Japan and Tunisia celebrated shock gold medals on a day of upsets in the Olympic swimming pool on Sunday while Tokyo youngster Yuto Horigome claimed a fairytale hometown victory with the first ever skateboarding gold medal in Olympic history. On the second full day of Olympic competition, the Tokyo Aquatic Center took centre stage for one of the blue riband sports of the Games with four gold medals up for grabs in a morning finals session. But while swimming superpowers Australia and the USA tra
The number of new COVID cases in the UK has continued to fall for a fifth day, according to government data. The country has recorded 29,173 new cases, compared to 31,795 infections recorded on Saturday, and 48,161 recorded this time last week.
The Russian navy can detect any enemy and launch an "unpreventable strike" if needed, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday, weeks after a UK warship angered Moscow by passing the Crimea peninsula. "We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike against it," Putin said speaking at a navy day parade in St Petersburg. Putin's words follow an incident in the Black Sea in June when Russia said it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it out of Crimea waters.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff said on Sunday he fears the number of new coronavirus cases in Germany could soar to 100,000 a day in about two months unless many more people get vaccinated and those who refuse may face restrictions. His suggestion quickly hit resistance from several senior politicians including Armin Laschet, conservative candidate to succeed Merkel as chancellor in a Sept. 26 election. Merkel's chief of staff, Helge Braun, told Bild am Sonntag newspaper that cases were increasing by 60% per week even though nearly half the population is fully vaccinated.
Belgium has been hit by floods for the second time in just over a week. The provinces of Namur and Walloon Brabant southeast of the capital city Brussels were among the worst hit, after thunderstorms and heavy rain reached the country on Saturday. In Dinant, in the Walloon region, heavy rainfall washed away cars, leaving them strewn across the town.
Wayne Couzens has reportedly stopped eating in jail and is being watched around the clock after “plunging into depression” over his crimes, it has been reported. The former Metropolitan Police officer, 48, pleaded guilty to the murder and rape of marketing executive Sarah Everard this month. Couzens, from Kent, abducted Ms Everard as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham on March 3.