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A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story. Reports in state media signal an intensifying propaganda effort to place the birth of the virus in other countries
Transport for London (TfL) has been urged to review the name of a railway station in the capital over fears about its "offensive" association with slavery. Newham councillors have called on the transport body to consider renaming Maryland station during a discussion over electoral ward names in the borough. If approved, the move could pave the way for other rail and underground stations to be reviewed, with stops such as East India and Canning Town also highlighted for its past associations with the slave trade. Maryland, which sits on the Great Eastern Main Line connecting London with eastern England, was allegedly given as the station's name through a slave-holding family who owned plantations in the Mid-Atlantic state. The name has now been proposed as a new ward in the borough following a boundary shake-up, but Labour councillors say it could cause "deep disappointment" to Afro-Caribbean residents. An alternative suggestion of New Town has been put forward. In a council report, politicians said they would consult with TfL with regards to renaming the railway station. Newham mayor Rokhsana Fiaz said the current Maryland name was a “disservice to the diversity of the borough”. While Anthony McAlmont told members the use of Maryland is “offensive” because: “Anything that has some connection to slavery does offend some of us.” It has been suggested the name originates with the merchant Richard Lee, who owned plantations in the American colonies, and may have brought back the name Maryland from his estates there. A boundary commission report states: “We received suggestions from the Council and a resident that Maryland ward should be renamed New Town because of the name’s possible links to a prominent figure in the colonial governments of North America." It does however add that: “Other evidence casts doubt on the origins of the name and points to earlier place name derivations. “The Council acknowledges that there is uncertainty about the matter.” It has been argued that British places deriving their names from American locales is extremely rare, and the most likely origin of “Maryland” is in fact the Old English word “mære” meaning boundary.
A couple delivering Christmas presents to their family have been stopped by police for breaking coronavirus laws. The force said the couple were "in breach of COVID legislation", as it revealed 110 vehicles were stopped in the first 24 hours of random checks in the Welsh capital.
Peering down from their balconies at the luxury Waikiki hotel, more than a thousand migrants gaze out towards the sea that carried them on their desperate journey fleeing Africa. Their rickety fishing boats lie piled up on docksides waiting to be scrapped. Smashed hulls still bob in the water, a reminder of the eight lives claimed this week off Lanzarote as hundreds more migrants reached Spain’s Canary Islands. The survivors’ safety in hotel accommodation amid the sprawling resorts of southern Gran Canaria is testament to local islanders’ proud benevolence. But generosity is running thin as tempers fray amid a growing crisis that has split Canarian leaders from their mainland colleagues, and reopened old wounds in Europe's hopeless attempt to control migration. The Canary Islands has seen arrivals increase tenfold in a year to around 20,000 by late November. Plans are now afoot to build one of Europe's largest migrant camps, housing 7,000 across three islands. Around 6,000 are currently living in 15 hotel complexes after a deal was struck between hoteliers and the Spanish government.
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Jake Paul has pledged to knock out Conor McGregor after making it successive wins as a professional boxer with a brutal victory over former NBA star Nate Robinson. Following his emphatic first-round defeat of fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib in January, Paul - younger brother of fellow internet personality and now boxer Logan - knocked down his overmatched opponent three times en route to a devastating second-round stoppage on Saturday night in a fight that served as the chief support for the eight-round exhibition contest between legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr in Los Angeles.
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Two RAF fighter jets were scrambled to intercept Russian military jets that were flying over the North Sea, it has emerged. The RAF Typhoons were dispatched from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland to intercept the two Russia Tu-142 Bear F planes after they were detected near UK airspace on Saturday. The aircraft in question is used in anti-submarine warfare and maritime patrol, according to the RAF, which says it is "essential" to "carefully monitor" their movements while operating close to the UK.
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The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michele Barnier, has left Brexit talks which took place today with his UK counterpart, Lord Frost. Mr Barnier did not comment on how negotiations went.
Britain could be just seven days away from leaving the European Union without a trade deal, Downing Street warned on Saturday night. In a candid assessment issued "at the start of what may be the final week of trade negotiations", Number 10 warned that a "significant gap" still exists on fisheries, adding: "No deal is arguably underpriced." The comments mark a toughening of the UK's position on the talks which have dragged on for months and have seen various deadlines missed.
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Harvey Weinstein's appeal against his rape and assault convictions has been hampered after the disgraced former movie mogul's two ex-wives reportedly froze £4.5 million of his remaining assets. Weinstein, who was given a 23-year jail term at a court hearing in New York in March after being convicted of rape and sexual assault, is allegedly no longer able to pay the lawyers working on his appeal. Weinstein's two ex-wives, Eve Chilton, whom he divorced in 2004, and Georgina Chapman, a British fashion designer who left the producer after assault allegations against him emerged in 2017, have reportedly taken legal action to freeze his accounts. According to the Daily Mail, the pair filed a motion in April raising concerns over the state of Weinstein's finances and provided evidence in July in the form of private jet receipts and expenses related to his criminal trial. The two women also reportedly provided the court with evidence of large deposits that had been made into Weinstein’s bank account as well as proof of insurance fees he was set to collect.
The European Union is behaving "like the bully who steals your lunch every day and expects the UK to be grateful for a few crumbs he hands back" over the Brexit talks, the leader of Scotland's fishermen has said. Elspeth MacDonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen Association, said the EU had to "wake up and smell the fish" after its negotiators offered to give the UK fish "of which we now the legal owner". The fishermen spoke out as Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, started fresh talks about a Brexit trade deal in London with his UK counterpart Lord Frost. That came after well-sourced reports in Brussels that Mr Barnier told member states the EU had offered to return between 15 per cent and 18 per cent of fish stocks caught by EU fleets in British waters. The tortured talks about a EU/UK Brexit trade deal are set to come to a conclusion within the next week with either a trade deal or both sides walking away. Writing for The Telegraph, Ms MacDonald attacked the EU's stance and its "paltry" offer on fisheries to the UK. She said : "Let's cut to the chase. The EU is playing a dangerous game over fishing and it is them who would get hurt most." "If trade is in balance, access to waters is not. They rely on fishing in our rich waters much more than we do in theirs. When it comes to access, there is a gross imbalance on how the fish are shared. "The threat of making the UK pay a ransom for merely acting in a way that the EU itself acts in its relations with other countries or Coastal States is the wrong way round. "They say that if we don't give them what they want, the lion’s share of the quotas in our waters and unlimited access to catch it, then we can forget about selling them our fish. No. They are at it. And they’ve got it wrong."