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The final stage of easing lockdown restrictions in England is to be delayed until 19 July. It means most remaining curbs on social contact will continue beyond 21 June, when they had been due to be lifted. The limit on wedding guest numbers will be removed but venues will still have to adhere to other […]

The broad terms of a trade deal between the UK and Australia have been agreed, the BBC understands, with a formal announcement expected on Tuesday. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison agreed the deal over dinner at Downing Street. It’s said Welsh lamb, Scottish smoked salmon and Australian wine were […]

Hospitality, wedding and night-time entertainment businesses have reacted with horror to the delay in England’s full reopening until 19 July. One nightclub owner told the BBC he had been closed since March last year and had a full diary of events planned over the next few weeks, which he’ll now have to cancel, losing thousands […]

None of that is guaranteed, of course, and so a delay, government scientists are arguing, gives them more time to work out with confidence where we are heading – and it is even possible the immunity built up by the vaccines will have started to halt the growth by then. Go to Source Date: 14 […]

Getty Images A headache, sore throat and running nose are now the most commonly reported symptoms linked to Covid infection in the UK, researchers say. Prof Tim Spector, who runs the Zoe Covid Symptom study, says catching the Delta variant can feel “more like a bad cold” for younger people. But although they may not […]

Every year tens of thousands of Ethiopians begin the perilous 2,000km (1,200-mile) trek from their home country to Saudi Arabia, attempting to cross mountains, deserts, the Red Sea and even a war zone. Some of these migrants describe how they face robbery, extortion and starvation in temperatures of around 50 Celsius. Many die along the […]

After the first meeting of world leaders in two years, Mr Johnson said “the world was looking to us to reject some of the selfish, nationalistic approaches that marred the initial global response to the pandemic and to channel all our diplomatic, economic and scientific might to defeating Covid for good”. Go to Source Date: […]

Asked at a G7 press conference about plans to ease lockdown measures, the prime minister said: “We are continuing to look at the data, no final decision has been taken, and the right time to fill everybody in on what we are going to do with step four with June 21 is tomorrow, as I […]

PA Media US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have met the Queen at Windsor Castle. The visit included a Guard of Honour and afternoon tea with the monarch. Mr Biden said afterwards that the Queen had reminded him of his mother, and he had invited the Queen to visit the White House. […]

Getty Images World leaders meeting in Cornwall are to adopt strict measures on coal-fired power stations as part of the battle against climate change. The G7 group will promise to move away from coal plants, unless they have technology to capture carbon emissions. It comes as Sir David Attenborough warned that humans could be “on […]