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    Thousands of people are landing in the United States from South Africa every week, despite a new COVID-19 variant sparking such concern that Britain and Israel on Thursday effectively halted travel from the region. The variant is predominately found in Botswana - from where there are no direct flights to the U.S. - and also in neighboring South Africa. United Airlines currently fly direct from Johannesburg to New York City seven days a week, with the 16-hour flight leaving at 10pm and arriving at 7am in Newark. United also fly direct to New York City from Cape Town three times a week, on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. United flies Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, which can hold 290 people. Delta fly direct from Johannesburg to Atlanta on Saturday, Monday, and Thursday. They use Airbus A350-900, which can seat between 300 and 350 people. On Thursday Britain's health secretary, Sajid Javid sounded the alarm over what he termed the 'worst-ever' super-mutant COVID variant. A baby cries as her mother receives her Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19, in Diepsloot Township near Johannesburg, South Africa on...
    AN Albanian crook extradited from the UK just months ago to serve a burglary sentence abroad is back in Britain. Flash wannabe rapper Aleksander Vishaj, 32, has posted photos of himself living it up in London in designer gear. 1Aleksander Vishaj is already back in Britain after being extradited to serve a burglary sentence abroad A UK court sent him to Germany in April — but he spent just three months in jail before he was deported to Albania. Ex-Met Det Chief Insp Mick Neville said: “This begs the question how he got back here given his previous history. “Did he use false documents? Surely he would not have been able to obtain a visa to come.” The Home Office declined to comment. Most read in The US SunIN DESPERATE NEED ‘Secret stimulus check’ sent out as calls grow for more mortgage reliefCREEPY CRAWLERS Plague of 50million CANNIBAL CRABS swarm roads on way to breeding groundCHECK IT OUT Surprise stimulus checks of $2,000 & $1,000 are being sent outJAB RAGE MMA fighter called Unvaccinated Assassin ‘stabs doctor to death with...
    The Prince of Wales is flying ‘five or six dozen bottles’ of Holy water taken from the River Jordan back to the UK for royal baptisms - which could include that of Lilibet, the grand-daughter he has never met. The heir to the throne, 73 and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, were earlier today afforded the honour of dipping their fingers in the water where Jesus was baptised as they embarked on a whirlwind visit of the Middle East. Now it can be revealed that Charles will be taking home with him on the return flight later this week a consignment of vials full of water to be used for future royal christenings. It has been revealed the Prince of Wales, 73, is to bring back 'five or six dozen bottles' of Holy Water from the River Jordan for future royal baptism after his whirlwind trip to the Middle East with the Duchess of Cornwall, 74 (pictured near the River Jordan on the first day of their trip to Jordan today) Prince Charles, who donned a smart grey...
    THE United States has reopened to British holidaymakers after more than a year and a half of travel bans. But what are the entry rules and how easy is it to cross the border? 2Double vaccinated visitors from the UK and EU have the green light to enter the US from todayCredit: Alamy Can I travel to the US from the UK if I am fully vaccinated? Double vaccinated visitors from the UK and EU have the green light to enter the US from today. visitors are only allowed to meet with loved ones if they have completed a full course of the coronavirus vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival, which can be proved via the NHS Covid Pass app or with a letter. If you’re travelling by plane, you will also need to take a pre-departure test within 72 hours of landing - this can’t be a free NHS test though. Lateral flow tests are accepted, but you’ll need to book privately and your test must be supervised, meaning you’ll need an online appointment with a nurse too. There’s good news for...
    FILMING on the fifth Indiana Jones film hit a stumbling block after Morocco banned flights to and from the UK amid rising Covid cases. More than 100 crew are in the country preparing for a rickshaw chase stunt in the city of Fes. 1Filming has also been hit by storms, Covid, norovirus and injury to FordCredit: Alamy Cast members including Harrison Ford, 79, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 36, were due to arrive there from shooting in Italy. But film bosses were left wondering whether to fly the crew home before the ban came in or how to get them back after. A source said: “The flight ban left everything totally up in the air. “It’s not clear what will happen once the scene is completed, but they could be granted a special exemption to fly home.” Filming — which has also taken place in London, Glasgow and Northumberland — was also hit by storms, Covid, norovirus and injury to Ford. Most read in The US SunOUT OF LOX Live updates on Roblox down as thousands say gaming platform not workingSHOCK FIND...
    (CNN)Israel's plan to greenlight thousands of new Israeli housing units in the West Bank is drawing outcry from the US, UK and a dozen European countries.The government of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett earlier this week published immediate tenders for more than 1,300 housing units to be built in the West Bank, where it is also pushing plans for a further 3,000 homes for Jewish settlers there.Under international law, both the West Bank and East Jerusalem are considered occupied territory and settlements there illegal, which Israel disputes.On Thursday, twelve European countries urged Israel to "reverse its decision" in a joint statement. Palestinian laborers build new houses in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Bruchin on Monday, October 25, 2021. "We urge the Government of Israel to reverse its decision to advance plans for the construction of around 3,000 settlement units in the West Bank. We reiterate our strong opposition to its policy of settlement expansion across the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which violates international law and undermines efforts for the two-state solution," read the statement from the foreign ministries of Belgium,...
    Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine is 90 percent effective at preventing death from the Delta variant, a new study finds. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, gathered data from the country's national vaccine surveillance platform to determine the effectiveness of the vaccines against death.  The study is the first to show across an entire country how effective vaccines are at preventing fatalities from the Delta variant, which is the most dominant strain of Covid in the UK.  The team also found that the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine was 91 percent effective at preventing death from the virus.  A Scottish research team found that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective at preventing death from the Delta variant. Pictured: A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine The Pfizer vaccine is the most commonly used jab in the United States, having been administered over 240 million times and fully vaccinating over 104 million people. Pictured: A woman in New York City receives a shot of a COVID-19 vaccine on August 10 'With the Delta variant now the dominant strain in many places worldwide and...
    (CNN)The owner of a bakery in northern England has been left with a bitter taste in his mouth after authorities told him he had to stop using banned sprinkles sourced from the US.West Yorkshire Trading Standards said the sprinkles contained an artificial coloring which isn't approved for use in sprinkles in the UK.The sprinkles had the red food coloring E127, or erythrosine. E127 is only permitted for use in cocktail cherries and candied cherries in the UK and the EU, according to a statement from West Yorkshire Trading Standards sent to CNN Thursday.But the owner of the bakery isn't happy that his most popular product has lost out on its prize topping. Cakes of the world: Tiramisu, baklava, cheesecake and more national treatsRich Myers, director and founder of Get Baked bakery in Leeds, told CNN he had been using the sprinkles since opening the business in July.Read MoreMyers said he bought the offending sprinkles from a UK wholesaler, and said he had no idea there was any issue until West Yorkshire Trading Standards visited the business on September 30."I thought...
    An employee holds a vial containing Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) made with ingredients and technology supplied by Russia at Brazilian pharmaceutical company Uniao Quimica in Guarulhos, Brazil May 20, 2021.Amanda Perobelli | Reuters Russia has vehemently denied new accusations claiming that Russian spies stole the "blueprint" for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and used it to create its own Sputnik V shot, with the head of Russia's sovereign wealth fund calling the claims "scientific nonsense." There have been fresh reports in the British press this week alleging that U.K. security services told British ministers they had solid proof that Russia stole the blueprint for the British-made vaccine and used it to create Sputnik V. The Sun tabloid newspaper first reported the allegations made by the British security services although Downing Street declined to comment. It's not the first time that Russia has been accused of trying to steal and hack Covid vaccine data but Moscow has repeatedly denied the accusations, with RDIF calling the latest report "fake" and a "blatant lie." The head of the country's sovereign wealth fund, RDIF, echoed...
    Lucky stargazers have taken to social media to share stunning photos of the Northern Lights seen in the skies above the UK, US and Canada last night. The typically green and pink light shows occur when electrically charged particles from the Sun excite gases in the Earth's atmosphere, causing them to glow. The wavy patterns they assume resemble curtains of light, and reflect the lines of force in the Earth's geomagnetic field along which the solar particles travel. Normally, the aurorae are only visible at higher latitudes, centred around Earth's magnetic poles, However, yesterday's huge solar storm increased their range, meaning the lights were visible as far south as New York in the US, and in parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England in the UK.  Scroll down for video Lucky stargazers have taken to social media to share stunning photos of the Northern Lights seen in the skies above the UK, US and Canada last night. Pictured: photographer Jeanine Holowatuik posted this shot of the Northern Lights seen last night over Saskatchewan, Canada The lights last night were visible as far...
    The US travel ban on visitors from the US and UK will be lifted from November - ending 18 months of transatlantic travel uncertainty. The news is set to be announced by the State Department on Monday morning and will coincide with the UN General Assembly in NYC - where both President Biden and British PM Boris Johnson will speak. The move will mark the end of intense negotiation between London and Washington after the UK and EU lifted their bans on American visitors - but this was not reciprocated by DC.   Under current travel policy, only American citizens, their immediate families, green card holders and those with national interest exemptions  are allowed to travel to the US.   According to the Financial Times, Biden is due to unveil a new policy imminently that would apply to EU and British travellers from November. UK government sources told MailOnline they expect an announcement later and 'it's looking positive.' The US travel ban on visitors from the US and UK will be lifted from November - ending 18 months of transatlantic travel...
