Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said a mass testing scheme in Liverpool would be made “as simple and accessible as possible”.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said Boris Johnson should have listened to his scientific experts 40 days ago.
Donald Trump and Joe Biden are going head-to-head in the 2020 US presidential election. Former vice president Mr Biden is currently leading Mr Trump in the polls but the election could be decided by a handful of states that could swing for either candidate. Most voters are expected to decide between candidates from the Democrats (the liberal, left-of-centre party) and the Republicans (the conservative, right-of-centre party).
European Union negotiators have conceded a major British demand on fishing rights after Brexit, it was reported on Monday. Brussels was said to have caved on a long-standing UK demand that future fishing opportunities be calculated on the basis of zonal attachment, although that was denied by some EU sources. British fishermen will have a larger share of the catch under zonal attachment than under the historic catch patterns that form the basis of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy. Zonal attachment is a system that calculates a share of the catch based on which waters the fish are in. The concession would allow Britain to claim victory in its goals of taking back control of British waters and significantly increasing the amount of fish caught in UK waters by British fishermen.
China has annexed more than 150 hectares of Nepal, politicians from the tiny Himalayan nation have told the Telegraph, months after deadly border clashes between Chinese and Indian troops. China allegedly began seizing Nepalese land in five frontier districts in May, sending members of its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) across undefended areas of the border. In the north-western district of Humla, PLA troops crossed the border into the Limi Valley and Hilsa, moving stone pillars which had previously demarcated the boundary further into Nepalese territory before constructing alleged military bases. The Daily Telegraph has seen images of the bases. PLA soldiers also allegedly moved border pillars further into Nepalese territory in the district of Gorkha. Further annexations occurred in the Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk and Sankuwasabha districts, after Chinese engineers in the Tibet Autonomous Region diverted the flow of rivers acting as a natural boundary and claimed the previously submerged Nepalese territory.
National Cyber Security Centre says a quarter of record recorded incidents in the past year were coronavirus-related
Dalton Harrison, 40, is a transgender man who spent a year behind bars in women’s prisons in the UK. Since getting out, the former inmate has advocated for trans rights in prisons and called for better education for prisoners. Dalton writes for PinkNews on his experience in prison and making changes to the system.
Dr Deborah Birx warned of a likely surge in cases across the nation as temperatures drop
More than 1 billion Chinese citizens will participate in a once-in-a-decade census that will inform policymakers on demographic shifts in the world's most-populous but fast-ageing nation, and help shape social and economic policies in the years to come. Over 7 million census takers began going door to door on Sunday to collect information ranging from car ownership to whether they have family members in Hong Kong or Taiwan. Census takers, instead of pen and paper, are armed with smartphones and computer tablets.
People familiar with the inner workings of the president’s campaign – and his opponent’s – told me the real reason Trump is probably heading for a loss
Germany joins Belgium and France in the list of European countries to introduce second lockdown
US commandos have rescued missionary Philip Walton in Nigeria, just a few days after he was abducted by gunmen in the south of neighbouring Niger and taken across the border. Walton was abducted last Tuesday morning on the outskirts of Massalata, a village about 10 kilometres from the border with Nigeria.In a dramatic predawn raid on Saturday, commandos from the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6 rescued the 27-year-old after they tracked his abductors' phones to a hide-out in neighbouring northern Nigeria, according to U.S. officials.Walton was released unharmed and no American military personnel were injured during the operation, chief Pentagon spokesperson, Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement on Saturday.All but one of the captors were killed during the high-precision raid, U.S. officials said.President Donald Trump hailed the rescue operation in a tweet as a “big win".He also tweeted that “courageous soldiers” had pulled off a “daring nighttime rescue operation” and told reporters that “it was something that had to get done because they were playing with American citizens". Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that the rescue by “some of our bravest and most skilled warriors” underscores the U.S. commitment “to the safe return of all U.S. citizens taken captive".The U.S., Niger and Nigeria governments worked together to secure Walton’s quick release before his abductors had time to hand him over to terrorist groups operating in the area."We appreciate the support of our international partners in conducting this operation," Hoffman said.A 'lucky' escapeWalton, 27, had been living in Massalata with his wife and child for two years, according to his father, who himself has been in Niger for nearly 30 years, working as a missionary.Local officials had said this week that the kidnappers had called the man's father to demand a ransom, though the family did not confirm this.Eric Oehlerich, a consultant and retired Navy SEAL, told ABC News that Walton was "lucky" that such a mission was possible so quickly after he was abducted, when others have been held for years. Jihadist insurgencyNiger lies in the heart of the vast Sahel region, which is struggling with a jihadist insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes.U.S. forces have two drone bases in Agadez and Dirkou, in northern Niger. Their aircraft provide significant support to the French anti-jihadist Barkhane force in the Sahel.In October 2017, four American Special Forces soldiers and five Nigerien soldiers were killed in an ambush in Tongo Tongo, near Mali, in southwestern Niger.In August, six French aid workers and two Niger citizens were killed in the Koure wildlife reserve west of Niamey.Both kidnappings were claimed by the Islamic State armed group.Western hostagesSeveral Westerners are currently being held hostage in the region, including American aid worker Jeffery Woodke, who was kidnapped in the central town of Abalak in October 2016 and is believed to be in neighbouring Mali now.Three Europeans, including 75-year-old French charity worker Sophie Petronin, were released along with Malian opposition politician Soumaila Cissé by their captors in Mali earlier this month under a prisoner swap arranged by the Malian government which saw some 200 jihadists go free.One of the jihadists freed in the Petronin swap, but arrested in Algeria midweek, has claimed a multimillion euro ransom was paid to broker that deal."First, I heard talk of an exchange of 207 prisoners and (a ransom of 10 million euros), then heard the amount was 30 million euros," Mustapha Derrar said in a video broadcast Saturday on Algerian state television seen by AFP.Derrar said there had been talks between France - which has denied involvement in or knowledge of any ransom payment - and Sahel region jihadist leader Iyad Ag Ghali and Mali in the lead-up to the swap. It was, however, impossible to verify his claim.(with AFP/AP)
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French schoolchildren observed a minute’s silence on Monday in honour of Samuel Paty, the teacher beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen refugee, under threat of punishment from the prime minister. France is on maximum security alert following Mr Paty’s murder last month and the killing of three people in a frenzied knife attack in a Nice church by a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant on Thursday. Mr Paty was killed after showing his class cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed. Jean Castex, the prime minister, warned that pupils who refused to take part in the tribute to Mr Paty would face punishment. He did not specify what the punishment would be. A number of children in mainly Muslim areas declined to observe a minute’s silence after 12 people were massacred in 2015 at the office of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The latest Islamist attacks have again laid bare deep divisions in France. Some Muslims see its secular laws and the separation of religion and state as a means of suppressing their religious practices.