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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates A surge of Covid-19 in London is to be confirmed in official figures today – putting the capital city on track for curbs on socialising and nights out in around a fortnight. The number of cases per 100,000 over seven days has shot up from 18.8 to around 25, the Evening Standard can reveal. The Standard has also seen the … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Lancashire is expected to be the next region to be put under local lockdown in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus. Local authorities in England’s North West are said to be expecting a Government announcement today, following the introduction of restrictions in the North East . In Lancashire, where Preston, Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle already have restrictions … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates A surge of Covid-19 in London is to be confirmed in official figures today – putting the capital city on track for curbs on socialising and nights out in around a fortnight. The number of cases per 100,000 over seven days has shot up from 18.8 to around 25, the Evening Standard can reveal. The Standard has also seen the … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates A surge of Covid-19 in London is to be confirmed in official figures today – putting the capital city on track for curbs on socialising and nights out in around a fortnight. The number of cases per 100,000 over seven days has shot up from 18.8 to around 25, the Evening Standard can reveal. The Standard has also seen the … Read more

As Trump clashes with CDC, the media accuse him of ignoring science

When you’re the CEO of a company, you have the final say. If subordinates are pushing a different view, they either get with the program or they’re gone. Donald Trump, long accustomed to running his own real estate empire, has taken a similar approach as the government’s chief executive. When he grew dissatisfied with Jeff Sessions, Jim Mattis, Rex Tillerson, John Kelly, John Bolton and many others, they were shown the door (and in some cases … Read more

Covid in Europe: WHO warns of ‘alarming’ spread across continent

Coronavirus outbreak Last week’s tally of new reported cases higher than it was in the week of 30 March Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Play Video Coronavirus: ‘alarming rates of transmission’ in Europe, says WHO – video The World Health Organization has warned of “alarming” transmission rates of Covid-19 in Europe, saying weekly reported cases were now higher than during the pandemic’s peak and “a very serious situation” was unfolding across the … Read more

Trump and Biden hit unlikely battleground state of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has backed Democratic presidential candidates for nearly half a century and rarely receives much attention during the final stages of the race, when campaigns typically focus their resources on more traditional swing states like Florida or Pennsylvania. But Minnesota will feel like a genuine battleground on Friday when President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, campaign here to mark the beginning of early voting. They’re expected to avoid the urban … Read more

The Latest: India’s virus surge continues with 96,000 cases

1 / 3 APTOPIX Virus Outbreak Guatemala Passengers wait to board a humanitarian flight to Canada at the La Aurora international airport in Guatemala City, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Authorities are preparing for the reopening of the airport on Friday as part of the gradual reopening of the country’s borders by allowing national flights and some duly authorized international flights. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) NEW DELHI — India’s coronavirus cases have jumped by another 96,424 infections in … Read more

Federal judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail

SEATTLE — A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, said he was issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction sought by 14 states that sued the Trump administration and the U.S. Postal Service. The states challenged the Postal Service’s so-called “leave behind” policy, where trucks have been … Read more

Papua New Guinea police accused of gun running and drug smuggling by own minister

Papua New Guinea’s police force is the most corrupt public agency in the country, engaged in drug-smuggling, gun-running, and land theft, and beset by “a rampant culture of police ill-discipline and brutality”, its own police minister has said, in an extraordinary condemnation of his own force. Police minister Bryan Kramer used the occasion of PNG’s independence anniversary to launch a swingeing attack on the police force, saying its endemic corruption would take years, even a generation, … Read more

Biden tells Democratic senators he takes ‘nothing for granted’ during caucus call

Julie Tsirkin 9h ago / 8:45 PM UTC WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden called into the Senate Democrats’ daily caucus meeting Thursday afternoon and reassured members that he would mount a vigorous effort in the final stretch of his campaign to be more physically present — particularly in key swing states. During the 20-minute call, Biden said he takes “nothing for granted” and thanked the senators for their help and support. “Overall uplifting and engaging … Read more

