Mass testing begins as Beijing prepares to host Winter Olympics

The Chinese capital has reported 14 new Covid-19 cases.

Orange Is The New Black and Seinfeld actress Kathryn Kates dies

The US actress was described as a ‘powerful force of nature’ with ‘enough patience to fill 10 ships’.

Bentley to make first pure electric car in Crewe

Bentley to make first pure electric car in Crewe - The Volkswagen-owned company said the vehicle is scheduled to roll off the production line in three years.

Children and young teenagers keep Covid infection levels high

Children and young teenagers keep Covid infection levels high - Experts believe infection levels may have stalled at a high level across England.

Linda Robson showcases huge London garden

Linda Robson showcases huge London garden

Socialite who bought a lion and walked it around London dies aged 76

Chelsea-based socialite John Rendall became famous in the 1960s after he and his friend Anthony 'Ace' Bourke purchased a lion cub from Harrods, which then traded in exotic animals,

United States prepares sanctions to ‘maximize pain’ for Russia if it invades Ukraine

Exclusive: Washington has asked major gas suppliers, including Qatar, to divert exports to Europe

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirms she will seek re-election

The 81-year-old will be seeking a 19th term.

Nicky Hilton Rothschild expecting third child

The fashion designer and her husband James Rothschild confirmed in a statement to People on Tuesday that they are expecting their third child. Nicky's representative didn't share any further details, such as her due date or the baby's sex.

Jacob Rees-Mogg says general election needed if Boris Johnson ousted

Cabinet minister urges Tory MPs to ‘look at the bigger picture’

UAE discussing defence upgrade after Houthi attacks- envoy to U.N

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates may upgrade its defensive capabilities after missile attacks by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group, while continuing diplomacy with Tehran to reduce regional tensions, a senior UAE diplomat...

Vaccine passports AXED in Northern Ireland but WFH remains

Stormont agreed to a large-scale easing of curbs, including Covid passes for entry to bars, restaurants and cinemas and the reopening of nightclubs forced to shut on Boxing Day.

Number 10 yet to receive partygate report, foreign secretary confirms

Downing Street has yet to receive a report into lockdown parties in Downing Street and across Whitehall, the foreign secretary has confirmed to Sky News.

Two arrested in Manchester over Texas synagogue stand-off

Malik Faisal Akram held four people hostage during the incident, but they were later released unharmed.

Kate to help charity Shout mark milestone of one million conversations

Kate to help charity Shout mark milestone of one million conversations -

Invasion Day 2022: Celebrations and protests mark polarising Australia day

Australians have celebrated and protested the anniversary of British colonization of their country on a day officially known as Australia Day but considered by Indigenous activists to be Invasion Day

Russia moves elite paratroopers to Ukraine border amid fears of assault on Kiev

Russian paratroopers and equipment have been seen moving west towards the potential Ukraine war zone which analysers agree looks "ominous" with the Kremlin still adamant it's simply performing exercises

UK PM Johnson must change 'culture' after party claims, Truss says

By Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson must change the culture of Downing Street after a series of revelations that staff partied while ordinary people were grappling with COVID-19 lockdowns, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Wednesday. Johnson, who in 2019 won the biggest Conservative ma...

Elderly DoorDash driver receives $38k in donations to help him retire: ‘it isn’t easy’

Delivery worker first went viral after a TikTok video showing him dropping a package off garnered millions of views

Hong Kong security chief says new laws will reflect "importance of spies"

By Greg Torode and Jessie Pang HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's security chief said on Wednesday that his government would strengthen laws against espionage as part of extra national security legislation now being drafted. Secretary for Security Chris Tang told the city's legislature that Hong Kong's existing laws against spying, contained in th...

Will Sue Gray’s report be released today? Everything we know

Investigation by senior civil servant to set out the facts of what happened at Downing Street lockdown gatherings, at some of which staff drank alcohol, ate food and listened to music

Elderly pedestrian dies after being hit by van

The driver was not injured in the incident in Linlithgow Bridge.

BW Legal is chasing a debt I don’t owe at an address where I’ve never lived

I am being chased by a debt collection company, BW Legal, for an unpaid energy bill from E.ON despite never having been a customer and having no connection with the property in question. BW Legal required me to prove I had left the address, which was impossible as I never lived there. I sent an energy bill for my actual address, and a screenshot of my electoral roll address history, but have had no reply. AD, Brighton You wrote in response to an...

History's most bizarre curses

Curses have been uttered since antiquity. The ancient Greeks and Romans placed all sorts of bizarre maledictions on those they didn't like. Curses fill the Bible, and they were common throughout the Middle Ages. More recently, unexplained episodes in archaeology and in the worlds of sport and entertainment have all been blamed on evil finger-pointing. So, is there any credence in the curse? Click through and read more about some of history's most peculiar curses.

Teen ‘lucky to be alive’ after knife attack in supermarket carpark in Finsbury Park

Teen ‘lucky to be alive’ after knife attack in supermarket carpark in Finsbury Park -

Bereaved families in England and Wales face higher costs as probate fees rise

Bereaved families in England and Wales face increased costs from Wednesday as probate fees rise by up to 76%. Applications for probate, which grants permission to deal with the estate of someone who has died, will now cost a flat rate of £273. Previously the fee was £155 if a solicitor applied on behalf of a family and £215 for those who applied direct. Lawyers have condemned the price rise, which comes at a time when processing delays have left...

