France on Tuesday hailed "an audacious first step towards European strategic autonomy" as it signed a €3bn (£2.6bn) "strategic partnership" with Greece in the aftermath of a diplomatic row between France and Australia over a nuclear submarine deal.
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.
US records largest annual increase in murders in six decadesNational murder rate rises nearly 30%, with figure increasing across all regions and from small towns to cities The increase in murders does not erase safety gains since 1991. Photograph: Jay Paul/Reuters
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
A Bernese mountain dog was spotted enjoying the wind in its fur as it sat like a human in the backseat of an SUV cruising down Interstate 93 in Massachusetts.Footage by Caitlyn Tremblay shows the fluffy passenger chilling with a leg leaning against the window as the car whizzed past her and her boyfriend near Quincy.“At first the dog had both paws extended straight out the window but I wasn’t able to capture that on video,” Tremblay told Storyful. “But when they came closer to us and when I started filming is when they changed positions to look like they were sitting like a person.”“I don’t know who the owner/driver was but I hope they see this video so they know their dog is so loved,” she said. Credit: Caitlyn Tremblay via Storyful