Battleground voting update: A mail-in voting extension in Pennsylvania and a warning in Wisconsin

Maura Barrett, Shaquille Brewster and Matt Wargo 9h ago / 8:39 PM UTC WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court issued a handful of rulings Thursday shifting the contours of the vote-by-mail fight in that state, as officials in Wisconsin are warning they likely won’t know the state’s final results by the night of Election Day.  Pennsylvana’s high court ruled Thursday that election officials cannot discard mail ballots solely because of questions about the authenticity of a voter’s … Read more

Trump heats up culture war in appeal to Wisconsin voters

MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump stepped up his rhetoric Thursday on cultural issues, aiming to boost enthusiasm among rural Wisconsin voters as he tries to repeat his path to victory four years ago. Making his fifth visit to the pivotal battleground state this year, Trump views success in the state’s less-populated counties as critical to another term. He held a rally Thursday evening in Mosinee, in central Wisconsin, an area of the state that … Read more

Biden rejects Trump claim that COVID-19 vaccine is imminent

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday bluntly contradicted President Donald Trump’s suggestion that a coronavirus vaccine may be only weeks away, warning Americans they cannot trust the president’s word. “The idea that there’s going to be a vaccine and everything’s gonna be fine tomorrow – it’s just not rational,” Biden said during a CNN town hall in Moosic, Pennsylvania. Trump again said on Wednesday that a vaccine for COVID-19, … Read more

Covid-19 has more severe impact on less well-off children, Scottish poll finds

Scotland Fears grow that socialising ‘rule of six’ will exacerbate disproportionate impact on poorer families Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A play park beneath Edinburgh Castle, closed during the coronavirus lockdown. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian Families with children have experienced greater financial pressure and mental health worries during the coronavirus pandemic than those without, according to analysis commissioned by the Scottish government. The report, which captures parental anxieties during lockdown, was published … Read more

India’s Covid crisis sees rise in child marriage and trafficking

Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic image copyrightGetty Images India’s coronavirus lockdown has had an adverse impact on children, pushing up incidents of child marriage and child labour, reports the BBC’s Divya Arya. Thirteen-year-old Rani has just won her first battle in life. Her parents tried to force her to marry this summer, but Rani reached out for help and managed to stop the wedding. Rani (not her real name) was in the eighth grade when India’s federal … Read more

Austin federal court makes it official: Blue Bell owes record $17.25 million in criminal penalties | Food Safety News

A federal court in Texas sentenced ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries L.P. to pay $17.25 million in criminal penalties for shipments of contaminated products linked to a 2015 listeriosis outbreak. The Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell is an iconic 113-year old ice cream maker whose product was once only available in the Lone Star State.   It now distributes in about half the country with manufacturing in Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma.   The 2005 listeria outbreak proved … Read more

‘This is about my safety’: Trans Americans on November’s high-stakes election

During the coronavirus pandemic, Chase Jennings worries about his right to visit the doctor. “There is a chance that if I went to a doctor and was sick, looking for care, that he could refuse service to me because of the fact that I’m transgender,” Jennings, 31, a trans man who lives in Austin, Texas, told NBC News. Jennings, like many transgender Americans, has his rights on the forefront of his mind this upcoming election. He’s … Read more

Loan charge deadline reignites debate over tax fairness

James Taylor, a pilot, has been landed with a tax bill of £200,000 he does not think he should have to pay and which he says would bankrupt him. In 2009, after being put on a zero-hour contract by his airline, he was one of thousands of workers to enter a tax avoidance scheme. Mr Taylor (his name has been changed at his request) was told to join an agency by his airline to manage his … Read more

Yankees’ Aaron Judge no fan of MLB bubble

Yankees manager Aaron Boone packed two large suitcases Thursday and bid adieu to his family, not knowing when he’d see them again. Right fielder Aaron Judge is packing, too, though he’s not a fan of Major League Baseball’s postseason arrangements. “Not a fan of the bubble. I’m not a fan of the whole setup. Like I said before, it doesn’t really reward a team for going out and winning,” Judge said. “There’s really no home-field advantage … Read more

