At least 45 dead as Storm Ida dumps 'historic' rain
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At least 45 dead as Storm Ida dumps 'historic' rain
Security has been tightened around Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte after spotters were reported to be seen scoping out his movements
BERLIN (Reuters) -German Social Democrat Olaf Scholz vowed on Monday to strengthen the European Union and keep up the transatlantic partnership in a three-way coalition government he hopes to form by Christmas to take over from Angela Merkel's conservatives. Scholz's Social Democrats (SPD) came first in Sunday's national election, just ahead of the conservatives, and aim to lead a government for the first time since 2005 in a coalition with the Greens and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP).
The number of murders in the United States rose by nearly 30% last year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in its annual crime report on Monday. Overall violent crime also increased for the first time in four years, a surge that experts say is partly linked to hardships caused by COVID-19. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter offences in the US went up by 29.4% in 2020, when compared to the previous year - the largest yearly increase since records began in the 1960s.
The controversial Elections Bill mandates that voters must show photo ID at polling stations during UK general elections or local elections in England. It states Oyster 60+ cards or Freedom Passes used by the elderly to travel on London transport for free can be used as a form of identification. At the last general election people aged 70 and over voted overwhelmingly for the Conservative party, while those in the 18 to 24 age group were least likely support the government, according to a YouGov survey.
Fires review – gripping six-part drama circling on Australia’s horrific black summerABC TV’s new series makes a compelling argument that truly powerful storytelling stems from what happens after the catastrophe Mott (Hunter Page-Lochard) in Fires. Photograph: Ben King Photographer/ABC TV
‘Great grandma went to the Met Gala’: woman identifies A$AP Rocky’s quilt. Quilt-style cape worn by rapper and designed by Eli Russell Linnetz was based on great grandmother Mary’s design
Jesy hailed her former bandmates as being "like sisters", but has spoken out about difficulties she faced in the group.
The Guardian view on Labour’s spending plans: vote red, go green Rachel Reeves put on a fiscal straitjacket, then spent her speech to the Labour party conference getting out of it ‘Ms Reeves has put pressure on the government to set out a costed plan to meet its green pledges.’ Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock
Small boats arrivals in 2021 now stand at more than double the figure for the whole of 2020, when 8,417 people crossed the Dover Strait.
007 producer Barbara Broccoli says James Bond should always be male
Thousands of British petrol stations ran out of fuel due to panic buying on Monday, after days of long queues at pumps caused by the lorry driver shortage. Analysts say that, in addition to Covid, the speed of the Brexit process bears a lot of responsibility for the crisis – signalling a broader problem in which the rapidity of Britain’s divorce from the EU is impairing the government’s plans to restructure the economy. The UK’s lorry driver shortage reached a critical point on September 27 – as
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called on Tuesday for changes to the constitution that would prevent an opposition movement that rose up against him in mass street protests last year from taking power, the state news agency Belta reported. President since 1994, Lukashenko has touted constitutional reform as a way out of the political crisis following a disputed election in August 2020. Backed by Russia, Lukashenko unleashed a violent crackdown to disperse the protests, in which tens of thousands of people were detained.
A statue depicting a woman from a famous 19th century poem wearing a transparent dress has triggered a sexism row in Italy. The bronze statue by Emanuele Stifano was unveiled on Saturday in Sapri, in the southern province of Salerno. It is a tribute to La Spigolatrice di Sapri (The Gleaner of Sapri), written by the poet Luigi Mercantini in 1857.
NSW and Victoria criticised for ‘glaring omission’ of aged care freedoms in reopening plans. Roadmaps make no mention of how sector will manage risk of allowing increased visitors after reaching vaccination targets
Britain on Monday put the army on standby to help with the ongoing fuel crisis as fears over tanker driver shortages led to panic buying, leaving many of the country's pumps dry.
New Zealand is to begin allowing small numbers of vaccinated travellers to isolate at home instead of in state-run quarantine facilities as part of a phased approach to re-opening its borders, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. The pilot project starting next month will be open to 150 people, who must be New Zealand citizens or residents and are fully vaccinated, Ardern said at a news conference. "While this is a pilot, it gives you a sense of where we intend to go on our borders," Ardern said, adding that the government was working on a wide range of options for allowing people back in safely.
UK’s exit from EU ‘no doubt will have been a factor’, transport secretary concedes
Shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy says leadership rejects ‘unbalanced’ approach and ‘cannot support this motion’
Jailed Belarusian opposition leader and activist Maria Kolesnikova on Monday won the ninth Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize which honours outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights. Kolesnikova's sister Tatsiana Khomich attended a ceremony on the activist's behalf on the opening day of the autumn plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of mass street protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko last year, was sentenced in early September to 11 years in prison, leading to an outcry from Western countries.
Scotland's new vaccine passport scheme for entry into nightclubs and large events will not be enforced until two weeks after it is introduced.