In the battle between fossil fuels and clean energy, the coronavirus pandemic will be a defining moment.
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Kate Garraway has shared an emotional message about her husband Derek Draper, who is in hospital being treated for coronavirus.The Good Morning Britain host has been posting regular news to her followers, after Draper, an author and former lobbyist, was admitted to hospital at the beginning of April.
Socially distanced gatherings of up to six people will be allowed in outdoor spaces in England from Monday, Boris Johnson has announced as part of plans to gradually ease the country’s lockdown.The prime minister confirmed all five tests required to move to the next stage had been met, schools to begin reopening and greater contact to be permitted from next week.
Barbara and Simon Campbell's lovingly renovated 16th century manor house, which they bought in 1999, could lose value due to a quarry with planning permission from the 1950s.
How the Government ignored its own experts on the risks of reopening shops and schools Durham Police face prospect of inquiry after complaints over Dominic Cummings probe Hopes rise for foreign summer holidays as ministers draw up plans for 'air bridges' as early as June Subscribe to The Telegraph, free for one month Theresa May has launched an attack on Dominic Cummings in a statement to constituents. The former prime minister said she did not feel the adviser had abided by the "spirit" of the guidance when he drove from London to Durham and then Durham to Barnard Castle during lockdown. She also expressed concern that the episode was distracting from the public health effort, according to the Daily Mirror. Her comments came as the police chief who carried out the investigation into Mr Cummings is now facing the prospect of an inquiry over her force’s handling of the matter. Durham Police have received a number of complaints from members of the public angry at the way the investigation was dealt with.
Donald Trump is in trouble, trailing former Vice President Joe Biden nationally and in most key swing states. He's lost – for now, at least – older voters and white educated women.The president appears to know his road to a second term is going to be winding and uphill. So he is, once again, following his instincts. And they always tell him one thing: Fight.
The UK coronavirus death toll has passed 38,000 after a rise of 324.Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed the toll in hospitals, care homes and the wider community had climbed to 38,161 at this afternoon's Downing Street briefing.
Coronavirus has “not gone away” and is “lurking”, a World Health Organisation expert warned today after Boris Johnson announced lockdown restrictions would be eased .Dr David Nabarro, the WHO’s Covid-19 special envoy, said people needed to be prepared against the fast-spreading virus as measures are relaxed.
The Royal Air Force carried out four strikes against Islamic State in May, as the terror group is understood to be exploiting coronavirus to step up attacks. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the strikes were conducted over northern Iraq and were all successful in hitting their targets. The first of the four strikes took place on May 8 when an RAF Reaper bombed a bunker containing a group of Isil fighters, west of Tuz Khurmatu, in northern Iraq. Two days later a pair of Typhoon FGR4s, supported by a Voyager air refuelling tanker, flew an armed reconnaissance patrol over northern Iraq when it located and successfully struck a cave system occupied by Isil southeast of Hatra, on the banks of the Tharthar River. Then on the 13th of May, two of the RAF’s Reapers destroyed a further pair of Isil-occupied bunkers west of Tuz Khurmatu. The final strike in May happened ten days later when a group of Isil fighters were located hiding in woods, along with stored equipment. A patrolling Reaper dropped one GBU-12 bomb, which hit its targets and caused secondary explosions, which the MoD said indicated the likely presence of a significant stockpile of munitions. It comes after two similar operations in April, which were the UK’s first such activity in seven months.
It remains illegal to socialise in groups of more than two in public under coronavirus laws, police have warned as the UK heads into another hot and sunny weekend.Boris Johnson announced that lockdown rules will be eased to allow gatherings of up to six people, but the changes will not come into force until Monday.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday tried to walk back a Twitter threat to respond with deadly force to three days of violent protests in Minneapolis over the police killing of an unarmed black man. After his online comment that "looting leads to shooting" drew a warning from Twitter and widespread condemnation from Democrats, Trump said he understood why the killing had sparked nationwide protests about police violence against African Americans. Trump said he had expressed his sorrow to the family of George Floyd, a black man seen on video gasping for breath while a white police officer knelt on his neck.
Rishi Sunak has set out plans to taper back the Government's furlough scheme, as he led this afternoon's Downing Street press briefing.The Chancellor announced that businesses must start contributing towards employees' salaries from August, while the self-employed will be able to apply for a second, and final, income grant.
More than 200 schools were forced to return to online teaching just days after they reopened in South Korea after the country experienced a spike in coronavirus cases.South Korea reported 79 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, the highest rise in nearly eight weeks.