    The Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Zheng Zeguang has been barred from entering the Houses of Parliament in response to the communist dictatorship in Beijing imposing sanctions on UK politicians earlier this year. On Tuesday, the Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Lord McFall of Alcluith, the Speaker of the House of Lords, made the decision to ban the Chinese Communist Party diplomat after MPs condemned a scheduled meeting of the All Party Parliamentary China Group on Wednesday, which was set to include Mr Zheng. Campaigners and MPs argued that the Chinese Ambassador shouldn’t be allowed into Parliament while MPs and Peers remain sanctioned by the murderous regime. Confirming the decision, Sir Lindsay told The Telegraph: “I regularly hold meetings with ambassadors from across the world to establish enduring ties between countries and parliamentarians. But I do not feel it’s appropriate for the ambassador for China to meet on the Commons estate and in our place of work when his country has imposed sanctions against some of our Members. “If those sanctions were lifted, then...
    LONDON — Military planes carrying British troops and diplomats from Kabul are landing at a U.K. air base after the U.K.’s two-week evacuation operation ended. The U.K. ambassador to Afghanistan, Laurie Bristow, was among those who arrived Sunday at RAF Brize Norton northwest of London, hours after the government announced that all British personnel had left Kabul. Britain says it has evacuated more than 15,000 U.K. citizens and vulnerable Afghans in the past two weeks but that as many as 1,100 Afghans who were entitled to come to the U.K. have been left behind. Vice Adm. Ben Key, who was in charge of the British operation, said: “We tried our best.” In a video message, Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the “colossal” effort, saying it was “a mission unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes.” But he is facing strong criticism over the failure to bring to safety all those Afghans who helped British forces during the 20-year deployment in Afghanistan that began in the wake of 9/11. Johnson acknowledged that Britain “would not have wished to leave in...
    Princess Diana's niece Lady Amelia Spencer and her university beau Greg Mallett looked in high spirits as they were seen for the first time since deciding to move to London. The society beauty, 28, who is the daughter of Earl Spencer and first cousin of Princes William and Harry, cut a relaxed figure in black skinny jeans, a long-sleeved jumper with gold button detail on the cuffs and a pair of boots.   Amelia, who announced her engagement to her real estate beau of 11 years in July 2020, could be seen laughing as she filmed Greg, 30, on her mobile showing off his chest as they walked down the street. Amelia and her fiancé, who have just returned from Italy where her big sister Kitty Spencer got married, were seen enjoying a glass of wine at The White Horse pub in Parsons Green, Fulham.   Princess Diana's niece Lady Amelia Spencer, 28, and her university beau Greg Mallett (pictured, together) looked in high spirits as they were seen for the first time since they decided to move to London Amelia...
    FAMILIES wanting to keep the kids entertained for the last of the summer holidays can add a number of weird and wonderful theme parks to their bucket list. From digger-themed attractions to an ice cream farm, here are the best places to take the little ones next. Dino Stone 8 There are a number of weird and wonderful theme parks across the UK The Ice Cream Farm, Chester Ice Cream Farm in Tattenhall, Chester, is one of the most visited free to enter attractions in the UK. After a £5m redevelopment in 2014  it became the world’s largest ice cream parlour and Europe’s largest indoor sand and water play area. Rides and attractions include a giant ice cream tree, a mini JCB digger for children to scoop sand, and the Strawberry Falls crazy golf course, decorated with giant sand castles and oversized candy canes. And then there’s all that ice cream to choose from – with over 50 flavours including sticky toffee pudding, bubblegum and honeycomb. LUYA / The Ice Cream Farm 8 Ice Cream Farm has themed...
    The European Space Agency (ESA) has asked for patience as it wades through more than 23,000 astronaut applications, including 1,979 from the UK. ESA says the number of applicants far exceeded even its most optimistic forecasts, describing it as a positive indication of the level of interest in space activities.  The agency is looking for six full time astronauts and up to 20 reservists that will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) and one day on to the NASA Lunar Gateway, in orbit around the moon. It had hoped to begin moving candidates on to the next stage by this point, but that has slipped until November due to the sheer volume of applicants. The final six will be announced by the end of 2022, early 2023, at which point they will begin their training with ESA for a future trip to the ISS or the moon.  The European Space Agency (ESA) has asked for patients as it wades through more than 23,000 astronaut applications, including 1,979 from the UK  ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is currently on...
    08/24/2021 at 9:25 AM CEST SPORT.es PayPal customers in the UK will now be able to use the platform to buy, hold and sell cryptocurrencies, with investments starting at a pound. But PayPal payments cannot yet be made in Bitcoin directly. Instead, the cryptocurrency will have to be sold for traditional currency and its value will then be used to make a cash purchase. PayPal is initially working with Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash. But the coins cannot be sent to friends or family or transferred to or from any other digital wallet. PayPal launched its cryptocurrency service in the United States in October, hoping to make it more accessible to a wider audience. But they are still volatile in value and unregulated, which means that investments are not protected. by the authorities, if something goes wrong. However, “tokens and coins have been around for a while, but you had to be a relatively sophisticated user to be able to access that,” a PayPal spokesperson told CNBC.
