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‘Too soon’ to see fall in Covid-19 hospital cases even though lockdown measures ‘are working,’ government says

LOCKDOWN measures enacted to slow the spread of Covid-19 “are working,” but it is yet to be seen whether they have resulted in a fall in the number of hospital cases, the government said today.

At this afternoon’s daily Downing Street briefing, deputy chief scientific ...

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Libyan coastguard fires warning shots at NGO ship during rescue for the second time

THE EU-supported Libyan coastguard fired warning shots and carried out “risky manoeuvres” as a ship was attempting to save the lives of more than 60 refugees today. 

The Alan Kurdi, a vessel operated by the German charity Sea Eye, was alerted to an emergency in the Libyan ...

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Editorial: Coronavirus, international trade and the Labour reshuffle

BARBADOS is seeking answers over the US decision to block a ventilator shipment. 

Germany decries “modern piracy” over Washington’s actions diverting face masks that Berlin had ordered to its own shores.

In the throes of a global pandemic, the Donald Trump administration’s ...

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‘Act now on rise in domestic abuse during Covid-19 lockdown’

CHARITIES are demanding urgent action from the government to protect victims of domestic abuse by putting the issue at the heart of its response to the Covid-19 crisis. 

Domestic abuse charities have made repeated warnings that lockdown measures could escalate violence in homes as ...

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Starmer pledges more powers for Scottish Parliament in move to federal system of government

MORE powers should be devolved from Westminster to the Scottish Parliament as part of a move to a federal system of government, new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said today.

Writing in the Daily Record, he said that Labour would set up a UK constitutional convention based on the ...

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Prominent Corbyn allies moved off Labour front bench in Starmer's shadow cabinet reshuffle

NEW Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer dropped prominent allies of Jeremy Corbyn from the shadow cabinet as he continued his reshuffle today.

Richard Burgon, Dawn Butler, Dan Carden, Peter Dowd, Margaret Greenwood, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, Ian Lavery and Jon Trickett have all departed ...

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Men’s Football Coronavirus doesn't stop Tajikistan from getting their league started

TAJIKISTAN started a new football season on Saturday, joining a small group of countries around the world where play has continued despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Istiklol Dushanbe retained the Central Asian nation’s season-opening Super Cup on Saturday with a come-from-behind 2-1 win ...

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Men’s football FA staff take pay cuts

THE highest-paid staff at the FA will take wage cuts of up to 30 per cent as the organisation tries to manage the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chief executive Mark Bullingham outlined the cost-saving measures in a message to staff published on the body’s website ...

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Turkey: Progressive lawyers turn their hunger strike into a ‘death fast’ in demand for a fair trial

TWO jailed members of Turkey’s Progressive Lawyers Association (CHD) have turned their hunger strike into a “death fast” as they demand the right to a fair trial after receiving lengthy sentences on trumped-up terrorism charges.

Ebru Timtik, a CHD executive member, and Aytac Unsal ...

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Young and low earners hardest hit by business closures due to coronavirus

YOUNG workers and people on low incomes are the most likely to be affected by business closures during the coronavirus pandemic, researchers said today.

A “remarkable concentration” of workers under 25 and those earning the lowest wages are employed in sectors that have shut down in ...

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Scottish Tory MSPs delete evidence showing they flouted social distancing measures

A TORY MSP whose hiking partner called for the sacking of Scotland’s chief medical officer for breaching coronavirus travel restrictions has deleted evidence showing that the pair had also flouted social-distancing measures.

On March 21, Liz Smith posted a photo of her Highlands hike ...

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Wales to provide childcare for all key workers during pandemic

CRITICAL workers in Wales will get free childcare during the coronavirus pandemic through the government’s assistance scheme, it was revealed today.

Under the new plans, councils will be able to use funding from the Welsh government’s childcare offer to support registered childcare ...

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Israeli soldiers accused of attempts to spread coronavirus in occupied territories after spitting at people.

ISRAELI soldiers were accused of trying to spread coronavirus in a Palestinian town in the occupied West Bank today after spitting on vehicles and doors while dumping used gloves and needles near people’s homes.

Troops were also reported to have attacked the home of freed Palestinian ...

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Lawyers and motorists welcome ‘damning’ court verdict on Volkswagen's ‘dieselgate’ scandal

VOLKSWAGEN’S disregard for public health in pursuit of profit and market dominance has been exposed in a damning High Court ruling, lawyers representing thousands of motorists said today.

About 90,000 motorists who bought or leased VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda diesel vehicles took legal ...

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US-Afghan-Taliban peace deal on verge of collapse

THE Taliban has warned that the peace deal it signed recently with the United States is on the verge of collapse, accusing both Washington and the Afghan government of violating its terms.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Islamist group said that the US had breached the agreement by ...

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Sudan's armed forces deny coup plot

SUDAN’S armed forces had to deny reports today that they were plotting a coup to coincide with the first anniversary of the country’s sit-in protests, which led to the resignation of president Omar al-Bashir last year.

Senior sources inside the country indicated that moves were ...

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Reach publishing puts fifth of staff on furlough and cuts pay by 10 per cent

A MAJOR newspaper publisher announced plans today to put a fifth of staff on furlough and cut the pay of the remaining employees by 10 per cent.

Reach plc, which has about 4,700 staff and publishes the Daily Mirror, Daily Star and Daily Express, said that advertising, circulation and ...

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Hospitals run out of body bags as mortuaries overflow, union warns

TWO hospitals serving almost half a million people in London and Surrey have run out of body bags as the coronavirus death toll mounts, according to GMB today.

More than 50 people have died from the coronavirus at the Epsom & St Helier University Trust’s two general ...

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US accused of ‘modern piracy’ after seizing ventilators bound for Barbados

BARBADOS is seeking answers after the US seized a consignment of ventilators destined for the country in its battle to fight the global coronavirus pandemic, prompting accusations of “modern piracy.”

The Caribbean country’s Health Minister Jeffrey Bostic confirmed that the shipment ...

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Private ambulance driver displaying coronavirus symptoms refused test

A DRIVER employed by a private ambulance operator was refused a coronavirus test despite displaying symptoms because it is too “expensive,” the GMB union said today.

The driver is employed by the HATS Group, which describes itself as “a leading provider of healthcare transport ...

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Women's rugby union Richmond disappointed after being replaced by Sale and Exeter

SALE SHARKS and Exeter Chiefs have been invited to compete in the Premier 15s for the next three seasons, replacing Richmond and Waterloo, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

The governing body today named the 10 teams that will compete in the top flight of the women’s club game in ...

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