Tourists forced to wade as unusually high tide floods Venice

An unusually high tide flooded parts of Venice on Saturday forcing tourists to take off their shoes and wade through the city's famous landmarks.

A video showed Saint Mark's Square's famous 12 Century paving completely inundated with water and tourists paddling across to the Basilica.

According to the filmer, these unusually high tides occur roughly once every five years.

  • Exclusive: Covid-19 may not have originated in China, Oxford University expert believes
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    Exclusive: Covid-19 may not have originated in China, Oxford University expert believes

    Coronavirus may have lain dormant across the world and emerged when environmental conditions were right for it to thrive - rather than starting in China, an Oxford University expert believes. Dr Tom Jefferson, senior associate tutor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), at Oxford, and visiting professor at Newcastle University, argues that there is growing evidence that the virus was elsewhere before it emerged in Asia. Last week, Spanish virologists announced they had found traces of the disease in samples of waste water collected in March 2019, nine months before the coronavirus disease was seen in China. Italian scientists have also found evidence of coronavirus in sewage samples in Milan and Turin, in mid-December, many weeks before the first case was detected, while experts have found traces in Brazil in November.

  • Majority of Brits are braced for a second peak and think pubs have reopened too soon
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    Polling agency Opinium found that 52% of Brits think the hospitality sector has gone back into business too early.

  • Democracy activists' books unavailable in Hong Kong libraries after new law
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    Democracy activists' books unavailable in Hong Kong libraries after new law

    Books by prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy figures have become unavailable in the Chinese-ruled city's public libraries as they are being reviewed to see whether they violate a new national security law, a government department said on Sunday. The sweeping legislation, which came into force on Tuesday night at the same time its contents were published, punishes crimes related to secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, with punishments of up to life in prison. Hong Kong public libraries "will review whether certain books violate the stipulations of the National Security Law," the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which runs the libraries, said in a statement. "While legal advice will be sought in the process of the review, the books will not be available for borrowing and reference in libraries.” A search for books by young activist Joshua Wong or pro-democracy politician Tanya Chan on the public libraries website showed the books, including "Unfree Speech," co-authored by Wong, either unavailable or under review. "The national security law ... imposes a mainland-style censorship regime upon this international financial city," Wong tweeted on Saturday, adding his titles "are now prone to book censorship."

  • Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: Lewis Hamilton misses out on podium as Valtteri Bottas wins
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    Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: Lewis Hamilton misses out on podium as Valtteri Bottas wins

    Follow live updates from the Austrian Grand Prix as the 2020 Formula One season finally gets underway, four months later than planned, where pre-race drama has seen Lewis Hamilton hit with a three-place grid penalty just an hour before lights out and 14 of the 20 drivers take a knee before the national anthem.The coronavirus pandemic put all sport worldwide on hold, including F1, with the Australian Grand Prix back in March cancelled at the last minute to result in the season start being delayed by four months. A season re-jig means that a new eight-race European calendar is in place, starting with back-to-back weekends in Austria, where Valtteri Bottas starts on pole position after beating Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying.

  • Agents of SHIELD's Clark Gregg and Dirty Dancing's Jennifer Grey are divorcing after 19 years together
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  • Met police urged to investigate Dominic Cummings' trip during Covid-19 lockdown
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    Coronavirus: World has seen record 24-hour rise in COVID-19 cases - WHO

    The world has seen a record rise in coronavirus cases over a 24-hour period, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The new record is 212,326, with the biggest rise in infections coming in the US , Brazil and India . In the US, there were a further 53,213 cases reported in the latest 24-hour period, ahead of Brazil (48,105) and India (22,771).

  • Is London's lockdown over? Revellers enjoy drinks in Soho and Leicester Square
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    Is London's lockdown over? Revellers enjoy drinks in Soho and Leicester Square

    Social distancing was in short supply in central London's Soho and Leicester Square on Super Saturday (July 4), when coronavirus lockdown rules were eased and pubs and restaurants reopened.