    Peacock TV has not yet arrived in the UK, but when it does, there is a good chance it will catch a live action show from Brocker. Arcade Game Froger was first released in 1981 and has since sold over 20 million copies. It is a simple combination of moving a frog from one end to the other, with the biggest challenge of reaching the top of the screen in the allotted time, avoiding the many obstacles that stand in your way. . Simple but addictive games have been copied many times, and games like Crossy Road carry the tradition on mobile. Now, in 2021, someone has decided to create a live frog experience. NBCUniversal launches a new TV show that pushes real people against the unrestricted courses inspired by Frogger. Frocker’s new show will give away cash prizes to those who are “America’s best frogs”. Frocker makes its debut on American television on the Peacock streaming service on September 9th. Peacock TV is not yet available in the UK and it is not yet known whether it will be...
    Afghan evacuees disembark a Royal Air Force military plane that landed in the United Arab Emirates. They will then travel on to the UK. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images Guards for the UK embassy in Kabul were told they couldn't get British protection because they were outsourced through a contractor, The Guardian reports. Many of them are in hiding now out of fear that the Taliban will harm them. Meanwhile, more than 100 guards for the US embassy hired by the same contractor have been evacuated, an employee told The Guardian. 10 Things in Politics: The latest in politics & the economy Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. More than 100 guards for the UK embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, were told they were ineligible for British protection because they were outsourced through a contractor, reported The Guardian's Amelia Gentleman in an exclusive story. Some of them were told over the...
    A new study that remained unpublished for more than a year found that animals known to be carrying coronaviruses were sold at local wet markets in the 2010s.   Researchers from the Chinese government's Key Laboratory of Southwest China Wildlife Resources Conservation, the University of Oxford in the UK and the University of British Columbia in Canada collected data from several markets in Wuhan and photographs from the Huanan seafood market.  Published in the journal Scientific Reports, the study found that several species including civets, dogs, minks, raccoons and more - infected with different types of coronaviruses - were sold for years, reported Bloomberg. For the past several months, there has been back-and-forth speculation about the origins of COVID-19 and whether it came from wild animals or was manufactured in and accidentally escaped from a laboratory. The findings seem to support scientists' original theory, which is that the virus occurred in nature before it jumped to humans.  A study from researchers in China, the UK and Canada that went unpublished for more than a year has been posted online looking...
    AROUND 20,000 Afghans will be flown to Britain to escape the Taliban in one of the biggest resettlements in our history. The PM will today vow to rescue women and girls in particular from the clutches of the fanatics. 6Britain will give sanctuary to 20,000 AfghansCredit: PA/Press Association 6The programme will focus on giving asylum to women and children in particularCredit: AP 6The Taliban have been blocking Afghans from accessing airport terminalsCredit: EPA He will vow to honour the “debt” the country owes the Afghan people by rescuing the most vulnerable. It comes as MPs are summoned back to Parliament for an emergency debate on the Afghanistan crisis which has rocked the world. Announcing the new resettlement scheme, the PM will say: “We owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have worked with us to make Afghanistan a better place over the last 20 years. “Many of them, particularly women, are now in urgent need of our help. I am proud that the UK has been able to put in place this route to help them and their...
    J.R.R. Tolkien's books have garnered blockbuster movies, a global fan following and now a $1billion Amazon series which is set to be produced in the UK, rather than New Zealand. The news that the company has relocated filming to Britain after New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced strict border controls were here to stay is sure to be welcomed by Tolkien enthusiasts. Hardcore fans of the Birmingham author's work have long speculated on the real-life locations in the UK which may have inspired the settings used in the fantasy novels. It is thought the landscape of the industrial Black Country, a West Midlands area located near where Tolkien grew up, shaped the imagery of Mordor, the realm of the evil Sauron in Middle-Earth. Elsewhere, the Shire, home to the hobbits, is often thought to have been based on Worcestershire, while Malvern Hills in the county inspired the White Mountains. The great mountain range travelled in Lord of the Rings is supposed to have been inspired by the hills after the author visited a friend who was based there. Amazon has yet to reveal the locations where its as-yet untitled series...
    THE ALLEGED gunman who killed five people in the UK was an "incel MAGA supporter" who claimed to be from Arizona. Twisted Jake Davison unleashed the bloody rampage in the English city of Plymouth as he shot at innocent people with a pump-action shotgun. 5Jake Davison claimed to be from ArizonaCredit: Facebook 5He has been pictured wearing a New York Giants shirt 5He previously posted a Donald Trump quote on social mediaCredit: Facebook Davison has now been revealed as a right-wing crane operator obsessed with American gun culture. His Facebook is littered with American propaganda such as a picture of an eagle in front of a flag and a picture of the Lexington Minuteman statue that depicts a colonial farmer holding a musket. The gunman, who claims to be born in Arizona, has also shared a Donald Trump quote. It reads: "In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch." Photographs also showed Davison posing in a New York Giants shirt. On Thursday, the 22-year-old...
