Day: August 21, 2020

Student travel agency STA Travel ceases trading as coronavirus crisis ravages tourism industry

August 21, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Student travel firm STA Travel UK has ceased trading, claiming it was left with “no choice” following the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on tourism. The travel agency, which specialises in package tours for backpackers and young people, […]

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Furious farmer claims Boris Johnson set up tent on his land without permission

August 21, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates A furious farmer has claimed Prime Minister Boris Johnson and fiancee Carrie Symonds set up their holiday tent in his field without permission. The couple, on holiday with their young son Wilfred, were also accused by landowner Kenny Cameron […]

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Donald Trump slams Democratic convention as 'gloomiest in history'

August 21, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates US President Donald Trump slammed this week’s Democratic National Convention as the “gloomiest in American history” as he took aim at rival candidate Joe Biden‘s bid for the White House. Speaking on Friday after the conclusion of the Democrats‘ […]

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We hope coronavirus pandemic will be over in 2 years, says WHO chief

August 21, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The head of the World Health Organisation has said he hopes the coronavirus pandemic will be over in two years. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the length of the global Spanish flu outbreak in the years after the First […]

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Stoke Newington shooting: Armed police descend on north London park after man shot in broad daylight

August 21, 2020

Armed police descended on a north London park after a man in his thirties was shot in broad daylight. Emergency services were called after witnesses reported hearing gunshots near Clissold Park in Stoke Newington shortly before 7pm on Friday, police said. A man, who is believed to be in his mid-thirties, was found suffering from […]

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The best Eat Out to Help Out restaurants in each area of London

August 21, 2020

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme has undoubtedly been a huge success, with Brits embracing the Monday to Wednesday dinner experience with gusto. In fact, it’s been so popular (35million meals eaten in the first two weeks) that some restaurant owners are calling for it to be extended into September. Whether that’ll happen or […]

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R number rises in UK to between 0.9 and 1.1

August 21, 2020

The R number in the UK has risen to between 0.9 and 1.1, the government’s scientific advisory group (SAGE) says. The R number is a measure of how many people on average each infected person transmits the virus to. It is an increase on an estimated range of 0.8-1.0 last week, compared with 0.8-0.9 a […]

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London school where terror plotter tried to recruit 'army of children' for attacks given warning by watchdog

August 21, 2020

The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. Operators of a school that employed an Isis-supporting terror plotter to teach children Islamic studies have been issued with an official warning. Umar Haque was jailed for life for trying to brainwash an “army of children” […]

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Court orders Stormont to stop delaying compensation to Troubles victims

August 21, 2020

Belfast High Court has ruled that Stormont’s executive office is acting unlawfully in delaying the introduction of a compensation scheme for victims of the Troubles. The payments were approved by Westminster in January, but have been repeatedly delayed by a dispute over the definition of a victim in Northern Ireland. Republicans believe former IRA members […]

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Crossrail delayed again until 2022 and another £450m over budget

August 21, 2020

Crossrail, the mass-transit train line through London, has been further delayed until 2022 and gone another £450m over budget. Transport for London said that the temporary pause in construction and ensuing slowdown because of Covid-19 distancing requirements had only partially contributed to the latest delays, which mean the Elizabeth line will open more than three […]

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