Overview of boxers Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk as the Briton prepares to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against former undisputed world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine ahead of their fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night.
First up we learn another Conservative donor has been appointed to a high-profile London institution. Later today Garden Museum director Christopher Woodward tells us about the unfortunate encounter he had with a swan while trying to raise funds for his institution and Theresa May tells us about how she discovered her former colleague’s cheeky Nando’s habit. In SW1A David Davis tells us working in virtual Parliament was like holding having a parish council work in a barn.
Women accusing R Kelly of sexual abuse were motivated by money to lie and were little more than star-struck fans, a lawyer for the R&B star argued during the closing argument of his trial in New York. In his closing argument to the federal court, Kelly's lawyer, Deveraux Cannick, portrayed the singer's accusers as former fans and jilted lovers, hoping to cash in on his fame with book contracts and media appearances - such as in the 2019 documentary Surviving R Kelly.
‘We haven’t finished the job’: JVT reflects on 18 months of CovidExclusive: Listen to the experts, says deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam, not the celebrities Jonathan Van-Tam is set to present this year’s Royal Institution Christmas lectures. Photograph: Paul Wilkinson/Paul Wilkinson Photography
KYIV (Reuters) -Ukraine's parliament passed a law on Thursday to order "oligarchs" to register and stay out of politics, a day after an attempt to kill a top aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which officials said could have been a response to the reform. The law provides a definition for an oligarch and gives a body headed by the president, the National Security and Defence Council, the power to determine who meets the criteria. Oligarchs would be forbidden from financing political parties or taking part in privatisations.
New evacuations were ordered in parts of Tulare County, California, on Thursday, September 23, as the growing Windy Fire reached 43,745 acres (about 68 square miles) and was 6 percent contained, according to fire officials.This footage shows a staff member from the Orange County Fire Authority driving along a road in the Sequoia National Forest as flames engulfing brush on either side of road.According to the Los Angeles Times, the Windy Fire has spread into the Long Meadow Grove in Porterville, endangering sequoias such as the Trail of 100 Giants, which includes trees that are around 1,500 years old. Credit: Orange County Fire Authority via Storyful
Holidaymakers celebrated as the new rules for travelling were unveiled in the latest review. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps delighted travellers with his announcement on Twitter on Friday. The announcement included details about the Amber list being written off, eight countries being removed from the Red list and there has been a change to the ways travellers will test for Covid.
Italy will soon decide whether or not to decriminalise cannabis in a referendum next year, as campaign groups gathered 500,000 signatures, the threshold required by law to trigger a nationwide vote. View on euronews
Foundation review – a galaxy of money can’t save Apple’s Star DreckWith a huge budget, a starry cast including Jared Harris and explosive interplanetary plot, this new sci-fi epic wants to be taken seriously. What a shame it feels so earnest and ropey Jared Harris as Hari Seldon in Foundation. Photograph: Helen Sloan/AP
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries visits the Worcestershire Medal Service in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, where the Queen's Platinum Jubilee medal is being struck ahead of next year's celebrations. The medal will be awarded to serving frontline staff with five years' service, including police, fire, paramedic and prison staff and armed forces personnel. Exclusive footage of the previously unseen medal and interviews with Nadine Dorries and Worcestershire Medal Service chief executive Phil McDermott.
Schools have been left in the “eye of a storm” over the vaccination programme, school leaders warned today, as they urged people not to threaten teachers or stage protests. “The role of schools is limited to hosting these sessions and dealing with associated communications, and it is quite wrong to make them the target of opposition.”
(Reuters) -British pub operators reported a rebound in sales on Thursday, as drinkers returned after months of lockdowns, but flagged a labour crunch that could strain the industry ahead of a busy holiday season. The hospitality sector has suffered from prolonged closures of pubs and hotels over the last 18 months and still faces the risk of renewed restrictions should any spike in infections becomes unmanageable. Europeans who left during because of the pandemic, or because of Britain's departure from the European Union, and a "pingdemic" that forced people to isolate after being "pinged" by a government app because they had been in contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19 have contributed to the staff shortfall.
Hundreds of migrants, many with children and most of them Venezuelans, are entering Chile through clandestine crossings on the border with Bolivia, even though the Chilean government has announced that it will resume deportations of those who enter the country illegally.
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has been sworn in as the latest Lord Chancellor during a ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Thursday afternoon. A former City lawyer, Mr Raab was welcomed to the ancient office by leading figures from the legal profession.