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Coronavirus: Air France will operate a direct flight from Beijing, a first in Europe

Friday  20:40,   07 august 2020

© Zbynek Pospisil / IStock.com Air France will operate a Beijing-Paris flight by the end of August, the first direct flight restored between the Chinese capital and Europe since the closure of lines due to the Covid-19 epidemic Air France will... >>>

Preston is latest UK city to see lockdown tightened after infection rate rise

Friday  20:08,   07 august 2020

Preston is the latest part of the UK to face a tightening of lockdown measures after rising coronavirus infection rates were reported in the city. © Reuters The restrictions around Greater Manchester have been extended to Preston The rolling... >>>

Treaty with France needed to tackle migrant crossings, says ex-Border Force boss

Friday  20:05,   07 august 2020

Tony Smith said calling in the navy would not change the situation.Tony Smith said the law needs to change with potentially a “quid pro quo” arrangement on handling asylum claims being considered in order to scupper efforts by people smugglers to... >>>

Post-Brexit support service welcomed in Stormont amid calls for further clarity

Friday  18:41,   07 august 2020

Michael Gove visited Northern Ireland as plans for a £355m new system for moving goods into the region were announced.Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove visited a carpet factory in Co Armagh on Friday as the system to help firms deal... >>>

Job losses: Major cuts since the start of the pandemic

Friday  18:41,   07 august 2020

Close to 8,000 jobs have been lost so far this weekThe Evening Standard became the latest to announce a round of approximately 115 redundancies after its advertising revenue took a... >>>

Sunseekers told to stay away from packed beaches amid UK heatwave

Friday  18:41,   07 august 2020

Hundreds of people descended to the coast on Friday morning, with temperatures expected to rise to 37C.By midday, the Coastguard said it had responded to dozens of calls and has urged the public to stay safe on the... >>>

Evening Standard to slash third of jobs after virus hits advertising

Friday  17:16,   07 august 2020

It is understood that around 115 employees at the media business will be affected by the cost-cutting move. The company has said it will focus on its “digital and mobile offering” as part of the restructure, while also developing a live events... >>>

Pubs will be required to take customer details under law

Friday  17:16,   07 august 2020

Nicola Sturgeon announced the changes at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing.Government guidance currently states pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants should collect customer details to allow contact tracing, but this will become law from... >>>

Rightmove sees record traffic as property market bounces back

Friday  15:56,   07 august 2020

Rightmove had some of its busiest days ever since the property market reopened as pent-up demand, a stamp duty holiday and Britons looking to relocate boosted traffic on its platform. The property listings website said demand to buy a property in... >>>

Record-breaking summers due to climate change ‘a danger to human health’

Friday  15:55,   07 august 2020

The UK could see temperatures rise above 37C on Friday, just a week after the hottest day of the year recorded so far.Just a week after Britain recorded the third warmest day on record on July 31, with 37.8C (100.04F) recorded in Heathrow, Friday... >>>

Coastguard warns beachgoers to stay safe as teams respond to dozens of calls

Friday  15:50,   07 august 2020

Hundreds of people packed on to beaches on Friday morning as temperatures are likely to rise to 37C.Hundreds of people packed on to the beaches across Britain on Friday morning as early as 9am, on what could be the hottest day of the year so... >>>

Foreign Office cat Palmerston to leave Whitehall for quiet life in the countryside

Friday  15:50,   07 august 2020

One of the most popular faces in Whitehall, Palmerston the Foreign Office cat, is retiring for a quiet life in the countryside. © Imagebridge Palmerston moved from Battersea Cats and Dogs Home four years ago The affectionately-nicknamed "Dilpo Mogg" >>>

Everyone’s focus must be on recovery and not constitution, says Chancellor

Friday  15:50,   07 august 2020

Rishi Sunak was speaking after visiting a manufacturer in Glasgow.Following a visit to generator manufacturers Peak Scientific in Glasgow on Friday morning, Rishi Sunak said he believes Scotland is one of the UK’s “power brands” in the tourism... >>>

Chancellor resists calls to extend furlough scheme with targeted response

Friday  14:26,   07 august 2020

The scheme will end completely in October.The scheme that has so far cost £33.8 billion supporting the payrolls of 9.6 million workers during the coronavirus crisis has begun tapering off before ending completely in... >>>

Palmerston the Foreign Office cat to retire from public life

Friday  13:06,   07 august 2020

Chief mouser Palmerston has announced his retirement after enjoying “working from home” during the coronavirus pandemic. “I have found life away from the front line relaxed, quieter, and easier,” the letter signed in Palmerston’s name... >>>