Sue Gray: Who is the civil servant tasked with investigating ‘Partygate’?

Senior civil servant appears to hold Boris Johnson’s fate in her hands

As Boris Johnson and his government unravels, the UK’s carefully constructed image cracks beyond repair

We are vitiated and trapped both in a hopelessly mythologised past and very real, dreadful present

Honorary vice president of Magic Circle receives MBE at 102

A 102-year-old magician performed a trick to celebrate receiving his MBE at Windsor Castle on Tuesday. Henry Lewis was given the royal honour by the Duke of Cambridge for his services to fundraising and charitable causes. The centenarian stood up from his wheelchair to collect the medal. Afterwards, Mr Lewis was visibly touched as he told the PA ne...

Residents in 'freezing' tower block wear their dressing gowns for warmth

A mother-of-two from Malus Court, Salford, has revealed she and her family are required to wear dressing gowns and mittens all day to keep warm after the tower block she lives in was stripped of its cladding in the wake of Grenfell

Covid live: two-thirds of people with Omicron in England had Covid before; Netherlands to reopen bars and cafes

React study concludes past infection associated with high risk of Omicron; Dutch government will ease restrictions despite record cases

We can learn from post-war Governments on how to tackle our record national debt post-Covid

It may be counterintuitive but the Government needs to spend in order to balance the books

Covid: Cases of Omicron sub-variant increasing in many countries, warns WHO

Despite ‘more transmissible’ strain, scientists do not appear concerned it will trigger another wave

Covid: Passenger locator forms ‘to stay for some time’ despite travel testing rules relaxed

Covid: Passenger locator forms ‘to stay for some time’ despite travel testing rules relaxed -

Damian Lewis pays heartbreaking tribute to ‘perfect’ late wife Helen McCrory

Damian Lewis pays heartbreaking tribute to ‘perfect’ late wife Helen McCrory -

In Germany, activists rise up to counter vaccine skeptics

A growing number of people in Germany have joined grassroots initiatives and demonstrations to speak out against vaccination opponents, conspiracy theorists and far-right extremists who have been protesting COVID-19 measures

Man trapped in Welsh cave for 54 hours joins rescue team that saved him

A man who spent 54 hours trapped in a Welsh cave and thought he was going to die has joined the rescue team that saved his life, in the hope that he might do the same for others. It took about 300 volunteers from across the country to rescue George Linnane, who broke his arm, ribs and jaw after a fall at Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave system, in the Brecon Beacons, in November. The 54-hour-long operation was the longest cave rescue mission in Welsh...

DCMS committee comments underline cricket’s ongoing need to change

Middlesex chair’s misplaced quotes hit to the heart of exactly why there are unresolved issues around opportunities within the game, writes Vithushan Ehantharajah

Leading Israeli Consulting with Tefen Group and the Israel Advanced Production Institute

“One who doesn’t learn from a crisis is not wise,” says Mally Bitzur-Parnes, owner and CEO of Tefen Group and chair of the Israel Advanced Production Institute, which is owned by Tefen. In the past year and a half of the corona pandemic, Bitzur-Parnes, who works with hundreds of companies annually, has seen firsthand how successful companies and in...

India holds scaled-back Republic Day celebrations amid Covid emergency

The 90-minute parade ended with a flypast featuring 75 air force fighters, including Rafale jets, transport planes and helicopters.

Designer avoids questions about Boris Johnson birthday party

Designer Lulu Lytle avoids questions about Boris Johnson birthday party

‘Ello, ello, ello, BoJo!’

A round-up of the headlines from the UK front pages “Ello, ello, ello, BoJo!” reads The Sun’s headline today in a piece describing No. 10 as a “crime scene” following news that the Metropolitan Police will investigate parties held in Whitehall during lockdown. The Guardian said that the PM “is braced for the most perilous 48 hours of his premiershi...

‘We followed the rules’ Anger as Brits share what they did on their lockdown birthday

‘We followed the rules’ Anger as Brits share what they did on their lockdown birthday -

Competition watchdog intervenes in National Express and Stagecoach tie-up

Competition watchdog intervenes in National Express and Stagecoach tie-up - The two firms agreed an all-share merger last month in a deal that will create a combined firm worth about £1.9bn.

Swan rescued from tracks after blocking trains

An injured swan had to be rescued after it made its way on to the tracks at a station in west London, causing hours of delays. Rush-hour commuters had their journeys disrupted on Monday after the swan blocked two trains on the tracks at South Acton station. Nicola Cilliers, 43, and her partner Steve Fraser called the RSPCA after they spotted the bi...

UK government holds breath as it awaits 'partygate' report

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is bracing for the conclusions of an investigation into allegations of lockdown-breaching parties

Second policeman dies as a result of shooting in New York’s Harlem neighbourhood

Officer Wilbert Mora was taken off life support at a Manhattan hospital four days after a gunman shot him and officer Jason Rivera.

Liz Truss: I 100% support the PM

Liz Truss backs Boris Johnson ahead of the publishing of Sue Gray's report into alleged Downing Street parties.

Covid cases by borough: Inner London sees sharp drop in infections as latest figures revealed

Covid cases by borough: Inner London sees sharp drop in infections as latest figures revealed - There were 2,762 Covid patients in London hospitals on Tuesday, down slightly on the previous day

Downing Street parties: Boris Johnson does not yet have Sue Gray’s report, says Liz Truss – live

PM braced for report into potentially rule-breaking events that could trigger a Tory leadership election