The historic Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey sees prayer inside of the building for the first time in 86 years on Friday (July 24).
A blight on the community: Thugs had been criminals since childhood Three teenagers have been convicted of killing Pc Andrew Harper as they evaded arrest. All three were standing trial for murder, but the jury found them guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter. Driver Henry Long, 19, who dragged Pc Andrew Harper to his death, was found not guilty at the Old Bailey of murder, but had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter. His passengers Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18, were also cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter. Newlywed Pc Harper, 28, became entangled in a tow rope attached to their Seat Toledo as he tried to apprehend them. Long drove off at "breakneck" speed, dragging the Thames Valley Police officer for more than a mile along country lanes before he was dislodged, having suffered horrific injuries. The teenagers admitted plotting the theft and Long pleaded guilty to manslaughter but each denied knowing that Pc Harper was there. Their defence claimed the incident was a "freak event" that none of them could have planned or foreseen.
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Holidaymakers due to travel abroad have been warned that they could be forced into quarantine on their return under a new system that could see "air bridges" collapse at short notice. The UK currently reviews nations on its "safe list" every three weeks but is expected to announce a rolling review system that could see countries placed on its "red list" at short notice should they see a serious spike in coronavirus cases. It raises the prospect of holidaymakers travelling abroad to countries only to discover, before they end their holiday, that they may have to stay in quarantine on their return. The Government is expected to announce that Spain is to remain on its "safe" list despite a surge in Covid-19 outbreaks that has forced regional authorities to reintroduce local restrictions. However, it is understood that ministers intend to replace the three-weekly review of "safe" destinations with one in which countries are added or excluded depending on spikes or drops in cases. That will allow a more agile response to open up countries to travel as their infection rates fall and exclude those hit by a second wave, even though holidaymakers could face a period of quarantine on their return.
The government has announced travel corridors for five more countries, meaning they will be exempt from the coronavirus quarantine. From Tuesday, people returning to England from Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines will no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days. More than 70 countries and territories were included in the first wave of travel corridors, which came into effect earlier this month.
The number of people who have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus has jumped by 123.The Government said 45,677 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Thursday.
Top scientists have hit out at claims by England’s chief medical officer that the UK will struggle to eliminate Covid-19.The Independent SAGE group, led by former chief scientific adviser for England Sir David King, is calling for a ‘zero Covid’ approach.
Several passengers on an Iranian airline were injured on Thursday over Syria after the pilot changed altitude to avoid collision with a U.S. fighter jet, according to Iranian media, but the U.S. military said its F-15 was at a safe distance.The Iranian plane, belonging to Mahan Air, was heading from Tehran to Beirut when the pilot staged a safety maneuver, in an incident that Iran's Foreign Ministry said would be investigated.Tensions have spiked between Tehran and Washington since 2018, when U.S. President Donald Trump exited Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with six powers and reimposed sanctions that have battered Iran's economy.Iran's official IRIB news agency quoted a passenger describing how his head had hit the roof of the plane during the change in altitude, and video showed an elderly passenger sprawled on the floor.All the passengers left the plane, some with minor injuries, the head of the Beirut airport told Reuters.The plane arrived back in Tehran in the early hours of Friday, the Fars news agency reported.The U.S. military's Central Command, which oversees American troops in the region, said the F-15 aircraft was conducting a visual inspection of the Iranian aircraft when it passed near the Tanf garrison in Syria where U.S. forces are present.Captain Bill Urban, the senior Central Command spokesman, said the F-15 "conducted a standard visual inspection of a Mahan Air passenger airliner at a safe distance of about 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) from the airliner this evening.""The visual inspection occurred to ensure the safety of coalition personnel at At Tanf garrison," Urban said. "Once the F-15 pilot identified the aircraft as a Mahan Air passenger plane, the F-15 safely opened distance from the aircraft."He added the intercept was carried out in accordance with international standards.The pilot of the passenger plane contacted the jet pilots to warn them to keep a safe distance and they identified themselves as American, IRIB reported.Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said the necessary legal and political actions would be taken, according to the ministry's website.Israel and the United States have long accused Mahan Air of ferrying weapons for Iranian-linked guerrillas in Syria and elsewhere.The United States imposed sanctions on Mahan Air in 2011, saying it provided financial and other support to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards.(REUTERS)
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Concerns that Covid-19 may be spreading again rose today as official figures showed an estimated 2,800 people getting the infection daily in England.This number, for the week ending July 19, appeared to be a rise of 1,100 on the previous week’s figure of 1,700.
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Coronavirus will not be eliminated and Britons must learn to live with it, Tony Blair warned as he urged the Government to focus on containment measures to see the country through a second wave. The former prime minister said infrastructure to stop the spread of the virus was critical as another national lockdown would not be possible, suggesting that people instead need to learn to live safely with the virus.
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Why now? Turkey's president is ordering a return to tradition for what's much more than a tourist attraction, but a monument for the ages: after decades of disputes, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has chosen to reconvert Istanbul's Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque. The move reverses a 1935 decision by the founder of secular Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. François Picard's panel discusses the political timing at home and abroad where it's not just neighbouring Greece and its Orthodox Christians who are up in arms.