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French prosecutors seek 6-month jail term for Sarkozy in campaign funding trial

Issued on: 17/06/2021 - 19:39 Prosecutors in the trial of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday called for a six-month jail term over campaign finance violations for his 2012 reelection bid. At the end of proceedings in Paris, they issued withering criticism of the former head of state and demanded a one-year jail term, with six mo..

DUP Brexiteer appointed Northern Ireland first minister amid UK-EU row over post-withdrawal protocol

Hardline Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Brexiteer Paul Givan has been appointed Northern Ireland’s new first minister amid an ongoing row between the UK and EU over the implementation of the post-Brexit protocol for the region. Givan’s installation as one of the joint leaders of the Northern Ireland government on Thursday comes after the DUP forc..

Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi who killed 22 people ‘should have been identified as...

The suicide bomber who killed 22 people and injured hundreds of others at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England should have been spotted as a threat, a public inquiry into the 2017 attack has found. Inquiry chief John Saunders said there “were a number of opportunities which were missed” that should have “prevented or minimised the devas..

Britain considers easing Covid-19 international travel restrictions for fully vaccinated citizens

The UK is considering easing travel restrictions for fully-vaccinated Britons, Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jesse Norman said, adding that the government strives for a balanced decision to not discriminate against anyone. If approved, the plan will allow fully vaccinated citizens to travel abroad without needing to self-isolate or quarantin..

UK govt considering mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for England’s care home staff, Hancock says

The UK government has opened a consultation on the mandatory Covid-19 vaccination of staff at care homes for elderly people in England, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced. “We have decided to take this proposal forward to protect residents,” Hancock told MPs in the House of Commons on Wednesday. He said the government is looking at compul..

Former top aide attacks Boris Johnson for peddling ‘fiction’ about ‘totally f**king hopeless’ health...

In a stunning blog post, Dominic Cummings has claimed that the UK Prime Minister is working with health secretary Matt Hancock to “rewrite history” despite supposedly considering him “totally f**king hopeless”. Among the series of bombshell revelations about Downing Street’s Covid response, Cummings leaked a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation p..

France to drop mandatory mask-wearing outdoors Thursday, curfew on Sunday

Issued on: 16/06/2021 - 13:27 France is lifting mandatory mask-wearing outdoors and will halt an eight-month nightly coronavirus curfew on June 20. Prime Minister Jean Castex welcomed the “very good news” and said the requirement for people to wear masks outdoors in much of the country would be lifted from Thursday, with some exceptions, while t..

London urges Brussels to be ‘reasonable’ over Northern Ireland, says the protocol was drafted...

The UK minister for international trade has called on Brussels to take a more “pragmatic” stance on the protocol agreement on post-Brexit Northern Ireland, claiming compromise is needed to restore normality in the region. Speaking to Sky News on Wednesday, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss demanded action from Brussels over the controversial..

Met Police question man, ‘actively seek’ another after anti-lockdown protesters chase BBC journalist through...

London’s Metropolitan Police have questioned one man and are hunting a second after BBC Newsnight’s political editor Nicholas Watt was chased through the streets of the UK capital during a protest against Covid-19 restrictions. Officers have interviewed a man in his 50s at a police station in Hertfordshire and are searching for a second man who ha..

Easing of Scotland’s Covid-19 lockdown to be delayed by 3 weeks to boost vaccinations,...

Scotland’s Covid-19 lockdown will not be eased for another three weeks, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned, saying that more people must be vaccinated against the virus first. Under the government’s five-tier plan, all areas had been set to enter ‘Level 0’ from June 28, meaning the complete return of the hospitality sector and some large-sc..

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