unit, appeared pale, with her long brown hair worn loose around her face. Her lawyer, Jane Bickerstaff QC, told the court that psychiatrists all agreed her responsibility at the time of the killing was diminished because she was suffering a "depressive illness with psychotic symptoms". She suggested the appropriate sentence would be a hospital order with restrictions. Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb adjourned sentencing to February 11. Dylan had been diagnosed with autism, global neurodevelopmental delay, progressive myopia and significant difficulties with language and communication, self-help and independence. He required round-the-clock care and had attended a special school five days a week but had been unable to go during the lockdown. He was suffocated at his home in Acton sometime between August 14 and August 17 last year. In the week leading up to the killing, Freeman had spoken about saving the world and being a Messiah. In a voice recording she said: "This is my job: to sacrifice my beloved child to create a balance in this world." Previously, the court heard that her friend, Edita Surpickaja, had said Freeman had struggled to meet Dylan's needs as he got older and her mental health had suffered. Shortly before midnight on August 15 last year, the defendant telephoned and asked her to go round. Freeman told her friend not to go into the bedroom, saying: "We need to go to Jerusalem. I did what I did. "Sometimes when things are good it can be really evil." Ms Surpickaja hid Freeman's passport and recorded a conversation on a mobile phone in which she said she had killed Dylan and had no choice. After some discussion, the two women walked to Acton police station. When they arrived, Freeman said loudly: "I have killed my child." Police went to the house and found Dylan's body with apparent ligature marks and a bra, melatonin, sticky tape and a sponge. While at the police station, the defendant said she killed Dylan before midnight. She said she and had given him melatonin tablets and used her bra and then her hands, and put a sponge in his mouth. She had then placed his body where he liked to sleep with his toys to allow him to die with dignity and kindness, she said. Ms Surpickaja had attended her friend's plea hearing by video-link. Dylan's father, whose work includes campaigns with Bollywood star Deepika Padukone and Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper, has previously paid tribute to his son. He said: "Dylan was a beautiful, bright, inquisitive and artistic child who loved to travel, visit art galleries and swim. "We travelled extensively over the years together, spending such memorable time in places including Brazil, France and Spain. "I can't begin to comprehend his loss." Kristen Katsouris, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This was a tragic death of a child at the hands of his mother, who was struggling to cope. "Olga Freeman had loved and cared for Dylan for many years, but the strain and pressures of her son's severe and complex special needs had built up and that, combined with her impaired mental health, led to heartbreaking consequences. "Our thoughts are with all those affected by this case." Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, of Scotland Yard, said: "This has been an incredibly sad incident to investigate. Foremost our thoughts are with Dylan and his family, who continue to feel his untimely loss and will do so for a long time to come. "I would like to thank my team of detectives, who have worked so diligently and professionally during this harrowing case. "I would also like to acknowledge the selfless actions of my response colleagues who attended the scene on that night and tried in vain to save Dylan's life."
Conservative MPs warned the Prime Minister that children are becoming the ‘forgotten victims’ of the pandemic.
A crowd of around 50 people was dispersed at the address in Lower Loveday Street, Birmingham, on Friday.
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Nicola Sturgeon has refused to confirm that she would quit as First Minister if it is found that she deliberately lied to Holyrood over the Alex Salmond affair, as she accused her predecessor of spreading “false conspiracy theories” about her. The First Minister insisted she had not misled the Scottish Parliament about her handling of sexual harassment complaints against Mr Salmond, as two inquiries examining her conduct, which her opponents believe could see her forced from office, gather pace. In a submission to an investigation into whether Ms Sturgeon broke the ministerial code, Mr Salmond said statements which Ms Sturgeon made to Holyrood about when she first became aware of complaints against him were “simply untrue”.
London’s daily death toll appears to have finally peaked, but remains at a tragically high rate
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced the establishment of its embassy in Tel Aviv as the US national security advisor announced that America hopes to build “on the success of Israel’s normalisation agreements” under the Biden administration. The UAE cabinet decision to approve establishing the embassy comes after they signed the Abraham Accords in September, becoming the first Gulf state to establish a full diplomatic relationship with Israel. No further details about the embassy were given in UAE media. While Israel’s government recognises Jerusalem as its capital, the international community does not, with Palestinians claiming East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. Most countries base their embassies in Tel Aviv. Before the deal, Israel only had peace deals with only two Arab countries, Egypt and Jordan - where it has fortified embassies. Most Arab countries had previously refrained from recognising Israel, believing that recognition should only be granted if serious concessions are made in the Palestinian peace process. Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco later agreed to follow in the UAE’s footsteps and normalise ties with Israel under US-brokered deals.
A wave of protests swept across Russia on Saturday — in what appears to be the most significant challenge to Vladimir Putin’s authority in a decade. At least 100,000, likely much more, took to the streets of over a hundred towns and cities over eleven time zones, in the middle of a pandemic, in temperatures that in one case reached minus 50, and despite credible threats and occasional reality of a violent crackdown. The protesters were calling for the release of Alexei Navalny, a Putin critic poisoned by a nerve agent and jailed on his return to Russia.
Frank Lampard has been dismissed as Chelsea manager after 18 months at the Stamford Bridge helm. Here, we examine five key failings that proved costly for the former Chelsea and England midfielder.
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Former Paris St Germain manager Thomas Tuchel is the favourite to replace Lampard, British media reported. Lampard, who led the club to a top-four finish and the FA Cup final in his managerial debut 2019-20 campaign, leaves with Chelsea ninth in the Premier League after a run of five defeats in eight league games. "This was a very difficult decision for the Club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him," Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich said in a statement on the club's website.
Schoolchildren have become the pandemic’s “forgotten victims”, Tory MPs have warned Boris Johnson, amid a growing backlash against plans that could keep classrooms closed until Easter. A dozen Conservative MPs, including the former Cabinet minister Esther McVey and Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, have backed a campaign by the parents’ pressure group UsforThem to fully reopen schools. They argue that the schools shutdown means education has become an “optional extra”, with the gulf between the most disadvantaged children and their wealthier peers growing “by the day”. At the same time, the pressure on parents who are trying to hold down full-time jobs while also acting as teachers “is simply becoming too much”, they say, meaning schools should reopen now. Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, is expected to announce as soon as this week that schools will remain shut to all but the most vulnerable and children of key workers beyond the February half-term break. On Sunday Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said the full reopening of schools before the Easter holiday was merely a “hope” rather than an expectation.