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June 26, 2019

Invasion of the rodents a grim reality of lockdown

For most of us, an invasion of rats is the stuff of nightmares, but now the invasion of the rodents has become a grim reality. Pest control companies across the UK have reported a rise in rats in residential areas during lockdown. With their usual foraging spots less fruitful as restrictions shut...

Prince Philip: TV viewers switch off blanket coverage

When the Duke of Edinburgh’s death was announced on Friday, the nation’s broadcasters, including Channel 4, rearranged their schedules to make way for extended programmes paying tribute to his life. But it seems that blanket coverage prompted viewers to reach for their remotes to switch off or...

St Vincent authorities urge people to leave their homes before further eruptions

To the Caribbean Island of St Vincent, where authorities are urging any residents refusing to leave their homes to get out for their own safety before further eruptions expected from La Soufriere volcano. Kenton Chance is there for us.

UK exports to EU rebound but many firms still struggling with post-Brexit red tape

Trade between the UK and the European Union rebounded in February after a slump in January caused by Brexit. Exports jumped by 46 per cent compared with January, but many companies are still finding that post-Brexit red tape is strangling trade with the EU.

‘If they are not going to make negotiations it will head to civil war“ – Myanmar former UK ambassador

The UN human rights office says it fears the situation in Myanmar could escalate into a civil conflict similar to that seen in Syria due to the clampdown on protests by the military there. According to the UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, more than 3,000 people have been detained and there...

Surge testing for South Africa Covid-variant carried out in two London boroughs

Hundreds of thousands of people across south London are being urged to get tested for the coronavirus in an effort to contain an outbreak of the highly infectious South Africa variant. Some 44 cases have so far been confirmed in the boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth, though the lifting of some...

Biden calls Putin amid Russian military build-up on Ukraine border

After Donald Trump’s erratic policies, Joe Biden appears keen to reset military relations with Nato and Europe. The White House has announced it would be sending more soldiers to Germany, reversing Trump’s decision to pull them out. But it is a recent build-up of Russian military on the border with...

‘A minister of the crown becoming a paid lobbyist is unfortunate’ – former attorney general Dominic Grieve

We spoke to former Conservative MP Dominic Grieve who, as attorney general, was David Cameron’s principal legal adviser between 2010 and 2014. We asked him whether former members of parliament should become lobbyists.

Top civil servant advised Greensill while still working in Whitehall

A senior civil servant advised the scandal-hit finance firm Greensill Capital while he was still working in Whitehall, it’s emerged today. Bill Crothers took the role roughly three months before he left his job as the government’s chief financial officer. Yesterday Boris Johnson ordered a review...

‘We’ve been here before’ – Campaign Zero’s DeRay McKesson on killing of Daunte Wright

DeRay McKesson is an activist and co-founder of Campaign Zero, an organisation that seeks to end police violence in America.

Police officer who killed Black man resigns as anger mounts in Minneapolis

The dusk-to-dawn curfew to contain protest after the killing of another Black man at the hands of police was ignored by thousands last night. Here right now, where Daunte Wright was shot, is calm – a place of memorial. But last night by the police station we watched as state troopers used tear gas,...

Has Covid changed the ‘cult of celebrity’?

History was made at the Baftas last night after Chloe Zhao became the first woman of colour to be named best director, her film Nomadland emerging as the big winner of the night’s awards. But this was a very different sort of Bafta ceremony – no audience, a paparazzi-free red carpet, the gushing...

Shirley Williams, former Labour minister and Lib Dem peer, dies at 90

The Liberal Democrat peer who helped to change the face of centre-left politics in the UK, Baroness Shirley Williams, has died at the age of 90. In a political career spanning more than half a century, she served as a Labour cabinet minister before leaving the party as one of the “Gang of Four” who...

Inquest opens into deaths of two young people in London Bridge terror attack

The inquest into the deaths of two young people in a terror attack on London Bridge in November 2019 has opened, with newly released CCTV footage showing convicted terrorist Usman Khan chasing people with knives taped to his hands. Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt were killed by Khan at a prisoner...

On the ground in St Vincent as volcano ‘destroying everything in its path’

The Caribbean island of St Vincent has been rocked by a huge explosion, as the La Soufrière volcano fired a huge plume of ash and hot gas into the skies. Officials said it was “destroying everything in its path”, amid fears for the safety of some residents who have refused to obey orders to...

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