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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.


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.


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


Kate to help charity Shout mark milestone of one million conversations

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


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.


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...


Mass testing begins as Beijing prepares to host Winter Olympics

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


Designer avoids questions about Boris Johnson birthday party

Designer Lulu Lytle avoids questions about Boris Johnson birthday party


Nellie Smith: schoolgirl, 13, missing in north London after visiting grandmother

Nellie Smith: schoolgirl, 13, missing in north London after visiting grandmother -


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.


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.


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

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


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’.


Linda Robson showcases huge London garden

Linda Robson showcases huge London garden


‘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 -


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


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.


Elderly pedestrian dies after being hit by van

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


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

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


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


Man dies in Co Meath road crash

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics but was later pronounced dead.


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


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...


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,


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


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.


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


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


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


Police appeal after OAP killed after being stuck by van in Linlithgow Bridge

An 81-year-old woman has died after being stuck by van in Linlithgow Bridge


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


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


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


Death toll rises after blaze at major Kuwait oil refinery

The country, a nation home to 4.1 million people, has the world’s sixth-largest known oil reserves.


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


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.


Royal Mail to sack 700 despite service issues and Covid staff sickness

Royal Mail to sack 700 despite service issues and Covid staff sickness -


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

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


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...


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.


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

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


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...


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 -


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 https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/uaes-defense-ministry-destroyed-2-houthi-ballistic-missiles-wam-2022-01-24 by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group, while continuing diplomacy with Tehran to reduce regional tensions, a senior UAE diplomat...


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...


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 -


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.


Joe Biden threatens personal sanctions on Vladimir Putin if Russia invades Ukraine

Joe Biden threatens personal sanctions on Vladimir Putin if Russia invades Ukraine -


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...


‘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...