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.

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

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

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.

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...

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.

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”.

‘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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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

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 -

‘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...

Linda Robson showcases huge London garden

Linda Robson showcases huge London garden

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 -

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

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...

Mass testing begins as Beijing prepares to host Winter Olympics

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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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...

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

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...

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...

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.

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

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 ...

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

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Blast in Greek capital damages buildings, one injured

ATHENS (Reuters) -One person was injured and several buildings were extensively damaged by an explosion in central Athens that led to a fire early on Wednesday, officials and witnesses said. One person who suffered burns was taken to hospital, Giorgos Mathiopoulos, the head of workers at the National Centre for Emergency Care, told Skai TV. The bla...

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

Kate to help charity Shout mark milestone of one million conversations

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

‘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 -

‘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...

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

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...

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’.

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...

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

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

Search efforts underway after smuggling boat capsizes off Florida

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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