UK minister seeks to calm row over France Covid travel curbs. Grant Shapps defends decision to put France on UK’s amber-plus list over Beta variant threat
‘He didn’t have chance to get his jab’: grief for recent UK Covid victims. Families paying tribute to those who have died urge people to get vaccinated and continue precautions
After an Olympics with plenty of free time, Simone Manuel finally got back to racing Friday night. Manuel competed for the first time since anchoring the United States to a relay bronze medal, shaking off a five-day layoff to post the 11th-fastest time in the preliminaries of the 50-meter freestyle at 24.65 seconds. The frenzied dash from one end of the pool to the other is the American swimmer's only individual event in Tokyo.
Champagne, sequins and, er, lateral flow tests — as Londoners hit the dancefloor with gusto and gossip returns, Leonie Cooper reports from the frontline
While a majority of Indians have antibodies against the novel coronavirus, vaccinations and Covid-19 precautions are the only ways out of the pandemic, experts say. Two-thirds of Indians above the age of 6 have had Covid-19 antibodies, according to findings of the fourth nationwide serological survey conducted by country’s top medical body, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).The survey was conducted across the country in June and July. Its findings are significant because this is for
BMX racing queen Beth Shriever said she hopes to inspire other girls to take up the sport after winning a historic gold at the Tokyo Olympics. The 22-year-old, from Leytonstone, east London, was scooped up in the air at the finish line by team-mate Kye Whyte, who had won silver in the men’s events just minutes before.
Turkish firefighters continue to battle deadly wildfires that forced the evacuation of entire villages and hotels on the Mediterranean coast. At least four people were reported dead Thursday and more than 180 injured.
Britain’s women saw their Olympic football dream come to a crushing end as they suffered a dramatic 4-3 extra-time defeat to Australia, despite Ellen White’s hat-trick. After the game had finished 2-2 at the end of 90 minutes, Caroline Weir missed a glorious chance to put Team GB ahead from the penalty spot and within minutes Mary Fowler’s deflected strike found the net, before Sam Kerr’s header seemed to have sent Australia through to the semi-finals.
Jeanette Winterson’s essays about the future of artificial intelligence are scary, fascinating and peppered with her wry humour
Raluca Ioana Tagani appeared before a judge in Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning accused of murdering Liam O’Keefe.
The men’s eight salvaged some pride as Great Britain failed to win a rowing gold for the first Olympics since 1980. The crew, which included Team GB’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremony Mohamed Sbihi, picked up bronze in the final race of the regatta, behind New Zealand and Germany. Britain had been the leading rowing nation at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
When the pandemic shut down tourism, Finland’s only orthodox Christian monastery, Valamo, faced a one-third loss of its three million euro ($3.5 million) turnover, but the monks opted to cut down and sell four years’ worth of their trees at once, managing to plug the gap in its finances. The orthodox Christian church numbers 60,000 members in predominantly protestant Finland, about one percent of the population.
A young goat in Tacoma, Washington, showed two of its cat companions who was boss by shoving them off the kitchen counter.Footage by Timothy C Minyard shows the goat, an eight-week-old Nigerian dwarf, and its mini-LaMancha pal chilling on the kitchen counter with a pair of cats, when it decides to headbutt the unsuspecting white cat off the surface. The other cat also ends up off the counter.Good thing cats always land on their feet, huh?Minyard helps run Funkytown Farm in Puyallup, and says that he hand-raises a lot of his animals. Credit: Timothy C Minyard via Storyful
Kye Whyte's parents spoke to Beth Shriever's father on the phone after their children celebrated double success on the BMX track at the Olympic Games.
Locked down with Covid cases rising, Sydney wonders how Delta outbreak will endWith restrictions extended for four weeks, cases growing and a sluggish vaccine rollout, the end of the outbreak seems far awaySee all our coronavirus coverage A man walks past the city skyline at dawn in Sydney, where troops will patrol the streets to enforce Covid restrictions Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP
Jack Peat, author of The Great Pie Revolt: A Gastronomic Guide to the Premier League and EFL, says run-of-the-mill catering offered at most grounds has driven a wedge between football clubs and their localities. The over-reliance on centralised, large-scale caterers means fans are getting an identikit experience wherever they travel in the country, masking the resurgence of local food and drink producers. Calling on fans to revolt against the bland match-day offering, Jack said: "Football ground
Hendrix, Tommy, Hannah, Alan, Nancy, Gizmo, Kyo, Ollie and Cosmo - were killed while another seven were injured. Bouquet has been sentenced to five years and three months behind bars. The owners of nine-month-old Hendrix noticed a CCTV camera near to where he was attacked, that had been set up by a neighbour whose cat had suffered a similar fate a year before.
Peter Kay fans have clamoured for tickets to see his return to the stage - selling the shows out in 30 minutes. The Bolton funnyman, who has been all but absent from the public eye over the last few years, will make his stage comeback next month when he hosts two live Q&As in Manchester. Kay's shows will be in aid of 20-year-old Laura Nuttall, who has a severe form of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme.
Angela Constance said ministers would consider the legislation which calls for users to have a guaranteed right to access treatment.
Spain could be added to the amber-plus list. The country currently remains on the UK’s amber list meaning double-jabbed Brits can travel without having to self isolate for 10 days. Ministers are to discuss downgrading the whole of the mainland and the Balearic Islands, putting holiday plans at risk once more, the Guardian reported.
Taiwan's economic growth slowed to 7.5% over a year earlier in the latest quarter as anti-coronavirus controls depressed consumer spending and manufacturing. A resurgence of coronavirus cases prompted Taiwan's government to tighten social distance measures for factories and retailing. Consumer spending fell 0.4% from a year earlier.