    BRUSSELS, Aug 13 (.) – European Union exports to the UK rose in June after a volatile start to the country’s first year outside the single market, while the bloc’s exports to the rest of the world fell slightly in the same month. . The EU statistics office Eurostat said on Friday that seasonally adjusted exports to the UK rose 4.7% in June, while UK imports were “almost unchanged”. The growth of EU exports to the UK coincided with a 0.6% drop in the bloc’s exports to the rest of the world in the month, Eurostat said. The monthly increase in exports to the UK followed a decline, a rise and a second decline earlier in the year, which were also recorded in imports, as companies adjusted to new post-Brexit trade requirements. The EU’s trade with the rest of the world has been largely stable in the first half of the year. In the year, the unadjusted figures showed that the bloc of 27 countries registered a 22.3% increase in exports in June, for a total volume of 188.300 million...
    New Delhi (CNN Business)Middle-Earth is moving from New Zealand to the United Kingdom.Amazon Studios announced Thursday that it is moving the filming of the second season of its highly anticipated, and extremely expensive, "Lord of the Rings" series to the United Kingdom."The shift from New Zealand to the UK aligns with the studio's strategy of expanding its production footprint and investing in studio space across the UK, with many of Amazon Studios' tentpole series and films already calling the UK home," Amazon said in a statement. The first season of the series is being produced in New Zealand and is set to debut on September 2, 2022 on Prime Video, the company said. The show will premiere in 240 countries and territories and new episodes will be available weekly.The show will take place "thousands of years before the events of Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books" and will follow an ensemble cast. Some of those characters will be familiar while others will be new.Read MoreNew Zealand's Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash said he was disappointed by...
    A minister today voiced frustration after the US said it will not be easing restrictions on travel from the UK quickly. Policing minister Kit Malthouse admitted it was 'disappointing' after the White House said curbs will not be loosened, citing concerns about the Delta variant. In contrast, the UK is expected to announce that double-jabbed Americans will be able to visit without the need to quarantine.  Transatlantic travel has been highly restricted since the pandemic erupted, and the US is currently on the 'amber list' - meaning that passengers must isolate for up to 10 days on arrival. However, fully vaccinated Americans are set to be let off the rules from next month as long as they can show the cards they were issued when they received jabs. The government has made the concession despite concerns that there is no central US system for proving vaccination status, with individual states making their own - typically paper-based - arrangements.    Most Britons are banned from entering the US if they have been in the UK within the past 14 days....
    FIVE years after the Games in Rio, the Tokyo Olympics are finally here. Athletes from all over the world are going for gold in Japan, where coronavirus fears will prevent fans from enjoying the spectacle this fortnight. 10The Olympics are finally here - but sadly there will be no crowds cheering the athletes on in TokyoCredit: AP With the eight-hour time difference between the UK and Japan, be prepared to stay up through the night to catch the best moments from Tokyo 2020. We’ve got the full schedule and SunSport's Rob Maul has picked out the daily highlights to help you stay on track (all times BST). DREAM TEAM IS BACK! SIGN UP NOW FOR THE 21/22 SEASON FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN £100,000 Thursday, July 22 Brazil v Germany — one of the most glamorous fixtures in world football.The two teams meet in their opening group match at Yokohama’s International Stadium. It was there that Brazil, inspired by Ronaldo, lifted the 2002 World Cup after beating the Germans 2-0. Brazil are the reigning men’s Olympic champions having beaten Germany...
    In a dramatic shift from breathless 'if true...' coverage of damaging leaks and rumors during Donald Trump's presidency, the mainstream US media remains notably silent after a British newspaper claimed to reveal documents proving a Russian plot to support Trump.   The Guardian on Thursday published an explosive report based on the purported Kremlin documents, but nearly all US outlets have refrained from covering the story, aside from commentary expressing skepticism about the documents. More than 24 hours later, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS all remain silent on the left-leaning British newspaper's claims. Perhaps unsurprisingly, conservative-leaning outlets including Fox News and the New York Post have also shied away from the story. But after years of exuberantly hyping every whisper that could be damaging to Trump, the left-wing media's caution signaled their quiet doubts about the report. The Guardian on Thursday published an explosive report (above) based on the supposed Kremlin documents, but nearly all US outlets have refrained from covering the story The Guardian report cited documents supposedly leaked from the Kremlin, showing that...
    Fans celebrate during the UEFA Euro 2020 round of 16 match between England and Germany at the Vinegar Yard pub in London, June 29, 2021. Kieran Cleeves/PA Images via Getty Images Men were 30% more at risk than women to be infected with COVID-19, according to a UK study  from June 24 to July 5.  The Euros could mean "men having more social activity than usual," said one of the report's authors.   The latest findings also showed that England is now experiencing "a substantial third wave of infections." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. England's stellar run at this year's Euros may be driving up COVID-19 infections in men watching the games.  In a preprint study of 47,000 people in the UK between 24 June and 5 July, men were 30% more at risk than women to be infected, according to a Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT) study by Imperial College scientists.  "It could be that watching football is resulting in men having more social activity than usual," Steven Riley, one of the report's authors, said...