  • In pictures: UK's 'Super Saturday' as pubs and restaurants reopen
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    In pictures: UK's 'Super Saturday' as pubs and restaurants reopen

    Pubs and restaurants have finally reopened in England following months of closure due to the coronavirus lockdown.The first pints were poured as restrictions were eased at 6am on so-called Super Saturday.Chancellor Rishi Sunak has welcomed the reopening of businesses, which included hairdressers.On a visit to The Bell & Crown in Chiswick, west London, he said: “The hospitality sector is a vital part of our economy and crucial to people’s livelihoods – Britain’s pubs and bars alone employ almost half a million people – which is why it’s such good news that so many people are able to return to work this weekend, helping us all to enjoy summer safely.”Read more: Pubs open in UK for ‘Super Saturday’, but Covid-19 could crash the partyBut the government has urged the public not to get carried away with the new freedoms.Prime minister Boris Johson warned on Friday night “we are not out of the woods yet” and added ministers “will not hesitate in putting on the brakes and re-imposing restrictions” in case of an outbreak.Health secretary Matt Hancock told the Daily Mail people were entitled to enjoy themselves at pubs but added: “You could end up behind bars if you break the law.”He also said he would not “shirk” from shutting pubs and restaurants again, and imposing local lockdowns if needed.Pubs in Wales and Scotland must remain closed until later this month as the devolved nations are lifting their own lockdown rules more slowly, but hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes in Northern Ireland reopened on Friday.In England, couples could also get married again and cinemas were also allowed to open on Saturday.Read more: Boris Johnson tells Britons to behave responsibly as pubs re-open

  • Sunak considers £500 vouchers for all UK adults to spend in Covid-hit firms
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    Sunak considers £500 vouchers for all UK adults to spend in Covid-hit firms

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    'We've got to do something': Republican rebels come together to take on Trump

    'We've got to do something': Republican rebels come together to take on Trump. A slew of organized Republican groups have sprung up to do all they can to defeat Trump in November. Will their effort work?

  • Coronavirus: La Marina becomes second region in Spain to re-enter lockdown in just 24 hours due to Covid-19 spike
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    Coronavirus: La Marina becomes second region in Spain to re-enter lockdown in just 24 hours due to Covid-19 spike

    Spain has sent a second region back into lockdown in just 24 hours after a spike in coronavirus cases.People will be banned from entering or leaving La Marina, near Lugo in Galicia, for five days from midnight on Sunday.

  • Madeleine McCann suspect 'could have snatched another child', say parents of young girl he allegedly exposed himself to
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    Madeleine McCann suspect 'could have snatched another child', say parents of young girl he allegedly exposed himself to

    The German paedophile suspected of abducting Madeleine McCann “could have snatched another child”, say the parents of a young girl he allegedly exposed himself to in 2017. Christian Brückner was arrested in Portugal for exposing himself at a playground, leaving parents terrified that the convicted sex offender could have gone further and taken their children away in his van. The new details of Brückner’s twisted behaviour in the Algarve have once again put the spotlight on Portuguese authorities as to why they did not link the career criminal to the country’s biggest ever missing persons case. Instead of facing trial in Portugal, he was extradited to Germany on an outstanding arrest warrant for separate child sex abuse charges. The German drifter, who spent two decades living on and off in Portugal was arrested in 2017 after four children told their parents he had flashed them at a playground in Sao Bartomoleu de Messines, a town less than an hour away from Praia da Luz, where Madeleine went missing ten years before.

  • Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia
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    Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia

    Many of the protesters carried rifles, including military-type weapons, and some wore ammunition belts slung over their shoulders. Although African Americans appeared to account for the vast majority of the marchers, protesters of various races, men and women alike, were among the group. One video clip showed a leader of the demonstrators, who was not identified, shouting into a loudspeaker in a challenge to white supremacists who historically have used Stone Mountain as a rallying spot of their own.

  • Flag-waving activists ridiculed for Scottish border coronavirus ‘patrol’
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    Flag-waving activists ridiculed for Scottish border coronavirus ‘patrol’

    Activists have been ridiculed and criticised for appearing to patrol the Scottish border, amid concerns people from England are bringing coronavirus into the country.In a video shared and condemned by Jamie Halcro Johnston, the MSP for Highlands & Islands, a group of people dressed in protective equipment can be seen waving Scottish flags while playing music.

  • Frank Sinatra ‘loathed’ Trump, says singer’s daughter after president lauded star
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    Frank Sinatra ‘loathed’ Trump, says singer’s daughter after president lauded star

    Frank Sinatra’s daughter says her father “loathed” Donald Trump after the president paid tribute to him in a speech and suggested his inclusion in a planned monument to American heroes.Actress and activist Mia Farrow, who was once married to Sinatra, tweeted: “Frank Sinatra would have loathed Donald Trump.”