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Steve Carell reprised his role as Gru from Despicable Me for a special COVID-19 public service announcement released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 27.The WHO teamed up with the UN Foundation and Despicable Me’s production company, Illumination, to make the child-friendly PSA.The minute-long video features Gru and his Minions explaining some of the different things people can do to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe during the coronavirus pandemic.According to a news release by the WHO, llumination is the first Hollywood studio to partner with WHO, the UN Foundation, and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to create an entertaining and educational PSA for global audiences. Credit: World Health Organization/UN Foundation/llumination via Storyful
On Wednesday, Americans were set to enjoy a break from the non-stop news coverage of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, the Trump administration’s haphazard response to a disease that has now killed more than 100,000 people in the United States, and the seemingly endless scandals and controversies ginned up by a president who relishes dominating the national discourse.
The family of an alleged human smuggler in Libya killed at least 30 migrants in a vengeful rampage following his death.The 26 Bangladeshi and four sub-Saharan African migrants killed were believed by the family to have murdered a man trying to arrange their illegal passage through Libya to the coast, where they would presumably be taken by boat into European waters. Another 11 migrants were also reportedly wounded.
The European Union will reject British demands for stronger legal protection for UK regional products such as Stilton cheese and Scottish whisky after the end of the Brexit transition period in trade negotiations next week. The UK agreed to keep EU protections for delicacies like champagne and Parma ham in place and in perpetuity in negotiations over the Withdrawal Agreement - but failed to secure the same guarantees for British products in the EU. While EU product protection is now enshrined in an international legally binding treaty, British products will only be protected under EU law if they remain on the EU’s register of Geographical Indications (GIs). “We have no intention of reopening the Withdrawal Agreement,” an EU source told the Telegraph. GIs are a kind of intellectual property right that protects the names of qualifying food or drink products from a certain area, preventing other producers from using them. Melton Mowbray pork pies, Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb, Shetland wool, Welsh lamb and traditional Cumberland sausage are among the 83 British products that have the protection. There are 3,347 EU GIs which will now be protected in the UK after the Brexit transition period. That will prevent, for example, UK vineyards calling their white sparking wine Champagne. Deadlock and mutual recrimination The total GI sales value of UK protected products was worth about £7 billion in 2017, according to European Commission analysis published in April. Scotch Whisky is worth £5.5 billion to the British economy, and is the UK’s largest food and drink export, with global exports reaching £4.91 billion in 2019. The European Commission wants to agree a legal framework to guarantee protection for new EU GIs in Britain. The UK rejected an EU draft agreement in the last frustrating round of negotiations, which ended in deadlock and mutual recrimination. “The UK currently refuses to engage on our text even though it has accepted similar provisions in its agreements with other non-EU countries,” an EU source said. David Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator, told a parliament scrutiny committee on Wednesday: “The problem with the Withdrawal Agreement, which obviously we are committed to, is that it requires us to protect EU GIs in this country in perpetuity but does not place any such obligation on the EU to protect ours." Mr Frost, a former chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, added: “We would like to have something that is a bit more balanced and make sure that our GIs are properly protected."
The Change.org petition, created by Gary Kelly on 25 May, calls for the aide to be sacked after his actions were defended by Boris Johnson.
Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator has ruled out any deal giving European boats access to UK waters in return for better conditions for British financial services in the EU’s Single Market. The EU and the UK are deeply divided over fishing in free trade negotiations ahead of the next round of talks, which start on Monday, David Frost told peers in the European Union Select Committee on Thursday. Brussels also rejected British calls for an improved system of regulatory recognition for the City of London than the “equivalence” model currently on offer, during the last round of negotiations. Those talks ended in deadlock and mutual recrimination with both sides urging each other to drop their red lines. Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, and Phil Hogan, the EU’s trade commissioner, have both suggested that a “fish for financial services” compromise could be struck to break the deadlock between the two sides. Mr Hogan, who is Ireland's EU commissioner, said yesterday, "Perhaps the United Kingdom has come to the conclusion that there’s not going to be a deal.” “I don’t think fisheries is something we are going to link to anything,” Boris Johnson’s top Brexit official said. The Political Declaration, a joint document for the trade talks, said that a deal on fishing and financial services should be completed by July, ahead of the end of year deadline for the trade deal to be finalised. Mr Frost said he thought the deadline would be missed and repeated that the UK would not ask for an extension to the transition period to allow time for more trade negotiations beyond December 31. “I'm sure we'll carry on talking after June 30. Obviously, at some point, there will need to be a negotiation on the arrangements for 21, whether there's an agreement or not,” Mr Frost said. “If there isn't an agreement that will reflect the fact that we're in the independent coastal state, and we'll control access, and fishing in our waters at that point.” He added, “So, that is the reality that we have to contend with, if the EU doesn't evolve its position and try and reach an agreement with us.”
The Royal Air Force has carried four sets of air strikes against so-called Islamic State this month, as the UK armed forces continue to support the Iraq government’s fight against the terror group. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “These strikes are another example of how the UK armed forces protect our nation and allies, every single day, from all those who seek to do us harm.”
Government adviser Dominic Cummings continues to face pressure to resign or be sacked over allegations he broke lockdown guidelines. Mr Cummings ignored members of the press as he left his London home this morning.