    THE BRITISH passport is the weakest it has ever been due to the pandemic - offering travel access to just 60 countries in the world. The study, which determines passport strength by how many countries the holder can visit, usually outs the UK high up on the list. 2The British passport is the weakest ever due to CovidCredit: Alamy The latest ranking places the UK in seventh place, along with the US, with travel access to 187 destinations. However, due to Covid and a number of travel bans, UK passport holders can now just visit 60 destinations - putting it in the same place as Uzbekistan. The annual study is conducted by Henley & Partners, with Japan and Singapore often taking the top spots. This year, Germany was ranked the highest European destination in third place, although Covid restrictions has made it drop from 191 countries to just 81. Henley & Partners chairman Christian Kaelin said that global travel will remain "seriously hampered" for the rest of the year at least. 2The UK passport is now the same strength as one...
    A woman has detailed how she found out her long-distance boyfriend was allegedly cheating on her after checking her blocked list on Instagram, admitting that she still moved from the US to the UK to be with him before their engagement imploded. Gabby Marcellus, 25, from New York, shared her shocking story in a series of TikTok videos, explaining in one viral clip that their relationship started to unravel after she learned just how far he would go to keep his infidelities secret.   'I'll never forget the day in 2018 when something told me to check my blocked list on Instagram,' she said. 'What did I find? A random girl. What did we have in common? My boyfriend. Now I didn't block her, so you can guess who did.' Scroll down for video   Say what? Gabby Marcellus, 25, from New York, went viral on TikTok after revealing how she  caught her ex-boyfriend 'cheating' by checking her 'blocked list' on Instagram  Busted: Gabby said she discovered he had blocked 'a random girl' on her account, and after hours of fighting,...
    A new documentary tells the harrowing untold story of the 168 airmen who were freed from a Nazi concentration camp during World War II only told by the US, UK and other allied governments that their ordeal never happened. Documentary maker and grandson of one of the airmen, Mike Dorsey, has shared with DailyMailTV footage of his movie about the astonishing story of the American, Canadian, British, Australian, and New Zealand airmen's ordeal. Though all the military men are now dead, Dorsey managed to get many of them to tell their shocking tale on camera over the past ten years, which will finally be revealed in full in documentary, Lost Airmen of Buchenwald. In 1940 the brave servicemen parachuted from their doomed aircrafts behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied France, and were taken in by the French Resistance. They were captured when infamous Gestapo double agent Jacques Desoubrie sold them out, and instead of being taken to a prisoner of war camp they were trucked to Buchenwald – where prison guards told inmates 'the only way you leave is through the...
    The UK’s Border Force has reportedly been employing covert tactics, including turning off tracking and radio systems while picking up migrants in the English Channel after a report claimed they were entering into French waters to ferry migrants to British shores. Border Force cutters such as the Seeker allegedly have been turning off their Automatic Identification System (AIS) radar system used to prevent crashes in the busy waterway in order to avoid detection while accepting boat migrants from the French navy, it has been alleged. The Border Force vessels have also reportedly gone radio silent during the manoeuvres after intercepted communications with the French appeared to show a British ship requesting permission to enter French waters to pick up a boatload of migrants. The south coast sailor whistleblower who shared the communications told the Daily Mail: “The radio silence started after the balloon went up at the Home Office with the Mail revelation that Valiant was picking up migrants in French waters.” He continued: “The French are using the radio to call up Border Force, but Border Force is not answering....
    Attendees dressing up for Royal Ascot 2021 (Left) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends Royal Ascot (Right). Samir Hussein/ Getty Images Brits and royals are dressing up for the Royal Ascot, the UK's most prestigious horse race. The Royal Ascot, which takes place at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, opened Tuesday and ends Sunday. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Princess Anne, are among the 12,000 guests. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
    A SINGLE woman has revealed she once flew the 10,555 miles from Australia to London for a bloke she thought was ‘the one’ - only to row with him on the second day and come back.  So in just four days Jana Hocking flew 2,1110 miles for the unnamed man - likely spending thousands of pounds with average flights to Australia costing around £1,3000.  4Jana Hocking says a man should always pay the bill on the first date Credit: jana_hocking/Instagram 4The 36-year-old revealed her shocking date story which took her to the UK and back in just a couple of daysCredit: jana_hocking/Instagram Jana, who has previously said men should always pay bills on a first date, told news.com.au “I flew to London once for an ex-boyfriend who had moved over there.” But she perhaps should have known they weren’t meant to be - having already split up once. “I said to him, ‘I never want to talk to you again, don’t talk to me’ and then of course after a year we started talking again,” she explained. Jana and her...
