Public very sick of being taken for fools over MP sleaze, says Ian Hislop

The public are “very sick of being taken for fools” over MPs’ second jobs, Ian Hislop has told a sleaze watchdog. The editor of Private Eye magazine told the Commons Committee on Standards on Tuesday that MPs “need to redefine the term lobbying” and that current proposals for change need to be “harder”.

Readers' letters: Council elections are for local issues

In Edinburgh we are surrounded by over-budget tram works, overflowing bins and overcrowded developments of student flats and short-term lets.

Airlines flying near-empty ‘ghost flights’ to retain EU airport slots

At least 100,000 “ghost flights” could be flown across Europe this winter because of EU airport slot usage rules, according to analysis by Greenpeace. The deserted, unnecessary or unprofitable flights are intended to allow airlines to keep their takeoff and landing runway rights in major airports, but they could also generate up to 2.1 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions – or as much as 1.4 million average petrol or diesel cars emit in a...

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

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Soccer-Rashford, Lingard condemn anti-Semitism after picture with UK rapper

(Reuters) - Manchester United's Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have said they do not condone any form of discrimination after a photo of them with controversial British rap artist Wiley drew criticism. Wiley, who had his Twitter account suspended after posting a string of anti-Semitic comments on his social media accounts in 2020, posted the p...

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

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Orange Is The New Black star Kathryn Kates dies following cancer battle aged 73

She was also known for her roles in Netflix’s Friends From College and CBS’s The Good Fight.

BBC show The Repair Shop restores historic Second World War family heirloom

Wednesday night's episode of The Repair Shop sees the BBC series delight one client - carefully restoring a sailor hat from the Second World War once thought to be unrepairable

Search efforts underway after smuggling boat capsizes off Florida

Dozens of migrants are missing after the boat carrying them capsized off the Florida coast.

Ukraine's front line: Where lives turn on distant decisions

The trenches are dusted with snow and tinged with soot and dirt. Dull colors will cling to them for weeks to come, as the men inside search for enough cellphone signal to hear the latest from the distant capitals that will decide their fate. Moscow, Washington, London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna. Sometimes Kyiv. But only sometimes. These Ukrainians are far from the Russian ships headed to a naval exercise off the coast of Ireland, from the...

UK 'partygate': A timeline of Boris Johnson's lockdown scandals

The "partygate" scandal engulfing Boris Johnson has piqued public outrage that the prime minister was not playing by the rules he set for everyone else. Here are some of the main allegations against him: May 15, 2020 Johnson is pictured with wine and cheese alongside his now-wife Carrie and some 20 staff in the Downing Street garden, a leaked photo in The Guardian suggests. Johnson insists it was a work event. << Cartooning for Peace: The end of...

UK government advisers call for ‘proactive regulation’ around genomics

Before your child is born, you have their genome tweaked to boost their stature, build and intelligence. When they head to school, the teacher streams them according to their genetic makeup. And when working life begins, an employer checks their DNA to ensure they are healthy, agreeable and sufficiently extrovert for the role. It may sound like the worst science fiction. But a new government report warns that genomics is advancing so fast that...

British sayings such as ‘colder than a witches tit’ at risk of dying out

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When will Sue Gray’s report be published? Liz Truss says Downing Street have not yet received the findings

The findings of the Downing Street party inquiry is expected this week

Indonesia's capital is sinking, polluted and now moving

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Jakarta is congested, polluted, prone to earthquakes and rapidly sinking into the Java Sea. Now the government is leaving, and moving the country's capital to the island of Borneo. President Joko Widodo envisions the construction of a new capital as a panacea for the problems plaguing Jakarta, reducing its population while allowing the country to start fresh with a “sustainable city” that has good public transportation,...

Ukraine diplomat sees little chance of war, but local conflict possible

TOKYO (Reuters) - Ukraine is committed to seeking a diplomatic solution to the current tension with Russia, its ambassador to Japan, Sergiy Korsunsky, said on Wednesday, adding that he saw little chance of all-out war, although there might be smaller conflicts. Korsunsky warned an attack on a country with more than a dozen nuclear reactors would ...

Man released after arrest as part of investigation into Mark Hall killing

Mr Hall was shot dead in front of his family in west Belfast in December.

Human Rights Watch staff targeted using Israeli NSO spyware

“Governments are using NSO Group’s spyware to monitor and silence human rights defenders, journalists, and others who expose abuse,” said Deborah Brown, senior digital rights researcher at HRW.

‘Free Nichelle’: protesters want to liberate Star Trek actor Nichelle Nichols from conservatorship

In the wake of Britney Spears’ emancipation from her long-term conservatorship, some of Britney’s fans have turned their attention to the Star Trek actor Nichelle Nichols. Last week a dozen protesters, a mixture of Free Britney activists and fans of Nichols, demonstrated outside the Stanley Mosk courthouse in Los Angeles, chanting “Free Nichelle!” Nichols has been living under a conservatorship since 2018. Her son Kyle Johnson successfully...

‘Everyone was freaking out’: Navalny novichok film made in secret premieres at Sundance

A documentary film about Alexei Navalny, who narrowly survived an apparent poisoning attempt with novichok, has premiered at the Sundance film festival. The 90-minute film, simply titled Navalny, features fly-on-the-wall footage of the Russian opposition leader, filmed during the several months he spent in Germany in late 2020 as he recovered from the poisoning. There are interviews with Navalny, his wife, Yulia, and his closest team. The most...

