Covid-19: Parts of Madrid to lockdown amid virus spike

Covid-19: Parts of Madrid to lockdown amid virus spike

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Publishedduration42 minutes agoimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionThe restrictions affect some of Madrid's poorest neighbourhoodsParts of the Spanish capital Madrid are to be subject to lockdown restrictions to curb a rise in Covid-19, as cases across Europe continue to spike.From Monday, more than 850,000 people in the Madrid region will face limits on travel and sizes of…
Second wave of Covid-19 is hitting UK – PM

Second wave of Covid-19 is hitting UK – PM

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson: "You've got to wonder whether we need to go further than the rule of six"The UK is "now seeing a second wave" of Covid-19, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said, adding, "it's been inevitable we'd see it in this country."Mr Johnson said he did not…
What Americans get wrong about the Mayflower

What Americans get wrong about the Mayflower

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption A Mayflower replica sailed into Plymouth in August At a time when America is straining under the weight and contradictions of its history, along comes the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower dropping anchor off these shores. Already this year the country has been forced to confront the baleful legacy of…
Amal Clooney quits UK envoy role over Brexit plan

Amal Clooney quits UK envoy role over Brexit plan

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Amal Clooney has quit her role as the UK's envoy on press freedom "in dismay" at the government's willingness to break international law over Brexit.The human rights lawyer said it was "lamentable" for Boris Johnson to be contemplating overriding the Brexit agreement he signed last year. She could not tell others to honour legal obligations…
US ready to ban TikTok and WeChat in 48 hours

US ready to ban TikTok and WeChat in 48 hours

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Publishedduration20 minutes agoimage copyrightAlamy/EPA/AlamyTikTok and WeChat will be banned in the US from Sunday, unless President Trump agrees to a last-minute deal.The Department of Commerce said on Friday it would issue an order barring US citizens from downloading messaging app WeChat or video-sharing app TikTok.The order will ban the apps from being distributed through any…
Twitter beefs up security for US election candidates

Twitter beefs up security for US election candidates

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Publishedduration32 minutes agoimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionDemocratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's account was compromised in JuneTwitter has automatically activated extra account protection for politicians and key figures in the forthcoming US election.A select group of election-related accounts will have to make immediate changes to improve their security.Twitter was the victim of one of the most significant…
Women try to rip masks off men detaining protesters

Women try to rip masks off men detaining protesters

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In Belarus, it's now almost six weeks since the election where President Alexander Lukashenko claimed a much disputed victory. Daily demonstrations against him have followed and so too have clashes with security forces. More than a thousand people have been detained with many of them emerging with stories of being tortured. Most of the detentions…
Covid updates: European nations race to slow surge in cases

Covid updates: European nations race to slow surge in cases

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SummaryA short period of tight restrictions across England is being considered to slow the spread of the virusHealth Secretary Matt Hancock says UK faces "very serious situation" and does not rule out another lockdownOther European countries, including France and Spain, are also taking action as cases surgeIt comes as the WHO warns of "alarming rates…
Australian footballer awarded ‘landmark’ disability payout

Australian footballer awarded ‘landmark’ disability payout

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Publishedduration44 minutes agoimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionShaun Smith, 51, was a high-flying Aussie rules footballer in the 1990sA former Australian Rules football player has been awarded a A$1.4m ($0.8m; $1m) insurance payout for brain damage suffered from match concussions.Shaun Smith, who was a prominent player in the 1980s and 1990s, had said he could no longer…
Bolivia’s interim leader Jeanine Áñez quits presidential race

Bolivia’s interim leader Jeanine Áñez quits presidential race

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Publishedduration22 minutes agoimage copyrightReutersimage captionJeanine Áñez called for unity among voters opposed to Evo Morales' partyBolivia's interim President Jeanine Áñez has quit the presidential election due on 18 October.She said she did not want to split the vote and see the return to office of former President Evo Morales' Mas socialist party.Mas candidate Luis Arce…