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    These walls don’t have ears, but they have been carrying secrets.  A man in the U.K. recently found a time capsule from the 1970s hidden in the walls of his pub.  Toby Brett, 41, has owned Holcombe Farmshop and Kitchen, in the English town of Radstock for 11 years. However, he only discovered what had been hiding in his walls recently, as he was renovating the 200-year-old building, according to SWNS. "It was certainly a surprise to find it," Brett told SWNS. "It was a really pleasant find, there's some really interesting stuff in there." LAST KNOWN LETTER FROM AMELIA EARHART’S NAVIGATOR FOUND BY CALIFORNIA MAN The time capsule included a price list from 1971, a few pounds of ha'ppenies (or halfpennies), stamps, a wage slip, old beer mats and car tax discs, SWNS reported. The owner of Holcombe Farmshop and Kitchen, in the English town of Radstock recently found a time capsule from 1973 in the walls of the pub.  (SWNS) "It was quite funny to see the price list from 1971 for Wadworth Brewery, which is a...
    Merry-go-rounds from Britain, basmati rice from India and handbags from Italy: The U.S. threatened Wednesday to slap tariffs on $2 billion of products from six countries in response to their taxes on American tech giants. The issue is roiling relations between Washington and other nations who are furious at the way the likes of Google and Facebook can reduce local taxes by recording their profits in low-tax jurisdictions such as Ireland. The result was a flexing of U.S. financial muscle barely a week before world leaders are due to assemble in the UK for a G7 summit. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced her office was imposing tariffs on Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the U.K. but immediately suspending them for six months to allow negotiations to continue. Merry-go-rounds, shooting galleries, boat-swings, traveling circuses and menageries imported from Britain would all be hit by a 25 percent tariff if Washington and world capitals cannot agree how best to tax internet giants such Facebook, Google and Amazon The list of sanctions includes carpets from Turkey, as well as...
    An American woman living in the UK has gone viral with a video highlighting the British customs that 'would not work' in the US.   Lisa Dollan, 39, is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but now lives in Leeds, and has noticed key differences in the way people behave in the two countries. She shared her observations in a hilarious TikTok video that has been viewed more than 3.5million times.  The mother-of-one, who posts under the handle @yorkshirepeach, claimed even straightforward practices like a car MOT 'wouldn't happen' across the pond.  'Maybe it's a thing in some states... not where I'm from.  'You could drive around with your bumper hanging off, a flat tyre. It doesn't matter.' Finally she added: 'Alcohol being served in a cinema, in a movie theater, no chance.' Viewers were divided over the observations, with some Americans insisting the equivalent of car MOTs or the knock-and-run game do exist in their hometowns.  One posted: 'There's alcohol served in a lot of movie theaters in America...' Another wrote: 'Love these videos but how come you can't leave a package...
    Originally Published by: New York City works to turn page on COVID-19 pandemic Alligator chases people through Wendys parking lot in Florida Tiny bats put kibosh on power line tree-cutting for 2 months For fans of bars, it’s time to start drinking. As lockdown regulations across the world begin to ease up, many bars and restaurants are celebrating the ability to reopen their dining rooms. While many people are happy to get back out, these businesses still have to deal with the fact that they had to shut down or reduce business for over a year. According to the findings of a financial firm, pubs in the United Kingdom will have to sell about 124 pints of beer per person to recover the costs of the lockdown, The Takeout reports. This number is based on the amount of money the food and beverage industry lost compared to the average cost of a pint. The research was conducted by a financial firm named Company Debt. According to the firm, the industry needs to recover over $36...
    LONDON — The coronavirus variant that first emerged in India could become the dominant strain of the virus in the U.K. in a matter of days, scientists have warned. The U.K. is detecting a rapid spread of the Covid variant "B.1.617" that first emerged in India last October and is seen as responsible for a wave of infections that has engulfed the south Asian nation in recent months. B.1.617 has three sub-lineages, each with slightly different mutations, the World Health Organization has said. The B.1.617 variant was dubbed a "variant of concern" by the WHO last week and on May 7, the U.K. dubbed the sub-lineage B.1.617.2 a variant of concern. Since then, the U.K. has seen cases caused by the variant almost double. On Monday, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock told British lawmakers that there were 2,323 cases of the variant known as B.1.617.2 now confirmed in the U.K., up from 1,313 last Thursday. He said 483 of those cases had been detected in coronavirus outbreaks in the northern English towns of Bolton and Blackburn where, he said, it had...
    THE INDIAN variant is spreading across the UK and cases of the strain have doubled in a week with surge testing having been rolled out in several areas. More than 800,000 PCR kits have been distributed after more than 4,000 cases have been detected. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates 3The map above shows where surge testing is taking place across the country There are several areas in the North West of England where testing has now been deployed after cases were found. One expert today said the Indian variant "clearly has been out-competing" the Kent variant in a number of areas around the UK. The Kent variant, known as the B.1.1.7 variant was one of the main contributing factors to the third national coronavirus lockdown. The B1.617.2 variant of concern is beginning to spread increasingly rapidly in certain areas across the country and decisive action is being taken to further control its spread. Cases have more than doubled in the space of seven days from 520 last week to 1,313 this, sparking alarm in Whitehall. Professor in medicine at...