Zoo 'heartbroken' as world's oldest male gorilla dies aged 61

Ozzie, the world's oldest male gorilla, has died at the age of 61.

Unions say millions of frontline workers face ‘another year of wages gloom’

The Trades Union Congress is calling on the Government to raise the wages of key workers as inflation rises.

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Covid news live: Johnson to face MPs as report into lockdown parties looms; the Netherlands to reopen bars and cafes

Tory MPs say Boris Johnson’s fate is ‘hanging in the balance’ as report to be released; Dutch government will ease restrictions despite record infections

Obituary: Clyde Bellecourt, influential Native American civil rights champion and community leader

He became one of the founders of the American Indian Movement in 1968

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...

Prisoner found dead in Nitzan Detention Center

An inmate from the Nitzan Detention Center was found lifeless in his cell on Wednesday morning, Israel Prison Services reported. He was found lying on the floor unconscious with no pulse. A medic and a doctor arrived on the scene and began resuscitation attempts but were forced to confirm the death of the prisoner. His family has been notified. The...

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.

Catholic Church in France raises €20 million in compensation for child sex abuse victims

Catholic dioceses in France have raised 20 million euros ($22.6 million) to compensate thousands of victims of historical child sexual abuse by clergy, the fund in charge of raising the money said Tuesday. Church officials have been under intense pressure to recognise and compensate victims after a landmark French inquiry confirmed widespread abuse of minors by priests, deacons and lay members of the Church dating from the 1950s. "It's a first...

Emmerdale's Vinny Dingle risks prison as he goes to extreme lengths to catch Meena

Tuesday night's episode of Emmerdale saw Vinny Dingle beg Manpreet Sharma to help him plant evidence so that Liv Flaherty could be released from jail

Avenatti trial - live: Stormy Daniels to be cross-examined by former lawyer as he ditches his own legal team

Avenatti trial - live: Stormy Daniels to be cross-examined by former lawyer as he ditches his own legal team - Follow the latest updates live

Hong Kong may maintain COVID isolation until 2024, risking exodus - Euro chamber

By Farah Master HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong may only reopen in early 2024 because of its stringent COVID-19 policies, which could trigger an exodus of foreign firms and staff and jeopardise its role as a financial hub, the city's European Chamber of Commerce said in a draft report. The limited effectiveness of locally developed vaccines is fo...

Mass testing begins as Beijing prepares to host Winter Olympics

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

BA.2 variant: Everything we know about the new ‘stealth Omicron’ Covid strain

It’s harder to detect than original Omicron and may be even faster at spreading but, say scientists, is probably no more dangerous

Alicia Witt speaks after parents found dead in dilapidated home: ‘They weren’t penniless, they were stubborn’

Witt says she had ‘no idea heat had gone out’ at her parent’s home

Amazon worker records alleged sexual harassment she encounters in every shift

Tiktok users responded to her video with sexist comments about her clothes

Mo Salah 'sorry' for Yaounde crush which killed eight people

Egypt captain Mohamed Salah said he is "sorry" about the crush in which eight people died at the Cameroon v Comoros match at the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday. Salah was speaking on the eve of Egypt's round of 16 tie against Ivory Coast.

Linlithgow MSP highlights train ticket office consultation

Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop (SNP) has highlighted the ScotRail consultation which ends next Wednesday, February 2.

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...

Giovanni Pernice and Kai Widdrington return to London in a private jet

Giovanni Pernice and Kai Widdrington return to London in a private jet

Country diary: A stonechat watches the kerfuffle in silence

A cast of hundreds has descended on the farm fields in midwinter. Out in the winter wheat, a rowdy assortment of crows behave like gatecrashers at a party where the booze has already run out. Trampling their restlessness over the first leaves of grass, cawing and wing-flapping, they claw at chilled soil where frost-averse invertebrates are dead, dormant or deep below. The crows don’t stay long. The hedge alongside is bare of berries and bursting...

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.

Report into UK PM Johnson lockdown gatherings due soon - Truss

LONDON (Reuters) - The findings of an investigation into gatherings at British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office that may have broken COVID-19 lockdown laws will be published soon, foreign minister Liz Truss said on Wednesday. An internal inquiry into allegations of lockdown parties at Johnson's offices could be published as soon as Wednesday...

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...

Sajid Javid hints 'no jab, no job' rule for NHS staff is under review

Sajid Javid said that because Omicron is less severe, unvaccinated employees pose less of a threat to patients than when the policy was introduced while the Delta variant was dominant.

‘Downing Street a crime scene’

A round-up of the headlines from the UK front pages The Sun said that 10 Downing Street is now a “crime scene” as it covered news that the Metropolitan Police will investigate parties held in Whitehall during lockdown. The Guardian said “Boris Johnson is braced for the most perilous 48 hours of his premiership”, as Sue Gray’s findings are expected ...

What is the Doomsday Clock?

The Doomsday Clock is nearing apocalypse over climate and nuclear fears. This was the dire warning issued recently by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, adding that the planet is now only 100 seconds away from complete annihilation. But what is the Doomsday Clock, and how is it read? Click through and count down the time to the possible end of the world.

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...

Kate to help charity Shout mark milestone of one million conversations

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Travel testing abolished for fully vaccinated travellers to the UK: the key questions

Hoping for a refund on a test already ordered? Most providers will keep some or all of your cash