In Pictures: Flags fly for England as anticipation builds
With just a day to go until England take to the pitch at Wembley for the Euro 2020 final, the anticipation is growing across the nation.
Flag makers have been working “through the night” to keep up with the surging demand for England-themed paraphernalia.
It’s not just residential addresses that have taken to the red and white theme.
The final is due to kick off at 8pm and will finish by 10pm if it ends in normal time. However, if it goes to extra time and possibly a penalty shootout, the game would conclude closer to 11pm.
In response to the anticipated celebrations or commiserations, employers and school heads are considering allowing staff and pupils to enjoy a lie-in the morning after the game. A number of schools have already said they will allow pupils to start later on Monday if they want to.
A victory against Italy at Wembley would be the men’s football team’s first major tournament win since the famous 1966 World Cup triumph.
People who have recovered from COVID-19 are more likely to score lower on intelligence tests, new research has found. Scientists tested 81,337 people between January and December last year as part of the Great British Intelligence Test, including almost 13,000 who had been infected with the virus. After controlling for factors including age, sex, first language and education level, researchers found those who had contracted COVID saw the greatest underperformance on tasks requiring reasoning, planning and problem-solving compared to those who had not had the virus.
East London hospital cancels operations after floodingAmbulances diverted away from Whipps Cross hospital as heavy rain causes flooding across capital Whipps Cross hospital in east London. Photograph: Nigel Howard/ANL/Rex/Shutterstock
The ruling party of Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has won a majority of seats in Pakistan-administered Kashmir's regional assembly, the head of the election commission announced on Monday. Analysts say polarisation in Pakistan's politics pushed the main national parties to focus on the polls in the semi-autonomous region, tightening races in an election that is often overlooked and traditionally won by the national ruling party. Khan, who came to power in a 2018 election, has faced growing criticism over his management of Pakistan's economy and his ability to deliver on campaign promises, including pledges to create millions of new jobs and root out corruption.
Labour Party moderates have seized control of key leadership positions in London after ousting a number of Jeremy Corbyn supporters. Campaigners declared the party is “on the mend” as largely centre left candidates won 13 out of 16 posts that represent Constituency Labour Parties [CLPs] on the London regional board. The overhaul signals a major transfer of power from left-wingers who backed Jeremy Corbyn’s premiership to progressives supporting Sir Keir Starmer.
A man has told Sky News of the desperate attempts to save his wife, their nine-year-old son and a family friend who died in Loch Lomond. Edina Olahova, 29, and Rana Haris Ali lost their lives alongside their friend Muhammad Asim Riaz, 41, near Pulpit Rock on Saturday evening. Waris Ali said his wife, son and family friends, including their children, decided to stop off at the beach on their way back from the Isle of Skye.
France, Spain, Italy and 20 other EU countries may be taken to court for their tardiness in enacting landmark EU copyright rules into national law, the European Commission said on Monday as it asked the group to explain the delays. The copyright rules, adopted two years ago, aim to ensure a level playing field between the European Union's trillion-euro creative industries and online platforms such as Google, owned by Alphabet, and Facebook. The Commission said it had sent letters of formal notice, the first step of its infringement proceedings, to the countries group asking for explanations.
In an open letter to NASA, Jeff Bezos has offered to waive billions of dollars in payments from the space agency in order to ensure his company Blue Origin gets to take part in its upcoming moon missions. With a potential funding shortfall threatening to derail NASA's planned moon missions - in particular its Human Landing System (HLS) - the billionaire founder of Amazon and the world's wealthiest person has offered to bridge the financial gap "by waiving all payments in the current and next two government fiscal years up to $2bn to get the program back on track".
In 2022, the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, her grandson, the artist formerly known as Prince Harry, will publish a memoir. A deal with Penguin Random House, reputed to run into tens of millions of dollars, promises the unlikely conclusion, according to Harry, that “no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think”. Princess Michael of Kent has published seven books including the Anjou Trilogy, three historical novels set in 15th-century France.
The European Union urged all political actors in Tunisia on Monday to respect the country's constitution and avoid violence after Tunisia's president ousted the government and froze parliament with help from the army. "We are closely following the latest developments in Tunisia," a spokeswoman for the European Commission said. Tunisia faced its worst crisis in a decade of democracy on Monday after President Kais Saied ousted the government and froze parliament with help from the army in a move denounced as a coup by the main parties including Islamists.