    America's bans on travel from countries including the United Kingdom, India and China 'don't make sense' for blocking the spread of COVID-19 variants, according to a former head of the Food and Drug Administration.   Scott Gottlieb, who served as FDA commissioner from 2017 to 2019 and sits on the board of vaccine maker Pfizer, appeared on CBS News' Face the Nation on Sunday morning to share his view on where the US stands in the fight against coronavirus.  Asked about the Biden administration's recent restrictions on travel from India, which is experiencing a deadly second wave due to a variant called B.1.617, Gottlieb said he doesn't see them having much of an impact.  'I'm not sure what we're hoping to accomplish if the goal is to try to prevent introduction of virus into the United States,' he said.  'There's plenty of virus here already if the goal is to try to prevent introduction of that new variant, B.1.617 that's circulating in India, I assure you it's here already.'  'These travel restrictions could serve a purpose, but we need to be...
    THE Beckhams have moved back to their incredible £6m Cotswolds mansion after living in the US for four months.  It comes after The Sun revealed the superstar clan secretly jetted back to the UK last week. 26 Let's take a look inside... The family fled to the Cotswolds when the coronavirus pandemic first hit back in March 2020. They then decided to travel back to London to spend some time in their London pad for the Christmas period when restrictions lifted. However, the A-list couple, along with their youngest kids Romeo, Cruz, 15, and Harper, eight, flew to Miami, Florida, in December to see their eldest son Brooklyn, 22. Despite traveling to the US to help out with his soccer team Inter Miami, David and the gang are back in the UK. 26 Victoria has showed off their impressive pantry cupboardCredit: Instagram And they've decided to set up camp in their gorgeous Cotswolds pad. Throughout the year the family have given an insight into their amazing home on social media. In one previous snap Victoria proudly revealed her perfectly organised shelves as she...
    THE plight of pop princess Britney Spears is one that has concerned and intrigued fans across the globe. So it is no wonder that there have been numerous documentaries made about her life. Here's where you can watch them all... 3There have been numerous documentaries made about Britney's lifeCredit: Getty - Contributor Framing Britney Framing Britney Spears is an exclusive documentary that looks at her rise to fame and why she ended up in court with her dad. The official synopsis of the film reads: "People close to Britney Spears and lawyers tied to her conservatorship now reassess her phenomenal career and brutal downfall, as she battles her father in court over who should control her life." For UK viewers, it is now available to stream through NowTV. The Entertainment Pass will cost you £9.99 a month. However, if you are in the US, Framing Britney Spears premiered on FX and FX Hulu on February 5, 2021. It is now available to watch exclusively on Hulu. 3Framing Britney Spears is an exclusive documentary that looks at Britney's rise to fameCredit: Getty -...
    (CNN)Fifty years ago, NASA's Apollo 14 completed the third crewed mission to the moon. On board the spacecraft as it landed in the Pacific Ocean on February 9, 1971, was some unusual cargo -- about 500 tree seeds. The seeds -- loblolly pine, sycamore, sweetgum, redwood and Douglas fir -- had traveled with Stuart Roosa, one of the three NASA astronauts on the mission and a former US Forest Service parachute firefighter, sealed in small plastic pouches stored in a metal canister in his personal luggage. They were part of an experiment to see how seeds reacted to the space environment. Upon their return to Earth, the seeds were germinated by the Forest Service. Known as the "Moon Trees," the resulting seedlings were planted throughout the United States and the world, according to NASA. There was no systematic effort to keep track of them, but NASA has since tracked down about 60 trees -- mainly in the US but also ones in Brazil, Japan and Switzerland. Steve Miller, vice president of the Royal Astronomical Society and a professor at University...
    PRINCE Harry brought his own security with him from LA - and was met by Scotland Yard protection officers when his plane landed in the UK, it's reported. The Duke's private team flew out with him on a British Airways flight to Heathrow, and once in the UK, he was reportedly met by Met Police. ???? Read our Royal Family live blog for the latest updates 7Prince Harry will reportedly be guarded by Met Police protection officers throughout his time in the UKCredit: PA The officers - funded by the taxpayer - will accompany him throughout his visit, the Telegraph claims. The Sussexes were stripped of their round-the-clock protection when they stepped back from royal duties. However, it's understood Harry will be shadowed and guarded for as long as he remains in the UK. It comes as: Prince Andrew left his father's funeral in a brand new £220,000 Bentley The royals have 'agreed a rota' for visiting the Queen on her birthday this week Charles and William will lead a summit on the future on the monarchy The heartbreaking photo of the Queen...