Lancashire ‘will be placed under Covid curfew TOMORROW’

North East revellers enjoy one last night on the Toon before new restrictions and 10pm pub closing kick in TODAY – as it’s revealed Lancashire ‘will be placed under Covid curfew TOMORROW’ taking the total number back in lockdown to 10 million Pubs, bars and restaurants will be required to close between 10pm and 5am in the North East Residents have also been told they cannot socialise with anyone outside their household in their home Matt … Read more

Government could utilise emergency powers to give the public vaccine

Government could utilise emergency powers to give the general public an unlicensed vaccine – with midwives and SOLDIERS trained up to administer it Ministers would utilise regulations to bypass EU laws if a vaccine becomes available prior to the end of the Brexit transition agreement  Even if a possible vaccine has not been passed by the European medicines watchdog the government will push to use it  The government is keen to quell fears an unlicensed vaccine … Read more

Jeremy Hunt exposes damning toll of lawsuits against NHS

The £1bn cost of maternity blunders: Jeremy Hunt exposes damning toll of lawsuits against NHS Jeremy Hunt reveals more spent on lawsuits than pay for England labour doctors The NHS had a £2.4billion bill for legal fees and compensation in 2018/19  Three quarters of hospitals refuse to publish reliable data on avoidable deaths By Sophie Borland Health Editor For The Daily Mail Published: 17:15 EDT, 17 September 2020 | Updated: 18:02 EDT, 17 September 2020 Blunders on … Read more

England and Wales post 21 new Covid-19 deaths in early toll

UK records 3,395 new Covid-19 cases as outbreak grows again, hospital admissions in England TRIPLE in a fortnight and health chiefs announce 21 more deaths as fatalities keep creeping up New daily cases have now been above 3,000 for six out of the last seven days, with an average of 3,354 Test & Trace data shows huge numbers of people are waiting days for results from a crumbling system Hospital cases and numbers of people on … Read more

Blustering Boris Johnson urges Britons to ‘flatten the camel’s hump’

Boris ‘is just thrashing round’ on his empty COVID promises: MPs and experts slate PM for ‘rubbish’ claim he can ‘save Christmas’ by ‘flattening the camel’s humps’ with Rule of Six Boris Johnson urged Britons to obey the new ‘rule of six’ and halt the pandemic amid growing infections If the number of cases continues to surge ministers are considering imposing restrictions on freedoms Ministers play down claims that chief medical officer Chris Whitty wants a … Read more

Biden slams AG Bill Barr as ‘sick’ for comparing lockdowns to slavery

Joe Biden slams Donald Trump’s AG Bill Barr as ‘sick’ for comparing lockdowns to slavery as he says he would mandate masks on federal land and levy FINES to set example for nation Democratic nominee Joe Biden went after Attorney General Bill Barr for saying that coronavirus lockdowns were the ‘greatest intrusion’ after slavery  ‘Quite frankly they’re sick,’ Biden said of Barr’s comments at a Thursday night CNN town hall with Anderson Cooper  The former vice … Read more

BLM co-founder teams up with pro-Chinese Communist Party group 

REVEALED: ‘Trained Marxist’ Black Lives Matter co-founder is being funded by group linked to the Chinese Communist Party BLM co-founder Alicia Garza, 39, is the principal of Black Futures Lab, an advocacy group for black people The group is financially supported by the Chinese Progressive Association, it has been revealed Its donate button links directly to the CPA site The CPA was founded in San Francisco in 1972 and has held events with and in support of … Read more

TOM LEONARD: The new civil war tearing America apart

The new civil war tearing America apart: As rival armed militias are photographed in a terrifying stand-off in Kentucky, TOM LEONARD provides a chilling insight into the bitter cultural battle that’s making this the most toxic US election ever By Tom Leonard In New York For The Daily Mail Published: 19:27 EDT, 17 September 2020 | Updated: 20:19 EDT, 17 September 2020 The images were stark.  In one part of town, marching in columns through the … Read more