Boris Johnson lifted the vast majority of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions in England on July 19, as the country moved to step four of its coronavirus lockdown roadmap. Every adult in the UK should have had the chance to have both doses of a coronavirus vaccine by mid-September, the Government said. The government has said it was not expecting work in offices to be completely back on July 19.
A major bridge has been built over the Adriatic Sea linking two swathes of Croatian coastline - in a move that has angered Bosnian officials who claim it violates its access to open waters. Croatia had been aspiring to build a bridge to unite its territory for decades - as travellers between the two sections have faced border checkpoints as they cross into Bosnia before leaving again. A midnight opening ceremony on the spectacular bridge featured folk dancers, singing and a huge fireworks display.
As Prince Charles launches a new sustainable design initiative with the RCA, its Vice-Chancellor and former students explain how the university has made the fight against climate change its number one priority
Last-ditch talks are planned for tomorrow in a bid to avert a four-day Tube strike by London Underground drivers. It follows a row over plans to abolish separate pay grades for night Tube drivers, according to the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT). The proposed plans have been described by the union as “a cash led move” that would “destroy the work life balance of 3,000 Tube drivers”.
LONDON (Reuters) -AstraZeneca hopes to settle a legal dispute with the European Union over COVID-19 vaccine deliveries in the coming weeks, a senior executive said on Thursday, potentially ending a row that has dogged the drugmaker and Brussels this year. The company is in talks with the EU, Ruud Dobber, executive vice president of the BioPharmaceuticals business, said in a briefing. "We're hopeful in the next few weeks we will have a settlement," he said, without giving further details.
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Consumer spending on credit and debit cards in Britain rose 2 percentage points in the week to July 22 from the week before, according to data published by the country's statistics office on Thursday. Aggregate credit and debit card spending, based on data from payment processors provided by the Bank of England, rose to 94% of its February 2020 average level, the Office for National Statistics said. The ONS also reported a 1% rise in online job adverts on July 23 compared with a week earlier, to 131% of their pre-pandemic February 2020 average level, based on data provided by jobs website Adzuna.
Sun Dawu, a tycoon and outspoken critic of the Chinese Communist Party, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, becoming the latest high-profile executive targeted in a widening crackdown. Mr Sun, who made his fortune in animal husbandry, was found guilty of eight charges including “picking quarrels and provoking troubles”; a charge which is used frequently to go after dissidents and human rights activists in China. He was one of the few to accuse the Chinese government of attempting to cover