  • Ghislaine Maxwell to appear in court as fresh details of arrest emerge
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    Ghislaine Maxwell to appear in court as fresh details of arrest emerge

    Ghislaine Maxwell to appear in court as fresh details of arrest emerge. More than 20 armed officers said to have taken part in raid leading to her detention at rural New Hampshire retreat

  • Israel says 'not necessarily' behind all Iran nuclear site incidents
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    Israel says 'not necessarily' behind all Iran nuclear site incidents

    Israel's defence minister said on Sunday it is not "necessarily" behind every mysterious incident in Iran, after a fire at the Natanz nuclear site prompted some Iranian officials to say it was the result of cyber sabotage. Israel, widely believed to be the region's only nuclear power, has pledged never to allow Iran to obtain atomic weapons, saying Tehran advocates its destruction.

  • Questions raised over whether virus sample in Wuhan lab could cause Covid-19
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    Questions raised over whether virus sample in Wuhan lab could cause Covid-19

    Scientists have raised fresh questions over whether a coronavirus sample held for years in a Wuhan laboratory could have mutated naturally or via genetic experimentation to become the virus which causes Covid-19.Since the Sars pandemic in 2003, China-based researchers have been scouring bat-inhabited caves in the hope of tracking and analysing potential new coronaviruses, notably at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).

  • Kanye West running for president in 2020: Kim Kardashian West and Elon Musk react
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    Kim Kardashian West has reacted to the the news that her husband, Kanye West, will run for president in 2020.The rapper and fashion designer announced his bid on Independence Day, with just four months until polling day on 3 November, the

  • Labour refuse to rule out support for 'wealth tax' raid on savings
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    Labour refuse to rule out support for 'wealth tax' raid on savings

    Labour's shadow chancellor has refused to rule out her party's support for a "wealth tax" on assets to aid the country's coronavirus recovery. Anneliese Dodds refused seven times to discuss the detail of a policy that could involve taxes on savings or property ownership in the UK to boost the country's public finances. Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr programme and Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Ms Dodds said the burden of higher taxation ought to fall on those with the "broadest shoulders". But pressed on what a Labour wealth tax might involve, she said a debate over the policy would take place only if the UK has a severe Covid-19 recession. "I think, where there needs to be additional funds going into the system, they should be coming from those with the broadest shoulders, and we have seen an increase in income and wealth inequality over recent years," she said. "I think there's strong public support for where there needs to be that additional contribution, that coming from those with the broadest shoulders." Her comments come in advance of an economic statement from Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, on Wednesday. The "mini-Budget" will allow the Government to set out policy for a coronavirus recovery. Asked if she was a socialist, Ms Dodds said she wanted to see a "fairer society". "We need to change to that," she said. "Some people would call that socialism; some people would call it fairness. "What's most important to me is that we actually get that changed that we don't ever enter a crisis again, with so many families in our country struggling." Ms Dodds has previously said the Government "does need to look at" the idea of a wealth tax, which could see the Treasury raid accounts for taxpayers' savings. Basic rate taxpayers can currently earn £1,000 of interest on their savings tax-free, and higher-rate taxpayers can earn £500. Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr on Sunday, Ms Dodds said the wealth tax was a "complicated area". "There's a large number of academics who are looking at this actually, [there are] currently a variety of different proposals," she said. "And I would really encourage Government to engage with that rather than looking at tax rises, which would affect everyone equally. I don't think that would be fair." Ms Dodds, who first entered Parliament in the 2017 election, took over the job of Shadow Chancellor from John McDonnell when Sir Keir Starmer entered office as Labour leader. Labour is widely expected to abandon much of the economic policy developed under Jeremy Corbyn, which called for free broadband, a pensions tax and significant nationalisation of industry.

  • Coronavirus UK map: the latest deaths and confirmed Covid-19 cases
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  • 'Alarm bells': how China's assertiveness led to Australia's defence overhaul
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    'Alarm bells': how China's assertiveness led to Australia's defence overhaul

    'Alarm bells': how China's assertiveness led to Australia's defence overhaul. The Morrison government re-centres defence strategy on the Indo-Pacific region – and subtly changes tone on the US

  • Big increase in job centre staff to be announced in wake of Covid-19 outbreak
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    Big increase in job centre staff to be announced in wake of Covid-19 outbreak

    The Chancellor is set to outline policies aimed at dealing with Britain's recovery from the outbreak on Wednesday.

  • Arsenal have no margin for error in hunt for Champions League
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    Arsenal have no margin for error in hunt for Champions League

    Boss Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal have no room for error if they want to make a late Champions League charge. Bukayo Saka’s first Premier League goal and Alexandre Lacazette’s late finish sealed a vital 2-0 victory at Wolves in the race for Europe. The Gunners moved into seventh, three points behind Wolves, after a third straight top-flight win without conceding.