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Watchmen, Succession and Schitt’s Creek were the big winners during a politically charged Emmy Awards and a ceremony unlike any before.   The biggest night in US TV took place against the backdrop of a pandemic, social unrest and a looming presidential election billed as the most consequential in generations. The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards […]

People in England who refuse an order to self-isolate could face fines of up to £10,000, the Government has said.   Fines will initially start at £1,000 rising to £10,000 for repeat offenders and for “the most egregious breaches” including those who stop others from self-isolating, like an employer who asks a staff member to […]

Rail franchising has been “ended” by extending measures introduced to keep trains running after the coronavirus outbreak, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced. Operators have been moved to “transitional contracts” ahead of the creation of a “simpler and more effective structure” which will be developed over the coming months, the DfT said. The department […]

Britain stands at a “critical point” in the coronavirus pandemic, Professor Chris Whitty will warn, potentially laying the ground for tough new controls in an urgent attempt to halt the surge in infections.   In a televised briefing on Monday, the chief medical officer for England will say the country faces a “very challenging winter”, […]

US supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, has died aged 87 at her home in Washington. A statement from the court said Ms Ginsburg died as a result of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. Her death just over six weeks before US election […]

Visitors to care homes in areas with high numbers of coronavirus cases will continue to be constantly supervised as part of the Government’s adult social care winter action plan. Any facility listed by Public Health England’s (PHE) surveillance report as being an area of intervention should immediately move to stop visiting, except in “exceptional circumstances”, […]

Ministers are considering tough new coronavirus restrictions as Boris Johnson said the long-feared the second wave of the pandemic has arrived in the UK. With new cases of the disease in England estimated to have doubled over the past week, the Prime Minister said they were keeping “everything under review”. He is facing calls from […]

Huge parts of England’s North West, West Yorkshire and the Midlands face tough new restrictions from Tuesday as Matt Hancock refused to rule out a national lockdown. Ministers announced a tightening of rules in response to “major increases” in Covid-19 cases in large areas of the North West and Yorkshire and parts of the Midlands. […]

The European Commission chief has said she is “convinced” a trade deal remains possible with the UK but called Boris Johnson’s attempt to override the Brexit treaty an “unpleasant surprise”.   Ursula von der Leyen, in comments made to reporters, said Downing Street’s controversial UK Internal Market Bill had “distracted very strongly” from the two […]

Tough new measures to control the spread of coronavirus have come into effect in the north-east of England, taking the total number of people across the UK in lockdown to more than 10 million. The new restrictions cover Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham and began at midnight. Residents are […]


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